It has been announced this morning by the Backgammon Masters Awarding Body (BMAB) that Julian Fetterlein and Gaz Owen have both been awarded Grandmaster titles by virtue of their excellent performances in BMAB (UK) tournaments over the last 12 months. They are the first British players to receive this award.
At the most recent BMAB ranking tournament at Castle Donington, near Nottingham, over the weekend of 27-28 February 2016, Gaz won the PR Prize with an astonishing performance of 3.14 averaged over six 11 point matches, which emulated Julian’s similarly astonishing performance a few months ago. This time Julian was the PR runner-up with a tournament average of 3.74. They can be seen in the photo below playing each other at this tournament.
Julian has built up a reputation as perhaps the foremost British backgammon match player over the last 15-20 years, and has made a significant impact as a lecturer and teacher/trainer. Many of the newer generation of top players have thrived from his tutelage. Julian is recognised among the international backgammon community for the quality of his play and the depth of his backgammon knowledge, as well as for his great sportsmanship. He achieved the title of Grandmaster (Class 3) with an aggregate PR of 3.94 over more than 400 experience points.
Gaz, once a pupil of Julian, has steadily built up a reputation as a top class international player over the last ten years with notable tournament successes in the UK, Monte Carlo and Cyprus. He currently leads the UKBGF Elo-based ratings table. Gaz, like Julian his former mentor, has deservedly developed a strong reputation as an extremely knowledgeable and effective teacher/trainer. He achieved the title of Grandmaster (Class 3) with an aggregate PR of 3.97 over nearly 200 experience points.
Congratulations to both Julian and Gaz who through their superb performances have deservedly reached Grandmaster levels joining twenty-two other great players worldwide who have already reached this level!