Pertinent rule changes for 2020:
The BBC is keeping up with the USBGF and the rest of the professional backgammon world and recognize the need to adapt to current standards.
Definition review for preference:
PREFERENCE RESOLUTION TERMS[1.7.1]
Required: use is required, no player choice;
Preferred: either player may insist on use;
By Roll: use is settled by the roll of high dice;
If Agreed: use only if both players agree;
Per Player: each player may make their own choice.
**As of 2020, we are clocks AND dice rolling box PREFERRED.**
**As of 2020, we play dice on checkers as LEGAL.**
To be valid, a die must come to rest on the playing field or checkers on the same side of the bar as rolled. If the die is supported by a vertical surface, balanced on its edge or corner, or descends below the top surface of all checkers on which it rests, then a re-roll is required.
**As of 2020, we REQUIRE play with only one set of dice.**
We have adopted a tournament format which guarantees each entrant two matches, although not necessarily two losses.
2020 SATURDAY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
We plan to run 4 tournaments this year in addition to our regular weekday events. Format and entry parameters have yet to be determined.
Details to follow. Please revisit this site for updates.
For our main tournaments we meet at a very nice sports bar in Timonium, MD first established as caterer to famous rock bands: Hightopps Backstage Grille.
SALSA GRILLE 3RD SATURDAY EVENTS:
Salsa Grille 6444 Security Blvd.
Woodlawn, MD 21207
EVERY 3RD SATURDAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR Confirm all SG tournament dates with:
Mark Davis @ 443-280-0651 call or text
Drawing @ 1, Play begins @ 1:15
Double elimination. 7pt./5pt.
Chouette play begins at 12 noon.
The Baltimore Backgammon Club, has been in continuous operation since May 2007. Although not directly connected with the former Backgammon Club of Baltimore, an enormously successful club which operated for years during the 1970's and 80's, the BBC roots trace back to that club, and we are grateful for their efforts in popularizing modern backgammon. Our tournaments are open to players of all skill levels.
Paul Laubner, Director
Larry Cecchetti, AD/Statistician
Mark Davis, AD/Special Events Coordinator
Victor Morawski, Club Founder 443-401-0837
Please Bring a Set!
We will likely pair these events with the projected Saturday Hightopps Club Venue Events.
The principle concept behind this event is to introduce folks who are interested in backgammon, played as a youngster, played in school, or on the floor of the living room with their family, or were just passing by the club and watched us play and were fascinated or were otherwise exposed to the game, but never played modern tournament style backgammon. The BBC welcomes players of all skill levels and this setting will be the perfect venue to roll, play, and have open discussion on practical and theoretical concepts and applications with seasoned club players and professionals at no cost! It's literally all about the learning.
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We follow a set of tournament rules established by the USBGF and American Backgammon Tour revised 2017 by USBGF/ABT
Two well-established Backgammon Clubs with long histories and a new Meetup Group meet regularly in the Washington, D.C. area and a club meets monthly in Columbia, MD.
Our Upcoming 2019 Tournament Dates and Special Events:
6:30 PM Draw
Play begins @ 6:45
Chouette Play begins as early as 4:30
Hightopps Backstage Grille
2306 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093
Rarely there could be late schedule changes not reflected on this web site. For the latest updates and reminders, request to be added to our e-mail mailing list by going to the CONTACT US page above.