Last year I incautiously mentioned to a few players that my club (North East Backgammon Association, aka NEBA) were minded to host the 2019 UK Clubs Championship. Several of those I used as a sounding board expressed caution that holding the event in the Far North would be a deterrent and we would be challenged to match the attendance of previous years. I am therefore very grateful to my NEBA colleague, Keith Gill, for recommending York University as a possible venue and for making many site visits to check on its viability, suitability of the proposed playing room, facilities and likely costs.
Until recently, there have been few successes on the world stage for UK players and teams.
That all changed with Gaz Owen, Raj Jansari and Chris Rogers winning major overseas events and the UK capturing the inaugural Worldwide Trophy in Tbilisi, Georgia last year & being runners up in the European Team event in Copenhagen.