Tim Parfitt writes:
We have just completed the initial season of the new Brighton Premier League which started with 32 players split into four groups of eight. We had a few drop outs over the first couple of weeks as players new to any formal Backgammon decided that they could not commit to the time schedule. We managed quite quickly to replace with a few substitutes and completed the 3 month season with a staggering 30 players.
All bar 3 matches were completed out of a possible 112 (97.3%) – not too bad for a new undertaking.
Season 2 has now commenced; the four winners of each of the groups – Mike Grabsky, Maciek Marianski, Peter Christmas and David Nias – have together become Division 1 and are now not only up for the title of BBPL Champion but also up to qualify for two places in the 2020 UK Champions League, courtesy of Richard Biddle.
Unfortunately we didn’t manage to fill 8 Divisions as a couple of players have decided not to continue any further. There are now 7 Divisions made up of all the seconds, thirds, fourths, etc. We expected to lose a few at the start however this is still well in excess of the 4 divisions we envisaged when we decided to start the new league. We are also running an annual championship for those players who can’t get enough of the game, this currently has 16 contestants who have to play each other just once within the next 12 months in addition to the Division matches.
BBPL is up and running and we are here to welcome new players at any time.
Many thanks to fellow committee members: Rich McQuillan and Daniel Silve for their help in getting this going and thanks to all the players who have played and continued to commit. Not all BBPL members are UKBGF members but may soon be.
Good luck to all for Season 2!
You can find the Brighton Premier League standings at: https://brightonpremierbackgammon.leaguerepublic.com/
The Cambridge League is now approaching two years old, and like Brighton we now have two places up for grabs in the UK Champions League. We started somewhat more slowly with just 12 players, but we’ve grown to 21 now and have five active divisions, with four seasons a year. The league format particularly appeals to a lot of players who aren’t able to commit to club nights on a specific day of the week.
While we have two players who have become regular fixtures in division 1, no-one has ever managed to retain the ceremonial glass cube for more than one season, and it seems to condemn its holder to a relegation battle – with just six games a season, it is definitely possible for anyone to have a good run and climb the ladder.
Season 9 starts in January and we are also always welcoming newcomers!
You can find the Cambridge. League at http://cambridgebackgammon.org/league/
Many leagues are coming up to new seasons starting in the new year – why not take the plunge and sign up? You can find the full list of leagues we know about at http://ukbgf.com/clubs. And if there’s not one near you, we can help you get one started… just get in touch at the usual address email@example.com!