UK Backgammon sadly lost one of its much-loved characters to Coronavirus this week. Over several decades, George Devlin played backgammon in many parts of the world including the RAC and other London clubs and, more recently, at the 2019 Bristol Open, where he was the Warm-Up finalist. He passed away, aged 78, on Monday 20th April in Nyon, Switzerland. An online service for his family (including his nine children and nine grandchildren) is being held in Nyon today (St George’s Day!!). Once the world ‘opens back up’ there will be a memorial celebration of George’s life for all his friends.
With the 2020 UK Tour cancelled, and many individual tournaments either cancelled or postponed, many of us are resorting to online play for the foreseeable future. At least there is a brand new live event to look forward to, exactly one year from now, which John Wright is proud to announce….
Falafel’s friend, Shay Beja, writes…
Dear friends and members of the international backgammon community family,
Recently we lost a giant. Not just a giant backgammon player and mentor, but a giant heart.
He had many names: Mike, Mikey, Matvey (his birthname), and Michel, but everybody knew him as Falafel.
The Backgammon World lost one of its movers and shakers yesterday: Andy Bell, founder of The World Series of Backgammon, passed away at the shockingly early age of 52.
Charlie Oliver writes about taking the step from casual to Club play…
So, you like playing backgammon. You play with your family or mate down the pub. You maybe use the doubling cube, but you’re not really sure what you’re doing with it. You’d like to get better and beat your family or mate every time instead of sometimes. You’ve thought about buying a book, you’ve watched a few YouTube videos, read a few articles; but now you’re thinking you’d like to play other people. Welcome to the wonderful world of backgammon clubs!