To say that yesterday’s Ealing Common monthly event at The Grange pub was quite eventful is something of an understatement. Everything was normal at the start…
On Sunday 17th March the last ever Scope Backgammon & Bridge tournament was held at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall. It was a fantastic day of fundraising and backgammon and a great success for Scope, raising over £25,000 for its work helping disabled people to lead more independent lives.
Backgammon in the UK has come a long way in the last few years. New clubs are springing up regularly in all parts of the country and there are many more tournaments for players to choose from. It is widely acknowledged that the UKBGF has played an important part in this development and you can read about our evolution and current activities here.
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.