With the worst of the pandemic (hopefully) now behind us, life is slowly returning to something approaching ‘normal’….and live backgammon is also returning.
I can’t remember when I first met George Sulimirski. He was certainly on the London backgammon scene before I started playing (from the late 1970s) at several London venues, including the Water Rat pub, the Grosvenor Backgammon and Bridge Club, and later at Stocks Club in the Kings Road, Chelsea. Back then he was probably the player I feared the most, and I got the impression that he understood the game better than most players of that era….certainly far better than I did. Even in those days George came across as the ‘elder statesman’ of backgammon, and that impression of him stayed with me though the years. Sadly this elder statesman left us on Wednesday 28th April, aged 83. Several players who knew George better than I did have submitted tributes and anecdotes….
During the pandemic, online play has been the only option for most of us. The two dominant platforms recently have been Backgammon Galaxy and Backgammon Studio Heroes, but there’s a new kid on the block….
Backgammon Hub (“Hub”) is a new and growing site offering sophisticated tournament functionality as well as one-to-one scheduled matches. It was designed and built for small clubs that have been driven online by the pandemic and for players wanting to arrange that online league match with an opponent, or simply for matches with a friend. The site is hosted on Amazon cloud, so it won’t suffer scalability issues as it grows.
Along with much else in 2020, the backgammon world was turned upside down because of COVID-19.
With not one, not two, but THREE P-40 boards as prizes, this is an event which is sure to be oversubscribed….
Backgammon London’s annual season-ending event goes online this December – over the weekend of 12th & 13th.