The new UKBGF Code of Conduct (“the Code”) has value as both a guideline on the expected behaviour of players, and a statement of the UKBGF’s values and commitments towards its members and the backgammon community.
In common with all varieties of sport, mind sports, and other competitive games there is a great appeal and enjoyment to be had in being a part of a community. Backgammon at its heart is a social game, and our community is vibrant and full of character, bringing together people from all walks of life.
Charlie Oliver writes about taking the step from casual to Club play…
So, you like playing backgammon. You play with your family or mate down the pub. You maybe use the doubling cube, but you’re not really sure what you’re doing with it. You’d like to get better and beat your family or mate every time instead of sometimes. You’ve thought about buying a book, you’ve watched a few YouTube videos, read a few articles; but now you’re thinking you’d like to play other people. Welcome to the wonderful world of backgammon clubs!
The current version of the Rules which the UKBGF initially developed and updated in September 2015 was then adopted by the EUBGF and subsequently by the WBGF (World Backgammon Federation). They are therefore due a further tidying up update of various relatively minor amendments.
Some time back, the UKBGF Rules sub-committee spent quite a lot of time reviewing and considering the Rules amendment suggestions it had received since the currently existing Rules version was finalised. Six clarification amendments were agreed upon and were due to be considered further by the EUBGF for further implementation across all member nation federations.
Since that time however, further discussions began to take place and are currently ongoing with more federations outside Europe, most notably the USBGF, with the aim of achieving a unified globally accepted set of Rules.
Simultaneously, the EUBGF has started off the process of evolving into the World Backgammon Federation (WBGF) in order to, amongst other things, unify the game of backgammon generally.
In light of these developments, the implementation of a further set of amendments at this time isn’t felt to be helpful in achieving the global aims.
Having said the above, the clarification amendments previously agreed upon by the UKBGF Rules sub-committee will not be discarded but will be put forward once the global position becomes clearer and in fact will be supplemented by further suggestions that have been received directly by the UKBGF/EUBGF/WBGF in the interim.
We will keep you further informed about the global developments at this very exciting time for backgammon at the international level.
For the avoidance of doubt, please note that the WBGF is a different organisation to the WBF.