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!
Moving an event to a new venue is always a worry. No matter how carefully you check the place out beforehand, you don’t really know whether there are going to be any nasty surprises until the weekend of the tournament.
After four years in the job, during which time the UK has been well and truly put back on the world backgammon map, Tim Cross is stepping down as UK Team Captain at the end of this year. It will be a tough act to follow, because Tim has led teams to phenomenal successes during his tenure, but someone must do it!
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…