Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A Bonanza of Backgammon Books

There have been very few books published on backgammon compared to say chess or poker however all of a sudden three come along!

One of our members, Rosey Bensley has written her autobiography "It's Not All Rosey" & backgammon does feature. Here is Rosey at her book signing event in Waterstones, Durham. 

Next, a book by Jonathan Lethem is featured in the New York Times top 100 Notable Books of the Year. "The Blot" is a novel about a winning backgammon player whose luck changes in Singapore. Maybe he played Jysen.

To find out more here is the link to the Waterstones site:

Finally, the Danish former football player & 2014 Nordic Open champion, Marc Brockmann Olsen has had his second book published "Backgammon Pure Strategy." Here is a link to Amazon:

Club Meeting at the G Casino, Newcastle

Seven players turned up for our second monthly meeting at the G Casino in Newcastle. Keith emerged as the winner of the all play all.

Lake District Tournament, Sunday 19 March 2017

Several of our players competed in the 4th Lake District tournament at the Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere.

Ian v Martin

Keith v Graeme

Don in action against Cumbrian player, Paul.

Pol won this match & reached the final.

Sam v Ian

The final. Pol plays Steve Lee from Bradford.

Steve is the champion.

Steve & Pol are congratulated by Jonathan Kaye, owner of the Cedar Manor Hotel. An excellent day's play & thank you to Jonathan & Caroline for their hospitality & for providing lunch & refreshments throughout the day.

Club Meeting 6 March 2017

14 players turned up including two first time visitors, John & Julia.

12 played in a knock out & rather than having equity enhancing byes, we played to a last three who played an all play all final.Pol, Graeme & first time visitor John Oxley each won one final match & shared the honours.

Pol v Graeme, final 3 playoff.

Mike & Don with first time visitor, Julia.

Joint winners, Graeme, John & Pol

Monday, 6 March 2017


The club's usual monthly meeting at the Royal British Legion in West Jesmond will take place tonight, Monday 6 March, at 7pm.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Club Meeting 13 February 2017

We are now meeting twice monthly. The first Monday of each month at the Royal British Legion &   normally on the third Monday at the G Casino. Six players turned up & below is Gary playing Graeme.

Don v Alan

A tricky decision with a 1 1 roll. Graeme (black) has moved two checkers from his 5 point however he eventually rejected this play & tried 13/11 (2). Was he correct?

Gary v Alan

Don v Keith

At the end of the evening we had a four way tie for first place between Martin, Alan, Graeme & Gary.

Club Meeting 6 February 2017

10 players came along & the evening started with a tutorial by Graeme on middle game checker plays. We then had a consulting "doubles & trebles Tourney."

 In the final, team Gary & Mike played Alan, Pol & Don.

Gary & Mike are the champions. In fact this is the third successive monthly meeting where Mike has picked up a prize.