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27/11/20: Rosemary off the bottom

In Friday's only league action Rosemary Whitehouse defeated David Hoare to rise from the bottom of the Premier Three table.
Three matches remain to be completed in the division.

27/11/20: Simonetta wins second successive GP10 tournament; Gaz holds on for title; Gary wins play-off

There were twenty-five players in action on Thursday, including the twenty-four who contested the ninth and last of this year's series of GP10 tournaments.
The other match played was the play-off for the Premier Two championship, between the winners of the Blue Division and the Red Division.
And Gary Plant pipped Kev Peters for the title at DMP.
For the second successive GP10 tournament Simonetta Herrera won the main flight, defeating Steve Morris, Nick Barham and Alan Joicey before overcoming Safi Tracy in the final.
Safi's best result yet saw her coming through the long half of the draw with victories over Roland Herrera, Gaz Owen, Simon Tracy and Stephen Little.
While Simonetta had been something of an also-ran in the early stages of the GP10, the two tournament wins brought her very close to taking the seasonal title, which honour fell to Gaz, who had just done enough in earlier tournaments.
Andy Boysan won the consolation flight by scoring wins over Rosemary Whitehouse, Gerald Whitehouse, John Curran and Roland.

26/10/20: Brunel Trophy eighth round line-up announced

Brunel TrophyThere was no need for a draw for the eighth round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy -- Bristol's year-long double elimination knock-out -- with the line-up being announced on Wednesday.
With three players remaining, the bye this time went to George Georgiou.
Andy Boysan thus plays Roland Herrera in the round's only match.
As Andy still has two lives, the result of that match will dictate whether there are two or three players in round nine.
In the latter scenario Roland would receive the bye.
The draw is visible here.
The matches needs to be completed by December 23rd.

25/11/20: Red Division concluded with wins for Eamonn and Tim

Three of the four Premier League divisions are now complete after Premier Two Red's final two results were registered.
The winners were Eamonn Reay and Tim Line, whose victories over Carwyn Jenkins and Chris Hughes tidied things up.
Eamonn finishes fourth, and can be considered unlucky with respect to the expungement of Ian Hedges, which event chalked off two of Eamonn's wins.
Thursday sees the resolution of the final piece of Premier Two business, when Blue and Red divisional winners Kev Peters and Gary Plant play off for the outright Premier Two title.
And there remain four Premier Three results as yet unreported, with just five days to the end of the season.
Hefty penalty points await those who fail to finish!

24/11/20: Mixed day for Simon as Daniel misses out

As Premier Two Blue became the second of the four Premier League divisions to reach a conclusion, it was a day of contrasting fortunes for Simon Baker.
In the division's final match Daniel Eldridge needed a victory against Jim Green to pip Simon for promotion to the top flight, but he suffered a 7-11 defeat, resulting in a quick return to Premier One for Simon.
And that is surely massive consolation for the seventh round Brunel Trophy defeat he later suffered at the hands of George Georgiou, leaving just three players standing in round eight.
In Tuesday's other action Tim Line defeated Jon Organ in Premier Two Red.

23/11/20: Robin is Premier Three champion

There were twenty-two players in online action on Monday, seventeen of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
Three Premier League matches were played.
In Premier Three Robin Gunney defeated Alan Joicey to clinch the divisional championship, having finished the season with seven straight wins.
Premier One is finished, albeit after three expungements earlier in the season.
The final action saw Adam Sinclair whitewash Cecilia Sparke in a match to decide which of the two would finish fifth and which would finish seventh.
And Eamonn Reay beat Jon Organ in Premier Two Red.
In the knock-outs, there were eight flights in all, beginning with a full sixteen-player opener won by Hazel Boucher, who defeated Andrew Gay in the final.
Seven four-player flights followed, and these were won by Tim Line (twice), Andy Boysan, Steve Morris, Stephen Little, Adrian Farthing and Ian Tarr.

22/11/20: Sunday league win for Jon

There was a Premier Two Red match played on Sunday, in which Jon Organ defeated Tim Line.
Just four matches remain to be completed in the Red Division.

21/11/20: Daniel one step away after double

In a Premier Two Blue double header on Saturday Daniel Eldridge has set himself up for a momentous final match of the season.
After his brace of victories over Mandy Macdonald Daniel finds himself in third place.
And the division's only remaining match sees him pitted against Jim Green, where victory would clinch promotion at Simon Baker's expense.
A win for Jim would see him finish in fourth place.

20/11/20: Kev wins Blue Division; Mandy safe; Alan misses out

There were three Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In Premier Two Blue Kev Peters clinched the divisional championship by defeating Jim Green, and now faces a play-off with Gary Plant to decide the Division Two title.
In the same division Mandy Macdonald beat Paul Watts, thus guaranteeing her Premier Two status at Pearl Foster's expense.
And Alan Joicey has missed out on automatic promotion from Premier Three after losing to Adrian Farthing, who goes top, and will stay there if Robin Gunney should lose his final match, coincidentally against Alan.

19/11/20: Ian wins low key Speedgammon event

There were just nine players in action on Thursday, seven of them to contest the fifth stand-alone Speedgammon tournament since the suspension of the Speedgammon Grand Prix.
There was also a Premier One match played, where Cecilia Sparke won a close match against Peter Thistlewood.
There remains just one top flight match to be played, in which Cecilia and Adam Sinclair will effectively be playing for fifth place.
In the Speedgammon event it was Ian Tarr who won the main flight, defeating Nick Barham, Robin Gunney and -- in the final -- Tim Line.
Tim had reached the final via a bye and a victory over Chris Hughes.
The second flight was won by Chris, who beat Robin and Cynthia Roberts, while the usual third flight was not sustainable because of the extraordinarily low turnout.
An impromptu Freeroll speed flight was staged instead, and Tim was the victor.

18/11/20: Stephen promoted as Carwyn misses out

There were two Premier Two Red matches played on Wednesday.
And when Carwyn Jenkins fell to defeat by Chas Perry, that signalled the end of his involvement in the race for the automatic promotion slots.
Stephen Little finishes second and cannot be overhauled, so he will line up in the top flight next year along with already promoted league leader Gary Plant.
The other match saw a win for Eamonn Reay over Jon Organ.
Should Eamonn win his final two matches he would finish level on points with Stephen, but his points difference cannot be improved enough to overhaul either Stephen or third placed Steffen Nowak.

17/11/20: Kev and George promoted; Simon close

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier Two Blue a close match between two promotion contenders went the way of Simon Baker, 11-10 victor over Jim Green.
The defeat ends Jim's automatic promotion quest for the season, while Simon -- whose last match of the season this was -- may well have done enough to gain promotion back to the top flight.
Only Daniel Eldridge can now thwart him by winning his final three matches.
The narrow margin of Simon's win was, however, good news for Kev Peters, as Kev can no longer finish below second, and is thus promoted.
Also promoted is George Georgiou of Premier Three after his final match of the season saw him recover from 1-7 down to defeat Rosemary Whitehouse.
The fourth and final automatic promotion slot will be filled by either Mathew Nicholls or Alan Joicey.
The day's other action was in Premier Two Red where Tim Line beat Chas Perry.

16/11/20: Andy takes final Champions League spot

There were nineteen players in online action on Monday, fifteen of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
Two Premier League matches were played.
In Premier One Cecilia Sparke lost a nail-biter at the hands of Fred North, which means she can no longer claim the fourth and final UK Champions League qualifying slot, which falls to Andy Boysan.
And Pearl Foster ended her worst career league sequence by winning her final match of the season -- against Steve Morris.
This hauled her off the bottom of the Premier Two Blue table at Mandy Macdonald's expense, but Mandy has three matches to rectify that.
In the knock-outs, there were eight flights in all, beginning with a fourteen-player opener won by Tim Line, who defeated Ismail Yilmaz in the final.
Seven four-player flights followed, and these were won by Stephen Little (twice), Dave Pym, Chris Hughes, Adrian Farthing, Hazel Boucher and Tim.

15/11/20: Gaz exits Brunel Trophy

There were four matches played on Sunday.
In the seventh round of the BrunelTrophy Roland Herrera edged home against Gaz Owen to claim his place in what will be a three player eighth round.
Mathew Nicholls scored a Premier Three victory over David Hoare which keeps him in with a good chance of promotion, while rivals Alan Joicey and George Georgiou clashed, with Alan getting the points.
Mathew has finished his fixtures, and awaits with interest the results of those around him, especially Alan and George, in the battle to see who will join Robin Gunney and Adrian Farthing as they take their step up.
A defeat for George in his final match would slip him below Mathew, while Alan is likely to need wins from both his matches.
And Safi Tracy defeated Caroline Boulton in the Conference League, looking to cement second place.

14/11/20: Saturday results round-up

There were three league matches played on Saturday.
In Premier Three there were wins for Gerald Whitehouse and Rosemary Whitehouse, who defeated David Hoare and Tom Chapman.
And Simon Tracy, who has made considerable efforts this season to stimulate activity in the Conference League, played his final available fixture, defeating Caroline Boulton.

13/11/20: Warner wins November Grand Prix; Gary wins Red Division

There were twenty-two players in online action on Thursday, eighteen of whom contested the eleventh of the year's twelve Monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
The winner was Warner Solomon, whose victims were Ian Tarr, Simonetta Herrera, David Tyrrell and, in the final, Tim Line.
Tim had arrived in the final via victories over Alan Joicey, Roland Herrera and Frank Jones.
Chris Hughes took the consolation flight by defeating Dave Pym, Kev Peters and Ian Anderson.
The race for the BGP title sees Gaz Owen in the lead by 37 points but, thanks to discards, his closest rivals Simonetta Herrera and Roland Herrera will need to win at least three main flight matches in the December tournament to stand a chance of overhauling him.
Others who might clinch the prize by winning that final event are Tim and Chris.
The two league matches played both had a bearing on promotion issues in the Premier Two divisions.
And none more so than a titanic clash between the top two in Premier Two Red at the start of play.
The winner of the match would take the divisional title, while the loser would slip out of the promotion bracket on average points difference -- definitely so in the case of Steffen Nowak and highly probably for Gary Plant.
And despite being within one throw of match victory on two separate occasions Steffen dipped out, giving Gary the Red Division title.
Stephen Little now finds himself in the second promotion slot, but must wait for Carwyn Jenkins' final two matches.
Victories over Chas Perry and Eamonn Reay by a combined margin of five points would see Carwyn pip Stephen.
Meanwhile Paul Watts maintained his interest in the Blue Division promotion race.
His win over Richard Owsley means he is one of five players who can take the two promotion positions, with leader Kev having the best chance.

11/11/20: Wednesday results round-up

There were seven Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In Premier One Gaz Owen signed off what would normally have been a championship winning season with a defeat of Andy Boysan.
Winning fourteen of eighteen matches gave him his biggest ever percentage of top flight wins, but in a season where Chris Rogers won sixteen of eighteen it was only good enough for a clear second place.
Andy had harboured title aspirations of his own before his season fell away, and it still isn't certain that he will occupy one of the four UK Champions League qualifying slots.
Only Cecilia Sparke can stop him, however, if she can win all three of her remaining fixtures, which are now the only other top flight results yet to be reported.
Jim Green's defeat of Pearl Foster has kept him in the running for promotion from Premier Two Blue.
Winning his last three matches should be enough, but his opponents are the other main promotion contenders in the division.
Premier Two Red is also building to a dramatic climax to the promotion race.
Two contenders suffered setbacks, Steffen Nowak losing to Jon Organ, while Carwyn Jenkins was succumbing to Chas Perry.
These developments mean that Stephen Little, who has finished his fixtures and is outside the two-strong promotion bracket, is actually odds on to finish second!
This is because the two players above him meet in their final match.
The winner will be divisional champion, but the loser will slip below Stephen on average points difference -- definitely in Steffen's case, but only probably in Gary Plant's case.
Should Gary lose 11-10, however, Stephen would be thwarted, while an 11-9 win for Steffen would force an unprecedented promotion play-off between Gary and Stephen.
However, the situation is also complicated by the fact that two average sized wins for Carwyn would see him pipping both!
And there were also setbacks for two in the Premier Three promotion race.
George Georgiou and Mathew Nicholls succumbed respectively to John Curran and David Hoare.
While the odds remain in George's favour, Mathew looks vulnerable to a late burst from Alan Joicey.
Alan's remaining matches, however, see him pitted against the top three!
The other match in this division saw Rosemary Whitehouse score a much needed win over Jordan White.

11/11/20: Daniel makes a move

Two more Premier Two Blue results have come to light.
And Daniel Eldridge's brace of victories over Pearl Foster -- one on Saturday and one on Tuesday -- have moved him well into promotion contention.
Meanwhile Pearl's season, which began so well, continues to unravel, and she will need at least one win from her two remaining matches to avoid eligibility for relegation.

10/11/20: Tuesday's league action

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier One Stuart Mann ended his season of disappointment with victory over Adam Sinclair.
Paul Watts kept alive his slim chance of promotion from Premier Two Blue by defeating Richard Owsley.
And George Georgiou's Premier Three defeat of Gerald Whitehouse moved him to within a whisker of clinching promotion.

09/11/20: Online rankings -- Bristol updates complete

Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr has now finished inputting all of the eligible Bristol results into the UKBGF's new online ratings system.
The data consists of no fewer than 2,145 results of matches played online during the pandemic.
And while it can safely be said that many other clubs have not thus far followed suit, it should be noted that several Bristol players find themselves at the sharp end of the list, including leader Gaz Owen.

09/11/20: Neil finishes third; Robin promoted

There were twenty-six players in online action on Monday, seventeen of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
Five Premier League matches were played, and one or two issues were resolved.
In Premier One Neil Young made sure of a third place finish -- by far his best effort yet -- by defeating his nearest rival Andy Boysan.
Adam Sinclair defeated Peter Thistlewood in the same division.
In Premier Two Blue second placed Simon Baker lost to one of those who retains a chance of overhauling him, Jim Green.
And in Premier Three Robin Gunney is now guaranteed promotion after despatching David Hoare.
The other result in that division saw Gerald Whitehouse victorious over Jordan White.
In the knock-outs, there were seven flights in all, beginning with a fourteen-player opener won by Rosemary Whitehouse, who defeated Dave Pym in the final.
Six four-player flights followed, and these were won by Adrian Farthing and Kev Peters (twice each), Gerald and Stephen Little.

08/11/20: Sunday league results round-up

There were four Premier League matches played on Sunday.
In Premier Two Red Steffen Nowak and Tim Line had to share the spoils of a double header, which was enough to move Steffen to the top of the league.
He is still not quite sure of promotion with two matches to play, however, although a victory over Gary Plant would be enough.
Meanwhile in Premier Three promotion contenders George Georgiou and Robin Gunney maintained their good runs.
George defeated James Lintell-Smith, while Robin was able to whitewash Tom Chapman.

07/11/20: League win for Simon and Robin

Victories for Simon Baker and Robin Gunney have consolidated their already strong promotion claims.
On Friday it was Simon who won a Premier Two Blue match against Pearl Foster.
While Robin's Premier Three defeat of Tom Chapman came on Saturday.

05/11/20: Steve wins Freeroll tournament

There were twenty-two players in action on Thursday, eighteen of whom contested the eighth of this year's series of nine Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
There were also two Premier League matches played.
In Premier One Adam Sinclair appeared to be coasting to victory over Fred North at 10-5 up, when a "backgammon out of nowhere" -- Fred's own words -- with the cube on two ended things abruptly.
And Paul Watts defeated Pearl Foster in Premier Two Blue.
In the tournament it was Steve Morris who won the main flight of the tournament, defeating Simon Tracy, Dave Pym, Frank Jones and -- in the final -- Yuri Cherkasenko.
Yuri had beaten Mandy Macdonald, Warner Solomon and Kev Peters en route to the final.
Simon won the consolation flight by scoring wins over Hazel Boucher, Tim Line and Cynthia Roberts.
The FRGP leadership followed its recent tradition, changing hands yet again, and Kev is the new pole position sitter, just five points ahead of previous leader Alan Joicey.
One event remains, and twelve contenders are still in with varying degrees of a chance to take the title.

04/11/20: Wednesday league round-up

There were two Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In Premier Two Red Steffen Nowak suffered a setback to his promotion chances when he fell to a narrow defeat by Ian Tarr.
But George Georgiou kept well in the promotion picture with another narrow Premier Three victory over John Curran.

04/11/20: Online rankings update ongoing

The UKBGF has recently implemented a separate and parallel rating system for online play, given that inclusion of online results in the main rating system is contrary to policy.
Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr had argued that -- as the vast majority of matches these days are played online rather than face-to-face -- the main rating system has been moving further and further away from being representative of current playing standards.
This argument fell on stony ground, however, although the fact that Bristol Backgammon had something in the region of 2,000 results ready for inclusion may have had something to do with the inauguration of the new online rating system.
Maybe we will never know!
With some results, most notably from N E B A, fed into the system, Ian has felt compelled to add the stockpile of Bristol results into the mix.
Just for fun, how about making the new online ratings a regular port of call over the next few days?
So far all Bristol online matches from lockdown to the end of May (a total of 501 matches!) have been input.
If you're curious about where you stand, things will be changing dramatically over the next few days, as a plethora of match results are added in.
At one point today Warner Solomon was the UK's number one online player, although it may be a while before he returns there.
Who will it be tomorrow?

03/11/20: Chris signs off in style

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier One Chris Rogers finished off his inaugural title winning season in style, defeating Andy Boysan 11-2.
The win was Chris's seventeenth in succession in the league.
That is an all-time record for any division of the Premier League, exceeding the previous record held by Adam Sinclair, and equals the all-time Bristol league record of Rosey Bensley, whose seventeen matches encompassed the last sixteen in the 2001 Conference League and the first in the 2002 Premier Two.
And Chris has the chance, of course, to continue this run when he starts his 2021 league campaign.
The other two matches involved George Georgiou, who won two Premier Three matches, James Lintell-Smith and David Hoare being his victims.

02/11/20: Stuart's amazing Irish double

Having won the Irish Open just two weeks ago, Stuart Mann completed what may be a unique Irish double by winning the 32-player Wicklow Open at the weekend.
This should be some considerable compensation for his least successful showing ever in Premier One.

02/11/20: Another quiet Monday

There were just ten players in online action on Monday, eight of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were just three flights in all, beginning with a ten-player opener won by George Georgiou, who defeated Chris Hughes in the final.
At least, it was supposed to be a ten-player flight, but bizarrely two of those didn't turn up.
Two four-player flights followed, and these were won by John Curran and Andy Boysan.
There was also a Premier Two Blue match played, Paul Watts defeating Pearl Foster.

01/11/20: Fourteen in Sunday action

There were fourteen players in online action on Sunday, ten of whom contested the eighth of our series of Sunday tournaments (the sixth online).
This was the lowest turnout for this event since the lockdown, and calls into question the event's continuation.
It was Chris Hughes -- making his first Sunday appearance of the year -- who took the main prize, defeating Chris Rogers in the final.
Chris H got past Stephen Little, Gaz Owen and Jon Barnes to reach the final, while Chris R's journey took him, via a bye, past Cynthia Roberts and Warner Solomon.
Mark Dixon took the consolation flight with wins over Cynthia and -- in the final -- Tim Line.
There was also Premier Three action, with Mathew Nicholls suffering his first defeat in nine league matches against Alan Joicey and Jordan White winning his match against John Curran.

30/10/20: Red Division win for Ian

In a Premier Two Red meeting on Friday Ian Tarr defeated Eamonn Reay, thus all but bringing to an end Eamonn's involvement in the promotion race.

30/10/20: Brunel Trophy seventh round draw announced

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the seventh round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy -- Bristol's year-long double elimination knock-out -- was announced on Friday.
No actual draw was necessary on this occasion, as the rules dictated both the recipient of the bye -- the first to be awarded in this year's competition -- and the pairings of the remaining four survivors.
Andy Boysan earned the bye, being the only unbeaten player remaining.
And since repeat meetings are also to be avoided if possible, that dictated the other two pairings.
All bar Andy have a single life remaining, so the ties are both effectively sudden death affairs.
The draw is visible here.
Matches need to be completed by November 26th.

30/10/20: Simonetta wins GP10 tournament

There were twenty players in action on Thursday, including the eighteen who contested the eighth of this year's series of nine GP10 tournaments.
There were also three Premier Three matches played.
Simonetta Herrera won the main flight of the tournament, defeating Robin Gunney, Hazel Boucher, Kev Peters and Tim Line before overcoming Gerald Whitehouse in the final.
Gerald had beaten Mandy Macdonald, Chris Hughes and Gaz Owen en route to the final.
Andy Boysan won the consolation flight by scoring wins over Robin, Mandy and John Curran.
Gaz's GP10 lead has stretched to 95 points over second placed Simonetta, so with just one instalment to be played it will take something special to wrest the title from Gaz's grasp.
In Premier Three promotion contenders kept on track.
Robin scored wins over Jordan White and Rosemary Whitehouse, while Alan Joicey defeated Tom Chapman in a previously adjourned match.
The four promotion slots appear to rest between five contenders.

28/10/20: Wednesday Premier League news

There were eight Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In the top flight Neil Young was busy, completing no fewer than four matches.
A defeat to Gaz Owen was followed by victories over Peter Thistlewood, Andy Boysan and Cecilia Sparke.
He is now third in the league and almost certain of finishing in the top four places to qualify for next year's UK Champions League.
In Premier Two Red Eamonn Reay's outside chance of promotion faded after losing to Ian Tarr.
And in Premier Three there were wins for Robin Gunney, James Lintell-Smith and Tom Chapman.

28/10/20: George completes Brunel Trophy seventh round line-up

Brunel TrophyA late result from Tuesday was the last of the sixth round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy ties.
And George Georgiou narrowly defeated Phil Charlton to seal his place in the next round, the draw for which is due tomorrow.
There are five survivors, which means that there will be a bye for the first time in this year's competition.
And as the player with the best record, that will go to the only undefeated player of the five -- Andy Boysan.

27/10/20: Tuesday Premier League round-up

There were five Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In the top flight Neil Young defeated Peter Thistlewood to move into fourth place.
Premier Two Blue saw three results, including a shared double header between Daniel Eldridge and Cliff Blofield, who has now completed his fixtures.
The other Blue Division winner was Jim Green, who despatched Paul Watts.
And Adrian Farthing made promotion from Premier Three almost certain by beating Tom Chapman.

26/10/20: Quietest online Monday yet

There were just nine players in online action on Monday, six of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs, which this week featured Nackgammon.
There were just two flights in all, beginning with a six-player opener won by Adrian Farthing, who defeated Ian Tarr in the final.
A four-player flight followed, and Alan Joicey was the winner.
There were also two Premier Three matches played.
Adrian's defeat of Gerald Whitehouse moved him to the top of the league, while James Lintell-Smith was the evening's other winner, Rosemary Whitehouse being the victim.

25/10/20: Sunday results round-up; Ian exits Brunel Trophy

There were three Premier League matches and a sixth round Brunel Trophy tie played on Sunday.
In the Brunel Trophy Ian Tarr made his exit, losing at DMP against Roland Herrera.
Eamonn Reay continued his belated push towards the Premier Two Red promotion slots with victory over Carwyn Jenkins.
Paul Watts won a nail-biter against Jim Green in Premier Two Blue.
And Alan Joicey took another step towards promotion from Premier Three by defeating James Lintell-Smith in another close match.

24/10/20: Phil's relegation sealed; Eamonn still in the hunt

There were two Premier League double headers played on Saturday.
In Premier One Neil Young defeated Adam Sinclair twice, results which ensure that Phil Charlton cannot escape relegation.
And Eamonn Reay scored two narrow Premier Two Red victories over Tim Line to keep himself in the promotion picture.

23/10/20: League win for Gaz

In a Premier One match played on Friday Gaz Owen defeated Adam Sinclair to consolidate his second place in the league table.

23/10/20: Gaz wins Speedgammon event

There were eighteen players in action on Thursday, fourteen of them to contest the fourth stand-alone Speedgammon tournament since the suspension of the Speedgammon Grand Prix.
There were also two Premier Two double headers played, where the spoils were shared.
In the Blue Division it was Steve Morris and Paul Watts, while Stephen Little and Carwyn Jenkins were the protagonists in the Red Division.
Stephen has now completed his league season, is in second place, and must now wait to see whether or not he has done enough to gain promotion to the top flight for the first time.
He can be overtaken, but he could also finish above leader Gary Plant, should Gary lose his final match by three or more points.
In the Speedgammon event it was Gaz Owen who won the main flight, defeating Ismail Yilmaz, Dave Pym and Kev Peters before overcoming James Newman in the final.
James had reached the final via wins over Tim Line, Chris Hughes and Alan Joicey.
The second and third flights saw wins for Andy Boysan and Matt Reekie-Black, whose final opponents were Tim and Kev respectively.

21/10/20: Wednesday league action

There were four Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In Premier Two Red Steffen Nowak moved into second place with a hard fought victory over Ian Tarr, while in the parallel Blue Division Mandy Macdonald defeated Richard Owsley.
Premier Three saw wins for George Georgiou and Gerald Whitehouse, over Adrian Farthing and Jordan White respectively.

20/10/20: Tuesday league round-up; Chris is the new champion

There were five Premier League matches played across the four divisions on Tuesday.
And in the top flight Chris Rogers scored his sixteenth successive victory, and is now assured of taking the title for the first time.
Andy Boysan -- one of two players who had a chance to catch Chris -- was the victim on this occasion.
Two Premier Two players completed their league fixtures.
Dave Pym will finish somewhere in mid-table after sharing the spoils of a Blue Division double header with Daniel Eldridge.
And Andrew Cobb will remain at the foot of the Red Division after his narrow defeat to Eamonn Reay.
In Premier Three Adrian Farthing suffered a setback in his promotion quest, losing to Rosemary Whitehouse.

19/10/20: Seventeen in Monday action

There were seventeen players in online action on Monday, eleven of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were six flights in all, beginning with a ten-player opener won by Andy Boysan, who defeated Ismail Yilmaz in the final.
Five four-player flights followed, and these were won by Andy (twice), Stephen Little, Simonetta Herrera and Chris Hughes.
Andy was unbeaten on the night, winning six matches.
There were also three Premier League matches played.
Stuart Mann defeated Fred North to banish fears of relegation from Premier One.
And there were Premier Three wins for George Georgiou and Adrian Farthing, over Tom Chapman and Robin Gunney respectively.

19/10/20: Stuart wins Irish Open!

This weekend Stuart Mann won the Irish Open, defeating Simon Morecroft in the final.

18/10/20: Gary back on top

In a top of the table Premier Two Red clash on Sunday Gary Plant defeated Stephen Little to regain the divisional lead at Stephen's expense.

17/10/20: Saturday wins for John and Carwyn

Two Premier League matches were played on Saturday.
In Premier Two Red Carwyn Jenkins registered his sixth successive league win -- over Tim Line -- a run which has propelled him into the thick of the promotion race.
And John Curran prevailed by the narrowest of margins against Jordan White in Premier Three.

16/10/20: Matt clinches Conference title

It's a very rare thing for a Conference League player to complete every match available to him or her.
So rare, in fact, that Matt Reekie-Black has become the first player ever to achieve this.
The Premier League's feeder competition is in its twentieth season, and its past has been chequered to say the least.
One of the unique aspects of the league is the very informality of it, a deliberate feature given that the league provides aspiring players a way of feeling their way towards the rigours of the decidedly more formal Premier League.
Some seasons have been more successful than others.
The competition's peak was arguably 2007, when a total of twenty-six players contested it, playing a total of 163 matches.
The nadir was 2011, when the six players who signed up managed just a miserable two matches between them!
Since 2009 players have been allowed up to a maximum of four matches against each opponent, but nobody has ever got remotely close to fulfilling every possible fixture.
Until now (although Gary Plant deserves a special mention for completing an all-time Conference record of 39 matches in 2012).
This season began as though it would be one of the dampest squibs on record, with only two matches played by mid-August.
But when father and daughter pairing Simon and Safi Tracy joined the fray, few could have foreseen what would happen next.
They raised the total membership of the division to five, still the smallest field in the competition's history.
But quality was to far outweigh quantity, as the campaign gathered pace to the extent that 35 of the 40 possible fixtures have now been completed.
And while Matt tonight became the first to finish all sixteen available matches, there is also a chance that the other four contestants will follow suit to complete what has become a memorable Conference season.
Matt's 11-4 victory over Safi also confirmed that he will take the divisional title, since nobody can now catch him.
His promotion to Premier League status was confirmed on September 24th when he breached the 20 points threshold required to do the job.
Meanwhile, one less known route to the Premier League is the Race to the Premier League, where players' performances in the various Bristol Backgammon competitions are rewarded by a points totting up procedure.
This table, too, has a threshold.
Gain 50 or more points and Premier Status is achieved here, too.
Safi, Simon and Ben Crowden may not have qualified via the Conference yet, but they have done so via this alternative route, along with Ian Anderson, Mike Rodwell, Yuri Cherkasenko and Frank Jones, while Caroline Boulton is only a whisker away.
Amid the pandemic gloom, the future of league backgammon in Bristol remains a bright one.

16/10/20: Chris wins Freeroll tournament

There were twenty-four players in action on Thursday, twenty of whom contested the seventh of this year's series of nine Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
There were also three Premier Two Blue matches played.
Cliff Blofield got the better of Steve Morris twice, while Daniel Eldridge defeated Richard Owsley.
In the tournament it was Chris Hughes who won the main flight, defeating John Curran, Roland Herrera, Alan Joicey and -- in the final -- Gaz Owen.
Gaz had beaten Martha Beal, Mandy Macdonald, Caroline Boulton and Stephen Little en route to the final.
Mathew Nicholls won the consolation flight by scoring wins over Simon Tracy, Martha and Tim Line.
The FRGP leadership has tended to change hands after each tournament so far, and this occasion was no exception to that rule.
Alan is 20 points ahead of second placed Roland, just 55 points covering the top ten with two events remaining.

14/10/20: Wednesday's action round-up

There were eight matches played on Wednesday -- one Brunel Trophy tie and seven in the leagues.
Andy Boysan scored a sixth round Brunel Trophy victory over Adam Sinclair which served more than one purpose for him.
It advanced him to the seventh round where he will be the only player with two lives remaining, which earns him the first bye of this year's tournament, as there will be five players in the next draw.
For Adam it was the end of the road in this year's competition.
Gaz Owen kept alive his slim Premier One title hopes with victory over Neil Young, who still needs one more win to ensure he stays up.
In Premier Two Blue leader Kev Peters suffered a setback, losing to Jim Green.
Kev remains a strong favourite for promotion, however.
In the same division second placed Simon Baker and Daniel Eldridge shared the spoils of a double header.
Chris Hughes suffered mixed fortunes in his two Premier Two Red encounters, defeating Jon Organ before losing to Ian Tarr.
And Safi Tracy arrested a run of Conference League defeats, pipping league leader Matt Reekie-Black.

14/10/20: October Sunday tournament moved back a week

In order to avoid a clash with the West Yorkshire Online Open, the monthly Bristol Sunday tournament has been delayed a week from October 25th to November 1st.

13/10/20: Tuesday league results round-up

There were five league matches played on Tuesday.
Premier Two Red was the most active division, with three results.
Steffen Nowak bolstered his promotion campaign with a narrow win over Gary Plant, while Ian Tarr and Tim Line shared the spoils of a double header -- both results being emphatic.
In the parallel Blue Division Richard Owsley defeated Dave Pym.
And Ben Crowden scored a Conference League win over Caroline Boulton.

13/10/20: Twenty in Monday action

There were twenty players in online action on Monday, sixteen of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were eight flights in all, beginning with a thirteen-player opener won by John Curran, who defeated Ismail Yilmaz in the final.
Seven four-player flights followed, and these were won by Simon Tracy and Adrian Farthing (twice apiece), Roland Herrera, Steve Morris and Steffen Nowak.
There were also four Premier League matches played, one in each of the four divisions.
Fred North won his Premier One encounter with Neil Young, Kev Peters took another giant step towards promotion to the top flight with a Premier Two Blue victory over Pearl Foster, Chris Hughes pipped Tim Line in a Premier Two Red match, and John Curran set the tone for his evening triumph with a Premier Three win over Adrian.

11/10/20: Sunday results round-up

There were four Premier League matches played on Sunday, plus one in the Conference League.
Premier Two Red has a new leader after Stephen Little narrowly defeated previous leader Gary Plant.
And in the same division Carwyn Jenkins made it five successive victories when he twice beat Chris Hughes.
Adrian Farthing was the day's other Premier League winner, defeating David Hoare in Premier Three.
Meanwhile Caroline Boulton moved into second place in the Conference, courtesy of a narrow win over Simon Tracy.

09/10/20: Gaz wins to take Bristol GP lead

There were twenty-five players in online action on Thursday, twenty of whom contested the tenth of the year's twelve Monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
The winner was Gaz Owen, whose victims were David Tyrrell, Robin Gunney, Stephen Little and, in the final, Simonetta Herrera.
Simonetta had arrived in the final via victories over Kev Peters, Cynthia Roberts and Simon Tracy.
Roland Herrera took the consolation flight by defeating Chris Hughes, Andy Boysan, Kev Peters and Warner Solomon.
The race for the BGP title appears to involve just three horses -- Gaz, Simonetta and Roland. There are just two events remaining.
Earlier Gaz had ensured his safe passage into the seventh round of the Brunel Trophy by defeating hitherto unbeaten Simon Baker.
Andy Boysan is now the only undefeated player left in the competition.
There were also five Premier Two matches.
In the Blue Division Simon Baker scored a brace of wins over Steve Morris, and occupancy of the two promotion slots looks to be Kev's and Simon's to lose.
Carwyn Jenkins also had the best of a double header, against Andrew Cobb in the Red Division, where Chris Hughes also defeated Jon Organ.

07/10/20: Wednesday league action

There were three Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In the top flight there were victories for Fred North and Gaz Owen over Peter Thistlewood and Andy Boysan respectively.
The win for Gaz makes it even more difficult to see any other title outcome but a win for Chris Rogers, although Gaz, Andy and Neil Young all have theoretical chances to overhaul Chris.
And Chris Hughes defeated Ian Tarr in Premier Two Red.

06/10/20: Premier Two wins for Richard and Stephen

There were two Premier Two matches played on Tuesday.
In the Red Division Stephen Little defeated Jon Organ, while Richard Owsley was beating Simon Baker in the Blue Division.

05/10/20: Fifteen in Monday action

There were fifteen players in online action on Monday, thirteen of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were seven flights in all, beginning with an eleven-player opener won by Ismail Yilmaz, who defeated Kev Peters in the final.
Six four-player flights followed, and these were won by Mandy Macdonald (twice), Mathew Nicholls, Roland Herrera, Adrian Farthing and Matt Reekie-Black.
There was also a Premier Two Red match played, where Carwyn Jenkins defeated Jon Organ.

04/10/20: Gary extends Red Division lead

In a Premier Two Red encounter on Sunday Gary Plant defeated Tim Line to consolidate his position as league leader.

04/10/20: Tom and David share the spoils

There was a Premier Three double header played on Saturday.
Tom Chapman and David Hoare won one match apiece.

03/10/20: Red Division win for Stephen

In a Premier Two Red match on Friday Stephen Little defeated Jon Organ.

02/10/20: Brunel Trophy sixth round draw

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the sixth round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy -- Bristol's year-long double elimination knock-out -- was made on Friday.
The method used, identical to the one used in rounds two to five, involved Ian Tarr placing the players in a random numerical sequence, and on this occasion Gaz Owen providing a random sequence of the numbers between one and eight to provide the draw order.
There are eight players in round six and the draw is visible here.
Matches need to be completed by October 29th.
Two of the four ties feature two players with a single life remaining, so there could be anything in the range of four to six players in round seven.

02/10/20: Nick expunged from Premier One

Nick Barham, incommunicado for the second long spell this season, has been expunged from Premier One.
This is the third expungement in the competition this season, making it the most disastrous Bristol league campaign on record.
His eleven matches are wiped from the record, with the inevitable unfair consequences.
The only consolation for some of those at the foot of the table is that only one of the ten remaining contestants will be eligible for relegation.
It is to be hoped that Nick will find it possible to return to action at some stage in the future and resume his outstanding Bristol Backgammon career.

02/10/20: Kev wins GP10 tournament

There were twenty-five players in action on Thursday, sixteen of whom contested the seventh of this year's series of nine GP10 tournaments.
There were also six league matches played.
Kev Peters won the main flight of the tournament, defeating Robin Gunney, John Curran and Gaz Owen before overcoming Stephen Little in the final.
Stephen had beaten Cynthia Roberts, Simonetta Herrera and Ian Anderson en route to the final.
Roland Herrera won the consolation flight by scoring wins over Ian Tarr, Robin and Tim Line.
Gaz's GP10 lead has stretched to 90 points over second placed Roland.
Peter Thistlewood narrowly won a Premier One match against Fred North.
Simon Baker moved into second place in Premier Two Blue with victory over Pearl Foster.
In the parallel Red Division there were wins for Chas Perry, Carwyn Jenkins and Steffen Nowak.
And Matt Reekie-Black extended his Conference League lead by beating Caroline Boulton.

30/09/20: Wednesday results round-up

There were three Premier League matches and two in the Brunel Trophy reported on Wednesday.
The fifth round Brunel Trophy matches saw wins for Simon Baker and Roland Herrera over Simon Hughes and George Georgiou respectively.
Simon B remains unbeaten in the competition, Roland and George each have one life remaining, but Simon H is eliminated.
In Premier One Neil Young narrowly defeated Phil Charlton.
And Chas Perry recovered from a 0-4 deficit to win 11-4 against Jon Organ in Premier Two Red.
A late reported Tuesday result saw Kev Peters increase his lead in Premier Two Blue with a win over Pearl Foster.

29/09/20: Blue Division win for Simon

Simon Baker defeated Richard Owsley on Tuesday in a Premier Two Blue encounter.

29/09/20: Matt assured of Premier League place

There were just ten players in online action on Monday, eight of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs, which on this occasion featured Nackgammon.
There were just three flights, beginning with a six-player opener won by Ian Tarr, who defeated Kev Peters in the final.
Two four-player flights followed, and these were won by Roland Herrera and Stephen Little.
There was also a Conference League match played, and it was an important one for Matt Reekie-Black.
His victory over Ben Crowden brought him to the 20 points threshold which guarantees an invitation to next year's Premier League.
Of course, this is not the only route to Premier Status.
Several others -- Safi Tracy, Simon Tracy, Ian Anderson, Yuri Cherkasenko, Frank Jones and Mike Rodwell -- have qualified via the Premier Status Race, where players gain points for their performances over a variety of Bristol Backgammon events.
And Ben is on the verge of qualifying via this route, too.
A previously unreported result between Matt and Ben is also now in. Matt won 11-9 on Thursday.

27/09/20: Thirteen in Sunday action

There were just thirteen players in online action on Sunday, twelve of whom contested the seventh of our series of Sunday tournaments (the fifth online).
As has become the custom the field was a mixture of past and present Bristol players, plus a few from elsewhere in the UK.
And it was Gaz Owen who took the main prize, defeating John Hedge in the final.
Gaz got past Paul Watts, Ian Tarr and Stephen Little to reach the final, while John's journey took him past Jon Barnes and Simon Hopper.
Jon took the consolation flight with wins over Paul, Cynthia Roberts and -- in the final -- Warner Solomon.
Earlier Tim Line had completed a Premier Two Red victory over league leader Gary Plant.

26/09/20: Friday win for Mandy

Steve Morris played host to Mandy Macdonald in Redland on Friday for a Blue Division match, which Mandy won.

25/09/20: Simonetta wins Freeroll tournament

There were twenty-six players in action on Thursday, twenty of whom contested the sixth of this year's series of nine Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
There were also six league matches played.
Jon Organ was the most active in the leagues, fitting in three Premier Two Red matches, and winning them all -- at the expense of Chas Perry and Andrew Cobb (twice).
In the parallel Blue Division Richard Owsley defeated Pearl Foster.
And Caroline Boulton scored a brace of Conference League matches, beating both Safi Tracy and Simon Tracy.
In the tournament it was Simonetta Herrera who won the main flight of the tournament, defeating Gerald Whitehouse, Warner Solomon and Alan Joicey before beating Robin Gunney in the final.
Robin had beaten Rosey Bensley, Steve Morris and Tim Line en route to the final.
Roland Herrera won the consolation flight by scoring wins over Cynthia Roberts, Stephen Little and -- in the final -- Kev Peters.
Kev is the new leader of the FRGP table, heading a cluster of nine players covered by just 35 points.

24/09/20: Simon steps down from the league season

Simon Hughes has resigned from Premier One with immediate effect.
It was quite a well kept secret that he had suffered serious injuries in a cycling accident back in March -- including a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a detached retina.
His recovery, both physical and mental, has taken far longer than originally anticipated, and it has reached a point where the outstanding workload of sixteen outstanding matches in just over two months has been deemed too difficult, especially set against a backdrop of acclimatising to a demanding new job.
Simon's six results have been expunged from the league table, and he hopes to resume his league career in 2021.

23/09/20: Wednesday league round-up

There were five league matches played on Wednesday.
Steffen Nowak moved into second place in Premier Two Red by defeating Jon Organ, and Pearl Foster built on her good start to the Premier Two Blue season with a victory over Mandy Macdonald.
There were Premier Three wins for leader Mathew Nicholls and Alan Joicey, over Rosemary Whitehouse and David Hoare respectively.
Mathew's was his eighth successive league win.
And Matt Reekie-Black moved further ahead of his Conference League rivals by beating Caroline Boulton.

22/09/20: Tuesday results round-up

There were three matches played on Tuesday, two in the Premier League and one in the Brunel Trophy.
Phil Charlton's Brunel victory over Daniel Eldridge signalled the end of Daniel's participation in the competition, while Phil still has one life intact.
Andy Boysan moved into second place in Premier One with an emphatic win against Stuart Mann.
And Richard Owsley defeated Dave Pym in Premier Two Blue.

22/09/20: Sixteen in Monday online action

There were sixteen players in online action on Monday, fourteen of whom contested the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were seven flights, beginning with a ten-player opener won by Safi Tracy, who defeated Stephen Little in the final.
Six four-player flights followed. Steve Morris won two of them, the other winners being Alan Joicey, Tim Line, Steffen Nowak and Stephen.
There was one match played in Premier Two Red, Chas Perry defeating Chris Hughes.

20/09/20: Conference wins for Ben and Simon

There were two Conference League matches played on Saturday, both very close affairs.
Ben Crowden pipped Caroline Boulton, while Simon Tracy similarly defeated Matt Reekie-Black.

18/09/20: Matt tops Conference

There were two Conference League matches played on Friday.
And Matt Reekie-Black continued his run of good form with victories over Safi Tracy and Simon Tracy.
The wins propelled Matt to the top of the league at Safi's expense.

18/09/20: Matt wins Speedgammon event

There were just eighteen players in action on Thursday, fourteen of them to contest the third stand-alone Speedgammon tournament since the suspension of the Speedgammon Grand Prix.
There were also three Premier Two matches played.
In the Blue Division Pearl Foster pipped Jim Green, while Stephen Little and Steffen Nowak shared the spoils of a Red Division double header.
In the Speedgammon event it was Matt Reekie-Black who won the main flight, defeating Ian Anderson, Simon Tracy and Tim Line before overcoming Cliff Blofield in the final.
Cliff had reached the final via wins over Alan Joicey and Ian Tarr.
The second and third flights saw wins for Roland Herrera and Kev Peters, whose final opponents were Alan and Simon respectively.

17/09/20: Matt goes second

A late reported Wednesday result from the Conference League has propelled Matt Reekie-Black into second place in the league.
His victim was Simon Tracy.

16/09/20: Caroline at the double

The two matches played on Wednesday were both in the Conference League -- a double header between Caroline Boulton and Safi Tracy.
And Caroline won both against league leader Safi, to move into second place herself.

15/09/20: League win for Stuart; Andy still on track in Brunel

There were two matches played on Tuesday, one in Premier One, the other in the Brunel Trophy.
In the top flight Stuart Mann scored a much needed win over Neil Young at the Bridge Inn, Yatton.
And in the fifth round of the Brunel Trophy Andy Boysan made short work of Ian Tarr.
Ian has one life remaining, while Andy has both of his intact.

14/09/20: Sixteen in Monday online action

There were sixteen players in online action on Monday, ten of whom contested the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were just five flights, beginning with an eight-player opener won by Mathew Nicholls, who defeated Kev Peters in the final.
Four four-player flights followed. John Curran, Simon Tracy, Kev and Roland Herrera were the winners.
Three league matches were played.
In Premier One Adam Sinclair won a close one against Phil Charlton.
Dave Pym defeated Pearl Foster in Premier Two Blue.
And Ben Crowden was the winner of his Conference League match against Simon Tracy.

12/09/20: Gaz wins tie of the round

There were two matches played on Friday, one in the Brunel Trophy, the other in the Conference League.
The fifth round Brunel Trophy match was arguably the tie of the round, featuring Bristol Backgammon's two current top ranked players, each with a single life remaining.
And the "sudden death" was that of Chris Rogers, as Gaz Owen progressed to the sixth round.
The Conference match saw Matt Reekie-Black gain his second win in three days, this time at the expense of Ben Crowden in a nail biter.

11/09/20: Simonetta takes September Grand Prix honours

There were twenty-two players in online action on Thursday, eighteen of whom contested the September Bristol Grand Prix tournament.
And it was Simonetta Herrera who won the event, defeating Mark Dixon, Simon Tracy, Ian Anderson and -- in the final -- Chris Hughes.
Chris had beaten Tim Line, Chris Rogers and Kev Peters en route to the final.
Gaz Owen took the consolation flight after overcoming Mark, Cynthia Roberts and Andy Boysan.
Simonetta has moved to within a single point of husband Roland Herrera at the summit of the BGP table.
There was also league action, with two close fought matches.
Mandy Macdonald beat Richard Owsley in Premier Two Blue, and in Premier Three Adrian Farthing pipped Alan Joicey.

09/09/20: Wednesday round-up

There were two matches played on Wednesday.
In the Premier League top flight Gaz Owen lost ground on leader Chris Rogers when he lost at DMP against Phil Charlton.
And Matt Reekie-Black defeated Simon Tracy in the Conference League.

08/09/20: Tuesday Premier Three action

There were two matches played in Premier Three on Tuesday.
The winners were Gerald Whitehouse and Alan Joicey, whose victims were Robin Gunney and Rosemary Whitehouse respectively.

07/09/20: Twelve in Monday online action

There were just twelve players in online action on Monday to contest the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were just six flights, beginning with an eleven-player opener won by Safi Tracy, who defeated James Newman in the final.
This was arguably sixteen-year-old Safi's best achievement yet in a debut season where she is setting a hot pace in the Conference League.
Five four-player flights followed. Kev Peters and Roland Herrera won two each, while James took the other.

06/09/20: Conference win for Simon

Just one match to report from Sunday.
In the Conference League Simon Tracy defeated Ben Crowden to move into second place in the league.

04/09/20: Safi and Ben share the spoils

In a Conference League double header on Friday honours were more or less even.
Safi Tracy won the opener 11-4, but then succumbed to an 8-11 defeat against Ben Crowden.

04/09/20: Brunel Trophy fifth round draw

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the fifth round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy -- Bristol's year-long double elimination knock-out -- was made on Friday.
The method used, identical to the one used in rounds two, three and four, involved Ian Tarr placing the players in a random numerical sequence, and on this occasion Gaz Owen providing a random sequence of the numbers between one and twelve to provide the draw order.
There are twelve players in round five and the draw is visible here.
Matches need to be completed by October 1st.
Three of the six ties involve players with a single life remaining, so there could be anything in the range of seven to nine players in round six.

04/09/20: Roland pips Warner to win Freeroll tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Thursday, fourteen of whom contested the fifth of this year's series of nine Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
There was also a Premier One match, where Peter Thistlewood defeated Phil Charlton.
In the tournament it was Roland Herrera, fresh from a visit to Italy, who won the main flight of the tournament, defeating George Georgiou, Tim Line and Simonetta Herrera before pipping Warner Solomon by the narrowest of margins in the final.
Warner had beaten Cynthia Roberts, Paul Watts and Alan Joicey en route to the final.
Kev Peters won the consolation flight by scoring wins over Cynthia, Stephen Little and -- in the final -- John Curran.
Roland's win moves him into the cluster of players pursuing new leader Paul Watts at the head of the FRGP table.

02/09/20: Chris dips out of Brunel Trophy

In a very close match on Wednesday George Georgiou defeated Chris Hughes in the fourth round of the Brunel Trophy.
The defeat means Chris is eliminated from the competition, while George remains unbeaten.

02/09/20: Tuesday results round-up

There were three matches played on Tuesday, one in the fourth round of the Brunel Trophy, and two in the Premier League.
Neil Young visited Portland Square for two of the matches, both close affairs -- a Brunel defeat to Chris Rogers and a Premier One victory over Cecilia Sparke.
Neil is eliminated from the Brunel Trophy, while Chris has one life remaining.
And in Premier Three Alan Joicey edged home against John Curran.

31/08/20: Eleven in Monday online action

There were just eleven players in online action on Monday, eight of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs, which on this occasion featured Nackgammon.
There were just three flights, beginning with an eight-player opener won by Ian Tarr, who defeated George Georgiou in the final.
Two four-player flights followed, and these were won by Kev Peters and Stephen Little.
There was league and Brunel Trophy action too.
In the Brunel Trophy Andy Boysan's fourth round defeat of Frank Jones means he goes into the fifth round draw undefeated, while Frank is eliminated.
Simon Tracy managed to fit in two Conference League matches, winning both -- Ben Crowden and Caroline Boulton being his victims.

30/08/20: Sunday Brunel Trophy action

There were two fourth round Brunel Trophy matches played on Sunday.
In Kellaway Avenue visitor Miles Farren was defeated by Roland Herrera, who has one life remaining.
And online Simon Baker edged a close one against Jim Green.
Both Miles and Jim are eliminated, while Simon remains unbeaten.

29/08/20: Saturday results round-up

There were five matches played on Saturday, two in the fourth round of the Brunel Trophy, two in Premier Two Blue and one in the Conference League.
In the Brunel Trophy there were victories for Adam Sinclair and Phil Charlton over Daniel Eldridge and Steffen Nowak respectively.
Adam, Phil and Daniel each have a life remaining.
Steffen is eliminated.
The Blue Division matches were a double header between Paul Watts and Cliff Blofield, where the spoils were shared.
And the Conference match was a top of thre table affair between Ben Crowden and Safi Tracy, which Safi won to extend her league lead to nine points.

28/08/20: Friday wins for Gaz and Ben

There were two matches played on Friday, one in the fourth round of the Brunel Trophy, the other in the Conference League.
Gaz Owen defeated Simon Hughes in the Brunel Trophy, a result which leaves both players with one life remaining.
And Ben Crowden's victory over Simon Tracy ensures that league leader Safi Tracy has a pursuer.

27/08/20: Gaz wins and tops GP10 table

There were twenty-one players in action on Thursday, twenty of whom contested the sixth of this year's series of nine GP10 tournaments.
There was also a Premier Two Red double header, in which Ian Tarr and Andrew Cobb swapped 11-5 victories.
Gaz Owen won the main flight of the tournament, defeating Stephen Little, Mike Rodwell and Adrian Farthing before overcoming Paul Watts in the final.
Paul had beaten Steve Morris, Alan Joicey and Robin Gunney en route to the final.
Steve won the consolation flight by scoring wins over Simon Tracy, Chris Hughes and -- in the final -- Frank Jones.
This was Gaz's second tournament win in this series, and he now holds a lead of 80 points over second placed Ian.

27/08/20: Gerald won on the 18th

A result from August 18th has come to light.
Gerald Whitehouse defeated Tom Chapman 11-8 in Premier Three.
Records have now been updated accordingly.

26/08/20: Wednesday League action

There were eight league matches played on Wednesday, spread throughout the five divisions.
In the top flight Gaz Owen maintained his pursuit of league leader Chris Rogers by defeating Phil Charlton.
Premier Two Blue and Premier Two Red saw double headers where the spoils were shared.
In the Blue Division, Simon Baker and Cliff Blofield played two one-sided matches, while Chris Hughes and Stephen Little's Red Division encounters were a lot closer.
Robin Gunney stayed on course for promotion from Premier Three with a victory over John Curran.
And Matt Reekie-Black suffered a brace of Conference League defeats, the first at the hands of Caroline Boulton, the second by league leader Safi Tracy.

25/08/20: Tuesday League round-up

There were three league matches played on Tuesday.
Two of those involved Mandy Macdonald in Premier Two Blue -- both of which were defeats for her, first against Paul Watts, then against Jim Green.
And in Henleaze Simon Tracy stopped the rot at last with victory over daughter Safi Tracy in the Conference League, whwre Safi holds the league lead.

24/08/20: Fourteen in Monday online action

There were just fourteen players in online action on Monday, twelve of whom participated in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were six flights, beginning with a ten-player opener won by Dave Pym, who defeated Safi Tracy in the final.
Five four-player flights followed, and these were won by Simon Tracy, Kev Peters, Ian Tarr and George Georgiou (twice).
The twelve players contested a total of twenty-four matches.
There was league action too.
A daytime meeting in Henleaze saw Safi defeat her father Simon once again in the Conference League.
And a Premier Two Blue double header between Simon Baker and Paul Watts resulted in a brace of wins for Simon.

23/08/20: Fourteen in Sunday action

There were just fourteen players in online action on Sunday to contest the sixth of our series of Sunday tournaments (the fourth online).
As has become the custom the field was a mixture of past and present Bristol players, plus a few from elsewhere in the UK -- although the roll call of current Bristol players was a short one on this occasion.
And it was Anna Clarke, a former ladies World Champion and occasional visitor to Bristol, who took the main prize, defeating Stephen Little in the final.
Anna made the most of a first round bye, getting past Warner Solomon and Rosey Bensley to reach the final, while Stephen's journey took him past Simon Hopper, Cecilia Sparke and Chris Rogers.
Ian Tarr took the consolation flight with wins over Cynthia Roberts, Warner and -- in the final -- Jon Barnes.

21/08/20: League matches reach 8,000!

There were four league matches played on Friday -- which brought the total number of Bristol Backgammon League matches played since the start -- way back in the year 2000 -- to the amazing total of 8,000!
A double header in Premier Two Red saw the spoils shared from two very close matches by Ian Tarr and Stephen Little.
Tom Chapman arrested a run of Premier Three defeats by defeating Rosemary Whitehouse.
And in Henleaze Safi Tracy scored another Conference League win over her father Simon Tracy to go top of the league.

20/08/20: Adrian wins Speedgammon event again

There were just ten players in action on Thursday to contest the second stand-alone Speedgammon tournament since the suspension of the Speedgammon Grand Prix.
There was also a rare piece of Bristol Conference League action in Henleaze, where the Tracy home was the venue.
Safi Tracy and her father Simon Tracy made their league debuts, and it was Safi who earned the bragging rights for the moment with a victory which put her level with Ben Crowden at the top of the league.
In the Speedgammon event it was Adrian Farthing who won the main flight, defeating Safi, Dave Pym and in the final Gaz Owen.
Adrian also won last month's Speedgammon event.
The second and third flights saw wins for Kev Peters and Tim Line, whose final opponents were Dave and Cynthia Roberts.

19/08/20: League wins for James and Mathew

There were two matches played on Wednesday -- both in Premier Three.
James Lintell-Smith defeated Rosemary Whitehouse and league leader Mathew Nicholls won a nail-biter against Gerald Whitehouse.

17/08/20: Fourteen in Monday online action

There were just fourteen players in online action on Monday to participate in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
There were seven flights, beginning with a twelve-player opener won by George Georgiou, who defeated Tim Line in the final.
Six four-player flights followed, and these were won by Ismail Yilmaz, John Curran, Stephen Little, Gerald Whitehouse and Ian Tarr, who made up the numbers in the last two and won both.
The fourteen players contested a total of twenty-nine matches.

16/08/20: Sunday anti-climax for remaining Bristol teams

The UK Clubs Championship resumed on Sunday, but the further involvement of the two remaining Bristol teams was not as lengthy as might have been hoped.
In the main flight the "A" team succumbed 1-4 to Holland Park, while the "B" team fared only marginally better in the consolation flight, going down 2-3 to St Albans "C".
Thanks are due to all fifteen players who represented our club so well over the weekend.
NEBA "A" defeated Holland Park in the main final, while the consolation flight was won by Manchester.

15/08/20: "A" team in Clubs Championship title contention after day one

The UK Clubs Championship, which has moved online just for this year, started today with a record number of thirty-two teams taking part.
Played over a combination of platforms -- with our tried and trusted Backgammon Studio Heroes site as the default -- the Saturday programme saw the completion of the opening group phase, and the start of the concluding knock-out phase, which will end tomorrow.
Bristol Backgammon was represented by three teams of five players, all contesting matches to 5 points.
The Bristol "A" team, comprising five of the top eight players in the Bristol ratings, had a good day.
Starting with a 3-2 victory over Glasgow "B", they dealt with another team from north of the border -- Aberdeen "A" -- in similar fashion, before completing a clean sweep of group wins, this time by 4-1 against Cambridge.
The Bristol "B" team lost narrowly to Brighton "A", but recovered with wins over Belfast and Citygammon "B" to claim second place in their group, thus joining the "A" team in the main knock-out phase.
And the Bristol "C" team, with five players from outside the top 50 of our ratings, started with an almost expected defeat by a strong Ealing "A" side, before losing narrowly, and disapointingly, to Backgammon Ayr, and then recording a famous win over Harrogate.
Ealing and Harrogate claimed the top two places, leaving our "C" team to contest the consolation knock-out phase.
The opening round of the knock-outs was also played.
In the main flight, with matches now ramped up to 7 points, our two top teams experienced widely differing fortunes.
The "A" team got it all together for a 5-0 whitewash of the Union Club, and will contest their quarter-final tomorrow.
It was a different story for the "B" team against NEBA "A", with the first three results all calamitous 7-0 whitewash defeats, compounded by two more defeats to exit the main flight in the saddest of ways.
There is an element of consolation here, though, in that first round losers get to play in the second round of the consolation flight.
So tomorrow gives them an opportunity to salvage something.
That opportunity was denied to the "C" team, however, when they succumbed to Amersham 1-4, and are thus eliminated from the competition.
Top performers on the day were Andy Boysan of the "A" team (the only Bristol player to go through the day unbeaten), Warner Solomon of the "B" team (who won all three of his group matches), and Mandy Macdonald of the "C" team (who also won three matches on the day).
Chris Rogers and Gaz Owen of the "A" team also won three of their four matches.
And so to tomorrow, and the conclusion of the competition, which will be reported on here.

14/08/20: Chris scoops August Grand Prix honours

There were twenty-two players in online action on Thursday to contest the eighth of the year's twelve Monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
The winner was Chris Rogers, whose victims were David Tyrrell, Ian Anderson, Mandy Macdonald and, in the final, Simonetta Herrera.
Simonetta had arrived in the final via victories over Warner Solomon, Gaz Owen and George Georgiou.
Cecilia Sparke took the consolation flight by defeating Tim Line, John Curran, Kev Peters and David.
Roland Herrera, who missed the tournament, retains the BGP lead, some 59 points ahead of second placed Gaz.

12/08/20: League doubles for Kev and Stephen

There were four matches played on Wednesday -- two double headers, one in each of the Premier Two divisions.
In the Blue Division, Kev Peters extended his league lead by defeating Paul Watts twice.
And in two similarly hard fought matches, Stephen Little won both matches against Andrew Cobb in the Red Division -- the first action in that division in 73 days!

11/08/20: Sixteen in Monday online action

There were sixteen players in online action on Monday to participate in the regular 3-point freeroll knock-outs -- maybe a sign that the novelty is wearing off a little.
There were five flights, beginning with a sixteen-player opener won by Roland Herrera, who defeated Mandy Macdonald in the final.
An eight-player flight was won by Simonetta Herrera, while the three four-player flights saw successes for Kev Peters, Gerald Whitehouse and Ian Tarr.
The sixteen players contested a total of thirty-one matches.

09/08/20: August Sunday tournament brought forward

Our August Sunday tournament has ben brought forward by one week to avoid a clash with the UKBGF UK Online Open.
The Bristol event will now be on August 23rd.

08/08/20: Brunel Trophy fourth round draw

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the fourth round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy -- Bristol's year-long double elimination knock-out -- was made on Saturday.
The method used, identical to the one used in rounds two and three, involved Ian Tarr placing the players in a random numerical sequence, and on this occasion Stephen Little providing a random sequence of the numbers between one and eighteen to provide the draw order.
There are eighteen players in round four and the draw is visible here.
Matches need to be completed by September 3rd.
Three of the nine ties involve players with a single life remaining, so there could be anything in the range of ten to fifteen players in round five.

07/08/20: Dave tops Freeroll GP table with win

There were just eighteen players in online action on Thursday to contest the fourth of the year's nine Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
The winner was Dave Pym, whose victims were George Georgiou, Safi Tracy, James Newman and, in the final, Ismail Yilmaz.
Ismail had arrived in the final via victories over Alan Joicey, Robin Gunney and Rosemary Whitehouse.
Warner Solomon took the consolation flight by defeating John Curran, Stephen Little, Cynthia Roberts and Hazel Boucher.
Dave now has the lead in the FRGP table, closely followed by previous leader Paul Watts.

06/08/20: Three Bristol teams to contest the UK Clubs Championship

The UK Clubs Championship, which has moved online just for this year, takes place on August 15th and 16th.
And Bristol will be represented by three teams of five players:
Bristol "A": Gaz Owen; Chris Rogers; Stuart Mann; Andy Boysan; Cecilia Sparke.
Bristol "B": Tim Line; Stephen Little; Warner Solomon; Adrian Farthing; Chris Hughes.
Bristol "C": Cynthia Roberts; Safi Tracy; Rosemary Whitehouse; Gerald Whitehouse; Mandy Macdonald.

Three potential reserves are also waiting in the wings.

06/08/20: Catching up with the news......

Apologies to all readers. Technology got the better of me for a few days, but now things are back in place.
Here's what's been happening:
In Premier One we have a record breaker!
Two nail-biting matches were played in Premier One.
These featured 11-10 victories for Chris Rogers and Phil Charlton, respectively over Neil Young on Monday and Fred North on Wednesday.
Chris's win was a momentous one, as he eclipsed Stuart Mann's seventeen year old record of successive Premier One wins.
He still has other record sequences in his sights -- watch this space.
In the Brunel Trophy:
A flurry of results has tidied up the loose ends of the third round of the Brunel Trophy.
On Monday Simon Baker defeated Frank Jones; Tuesday saw Ian Tarr to a victory over Cliff Blofield at the Brunello Lounge, Weston-super-Mare; On Wednesday there were two ties played -- Neil's defeat of Adrian Farthing at the Lock Keeper and Steffen Nowak's win over Eamonn Reay; while Jim Green's Wednesday win over Mike Smith completed the round.
The defeats of Cliff, Adrian, Eamonn and Mike signalled their respective exits from the competition, while Frank still has one life remaining.
Eighteen players progress to the fourth round draw, seven of whom are still undefeated.
Monday 3-pointers:
On Monday there were eighteen players in online action for the weekly 3-point knock-out flights, hosted by Gaz Owen when Ian Tarr's laptop became temporarily non-functional.
The opening sixteen player flight saw Dave Pym take the honours, defeating Stephen Little in the final.
Eight-player flights were won by Simonetta Herrera and Rosemary Whitehouse, while Gerald Whitehouse won the only four player flight.
The eighteen players played a total of 32 matches.

31/07/20: Roland wins GP10 event

There were just eighteen players in online action on Thursday to contest the fifth of the year's nine GP10 tournaments.
The winner was Roland Herrera, whose victims were John Curran, Warner Solomon, George Georgiou and, in the final, Mandy Macdonald.
Mandy had arrived in the final via victories over Gaz Owen, Safi Tracy and Stephen Little.
Kev Peters took the consolation flight by defeating John, Ismail Yilmaz, and Dave Pym.
Roland has edged into the GP10 lead, five points ahead of previous leader Andy Boysan.

29/07/20: Wednesday round-up

There were three matches played on Wednesday -- two in Premier One, the other a third round Brunel Trophy tie.
In the top flight Gaz Owen secured a brace of victories, one over Cecilia Sparke, the other a resumed match against Nick Barham.
And in the Brunel Trophy Steve Morris exited the competition after losing to Simon Hughes, who retains both of his lives.

27/07/20: Twenty in Monday online action

There were twenty players in online action on Monday, including the eighteen who participated in the second online Nackgammon evening.
There were six flights of three-point matches, beginning with a sixteen player opener won by Simonetta Herrera, who defeated Mandy Macdonald in the final.
A pair of eight player flights saw successes for Stephen Little and George Georgiou.
And there were also three four-player flights, which were won by Ian Tarr, Alan Joicey and Mathew Nicholls.
There was also third round Brunel Trophy action, with Phil Charlton overcoming Chris Hughes, leaving both players with a single life remaining as they head towards the fourth round draw.

26/07/20: Eighteen in Sunday action

There were eighteen players in online action on Sunday to contest the fifth of our series of Sunday tournaments (the third online).
As has become the custom the field was a mixture of past and present Bristol players, plus a few from elsewhere in the UK.
And it was former Premier League player James Newman, now based in Scotland, who took the main prize, defeating occasional Bristol visitor Ian Anderson in the final.
James's path to the final took him past Denby Pettitt, Jon Barnes and John Hedge, while Ian was defeating Simon Tracy, Paul Watts and Safi Tracy.
Cecilia Sparke took the consolation flight with wins over Chris Rogers, Simon and -- in the final -- Warner Solomon.

26/07/20: John exits Brunel Trophy

Wednesday saw John Curran's exit from the Brunel Trophy at the hands of Miles Farren, who has one life remaining.

24/07/20: Adrian takes Speedgammon honours

There were nineteen players in action on Thursday, including the eighteen who contested the first stand-alone Speedgammon tournament since the suspension of the Speedgammon Grand Prix.
There was also a face-to-face triple header at the Ram, Bath, where Kev Peters and Daniel Eldridge shared the spoils of their Premier Two Blue matches after Daniel had won their third round Brunel Trophy tie.
That Brunel result was enough to eliminate Kev from the tournament, while Daniel still has both lives intact.
In the experimental three flight format devised for stand-alone speedgammon events things went pretty smoothly.
In the main flight it was Adrian Farthing who came through to take the top prize, defeating Andy Boysan in the final.
Adrian's victims en route to the final were Stephen Little, Chris Hughes and Cynthia Roberts, while Andy was getting past Alan Joicey, Ian Anderson and Kev.
The second and third flights saw wins for Dave Pym and Alan, whose final opponents were Roland Herrera and Simon Tracy.

22/07/20: Andy defeated again

For the second day in succession Andy Boysan suffered a Premier One defeat, having only lost twice before all season.
Nick Barham was the victor this time.

22/07/20: Andy suffers title setback

In a Tuesday Premier One match Adam Sinclair defeated Andy Boysan to stall the latter player's pursuit of league leader Chris Rogers.

20/07/20: Monday wins for Phil and Roland

There were eighteen players in action on Monday, including the fifteen who participated in the now customary series of 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
In other activity there was a Premier One match, and a third round Brunel Trophy tie.
That tie was in effect a sudden death affair, as both Roland Herrera and Richard Owsley had suffered a single defeat in earlier rounds, and the demise was Richard's -- beaten for the second time in successive rounds in his own garden.
In the league it went to DMP, but Phil Charlton gained a much needed victory over Stuart Mann, with both players needing a strong run in to avoid the threat of relegation.
In the knock-outs there were just seven flights, as the turnout was uncharacteristically low.
The opening sixteen player flight had a couple of gaps in it, for only the second time.
And one of those who had byes failed to turn up, leaving Simonetta Herrera a place in the semi-finals without any effort at all.
She made the most of that by winning the flight, defeating Kev Peters in the final.
The other six flights were all 4-player efforts, with Steve Morris, Safi Tracy, Jim Green, Simon Tracy, Simonetta, and Ian Tarr taking the honours.
There were just thirty matches in the knock-outs.

17/07/20: Friday victories for Chris and Nick

There were two matches played in Friday.
And one -- a Premier One meeting between Chris Rogers and Neil Young -- was played in Portland Square.
Chris had home advantage and won 11-8, thus equalling the record for successive victories in the top flight.
Stuart Mann's long standing record of fourteen in a row will be toppled if Chris can win his next league encounter.
The other match was a third round Brunel Trophy match between Nick Barham and Simonetta Herrera, which Nick narrowly won, consigning Simonetta to a comparatively early exit from the competition.
Nick progresses to the fourth round with both lives intact.

16/07/20: Paul wins Thursday freeroll tournament

There were twenty-eight players in online action on Thursday, including the twenty-six who contested the third of the new series of nine Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
The winner was Paul Watts, who had to defeat five players reach that goal -- Hazel Boucher, David Tyrrell, Ismail Yilmaz, Pat Holly and, in the final, Alan Joicey.
Alan got past Stephen Little, Cynthia Roberts, Yuri Cherkasenko and Tim Line en route to the final.
Adrian Farthing won the consolation flight, beating Rosey Bensley, Mandy Macdonald and Safi Tracy.
Paul now leads the Freeroll Grand Prix, 50 points ahead of May and June winners Nick Barham and Rosemary Whitehouse.
Earlier there was a close Premier One encounter between Gaz Owen and Adam Sinclair, with Gaz shading it.

15/07/20: Alan out of Brunel Trophy

In a third round Brunel Trophy match on Wednesday Andy Boysan defeated Alan Joicey.
That was Alan's second defeat of the competition, so he's now out, while Andy remains unbeaten.

14/07/20: Tuesday results round-up

There were five matches played on Tuesday, three in the Premier League, two in the Brunel Trophy.
Mandy Macdonald made her exit from the Brunel Trophy when she lost narrowly to Chris Rogers, while another close encounter in the same competition saw George Georgiou remain unbeaten so far by defeating Gaz Owen, who still has one life remaining.
Premier One saw two matches played, Andy Boysan maintaining his pressure on leader Chris by beating Adam Sinclair 11-4, a victory which owed much to an eight cube.
But Gaz and Stuart Mann went one better when, with the score at 3-2 in Gaz's favour the cube reached sixteen!
Gaz won.
George scored his second victory of the day by overcoming Alan Joicey in a Premier Three match.

14/07/20: Speedgammon Grand Prix suspended

Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr has found it necessary to admit defeat in his attempt to shift this year's Speedgammon Grand Prix into an appropriate online format.
Two live events were successfully held before the lockdown, but a new online format -- pressed into action last month -- was found to be unfit for purpose in terms of giving points scoring opportunities commensurate with those of the pre-lockdown format.
So the decision has been taken to suspend the SGGP for this year in the hope of resuming the previous format when things become "normal" again.
The SGGP prize fund, standing at 28, will be added to the new SGGP season's pool, whenever that may be.
In the meantime speedgammon will still fill the slots allotted to the SGGP, but with one-off tournaments with a simpler format.

13/07/20: Twenty-five in Monday action

There were twenty-five players in action online on Monday, including the twenty-one who participated in the now customary series of 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
In other activity there were two Premier League matches, one in the top flight, where Cecilia Sparke beat Phil Charlton, the other in Premier Three, John Curran narrowly defeating Tom Chapman.
In the knock-outs there were eight flights in all.
The opening flight of sixteen players was won by Stephen Little, who defeated Roland Herrera in the final.
Andy Boysan won an eight player flight, while the six four-player flights saw two wins apiece for George Georgiou and Safi Tracy and one each for Simon Tracy and Ismail Yilmaz.
The twenty-one got through thirty-nine matches in all.

11/07/20: And then there were twenty-nine

Hot on the heels of the third round draw for the 2020 Brunel Trophy came the first result of the round.
Adam Sinclair defeated James Lintell-Smith in what was essentially a sudden death encounter, both players having already lost a life.

11/07/20: Brunel Trophy third round draw

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the third round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy -- Bristol's year-long double elimination knock-out -- was made on Saturday.
The method used, identical to the one used in round two, involved Ian Tarr placing the players in a random numerical sequence, and Gaz Owen providing a random sequence of the numbers between one and thirty to provide the draw order.
There are thirty players in round three and the draw is visible here.
The timescales for this and subsequent rounds are tighter -- four weeks per round.
Matches need to be completed by August 6th.
Seven of he fifteen ties involve players with a single life remaining, so there could be anything in the range of seventeen to twenty-three players in round four.

10/07/20: Simon wins his second monthly grand prix title this year

There were thirty-two players in online action on Thursday, thirty of whom contested the seventh of our monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
The other two were completing the second round of the Brunel Trophy double elimination tournament, where Nick Barham scored a narrow victory over Hazel Boucher.
Hazel's second defeat in the competition signalled her exit, leaving thirty players in the third round draw, which is imminent.
In the evening's main event it was Simon Baker who took the honours, defeating Ismail Yilmaz, Kev Peters, Alan Joicey, Robin Gunney and -- in the final -- Frank Jones.
Simon has only contested three of this season's seven events in this series, but he has won two!
As for Frank, this was his finest moment yet, having overcome Cynthia Roberts, Paul Watts, Andy Boysan and James Newman en route to the final.
Ian Anderson won the consolation flight with victories over Rosey Bensley, Mandy Macdonald and Ismail, before beating John Curran in the final.
Roland Herrera drew a blank on the night, but none of his close pursuers fared much better, and he still holds a 74 points BGP lead over second placed Gaz Owen.

08/07/20: Thirteen in a row for Chris

Chris Rogers maintained his winning sequence in Premier One on Wednesday by defeating Simon Hughes.
That makes it thirteen league wins in a row.

07/07/20: Cliff keeps his Brunel Trophy hopes alive

In a second round Brunel Trophy encounter on Tuesday Clif Blofield retained his interest in the competition by defeating Simonetta Herrera.
Both players go into Thursday's third round draw with one life remaining.
Just one second round match remains to be completed, the meeting of Hazel Boucher and Nick Barham.

06/07/20: Twenty-eight in Monday action

There were twenty-eight players in action on Monday -- twenty-six of them online -- including the twenty-two who participated in the now customary series of 3-point freeroll knock-outs.
With the third round draw of the Brunel Trophy looming there was a flurry of activity to tie up some loose ends in the second round.
Richard Owsley's garden was the venue for one match, with visiting Daniel Eldridge scoring the victory.
Meanwhile the Hugheses -- Chris and Simon (no relation, of course) -- were the other victors, over Mary French and Phil Charlton respectively.
Of the three vanquished players, only Mary exits the competition, having lost her second life.
In the knock-outs there were eight flights in all.
The opening flight of sixteen players was won by Pat Holly, who defeated John Curran in the final.
Simon Tracy and George Georgiou won eight-player flights, while the five four-player flights saw Andy Boysan, Safi Tracy, Kat Cherkasenko, Ian Tarr and Jim Green triumphant.
The twenty-two got through forty-three matches in all.

05/07/20: Double success for Robin; Stephen exits Brunel Trophy

There were three matches played on Sunday, two in Premier Three, and one in the second round of the Brunel Trophy.
In the latter competition it was a case of sudden death for Alan Joicey or Stephen Little, as each had lost a life in round one, and the demise was Stephen's.
The Premier Three double header saw Robin Gunney win twice to leapfrog his opponent George Georgiou into third place in the table.

03/07/20: Gaz wins GP10 event

There should have been thirty-two players in online action on Thursday to contest the fourth of the year's nine GP10 tournaments.
A full draw of thirty-two paid, but one -- Nick Barham -- mysteriously disappeared and took no part in proceedings.
The winner was Gaz Owen, whose victims were James Newman, Mike Rodwell, Kev Peters, Robin Gunney and, in the final, Simon Tracy.
For Simon -- a recent graduate from Monday evenings -- this was uncharted territory.
He had to battle past Dave Pym, David Tyrrell, Jim Green and Tim Line.
Cecilia Sparke took the consolation flight with victories over Warner Solomon, Dave Pym, Roland Herrera and James Newman.
Andy Boysan did just enough to wrest the GP10 leadership from Ian Tarr.

02/07/20: Wednesday wins for Cecilia, Andy and Simon

There were three matches played on Wednesday, two in Premier One, and one in the Brunel Trophy.
In the latter competition it was a second round meeting of two hitherto undefeated players, and it was Simon Baker who kept his record intact at Roland Herrera's expense.
Roland, of course, still has a life remaining as he moves into the third round.
In the top flight of the league Andy Boysan maintained the pressure on leader Chris Rogers with a win over Simon Hughes.
And Cecilia Sparke was the evening's other winner against Fred North, who almost ran out of time when taking an Amazon delivery at the front door.
Thankfully his opponent had the presence of mind to pause the game.

30/06/20: Andy still in hot pursuit of Chris

While Chris Rogers is setting a formidable pace at the summit of Premier One, at least one player is making a good fist of the pursuit.
Andy Boysan has six matches in hand, and will catch Chris if he wins five of them, after his latest victory, over Phil Charlton.

30/06/20: Nineteen sample the return of Nackgammon

There were twenty-one players in online action on Monday, including the nineteen who participated in the return of Nackgammon to our Monday scene.
Nackgammon once occupied a regular, albeit minor, slice of our Thursday scene, with a few competitions between 2010 and 2012, before eventually finding a niche on Mondays pre-lockdown.
Mondays have lacked a little variety in our current online regime, so devoting one session per month to this variant seemed like a good idea.
There were three flights of three-point matches, run by Gaz Owen in Ian Tarr's absence, beginning with a fourteen player opus won by Alan Joicey, who defeated Kev Peters in the final.
Eight player flights saw wins for Stephen Little and Roland Herrera.
Earlier there had been Premier One action, where Stuart Mann scored a much needed win over Cecilia Sparke.

30/06/20: Twenty in Sunday action

There were twenty players in online action on Sunday to contest the fourth of our series of Sunday tournaments (the second online).
As was the case last month the field was a mixture of past and present Bristol players, plus a few from elsewhere in the UK.
And it was one of those, the nation's current #1 ranked player Jon Barnes who took the main flight, defeating Denby Pettitt, Chris Rogers, Kev Peters, John Hedge and Stephen Little.
Stephen made it to the final via a bye and victories over Cynthia Roberts, Safi Tracy and James Newman.
Paul Watts took the consolation flight with wins over Adrian Farthing, Mark Dixion, Rosey Bensley and Ian Anderson.

26/06/20: Rosemary wins Thursday freeroll tournament

There were twenty-eight players in online action on Thursday to contest the second of the new series of nine Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
The winner was Rosemary Whitehouse, who had to defeat five players reach that goal -- Hazel Boucher, Kat Cherkasenko, Paul Watts, Gerald Whitehouse and, in the final, Chris Hughes.
Chris got past Andy Boysan, Warner Solomon, Adrian Farthing and Dave Pym en route to the final.
The semi-final match for Rosemary meant that the Whitehouses got through the event unbeaten by any non-Whitehouse!
Pat Holly won the consolation flight, beating John Curran, Andy, and David Tyrrell.
Rosemary becomes joint leader of the Freeroll Grand Prix, along with Nick Barham.

25/06/20: Wednesday wins for Chris and Andy

Another second round Brunel Trophy match was played on Wednesday, and Tim Line became the latest player to exit the competition when he was defeated by Andy Boysan, who still has both lives remaining.
Meanwhile Chris Rogers continued on his winning way in Premier One with an 11-8 win over Phil Charlton.
He looks determined to set a very stiff target for his pursuers.
After an indifferent start to his campaign Chris has now won twelve league matches in a row.
This is the second longest winning sequence in Premier One history, having now surpassed Martin Hemming's 2003-04 mark.
Stuart Mann holds the record with fourteen straight wins in 2003.
But apart from Stuart's record, Chris has further targets to ain for.
Adam Sinclair won sixteen straight matches in Premier Two in 2016, which remains the all-time Premier League record, while Rosey Bensley won seventeen in a row in the Conference League (15) and Premier Two (2) in 2001 and 2002 for the all-time Bristol league winning sequence.
Check out all the record sequences here.

24/06/20: David exits Brunel Trophy

A Tuesday second round Brunel Trophy match ended with a win for Frank Jones over David Tyrrell.
This was David's second defeat, so that ends his involvement this year, while Frank remains undefeated.

22/06/20: Twenty-one in Monday action

There were twenty-one players in online action on Monday in the evening session, which consisted of eight flights of three-point match knock-outs.
In the freeroll 3-pointers, a full sixteen draw set things off, with Rosey Bensley and Ben Crowden reaching the final, which Rosey won.
Two eight-player flights saw victory for Roland Herrera and Steve Morris, while four-player flights were won by Simonetta Herrera, Safi Tracy, Mandy Macdonald, Roland and Steve.
The twenty-one contested a total of forty-four matches.

19/06/20: James scores a Friday league win

James Lintell-Smith scored a Premier Three victory over Gerald Whitehouse early on Friday.

19/06/20: Alan and Caroline take the honours on "Titles Day"

It was a day which summed up the best of Bristol Backgammon when the Thursday evening online session diverged from the norm to decide two annual titles.
Twenty-eight players were in action -- twenty-six of them in two very different annual tournaments.
Top of the bill, and rescheduled from its original virus-affected April slot, was the twentieth Bristol Masters, contested by sixteen qualifiers via last year's sterling efforts.
And fulfilling a strong supporting role was the nineteenth Intermediates Trophy, where ten hopefuls toed the start line.
The Masters saw many of the established names falling by the wayside early.
But Simonetta Herrera at least made it to the final, via wins over Phil Charlton, Tim Line and Cynthia Roberts.
Her opponent there was a Masters debutant, Alan Joicey, whose victims en route to the final were Adam Sinclair, Cecilia Sparke and Stephen Little.
And it was Alan who triumphed, taking a maiden title which many more experienced players still covet.
In the intermediates event, the finalists were Caroline Boulton and Yuri Cherkasenko.
Yuri, already assured of Premier Status for 2020, made his way through the long part of the draw, Simon Tracy, Andrew Gay and Ben Crowden his victims.
Caroline made the most of a first round bye, getting past Matt Reekie-Black and Mike Rodwell, before defeating Yuri in the final to take the title.
It was a twist of coronavirus fate that these two events were staged on the same evening, but it seems like a great idea to earn an extra slot in the Thursday schedule for future years.
There was also a Premier One match played, Andy Boysan maintaining his chase of league leader Chris Rogers with victory over Fred North.

18/06/20: Andy goes second

Andy Boysan recovered from 2-7 in arrears to defeat Cecilia Sparke in a Premier One encounter on Wednesday.
The win moves Andy into second place in the league table.

16/06/20: Chris extends winning sequence

In a Premier One meeting on Tuesday Chris Rogers extended his league winning sequence to eleven when he overturned a 0-6 deficit against Fred North.

16/06/20: Twenty-four in Monday action

There were twenty-four players in online action on Monday, all bar four of them involved in the evening session, which consisted of six flights of three-point match knock-outs.
There was a Premier Two Blue double header, which saw the spoils shared between leader Kev Peters and Simon Baker
And there was also a Conference League match between Caroline Boulton and Matt Reekie-Black, which Matt won.
In the freeroll 3-pointers, a full sixteen draw set things off, with Alan Joicey and Stephen Little reaching the final, which Alan won.
An eight-player flight was won by Tim Line, while four-player flights were won by Rosey Bensley, Simon Tracy, Andrew Gay and Tim again.
The twenty contested a total of thirty-four matches.

15/06/20: Sunday win for Peter

In a Premier One match played on Sunday Peter Thistlewood defeated Andy Boysan 11-7.

12/06/20: Roland takes June Grand Prix honours

There were twenty-two players in online action on Thursday to contest the June Bristol Grand Prix tournament.
And it was Roland Herrera who won the event, defeating Gerald Whitehouse, Kev Peters and Simonetta Herrera to reach the final, where he got the better of Chris Hughes.
Chris had come through the long part of the draw, beating Steve Morris, James Newman, Robin Gunney and Mike Rodwell.
Rosey Bensley took the consolation flight, where Cynthia Roberts, Rosemary Whitehouse and Stephen Little were her victims.
Roland has moved into a 91 points lead over previous BGP leader Gaz Owen.

11/06/20: Wednesday league wins for Andy and Mathew

Two Premier League matches were played on Wednesday.
In the top flight Andy Boysan scored an emphatic victory over Stuart Mann.
And in Premier Three there was a much closer match, leader Mathew Nicholls defeating James Lintell-Smith.

08/06/20: Eighteen in Monday action

There were eighteen players in online action on Monday, all of them involved in the evening session, which consisted of seven flights of three-point match knock-outs.
A full sixteen draw set things off, with Mandy Macdonald and Roland Herrera emerging into the final, which Roland won.
An eight-player flight followed, with Kat Cherkasenko victorious.
Five four-player flights completed he evening, the first of which was inadvertently set for 5-point matches.
Alan Joicey took this one.
The other flights saw wins for Mathew Nicholls, Stephen Little, Mandy and Gerald Whitehouse.
The eighteen contested a total of thirty-seven matches.

05/06/20: Chris further extends Premier One lead

In a Premier One match on Friday Peter Thistlewood succumbed to Chris Rogers, a result which sees Chris into a 15 points lead.
Although he has played more matches than his rivals, he is setting a formidable pace, aided in no small measure by a ten match winning run, a sequence only twice bettered in the entire history of the top flight.

05/06/20: New Speedgammon format draws a mixed reaction

There were twenty-five players players in online action on Thursday, for the return of Speedgammon to the Bristol Backgammon calendar.
Director Ian Tarr had devised a multi-flight online knock-out format, designed to try and give the same kind of test as the tried and tested two phase face-to-face tournaments.
In truth it was too complicated -- both to run, and for the players to understand!
More work will need to be done before the next equivalent tournament on July 23rd.
The main flight saw Andy Boysan take the honours, defeating John Curran in the final.
Andy's victims were Tim Line, Simon Baker and Kev Peters, while John's path to the final saw him past Rosemary Whitehouse, Gerald Whitehouse and Yuri Cherkasenko.
In between his vanquishing of the Whitehouses, John was the lucky recipient of a bye, thanks to an almighty -- and hopefully unique -- cock-up involving Frank Jones and Mandy Macdonald.
If Andy and John took the lion's share of the tournament prize money, there were consolation cash prizes for the winners of the subordinate flights -- Dave Pym, Ismail Yilmaz, Alan Joicey and Stephen Little.
Ian stepped in to fill a gap in the final flight, as disappointed players began to flee the coop, and managed to win that.
He retains the lead in the SGGP table despite being otherwise absent from this event, but Andy is now just 20 points behind.
The Conference League finally got started, and Ben Crowden is the first leader after his win over Matt Reekie-Black.

02/06/20: Premier One win for Peter

In a Premier One match on Tuesday Peter Thistlewood defeated Phil Charlton.

01/06/20: Twenty in Monday action

There were twenty players in online action on Monday, all of them involved in the evening session, which consisted of six flights of three-point match knock-outs.
Fourteen players were in situ to contest the opening flight, which saw Dave Pym defeat Kev Peters in the final.
As the evening moved on there followed two eight-player flights, one with six players and two with four.
The first of the eight-player flights featured a TD error, and the matches were played to three points, Roland Herrera prevailing.
Other flight winners were Andy Boysan, Rosemary Whitehouse, Steve Morris and Stephen Little.
The twenty contested a total of thirty-eight matches.

31/05/20: Twenty-four in Sunday action

There were twenty-four players in action in Bristol Backgammon events on Sunday.
All bar two of those were involved in our first Sunday online tournament.
The decision to cast the net a little wider than usual resulted in a healthily mixed field of current and exiled Bristol players plus others from around the UK.
And all of those categories were represented in the prize money splits.
The main prize went to one of our own, Stephen Little, who eliminated Frank Jones, Warner Solomon and Nick Barham before accounting for Ann Pocknell in the final.
Ann, who will forever retain the distinction of being the only regular Bristol player to win the BIBA British Open -- eight others reached the final and lost! -- beat Anna Clarke, Denby Pettitt, Cecilia Sparke and Andrew Selby en route to the final.
The consolation flight saw Jon Barnes, the current UK number one player -- who is likely to retain that status for a long time if only face-to-face action is allowed to affect the ratings -- win the flight by defeating Paul Watts, Ian Tarr and James Newman.
Earlier there was Premier Two Red action, when Gary Plant extended his lead to 12 points with victory over Carwyn Jenkins.

30/05/20: All aboard for the first Sunday online tournament

Even our weekend tournaments have now moved online.
Tomorrow sees the first of our weekend events taking place at the Backgammon Studio Heroes site.
And entrants will be gathering from even further afield than has been the case in our other online exploits so far.
Watch out for the report.

30/05/20: Mike beats Steffen to stay alive

In a second round Brunel Trophy match on Saturday Mike Smith defeated Steffen Nowak.
Both players now have a single life remaining in the double elimination event.
Ten of the twenty second round matches have now been completed.

29/05/20: Freeroll Grand Prix opener attracts twenty-eight

Twenty-eight players contested the first of the new series of nine Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments online at the Backgammon Studio Heroes site on Thursday evening.
And Nick Barham, having recently returned to action after a hiatus, took the main flight honours.
He got past Andy Boysan, Ben Crowden, Ian Tarr and Jim Green before overcoming Kev Peters in the final.
Kevin, having received a bye in round one, reached the final by defeating James Newman, Alan Joicey and Steve Morris.
David Tyrrell took the consolation flight with wins over Dave Pym, John Curran and James.
So Nick is the first leader of the new competition, which is one of the main calendar changes made since the lockdown, and he has a handy 50 points advantage over second placed Kev.
The site crashed while both finals were in progress, but the good news was that the software coped admirably, and both matches picked up exactly where they left off.

27/05/20: Neil and Steve both survive Brunel Trophy second round

In a second round Brunel Trophy match on Tuesday Neil Young defeated Steve Morris.
Both players progress to round three with a single life remaining.

25/05/20: Fifteen in Bank Holiday Monday online action

There were fifteen players in online action on Monday, all of them involved in the evening session, which consisted of five flights of three-point match knock-outs.
This was a break with tradition, in the sense that Bristol Backgammon is always closed on Mondays!
Thirteen players were in situ to contest the opening flight, which saw Ismail Yilmaz defeat Simonetta Herrera in the final.
As the evening moved on there followed one eight-player flight and three four-player ones.
The winner of the former was Stephen Little, while the others saw victory for Andy Boysan, Simonetta and Roland Herrera.
The fifteen contested a total of twenty-seven matches in the 3-point flights.

24/05/20: Gary extends Red Division lead

Gary Plant scored a narrow Premier Two Red victory over Carwyn Jenkins on Sunday, extending his divisional lead to nine points.

22/05/20: James takes GP10 honours

Twenty-six players contested the third of our nine GP10 tournaments online at the Backgammon Studio Heroes site on Thursday evening.
And James Newman, a Bristol league and knock-out regular between 2013 and 2016 before his move to Scotland, was the evening's star performer.
Getting past Frank Jones, Robin Gunney and Gaz Owen before defeating Simonetta Herrera in the main final sealed the deal for him.
Simonetta had beaten Cynthia Roberts, Adam Sinclair, Nick Barham and Ismail Yilmaz on the way to the final.
In the consolation flight it was Andy Boysan who came through to win -- Kev Peters, Simon Baker and Roland Herrera being his victims.
Ian Tarr, busy directing rather than playing for the moment, still heads the GP10 table, but Andy had reduced his lead to 15 points.

20/05/20: Eamonn stays alive in Brunel Trophy

In a second round Brunel Trophy match on Wednesday Eamonn Reay edged to victory over Jim Green.
Both players have one life remaining.

19/05/20: Tuesday morning wins for Fred and Adrian

Fred North completed a Premier One double over Gaz Owen on Tuesday morning, while Adrian Farthing was continuing his march towards the top of Premier Three with a victory over James Lintell-Smith.

19/05/20: Thirty-three in Monday online action

There were thirty-three players in online action on Monday, thirty of them involved in the evening session, which consisted of eight flights of three-point match knock-outs.
There were also two Premier League matches, where Chas Perry defeated Andrew Cobb in Premier Two Red and Adrian Farthing beat Tom Chapman in Premier Three.
The evening session began with a sixteen player flight, where Ben Crowden took the honours, defeating Andy Boysan in the final.
As the evening moved on there followed four eight-player flights and three four-player ones.
Eight-player flight winners were Adam Sinclair, Warner Solomon, Simonetta Herrera and John Curran.
Stephen Little, Roland Herrera and Mathew Nicholls were the victors in the four-player flights.
In all thirty players played a total of fifty-two matches in the 3-point flights.

15/05/20: Gary increases Red Division lead

In a Friday Premier Two Red match Gary Plant consolidated his position as divisional leader by defeating Eamonn Reay.

15/05/20: Tim wins May Bristol Grand Prix event

Thirty-one players contested the fifth of our monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments online at the Backgammon Studio Heroes site on Thursday evening.
Tim Line took the honours, defeating Chris Hughes, Paul Watts, George Georgiou and Warner Solomon before taking the final against Cecilia Sparke.
Cecilia's victims had been Chris Rogers, Ismail Yilmaz, Yuri Cherkasenko and Robin Gunney.
Kev Peters won a consolation flight blighted by resignations -- John Curran with connectivity issues, and Chris Rogers and Mark Dixon, probably because they felt such a flight was beneath them, even though they both qualified successfully.
John's technological issues saw Kev into the last eight, and he took full advantage, beating Simon Baker, Chris Hughes and Roland Herrera.
Gaz Owen drew a blank, but still heads the Bristol Grand Prix standings, although he has a cluster of close pursuers to contend with.
Earlier there was Brunel Trophy action, when George defeated Adam Sinclair, who still has a life remaining.

13/05/20: Wednesday win for Cecilia

In a Premier One match completed on Wednesday Cecilia Sparke defeated Stuart Mann.

12/05/20: League wins for Chas, Neil and Fred

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
Neil Young suffered mixed fortunes in Premier One, defeating Stuart Mann before losing to Fred North.
And Chas Perry overcame Gary Plant in a Premier Two Red match.

12/05/20: R I P, Tony Walters

Bristol Backgammon has suffered another heavy loss.
Tony Walters, a regular tournament entrant and former Bristol Premier League player, passed away on Thursday night at home in Cardiff.
He had been suffering from poor health on a number of fronts for quite some time, but still found the energy to drive across the bridge and visit many Bristol tournaments until fairly recently, such was his passion for the game.
Another of the game's great characters is lost to us.

12/05/20: Twenty-nine in Monday online action

There were twenty-nine players in online action on Monday, twenty-five of them involved in the new evening session, which consisted of eight flights of three-point match knock-outs.
There were also two Premier Two Red matches, where Andrew Cobb and Chris Hughes overcame Chas Perry and Steffen Nowak respectively.
The evening session began with a sixteen player flight, where Dave Pym defeated Gerald Whitehouse in the final.
As the evening moved on there followed four eight-player flights and three four-player ones.
Eight-player flight winners were Yuri Cherkasenko (twice), Simonetta Herrera and Andy Boysan.
Stephen Little, Roland Herrera and Alan Joicey were the victors in the four-player flights.
In all twenty-five players played a total of fifty-two matches.

10/05/20: Sunday win for Gerald

Gerald Whitehouse scored a Premier Three victory over Adrian Farthing on Sunday.

10/05/20: Robin exits Brunel Trophy

In a sudden death Brunel Trophy encounter on Saturday Mandy Macdonald defeated Robin Gunney to progress to the third round.

09/05/20: Adrian goes second

An emphatic Saturday Premier Three victory over David Hoare has moved Adrian Farthing into second place in the league.

09/05/20: Monday sessions on Heroes, too

Now that a pattern of Thursday online tournaments has been established, it's the turn of Mondays to follow suit.
The Monday Cub Summer Grand Prix has been shelved for the time being, although there is a possibility it may resurface part way through its allotted four month span with formats -- should more options become available -- tailored to an online environment.
In the meantime, starting this coming Monday (11th), there will be a series of 16- 8- and 4- player 3-point knock-outs, all free to enter.
Register in advance by phoning, texting or WhatsApping Ian Tarr on 07751 241774 and as many knock-out flights as can be arranged will be provided.
It is hoped that a 16-player flight will start proceedings at 7pm, with smaller flights available for eliminated players and latecomers, until demand is exhausted.
So players are recommended to register early so as not to miss out on the 16-player flight.

08/05/20: Friday wins for Stuart and Gary

There were two Premier League matches played on Friday.
In the top flight Stuart Mann beat Peter Thistlewood, while a Premier Two Red match ended in victory for Gary Plant over Eamonn Reay.

08/05/20: Thursday tournaments back with a bang -- online

After pilot online tournaments on the two preceding Thursdays it was back to paying competition when the fourth monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournament -- postponed from April 9th -- was held online at the Backgammon Studio Heroes site.
And once again the turnout was exceptional, with a full draw of thirty-two players taking part -- a healthy mix of face-to-face tournament regulars and others who don't habitually make it to our Thursday sessions.
Simon Baker was the stand-out performer, his five victories taking the main flight honours.
His victims were Rosemary Whitehouse, Chris Hughes, Cliff Blofield, Dave Pym and -- in the final -- Alan Joicey, who had overcome Mike Rodwell, Miles Farren, Stephen Little and Gaz Owen en route.
In the consolation flight it was Yuri Cherkasenko who won through with victories over John Curran, Paul Watts, Mike and Rosey Bensley.
Gaz's run to the main flight semi-final was enough to see him into a BGP lead of 26 points over second placed Nick Barham, who didn't contest the event.
Earlier in the day James Lintell-Smith had defeated John in the second round of the Brunel Trophy, a result which leaves both players with a single life remaining.

06/05/20: Wednesday wins for Gaz and Chas

Two matches were played on Wednesday -- one in Premier Two Red and one in the Brunel Trophy.
The Brunel match saw Gaz Owen progress to the third round draw undefeated, while his opponent Ben Crowden bows out of the competition after his second defeat.
In the Red Division Chas Perry hauled himself off the bottom rung with a much needed victory over Chris Hughes.

06/05/20: Tuesday round-up

There were five matches played on Tuesday -- three in the Premier League and two in the Brunel Trophy.
In that latter competition both ties were effectively sudden death, and the matches spelled an end to the campaigns of Jordan White and Cecilia Sparke, defeated by Adrian Farthing and Kev Peters respectively.
For Adrian and Jordan that was the third leg of a triple header, the pair having shared the spoils of a Premier Three double header.
The other action was in Premier Two Red, where Gary Plant defeated Chas Perry.

04/05/20: Face-to-face backgammon that broke no rules

No social distancing rules were broken when a face-to-face Bristol Backgammon match took place in the Tamar Valley.
Gerald and Rosemary Whitehouse met in Premier Three, and it was Rosemary who recorded the victory.

02/05/20: Saturday round-up

In Premier Two Blue Steve Morris moved into second place with a Saturday victory over Dave Pym.
And in the first of the year's second round Brunel Trophy matches Ian Tarr remained unbeaten in the competition by defeating Chris Rogers.

01/05/20: Friday league wins for Gaz and Gary

There were two Premier League matches played on Friday.
In Premier One Gaz Owen scored an emphatic win over Stuart Mann.
And in Premier Two Red Gary Plant was the winner against Chris Hughes.

01/05/20: Brunel Trophy second round draw

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the second round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy -- Bristol's year-long double elimination knock-out -- was made on Friday.
The method used, thanks to social distancing, involved Ian Tarr placing the players in a random numerical sequence, and Gaz Owen providing a random sequence of the numbers between one and forty to provide the draw order.
There are forty players in round two and the draw is visible here.
The timescales for the first two rounds had been considerably elongated in the hope -- now apparently a vain one -- that face-to-face play would resume fairly soon.
Matches need to be completed by July 9th.

01/05/20: Second pilot online tournament maintains the impetus

For the second successive week the Bristol Backgammon community took to the internet on Thursday evening to continue the effort to keep our local game alive and kicking.
The occasion was the second -- and final -- online freeroll pilot event, staged to enable tournament directors to gain the confidence to continue as many as possible of our extensive programme of events online, while the virus is disrupting our lives.
And once again there was a great turnout, with thirty-six players on the Heroes site.
Unfortunately one lateish entrant arrived on the site without all the necessary information to proceed.
His mistake was to enter the wrong tournament when he had already been entered for our own.
No matter things went smoothly to a large degree, although there were a couple of temporary connectivity problems which were resolved without too much trouble.
This time it was Ian Tarr who took the lead TD role, and the good news is that he survived!
And making it a slightly more complex event, with two flights this time, didn't cause any difficulty.
The winner on this occasion was Adrian Farthing, whose five victories earned him free entry to next week's April Grand Prix event -- and yes, I know it's not April any more!
His victims were Roland Herrera, Alan Joicey, Frank Jones, Mike Rodwell and -- in the final -- Ismail Yilmaz.
Ismail's run took him past Rosey Bensley, Simon Baker, Blaine Buchanan and Robin Gunney.
Adam Sinclair took the consolation flight to win a 5 discount for next week's event.
He defeated Rosemary Whitehouse, Andy Boysan, Cynthia Roberts and Stephen Little.
Next week will see the first of our online paying events.

01/05/20: Thursday win for Gaz

In Thursday's only non-tournament action Gaz Owen defeated Peter Thistlewood in Premier One.

28/04/20: Eight in Tuesday Premier League action

There were four Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In the top flight there were wins for Gaz Owen and Phil Charlton over Peter Thistlewood and Fred North respectively.
Andrew Cobb scored a much needed win over Chris Hughes in Premier Two Red.
And Steve Morris beat Dave Pym in Premier Two Blue.

27/04/20: Mathew consolidates Premier Three lead

In a Premier Three match on Monday Mathew Nicholls scored his fifth successive victory to move twelve points clear at the top of the table.
James Lintell-Smith was his latest victim.

26/04/20: Saturday action in Blue Division

Two matches took place in Premier Two Blue on Saturday.
And the winners were Paul Watts and Jim Green over Dave Pym and Mandy Macdonald respectively.

25/04/20: Friday wins for Gary and Paul

Two Premier Two matches were played on Friday.
In the Red Division Gary Plant defeated Chris Hughes, while Paul Watts pipped Dave Pym in the parallel Blue Division.

24/04/20: Last night's tournament was a first for Heroes

Site owner Terje Pedersen has revealed that last night's Bristol Freeroll tournament was the first on the Heroes site ever to use a 64-player grid!
A definite feather in our caps......

23/04/20: Pilot online tournament is a resounding success

The hunger for tournament backgammon -- some 38 days after the last live Bristol Backgammon event on March 16th -- resulted in no fewer than thirty-seven players logging on to the Heroes site on Thursday evening.
Gaz Owen took the lead in staging the event, as Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr has only very limited experience of such environments.
This inaugural freeroll event was staged as a pilot for what is planned to be a regular Thursday occurrence while social distancing is in effect -- and that, of course, could be for quite a while.
Directing such an event is a substantially different experience from doing a live tournament, and both Gaz and Ian were there to smooth the progress of the event and to learn the vagaries of the medium, rather than taking part.
It was a simple single flight event, comprising just 5-point matches, and it took five and a quarter hours to complete, partly because one player experienced frustrating connection problems which finally proved to be too much for his continued participation.
One gratifying aspect of the event was the reemergence of many players not seen for quite some time.
In the end it was Simonetta Herrera who came through to win the event, defeating Cynthia Roberts, Chris Hughes, Andy Boysan and Stuart Mann before pipping Simon Baker in the final.
Simon had got past Warner Solomon, Robin Gunney, Rosey Bensley and Adam Sinclair.
And so to next week, when the plan is to stage a two flight tournament -- again a freeroll -- before embarking on a revised programme of grand prix events, the calendar for which is still being developed.

21/04/20: Nine in a row for Chris

Chris Rogers won his ninth successive Premier One match on Tuesday, defeating Fred North.
His sequence has only been bettered three times in top flight history.

21/04/20: Mathew opens up a lead

In a Monday Premier Three match Mathew Nicholls scored a narrow win over Alan Joicey.
He has now opened up a nine point lead, but has played more matches than all of his rivals.

20/04/20: Ian Hedges cuts short his Premier Two Red season

Now that responses are back from all Premier Two Red players, it has emerged that -- just as in each of the other three Premier League divisions -- one player has resigned.
Ian Hedges is unwilling to commit to emergency matches online, so has stepped away from this season's competition, hopefully to return at the same level next year.
This leaves the division with eleven players remaining, and once again the expungement, while leaving things clear cut, has had differing effects on different players.

20/04/20: R I P, George Devlin

Andy Boysan has just relayed the very sad news that George Devlin passed away yesterday in Switzerland.
He had contracted the coronavirus not long after leaving Bristol last month, but appeared to be making a good recovery after being on a ventilator.
Sadly his condition later worsened to the extent that he was ventilated for a second time.
Our thoughts must go out to his family, especially his sons Max, Milo and Eamon -- all of whom have made appearances at our events.
George will be remembered as a softly spoken, gentle and genial opponent, and he will be greatly missed.

19/04/20: Weekend round-up

There were seven matches played over the weekend.
The first round of the Brunel Trophy was completed when Jim Green defeated Robin Gunney on Saturday and Phil Charlton prevailed over Miles Farren on Sunday.
A Premier Two Blue double header took place on Saturday, and Dave Pym scored a brace of 11-7 wins over Cliff Blofield.
Chris Hughes scored his second Premier Two Red win in three days when he defeated Andrew Cobb on Sunday.
And there were Sunday Premier Three wins for Jordan White and Mathew Nicholls over James Lintell-Smith and Tom Chapman respectively.

17/04/20: Friday victories for two Chrisses

Two Premier League matches were played on Friday.
And Chris Rogers consolidated his pole position in Premier One with an emphatic victory over Phil Charlton.
In Premier Two Red Chris Hughes ended Steffen Nowak's run of six league victories.

17/04/20: Ed resigns from Premier One

The situation in Premier One has now become a little clearer after all the players responded to Director Ian Tarr's request for clarification on the continuance of the league season.
Ed Turner -- an avowed non-player in online terms -- has resigned from the league, so his five results are wiped from the record, something which has had diverse effects on the campaigns of his three opponents to date.
Ed has taken advantage of the Director's pledge to preserve his top flight status for next season.
One other player -- with different problems -- has been granted a further week to decide.
This leaves Premier Two Red as the only one of the four leagues where some players have not yet responded.

17/04/20: Rufus bows out of Blue Division season

The second of the four Premier League divisions to register a 100% response to Director Ian Tarr's question about continuing the league online during the current crisis is Premier Two Blue.
And, as was the case in Premier Three, just one player is opting out.
Rufus Rozelaar, who has had his own personal difficulties early this season to the extent that he hadn't yet started his campaign, has declared himself uninterested in playing online.
He is therefore expunged from the league, but this will not prejudice his Premier Two status for next season.
Two more responses are outstanding in Premier One and five in Premier Two Red.

16/04/20: League wins for Mathew and Steve

In a Premier Three match played on Thursday Mathew Nicholls moved to the top of the league table with a victory over John Curran.
And in Premier Two Blue Steve Morris defeated Mandy Macdonald.

16/04/20: Online tournaments will help to fill the void

In these strange and difficult times face-to-face backgammon has had to take a back seat.
For Bristol Backgammon the current situation has come at a particularly ironic time.
Participation levels in leagues and both Thursday and Monday tournaments were at record highs in 2019, especially during the latter part of the year, and the way things had started this year gave every indication of an even better year in prospect.
Continuation of the leagues and the year long double elimination event the Brunel Trophy has been facilitated to some extent thanks to a relaxation of the hitherto forbidden medium of online play (forbidden, of course, only in the context of face-to-face competitions).
And this is likely to gather pace (see the next article down).
But when our regular Monday, Thursday and Sunday events can resume in their customary form is anybody's guess.
So efforts are now afoot to attempt to fill that massive void.
Director Ian Tarr -- with the help of a considerable amount of work from Gaz Owen -- is looking to hold Thursday tournaments online, starting with a simple pilot freeroll single-flight event next Thursday evening.
Using that event to iron out any glitches or misunderstandings, and possibly a further two flight event the following week, the aim is to revive some of our grand prix series online.
The Thursday programme will need a complete overhaul, as some events will not translate quite so easily into an online environment.
It is further hoped that Monday events can be similarly revived.
Watch this space for further announcements.

16/04/20: Marcel reluctantly forced to resign from Premier Three

The realisation that the coronavirus crisis will almost certainly impact face-to-face play for some time to come has prompted Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr to sound out players in all four divisions of the Premier League regarding their willingness to make the best of a sad situation by playing matches online.
Every one of the fifty players involved in this year's leagues signed up in the clear expectation that matches would, as always, be played face-to-face, so those who -- for various reasons -- are unable to play online have been given the opportunity to bow out of this season's competition without loss of status for next season.
The first of the four divisions to respond in total has been Premier Three.
This is typical of the ethos of this year's bottom division, where levels of enthusiasm and camaraderie have been a breath of fresh air.
Unfortunately, for perfectly understandable reasons, Marcel Bancroft has had to opt out, meaning that her results will be expunged from the record.
That has different effects for different players, but this is the fairest way to resolve the situation.
Full responses from the other three divisions are expected within the next couple of days.

15/04/20: Chris building up a lead

There were three Premier One matches played on Wednesday.
And Chris Rogers was the day's top performer with 11-4 victories over both Stuart Mann and Adam Sinclair, results which see him looking tough to catch at the top of the league.
Neil Young was the other victor in a tight match against Phil Charlton.

13/04/20: Monday win for Cecilia

It was the turn of Premier One to provide the league action on Monday.
And Cecilia Sparke scored a victory over Nick Barham.

12/04/20: Sunday win for Gerald

In a Premier Three match on Sunday Gerald Whitehouse defeated John Curran.

09/04/20: A brace of wins for Steffen

In a Premier Two Red double header on Thursday Steffen Nowak defeated Andrew Cobb twice.

08/04/20: David tops Premier Three

Premier Three has been the only source of Bristol Backgammon so far this month.
And today David Hoare moved to the top of the division when he defeated Jordan White.

06/04/20: James is today's winner

Once again the day's activity consisted of just one Premier Three match on Monday.
James Lintell-Smith scored an emphatic win over Jordan White.

05/04/20: David wins again

A single Premier Three match was played on Sunday.
And David Hoare was the victor over James Lintell-Smith.

03/04/20: Friday win for David

A single Premier Three match was played on Friday.
David Hoare arrested a short run of defeats with a win over John Curran.

01/04/20: Wednesday round-up

Four matches were played online on Wednesday -- two in Premier Three and two in the Brunel Trophy.
Winners in Premier Three were John Curran and Jordan White, over James Lintell-Smith and Robin Gunney respectively.
While Ian Tarr and Chris Rogers overcame Neil Young and Eamonn Reay in the Brunel first round.

01/04/20: Daniel declared Spring Grand Prix winner

Since there will be no further events this month, the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix is effectively over.
This means that Daniel Eldridge is the title winner, and Kian Sabet wins the prize for being the competition's top intermediate.
There might have been an argument for altering the number of discards applicable in the light of fewer events, but Director Ian Tarr decided that it would be wrong to retrospectively apply fewer discards, and possibly alter the outcome, when the competition was effectively over.
And in any case such an action would not have changed the outcome for either player.
This is Daniel's second successive Monday Grand Prix title win, having scooped the Autumn Grand Prix title in December.

31/03/20: Robin moves into top four

In Tuesday's only Premier League match Robin Gunney's victory over David Hoare has moved him into Premier Three's top four.

30/03/20: Premier League Monday round-up

There were four Premier League matches played online on Monday.
Adam Sinclair moved to second in Premier One with a narrow victory over Cecilia Sparke.
In Premier Two Blue Kev Peters is the new leader after scoring a brace of wins over Dave Pym.
And James Lintell-Smith defeated David Hoare in Premier Three.

29/03/20: Two wins for Jordan

Jordan White played two Premier Three matches online on Sunday and won them both.
His victims were Tom Chapman and league leader Alan Joicey.

26/03/20: Thursday action

There were four matches played online on Wednesday -- two Premier League matches and two first round Brunel Trophy ties..
In Premier One Stuart Mann defeated Nick Barham, while Gerald Whitehouse scored a Premier Three whitewash over Tom Chapman.
And there were Brunel Trophy wins for Steffen Nowak and George Georgiou over Jordan White and David Tyrrell respectively.

25/03/20: Wednesday Premier League round-up

Three more Premier League matches were played online on Wednesday.
In the top flight Chris Rogers scored a narrow victory over Adam Sinclair to move to the top of the league.
And in Premier Three there were wins for Tom Chapman and Gerald Whitehouse over Jordan White and Robin Gunney respectively.

24/03/20: Online win for James

In a Premier Three match played online on Tuesday James Lintell-Smith gained his revenge on Robin Gunney, to whom he had lost only three days previously.

23/03/20: Provision made for altering numbers of discards in five Thursday grand prix series

Our five grand prix series based around our Thursday events -- the Bristol Grand Prix, the GP30, the GP10, the Handicap Trophy, and the Speedgammon Grand Prix -- will all have been reduced in terms of the number of tournaments in each series by the time the current coronavirus crisis has passed.
This means that the rules of each competition will need to be tweaked to give a sensible number of tournament discards in each series, dependent upon the eventual total number of tournaments in each series.
The numbers will be based on the following table:
# of
t'ments
# of
t'ments
to count
# of
discards
1275
1174
1064
963
853
752
642
541
431
330
220
110

23/03/20: Chris goes second in Premier One

In an online match in Premier One on Monday, Chris Rogers defeated Stuart Mann 11-4 to move into second place in the league table.

22/03/20: Saturday's online action in the Premier League

Three more Premier League matches were played on Saturday.
Mandy Macdonald scored a much needed double over Premier Two Blue leader Cliff Blofield.
And Robin Gunney defeated James Lintell-Smith in Premier Three.

21/03/20: Admin error -- there was another match on Tuesday

Marcel Bancroft defeated John Curran 11-7 in a Premier Three encounter at Redwood Farm.

20/03/20: Friday Premier League round-up

There were four Premier League matches played on Friday.
Peter Thistlewood visited Portland Square for the second time in three days, and came away again with a 5-11 Premier One defeat, this time at the hands of Chris Rogers.
The Windmill played host to a Premier Two Blue double header, with Dave Pym recording two narrow victories over Mandy Macdonald.
And in Premier Three Alan Joicey defeated James Lintell-Smith on the web, a result which moved him to the summit of the division.

20/03/20: Ian and Chas share spoils

There was a Premier Two Red double header on Thursday at the Queens Head, Hanham.
And Ian Tarr and Chas Perry won one match apiece.
For Chas this was the end of a surprisingly poor start to the season.

18/03/20: Wednesday Premier League and Brunel Trophy action

There were five matches played on Wednesday.
Two first round Brunel Trophy matches were played on the web, Simon Baker and Steve Morris defeating James Lintell-Smith and Alan Joicey respectively.
And another player through to the second round unscathed is Richard Owsley, after Alan Parfitt resigned from the competition.
In Premier One Peter Thistlewood visited Cecilia Sparke in Portland Square, and fell to his first league defeat of the season.
Meanwhile at the Rainbow Casino Paul Watts and Daniel Eldridge shared the spoils of a Premier Two Blue double header.

17/03/20: Tuesday round-up

Three matches were played on Tuesday.
At the Three Brooks Jon Organ and Ian Tarr met for a Premier Two Red double header, and the spoils were shared in two one-sided contests.
And on the web -- shock, horror, look what we've come to! -- Frank Jones scored a first round Brunel Trophy victory over Stephen Little.

17/03/20: Bristol Backgammon sessions cancelled until further notice

Recent government advice on the coronavirus crisis has given Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr little alternative but to cancel all Thursday and Sunday sessions at the Rainbow Casino and all Monday sessions at the Bristol County Sports Club until further notice.
The effect of this on our various grand prix competitions will be made known as far as possible in due course.
Meanwhile our leagues and the Brunel Trophy can continue, as they involve individual matches, which can be played in safe face-to-face conditions or online.
Players involved have already been emailed about the online possibilities.
This will provide something of a learner curve for many players, and also for the Director!

16/03/20: Twelve bid farewell to Bristol Backgammon sessions...... for now

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were twelve players in action at the Bristol County Sports Club on Monday, of whom nine contested the eleventh phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- a pair of 3-point round robins.
Three Premier Three matches were played, all of them involving Adrian Farthing.
He shared the spoils of a double header with Mathew Nicholls, and later defeated Robin Gunney, whose first league defeat this was.
In the round robins, the groups were jointly won, but because Pat Meek and Mathieu Mackowiak both chose the zero entry option, the pots were won outright by Daniel Eldridge and George Georgiou.
Daniel edges into the SGP lead, and with future events due to be suspended for an indefinite period, it could be that his timing is as immaculate as it could possibly be.

14/03/20: John wins in Henleaze

Coffee #1 in Henleaze was the latest new venue for a Bristol Backgammon match when John Curran and Mathew Nicholls met for a Premier Three match on Saturday.
John won 11-9.

13/03/20: Friday round-up

Two Premier League matches and a Brunel Trophy first round tie were played on Friday.
In a Premier One double header at the Bridge Inn, Yatton, Stuart Mann scored a brace of wins over Ed Turner.
And Andy Boysan won his Brunel Trophy match against Mike Smith at the casino.

13/03/20: Adam wins March Bristol GP tournament

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were twenty-four players in action on Thursday, including twenty-two at the Rainbow Casino, of whom twenty contested the third of the year's twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
Three Premier League matches, two Brunel Trophy ties, and the held over final from last weeks Speedgammon Grand Prix were also played.
In that latter match Ian Tarr overcame Andy Boysan, and moves into a 70 points lead in the SGGP.
There were Brunel Trophy wins for Gaz Owen and Ian Hedges, over Mary French and Adrian Farthing respectively, Gaz's win coming at the Watershed.
Tim Line extended Chas Perry's unfortunate run in Premier Two Red at the Inn on the Green, and Richard Owsley shared the spoils of a Premier Two Blue double header at the casino.
Adam Sinclair won the evening's advertised event, defeating Simonetta Herrera, Andy Boysan and David Tyrrell before winning a one side final against Roland Herrera.
Roland had arrived in the final via victories over Eamon Devlin, Nick Barham and Adrian.
Eamon was the fourth member of the Devlin family to make a Bristol Backgammon debut.
Gaz won the consolation flight with wins against Simon Hughes, Eamon and Ian Hedges.
Nick's BGP lead is reduced to 15 points, with Adam now second.

11/03/20: Awards Night photos online

Photos from last month's Awards Night, taken by Roland and Simonetta Herrera, are now online, complete with captions.
View them on flickr here.
For those prize recipients who weren't there, it's not too late to get your photos with your prizes added, either via a selfie, or if Roland or Simonetta happen to be around when you finally receive your prizes.

11/03/20: Wednesday round-up

Two and a half matches, which counted as three and a half, were played on Wednesday.
Simon Hughes and Cecilia Sparke played a match in Portland Square which doubled up as a Premier One match and a first round Brunel Trophy tie.
And Simon's 11-4 win gave him a double success.
At the Rainbow Casino Tom Chapman and Alan Joicey met in Premier Three.
Tom won the opener 11-5, but was trailing 2-8 in the return when the match was adjourned.

10/03/20: Fourteen in Monday action

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were fourteen players in action on Monday, including eleven at the Bristol County Sports Club, of whom nine contested the tenth phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- a Tric Trac Tourno.
Earlier two Brunel Trophy first round matches were completed.
Chris Hughes defeated Mandy Macdonald at the Lock Keeper, and John Curran was victorious against Ben Crowden at the Rainbow Casino.
While Ian Tarr and Mary French had some cube-orientated friendly matches, the Tric Trac saw the pot shared by Adrian Farthing and Bahman Salahshour.
George Georgiou has moved to within eight points of the SGP lead.

08/03/20: Premier Two wins for Carwyn, Cliff and Pearl

Three Premier Two matches were played on Sunday.
In the Blue Division Cliff Blofield and Pearl Foster played an unintended double header at the Bolero Lounge, Yate.
The first, and only, scheduled match was over very quickly with a whitewash in Cliff's favour, so they decided on playing the return, which went Pearl's way, albeit less emphatically.
And at the Rainbow Casino Carwyn Jenkins defeated Ian Tarr at DMP in the Red Division.

06/03/20: Friday Premier League round-up

Five Premier League matches were played on Friday.
Eamonn Reay played the seventh, eighth and ninth matches of his flying visit, and won all three at the Watershed -- the first two against Chas Perry, the third against Andrew Cobb -- to move to the top of the division.
And in Premier Three there were victories at the Rainbow Casino for Alan Joicey and John Curran, their victims being Gerald Whitehouse and Rosemary Whitehouse respectively.

06/03/20: Andy and Ian in Speedgammon final

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were twenty-eight players in action on Thursday, including twenty-six at the Rainbow Casino, of whom sixteen contested the second of the year's eight Speedgammon Grand Prix tournaments.
Fourteen Premier League results were recorded, plus two in the Brunel Trophy.
In that latter tournament the winners were Daniel Eldridge and Simonetta Herrera, over Tim Line and Kev Peters respectively.
The surge in league action was led by Eamonn Reay, who fitted in three Premier Two Red double headers on Day One of his visit from Galway.
He won half of those, faring best against Ian Hedges and worst against Steffen Nowak, while sharing the spoils against Chris Hughes.
In the same division another double header, at the Globe, saw spoils shared between Andrew Cobb and Tim Line.
In the parallel Blue Division Steve Morris registered three results, finishing off a previously adjourned match against Pearl Foster with a win, but losing twice to Jim Green.
Pearl won a nail biter against Richard Owsley.
And in Premier Three Adrian Farthing and Mathew Nicholls were the winners, over James Lintell-Smith and Tom Chapman respectively.
In the Speedgammon the sixteen contestants were drawn into four groups of four players, with the top two in each progressing to the final knock-out phase.
Group winners were Kev, George Georgiou, Andy Boysan and Ian Tarr.
The latter two progressed to the final, but left that match for another day.
Ian now has the SGGP lead, with George 35 points behind in second place.
That lead would increase to 70 points with a final win, but the reverse result would see Andy slot into second 20 points behind Ian.

05/03/20: More results from Tuesday and Wednesday

Nick Barham began his defence of the Brunel Trophy on Tuesday at the appropriately named Brunello Lounge with a victory over Cliff Blofield.
And a Wednesday double header saw the Premier Two Blue spoils shared between Mandy Macdonald and Simon Baker.

03/03/20: Double for Steffen in Totterdown

There was a Premier Two Red double header on Tuesday at the Shakespeare, Totterdown.
And Steffen Nowak came out on top, winning both matches against Chas Perry.

03/03/20: Twelve in Monday action

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were just twelve players in action on Monday at the Bristol County Sports Club to contest the ninth phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- a pair of six-player Nackgammon Tournos.
Group winners were Roland Herrera and Adrian Farthing, and Roland has taken the lead in the SGP table, pulling 11 points ahead of George Georgiou.
Adrian now heads the standings in the Drew Caudwell sponsored Nackgammon Grand Prix.

01/03/20: Sunday round-up

There were two Premier League matches and one in the Brunel Trophy played on Sunday at the Rainbow Casino.
In Premier Two Blue Kev Peters scored two victories over Richard Owsley to go top of the league.
And the first Brunel Trophy result of the year was a win for Adam Sinclair over Hazel Boucher.

28/02/20: Nick wins February handicap event

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were seventeen players in action on Thursday, including the sixteen who contested the second of the year's nine Handicap Trophy tournaments at the Rainbow Casino.
There was also league and Brunel Trophy action, although two of those matches were adjourned.
The only one to reach completion was Fred North's 11-7 Premier One victory over Staurt Mann at the Pump House.
Steve Morris stands 7-5 ahead of Pearl Foster in Premier Two Blue, while Tim Line leads Daniel Eldridge 9-8 in the first of the year's Brunel Trophy action.
In the advertised event there was a nicely symmetrical sixteen player draw.
And Nick Barham came through to win the main flight, defeating Andy Boysan, Ian Tarr, George Devlin and George Georgiou.
George had reached the final via wins over Alan Joicey, John Curran and Adam Sinclair.
Andy took the consolation flight, defeating Alan, Mary French and Steve.
January winner Steve holds a fifteen points lead over Nick in the HT standings.

26/02/20: League wins for Gaz, Alan and Robin

There were three Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In Premier One Gaz Owen defeated Cecilia Sparke at the Phoenix.
And in Premier Three there were wins for Alan Joicey and Robin Gunney over David Hoare and John Curran respectively at the Rainbow Casino.

26/02/20: Stephen and Eamonn share the spoils in Galway

Two Premier Two Red matches were played in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, on Tuesday.
Stephen Little, on his travels, popped in to Eamonn Reay's and won the opener emphatically.
The return encounter was a lot closer and went Eamonn's way.

25/02/20: Tuesday League wins for Stuart and David

There were two Premier League matches played on Tuesday. In a Premier One encounter at the King William IV Stuart Mann defeated Phil Charlton.
And a Premier Three meeting at the King of Wessex, Bath, saw a narrow victory for David Hoare over Marcel Bancroft.
A result from a couple of weeks ago also came to light.
This was an 11-2 win for Gerald Whitehouse over John Curran.

25/02/20: Twenty-two in Monday action

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were twenty-two players in action on Monday, including fourteen at the Bristol County Sports Club who contested the eighth phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- three 3-point round robins.
There were also six Premier League matches played. In the morning two Premier Three matches took place at the Rainbow Casino.
There were narrow victories for John Curran and David Hoare over Rosemary Whitehouse and Gerald Whitehouse respectively.
Dave Pym was busy at the Compass, playing three close Premier Two Blue matches, a defeat at the hands of Pearl Foster and two victories over Jim Green.
And in Premier One at the Phoenix Chris Rogers was winning another close encounter, this time against Gaz Owen.
In the round robins there were two welcome debut players -- Simon Tracy and Safi Tracy.
Roland Herrera won one of the five-player groups otright, while the other groups all saw the pots shared.
George Georgiou's overall SGP lead has been cut to 16 points by Roland.

23/02/20: Ian wins Sunday tournament

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were fifteen players in action at the Rainbow Casino on Sunday, including the fourteen who contested the second of our ten Sunday tournaments.
Ian Tarr emerged as the tournament winner, after victories over Roland Herrera, Ed Turner, Andy Boysan and -- in the final -- Adam Sinclair.
Adam had arrived in the final via wins over David Tyrrell, Gaz Owen and Simonetta Herrera.
David took the consolation flight, beating Gerald Whitehouse and Tim Line.
There was also a Premier Three match played, David Hoare defeating Rosemary Whitehouse.

22/02/20: Opening Brunel Trophy draw made

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the first round of the 2020 Brunel Trophy was made at the Awards Night on Thursday.
It can be viewed here.
The number of participants is at a record level -- forty-two players this time.
Matches are to be played before the second round draw on March 26th.

21/02/20: Awards Night round-up

Rainbow Casino BristolThe Bristol Backgammon Annual Awards Night was held at the Rainbow Casino on Thursday, with around thrirty present.
A total of 93 prizes -- either permanent trophies, or mementoes, or envelopes containing cash -- were scheduled to be dispensed to 29 players by Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr after the customary buffet.
Photographs by Roland and Simonetta Herrera will be available soon and a link will appear here, providing -- as they inevitably do -- a true flavour of the occasion.
The usual league and knock-out awards took up most of the presentation, but of course there was the element of mystery surrounding the "surprise" awards.
David Tyrrell won the Rookie of the Year award (sponsored by Andy Boysan and Ian Hedges); the Gaz Owen sponsored Most Improved Player prize went to Jim Green; and Simonetta Herrera's Sports Person of the Year award was won by Richard Owsley.
After the ceremony, there was a tournament of limited pre-advertisement, with the Director adding 50 as a "bounty" on the head of guest of honour Michihito Kageyama.
This was enough to tempt a field of nineteen players for the single flight knock-out event.
By a bizarre coincidence the first two names pulled out of the hat by Daniel Eldridge and Richard were those of Ian and Michi!
So Ian had the first chance of claiming the bounty, which he duly did, thus saving himself a little outlay.
The tournament was won by Nick Barham, who fought his way past Cecilia Sparke, Tom Chapman and Simon Hughes before defeating Adrian Farthing in the final.
There was also league action.
Adam Sinclair defeated Phil Charlton in Premier One, while Robin Gunney nicked a close one against Alan Joicey in Premier Three.
Four Premier Two Blue matches were played, including a double header at the Blunsdon Arms, Swindon, where the spoils were shared between Dave Pym and Simon Baker.
And Daniel played twice, losing to Richard before defeating Jim.

18/02/20: Tuesday win for Cecilia

In a Premier One encounter at the Rainbow Casino on Tuesday, Cecilia Sparke defeated Phil Charlton to move out of the bottom four.

17/02/20: Sixteen in Monday action

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were sixteen players in action on Monday, including fourteen at the Bristol County Sports Club to contest the seventh phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- a pair of seven-player DMP Tournos.
There was also a league match at the Rainbow Casino, where Neil Young got his Premier One campaign off to a winning start against Simon Hughes.
In the DMP Tournos, where Emma Macberry made her Bristol Backgammon debut, there were outright group wins for Roland Herrera and Adrian Farthing.
George Georgiou's SGP lead is up to 26 points.

16/02/20: Andy consolidates Premier One lead

In a Premier One encounter at the Rainbow Casino on Sunday, Andy Boysan defeated Ed Turner to consolidate his divisional lead.

16/02/20: Friday Premier Three action

With the casino undergoing a "deep clean" two Premier Three matches adjourned to the adjacent Costa Coffee on Friday.
And there were wins for Mathew Nicholls and Alan Joicey over Rosemary Whitehouse and Gerald Whitehouse.

16/02/20: Nick wins February Bristol Grand Prix tournament

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were twenty-seven players in action on Thursday, including twenty-four at the Rainbow Casino, of whom twenty-two contested the February Bristol Grand Prix tournament.
Six Premier League matches were played.
In the top flight Peter Thistlewood maintained his 100% record with a victory over Stuart Mann at the Pump House.
And in the same division Nick Barham and Chris Rogers shared the spoils of a double header.
The Globe, Newton St Loe, was the venue for a Premier Two Red meeting between Carwyn Jenkins and Tim Line, which Tim won.
And there were Premier Three victories for George Georgiou and Mathew Nicholls, at the expense of Rosemary Whitehouse and Gerald Whitehouse respectively.
In the tournament Nick emerged as the winner, defeating Cynthia Roberts, Steffen Nowak, Richard Owsley, George and Adam Sinclair.
Adam had reached the final via wins over Rosemary, Ian Tarr and Andy Boysan.
Ian Hedges won the consolation flight, defeating Gerald, Robin Gunney and David Tyrrell.
Nick has opened up a 45 points lead over January winner Gaz Owen in the Bristol Grand Prix standings.

12/02/20: Robin begins with two victories

Robin Gunney made his long awaited Premier Three debut at the Sportsman, Nevil Road, on Wednesday with a brace of wins over Mathew Nicholls.

10/02/20: Seventeen in Monday action

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were seventeen players in action on Monday at the Bristol County Sports Club to contest the sixth phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- three 3-point round robins.
Each group had an outright winner -- Andy Boysan and Adam Sinclair winning the six-player groups, Stephen Little taking the honours in the five-player group.
George Georgiou did well enough to regain the SGP lead, with Andy eight oints behind.

09/02/20: Tom and James share Sunday honours

In a brace of Premier Three matches at the Cabot Court Hotel, Weston-super-Mare, on Sunday it was a case of honours even for Tom Chapman and James Lintell-Smith.
Tom's victory featured a sixteen-cube.

09/02/20: Ed scores a double

Ed Turner visited Adam Sinclair's flat in Redland on Saturday for his first two Premier One matches of the season, and he came away with two victories.

07/02/20: Cliff tops Blue Division

In a Premier Two Blue match at the Rainbow Casino on Friday, Cliff Blofield defeated Jim Green to top the division.

07/02/20: Ian wins again

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were twenty-seven players in action on Thursday at the Rainbow Casino, including the twenty-three who contested the second of the year's nine GP10 tournaments.
Five Premier League matches were played.
In the top flight Stuart Mann scored his first win of the season, defeating Nick Barham.
Stephen Little and Ian Hedges were winners in Premier Two Red, while in Premier Three the victors were Alan Joicey and Tom Chapman.
The advertised event saw Ian Tarr maintain his improvement in form, as he defeated Andy Boysan, Steve Morris and Daniel Eldridge, before winning the final against Nick, who had eliminated Kian Sabet, Chris Hughes and Robin Gunney.
Adam Sinclair took the honours in the consolation flight with wins over Alan, Andy and Adrian Farthing.
Ian has taken a 55 points lead in the GP10 table.

05/02/20: League wins for Adam and Ian

Two Premier League matches were played on Wednesday.
In Premier One Simon Hughes visited Adam Sinclair's home and was defeated 11-5.
And the Summerhouse, Worle, saw a very close Premier Two Red encounter between Carwyn Jenkins and Ian Tarr, which Ian won at DMP.

04/02/20: Tuesday Premier League round-up

Three Premier League matches were played on Tuesday.
In Premier One there were narrow victories for Andy Boysan and Adam Sinclair over, respectively, Phil Charlton at the Rainbow Casino and Stuart Mann at the Pump House.
And at the King of Wessex in Bath David Hoare defeated Marcel Bancroft in Premier Three.

03/02/20: Twenty in Monday action

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were twenty players in action on Monday at the Bristol County Sports Club, including the eighteen who contested the fifth phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- a pair of nine-player Tric Trac Tournos.
There was also some Premier Three action, with Marcel Bancroft and Mathew Nicholls playing a double header, Marcel winning both matches.
In the Tric Trac Tournos there was an outright win for Roland Herrera in one group, while the other saw the pot split between Andy Boysan and Adam Sinclair.
Daniel Eldridge's SGP lead has been cut to 11 points by George Georgiou, while Kian Sabet extended his lead in the race to be the competition's leading intermediate.
Kian also takes the early lead in the Tric Trac Tourno section of the Roland Herrera and John Curran intermediate sponsorship.

31/01/20: Premier Three wins for Alan and James

Two Premier Three matches were played on Friday.
And there were wins for Alan Joicey and James Lintell-Smith.
Alan beat Marcel Bancroft at the Compass, while James was defeating John Curran at the Westbury Park.

31/01/20: Ian wins opening GP30 tournament

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were eighteen players in action on Thursday, including sixteen at the Rainbow Casino, of whom just ten contested the first of the year's eight GP30 tournaments.
There were six Premier League matches played.
In Premier Two Blue a pair of double headers saw honours shared -- between Richard Owsley and Jim Green, and Daniel Eldridge and Steve Morris.
And there were Premier Three victories for Jordan White over David Hoare at the Shakespeare, Totterdown, and for Alan Joicey over John Curran.
In the tournament it was Ian Tarr who won the main flight to take the early GP30 lead, getting past Simonetta Herrera and Tim Line before winning the final against Nick Barham.
Nick had beaten Stephen Little and George Georgiou en route.
Roland Herrera took the consolation flight, Adam Sinclair and Stephen being his victims.

28/01/20: Adam wins in Clifton

In a Premier One match at the Brewhouse and Kitchen on Tuesday Adam Sinclair defeated Fred North 11-8.

28/01/20: Monday round-up

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were sixteen players in action on Monday, including the fourteen at the Bristol County Sports Club who contested the fourth phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- a pair of seven-player Nackgammon Tournos.
There was also some Premier Three action, with Mathew Nicholls ending a sequence of league defeats by defeating Jordan White twice at the Post Office Tavern, and Adrian Farthing getting the better of John Curran in a match and a half at the Rainbow Casino.
In the main event Srephen Little won one of the groups outright, while there was a three way split in the other.
Daniel Eldridge extended his SGP lead to 28 points, with George Georgiou now in second place.
There were no intermediates present, so the absent Kian Sabet is still well in the lead in the race to be the competition's leading intermediate.
Stephen is the first leader of the Drew Caudwell sponsored Nackgammon Grand Prix.

26/01/20: Daniel wins the year's first Sunday tournament

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were just ten players in action at the Rainbow Casino on Sunday to contest the first of the year's ten Sunday tournaments.
The field had been affected by expeditions to such exotic places as Melbourne and Macclesfield.
Daniel Eldridge was the day's star performer, making light of being one of the four players not to receive a main flight bye, and inflicting defeats on George Georgiou, Simonetta Herrera and Ian Tarr before whitewashing Tim Line in the final.
Tim had arrived in the final via wins over Ed Turner and Hazel Boucher.
Stephen Little won the consolation flight, defeating Andy Boysan and Ed.

25/01/20: Jon kick-starts his league season

In a Premier Two Red double header at the Three Brooks on Saturday Jon Organ scored a brace of victories over Gary Plant.

24/01/20: Premier Three Friday round-up

It was Whitehouse Day in Premier Three on Friday.
Three matches were played at the Rainbow Casino, and all were won by Whitehouses.
Gerald Whitehouse and Rosemary Whitehouse both defeated Marcel Bancroft, and Rosemary also beat Alan Joicey.

24/01/20: George takes Speedgammon honours

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were twenty-two players in action at the Rainbow Casino on Thursday, including the eighteen who contested the first of the year's eight Speedgammon Grand Prix tournaments.
Six Premier League matches were also played.
In Premier Two Blue there were wins for Jim Green, Richard Owsley and Steve Morris, with Rosemary Whitehouse, George Georgiou and Adrian Farthing registering victories in Premier Three.
The turnout for the Speedgammon event has only been exceeded twice before -- and on those occasions the field was augmented by visiting players prior to the Bristol Open tournaments in 2016 snd 2017.
It meant four round robin groups in the opening phase -- two of five players and two of four.
Group winners were Ian Tarr, Roland Herrera, George and Alan Joicey, who got their entry fees back for the achievement.
The top half of each group progressed to the second phase, a straight knock-out flight.
George and Ian emerged from that to contest the final, where George won at DMP.
George is thus the first leader of the SGGP, with a slender lead over Ian, who picked up useful points for winning all of his four group matches.

22/01/20: Premier Two Wednesday round-up

There were four Premier Two matches played on Tuesday.
The Compass, Tormarton, saw a Premier Two Red double header between Gary Plant and Ian Tarr, who won one match apiece.
That was also the outcome of a Premier Two Blue meeting between Steve Morris and Kev Peters at the George, Norton St Philip.
Kev has participated in six of the seven matches played thus far in that division.

21/01/20: Premier One Tuesday action

There were three Premier One matches played on Tuesday, all of them at the Rainbow Casino.
Andy Boysan defeated Fred North, and Nick Barham shared the spoils of a double header with Adam Sinclair.

21/01/20: Nineteen in Monday action

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were nineteen players in action on Monday at the Bristol County Sports Club to contest the third phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- four 3-point round robins.
George Georgiou and Jordan White played out two Premier Three matches before the tournament, George winning both to cement his good start to the season.
In the groups there were outright wins for Andy Boysan, Daniel Eldridge and -- in the smaller group -- Simonetta Herrera, while the pot was shared in the other group.
Daniel is the new SGP leader, eighteen points ahead of second placed Simonetta, while Kian Sabet has no close rivals, either in the race to be the competition's top intermediate or in the January to June 3-point round robin section of the John Curran and Roland Herrera intermediate sponsorship.

19/01/20: Sunday Premier League round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Sunday.
The Slug and Lettuce became the latest new Bristol Backgammon venue for a Premier One meeting of Adam Sinclair and Peter Thistlewood, which Peter won 11-10.
And just around the corner at the Rainbow Casino George Georgiou came out on top of a Premier Three double header, defeating Mathew Nicholls twice.

17/01/20: Steve wins Handicap Trophy tournament

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were twenty-two players in action at the Rainbow Casino on Thursday, including the nineteen who contested the first of the year's nine Handicap Trophy tournaments.
There were also three Premier League matches played.
In Premier Two Red Ian Hedges was the instigator, losing to Stephen Little before defeating Steffen Nowak.
And there were Premier Three debuts for Marcel Bancroft and Jordan White, with Jordan prevailing.
In the tournament Steve Morris made light of being one of six players not to draw a bye by winning the tournament, defeating John Curran, Daniel Eldridge, Roland Herrera and Jordan, before despatching Ian Tarr in the final.
Ian had got past Richard Owsley, Alan Joicey and Tim Line.
John was the consolation flight winner, a feat he achieved by beating Jim Green, Nick Barham and George Devlin.
Steve is, of course, the first leader in the Handicap Trophy table, with a 50 points cushion.

15/01/20: League win for Andy

In a Premier One match at the Alma Tavern on Wednesday Andy Boysan defeated Simon Hughes 11-7 to go top of the league.

14/01/20: George takes Spring Grand Prix lead

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were fifteen players in action on Monday at the Bristol County Sports Club, of whom fourteen contested the second phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- a pair of seven-player DMP Tournos.
Before the tournament came the first of this season's Premier Three matches, and David Hoare celebrated his debut at that level by defeating George Georgiou 11-8.
In the DMP Tournos George and Simonetta Herrera shared the pot in one group, while John Curran won the other outright.
George moves into a seventeen points lead in the SGP table.
Kian Sabet is building a sizeable lead in the race to be the competition's top intermediate.
And debut player Mathieu Mackowiak is the early leader in the DMP section of the John Curran and Roland Herrera intermediate sponsorship.

12/01/20: Carwyn starts with a win

Carwyn Jenkins and Jon Organ began their respective 2020 Premier Two Red campaigns with a match at the Rainbow Casino on Sunday.
And Carwyn won 11-7.

12/01/20: Gaz takes January Grand Prix title

The final of the main flight of Thursday's monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournament took place at the Lyons Den on Saturday.
And Gaz Owen staved off a fightback by David Tyrrell to take the early BGP lead, as he attempts to defend his title.
It was Gaz's fourth monthly grand prix win in his last nine attempts.

10/01/20: Friday action summary

There were five matches played on Friday, four of them in the Premier League plus the main flight semi-final from the previous night's tournament.
In that semi-final Gaz Owen whitewashed Nick Barham to earn a final meeting with David Tyrrell to decide who will sit at the top of the Bristol Grand Prix table after the first event.
Nick was fresh from a Premier One double success against Fred North.
The rest of the day's action took place at another new Bristol Backgammon venue, the Fosso Lounge, Wells.
This was a Premier Two Blue double header between Kev Peters and Cliff Blofield, where Cliff put last season's disappointments well behind him to score a brace of victories.

10/01/20: David reaches January Grand Prix final

Rainbow Casino BristolThere were once again twenty-five players in action at the Rainbow Casino on Thursday, all but one of whom contested the first of the year's monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
In Premier League action there were four matches played.
Stephen Little and Tim Line played out a Premier Two Red double header at the Globe, each winning once.
In the same division Ian Hedges scored an emphatic victory over Chris Hughes at the casino, where Pearl Foster defeated Mandy Macdonald in Premier Two Blue.
In the main flight of the tournament David Tyrrell came through to the final, defeating Roland Herrera, Jim Green and Adrian Farthing.
He is awaiting a final opponent as Nick Barham and Gaz Owen, in the long part of the draw, have deferred their semi-final meeting.
Roland won the consolation flight, beating Ian Hedges, Mandy, Daniel Eldridge and Stephen.

08/01/20: Wednesday's Premier League action

There were four Premier League matches played on Wednesday, three of them at the Compass, Tormarton.
The odd match out -- at the Alma Tavern -- saw Peter Thistlewood celebrate his Premier One debut with a narrow victory at Andy Boysan's expense.
And in another top flight match Fred North marked his return to the division by defeating Gaz Owen in a similarly tight match.
Gary Plant registered the first two wins in Premier Two Red, Andrew Cobb being his victim.

07/01/20: Tuesday Premier League round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
At the Rainbow Casino Andy Boysan opened his Premier One campaign with an 11-5 victory over Cecilia Sparke.
And the first two Premier Two Blue matches took place at the Globe, Newton St Loe, where Kev Peters scored a brace of victories over Mandy Macdonald.

07/01/20: Fifteen in Monday action

Bristol County Sports ClubThere were fifteen players in action on Monday at the Bristol County Sports Club to contest the opening phase of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix -- three five-player 3-point round robins.
Returning to action after a gap of almost seven years was Steve Ferrer, whose wife Juanita Ferrer is currently undergoing treatment at the BRI.
The Bristol Backgammon community fervently wishes her a speedy recovery.
The pots were shared in all three of the groups, so there's a six way tie at the top of the SGP table!
Kian Sabet was amongst those, so he has an early lead, both in the race to be the SGP's top intermediate and in the January to June 3-point round robin section of the John Curran and Roland Herrera intermediate sponsorship.

03/01/20: Twenty-five involved in opening tournament of 2020

Rainbow Casino BristolThe opening Bristol Backgammon event of the year, the first of nine GP10 tournaments, was contested by twenty-five players at the Rainbow Casino on Thursday.
There were two welcome Iranian debutants, Mansour Sedaghatpanah and Iman Bayandorian, Mansour being Bristol based while Iman was visiting from abroad.
There was also a league match played before the start of proceedings, Gaz Owen edging home 11-10 against Chris Rogers in Premier One.
Andy Boysan was the tournament winner, defeating Stephen Little, Iman, and Adam Sinclair, before beating Ian Tarr in the final.
Ian had come through the long part of the draw, eliminating Cynthia Roberts, Gaz, Steffen Nowak and Adrian Farthing en route.
The consolation final was not quite finished.
Nick Barham's transport back to Weston-super-Mare forced an adjournment, and he and Jim Green will finish the match very soon.

News items from 2019 (second half)
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