There’s still a day and a bit of play to come from the 41st World Championships in Monte Carlo, but we’re delighted to pass on the news that the British contingent have already taken two titles (and what perfect timing given Eric’s recent article!). First came Cecilia Sparke in the Women’s Championship, who beat Julia Gromenkova in her final… [Read more…]
Archives for July 2016
A couple of weeks ago, I left the thrills and joys of London – my home for the last 20 years or so – to head back for a few days to my birthplace – France. While I was there, I played in the Paris leg of the Hector Saxe Backgammon Tour, where I faced some of the best French players. The tournament was great, run over two days in a very friendly yet competitive atmosphere, and with great food and long siestas as one would expect from the locals (bliss…).
With the London Open just 5 weeks away, I guess many of you are still pondering whether or not to attend the tournament, and doubtless are weighing up the cost of a few days in the capital. While the venue is not so central as to approach Park Lane prices, hotel costs can still be daunting. Consequently, I have made it my task to find some cheaper options for you.
Last year, as some of you may remember, I began a “stay with me” initiative. I offered to put up a backgammon player attending the London Open and asked others to do the same. In the end, it was all a bit late in the day, and only one person was able to take advantage of this scheme. This year, I have set the ball rolling a little earlier, and can offer several places with players living in the London area. Some of these are free, some will make an Airbnb type charge (see below) of up to £30 per night.
We’ve had good news about the Clubs Championship – the Grovesnor Casino in Didsbury have given us the extra space we need to increase the tournament from 16 teams, as it was last time, to 20. This means we will be accommodating all three teams who have been patiently sitting it out on our waiting list, and that means there’s one remaining space up for grabs. If you want to gather up a team of five to join us on Sunday August 14th and take a shot at coming home with the Tutchings Trophy, read on…
Having teased you with some match play cubes, recently, we’re back to chouette money play, and one of those rolls you didn’t really want to see. This one got the team arguing enough that money changed hands over what might be the right play – would you be sure enough to place a bet?