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….
With live play shortly to resume, what better than a hastily arranged online friendly match against Sweden to fill the void?
Sweden has many very strong players so a tough match is in the offing however we beat the Swedish team in the WBGF World Team Championship last year just before the lockdown.
The UK lineup features several experienced masters as well as a few rising stars that are making their first appearance for the national team. [Read more…]
Backgammon London, with the support of the UKBGF and notably renowned Tournament Director Arda Findikoglu are presenting this month:
May 29th-31st: The London Open
A 3-day feast including a Main Double Eliminator, a Consolation Double Eliminator, and a Last Chance. This event offers 3 amazing entry levels to UKBGF members who receive a £5 reduction from the normal entry fee (as with all our events):
- £10 for all as a Social entry
- £20 for chance to win one of 6 Erhan Boards – including a bespoke tournament board for the Main Winner, with new metal rimmed checkers.
- £20 for all the above, plus side-pools on offer with 100% returns.
Note the current prize pool already stands at approximately £3,000!
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.