Archive News 2007
Club Competition Winners 2007
2007 Club Championship
Congratulations to the prize winners in the 2007 club championship, all of whom were playing their first full year at the club.
Jon Williams won, with Paul Garlick just beating Susan Bourne into second place in the last event of the year.
Paul Garlick, Jon Williams and Susan Bourne
Fanika wins in Venice
Fanika with her Trophy from the Venice International in November
Richard wins a board
Richard Coburn with the handsome backgammon set that he won in a raffle
at the London Tournament in November
Congratulations to Irving Czechowicz and Dorothy Lee who played at Backgammon on The Beach (Scheveningen, Netherlands) on 7-8th September. Irving was semi finalist in the Main on Saturday, and won the Main on Sunday. Dorothy was runner up in the Sunday TTT.
Dorothy and Irving
Psychocon Games Weekend Leeds 14th October
Backgammon at Psychocon was organised by Kevin Stebbing. Ten players turned up, seven from Manchester, two from York and one from Leeds.
Seven five point matches were played in a Swiss format. At the end both Solomon Wright of Leeds and Kevin Jones of Manchester had managed the fine record of six wins.
So a play off match between these two was needed to determine the prizes. Kevin won fairly easily to take the main trophy and a prize of a year's subscription to BIBAFAX kindly donated by Michael Crane of BIBA. Solomon had to be content with the runner's up trophy.
Double for Ian and Helen
Congratulations to Ian and Helen Shimwell on the birth of Blake and Emily on 20th September. All are reportedly well.
Future champions? Blake and Emily
Liverpool Weekend 2007
Another excellent tournament organised by Liverpool Backgammon Club on 28-29th July. Manchester players had great success. Elllie Lighton was their first winner, beating Pam Wright in the final of the 64 place 1 point KO. Manchester members Brian Lever and Ron Havenhand contested the main final with Brian winning.
Thanks as ever to John and Pam Wright and family, Simon Jones, Peter Chan and Adrian Jones for running the weekend. The organisation and food were superb as usual.
Brian is Open Champion
Congratulations to Brian Lever who won the British Open - the premier event in the UK - on 1st April at BIBA in Coventry. He convincingly beat Ian Tarr of Bristol 11-1 in the final, having beaten five other opponents on the way.
Brian with trophy
BIBA Success for Fanika
Congratulations to Fanika Petkovska who won the doubles at Brighton in January with Liverpool's Adrian Jones and bagged the runner-up trophy in the Last Chance.
Manchester One Day Tournament
22nd April at Manchester Bridge Club
I would have described this as the Manchester International One Day, but our two international entrants failed to turn up, preferring instead to stay in the the South of France rather than experience Manchester's famous rain (the first for several weeks). Still, as Tony Fawcett pointed out, we had several folk from Yorkshire playing, so it was practically an international event. A day of food, drink and backgammon was enjoyed by the participants.
48 entrants sat down to play five rounds of five point matches (Swiss format) to qualify 16 for the main final and 32 for the consolation final.
This year we had our first ever repeat winner in five years of running the event, when Simon Jones of Liverpool reprised his 2004 win, beating David Wallbank of Preston in the final.
In the consolation Manchester's Len Nixey was surprised to beat Birmingham's David Motley in the final - not the result, but the fact that it was the final. Len thought he had only reached the semi-final at that point!
The last chance three point event was a 64 entrant knock out with lots of buy backs. This meant that it was the most lucrative event of the day and the most exhausting, finishing 11 hours after we had started in the morning. Liverpool's Adrian Jones triumphed over Manchester's American import Jon Willliams in an exciting match.
Finally in the one point 64 place knock out, David Motley beat organiser Rodney Lighton in the final.
Once again many thanks to helpers on the day, especially Lorraine Lighton for the buffet tea and adminstration, Ellie Lighton for scoring and working at the bar, Irving Czechowicz for administration and setting up, Peter Chan for score sheets and photography.