Archive News 2012
The final evening saw an exciting end to a close championship. Rodney Lighton and Mark Calderbank started the evening level (after Mark had caught up 5 points in the past 2 weeks). Unfortunately for Mark he failed to get any points, while Rodney won a 5 point KO to forge ahead. Abdollah (who had been challenging for first place for much of the year) and George were in contention for third place. In the final 1 point event of the evening they met each other, George winning to leave them tied in third place. Thanks to all members for their support this year and we hope to see everyone back for another season in 2013.
Rodney finished the season with more successes, beating Brian Lever in the final of the club 11 point KO and winning the Saturday tournament on 29th December.
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Brian Lever beat Abdollah Ahmadi in the final of the tournament held at the Sha'are Hayim synagogue. Igal Farshi won the consolation beating Peter Chan from Liverpool.
Manchester One Day
Sunday April 22nd 2012
With entries from Bournemouth to Edinburgh arriving on a typical Manchester day, the atmosphere was far from gloomy at Manchester Bridge Club. Everyone enjoyed the day of backgammon, food and socialising. The 48 entrants played 5 rounds of 5 point matches starting at 11 a.m. By 4 pm we had 16 qualifiers for the main knockout and the other 32 played in the consolation.
The main was won for the first time in ten years of this tournament by a Manchester player. Alastair Woods seemed to be in a strong position leading 6-2 in a 7 point match, but he lost the Crawford game followed by a doubled gammon to George Hall. In the consolation final last year's main winner Dan Tutchings beat Dorothy Lee in a match that started slowly with Dorothy getting a 2-1 lead. However the next game featured a cube at 4 and Dan won that and the title. Martin Barkwill, making his first appearance at the Manchester tournament, beat John Wright in the last chance final.
In the 1 point final Angie Dell had a hard luck story to beat most. With Rodney Lighton on the bar closed out the trophy seemed to be in her grasp. Her outfield checker on the 15 point was only hampered by Rodney's midpoint. Two double threes in a row meant that her board broke, Rodney entered, hit her last checker, managed to contain it and finally close it out to pull off a several thousand to one win.
Thanks, as always, to Irving Czechowicz, Annette Jones, Kevin Jones and Lorraine Lighton for directing, scoring, administration and catering. Also to club members for helping to set up and to Manchester Bridge Club for hosting the event.
Thanks also to the generosity of participants who donated £114 to Marie Curie nurses.