The UK Tour 2018 is drawing to a close – so time to look ahead to 2019!
The 2019 calendar opens with the Tour Winners’ Invitational, bringing together the best of the UK Tour and the Intermediate Tour to find the one ultimate champion of the 2018 season. Then the 2019 Tour opens in Bradford in March at the West Yorkshire Open – already fully subscribed with three months to go…
This year almost all your favourite events will be returning – see the calendar for dates, and we’ll have the Tour page updated for 2019 very soon. Sadly we won’t be having another Winchester Open on the Tour this year, due to Anna and I having other commitments, but I’d be delighted to assist in the future if anyone in the area would like to take it on. Instead, the Brighton Summer Open joins the Tour, and this will feature an Intermediate division, adding a fifth event to the Intermediate Tour and allowing even more of you to take part in it. The only other change is that the Newcastle Open will move back to the autumn (likely in the slot which Winchester had).
The other addition is a cumulative event from the four BMAB tournaments through the year. The winners from this will be decided by their total numbers of wins over their best three scores through 2019.
Of course, there are other tournaments throughout the year – we hope to keep the calendar as comprehensive as we can, do get in touch if you’d like us to add any. And on that note, Neil Webb writes:
On Friday I got my BIBAFAX from Michael Crane. In this BIBAFAX Michael tells us that next year BIBA is only going to run two tournaments – Brighton in January and The British Open in April in Solihull. When I first started playing backgammon I didn’t have a grey hair on my head and Michael’s were the only tournaments in town – any town! They were busy, lively tournaments and it’s there that I first meet many of the friends that I still play against today.
I think it would be great if as many players as possible could support Michael’s new schedule. The Brighton one is in an excellent hotel and no more than 2 minutes walk from Brighton Station. The April one is very central and close to a number of transport links. So this is just a plea to gives these tournaments consideration – it will be good to play you there if you do.
As one who was there at the first one (and who has got plenty of grey since!) all those years ago it’s remarkable to think back to a time when there were only four a year, and to see how many tournaments we now have available to us. Please do support as many as you can; tournaments can only go ahead with the support of the playing community – and most of all do register in plenty of time as the most popular ones are almost guaranteed to sell out before the day. Here’s hoping you have a fun and successful 2019!