Friday, 23 October 2015

Argument over backgammon game led to fatal stabbing

A murder trial in Ireland has been hearing that an argument over a game of backgammon between two men in Tralee, Co. Kerry led to the fatal stabbing of one of them.  Full story here.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

First Backgammon game on Steam gaming platform is in the works

Nomad Games is to release "Backgammon Blitz" onto the Steam platform in November, following it's successful run on the Playstation 3 and 4 systems.  Full story here.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Club Night at the County, Monday 5th October

We had 10 players present on Monday 5th October including siblings, Rosey Bensley & Paul Gilbertson as well as Anthony Crerar who played in the parks event & this was his first appearance at a club evening. Paul had flown in from Monaco to be with us.

I (Martin) experimented with a new format where we had two groups of five players with the winner of each group to meet in the final. Unfortunately the format with 5 point matches did not work as well as I'd have liked. Whilst all matches were completed in the first group, in the second group a couple of matches were prolonged, as can happen & it was necessary to ask for the last matches to be played for one point so we would be able to finish by kicking out time. I would like to reassure everyone that the lessons have been learned & this format will only be tried if there are no more than eight players present.

Graeme Turner beat Paul Gilbertson in a play off in the first group. In the second group Keith was in great form & beat Chris, Anthony & Rosey in five point matches but was clearly disadvantaged by having to play his remaining games for one point including the group play-off with Rosey. Graeme beat Rosey in the final to record his first club tournament win. Well played, Graeme!

The next club evening will be on Monday 2nd November & will be the start of the league. There will be an announcement shortly with details of the format & I shall invite everyone to enter.

The hotly contested final

Martin Barkwill (L) with finalists Rosey Bensley and Graeme Turner