Team UK – for this event, Lawrence Powell, Tim Cross, Raj Jansari, Sebastian Wilkinson and Eric McAlpine – continued its drive towards domination of the international backgammon scene with another superb performance at the Nordic Open team event, winning the double-elimination tournament outright and undefeated!
Rick Janowski writes:
I have the greatest pleasure in announcing that Sebastian Wilkinson, of the UK, has been awarded the prestigious title of Grandmaster (Class 3), following his devastatingly brilliant performance at the recent BMAB Ranking Tournament at Long-Eaton, UK. He aggregated an astonishing PR score of 2.72 in the two-day event comprising six 11-point matches. This score is the greatest achieved over a 2-day event by a clear margin.
Those of you who came along to our AGM at Coombe Abbey will already know the news – that the UKBGF Board is delighted to re-appoint Tim Cross as Team UK’s Captain for the two years 2018-9.
We have been absolutely delighted with the results Team UK have been bringing home over Tim’s tenure so far:
- winning the Worldwide Trophy outright in 2016 and fifth in 2017,
- finalists of the European Online championships in 2015 and fourth in 2016,
- European Team Championships runners-up to Denmark in 2016
Tim’s not only a leading player, he’s also a very canny selector who knows who’s in form. He’s also worked very hard to foster a strong team spirit and get the very best out of his squads on the day. We also couldn’t ignore the huge support he has from UKBGF members. Here’s to another two great years to come!
Finally, another reminder – if you’d like to represent the UK either online or face-to-face then Tim would very much like to hear from you. Competition for places is tough, of course, and you would need to be playing consistently at around PR 5.5 to reasonably expect to be considered, but if you don’t ask you’ll never know!