Backgammon Clubs

Starting A Backgammon Club

By Michael Crane

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It is now possible to see who, what, where, when, and how much it'll cost you to play all over the Country. Some clubs charge nothing to play, others fifty pence a week and one or two £20 or more. Now you can see before you go. Just click on a flag to go to your country of choice or scroll down..

 

Where I have left a field blank it means that some or more specific information is required from the club - would club organisers please send in the information (see below). Click here to go to the key for details.

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Birmingham (locator)
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Birmingham Backgammon Club
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Moseley All Services Club
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91 Church Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 0LA
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Mike Wood (01926 881085) or Matthew Fisher (07720 890304)
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http://birminghambackgammon.weebly.com
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Monday evenings at 7.30pm, except bank holidays

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5, 3 and 1 point knockout tournaments, with the winners scoring points towards the Club Championship.

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No fees, optional £1 side pools for knockout tournaments

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Players of all skill levels are welcome, including beginners. There will always be an experienced member who will be pleased to explain the game and start you off.

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All skill levels and guests are welcome.

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We do our best to give a warm welcome to all players, and are prepared to listen to any suggestions for modifying or adding to our programme of competitions,

 

Bognor (locator)
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Backgammon at the Waverley Pub in Bognor Regis
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Waverley Pub
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n/k
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Please contact Peter Christmas for more details info@backgammon-boards.co.uk or phone 01243 820565
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Facebook
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Every Second Wednesday of the Month at 8 pm
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If you are just learning the game or been playing for years you are welcome to come along to learn how to improve your game, play some social games or take your first steps towards joining the National UK Backgammon Federation which organizes team events, inter league matches or play in tournaments arranged by Biba the British Isles Backgammon Association.
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No fees
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Depending on the numbers turning up we can arrange a number of events to suit the needs and requests of the players here are some ideas of what we can arrange on the day.
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Brighton (locator)
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Brighton Backgammon Club
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Lion & Lobster
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24 Sillwood Street.
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tba
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Facebook
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Thursday evenings from 8pm.
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We run a very flexible "Rolling Tournament" format which means players can join in any time and get a game no matter when they arrive.
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No fees
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Players of all levels are welcome. We are a friendly club, so you will get plenty help/tuition if you need it.
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Bristol (locator)
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Bristol Backgammon

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Bristol County Sports Club
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Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AE

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Ian Tarr, 0117-9556862 or 07940 284652, brisgammon@talktalk.net
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www.bristol-backgammon.org/
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rsday evenings for competitions, with monthly grand prix tournament on the second Thursday of the month. Monday evenings for new players, plus low key competition. Check website for details of all events.
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Each Thursday has a different theme: grand prix tournaments, league nights, handicap tournaments, doubles tournaments, clock tournaments, jackpot evenings. Monday competition includes 3-point round robins, clock blitzes, Tric Trac Tournos
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No membership fee, just pay-as-you-play events.
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All standards welcome
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Yes. All welcome at any session, but new and developing players especially welcome on Mondays.

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We do our best to give a warm welcome to all players, and are prepared to listen to any suggestions for modifying or adding to our existing programme of competitions

 

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Chester (locator)
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Chester Backgammon Club (est Dec 2012)
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Bear and Billet
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94 Lower Bridge St. Chester
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Graham Cornish 07979973379 gmc2444@hotmail.co.uk
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cbackc
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1st Monday of the month arrive 7pm play starts 7:30pm
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3,5,7 point matches, all play, bingo gammon - whatever we fancy on the night
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No fees, optional pools
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All levels welcome
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Beginners and guests can play first time
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Social friendly atmosphere. We have clocks and spare boards so dont panic if you havent.

 

 

Clitheroe (locator)
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Ribble Valley Backgammon Society
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West Bradford, near Clitheroe
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West Bradford Village Hall, Grindleton Road, West Bradford, Near Clitheroe, Lancs. BB7 4TE
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Ian Brown 07764796328 ianbrownmagic@aol.com
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n/a
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7.00pm 1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month
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Various
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No joining fee. Small playing fee
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Anyone is very welcome
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Yes
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Meeting in an exceptionaly beautiful location. A new club formed in May 2014 with 15-20 members, a few experinced players and some novices. New players welcome from 10yrs upwards

 

Colchester (locator)
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I'm hoping to get a backgammon club started in Colchester, Essex. I've created a facebook page in order for people to register an interested.
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colchesterbackgammon@gmail.com
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/colchesterbackgammon
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Cornwall (Launceston) (locator)
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Lanson Gammon
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The Pint & Post
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St Giles On The Heath, Launceston
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Paul Shaw: info@lansongammon.org. Tel...07899238206
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/lansongammon

Blogg: www.lansongammon.blogspot.com

Web site: www.lansongammon.org/

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Thur 16th April at 19:30 -- 21:00 .. Then every two weeks.

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tba
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Free membership
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All welcome from beginner to expert. If you want to learn just ask..
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tba
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Coventry (locator)
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Coventry Backgammon Club
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Whitefriars Olde Ale House
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114-115 Gosford Street Coventr
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Phil Tutchings – tutchingsp@aol.com Tel: 02476 445467

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Coventry BG Club Web Site
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Thusdays @ 8.00pm
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1st & 3rd Thursday, 1pt Round Robin, 2nd 5pt KO, 4th 11pt ratings Championship, (5th Chouette . . . if 5th Thursday in the month.

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Costs to be kept low – possibly with optional prize pools. 50p pot.
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All welcome from complete beginners to experts

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Beginners and guests are very welcome and we will be flexible to meet their needs (Possibly having dedicated "beginner's nights"') if there is enough interest.
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Ireland -Clonakilty (locator)
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Clonakilty Backgammon Club
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Mick Finn's pub
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The pub is on the corner of Patrick Street and Pearse Street opposite the Allied Irish Bank, and left of Clon
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087 7744764 or 023 8834515 -- onakiltybackgammon@gmail.com
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www.clonakiltybackgammon.com/
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8.00pm on Wednesday nights
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Varied
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Free membership
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All standards
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Tuition will be provided for beginner
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The last Wednesday of every month is competition night.  FREE entry, very friendly, with a bottle of wine for the winner.
Ireland - Dublin (locator)
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Dublin South Backgammon Club
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Fitzgeralds Pub
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Sandycove, Co. Dublin
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dublinsouthbackgammonclub@gmail.com
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http://dublinsouthbackgammon.webs.com/
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We meet every third Wednesday
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Dependant on numbers 16, 8, person knockouts, consolation 1 point round robins
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Optional
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Basic knowledge of the game & rules
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Guests always welcome
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Our backgammon club has been in existence for the past 6 years and our sole purpose is to meet other backgammon enthusiasts and spend evenings rolling those dice and having fun!
Ireland - Galway (locator)
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Backgammon Galway
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McDonagh's Pub, Oranmore
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Galway, Ireland
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backgammongalway@gmail.com
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www.facebook.com/backgammongalway or

http://backgammongalway.wix.com/backgammon-galway

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Every Tuesday at 8pm
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A variety of different formats, including weekly round-robins, chouettes, and monthly knockout tournaments.
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No fees
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Playing standard: Gently competitive
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New players are welcome; we will be happy to help new players learn the game
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Dumfermline (locator)
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Dunfermline BG Club
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NB: In the process of getting it off the ground
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Most likely East End Park or The Elizabethan - Dunfermline
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Graeme Campbell, 07979 960427. graeme.campbell@uwclub.net
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/DunfermlineBackgammon
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tba
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tba
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tba
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All
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Yes
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Hoping to get restarted . . .  one day!

 

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Eastbourne (locator)
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Eastbourne and Bexhill BG club
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The Lamb near Pevensey
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The Lamb,Hooe (On main Pevensey to Bexhill road)
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John Thomas. Tel: 01424 219415 Email: info@ebbc.org.uk
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tba
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Wednesdays at 8.00
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All play all 7 point matches with optional prize pool. Chouettes.
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Free
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Any
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Special arrangements to fit any guests or beginners.
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Couldn't be cheaper. Give us a try.

 

Edinburgh (locator)
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Edinburgh Backgammon
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Out of the Blue Art Centre
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Dalmeny Street. Leith. Edinburgh
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Gareth Timms
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www.meetup.com/Edinburgh-Backgammon
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3 or 4 times a month
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Occasional double entry knockouts, FIBs based ratings, beginners sessions. Currently developing new ideas - leagues more chouettes etc  If you have an idea how to make the sessions more interesting please share it.
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£2.00 a session (July 2009 may go up or down)
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We are keen to promote the game so anyone welcome. Only expectation is that people play fairly and more experienced players will help newer or beginners to improve.
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YES we aim to be inclusive, friendly and fun while providing anopportunity for players to improve their game.
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More fun than Chess, more skill than Poker and approximately 5000 years older than Monopoly!

 

Exmouth (locator)
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Backgammon Off The Rails
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GWRSA Railway Club Exmouth Devon
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Royal Avenue EX8 1EN Exmouth
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Brian Worts brianworts@talktalk.net
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n/a
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Tuesday from 8pm
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Free play at present but flexible/optional league expected by Sept 2013
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Free
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All abilities
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Beginners and guests welcome
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Sociable atmosphere looking west across the River Exe. Club has skittles, darts, pool, bingo, quiz and live bands at weekends.

 

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Glasgow (locator)
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The Glasgow Backgammon Club
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Various pubs and clubs
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Not fixed
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Danny Kane ( 0141 424 3034 ) Kanegolf2001@aol.com
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None at the moment
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1 or 2 per week arranged on ad hoc basis
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Tournament, chouettes, money games
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Free or table money when held in a bridge club
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All welcome
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Beginners & guests welcome
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Come along and enjoy yourself even if you have never played before

 

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Halifax (locator)
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Halifax/West Yorkshire Club
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Nominally The Three Pigeons
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The Shay, Halifax 1
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Rachel Rhodes 07961 355433 dicewitch@yahoo.co.uk
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No
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Sporadic
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Informal
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No fees
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Anyone
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n/a
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Let's get this going on a more regular basis

 

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Herts (locator)
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Das Klubhaus
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Sawbridgeworth
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Great Hyde Hall, Hertfordshire
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Graham Price 07930 903249
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Restricted
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Tuesday and tournament weekends
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Senior players use English rules, Juniors begin with International rules
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Informal donations
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High level
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Yes, if formally introduced
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Established in 1993

 

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Huddersfield (locator)
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The Huddersfield Backgammon Club
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The Clothiers Arms
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Stocksmoor,Huddersfield
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Rachel Rhodes 07961 355433   dicewitch@yahoo.co.uk
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Pending - Watch out for it!
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Every Tuesday
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Leagues, Knockout, informal and money games
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50p a night , no joining fee
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All abilities
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Arrangements will be made for all guests and beginners
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We are a new, small club with a friendly atmosphere all are welcome at the H.B.C.

 

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Isle of Wight (locator)
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Island Backgammon Club
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The Wheatsheaf Pub
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Newport
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mickvacarey@hotmail.co.uk  mickvacarey@hotmail.com
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N/A
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Every TMonday
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Casual games
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Free
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All abilities - beginners very welcome
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Bringing your own board
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Drinking beer, playing backgammon.

 

East Malling, Kent (locator)
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East Malling Backgammon Association
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East Malling Institute
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Mill Street, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6DD
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David Lettington on david_lettington@hotmail.com or 01732 870356
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www.eastmallingbackgammon.blogspot.com
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Mondays 7.30pm to 9.30pm
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All play all, very friendly
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About £2 per week
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From complete beginner to inspirational genius
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All are welcome
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We are a new club and welcome visitors and new members
Littlebourne. Kent (locator)
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The East Kent Backgammon Club
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Anchor Inn
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2 Bekesbourne Lane. Littlebourne. CT3 1UY
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Bob Bruce 07856624747 us2bruces@btinternet.com

Sean Thomas 07925861873 sean-thomas@sky.com

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http://eastkentbackgammonclub.moonfruit.com/
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Every fortnight on Thursday evenings
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Regular competitions and a Beginners Tutorial
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No Fees to join
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All Levels inc complete beginners
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YES and VERY welcome
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A friendly club looking for new members of all levels. Very nice and spacious room in an old Pub/Restaurant in an historic old Kent village

 

Leeds (locator)
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Leeds Backgammon Club
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The Mustard Pot
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Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7
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James Ward
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facebook.com/leedsbackgammonclub or meetup.com/leeds-backgammon-club
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Third Wednesday
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Various
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TBA
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All Levels
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Yes
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TBA

 

Leicester (locator)
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West End Backgammon Club
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Yesim's Cafe
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29 Narborough Road. LE3 0LE
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Katherine 07944 526517 westendbackgammon@gmail.com
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n/a
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Tuesdays (starting 6 November, 2012) 6pm to 8pm
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Casual backgammon in a Cafe atmosphere
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No Fees to join
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Everyone welcome, including children (we can teach them to play)
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Anyone can play - and if you don't know how, see above.
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WA new club designed to cater for those that prefer not to meet in a pub. The cafe is a fantastic place to meet and play whilst you mahe a cup of tea or sandwich.

 

Lincoln (locator)
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The New Lincoln Backgammon Club
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The Hospital Club
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St Anne’s Road, Lincoln.
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Michael Crane 07900 916468 michael.a.crane@ntlworld.com
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http://homepage.ntlworld.com/michael.a.crane/index/index.html
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Weekly, Thursday evenings 7.30 to 11.00
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Casual backgammon for casual players
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No Fees to join (but you must join the Hospital Club)
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All Levels inc complete beginners. Can't play? We'll teach you
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Anyone can play
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We’re a flexible club offering an informal night’s backgammon that is tailored to suit all levels of ability. Our approach is fun and learning without the strictures of competitive play.
 

 

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Liverpool (locator)
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Liverpool Backgammon Club
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Liverpool Yacht Club
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71 South Ferry Quay, Liverpool L3 4BP
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Committee – Steve Fowles, Tim Brown, Ian Turner

liverpoolbackgammon@yahoo.co.uk

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http://www.liverpoolbackgammon.co.uk
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1st Thursday (3-point night), 3rd Thursday (1-point night)

2nd Thursday (Chouette, at Leo Casino Liverpool)

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Monthly 1pt, 3pt and Chouette nights, 11pt league, annual Open tournament .

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No membership fee, £1 per night plus optional sweep

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All standards accepted, tuition can be given.
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Yes
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LBC is a small friendly, low cost BG Club where we all standards of players are welcome.

 

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London (1 of 3) (locator)
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Backgammon in London
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Camden Town and The City
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The Lockside Lounge and The King's Stores 
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Mike Main mike@backgammoninlondon.com
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www.backgammoninlondon.com/
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Mondays, Tuesday - check schedule page 
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Mostly tournament play (not really chouettes)
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£5 per player per evening
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Any standard
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Beginnners and Guest are most welcome
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Come check us out
London (2 of 3) (locator)
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South London Backgammon Club

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Thursdays we play at the Skylark in South Croydon, Sundays we play at the Postal Order in Crystal Palace.

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The Skylark, 34-36 Southend, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1DP. The Postal Order, 33 Westow Street, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 3RW

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Alex Polden, Tel: 07905983715 Email alexandajpolden at yahoo.co.uk

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www.southlondonbackgammon.co.uk
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Thursdays at the Skylark, 8 o-clock start and Sundays at the Postal Order, 7 o-clock start.
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We aim to play 7 point tournaments, round robins & chouettes.

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There are no club fee's and no rake with optional stakes.

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From beginners to experts, there is available help for beginners.
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Most definitely, all players at any level are welcome.
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Relaxed atmosphere with a bit of banter.
London (3 of 3) (locator)
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Sapphire Backgammon Meetup London
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Bricklayer's Arms, Putney or Central London venue
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32 Waterman Street (off Lower Richmond Road) Putney London SW151DD
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Christopher, 07956 263451
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http://www.meetup.com/Sapphire-Backgammon-In-London/
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Sundays, 3pm
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Meet every fortnight as advertised
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£1
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All levels, beginners to expert
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 Most certainly - all people and levels are welcome!
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We're a backgammon social group of friendly players, some of whom are now regular players, of all abilities and levels.  Check out the website or get in touch for more information.

 

 

Lowestoft (locator)
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Lowestoft Backgammon Club

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The Ole Frank
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tba
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Gary 07988 782211

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tba
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Wednesday evening @ 7.30
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Varies according to attendance
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tba
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All standards accepted
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Yes
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Whether you just want to learn or are an experienced player come on down and put your skills to the test.

 

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Manchester (locator)
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Manchester and District Backgammon Club
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Heaton Moor Conservative Club
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Heaton Moor Road, Stockport
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Rodney Lighton 0161 445 5644 email lighton@btinternet.com
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Manchester BG Club web site
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We meet every Tuesday. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays are 5pt, 3pt, 1 pt KO. 4th Tuesday is Tric-trac.
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See 6 above, plusSaturday of the month 11pt, 7pt, 5pt KOs
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Free (optional £3 pool)
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All
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Yes
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Join us for a sociable evening of backgammon. All standards are welcome

 

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Middlesex (locator)
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Claudia's Backgammon Club Middlesex
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Three Wishes Pub
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Pinner Road, North Harrow
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O7989751717. Email: claudia66@ntlworld.com
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Mondays, Wednesdays and sometimes Fridays @ 7.30pm to 8pm
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5-point matches
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Entry >£5 stakes, with winner, at end of play, winning all stakes and play One 7 point match Knockout
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Any type will do
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Yes, but they have to pay the stakes ie £5 to play
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Looking forward to meeting you all

 

Newcastle (locator)
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North East Backgammon Association
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Royal British Legion
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3 West Jesmond Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 3EX
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Martin Barkwill

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http://nebauk.blogspot.co.uk/
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First Monday of each month from 7pm
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League & KO

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Club fees or cost to play/join --£15 for league + £10 voluntary pool. £5 voluntary pool for other events
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Any
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Yes
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North Norfolk (locator)
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North Norfolk Backgammon Circle
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Grtesham Village Hall
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As above
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Cedric Lytton, 01263 824157. Gerry Enslin Fgc1700@aol.com
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None 
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1st Sunday in months Sept to May, inclisive, mornings 9.45am to 12.45pm
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Casual. Cubeless Round Robins to Championship, and 5-point matches with cube.
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£2 (includes refreshments)
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From bottom up!
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All welcome. An experienced playewr is always on hand to give tuition
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Currently we have 25 players on our books, of whom 14-18 turn out regularly. Cedric usually donates 4 to 6 bottles of wine as prizes + chocolates :-)  

 

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Nottingham (locator)
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Nottingham Backgammon Club
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The Horse and Groom
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Radford Rd Nottingham NG7 7EF
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Keith Gray Webmaster 0115 9692959
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http://www.nottinghambackgammon.org
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Monday
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All matches played around flexible league system and also knockouts
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Free
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All playing abilities welcome
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Yes they can
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The Nottingham Backgammon has a friendly, sociable, relaxed atmosphere. We welcome players of all standards of play.

 

Romsey (locator)
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Romsey Backgammon
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Romsey Comrades Club
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Cressey Road, Romsey, SO51 8AE
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Rob Daniel: robdaniel@ntlworld.com
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http://www.meetup.com/Romsey-Backgammon/
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2nd & 4th Monday of the month. 19:30 till 22:00
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Ladder Tournament operating + friendly games
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£2 per meeting + £5 annual membership
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All playing abilities welcome
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Beginners welcome, beginners nights hosted as required
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Romsey Backgammon aims to provide a social atmosphere, where we can play a great game, amongst friends

 

 

Rotherham (locator)
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Rotherham East Backgammon Buddies ( REBB)
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Dukes Place & Herringthorpe Close Community Centre
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Dukes Place, Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham
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Paul Wilson - 07855961851. Email: bassetlaw32000@yahoo.co.uk
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Every Sunday 4pm to 6pm
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50p each visit - refreshments available
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All levels - beginners especially welcome
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Everybody welcome
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Easy to find from the M1 (Junction 33). Sorry no alcohol allowed in the Centre but there is free-flowing tea, coffee and orange juice! We only have 2 boards at the moment-you are more than welcome to bring your own

 

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Rugby (locator)
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Rugby Backgammon Club
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The Green Man Inn
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Dunchurch nr Rugby CV22 6NS
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simon@rugbybackgammon.co.uk
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http://www.rugbybackgammon.co.uk
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First Monday of the month from 7pm onwards.
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General play - hopefully evolving
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FREE - turn up and play
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All levels welcome
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All welcome
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Based in Dunchurch, near Rugby, we meet monthly in the local hostelry - The Green Man. Started because a few local friends missed the fun of real, live, face to face backgammon. We were/ are playing a lot online, but you can't beat that look on your opponents face when you roll your 3rd double in a row !!

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St Albans (locator)
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St Albans Backgammon Club
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The Rat's Castle Pub
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Hatfield Road, St Albans (next to Morrisons)
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Chris Purchase/John Ingamells

c.purchase@ntlworld.com  john.ingamells@ntlworld.com

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freewebs.com/stalbansbg
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Every Tuesday 19:00 (KO Tournament 19:45 prompt) to 23.30
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Knockout tournaments and chouettes
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No fees, Optional variable (£0 to £15) knockout entry (optional)
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All
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Beginners & guests welcome
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Friendly & informal, Sky TV, car park, 10 minutes walk from city rail station

 

Worcester (locator)
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Worcester Backgammon Club
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The Lamb and Flag
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30 The Tything, Worcester. WR1 1JL
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Sean Jones – sean.jones@2plan.com

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tba
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Every Tuesday night from 8:00pm
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League with Flexibility, and occasional Tournaments
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League is £10.00 for 3 month season
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Any... happy to encourage new players
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Beginners always welcome
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Friendly bunch, always happy to promote the game. We are a new club that is in its infancy with a group of eager players.

 

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The Royal Oak
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Starting A Backgammon Club

By Michael Crane

Where should we meet?

It's very hard starting off a backgammon club, and you will need patience, at least two backgammon players and a lot of help. First of all find a venue to play at, preferably with a bar for light refreshments! Most pubs have a spare room especially midweek. Lincoln Backgammon Club meets each Tuesday night at the Liberal Club right in the centre of Lincoln. As members of The Liberal Club we get to use a room free of charge and we even get sandwiches for a very small fee. A lot of pubs will often do a similar deal midweek so shop around. Try and pick one that's easy to get to and offers adequate parking. Also, if you can find one without a juke box use that one - you'll never regret it, I promise.

How do I tell everyone about it?

Having found a place to play you'll need some way of advertising the club. Be certain to give the club a name that identifies it immediately. I.E. you must mention BACKGAMMON for as you know, we are all looking out for this magic word!

Make up some eye-catching posters and go around to your local or main library and ask them to display the poster on their "What's On" or "Local Clubs" board. Try to get backgammon across in as obvious way as possible. The best way is to base the poster on a backgammon board. Keep the writing to a minimum and make it large. Remember, your poster will be competing for attention on the board with a lot of other posters so make sure it stands out. While you are at the library also ask them if you can go on their "Hobbies" or "Club" file. All the libraries across the country offer such a facility.

Another thing you can do in the library is a little sneaky but quite effective! Write out some small slips giving details about your club, and place them in all the backgammon books on the shelf! I always put them on page 21 so that I can quickly check if they've gone. Mind you, it can be very depressing discovering just how infrequently these books go out!

Isn't newspaper advertising expensive?

Publicity as I said, is most important. Unfortunately advertising is very expensive. However there is one way that is effective and free! Get in touch with your local free newspaper. You know, the one you always throw away! They're always interested in local clubs and often have a free "What's On" section. In addition to this try to get an interview and tell them that you belong to a National Association and that in a few weeks time you'll be playing again in a major tournament, hoping to become the next BIBA Champion! They normally like that sort of thing; local man does well etc etc.

Local Radio Stations and Public Service TV Announcements are another source of free adverts! Write to or telephone them and give them as much information as you can. They might not use it all but they might use some!

The Internet is a great place to let a lot of people know about your club. If you have the web space available then you must have your own web site and then link it to as many other backgammon sites as you can. The Lincoln Backgammon Club web site can be found HERE. There are also links to other backgammon sites within these Biba web pages here. Also, on the Internet, make good use of the news groups. One of the better ones is to subscribe to is rec.games.backgammon where you can post messages about your club.

Are there other ways to find members?

Another way to find members is to poach them! Try the local chess, bridge or scrabble club. You'll find there are quite a few of them that already play backgammon. You have nothing to lose unless of course they are on the same night!

I'm ready to start, what do I do now?

Right, now having got your posters out, the slips in the books, the free newspaper working for you, the web pages are up and running .... sit back at your venue and wait! ... and wait and wait and wait! You'll be sat there for weeks perhaps before someone comes along but you must be there. If you are supposed to be there between 7.30pm and 10.00pm then make sure someone is. If anyone does turn up and there is no-one there they most likely will not return.

When you do get members be prepared to teach them to play, and remember, because you're probably a lot better at the game then they are that they might be put off by just how good you are. They think they'll never be as good and can feel very intimidated. Take it slowly and build up their confidence. It'll pay in the end I promise.

We're up and running, can I relax now?

Once the club is up and running the work starts in earnest. Make sure you have a format that will keep the members interested and will keep them coming back week after week. Have an annual championship. Design a format that will appeal to all levels of ability and don't forget to encourage those players who have yet to gain the experience you might already have. Lincoln Backgammon Club have had several formats over the years, but, hopefully, we've struck upon a winner. Checkout the web site and see if it's a format that might suit your club.

Backgammon nights should be fun nights. Keep things formal and sociable. Don't stifle members with loads of club rules - try to maintain a balance of serious and fun playing by having the occasional chouette once in a while. Chouettes don't have to be played for high stakes; they can be great fun playing for just twenty-five pence a point. What they will do will enable the weaker players to learn a lot from the stronger players. It is amazing how many 'correct' moves there can be!

Encourage club members to go out and recruit new members; perhaps from their place of work or sports clubs they might belong to. Keep in contact with the library, newspaper, radio, television etc. and make sure they are kept up to date with your club's activities. If one of your members attends a Biba (or other) tournament and comes home with a trophy, let the media know.

We've done all the above, what next?

Above all, enjoy yourself and ensure that others do too. If some players become disheartened and stop attending don't just ignore them, get in touch and find out why they've stopped coming to club nights. Listen to what they have to say and act upon it whenever possible, hopefully getting them back into the fold - or at the very least making adjustments that might ensure other members don't follow them.

Good luck and good dice.