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…]
At the end of February, the UK took on Germany in a friendly match. There were twelve players on each team. This was the UK team: Gaz Owen, Oliver Squire, Rick Janowski, Chris Bray, Aref Alipour, Julian Fetterlein, Sebastian Wilkinson, Tim Cross, Jon Barnes, Lawrence Powell, Charles Hill and Steve Bibby. Chris Rogers was the non-playing captain with overall UK captain, Martin Barkwill, providing assistance.
Back at the start of August the UK took on the USA in an online backgammon match. There were twelve players on each team and four different formats were used over three days of very competitive play. However, before we look at the 2020 match, we need to use a Tardis to step back forty-seven years to 1973 to find the origins of the match
The 1973 Match
In October 1973 the Clermont Club in London’s West End hosted a match between the UK and the USA. [Read more…]