Next meeting – Sunday Jan. 26, 2020
Tournaments are held every Sunday at the Robson Public Market (1610 Robson St, in the upstairs food court). Google Map.
Play begins at 12:15pm. Players are expected to arrive by noon. There is a 15 minute grace period for latecomers, but they will forfeit their first round bye. Depending on attendance, tournaments are run with either a double-elimination or round robin format.
Rules and Information
All matches are played with the Crawford Rule. If you are not familiar with this rule or anything else regarding tournament play (e.g. the doubling cube), please send us an introductory email (email@example.com) and we will answer any questions you have!
In 2001 Mark Cohen organized a backgammon club to offer weekly tournaments: Backgammon Vancouver. With Mark’s effort the first Backgammon Vancouver tournament was held at the Vancouver Bridge Centre in November 2001. Weekly Wednesday night tournaments continued for just over two years before their last tournament in December 2003.
The Vancouver Backgammon Club
The Vancouver Backgammon Club was started by Pat MacNeil in January 2007 with Carol McGannon. Together they hosted tournaments, social nights, and other events that connected Vancouver’s backgammon community. Between mid-2009 – mid-2011 the club was dormant. After June 2013’s successful Summer Classic, Pat stepped down from his role as club president and Matthew Gruman took over.
The Vancouver Backgammon Club still gets together every week to play tournaments, with chouettes and other games happening afterwards and during the week.
Robert Chow and Eric Meyer are the club’s Tournament Directors; they are largely responsible for ensuring the club’s existence. Robert handles correspondence from the website and Eric updates the site with weekly results and yearly point allocations. A special thank you to Yves Balit for his contribution to the club, and the many regulars who have supported and played for years.