Aberdeen’s backgammon club hasn’t let the coronavirus pandemic stop its members from flexing their competitive, matchplay brains.
The club – which has only been in existence for three years – organised an online tournament.
Ten of the club’s 16 members took part in the tournament, with each player playing two seven-point matches. With only a couple of matches to go, three players – Mutlu Ustun, Denby Petttt and Norman Hessler were still in contention to win the tournament, which is the first online event that the club has organised, with Mutlu eventually being crowned champion.
Club president Brenda Rafferty said: “Normally we meet every Wednesday night at the Carmelite Hotel as well as one Sunday afternoon every month, but the pandemic obviously put paid to our regular meetings.
“Rather than shut down completely, we decided to organise our very first online tournament, thanks to Denby. We’re all quite competitive, but in a friendly way, and it’s been great fun.
“It’s helped us hone our backgammon skills and keep us mentally sharp during the lockdown. It’s also been a great way of keeping our friendly and social group connected.”