London Open 2014 – Match Analysis

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Raj Jansari v Sean Casey

These are some thoughts from my second round match against Sean Casey in the recent London Open 2014 Professionals’ Tournament on 10th May 2014 at the London Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.

The match was recorded and live-streamed with commentary by Falafel and Marcus Wrinch. I obviously couldn’t hear what the commentators were saying at the time but I watched the video of the match a couple of days later (you can find it here if interested). Because of the strength of feeling of the expert comments about some of my moves I felt that I must have played terribly so undertook the game transcription into XG hoping to learn from my deemed mistakes (the match file can be found here). There were definitely quite a few mistakes and some areas in which to improve, but in fact I was quite surprised at everything I actually learned… [Read more...]

Countdown to the UK Open

Roll-up backgammon board

Professional Roll –Up Boards for Novice Winners

In a little under four months backgammon players from around the UK – plus a good few from overseas – will converge on the Legends Lounge at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the first UK Open. Thanks to our sponsor Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd, two beautiful Professional Roll-up backgammon boards, (similar to the one illustrated) are among the prizes to be won in the Beginners events. Added money from another sponsor, Grosvenor Casinos, has been allocated to both the Championship and Intermediate flights.
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Grosvenor Qualifiers Reach Halfway Stage

Keep Calm We're Halfway There

Favourites trip up in Manchester and Bristol

Seventy-four more players tried for the cheap route into the 2014 UK Open by entering the most recent qualifiers at Grosvenor Casinos in Didsbury, Manchester (March 15th) and Bristol (April 6th).

Whereas Brighton and London followed the form book, the favourites in the finals of these recent events didn’t quite make it over the finishing line. In Manchester, Brian Lever managed to pull back to DMP after going down 0-6 to Bob Slater, only to have his hopes dashed in the final game. Well done Bob!
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Re-Volting Backgammon


With a population of seven billion, and more and more of them using computers, smartphones and even kettles and toasters with their own microchips, the world will run out of electrons in six years’ time.  That’s the worrying conclusion of Dr. Mustafa Shok of the University of San Serif in Thailand.

Fortunately the so-called “Shock Doc of Bangkok” has come up with a solution based on the science of Chirality.  Using his idea of mirror images we can reduce our need for electrons by up to 50%.  He has dubbed this process “Re-Volting” because of the electrons freed up.

Following on from his pioneering work I have applied it to the backgammon world.
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London Vic Qualifier Report

Simon Barget with his winner’s certificate

Simon Barget with his winner’s certificate

I can’t say that it all went without a hitch! However that didn’t stop 51 players making the most of a great day in the comfortable surroundings of the newly refurbished Victoria Casino in London’s Edgware Road. We had gathered here for the second of the 2014 UK Open Qualifiers on Saturday 22nd February.

Players take over the restaurant

Players take over the restaurant

Before I go any further, I will present you with several positions to ponder. These are all from one of the semi-finals, with a couple of variants included. Unlike the protagonists in the match, you will have the luxury of being able calmly to ponder these without pressure, in an atmosphere devoid of all excitement and emotional stress. All matches in the qualifier were to 7 points.
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