To say that yesterday’s Ealing Common monthly event at The Grange pub was quite eventful is something of an understatement. Everything was normal at the start…
Lynne MacFarlane writes:
“Awesome”, “Excellent”, Brilliant”, “Friendly” and “Good Fun” – some of the comments received at the inaugural meeting of the Saltburn Backgammon Club. For a first meeting it was well attended, with players coming from Yarm, Hartlepool, Newcastle and Redcar. Eight of us gathered in the still-being-refurbished Function Room at the Cons Club. Three boards were set up and the players took their seats. Soon the room was filled with the rattle of dice in cups, the click of counters and the buzz of conversation.
Ken Gibson writes:
Back on 31 July 2017, Graham Titcombe, of London Backgammon League fame, posted an advertisement on the Nextdoor App entitled ‘Anyone for Backgammon?’
Graham was to become the founder father of what is now known as Hampton Hill Backgammon Club, but is more accurately, and certainly geographically, Twickenham.
Most backgammon clubs meet up for an enjoyable evening’s play – but literally any time of day is a good time! Colin Whiers writes:
Our early morning backgammon really started by accident about two years ago. I was teaching backgammon to my friend Keith, over an early morning coffee before work one day. We continued to play for a few weeks in Caffe Nero and suddenly I realised people were listening to me as I taught the importance of the 5 point and why you should consider your game plan after every roll and the probability of leaving 17 shots or 11 shots etc. Before long, I had invited some of the customers who had shown an interest, to start learning Backgammon.
Laurence May writes…
At the start of 2015 I won an auction at my daughter’s school to play a 17pt backgammon match against Dicky Biddle and then to have my game analysed. Playing on the large board, learning the arcane etiquette and watching someone take the game seriously was exciting, and then, as Dicky tore my game to pieces, I knew I was hooked.
My obsessions don’t tend to last long; chess, piano, karate, guitar, poker have all come and gone but if anything, backgammon is slowly building. I used to play a lot of other board games but they all pale in comparison – backgammon distils strategy and luck into a fast paced game with simple rules and the chance to win right up to the final roll. Why play anything else?