Multiple flight cancellations, endless Covid bureaucracy, risk of quarantine, player withdrawals, rescheduling of flights to a different and more distant airport, uncertainty as to whether the event would take place at all. These were among the challenges the UK team faced heading into the delayed event which took place from 30th August to 1st September in the German town of Trier, famed as the birthplace of Karl Marx.
With live play shortly to resume, what better than a hastily arranged online friendly match against Sweden to fill the void?
Sweden has many very strong players so a tough match is in the offing however we beat the Swedish team in the WBGF World Team Championship last year just before the lockdown.
The UK lineup features several experienced masters as well as a few rising stars that are making their first appearance for the national team. [Read more…]
Martin Barkwill writes…
Chris Rogers will captain the UK in a friendly online match against Germany!
12 of our leading players will play two 13 point matches in a preliminary round against Germany’s finest over the 18 days prior to a consultation doubles final on Sunday 14th February 2021. The score from the preliminary round is carried over to the consultation match. The first nation to reach 21 points wins the challenge.
Last year I incautiously mentioned to a few players that my club (North East Backgammon Association, aka NEBA) were minded to host the 2019 UK Clubs Championship. Several of those I used as a sounding board expressed caution that holding the event in the Far North would be a deterrent and we would be challenged to match the attendance of previous years. I am therefore very grateful to my NEBA colleague, Keith Gill, for recommending York University as a possible venue and for making many site visits to check on its viability, suitability of the proposed playing room, facilities and likely costs.
Until recently, there have been few successes on the world stage for UK players and teams.
That all changed with Gaz Owen, Raj Jansari and Chris Rogers winning major overseas events and the UK capturing the inaugural Worldwide Trophy in Tbilisi, Georgia last year & being runners up in the European Team event in Copenhagen.