One of the best ways of keeping in touch with both regular members and occasional visitors is a regular newsletter… and with the advent of the internet age it’s also very cheap and easy – long gone are the days of licking foul-tasting envelopes and buying stamps! We’ve been introduced to One Foot In The Gammon, a monthly publication produced by Ealing regular Darren Woodcock – a mixture of news, problems and fun articles.
Archives for March 2017
The panel didn’t make a very good start on last week’s position. This time I’ll sit out as this was one that happened to me at the most recent BMAB tournament. I’m Blue, and Black is grandmaster Julian Fetterlein – and to get here I’ve just had two big jokers go my way.
Backgammon players may be well accustomed to travelling in order to take part in tournaments, but next Thursday sees the start of the first tournament where clocking up the miles is actually part of the fun: BikeGammon.
After a bit of a break, Position of the Week is back – and to encourage more weird and wonderful problems, we’re adding a bit of a twist. I will run each position past a small panel, some leading players and some (ok, me) rather less so, who will give me their decision unknown to the rest. Then – and only then – I’ll get XG to cast its silicon-based mind over it and see how much equity it takes away from the experts. We’ll run this until the end of August and whoever submits the position that prompts the biggest mistakes will get an honourable mention at the UK Open… so keep your eyes open for positions of interest and get sending them in to me at firstname.lastname@example.org !
First up, one from Mark Dixon taken from his first round against Simon Morecroft in this weekend’s Scope charity tournament: