It’s been a long, gruelling contest and a full write up will follow on later – many congratulations to Richard Furborough, who won a fantastic final in the UK Open against Costin Constantinescu to take the title on only his fourth face-to-face tournament.
Clearly plenty of you have already heard the news, judging by the number logged into Youtube following the final – but for those who didn’t, Raj won an epic final at the Nordic Open against Michael Weile (Denmark) 21-12 after nearly four hours of play. Raj led throughout, grabbing a 6-1 lead very early on, and the gap grew steadily up to 20-10 Crawford. The spectators online were treated both to excellent commentary from Falafel, Mochy and Karsten Bredahl, and also live eXtremeGammon verdicts play by play. The two finalists came out pretty evenly matched on error rates according to the bot – though bots don’t have to deal with the mental discipline and stamina required to succeed at this level. With quarter-finals playing late into the night, 19-point semis starting at 11am and then barely an hour’s break before the final, this is a supremely tough tournament to make it through.
Coming after Gaz Owen’s success in Cyprus last autumn, and our online team’s achievements this winter, this is a superb result and clearly marks a new chapter for UK backgammon at international levels. Congratulations Raj – enjoy the moment, you’ve done us proud!
Over in the Articles section, Grandmaster Julian Fetterlein picks apart a tricky position in his second video for UKBGF. (Premium members only)
Meanwhile, keep an eye on our Twitter feed for news from Denmark – the semi-finals of the Nordic Open are drawing to a close and Raj Jansari is edging towards a place in the final! Live streaming, with commentary for the final, is available on Youtube.
We are looking for players to take part in the World Cup 2016, to be held between April 27th and May 1st in Tblisi, Georgia.
Unlike the European Team Championships, we are allowed to enter as many teams as we can form – and the more we field, the more chance of bringing the title home! If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with Tim Cross before the end of November, so that there is plenty of time to pick the teams and make travel and hotel arrangements. We will try to assemble the strongest teams we can, and recruit enough players so that no one is disappointed. Do note that the entry fee ($1000+200) is for the whole team; you are responsible for your share of the entry fee and other expenses, but of course you get to share the prize money if successful!
There are other events going on over the four days including Masters, Doubles, Intermediates and Juniors tournaments, so it promises to be packed with action – see the official flyer here.
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Roll well (and play better)!
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