The North East Backgammon Association


    John Horton was victorious at our November meeting, beating Rikki Blythe in the final of the night’s mini-tournament. They each won their respective groups, with 10 players taking part in a two-group round robin. We welcomed three new members – Eamon Devlin, Angus Frost and Roy Hugill.
    Alastair Woods secured a hat-trick of wins as he was crowned Newcastle Open champion for the third time. The Open attracted 73 players and was held at the Gateshead Masonic Hall – a new venue – with the freeroll next door at the Gateshead Bowling Green Club on Friday night. The event was attended by people from across England, Scotland and Ireland. Alastair beat Radu Ciortan in the 11-point final, while Richard Carter won the final of the consolation event, winning the Lindisfarne trophy, beating Connor Dickinson.  Richard also won the freeroll event – with the semi-finals and final held […]
    It may not have been Flodden or Bannockburn, but Scotland and England went into battle again at the weekend – this time over the backgammon board. A team from the North East Backgammon Association took on a team from Central Scotland in a specially-organised one-day match at the William Edler Building in Berwick. The eight-strong teams played four rounds of five-point matches. All was to play for after the first two rounds, with Scotland 10-6, but Scotland produced an over-powering second half performance to win the match 23-9. Two players were unbeaten on the day – Scotland duo Ian Hesketh […]
  • Debut win for Miranda
    New member Mirdanda Moulton walked off with an impressive victory in the latest of our one-off tournaments. Miranda started playing and joined the club recently but beat John Horton in the final in the event which attracted 16 players, including new members Carl Stephens and Richard Kuby. The win completes a good run for the Moulton family, with dad Paul reaching the final of the UK Open a couple of weeks ago. Andy Debenham beat Huu Chi Tran in the consolation final, with Martin Barkwill and Richard sharing the spoils in the last chance. We hope to have another one-day […]
    And one-day event for September announced: Another good turn out for the July meeting, with a seven-strong round robin event and a league match at the Old George in Newcastle. Alan Hind and Mike Snowdon led the way in the round robin but time ran out before they could play the deciding match. So, to be continued…. Also, the club is organising a one-day event on Saturday, September 9 starting at 11am. The event, once again, is being held at the Gateshead Bowls Club, with £10 for registration and £20 entry fees, with all the entry fees returned as prizes. […]
    One of the biggest and best tournaments of the backgammone season was held at the weekend. A 128-strong field took part in the Blackpool Open, with NEBA well represented at the event at the Imperial Hotel. Keith Gill won the Tower Trophy on the first full day of the event (see photo) and Paul Moulton made it through to the quarter finals of the main event on Sunday.
    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.)