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.
UK Legends Invitational Update…
…and there’s still time to register for the UK Open Online next weekend!
UK Open Online
August has been so far been a great month for UK Online backgammon. And if you want to join in the fun, you need to register for the UK Open online by 23.59 this Thursday 27th August. With 93 players in the Masters and 79 in the Intermediates there are still spaces left in both flights. To register, email email@example.com stating which flight you wish to enter and you will receive instructions for payment of the registration fee: just £15 for the Masters and £10 for the Intermediates. For more details, including prizes, see the UK Open Online webpage.