Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021
This year has been unlike any year most of us have ever experienced. I am grateful to each and every one of our club members for their support, dedication and commitment during these difficult times. Your steadfast fortitude to still play the game we love (virtually of course), every day for some, tourneys for others, has been awe inspiring. The Colorado Backgammon Club has enjoyed the opportunity to play in many events, both locally and nationally, while continuing to support the USBGF and making a name for ourselves as a club to be reckoned with.
In spite of the challenges this year has brought, our club membership has actually grown slightly, and we have much to look forward to next year, and I’m so looking forward to next year. I expect to see some fantastic backgammon opportunities in the near future for the Colorado Backgammon Club and all USBGF members.
Colorado Backgammon Club
Beginning early next year the club will sponsor Novice and Intermediate player only events each month. These events include free online tournaments, rules review, general strategy, as well as opportunities to work with other club members (dates and events to be announced). If future tournament play is something you might be interested in, these events will absolutely be of help. If you are just interested in being more involved in the local backgammon community, there will be something for you as well, including meeting other club members.
A new look for our web site is coming in 2021, which will provide more information on upcoming tournaments and events, rules, tips, and resources for both online and live play (someday soon).
New revised 2021 league for all members, including multiple divisions and a chance to race for the coveted custom Player of the Year Doubling Cube.
Preparations are being made for the 2021 Wild West Shootout LIVE! September 22-26, which will 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/).
For those that play online, next year we will see online play move to Backgammon Studio Heroes for many USBGF events. This is a browser based game site that supports many of the functions we like about GridGammon, Backgammon Galaxy and Safe Harbor Games. The most important difference is the site is very stable (I’ve yet to see it crash). Additionally, the look can be easily modified, players can view other matches in real time (either player perspective) and many clock settings that are extremely flexible including those for doubles. There are other features such as real time player feedback (training if selected) and private tournament sections. Change is always difficult, but Backgammon Studio is very intuitive and it will become the preference for the USBGF. Because consistency is important, the Colorado Backgammon Club will also make the change. So, please register and take a look – with a match or two (plus online help), I think you’ll come to enjoy and appreciate the change. https://heroes.
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 $5 quarterly donation to the USBGF, you can enjoy many resources and events the USBGF provides.
With that being said, as announced or soon to be announced, the USBGF is introducing 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 site will rival most club sites (sports or gaming) around the world (https://USBGF.org/).
New weekly USBGF doubles events are coming for both clubs and social players. Details to be announced in the coming days.
Again, there is much to look forward to. Of course, be safe and I hope to see you across a backgammon board very soon! Until then, may the blessings of this holiday season enrich you and your families in the year to come.
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. Tournament rules governing play are posted on the USBGF website. 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.
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