Archive News 2003
It is with sadness that I heard of the sudden death of Gerry on 25th August 2003. He was an occasional visitor to the club when he lived in Blackburn. He was a true gentleman and it was always a pleasure to meet him and his late wife Daphne at backgammon events. There is a full obituary on the BIBA website.
Mind Sports Results 2003
Six Medals for Club Members
The Rudolf family had a good first weekend at the Mind Sports Olympiad. Club member John won the silver medal, an excellent result especially as he only started playing tournament backgammon a few months ago and this was his first major tournament. His son David won the Junior Gold and was second in the beginners tournament and also came fourth in the main tournament. John's wife Pauline was third in the beginners tournament.
In the mid week Olympiad tournament Manchester players did well. Rodney Lighton and Kevin Stebbing were first and second in the Gold category respectively, while John Rudolf won the Silver category and Barry Teece the Bronze category. Rodney's luck continued in the English Open where he won the Silver medal.
Last Day - Irving wins Gold
Irving Czechowicz showed a clean pair of heels to the field in the Blitz championship on Bank holiday Monday, winning his first 5 matches to gain an unassailable lead.
So the final medal tally for Manchester club members was 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 bronze (+ Kevin Stebbing's Silver and David Rudolf's Junior Gold).
Rodney Lighton, John Rudolf and Irving Czechowicz with medals
(Thanks to Michael Crane of BIBA for the photos)
See the BIBA web site for a full report and pictures.
Kevin wins at BIBA
Congratulations to Kevin Stebbing, founder of the Manchester Club, who won his first ever major BIBA tournament, the Hilton Trophy, at Coventry on 8th June.
Manchester One Day Tournament 2003
The inaugural Manchester tournament attracted 36 competitors who gathered at Manchester Bridge Club’s excellent venue on Sunday 27th April. Most players were from the North West, with some from across the Pennines and a few from further afield.
Shamelessly stealing Liverpool’s excellent one day format (why change a winning formula) a five round Swiss tournament of five point matches was played, with the top eight qualifying for the Main seven point KO final and the remainder playing a five point consolation. Running all day was a one point KO and there was also a three point last chance event in the evening.
In the main event Nottingham’s Darryl Artt beat Nigel Merrigan in the semi-finals after trailing 6-3. He played Scottish Open champion Peter Chan in the final, Darryl quickly reaching a 6-1 lead. Peter clawed his way back to 6-4 and with the cube on a mandatory 2 an exciting game ensued. At one point it looked as though Peter would win a gammon and the match and then the game swung several times from one player to the other, with Darryl finally emerging victorious.
The consolation final was won by Yorkshire’s Anthony Fawcett who beat Liverpool’s Simon Jones in the final. It was left to Manchester’s Ian Shimwell to salvage home pride which he did in fine style by winning both the last chance and the one-pointer.
Thanks to Lucy Jones and Lorraine Lighton for their help with the scoring and administration.
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