UPDATE (16th March): In the light of government instruction to avoid all unnecessary social contact, we have to recommend the suspension of face to face play at all levels. We understand it is deeply frustrating but the health of all must come first. Please keep an eye on Twitter or Facebook where we will post updates as soon as we have them.
UPDATE (15th March): The West Yorkshire Open, Manchester One Day and Nordic Open have all been cancelled/postponed. It is very likely that others will be too.
This is probably the post I least wanted to write, but with the UK likely to escalate actions to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, we as a community have a duty of care to each other and need to play our part in looking after ourselves, our friends and colleagues. You may believe that you are fit and healthy and at low risk, but the same may not be true of your opponents, your organisers, venue staff, and their families and friends. Moreover, we don’t know who has the virus, and symptoms can take a couple of weeks to emerge, so you could find yourself sat opposite someone who is unaware they have it.
The Glasgow Backgammon Club and friends are pleased to invite you to Glasgow on the weekend of 27-29th November 2020 for the inaugural “Glasgow Backgammon Open” Tournament.
Falafel’s friend, Shay Beja, writes…
Dear friends and members of the international backgammon community family,
Recently we lost a giant. Not just a giant backgammon player and mentor, but a giant heart.
He had many names: Mike, Mikey, Matvey (his birthname), and Michel, but everybody knew him as Falafel.
The UK Women’s team was formed in anticipation of being allowed to play in Georgia in 2018. However, that didn’t materialise as the Worldwide Trophy didn’t happen, and the only match that has happened so far was the Team UK Men v Women match in Bradford last year in which the women were one gammon short of a major upset. [Read more…]