2022 Wild West Shootout!
Welcome to 2022. Thank you for a fantastic last year, in spite of COVID. Many members continued to play online, while many ventured out and played live, and even more journeyed out of state to ABT tournaments, as well as our own Wild West Shootout.
Colorado Backgammon (Prime Club)
Our club continues to grow and league play is now every week, alternating Thursdays and Wednesdays, generally 4 times a month. We are working on a new venue for the monthly, at least until we can get the numbers up to return to Mickey’s.
MeetUp is our primary tool for communication, so I encourage you check out the upcoming dates and locations. Also, please indicate if you plan to attend, this allows others to know how many players for a given week – if it’s a long drive, they at least have an expectation.
Colorado players had a fantastic showing at the 2021 Wild West Shootout. Check out the results HERE. We’ve already started with the preparations for the 2022 Wild West Shootout September 21-25, which will again include a chance to participate in the BMAB (http://bgmastersab.com/) – The Wild West Shootout is the only ABT tournament in the Rocky Mountain region (https://denverbg.org/).
It’s Just a Game
As many players return to live play, I’d like to take a moment and remind everyone that BACKGAMMON IS JUST A GAME. However, it is a game with very specific rules, and the tournament director (TD) is there to help guide you through those rules should there be a misplay, question, conflict, or just poor sportsmanship. Most plays or rule clarifications go without the need for a TD, but if there is doubt, pause the clock and call for the TD.
Backgammon is a game of honor and respect, and we try to maintain a high standard of fair play at our club. So, please leave the drama at home. I’m not sure if Lynda Clay (current member and past director) originally coined the following phrase, but I like it – Win with Grace / Lose with Class / Play with Passion. We should all be playing with this phrase in mind. Yes, you will get some bad rolls. Yes, you will get some good rolls. Yes, you will lose a game or match that you should have won. And yes, you will win a game or match that you should have lost…That’s backgammon and it’s just a game!
If you are new (or a seasoned player), below are some basic USBGF rules to keep in mind – some may be new to you, but these rules are the standard by which we play:
If you are an observer, there is absolutely no talking or kibitzing during a match. If you see an illegal play, notify the TD only, unless BOTH players request your observations.
Only one set of dice are to be used between the two players.
To maintain the speed of tournament play, Colorado Backgammon requires all players to play with a clock.
Either player may use a baffle box (dice scrambler) or dice cup to roll. If you use a dice cup (per the rules), “… the dice must be vigorously shaken at least twice up and down and rolled together freely on the right-hand side of the bar from a minimum height of 2.5cm/1”, and the cup should not touch the playing field.
If dice land on checkers, the roll counts, as long as the dice are flat on the surface (concave checkers are considered a flat surface).
If the dice are rolled and are not flat, they may be considered to be cocked. If either player is unsure, pause the clock and call the TD.
Never touch your dice once they are rolled (except to move them for checker play). Once you’ve indicated you have completed your move (typically by hitting your clock), the other player may pick up your roll.
If you’re unsure about anything, pause the clock and call the TD.
Legal moves are observed, which means if either player sees an illegal move, it is your obligation to call it out, regardless if it favors you or not. That’s the honor side of backgammon.
If an illegal play has been made, just be calm and indicate the illegal move. If the move is not corrected, pause the clock and call the TD.
Check out the following links for information regarding basic play and detailed USBGF rules for Tournament Backgammon.
The Colorado Backgammon Club supports the USBGF initiatives and the focus on growing the game. As such, we will continue to strive to be a club with 100% membership. With as little as a $45 a year donation to the USBGF, you can enjoy many resources and events the USBGF provides.
With that being said, the USBGF has introduced its new online member tournament section. This is an automated management system to play in multiple tournament events against other members for monthly points, custom backgammon boards or specialty events. This is the first piece of a fantastic new website design for the members of our growing backgammon community. This new website will be live in early 2022 and will rival most club sites (sports or gaming) around the world (https://USBGF.org/).
Once again, there is much to look forward to. And as always, be safe and I hope to see you across a backgammon board!
Please spend a moment and check out our websites – DenverBG.org and ColoradoBackgammon.com. The Colorado Backgammon club uses Meetup for all venue information as well as updated tournament details. We play using the Crawford rule and legal moves.
*All Staff are strictly volunteer. Please contact us if you would like to help.
**100% of any and all donations and / or proceeds go towards maintaining the Colorado and Denver Backgammon programs, MeetUp, and member benefits.
Win with Grace / Lose with Class / Play with Passion