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Queensland Backgammon

and Major Sponsor PIPTLEproudly present the

2021 Australian Backgammon Championships

to be held upstairs at the

Diggers and Sports Club

Level 1, 9 Beach Road,

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland


4•5•6 February 2022

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The 2021 Australian Backgammon Open

  • $100 entry, $80 rebuys
  • The 2021 Australian Backgammon Masters

  • $300 entry, $250 rebuys $250 entry, $200 rebuys
  • The 2021 Australian Speedgammon Championship

  • $75 entry, $50 rebuys $60 entry, $40 rebuys
  • Novice Tournament

  • $5 entry, then unlimited free re-entry so you can play all day
  • Sunday Tournament

  • $20 entry, $20 optional side pool plus free re-entry until field is full

  • Important Information

    COVID - Double vax and check-in will be required. From the venue management: "Every patron that enters the premises will need to check in using the QLD Check In App, as well as provide proof of vaccination to our reception staff."
  • All entry fees to be paid in cash on the day unless paid prior (NO EFTPOS sorry).
  • Please bring your own board (and clock) if you can. No boards with hard (ie noisy) surfaces please!
  • All tournament matches except Novice will be entered into the AusBGF ratings system.
  • Clocks are mandatory in Speedgammon and Masters tournaments, optional in other tournaments.
  • 100% of entry fees returned as cash prizes.
  • See below for schedule and format details.
  • To register interest, please fill out the online Registration Form or email Simon Woodhead.

  • Schedule

    Friday 4th February 2022

    Saturday 5th February 2022

    Sunday 6th February 2022

    Format, Venue, Travel and Accommodation

    Link to map


  • All tournaments are single elimination except Novice.
  • No rebuys on Friday night; players may rebuy on Saturday if space permits.
  • Reduced entry rebuys available until field full.
  • Sunday Tournament is a $20 tournament with free re-entry and optional $20 side pool.
  • Points and clock settings

  • Open Round 1: 9 points, no clocks.
  • Masters Round 1: 11 points, clocks at 2 minutes plus 1 minute per point, 12 second delay.
  • Speedgammon: 7 point matches, clocks at 3 minutes total with 10 second delay.
  • Sunday Tournament: 5 point matches, 7 point final, no clocks.
  • Novice Tournament: 3 point matches, no cube, $5 entry with free re-entry until field is full.
  • Venue

    The Diggers Sports Club is at Level 1, 9 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217. Reception is on the first floor and we will be playing upstairs in the Coral Sea Room and Anzac Deck. There is an escalator to Reception and a lift as well as stairs upstairs to the playing area. Please consider joining the club when you first arrive – this will speed up entry to the club and of course give you food and drink discounts throughout the weekend. The playing area and adjacent courtyard is exclusively ours for the weekend from 4PM Friday to 7PM Sunday.

    Diggers website

    Diggers Membership

    Travel by air

    Surfers Paradise is on the Gold Coast, Queensland. The closest airport is Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta (OOL). Buses, taxis or Ubers will transfer you between the airport and your accommodation. If you have to fly to Brisbane (BNE) Airport, there is a train service direct to the Gold Coast but it takes a couple of hours and you will need to transfer to the Gold Coast tram service at Helensvale if you are staying in Surfers or anywhere on the coast.

    Travel by road

    From the north, take the M1 Exit 66 (Smith St Motorway) all the way to the Gold Coast Highway and head south to Surfers Paradise.
    From the south, take the M1 Exit 87 (Southport Burleigh Rd) which becomes Bundall Rd then Ferry Rd. Turn right onto Thomas Drive towards Surfers.


    The Diggers Sports Club is right opposite the Bruce Bishop public car park. If you only enter and exit once per day, the cost is $5. Full rates here: https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/bruce-bishop-car-park-22661.html

    Should the Bruce Bishop be full, the Paradise Centre Car Park (in the same street as the Diggers) is a good option but for cheap rates, you have to book in advance online via https://secureaspot.secureparking.com.au/


    This is the heart of Surfers Paradise so there is plenty of choice within easy walking distance. We strongly recommend that you arrange your stay with a Free Cancellation option, just in case. The Novotel, Mantra and Beachcomber have been the choice of backgammoners in our recent events.

    Shop around, there are always good deals to be had.

    If you need help or have any questions, please contact us. If you're on Facebook, we're here:

    Simon Woodhead 0419 201 727 simon@bglog.org


    Steve Roberts 0402 863 825 steve_roberts64@hotmail.com