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!
Archives for March 2018
Andrew Selby writes:
It is now official that Monday March 12th was the final Backgammon evening at the shortly-to-be-refurbished Hippodrome Casino.
From the 30th April, and every last Monday in the month, the UKBGF are delighted to support Backgammon London, set up by Andrew Selby, and aided by some of our own, in moving to The Princess of Wales Pub, in Chalcott Road, Primrose Hill, within the heart of Camden.
Last Monday (5th March 2018) one of the founding fathers of modern backgammon, Paul Magriel, passed away at his home in Las Vegas at the age 71. I had known Paul for thirty-five years and this article is written in tribute to him and all that he did for the game of backgammon.
Paul was the son of Paul Magriel Sr. (1906–1990), an art collector and author, and Christine Fairchild Magriel. He leaves a son, Louis Fairchild Magriel whom he had with his third wife, French poker player, Martine Oulés.
Chris Bray writes:
Very sadly, Paul Magriel passed away yesterday afternoon. (5th March).
Paul was one of the founding fathers of modern backgammon. His definitive work, “Backgammon” published in 1976, is still considered to be the bible of the game. He was World Champion in 1978.
The first games recorded in the UKBGF ratings were a little over four years ago. A significant milestone has been reached recently – as Tariq Siddiqi becomes the first person to amass 10,000 experience points. A glance at the table below shows he’s the UKBGF’s most prolific player by some considerable margin…