Andrew Selby writes…
Sold out within two days, a full field of 128 players participated in Backgammon London’s annual end of season event.
Sponsored by P-40, who generously provided three boards, and GammonVillage, who likewise provided three boards for the runners-up, the event as ever ably organised by David and Jill, produced a wonderful weekend of tournament backgammon amid great sportsmanship – all highlighting the wonderful community we have, appreciated by us all in these trying times.
UK backgammon is seeing a resurgence online, and the live streaming of The Players Championship, hosted by Julia and myself, and wonderfully supplemented by lead commentary from Julian Fetterlein, Tim Cross, Jon Barnes, Chris Bray and Geoff Hall, has to date achieved a combined viewing total well over 1,500!
With so many prizes on offer, an illustrious field competed in this unique “double-eliminator” style qualifier – with the final 32 reaching a knock-out on the Sunday, and the remaining players fighting for two equal Consolations.
With Shakespearean irony, the ultimate winner of the Main Event, and The Players Champion for 2020, was our very own site host on Studio Heroes – Terje Pederesen, who defeated Lawrence Powell in the final.
The respective Consolations were both closely contested and saw Neil Webb defeat Steve Carder, while Martyn Hamer defeated Len Brown.
A huge congratulations to all our Champions, no mean feat in such a strong field – boards on their way from “across the pond” as I write.
As ever, on behalf of both David and me, huge thanks to you all for your continued support in 2020, and we wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year!
Looking forward to seeing you next year, initially online at The Memorial Event in February…and thereafter at some live events ….we hope !!