New Backgammon group at the Steam Packet at Strand on the Green

Image above: Kate Burness

A new backgammon group is starting up in Chiswick. Kate Burness is organising monthly games at the Steam Packet pub on Strand on the Green on the first Wednesday of the month, starting Wednesday 2 February.

Kate, who lives in Grove Park, became interested in the game when she was living in Monaco in 1976.

“I got in with a group of people who played it” she told The Chiswick Calendar.

She was soon organising a tournament in which top players earned big money. Film star Omar Sharif and Princess Mary Obolensky were among the players.

During Covid lockdowns she started playing again, but online, which isn’t nearly as much fun, she says, as playing in person.

What she has in mind for Chiswick is far more down to earth:

“We want people who would like to learn how to play and improve their game. It would be good to have a bit of knowledge of the game. If there are any really good players we will put them together but we hope people will move round and play with different people.”

There will not be any structured tournament format or prize pools – just an evening of social backgammon. There is no cost and the evenings will start at 6.30pm. Kate is in touch with the Ealing backgammon group but as far as she is aware there is no other group in Chiswick. She would like to encourage some younger people to give it a try.

The Steam Packet is a member of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme, offering card holders 15% off food and drink, seven days a week.

You will need a backgammon board. Bring your Chiswick Calendar ClubCard and most of all she says, be Covid safe. She asks that people who come have taken a recent test.

To find out more, join the Facebook group. Alternatively, if you aren’t on Facebook, email kate at to be kept up-to-date by email.

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