The UKBGF has been invited to select players to represent the UK in two International Online backgammon competitions taking place this year. The UKBGF committee has nominated rising UK backgammon star Eric McAlpine as the UK Team Captain and Selector, and we are delighted that Eric has accepted this challenge.
The first event, starting next month, is organised by the European Backgammon Internet Federation (EBIF) and requires two UK teams of three: the top team for the Champions Cup, and the second team for the European Cup. Both employ a triple knockout format. Obviously, with only six places available, Eric will be looking for the very best online players to represent the UK. Time is short – both the Champions Cup and the European Cup are scheduled to start on 17th February – so please volunteer for selection now! If you are selected, the cost of entry is 30€ per player for the Champions Cup or €20 for the European Cup. This can be paid via the UKBGF nominated sterling account if more convenient. See the EBIF website for details of prize money and winners’ certificates.
As well as these two events, there is a triple knockout EBIF Open tournament in which anyone can play for just 10€ with 90% of entry fees returned as prize money to the top three finishers. Matches in all three EBIF events may be played on any server which provides a match log, for example GridGammon or FIBS. But hurry…you must register and pay your entry fee for the EBIF Open by Saturday 1st February. The entry fee can be paid by PayPal – if you do not have a PayPal account and would like to enter, email email@example.com but please do so immediately.
The other competition for which the UK is fielding a team to be selected by Eric McAlpine is the 4th Internet Backgammon Championship (IBC) which is expected to start later in the year, organised by Backgammon Federations in the USA, Japan and France. The 3rd IBC was a single, large, best-of-three match knockout format with up to 16 players per national team. Players from every team were seeded into different brackets within the draw, so that players from the same country did not get drawn against each other in the early rounds. At the time of writing all that’s left to play in this tournament is the best of three 15-point match final.
Assuming it is the same format, and with 16 spots available, competition for places in the 4th IBC will not be quite as fierce as for the EBIF. Nevertheless, you still need to play at a high standard in order to be selected for Team UK. More details of the 4th IBC will be posted on this blog when available, including the entry fee (this was 21€ per player for the 3rd IBC).
Or, if you just want to enter the EBIF Open starting on 1st February, register NOW.
Good luck, and maybe we can put the UK back on the world backgammon map!