Team UK – for this event, Lawrence Powell, Tim Cross, Raj Jansari, Sebastian Wilkinson and Eric McAlpine – continued its drive towards domination of the international backgammon scene with another superb performance at the Nordic Open team event, winning the double-elimination tournament outright and undefeated!
The tournament was relatively small with five other teams from the Nordic countries alongside us, and the double elimination format meant that to win, one had to beat pretty much everyone else. Team UK did that with a very close start against Norway – with Eric deciding a tie poised at 2 matches each and 12-12 on the last roll… but after that, back to back decisive 4-1 victories put us in the final against Denmark 2, needing to win only once while they had to win twice. And the title duly came our way with one match to spare.
You can see one of the final matches – Sebastian Wilkinson v Michael Weile (Denmark 2) on Youtube. Obviously we’re now looking hopefully towards some great UK results in the individual Nordic event!