The 7th UK Backgammon Open was held online this year over the three days of the late August bank holiday weekend. It was a true celebration of backgammon not only for the UK but, with a record 22 nationalities taking part (24 if you include Scotland and Wales), also for the world of backgammon. We had a total of 181 players of which 155 were UKBGF Members competing for: two $995 P40 boards; a €500 entry package to a top European tour event; a £500 Geoffrey Parker Professional roll-up travel board; hotel and registration at next year’s UK Open Masters; hotel and entry at next year’s London Open Intermediates; commented match and lessons from Backgammon Workshop; and high street store vouchers.
With these prizes on offer for a total outlay of either £15 or £10, it’s not surprising that we attracted 113 players in the Masters flight and 78 in the Intermediates. We had deliberately kept the cost of entry low to encourage as many players as possible to take part.