2020 Covid 19 Virus Update
We are very aware of health concerns.
Everything is designed to provide a safe environment for all.
The venue is a private office with zero public access, unlike hotels, bars, clubs etc.
There is a hand blow-dryer in our private restroom - no towel sharing.
Tissues, hand washing facilities and running water in the venue.
And backgammon is not a contact sport!
We conduct tournaments depending on who is present on the night.
All tournaments are '100% return' - ie 100% of entry monies repaid in prizes to the winners.
Our Standard Tournament
Our low stakes and free entry round robin tournaments suit players of any standard.
Everyone plays several games, and the tournament finishes the same evening.
Higher Value Tournaments for Experienced Players
Experienced players often prefer the higher entry knockout and Swiss formats, from $25 to $200 entry.
Although we try to wrap up every tournament on the night, a knock-out event can be held up by a single slow player and is not guaranteed to finish the same day.
Swiss tournaments are popular the world over, as they guarantee several games for every player, you can recover from one or even 2 losses, and are much more likely to be completed on the same day.
Advantages of our Swiss and round-robin formats
None of the disadvantages of the conventional knock-out format, which are frustrating because:
- you must arrive on time - no guarantee you’ll be able to play,
- different people prefer to play for different amounts,
- long waits between matches. Half the players are eliminated in the first round,
- one loss and bang! you're gone,
- often doesn't finish so you have to come back and hope your opponent shows up.
Backgammon rules and conventions
We follow the international conventions:
- standard starting position,
- use of the cube,
- gammons and backgammons,
- use of dice cups to roll.
For people who are rusty or new to backgammon
We have clear guides that will get you playing in no time.
These guides cover the essentials you need to know while you build up some experience.
We are happy to provide coaching and explanations.
Tournament entry levels and prizes
As mentioned above, we offer a variety of tournaments, depending on who turns up on the night.
The standard club tournament includes a 'free' option so you participate fully for zero $.
Other options range from $10 to $50, or more if there is demand.
All tournament entry amounts are returned as prizes.
We have boards, clocks, dice, scoresheets etc.
Feel free to bring your own board.
Cost of admission
However your generous $5 (or more!) contribution will help to partially cover our expenses.
For that you get unlimited tea and coffee, and a can of soft drink.
Under 18s free.
Food and refreshments
We have menus from several local cafes that deliver.
Unlimited free self-service tea and coffee. BYO food and drink.