The WBGF Team Championships commences later today, and leads on into the WBGF Individual Championship later in the week.
Above is the team from the 2020 event in Forges-les-Eaux, France. This year we play in the historic German town of Trier, famed as the birthplace of Karl Marx. As you can see, the venue is a fusion of old and new – an awesome place to hold one of the world’s premier events! Obviously travel restrictions and ongoing concerns about Covid have not helped, but eighteen (nineteen, after a last minute entry – Ed) national teams have entered, from Europe and the USA.
We’re delighted to have a strong team to represent us:
- Gaz Owen winner of Merit Cup, Cyprus 2015
- Raj Jansari, past winner of the Nordic Open
- Jon Barnes, longest running number one UKBGF rated player
- Chris Bray, The Times backgammon columnist
- Lawrence Powell, 3rd placed in 2018 World Championship
- Oliver Squire, rising star
The format is triple elimination – three team losses and you’re out, and we just keep going until only one remains. Each rubber is 5-v-5 so teams with six or seven players taking part can rotate from one fixture to the next if they choose.
Captain Martin Barkwill will be publishing regular updates on social media, although as the venue doesn’t appear to have internet they may not be real-time! However, the draw and team results will be published here and you can also follow the WBGF’s event page on Facebook for updates. In addition there should be live streaming of some of the matches on the Backgammon Trier Youtube channel – we hope that at least some of them will feature Team UK!
Update: We’re in the last 3! While we lost two lives against Romania and Turkey, wins over Armenia, Cyprus, USA, Sweden, France and Norway have propelled us into the final stage where we have rematches coming up with France and Romania. Play starts at 10am UK time today (1st September) with us playing France, and we play Romania later.