This weekend, Jan 26th-27th, sees the inaugural UKBGF Tour Winners’ Invitational tournament taking place. The cream of 2018 tour players, both Master and Intermediate, will gather at Shrigley Hall Hotel near Macclesfield to decide ultimate backgammon bragging rights for the year.
Meet the Players: Masters
Jon Barnes: Our first TWI winner and UKBGF Tour runner-up. West Yorkshire Open and Blackpool Open champion.
Tim Cross: UKBGF Tour winner 2018, and Newcastle Open, Winchester Open and Manchester Open champion
Aref Alipour: Our third qualifier, and St Albans Open champion
John Wright: (right) Our fourth qualifier, and London Open champion
Yan Kit Chan: 5th qualifier, and Cambridge Open champion
Mark Calderbank: Liverpool Open champion, and also finalist in Newcastle.
David Brown: (left) 7th qualifier, and UK Open champion
Mardi Ohannessian: 8th to qualify, Bristol Open finalist.
Jamie MacPherson: The last of our automatic qualifiers, winner of the Worcester Christmas Turkey.
Eric McAlpine: Our highest non-winning qualifier. Finalist in both St Albans and Blackpool
Radu Ciortan: West Yorkshire Open semi-finalist, and Manchester Open finalist
Anna Price: Winner of the Consolation in St Albans, semi-finalist in the London Open, and Consolation winner in Winchester.
Neil Foston: Cambridge Open finalist
Daniel Molan: 4th place in Bristol, and Worcester finalist.
Martin Barkwill: Newcastle Open semi-finalist and Blackpool Open quarter-finalist
Sean Clennell: St Albans Open quarter-finalist and Winchester Open semi-finalist
Meet the Players: Intermediates
Richard Halvorsen (right): Our first Intermediate qualifier and London Intermediate Champion
Ben Owen: Runner-up on the Intermediate Tour and UK Open Advanced Champion
Simon Hopper: UKBGF Intermediate Tour champion, and Bristol Open Intermediate champion
Ana Mancino: Quarter-finalist in the West Yorkshire Open, and Worcester Intermediate Consolation winner
Cristian Cozos: Blackpool Open quarter-finalist and Manchester Open semi-finalist
Alex Polden: UK Open intermediate quarter-finalist and Bristol Open intermediate =5th
Roger Porter: Newcastle Open quarter-finalist and UK Open Intermediate quarter-finalist
Sean Jones: Manchester Open quarter-finalist.
Regular tournament updates should be available via social media throughout the weekend, and live match streaming (subject to venue internet connection) will be available – keep an eye on Facebook or Twitter for the links.
If you’d like to be featured here this time next year, the UK Tour kicks off in West Yorkshire in March, and both Masters and Intermediates can score points. For 2019, we have five Intermediate events for you with the addition of the Brighton Summer Open. Don’t forget, you need to be a UKBGF member to score Tour points!