Birmingham contingent at Solihull I have recently returned from an enjoyable weekend tournament at the St John's Hotel, Solihull. Rob Perry, Rich Carter and myself were flying the Birmingham Backgammon Club flag at the BIBA event. We were joined by several members of the MBGL (Sean and Garry Jones, Paul Plumptre and Julian Minwalla).
Just short of fifty competitors gathered from around the UK and Ireland.
Rob Perry managed to win four out of five matches on Saturday to set up a place in the final sixteen. He eventually lost in a very close quarter-final match to Peter Bennett, who went on to reach the final.
Rich and I both had runs in the "Last Chance" competition. Rich to the semi, while I reached the final.
New For 2017
Our first meeting of the New Year will be Monday 9th January.
Each evening will follow a consistent format, as follows.
The Club will open at 7.00pm for informal chat, friendlies, registration for the knockouts. We will begin at 7.30 sharp with eight-player 5-point knockouts. As the evening progresses and players are eliminated further knockouts will begin. 5-point knockouts will be succeeded by 3-pointers and finally 1-pointers as we draw on in the evening.
A record of all results will be kept and notified to the UKBGF for rating purposes. This will add another layer of relevance to all matches. The winners of each eight-player knockout will gain points as follows. Five for a 5-pointer, three for a 3-pointer and one for a 1-pointer. Winners of any four-player 5-pointer or 3-pointer knockout will gain 1 point. In order to encourage players to turn up regularly and support the Club, each player will gain one point each time they attend. At the end of the year points gained will determine who will become the Club Champion.