Ireland victorious in Scotland
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by Brenda Rafferty
3w ago
Mike Ireland was crowned as the winner of the Scottish Open – the first champion for 12 years. Fifty two players took part in the tournament at the Holiday Inn in Aberdeen, a tournament that was last held more than a decade ago.  Participants travelled from across the British Isles to take part. Brenda Rafferty, one of the members of the organising committee, said: “We hope everyone had a great weekend of backgammon. “We’re very grateful to all the people who came to the event and a special thank you to all of my colleagues – in particular treasurer Ian Cukrowski and TD Graeme McPhee – w ..read more
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A Trio of Positions from UK v Germany
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by Martin Barkwill
1M ago
Following our successful friendly match against Germany, I asked the players to submit an instructive position that may interest readers of this blog page. Position One: Tim Cross v Dirk Schiemann Tim said: “Sometimes just sitting back and waiting with an anchor is not the right thing to do. In this position, if I had not taken the bull by the horns and left the anchor with this 6-2, I would have definitely lost the PR challenge to Dirk and quite possibly the match itself. It is unusual to leave an anchor when behind in the race, but in this instance comparative board strength, shortage of t ..read more
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UK Gain Revenge in Germany Rematch
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by Martin Barkwill
1M ago
In March 2021, during a miserable period of lockdowns and absence of live play, the UK team played and lost an online friendly against Germany by the decisive margin of 12-21. This was no disgrace as there were many fine performances by players of both nations with the UK team managing a very respectable average Performance Rating of 4.42 although this was bettered by the 3.99 achieved by Germany who were therefore the better team. The rematch took place over the weekend of 11th and 12th May 2024 and copied the format of the 2nd Magriel Cup against USA, which the UK lost 73-77. Two points wer ..read more
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Kent Goulding and Dan Rovira to commentate on UK v Germany Day 2 this Sunday!
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by Martin Barkwill
1M ago
We are delighted to announce the schedule and lineup of commentators for Day 2 of the forthcoming UK v Germany online match on Sunday 12th May 2024: 4th round, 17:00 UK time: Individual 11 point matches Featured match: Andrew Fotiadis (UK) v Bernhard Kaiser (Germany) Commentary: Kent Goulding and Dan Rovira (also for 5th round) Kent Goulding is the current St Louis Gateway Open Champion. His citation when inducted into the USBGF Hall of Fame reads “esteemed as a backgammon player, publisher, director/organizer, witty auctioneer, and raconteur extraordinaire. He introduced the first U.S. backg ..read more
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The Grand Master and Jedi Master to commentate on UK v Germany this weekend!
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by Martin Barkwill
1M ago
We are delighted to announce the schedule and lineup of commentators for Day 1 of the forthcoming UK v Germany online match on Saturday 11th May 2024: 1st round, 15:00 UK time: Consultation Doubles Featured match: Tim Cross and Chris Bray (UK) v Rainer Birkle and Marcus Reinhard (Germany) Commentary: Simon Barget and John Georgiou Following a suggestion from Art Williams, a well known player from the North West, a stalwart of Chester club and the host of the Facebook Backgammon News Group (not to be confused with “Backgammon News” which is associated with Galaxy), we are experimenting by havi ..read more
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SCOTTISH OPEN UPDATE
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by Brenda Rafferty
1M ago
The 2024 Scottish Backgammon Open is just a couple of weeks away and there are still a few places left. We now have our trophy. Who will be the first to be crowned Scottish champion in more than 12 years? The trophy is too heavy to travel, however Nessie and the winning slate coaster will go home with the champion along with the winner’s £1000 prize money. To register and for further details about the tournament, please go to the tournament website at: http://Scottishbackgammonopen.uk Accommodation is very reasonable at the local Premier Inn Westhill at £45 per night. We are also very lucky ..read more
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In the footsteps of Diogenes
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by Stefan Paliwoda
1M ago
Tournaments abroad can sometimes be a bit of an adventure – just getting to and from the venue. In mid-April, in search of some warmer climes, Rowena and I decided to attend the 2nd Loutraki Grand Prix International Backgammon Championships in Greece. A delayed flight meant sharing one hire car with CJ and Rachel Rhodes fell by the wayside.  Fortunately, we then bumped into Chris Rogers and Julian Minwalla and we were able to jump into their car instead.  Our travel travails hadn’t quite finished – once at Loutraki we were faced with an hour-long detour, on foot, fully laden with ba ..read more
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Last call for the inaugural Women’s Championship
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by Julia Hayward
1M ago
The UK Women’s Team in Gothenburg (days before Covid forced us online…) Join us for the first UKBGF Women’s Championship on Backgammon Hub! Registration is open until the end of the Bank Holiday weekend. After a lengthy discussion at last year’s AGM went through how women are under-represented at all levels of the game, Merrin Rose, Jay Hayter and I have started looking at ways in which we can encourage more to play; more to join up with their local clubs and play regularly; more to progress up to Masters level and beyond, and simply to normalise our presence as equals in the backgammon world ..read more
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UK v Germany: the rematch
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by Martin Barkwill
2M ago
During the depressingly long days of Covid lockdown we all faced a choice. Accept what fate presented us which included denial of live play, or try some new initiatives to use the time at home purposefully. This included arranging some online international friendly matches. As I see it, they convey several advantages: The maximum number of players in the squad for the WBGF World Team Championship is only eight (increasing to ten for the 2024 event), of whom only four or five can play in any one match. Online internationals that are not bound by WBGF restrictions can have as many players as t ..read more
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Plymouth goes from strength to strength
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by Mike Snowdon
2M ago
One of the newest clubs in the UK is going from strength to strength. Plymouth Backgammon was started by seasoned tournament players Gerald and Rosemary Whitehouse.  Since its first meeting, around 30 players – both veterans and new – have taken part in club meetings. The club meets at 7pm every Monday at Raffles, 5 Ermington Terrace, Mutley, Plymouth PL4 6QG Gerald said: “Plymouth is a major city of 250,000 people, a city steeped in history and adventure and backgammon needs to be represented, so Rosemary and I started the club. On the first night we were joined by Plamen Sivrev along w ..read more
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