We are very sad to report the passing of Nigel Merrigan on the 20th January, aged just 51. Nigel was a regular player from the nineties onwards, and he won the BIBA British Open Championship twice, in 1993 and 2006, although he doesn’t seem to have played much tournament backgammon for the last five years or so.
The photo shows Nigel (left, foreground) enjoying dinner with a few backgammon friends at the Nordic Open in Copenhagen around Easter 2012. Nigel’s family is with him on the left, and on the right (from far end) is Stuart Mann, Yan Kit Chan and Fai “North” Chan from Hong Kong. I was the photographer! (Fai’s life was sadly also cut short a few years ago.)