Most backgammon clubs meet up for an enjoyable evening’s play – but literally any time of day is a good time! Colin Whiers writes:
Our early morning backgammon really started by accident about two years ago. I was teaching backgammon to my friend Keith, over an early morning coffee before work one day. We continued to play for a few weeks in Caffe Nero and suddenly I realised people were listening to me as I taught the importance of the 5 point and why you should consider your game plan after every roll and the probability of leaving 17 shots or 11 shots etc. Before long, I had invited some of the customers who had shown an interest, to start learning Backgammon.
The Manager of the Coffee House always tells his customers, “I thought backgammon was just the luck of the dice. I had no idea there was game etiquette, probability, games plans, doubling cube decisions to think about.”
The early morning sessions have now extended to 5 mornings a week. I also have a couple of players who can only make it at the weekend, so I end up playing 7 morning most weeks. Regular players include a Web Designer, Retired Fire Fighter, Gas Engineer, Care Worker, Long Distance Lorry Driver, Chef. It’s a mixed bunch of interesting people who are now great friends. Their love of the game of Backgammon is infectious or is it the coffee?
Harrogate Backgammon Club meet at Caffe Nero, 6 Cambridge Street, Harrogate – pictured above – every weekday morning from 6.30 to 8am, as well as Monday evenings at the Empress, 10 Church Square. Does your club have an unusual venue? Do get in touch and we’d be delighted to feature you here!