The North East Backgammon Association


    Our latest one-day event was held at another new venue for the club. Twelve members took part in the event at the Gateshead Bowling Club where we will be holding the Friday freeroll on the eve of the Newcastle Open in October. Mike Snowdon won the main event in the final against Paul Moulton. Dave Gallagher prevailed over Andy Debenham in the consolation final, with Rikki Blythe beating fellow new member Huu Chi Tran in the last chance. The event was a good opportunity to hold a “dry run” for the freeroll and it proved a perfect venue, with enough […]
  • One day event in May
    We are organising a one day event on Saturday May 13. The event will be open to 32 people and be held at the Gateshead Bowling Green Club at Prince Consort Road, NE8 1LS. It will start at 11am. There will be a main event, consolation and last chance sections. Entry fee is £20 (which will cover all three sections), with registration at £10 which covers the cost of the room hire and food which will be provided on the day. A bar will also be open. If you’re interested in taking part, email:
    Last night saw the first meeting at the new venue for our monthly meetings. Ten members attended the event at The Old George pub in Newcastle, including new members Rikki Blythe and Huu-Chi Tran. Our inaugural meeting at the venue saw Graeme Turner win the round robin competition. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month, with our next meeting is on Tuesday, May 16 at 645pm.
  • New venue for club meetings
    Following the closure of the Legion Club in Jesmond, from April 18, club meetings will be held in the upstairs room of The Old George which is off the Cloth Market, Newcastle, NE1 1EZ. Monthly meetings will be held at the venue on the third Tuesday of the month, starting at 6.45pm. We welcome new members – from beginners to experienced players. If you’d like more information of want to get in touch please email: (The pub can be found down the alleyway to the left of Pumphrey’s Cafe.)
  • Registration open for 2023 Newcastle Open
    Registrations are now open for the 2023 Newcastle Open which will be held on the weekend of October 6-8. Due to the venue we have used in recent years being closed down, we are using two new venues for this year’s event. If you wish to register for the Open, please email: The main event will be open to 80 people and is part of the UKBGF tour and qualifies for the places at the Tour Winners’ Invitational. We have had to split venues for the Friday night freeroll and the main event on the Saturday and Sunday.  The […]
  • Alan wins Up The Junction event
    Our first “Up The Junction” tournament was attended by nine dice warriors.  We played a 5-point Main and a 3-point Fighters Bracket. Our very own NEBA stalwart Alan Hind made it straight through to the final where he met Paul Moulton (who had travelled up from York) from the Fighters Bracket. Paul (pictured right) won the five point and then a three point match to claim victory.  A good venue and they said they would be happy to see us back again.
    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 at:  
  • 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 in the UK Clubs Championship with the 1st team suffering the indignity of being eliminated by the club’s 2nd team. We have recommenced twice monthly meetings, the second run by Keith. Election of Officers Chairman: Martin Barkwill was proposed by Mike Snowdon & seconded by […]
  • 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 of the board. During this process the dice should not touch the player’s hand and the cup should not touch the board. The dice must roll freely and come to rest lying flat on the playing surface of the board to the roller’s right of […]
  • 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 many of us just don’t realize how certain things can be perceived as unkind, or rude. So, for what it’s worth, here are things that bother me that I would like to suggest should be the do’s and don’ts of backgammon play. Most of these […]