WIB Tournament Support
The Goal? Increasing Women's Tournament Play Turnout!
A little history...
Central to our mission to bring more women to the competitive backgammon tables, is supporting women when they step up to compete, both with designated prize money, as well as support before, during and after the tournaments, ensuring that we can compete with competence and confidence.
What have we learned about women and tournament play?
Less than one-fifth of tournament entries are from women;
Women have often experienced discomfort with competing, being alone or not comfortable walking into a man-cave; getting through the door the first time might be easier if they knew other women and knew what to expect;
Women are less likely to have the funds to travel and enter tournaments; added prize money and scholarships will help defray the cost.
Our initial solutions...
We have slated six tournaments in the USBGF's roster to support with awards and support. Each will be supported with the following protocols and awards:
$1,000 in prize money for each of the tournaments we are sponsoring;
An introduction, when requested, to pair up with other competing women (we will introduce you) so you have a female mentor to walk you through the particulars. Thinking of entering any tournament and would like a 'friend' intro to help you navigate the tournament? Email us here.
A breakfast or get together specifically for women players, hosted by Women in Backgammon, to provide introductions and camaraderie during the tournament;
Support through our social media network of women during the tournament; and
Scholarships (when available) for assisting in entry fees, transportation, and housing during the tournaments. Email us with any questions you have regarding scholarships.
Want to be a sponsor?
We need more support to be able to provide more support. We are entertaining corporate and individual support for each tournament, or the entire series. We know that women can support women and enjoy watching the fruits of their investment. More to follow here shortly, but if you would like to support us, please get in touch.
Tournaments WIB Supports
New York Metropolitan Open
2023 TOURNAMENT TBA
Director - Lynn Ehrlich
The largest tournament on the American Backgammon Tour; attracts players from all over the world
Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship
2022 TOURNAMENT TBA
Director - Karen Davis
Beautiful time in nation’s capital; $5000 added money in U.S. Backgammon Federation National Championship event
$250 added money for women going furthest in ABT Championship, Advanced, Intermediate, and Novice divisions.
Michigan Summer Championship
2023 TOURNAMENT TBA ;
Director - Carol Joy Cole
Fireworks go off at the oldest tournament on the tour directed by beloved director Carol Joy Cole
Sunny Florida Championship
2023 TOURNAMENT TBA;
Director - Karen Davis
Relax at the pool or take a dip in the ocean across the street from the fabulous W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Additional Tournament Events
When possible, Women in Backgammon will be hosting events such as breakfasts or cocktail hours during tournaments, giving female players a chance to meet, catch up, and talk all things backgammon and otherwise!
Are you attending any of the tournaments we are supporting and would like to make sure you get invited to our gatherings there, email us and let us know you which tournaments are attending.
Types of entries