A brief update on the EUBGF, the forthcoming 2016 European Team Championships in Denmark and an invitation to submit proposals to host the 2017 European Team Championships
The board of the EUBGF (European Backgammon Federation), chaired by its president Denmark’s Steen Grønbech, has been working hard over the past year and at its last Annual General Assembly voted in its formal statutes (constitution) and official tournament rules, which fully mirror the UKBGF Rules.
All member nations are required to translate the rules into their native language and to file such translated version with the EUBGF and these may be found on the EUBGF website.
For 2015/2016 the EUBGF has brought on board 17 full member nations: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy and Gibraltar, and six associate members nations: Serbia, Finland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. Discussions remain ongoing in relation to other nations also wishing to join.
The longer term outlook is to work towards a global backgammon federation but I suspect that we are some way off such a noble goal. One step on the way there would be to have a unified set of tournament rules and at least that could be an achievable goal in the medium term especially now that Europe has a set which have also been accepted by some non-European nations too. As I’ve mentioned before however, rules aren’t set in stone and over time must be refined, corrected and/or developed to enhance the playing experience for everybody.
Full annual membership of the EUBGF last and this year cost €300 but as the organisation is non-profit making, in subsequent years where there is a sufficient surplus it is envisaged that membership fees will be scaled back significantly or set at zero.
The main goals for the EUBGF for 2016/2017 include continuing to expand membership, to further develop/enhance the European team and individual championships, to implement procedures for the maintenance of the rules, to further develop procedures to promote member nations tournaments, to overhaul the official EUBGF website, to develop a high quality ranking system and to form and implement an ethics committee and its communication procedures.
The 2016 European team and individual championships take place in Helsingor, Denmark this October but the bidding process to host the 2017 championships is now underway. All European member nations and other event organisers are invited to submit their initial bid applications by 15th September 2016. The full details of the process can be found here:
The UKBGF Board is not planning to launch a bid for the 2017 championships. However, if anyone is interested in doing so, the UKBGF would be happy to assist in promotion and otherwise provide as much support as possible.
Note: the closing date for bids is the 15th September 2016.