A fantastic year for backgammon continued as Raj Jansari, Seb Wilkinson, Lawrence Powell, Chris Rogers and Leo Waters overcame the best in the world in Tblisi to bring home the Worldwide Team Trophy – even after captain Tim and Mark Calderbank’s efforts to get to Georgia in the first place were wrecked by lightning and striking Europeans…
– an irreverent and irrelevant blog on the World Champs from our raving reporter.
The approach to Nice Airport is parallel to the beach. The dappled sunlight reflected off the bald pates of the men and the silicone of the women catches my eye. I can just make out the Negresco Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais and with a Proustian rush I am back in the late 90s – my last visit to the Cote D’Azur and the Backgammon World Championships.
Back then I thought I was a decent player, actually winning a nice Nice trophy on the Lido beach, beating Magriel and Corbett on the way, but never cutting it at MC. This time would be different, I thought. Far more experienced, I wouldn’t be fazed by passive-aggressive black women with reflective sunglasses and buzz cuts to boot. Not this time…
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Dear Backgammon Player,
The newly elected board of the UKBGF (the “Board”) has agreed a set of objectives that we want to achieve over the next two years. These are reproduced at the bottom of this post.
We will not be able to achieve these objectives without your support.
Four weeks of voting came to an end on Sunday night at 10pm, and the turnout exceeded two hundred and fifty players – many more than had been predicted, even by some of the candidates!
After careful scrutiny of all the votes I can declare the result as follows: