My name is Ian Hedges and I have Asperger’s Syndrome also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. I know first-hand how it feels to have every door to society closed in your face because this world is geared for “Normal People” and people like me are left marginalised. Life for an “Aspie” in the 80’s and 90’s was absolutely horrendous. The suicide rate amongst autistic people is significantly higher than those who are neuro-typical and if you were unlucky enough to attend school in the 90’s and you had autism, you would really know why.
As the dust settles on the London Open for another year, and the TDs put their feet up for a well earned break, we thought it would be good to take a look at the event from the other side – the players, without whom there wouldn’t be an event at all.
Colin Owen writes:
Willy Stanton was half Irish and half German, and a retired railway worker. He was also the much loved senior member of a long established and gradually evolving group of at least 6-8 core players, who met up nearly every week at changing venues over the years, mostly in London but also Luton. I first joined that group 20 years ago, which is when I met him. It might be a tournament or a chouette, or both. In chouette, when a prospective play was changed to his liking, he would often declare cheerfully: “Much more better!” It’s a saying I will always associate with him.
Originally published in Bluff Magazine- reproduced with thanks
When working out what the best chequer play is and when to raise or accept a higher stake in a game of backgammon, the process of analysis can be similar to poker. Certain plays can be trivial. With complexity, an ordinary style of play can result in being too passive, and that can lead to blunders!
An astute and cunning style of play can exploit weaknesses in an opponent, where there is high difficulty in plays which need to be assessed fully. The outcome can result in a “blunder play”, where a player has calculated that there is a reasonable chance of a blunder by his opponent.
Originally published at BluffEurope.com – reproduced with thanks
Poker and backgammon share similar traits in that they are games which combine great skill – and some luck. There are advantages in understanding the intricacies of both games, which at first may not be obvious to the novice poker player. In poker you need to understand the opponent’s mind-set and gauge how they’ll react to various levels of betting.
Playing backgammon requires an essential understanding of the equities of position. Both require analytical thinking and skills in mathematics and probability. But mastering all these disciplines to an advanced level will benefit your backgammon and poker games and advance your skillset in both games. [Read more…]