It’s new, but it’s pretty cool: The new European Series of Backgammon (ESOB), which recently announced the first of their regular big money cross-continent online Championships.
Find it at esob.com
The ESOB anticipate 70 players to play in their first online tournament.
The finals are March 28.
The ESOB plans four online Championships a year, with hopes that they will quickly attract the world’s best players and total prize funds of closer to 100,000 euros.
The ESOB is also attempting to establish an annual European tour.
Check out their website for information on each of the tour’s tournaments, and will feature post-event reviews and galleries.
In a press release, ESOB chair John Clark said, “We feel that the launch of the ESOB will open a great number of opportunities for the European backgammon community. With the vast majority of the continent’s 40,000 players able to compete in our online tournaments for a shot at sizeable prizes, we hope that these quickly rival the most established offline tournaments. They will also be able to host large numbers of competitors which can only help to increase the popularity of the game.
“However, we’re not here to destroy the social aspect, an integral part of backgammon’s enduring popularity and by inviting some of the best offline tournaments to join under the ESOB umbrella, we hope to be able to promote the tour as a whole and entice more people to enter each tournament. With the best interests for the game at the top of the agenda, we’re all very excited by the future development of the ESOB and backgammon in general.”
Well said, John.
Now, let’s play.