It was a great shock last week to hear of the death of George Miltiadou on 6th December at the much too early age of 64. George had been having treatment for an aggressive form of cancer for some months, although most of the backgammon community were unaware that he was ill.
Last weekend a battalion of 14 backgammon players from Paris ‘invaded’ West London to challenge the same number of London players in the second London-Paris team event: a bit like 1066, but with backgammon boards instead of spears, battle-axes and bows and arrows.
Nearly three years ago, on 29th April 2015, all UK backgammon players were invited to become members of the UKBGF and since then 470 players (including a good few from overseas!) have done so. During recent months, with this third anniversary approaching, the UKBGF Board decided that now would be a good time to review both the membership structure and membership fees. Changes are currently being implemented but for most of our existing members no action will be required until their next renewal date.
We are very sad to report the passing of Nigel Merrigan on the 20th January, aged just 51. Nigel was a regular player from the nineties onwards, and he won the BIBA British Open Championship twice, in 1993 and 2006, although he doesn’t seem to have played much tournament backgammon for the last five years or so.
The photo shows Nigel (left, foreground) enjoying dinner with a few backgammon friends at the Nordic Open in Copenhagen around Easter 2012. Nigel’s family is with him on the left, and on the right (from far end) is Stuart Mann, Yan Kit Chan and Fai “North” Chan from Hong Kong. I was the photographer! (Fai’s life was sadly also cut short a few years ago.)
Charity trustee and backgammon player Sidi Shatku welcomed forty-eight people, including thirty backgammon players, some non-playing guests and one TD, to the Mountbatten Room at the RAC in Pall Mall, London, last Sunday (26th November). They had all gathered for a fun day of backgammon, brunch and fundraising for ‘The Squad‘ – a small charity helping people with learning disabilities. Organised by Sidi at very short notice, this event was similar to the much larger ‘Scope’ annual Backgammon and Bridge tournament, the 19th edition of which will also be hosted by the RAC next March. In fact the Squad tournament was dubbed “Scope-lite.” 😊 [Read more…]