Archive News 2011
2011 AwardsWell done to Brian Lever who won the Last Chance event on Sunday 16th October.
Founder member Ian Shimwell presented the awards at the final club meeting of the year for the club championship and 11 point KO.
Congratulations to Mark Calderbank who won the marathon club championship just ahead of George Hall, with Irving Czechowicz a distant third.
In the 11 point KO George Hall won, beating Kevin Jones in the final, semi-finalists were Rodney Lighton and Roger Keys.
Congratulations to Mark Calderbank who won this event at Bradford Casino on Saturday 17th December 2011 in Bradford. Dorothy Lee was runner-up in the consolation event.
Dorothy Lee celebrated her birthday with a tournament in Lancashire on Saturday 11th September.
Congratulations ro Roger Keys who beat Mark Calderbank in the final by 1 pip!
Roger, Dorothy and Mark
Well done to Dorothy Lee who reached the final of this event on Saturday 17th September at Coventry, losing to Paul Gilbertson.
Liverpool Open 2011
Another excellent weekend of backgammon was provided by the Liverpool club on 30th-31st July.
Manchester players did well, congratulations to the winner Brian Lever and runner up Dorothy Lee.
Many thanks to Simon and Lucy Jones, John and Pam Wright and family and Peter Chan and others for their hard work in organising and catering.
Dorothy Lee and Brian Lever
Blackpool Imperial Cup
Manchester players did well at Blackpool on the weekend of 21st-22nd May. In the Main Kevin Jones and Ann Mancino reached the semi-finals, Mark Calderbank was runner-up in the Consolation and George Hall won the Last Chance.
Cragg Vale - May Day
Manchester players took all the honours at Cragg Vale in early May. Dorothy Lee beat Mark Calderbank in the final, with Irving Czechowicz third and Kevin Jones fourth.
Dorothy Lee and Mark Calderbank
Manchester One Day 2011
On a sunny Sunday 17th April, fifty backgammon players from London, the Midlands, Yorkshire, Scotland, Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester gathered for the annual Manchester torunament.
The Manchester tournament has never been won by a regular club player from Manchester. This year we provided three semi-finalists in Irving Czechowicz, Kevin Jones and Rodney Lighton. The other semi-finalist was Dan Tutchings from Coventry. Dan played very well to fight back from 4-2 down against Rodney in the semi-final to win 7-4 and then dispatched Kevin Jones by a large margin in the final. Congratulations to Dan on his first major tournament win.
Meanwhile Brian Lever beat Tim Brown convincingly in the consolation final, while David Phillips beat Dorothy Lee in the Last Chance, to give Manchester two of the trophies.
In the one pointer Rachel Rhodes from Yorkshire beat David Wallbank from Preston.
Thanks as usual to Lorraine Lighton for the buffet tea, Alice Lighton and Susan Bourne for administration, Irving Czechowicz for directing and members of the Manchester club for help in setting up and to Manchester Bridge Club for hosting the event.
An enjoyable day was had by all and we hope to see them all back next year.
Zurich (Jan 15-16th)
Irving Czechowicz and Dorothy Lee travelled to Switzerland to play in the Intermediate section, where they met in the final, Irving emerging victorious.
British Backgammon Tour
Congratulations to Mark Calderbank who was runner-up in the finals of this event at BIBA's Brighton weekend. He had qualified via various events throughout 2010.
New Year Event
Kevin Jones winner at Cragg Vale, Yorkshire on 2nd Jan
receiving the trophy from Rachel Rhodes