Archive News 2005
Club Competition Winners
Congratulations to Adam Tansley who won the annual club competition in his first year at the club. He finished with a flourish winning both the Swiss and the 1 point KO on the last club evening on 20th December. Kevin Jones did exceptionally well to finish third, despite missing many summer Tuesdays to play bowls.
Adam receives the trophy from Irving Czechowicz
Medals for Irving Czechowicz and Adam Tansley at Mike Main's November tournament in some side events. Full report on Mike Main's site
A small, but select, group of backgammon players played in a tournament at Harrogate on 22nd-23rd of October. This was part of a weekend of board games at the Crown Hotel. Eight players took part on Saturday, when Manchester club founder Kevin Stebbing won the Main tournament (11 point KO), Rodney Lighton the Consolation (also 11 point) and one time Manchester member Uldis Lapikens the Suicide (four player 5 point all play all). On the Sunday six players contested an all play all (7 point matches). Rodney Lighton and Zoe Cunningham both won four out of five matches, but Rodney took the Last Chance trophy by virtue of beating Zoe in their head to head match.
The 9th Mind Sports Olympiad was poorly supported by Manchester players, because of the huge increase in entry fees for non-resident players. However congratulations to Fanika Petkovska who won a Gold Medal in the BIBA challenge tournament.
Fanika Petkovska with trophy
(photo courtesy Michael Crane - BIBA)
Irving wins Dailygammon Trophy
Irving Czechowicz won the main 7pt knockout at the North England Dailygammon meet held in Rotherham 14th August 2005. He also reached the final of the 1 point KO.
Liverpool backgammon club provided another excellent tournament over the weekend of 23rd-24th July. 48 players participated. The format was a five round, nine point matches Swiss on the Saturday with the top sixteen qualifying for the Main final (11 point KO), the rest going into the Consolation (7 point KO) on the Sunday. Five or four wins guaranteed qualification for the Main and six out of twelve on three wins were drawn randomly for the remaining places. There was also a 64 player Last Chance 3 point KO with buy backs and a 1 point 64 player KO with buy backs. Four Manchester players qualified for the Main final, Brian Lever, Irving Czechowicz, Ron Havenhand and Rodney Lighton. After the first round Brian Lever was our only survivor, but he went on to win a close semi-final against Steve Rimmer and then demolished John Slattery 11-2 in the final.
In the Consolation Kevin Jones scraped through his semi-final against Liverpool's John Wright and went on to beat Rosey Bensley in the final. Adam Tansley lost to Rosey in the semis.
Ellie Lighton reached the semi-finals of the Last Chance in her first major tournament. Manchester can claim some interest in the other winners. Uldis Lapikens (who played regularly at the club while working in Liverpool recently) won the Last Chance. Liverpool's Tim Brown (who plays occasionally at Manchester) won the 1 pointer.
Many thanks to members of the Liverpool Club. Peter Chan, Simon and Lucy Jones for administration, scoring and food. John Wright for directing and Pam Wright and family for the excellent buffet. Apologies if I've forgotten to mention anyone else.
Ellie Lighton takes a rest while closed out in her semi-final Last Chance match against Dave Mottley
Watching are Fak Laight, Uldis Lapikens and Tim Brown
Thanks to Peter Chan for the photos
Irving and Fanika Win at Cambridge MSO
Congratulations to Irving Czechowicz and Fanika Petkovska. Fanika won the Suicide in the Mind Sports tournament and Irving was runner up in the Main, beating former UK champions Paul Lamford and John Broomfield in earlier rounds, but finally meeting his match in Zoe Cunningham.
Manchester 1 Day Tournament 2005
24th April Manchester Bridge Club
Manchester’s one day event goes from strength to strength. This year there were 54 participants, up from 42 last year and 36 the year before. There were contingents from Bristol, Birmingham, Preston, Liverpool and Yorkshire as well as a few players from London and Scotland with a good turnout from the Manchester club members.
The format was 5 rounds of 5 point matches with the top 16 going into the main final and the rest into a consolation final.
The ante post favourite John Slattery seemed to be cruising to qualification winning his first three matches. Then Villi Flari beat him in the fourth round and he lost to Peter Snape in the fifth round. Villi Flari and Mark Dixon led the qualifiers with 5 wins. This was only Villi’s second tournament; she has obviously been practicing hard since her debut at BIBA in November. So John on three wins was in the hat for a draw with 7 players from 19 on three wins going through. John is rarely out of a hat, but on this occasion he managed it and went on to win the main final, beating Nigel Merrigan comfortably in the last match. The consolation went to Liverpool’s Adrian Jones who beat Matthew Fisher in a closely fought final. Simon Jones of Liverpool took advantage of the buy backs in the last chance and at his second attempt reached the final beating London’s Mike Main. Manchester’s only success came in the one pointer where Peter Snape (also a Preston club member) beat Manchester’s Nigel Shackleton. Everyone went home having enjoyed the backgammon, buffet lunch and tea and general conviviality. Next year we hope to reach the maximum 64 entrants, so get your entry in early. Provisional date Sunday 23rd April 2006.
Thanks to Alice Lighton for scoring and administration, Lorraine Lighton for the buffet tea, Peter Chan for providing the score sheets, Adam Tansley and Irving Czechowicz for their assistance and Craig Fisher of the Manchester Bridge club for his hard work during the day.