UK Backgammon Final Article cover in the Independent Newspaper
Chris Bray is the world’s only backgammon writer with a regular column appearing in a major print newspaper, the UK’s The Independent. On October 11th, he discussed the first inaugural UK Open which I won by winning 9 out of ten matches as well as 8 in a row against many of this island’s best players.
Bray took as his subject material, the fascinating 2nd game of the match which ended when I passed my opponent’s recube to 8 . You can read the article by clicking here. To my eyes even more fascinating were the initial cube to 2 and the my recube to 4 earlier in the game and most especially the cube to 8 that Martin Birkhahn my opponent did not spin. That cube could have come just the turn before the position dealt with in Bray’s article. I certainly would have taken and Martin would likely have won eight points right there and might even have gammoned me for 16 points and the whole match! The fascinating sequence of four cubing positions can be followed by clicking on the links embedded in the sentences above. It shows high pressure match backgammon at its most intellectually and psychologically challenging. Enjoy