Midlands Backgammon League

About the Midlands Backgammon League

This league is inspired by Richard Biddle of London Players' Backgammon League who, in turn, was inspired by Ian Tarr of Bristol Backgammon

Its aim is to give Midlands' players experience of playing 11-point matches and the excitement of League Backgammon.

How it works

  • Divisions made up of four players each
  • Each season lasts three months ending at midnight on the following respective dates: 25/3, 25/6, 25/9, 25/12 and commencing again on the first day of the following month.
  • Only matches played and reported by season deadline count towards points total.
  • Each player plays two 11 point matches against all other players in their division.
  • All matches are to be played using shakers (and precision dice when available). Baffle boxes are not permitted. Legal moves only.
  • UKBGF Rules have been adopted by the Midlands Backgammon League
  • Two points for a win, one point for a loss.
  • Match scores are recorded in the For/Against column in the league table.
  • Winning scores are truncated to 11 points.
  • One promotion spot in each division; one relegation spot in each division; £28 to each divisional winner, £12 to second spot.

League tables updated at least weekly and published on this website.

Playing Matches

It is both players' responsibility to organise matches. If both players can't work it out between them over a three month period, they both lose out. No ifs, no buts, no sob stories. Forfeited matches are not awarded.

Players can arrange matches at venues and times of their choice. In all cases it is up to the individual players to arrange their matches.

No shows - three strikes and you're out. Stood up player must provide email evidence of match arranged.

All completed match scores to be reported as soon as possible to either Dave Pritchard or Mike Wood in person, email or text. Both players should report results or copy in by email.

Furthermore, both players should monitor this web site to make sure reported matches have been appended. Reported matches are normally appended within 24 hours. Do chase DP/MW, if needs be.

League tiebreakers

If two or more players are equal on league points on completion of the divisional matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order):

  1. Superior score difference from all divisional matches played.
  2. Higher number of match points (Score for) scored from all divisional matches played.
  3. Higher Win Rate (Wins/matches ratio from all divisional matches played).
  4. Higher number of head to head fixtures won in the divisional matches played among the players in question. A fixture being the aggregate match scores of the two divisional matches played in one season against another player in question.
  5. Higher number of “second match” wins played among the players in question. Second matches being the most recent of the two divisional matches played in the season against another player in question. If they have not played in the season in question, the most recent match in previous seasons is used.

How to join

League Entry is by invitation only. League Directors Mike Wood and Dave Pritchard's (MW/DP) discretion on all invites and re-invites.

£12 entry per season. All payments must be made to MW/DP before league season renewal deadlines (28/12, 28/3, 28/6, 28/9). Standing orders or pre-payments can be arranged for yearly league membership.

Newcomers join the lowest division. From time to time the lower divisions may contain five players, in which case first prize is £26, second and third prizes are £12 each.

Between the lower divisions of five players the default is one-up two-down promotion and relegation. However, there may be a second promotion spot available according to the number of players in the league the following season. There will only be one promotion and one relegation spot into and from four-player divisions.

Players may play as many or as few matches as they like, however final points total will decide league position. Any player failing to play a single match in a season, without good reason, will be suspended from the league for 12 months.

All players will need to provide an email address and phone number. These will be sent to each division’s respective players at the start of each season.


What else should I know?

MW/DP can change the rules and format of the league competition without notice. This would only ever be done to evolve the competition to everyone’s benefit and no-one will be purposely disadvantaged by these changes.

Players dropping out of the league will need to wait 12 months before being allowed re-entry unless very good reason for dropping out given to MW/DP.

This is a FUN tournament – prize fund is secondary. Any player losing sight of this will not be invited back at the start of the following season.

The "Clocks Preference" rule applies

  • This rule states that if any player wishes to use a clock and there is a dedicated working clock available then the match is on the clock. 12 seconds per move with a 2 minute per point time bank. If a player times out, his match score is taken as the number of points he/she achieved before timing out.
  • The clock must be a dedicated device that uses the "Simple Delay" system of reserve time per move and per move deductibles. Smartphone and tablet apps that have the "Simple Delay" system can only be used if both players agree.


Only completed matches count towards your total.

For more information about the league or to join:

Email Dave Pritchard or telephone Mike Wood (01926 881085 / 07860 318318)

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