Lake District Backgammon Championship 2017

Lake District Backgammon Championship 2017

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A champion day on the boards

It was a nail-biting day when 16 of the country’s top backgammon players turned up here at the Cedar Manor for the fourth annual Lake District championship.

There were many tightly-fought contests before Bradford’s Steve Lee took the honours – a two night stay here and £100 cash prize.

He claimed victory after a 7-3 win over Pol Lapidakis in what’s now regarded as the north-west’s blue riband championship  event.

Since we started the event back in 2014, it’s gone from strength to strength and is now backed by the U.K. Backgammon Federation and the British Isles Backgammon Association.

Steve, a semi-retired video games retailer, was playing in his second Lakes event, against newcomer Pol, a foster carer originally from Greece and now living in Newcastle.

In the consolation final, one of our local club players Zohrab Yoncali took the honours after beating Samantha Wilkinson.

We also had Grasmere’s Andrew Hunter playing  - and he knocked out his son Monty in one of the early rounds. It was also good to see Haverthwaite’s Paul Galley reach the semi-finals.

Our club plays here regularly and if you’d like to join in – or learn how to play – call Jonathan on 015394 43192. And if you’re staying here with us at the Cedar Manor and fancy a game, we’ll get a board out for you.

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