The Clubs Championship is back – online! Register now!
The weekend of 15-16 August was booked to be our physical Clubs Championship. Although we can’t hold it this year, we will instead be running an online version, and if it’s successful we’ll make it into an annual event. The Online Clubs Championship will follow the tried and tested format of its real world sister, with teams of five representing physical clubs throughout the UK playing on Gridgammon, Backgammon Galaxy or Backgammon Studio Heroes over the course of the weekend. We’ll have group stages on Saturday afternoon, the early knockout rounds on Saturday evening, and the final stages on Sunday afternoon.
It’s free to register teams, and without the constraints of a venue we can handle as many teams as you can assemble! Just get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible with your team rosters – and get creative with your team names! The captain will need to be a UKBGF member but for this year there are no other requirements. There will be mementoes awarded for the teams that reach the final stages, and the winners will have their name engraved on the Tutchings Trophy for posterity.
We hope to have some games from the final stages streamed and commentated too!
The UKBGF Online Championships
We have had two divisions running since April, and we’re making good progress!
In the Masters we’re up to round ten and progressing at around one match per week. Ninety-three starters have been whittled down to just forty-two survivors, and way out in front is Brendan Burgess on 10/10 – the only person to have managed that in any of our online events ever, and a 1000-1 chance… Brendan has done a lot of organising of backgammon across the waters and it’s great to see him on top form. All matches are analysed by WBIF and three survivors are averaging less than 4 PR over ten rounds, Simon Barget, Gaz Owen and Sebastian Wilkinson.
In the Intermediates we had a bit of a hiatus while I had to resolve the mother of all tie-breaks – five players exactly tied in one group, with three to go through and one to be group winner. Working out a format for that one was an intriguing puzzle which kept me awake for a night! The knockout is reaching about half way, with Danny Gallagher the first to make it to the semi-finals. The Consolation is also at about the same stage with just Dorothy Lee in the semi-finals. We should have our winners decided by the end of August…
And some World tournaments…
It’s great to see that we have plenty of British players to cheer on in the Youth (under-26) and Children’s (under-12) World Championships – including our very own (physical) Junior World Champion David Broomfield, as well as Oliver Squire who’s already represented the UK at senior level. Also going on recently, the World Speedgammon championships saw Jon Barnes reach the penultimate group stage (roughly equivalent to the quarter-finals?) – only the final four remain and this will be decided by the end of July. And in the individual Online World Championship there’s a single British survivor after eleven rounds… me. Don’t expect any tales of wonderful match performance; I’m a rank outsider just clinging on and enjoying the ride as long as I can!