The British Backgammon Awards 2012

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The British Backgammon Awards 2012

  1. 1. The BritishBackgammon Awards
  2. 2. Recognising the Best in BritishBackgammon…
  3. 3. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 The Awards Process • Over 50 nominations received; • Shortlists compiled based on number and quality of nominations submitted; • Shortlists put out to the backgammon-playing public to vote; • Over 200 votes received; • Votes counted; • Results here tonight…
  4. 4. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Seven Award Categories • Player of the Year; • Most Feared Opponent; • Tournament Director of the Year; • Board Designer of the Year; • Largest Contributor to the Game; • Most Courteous Player of the Year; • International Player of the Year.
  5. 5. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Player of the Year • Arthur Wright • Eric McAlpine • Julian Fetterlein • Myke Wignall • Peter Bennet
  6. 6. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 The Nominees…
  7. 7. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Arthur Wright • Winner Intermediate Tournament Monte Carlo; • International tournament organiser on DailyGammon; • ‘One of the nicest people to play backgammon with’.
  8. 8. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Eric McAlpine • Winner RAC Scope Masters Tournament; • Consolation Flight Winner London Open 2011; • ‘Always a gentleman to play with’.
  9. 9. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Julian Fetterlein • BFCE UK Open Winner; • Countless BIBA titles; • Runner-Up Las Vegas Backgammon Open 2010; • ‘One of England’s finest players’.
  10. 10. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Myke Wignall • 3 BIBA Tournament wins in the past 12 months; • Winner of back-to-back BIBA tournaments; • Winner of the Coventry Open; • ‘Most improved player’.
  11. 11. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Peter Bennet • Numerous UK tournament wins; • English Open 2008 champion; • Las Vegas Seniors 2005; • Chairman of the Scope Backgammon committee; • ‘A great player and a real gentleman’.
  12. 12. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 And the winner is... • A very close contest; • But just edging it with 37% of the vote…
  13. 13. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Most Feared Opponent • Alan Beckerson; • Jon Barnes; • Julian Fetterlein; • Milo Fell; • Raj Jansari.
  14. 14. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 The Nominees…
  15. 15. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Alan Beckerson • Winner of the Championship at the Annual Scope RAC Backgammon Tournament; • One of the most popular players on the London circuit; • ‘Whenever I draw him I always think that I am going to lose’.
  16. 16. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Jon Barnes • Winner BIBA British Open 2009; • Maths teacher at Haberdashers’ Askes where he runs backgammon lessons; • Top St Albans Player; • ‘One of the toughest opponents’ in the UK’.
  17. 17. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Julian Fetterlein • BFCE UK Open Winner; • Countless BIBA titles; • Runner-Up Las Vegas Backgammon Open 2010; • Currently highest ranked BIBA player; • ‘One of England’s finest players’.
  18. 18. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Milo Fell • The highest rated player in the London League; • Has only lost one 11-pt match out of fourteen since the league’s inception; • ‘His opponents are defeated before they even sit down to play’.
  19. 19. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Raj Jansari • One of only two UK ‘Giants’; • Regular winner of tournaments in both the UK and abroad; • Respected money game and tournament player; • ‘The toughest player to beat’.
  20. 20. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 And the winner is... • 41% of the vote… • A clear winner…
  21. 21. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Tournament Director of the Year • Chris Purchase; • John Wright; • Michael Crane; • Mike Main; • Phil Tutchings.
  22. 22. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 The Nominees…
  23. 23. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Chris Purchase • ‘Chris runs the St Albans Backgammon Club with style and a certain amount of flair’; • ‘He always keeps everyone informed with the latest news and scores’; • ‘He keeps things running smoothly and promptly’; • ‘Chris seeks opinions whenever a new ruling is sought’.
  24. 24. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 John Wright • ‘John is constantly asking his punters how he can improve and to find out what they want/dont like’; • ‘John acts upon suggestions’; • ‘There is always lots of action at his events and he adapts to suit the on the day’.
  25. 25. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Michael Crane • BIBA founder; • ‘Michael has kept the hub of Backgammon going for over 25 years’; • ‘Michael has introduced many new players to the game’; • ‘Mr Backgammon In Britain’.
  26. 26. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Mike Main • Founder of Backgammon in London; • Creator of TTT format; • ‘Mike goes the extra mile to make his tournaments run smoothly and without incident’; • ‘Mike has worked really hard to get his tournaments off the ground over several years’; • ‘Mike runs his events really efficiently and fairly’.
  27. 27. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Phil Tutchings • Founder of the Backgammon Federation of Central England; • Tournaments include the Coventry Open and Team Championships; • ‘The Coventry team competitions represent a very welcome innovation to the UK backgammon scene and are extremely well-run’.
  28. 28. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 And the winner is... • A very close contest with some fantastic nominees… • Winning with 44% of the vote…
  29. 29. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Board Designer of the Year • Alexandra Llewellyn; • Geoffrey Parker Games; • Wycliff Boards.
  30. 30. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 The Nominees…
  31. 31. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Alexandra Llewellyn • Range of genuinely artistic and unique sets; • Bespoke boards based on an individuals life; • Good coverage in the non- backgammon press.
  32. 32. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Max Parker (Geoffrey Parker Games) • One of the most established and trusted games makers in the UK; • Huge contributor to charity and regular sponsor of the Scope RAC backgammon tournament amongst others; • ‘High quality boards with a significant annual contribution to charity’.
  33. 33. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Wycliffe Brothers • ‘Wycliff has come out with an amazing, first class product’; • ‘Excellent boards at a most reasonable price’; • ‘Recognized as a great value product’.
  34. 34. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 And the winner is... • A staggering 76% of the vote…
  35. 35. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Largest Contributor to the Game • Chris Bray; • Ian Tarr; • Mike Main; • Phil Simborg; • Phil Tutchings.
  36. 36. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 The Nominees…
  37. 37. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Chris Bray • Backgammon columnist for the Independent newspaper; • Author of countless backgammon books including ‘Backgammon for Dummies’ and ‘What Colour is the Wind?’; • Always generous with his time and expert knowledge.
  38. 38. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Ian Tarr • ‘Ian Tarr has worked selflessly to create a healthy BG organisation in Bristol that puts other city organisations to shame’; • With a variety of events twice a week all year round, and multiple annual prizes, he has galvanised the BG playing community in Bristol, many whom now sponsor prizes and support newer players coming into the game’.
  39. 39. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Mike Main • Founder of Backgammon in London; • Creator of TTT format; • ‘Mike goes the extra mile to make his tournaments run smoothly and without incident’; • ‘Mike has worked really hard to get his tournaments off the ground over several years’; • ‘Mike runs his events really efficiently and fairly’.
  40. 40. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Phil Simborg • Founder of the Backgammon Learning Center; • One of the worlds’ most respected backgammon teachers; • ‘Phil teaches dozens of college, high school, and elementary students FREE. He established the college program in the U.S. and personally started clubs at over 30 colleges including Princeton, Yale, and Harvard. No one has worked harder and given more to bring more people into the game’.
  41. 41. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Phil Tutchings • Founder of the Backgammon Federation of Central England; • Tournaments include the Coventry Open and Team Championships; • ‘The Coventry team competitions represent a very welcome innovation to the UK backgammon scene and are extremely well-run’.
  42. 42. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 And the winner is... • The most closely contested of all of the categories; • 32.5% of the vote…
  43. 43. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Most Courteous Player of the Year • Alan Beckerson; • Donna Sherred; • Lawrence Powell; • Monica Beckerson; • Peter Bennet.
  44. 44. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 The Nominees…
  45. 45. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Alan Beckerson • Winner of the Championship at the Annual Scope RAC Backgammon Tournament; • One of the most popular players on the London circuit; • ‘Whenever I draw him I always think that I am going to lose’.
  46. 46. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Donna Sherred • Relative newcomer to the backgammon circuit; • Now a regular on the UK backgammon scene; • Winner of Consolation at Live in London; • ‘Donna is always a pleasure to play’.
  47. 47. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Lawrence Powell • Regular BIBA player; • One of the UK’s best players; • ‘Win or lose, Lawrence is unfailingly polite and generous and is always a great pleasure to play against. He has to be one of the nicest people in the backgammon world’.
  48. 48. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Monica Beckerson • One of the most capped players on the London Backgammon circuit; • Winner of countless tournaments and competitions; • ‘It is always a real joy to play backgammon with Monica – even when she wins’!
  49. 49. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Peter Bennet • Numerous UK tournament wins; • English Open 2008 champion; • Las Vegas Seniors 2005; • Chairman of the Scope Backgammon committee; • ‘A great player and a real gentleman’.
  50. 50. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 And the winner is... • Evenly spread vote but with one clear winner… • 43% of the vote…
  51. 51. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 International Player of the Year • Bob Koca; • Carter Mattig; • Mochy; • Paul Weaver; • Tobias Hellwag.
  52. 52. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 The Nominees…
  53. 53. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Bob Koca • Runner-Up in the World Series of Backgammon; • Winner of the Cannes Tournament; • Giant number 28 of backgammon; • UBK – the unflappable Bob Koca.
  54. 54. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Carter Matting • One of the great international backgammon personalities; • Always fun to play with or against in the chouette; • Hugely popular around the world; • Sits on the USBGF Board of Governors.
  55. 55. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Mochy • Giant Number One of Backgammon; • Previous World Champion; • European Champion; • Founder of Backgammon TV; • Great teacher and ambassador for the game.
  56. 56. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Paul Weaver • Giant number 25; • Co-author of Backgammon Openings; • Regular contributor to online discussion forums; • Always generous with his knowledge and expertise; • Regular on the US and international circuits – lost a heartbreaker in Monte Carlo last year in the semi- finals of the World Championship.
  57. 57. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Tobias Hellwag • ‘Not only has Tobias travelled extensively throughout the world, he has posted amazing results. In addition to traveling to tournaments, he takes an active part in daily chouettes. But the major reason for the nomination is that he is a kind, gentle, good sport and spreads good will wherever he goes.’
  58. 58. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 And the winner is... • Very closely contested across all the nominees… • With 36% of the vote…
  59. 59. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012Mochy prepared astatement for us…"I am so honored to be chosen as an internationalplayer of the year. Players in UK are always verypolite, respectful, a bit funny and lovely. I have somany good memories there. I love London, I loveBritish backgammon community, I love playersthere.I missed London Open but see you in Milliontournamnent in London this fall.Thank you. MOCHY"
  60. 60. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012 Congratulations to all our nominees and to all of our winners…
  61. 61. The British Backgammon Awards: 2012British Backgammon Awards 2012Winners: Player of the Year: Arthur Wright Most Feared Opponent: Julian Fetterlein Tournament Director of the Year: Mike Main Board Designer of the Year: Max Parker Largest Contributor to the Game: Phil Tutchings Most Courteous Player of the Year: Peter Bennet International Player of the Year: Mochy

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