Nominations are now open for the British Backgammon Awards 2021
COVID-19 has certainly dominated the backgammon world since our last set of Awards, and as we gradually emerge from our lockdowns and get clubs and face to face tournaments back on their feet, there is a lot going on to keep the community happy and growing! We want you to look back on the positives of recent times and tell us who in the backgammon world has made a real difference to the game. The 2021 Awards cover the period since the last ones, which happened in August 2020 and were announced at the AGM around the time of the UK Open – we’re realigning them to the calendar year so it’s a lot clearer exactly what qualifies in future! So it includes all the events of the tail of 2020 as well as this year, and of course starting with the online version of the UK Open in 2020! We’ll collate the nominations and voting will happen in December, with the deserving winners being announced early in the new year and certificates being presented at the first face-to-face opportunities possible for our winners. Backgammon wouldn’t be what it is without the tournament directors, the club and league organisers, the unseen helpers, and the players – some of whom may never even have won a trophy but whose presence makes an evening session a highly enjoyable experience – and we particularly want to acknowledge those who have kept things running despite all the obstacles of lockdown.
The categories are the same as 2020, to reflect the forced cancellation of tournaments, few chances to play rated matches, and a big move to playing online. Some of the past categories will stay “rested” with the hope that normality comes back in 2022 – yes, I know I said something similar last year! Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:
- British Player of the Year – Face to Face
- British Player of the Year – Online
- International Player of the Year
- Online Tournament Director of the Year
- Club Organiser of the Year
- Most Significant Contributor to British Backgammon of the Year
- Online Backgammon Site of the Year
- Most Courteous Player of the Year
To nominate your favourites, simply mail email@example.com with a list of your nominees and what categories you are nominating them in. While nominating and voting is open to UKBGF members, the person who you’re nominating need not be. Joint nominations are allowed, for example where there are groups of two or three who organise significant events. Please include a brief reason why you’re nominating them and what makes them stand out – it need only be a few words to encourage others to support your nominee! You can even nominate more than one person in each category, although you’ll only be able to vote for one in each category when the time comes. Nominations close at midnight on 24th November 2021. We will announce the shortlists as soon as possible thereafter, and voting will take place between then and the end of the year. Remember, you must be a UKBGF member to vote.
If you feel there’s someone exceptional who doesn’t fit into any of the above categories, please do also let us know – there is always scope to include an extra award for someone really special.