A Historic Moment: The First Ever Women’s World Team Tournament

42nd Swedish Open & WBGF Teams World Championship / Individual World Championship
Stockholm, Sweden – 8-10 July, 2024

The serene shores of Stockholm’s archipelago are about to sparkle with the rhythmic clatter of dice and the strategic shuffling of checkers as the World Backgammon Federation (WBGF) proudly announces its first ever Women’s Team World Championship Tournament. This groundbreaking event will take place from 8-10 July, 2024, at the luxurious Grand Hotel Saltsjobaden, setting a historic precedent in the world of backgammon.

The inception of this tournament is a direct result of the tireless efforts of the World Backgammon Federation (WBGF) President Bernhard Mayr, the tournament producer Jörgen Granstedt, three-time world backgammon champion and Chairman of the Swedish Backgammon Federation, the tournament director Arda Fındıkoğlu, one of Europe’s foremost backgammon tournament directors, and the Women’s World of Backgammon (WWB) co-founded by WBGF Deputy General Secretary Karen Davis from the USA. Their mission has been clear: to amplify women’s participation in backgammon, a game of strategy, skill, and luck. The result of their efforts is this landmark event, which promises to be a thrilling showcase of talent and competition.

Teams from France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the USA, and the UK have already confirmed their participation. This diverse international representation highlights the growing global enthusiasm for women’s involvement in this mind sport of backgammon. Each team brings its own unique flair and strategic prowess, promising an exciting and unpredictable tournament.

The event will run concurrently with the WBGF’s Team World Championships and Individual World Championship, which has been held since 2018. This simultaneous scheduling allows for a unique opportunity to witness the best of both worlds, showcasing gender equality in the sport and fostering a spirit of camaraderie and mutual respect among all participants.

Nestled in the idyllic surroundings of the Grand Hotel Saltsjobaden, participants and spectators alike will be treated to a spectacular venue. The hotel, renowned for its elegance and picturesque views of the Baltic Sea since 1893, provides the perfect backdrop for this momentous occasion. Its luxurious amenities and serene atmosphere promise an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

Immediately following the team tournaments, the 42nd Swedish Open, also directed by Arda Fındıkoğlu, will commence from 10-14 July. This prestigious event will continue the celebration of backgammon in Stockholm, offering even more opportunities for players to showcase their skills and compete at the highest level.

Karen Davis, reflecting on the journey to this point, expressed her excitement: “This tournament is a dream come true. It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come in promoting women’s participation in backgammon. The passion and dedication from players around the world has been truly inspiring.”

As the date approaches, anticipation builds. The first ever Women’s Team World Championship Tournament by the WBGF is not just a competition; it’s a celebration of progress, inclusivity, and the enduring allure of backgammon. Whether you’re a seasoned player, an enthusiastic newcomer, or a devoted fan, the Grand Hotel Saltsjobaden is the place to be from 8-14 July. Join us in witnessing history in the making and supporting the remarkable women who are shaping the future of backgammon. Let the games begin!

April Mesich enjoyed being served a glass of bubbly (non-alcoholic, so she says) at the 2023 Los Angeles Open Women's Tournament.
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