Archive News 2004
Liverpool Xmas Event
14 players took part in Liverpool's one day Xmas event on 28th December at Liverpool Bridge Club. Four rounds of seven point matches were played, with the top two playing a final. Ron Havenhand was the only player to win all four qualifying matches and he met Simon Jones (who had the best score of several players on three wins) in the final. Simon won the final.
Ron Havenhand and Simon Jones
2004 Club Events Final Results
Congratulations to Ian Gwynne who has had an excellent set of results this year. He lost narrowly 10-11 to John Slattery in the BIBA UK finals on the 5th December. Snowie match statistics show that Ian was a 2-1 favourite to win the match, but John's dice were too good.
Ian also beat Peter Bibby in the final of the all year 11 point KO and wrapped up the all year club championship on the 14th December. Unfortunately, it is likely that Ian will be leaving the area next year. However, that may give others a chance of winning a club event!
Ian Gwynne with Club Championship Trophy 2004
Club Competition Winners
Connor wins at BIBA
Well done Connor Dickinson. The Bolton based player won the Townharbour Trophy tournament at Hinckley in November 2004, winning 5 out of 6 matches and then two further matches to settle a four way tie break.
Ian and Helen Wedding
Congratulations to club members Ian and Helen who were married on 25th September 2004.
Ian and Helen Shimwell
Mind Sports Olympiad 2004 - Four Medals for Manchester Members
Not as big a haul as last year, but congratulations to Uldis Lapikens who won 2 silver medals, in the first weekend tournament and the Olympiad Championship, Irving Czechowicz who won bronze in the 1 point wipeout event and Ian Gwynne who won silver in the English Open.
Uldis and Irving (pictures courtesy of BIBA Director Michael Crane)
For results see either the BIBA web site .
Ron Second at BIBA
Congratulations to club member Ron Havenhand who finished second (on a split tie) in BIBA's SAC Trophy event in August 2004.
2004 One Day Tournament
It is not often that it is warm enough in Manchester in April to play backgammon outside. But on a beautiful sunny day several tables were taken outside onto the patio at Manchester Bridge Club as play got under way in the second annual 1 day tournament on Sunday 25th. 42 players mainly from the North and Midlands entered the tournament (up from 36 last year) including Michael Elliott from Blackpool who is aged 13. In the afternoon five rounds of five point matches were played (Swiss format) with 16 players qualifying for the main final. This meant that the nine players who won four or five matches qualified and the 11 players who finished on three wins went into a draw for the last seven places. Michael Elliott did extremely well to win three of his matches (several illustrious names failed to achieve that) but was unlucky in the draw.
The main KO soon came down to a final between Simon Jones of Liverpool and relatively new tournament player Thomas Allsop of Mansfield. Simon won comfortably 7-2, but Thomas and his partner Dawn Colley were to achieve further success.
The consolation final was contested between two of the three Birmingham entrants, Fak Laight and David Mottley. David won the first game, when after getting his last checker hit in the bear off, Fak eventually closed him out after several attempted escapes. With all hope of a gammon gone David then remembered to cube Fak out, to the disappointment of the spectators who were looking forward to an exciting finish to the game. However, that was to be David’s last point when Fak won the rest.
Dawn won the Last Chance final against Manchester’s Peter Snape and in the one point shoot out tournament organiser Rodney Lighton’s amazing run of luck came to an end when he lost to Thomas Allsop in the final.
The tournament was played in a very friendly atmosphere. Many thanks to Lorraine Lighton who worked very hard preparing a wonderful buffet tea and helped with the scoring and organisation, also to Peter Chan of Liverpool who provided the Swiss movement sheets. We aim to run this tournament annually on the last Sunday of April (unless Easter is very late, when it will be a week earlier) and look forward to seeing another increased entry next year.
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