Report on Backgammon Masters Series UK Ranking Tournament #5, 24th and 25th October 2015
I was very reluctant to attend one of these tournaments. The use of the word “Masters” was discouraging – I am not a Master. I haven’t been studying the game for some time, whereas I have noticed others are recording full matches or photographing lots of positions for later analysis. Recently, I have been playing with an error rating of around 8 on GridGammon. In the last ranking tournament, Julian Fetterlein played at 3.01 and a few others played at under 4. Around 20 years ago, I won a few tournaments, so my reputation is far higher than my standard of play. Entering a tournament like this would cruelly expose me for the intermediate level player that I am.