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Sapphire Backgammon Reviews "backgammon for all levels - many good players, and those with patience and willing to show new players how to play."

" the greatest company that one can wish for. A handful of us remained at the Club til nearly 11pm!"

"what a lovely group and welcoming host..."


Meetup fortnightly on Sundays at 3pm

A very warm welcome to Backgammon Lovers and those inspiring to learn and improve their game.

Sapphire Backgammon held its very first Meetup in June 2015 and we are coming up to our 100th Meetup in February 2019. Our membership is fast approaching 600 and rising. On average about 15 members attend our meetups and a few months ago we packed out the Woolf and had our group's largest turnout of 29 backgammon lovers.

This is an established group for backgammon players of all standards,from beginners to champions, it really doesn't matter what level you are or how competitive or not that you choose to be - we have players of all standards.

My aim is to have a laid back sociable afternoon that drifts into the evening with people who want to play backgammon in a friendly and welcoming environment.

We currently meet near Tavistock Square - quite close to Euston and Russel Square underground stations where there is usually free parking available on Sundays on the accessible streets nearby.

Please bring your own backgammon board, however, both I and others should have our own, and I do sometimes carry a spare or two - we simply need one board between two players. We are always delighted to play on different boards that are different in size, style, feel and price and to meet the players behind their boards.

I will ask for £2 that helps me pay Meetup (yes Meetup sadly isn't free for Organisers and I pay a six-monthly subscription) and this covers other admin costs.

We look forward to meeting and playing this enjoyable game with you soon.

Kind Regards,

Christopher :-)

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Backgammon at VQ Cafe Restaurant and Bar (next to Euston Square Station Exit)

Hello Backgammon Lovers, The Woolf & Whistle Bar - Apologies for the Problems on Sunday I was provided with assurances by one of the Woolf's senior management team that there would not be a repeat of the problems we encountered before with a manager. And also that our group would receive a generous discount in future. Unfortunately this was not honoured last Sunday as the problematic 'rogue' manager was in attendance and he did everything he possibly thought he could to cause a degree of disruption to our group with his behaviour. Despite the unprofessionalism our friendly group received we were still able to ignore this and we continued to enjoy ourselves and were able to welcome a number of new players - one of them Sam - who celebrated his birthday with us. A dozen of us also sat down later and enjoyed dinner together whilst others continued to play their favourite game of backgammon. About six of us even remained at the Woolf until midnight - and ignored the odd behaviour of the problematic manager. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to members for the problems that some experienced on Sunday. As a matter of principle I wrote to the Woolf's owner and senior management team on Monday to complain about the service we received and I am waiting for a response. Return to VQ Many of you really enjoyed your time at VQ on 31 March. Eva the general manager has kindly agreed to welcome us back and to offer us a room that is annexed to the restaurant. Backgammoners thought that the staff were brilliant and so helpful, and chilled out. I left just after 10pm but I understand that a handful stayed until 11pm. So let's meet again at the VQ Cafe Restaurant & Bar (Euston) on Sunday, 28 April, at 3pm. This venue is by one of the exits of Euston Square underground station, and within minutes walk of Euston and Warren Street. Check out the following link for further information of VQ: https://www.vqrestaurants.com/locations/euston What makes our group special are its members and the humour and friendliness whilst playing this great game. Please note that we welcome players of all levels - though do get in touch if you are completely new so that I may provide you with a link to online youtube videos that provides an intro and idea to the game of backgammon. Please encourage friends, family and acquaintances to join our group as the more the merrier! Meetup Cost Sadly Meetup isn't free and charge me as the Organiser a handsome fee every six months so I will kindly ask for a £2 Meetup fee for each session. The fee goes towards the Meetup platform fees and other expenses that I incur in my role as Organiser. RSVP As a matter of courtesy please RSVP so that I have an idea of numbers to inform VQ's management in advance who have said that they will reserve a room for our group - so I need to know that this space is adequate for us. Bring your own Backgammon Board Please do bring your backgammin board. If you don't have one no problem. However please message via the message board to let me and others know that you don't have a board. Other Games Dependent on how things go with this new venue, we may switch and play other social games later such as Rummikub or Yahtzee. These games are equally played in the fun social spirit similar to backgammon. I am happy though for those of you that wish to continue playing backgammon to do so. Here is a link to Sapphire Backgammon's rules based on international tournament rules: https://www.meetup.com/Sapphire-Backgammon-In-London/pages/19477054/Sapphire_Backgammon_Local_Rules/ We look forward to seeing you at this new easy to reach location at this Sunday's Sapphire Backgammon Meetup. Any questions please get in touch. Kind Regards, Christopher Sattaur[masked]

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