Last year in Bradford our newly-formed women’s team took up the challenge from their counterparts and played a competitive match of seven 11-pointers (one each). They put up a very good fight and lost by the narrowest of margins; this year a rematch was scheduled to happen as part of the London Open. Of course virus restrictions meant that a face to face match was impossible, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t go ahead online…
Anthony Wilson (1948-2020)
The London Clubs Backgammon League lost one of its founders last week, Anthony Wilson of the Hurlingham Club has passed away at the age of 71. [Read more…]
Mike Snowdon writes:
An international challenge match is currently being played to decide which is the best Newcastle backgammon team in the world.
A team from Tyneside will play their counterparts in New South Wales 10,000 miles away online for the 2020 Novocastrian Challenge.
COVID-19 UPDATE: We are sorry to have to announce that the UK Clubs Championship 2020 is cancelled. Obviously this is disappointing, but in the light of recent news our venue will be now closed until the autumn.
This does not affect the call for bids for the 2021 event.
Once again, it’s time for you to start assembling your squads for the UK Clubs Championship! This unique one-day event pits club teams of five players against each other in groups, similar to the World Cup, with the top teams in each group qualifying for the main knockout phase, and all other teams in a consolation knockout – guaranteeing at least five games for everyone.
Sean Jones writes…
I thought I would share what we are doing at Worcester at the moment to keep the club playing backgammon. This is no lecture and I hope that it is not taken as so, it’s simply a humble sharing of information. I do hope that there is something in here that is of use.
I have a concern that we will lose players, despite what the Government says about taking it on the chin; I think this is going to affect us for some months. I wonder when our club reopens for business how many will return? So I have tried to be active with communication and activities.
I was one of the first to close my club, and I will not reopen until I believe that it is entirely safe to do so for the sake of the most vulnerable’s health. At the moment, if I had to pick a date, it looks like August, or maybe September.
So we need to continue to enjoy and practice the beautiful game…