Washington State Backgammon Tournament Begins Sept. 19

I don’t usually talk about local backgammon tournaments because most of you reading this post, I have been told, are more interested in strategies, history of the game and players with international reputations.

But I’m gonna make this exception. And I’ll tell you why.

Bellingham, Washington (state) is one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. and if you need any excuse to go there, why not make it a backgammon tournament?

I’ve been there. It is totally awesome.

The Bellingham Backgammon Association will begin monthly tournament play Sunday, Sept. 19, according to organizer Michael Cain. Tournaments will be held the third Sunday of each month through May with the Bellingham Backgammon Championships scheduled for June.

League play will begin in October.

Tournaments are held at Pacific Martial Arts, 1308 N. State St., Bellingham. Doors open at 6 p.m. with play beginning at 6:30. Participants are asked to bring their own board, if possible, and snacks to share.

Entry is $15. It’s a “shoes off’ venue, so wear warm socks.

The tournament format will be “modified Swiss,” with each player guaranteed three matches for the evening. The format is designed to give players at all levels of experience the opportunity to improve their game.

The Bellingham Backgammon Association is an informal affiliation of players interested in improving their game through organized tournament play. Anyone who plays in the Sunday night tournament is considered a member.

Like I said, if you happen to be in the area and have some time on a Sunday… check it out.

OK…I’ll try not to do a travel story next time. But damn it…Bellingham is awesome.

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