Lake District Backgammon Tournament

Lake District Backgammon Tournament


Excitement is building for the fourth annual Lake District backgammon championship which will be staged here at the Cedar Manor Hotel on Sunday (March 19).

A full house of 16 top players from across the UK has booked in for this event which 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, 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.

He’s now also hosting a regular backgammon club for players in the South Lakes, and for any visitors to the hotel who might want a game.

“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.

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

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