Barry McAdam, 12th October 1938 – 7th June 2015
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Barry McAdam, a well known figure on the UK and European backgammon circuits over the years. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 24th June – see ‘Comments’ for further details.
Barry was a member of London’s Double Fives club from its inception and continued playing, in both his regular chouette and occasional tournaments, until a couple of months ago. He had been ill for some time, although he did not let this prevent him from enjoying backgammon. The picture above shows Barry winning the 32 player Ealing Club Sunday tournament in October 2013.
The pinnacle of Barry’s career was probably winning the 1989 European Open in Deauville. Win or lose, Barry was a true gentleman of the game as well as a fierce competitor. He never exhibited any emotional reaction whatever outrageously bad sequence of luck he had to endure. This gentlemanly behaviour somehow made his aggressive style of play surprising. Both over the board, and in Chris Bray’s weekly Independent newspaper column, his nickname was “Barry Bigplay”, and with good reason! He would invariably favour the more aggressive choice of play, and more often than not he would be right.
We extend our sincere condolences to Barry’s family; everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Barry over a backgammon board will miss him. You are invited to post your own memories of Barry in a comment below.