It now feels like I was rather tempting fate when I described previous tournaments as “hopefully the last online substitute”, and I really don’t want to be proved wrong again!
(That’s North East Backgammon Association, if you didn’t already know!)
Earlier in the year COVID intervened to prevent us holding our physical Clubs Championship… but there was such a strong reaction to the thought of us missing it out for a year that we leaped into the unknown and assembled an Online Clubs Championship at relatively short notice.
Once again, it’s time for you to start assembling your squads for the UK Clubs Championship! This unique one-day event pits club teams of five players against each other in groups, similar to the World Cup, with the top teams in each group qualifying for the main knockout phase, and all other teams in a consolation knockout – guaranteeing at least five games for everyone.
Twenty teams of five descended on Worcester last weekend to fight it out for the title of Champion Club – and for the first time in its seven year history, the Tutchings Trophy headed north of the Watford Gap as the North West League team of Brian Lever, Rachel Rhodes, Mark Calderbank, John Wright and Jonathan Wilkinson defeated a lot of tough opposition to claim the title.
The UKBGF Clubs Championship rotated around to the south-east this year and ended up in St Neots, Cambs. It’s not an area known for backgammon – just the one UKBGF member there, and so no “home” team to challenge for the title this time, but we still had a strong turnout of 19 five-player sides (almost twenty, but for a last-minute withdrawal). And after a very long day’s play, we have new champions: St Albans ‘A’