This year will be the sixth year of the annual Birmingham Backgammon Tournament. It takes place on Saturday 13 May here at the All Services Club, Moseley.
After five years, with a tried and tested format of 32 players, we're growing the tournament to 48 players. As a result, the format will change somewhat.
The tournament will begin with all 48 players taking part in a 4 round, 5 point Swiss competition.
The top 16 players will then enter the 'Main' knock-out and the remaining 32 players will enter the 'Consolation' knock-out.
Excluding the four semi-finalists in each of the two competitions, the remaining 40 players will join the 'Last Chance'.
As of 21 April, nine people have had to cancel their tournament places, for one reason or another. Fortunately, they have all been replaced, so the tournament is full again. However, the stand-by list has one person, so do get in touch if you would like to join it. Based on the attrition rate so far, you might even get a tournament place. To join the stand-by list, please email Mike Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org Who's coming?
Ahmes Pahor Eric McAlpine Richard Biddle Anna Price Julian Minwalla Rob Perry Michelle Ford Simon Taylor Jamie MacPherson Mark Smyth Eric Westbrook Jim Shoesmith Marc Turner Phil Tutchings Rob Tutchings Steve Malins Beata Kiss Matthew Fisher Richard Carter Dave Pritchard Mervyn Ward David Penn Kevin Jones Pearl Foster Sean Jones Karen Jones Garry Jones Gemma Preece Marc Guilband Julian Fetterlein John Rudolf Connar Baird Mike Barrett Richard Munslow Paul Plumptre Sean Clennel Brenda Rosen Vicki Ondis Stewart Pemberton Bek Barbaros Rhod Farthing Tony Papadopoullos Allan Dye Gary Brooker Joseph White Ozgur Sayin David Fall Graham Smith
Stand-By List: Przemyslaw Nadziejko
The Birmingham Open is an annual tournament hosted by Birmingham Backgammon Club and organised and administered by Mike Wood.
The initial tournament was held in May 2012 and attracted players from around the UK. Since then it has continued to grow in popularity, not least because of the friendly atmosphere, and fantastic buffet provided by Mike.
Past Winners of the Birmingham Open
2012 - David Pritchard. 2013 - Martin Barkwill 2014 - Matthew Fisher 2015 - Julian Fetterlein 2016 - Julian Minwalla