Backgammon Championship in the Lake District

Backgammon Championship in the Lake District


The annual Lake District backgammon championship will be staged in March at Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel and is likely to attract top players from around the country.

The Lakes event is being staged for the fourth time and now has the backing of the UK Backgammon Federation and the British Isles Backgammon Association.

One of the world’s oldest board games, combining skill and chance, backgammon is played in cafés across the Mediterranean and in the most exclusive of London clubs, with world championships staged in exotic locations.

Last year the contest attracted 16 top players from around the UK. The winner, Edinburgh’s Ian Hesketh, took the top prize after beating British UKBGF team captain Tim Cross in a nail-biting final game. Ian was the runner-up in 2014, when the first Lakes tournament was held.

The championship is organised by Cedar Manor owner Jonathan Kaye who learned to play backgammon when he was manager of Raffles nightclub in London. His dream is to see backgammon established as part of the café culture of the Lake District, as it is in Mediterranean countries, and he hosts a regular local backgammon club.

“The response to the championship has been fantastic and we are now recognised as one of the major tournaments on the UK calendar,” he said.

“But while we attract the top players, we also welcome people of all abilities. We’ve had some great surprise results in the past, and we will be very pleased to hear from any local players who want to take part.”

He added: “We have the best location, the best hospitality, and a great prize – the winner gets to come and stay here.”

The championship will be held on Sunday March 19.

Come and play some backgammon on the afternoon of the 19th March.  We would like all players to gather here at Cedar Manor from 11.00am for tea/coffee and the draw.  First round from 11.30am, breaking for lunch, then play to conclusion. This is a “fun” tournament with a Winner’s Prize of a 2 night break here at Cedar Manor and a small cash prize.

Pre-Registration is essential, we have a maximum capacity for 16 players only. The entry fee is just £25 which includes a light buffet lunch, tea/coffee and soft drinks all afternoon. 
£1 per entry fee will be donated to Lake District Charity “Nurture Lakeland”

Anyone interested in taking part should ring 015394 43192.

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