Archives for November 2017
Gregge Madan writes:
The Roll of Honour
|Main (11 points)||Jon Wilkinson||George Hall|
|Consolation (7 points)||Steve Bibby||John Wright|
|Last Chance (5 points)||Fanika Petskovska||Ian Gray|
|Early Swiss leavers (5 points)||Steve Allott||Dave Pritchard|
|1 point shootout (1 point!)||Michael Levi||Mark Manley|
|Doubles (5 points)||Sarah Joliff/Vin Nolan||Dorothy Lee/Mate Féhér|
|Free roll (5 points)||Irving Czechowicz||Guy Haslam|
Originally published at BluffEurope.com – reproduced with thanks. We’ve previously featured Andy’s other articles from Bluff Magazine, Does playing backgammon make you a better poker player? and The Poker Link 2: Making bluffs in Backgammon.
Forget the WSOP – the serious action took place in Monte Carlo in the summer as the World Backgammon Championship came to town.
Poker has had an enormous surge in popularity in recent years, and whilst backgammon has had its moments, it has sadly not been on a similar scale. This may be because people think they’ve cracked the game. Meanwhile, the emergence of artificial intelligence programs means there is more distinct analysis of whether a move in backgammon is right or wrong. However, this is a flawed concept, as the number of positions available to play, the roll of the dice, and the state of the cube raises a massive range of probabilities.
A while ago we looked at the 1- and 2-point matches that have been entered into the UKBGF Ratings, and asked your opinions. A number of you took the time to fill out our survey – thankyou to you all! We can now look at the results…
With the 2017 Manchester Open just a few days away, Gregge Madan looks at the varied backgammon scene in and around Manchester:
Not only is Manchester famous for a rich musical history rocking on from Herman’s Hermits, the Hollies through 10cc, Joy Division, cruising through Oasis and James and ending up at Stone Roses. Now it is also becoming famous for ROLLING – backgammon rolling. There has been an accelerated growth in backgammon within Manchester and surrounds and this is epitomised through not only greater numbers playing but also the fact that many of the country’s top players are from the area.