The North East Backgammon Association

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    We are holding a special one-day event at The Junction pub next to the Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle on Saturday (August 27).The event starts at 11am and will be held in the upstairs bar.We hope to hold an event at this venue every two months.  If you’d like to take part please email us […]

  • Minutes of AGM 2019

    Present: Martin Barkwill, Don Irving, Graeme Turner, John Horton, Alan Hind, Jonathan Backhouse, John Oxley, Lawrence Jones, Julian Jones, Mike Snowdon & Tassio Serra. Minutes of 2018 were read by MB who added that since this meeting we had lost two of our members, Paul Gilbertson & Antony Crerar & we had fielded two teams […]

  • Legal Rolling in Backgammon

    Leading UK player Jon Barnes talks about how to make sure all your rolls are legal, specifically discussing section 4.1 of the UKBGF Rules… In matches played without a baffle box a valid roll consists of the dice being shaken vigorously in a cup and then rolled out of the cup onto the playing surface […]

  • Sportsmanlike Conduct in Backgammon

    by Phil Simborg, 1999Taken with permission from Backgammon Galore! I don’t know if anyone has yet written a definite code of ethics, or code of conduct for backgammon play, but it is sorely needed. And it’s needed not just because there are some jerks with very poor ethics and courtesy playing the game, but because […]

  • M & M in Toon!

    The two top players in the world, Mochy & Michy from Japan, visited our club after playing in a tournament in Bradford in 2018. Mochy faced a challenge from one of our members, John Horton. John sensationally beat Mochy 7-3. Later Mochy & Michy gave a lecture at our club & took on all comers, […]

  • League Champions

    The 2018 season has crowned two new NEBA League Champions. Congratulations to John Horton, who picked up the Division Two Trophy and earns a promotion to Division One after securing 5 wins out of his 6 matches played. John receives his Divion Two Trophy from Club Chairman Martin Barkwill Division One was won by Grandmaster […]

  • NEBA On Top

    The final of the latest Bradford Monthly tournament, organised by Steve Lee and held at Napoleon’s Casino, was contested by two NEBA players, Martin Barkwill & Tim Cross. Martin came out on top on this occasion, avenging the 2018 NEBA League One play-off defeat to Tim earlier this year. Here he is claiming his victory […]

  • In Memory of Antony Crerar

    This year has been a sad year for the club, following the untimely death of another NEBA member in their fifties. Antony Crerar was instrumental – along with his good friend Chris Humble, and others – in setting up the club in 2015, and attended early meetings in The County, Gosforth. Sadly, his illness prevented […]

  • RIP Paul Gilbertson

    It is with the deepest sadness in our hearts that we have to say goodbye to our very dear friend and NEBA member Paul Gilbertson, who was taken from us far, far too soon. Nothing can be said about Paul that hasn’t already been said since his passing.The outpouring of tributes from the backgammon community […]

  • Two “Greats” from the World of Backgammon visit Newcastle

    Two of the leading backgammon players in the world will visit Newcastle next month. Masayuki Mochizuki – aka Mochy – and Phil Simborg are to visit the North East Backgammon Association on Monday 26th March. Mochy is the current world No.1 ranked player and a former world champion, while Phil is one of the leading lecturers […]