In late 1985, my first week in Cambridge, I played my first game of backgammon over a physical board, and started spending evenings playing long sessions fuelled by Southern Comfort and lemonade. Even though I ended up organising the university club and running termly tournaments – and eventually winning the Michaelmas Tankard – I never imagined that many years later, I’d be inviting the UK’s top players back to where it all began for me. This weekend, 62 players descended on the University Centre to fight it out for the first Cambridge Open title.
Half awake, Half asleep,
Half a roll onward,
All in the valley of Dice
Rode the thirty-two.
Nominations are now open for the British Backgammon Awards 2018
Another year has passed and we want you to tell us who in the backgammon world has made a real difference over the course of the last year, since nominations were last invited for the Awards a year ago. We’ll collate the nominations and voting will happen over the course of August, with the deserving winners being announced at the UK Open in September. We’ve featured a lot of tournament winners on the UKBGF blog over that time, the international teams have carried on their run of success, we’ve seen new events come on to the calendar, and we’ve seen more clubs spring up in various parts of the country. Backgammon wouldn’t be what it is without the tournament directors, the club organisers, the unseen helpers, and the players – some of whom may never even have won a trophy but whose presence makes an evening session a highly enjoyable experience.
Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:
- British Player of the Year
- Overseas Player of the Year
- Tournament Director of the Year
- Club Organiser of the Year
- Most Significant Contributor to British Backgammon of the Year
- Board Designer of the Year
- Most Courteous Player of the Year
There is also an award which is not voted on; instead the winner is drawn from the UKBGF’s ratings system records over the calendar year since 30th June 2017, and that is:
- Most Improved Player of the Year
To nominate your favourites, simply mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of your nominees and what categories you are nominating them in. Joint nominations are allowed, for example where there are small teams who organise significant events. Please include a brief reason why you’re nominating them and what makes them stand out – it need only be a few words to encourage others to support your nominee! You can even nominate more than one person in each category, although you’ll only be able to vote for one in each category when the time comes. Nominations close at midnight on 22nd July 2018. We will announce the shortlists by the end of July and voting will take place between then and the UK Open. Remember, you must be a UKBGF member to vote.
If you feel there’s someone exceptional who deserves an award but doesn’t fit into any of the above categories, please do also let us know.
The Intermediate section of the tour finally got off to a bang with the London Open and we have our first TWI Intermediate qualifier.
Congratulations to Richard Halvorsen – London Open 2018 Intermediate Champion.