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05/02/23: Sunday's Premier League action

There were two Premier League matches played on Sunday.
Natalie Singh beat Ismail Yilmaz in Premier Two Blue.
Meanwhile Warner Solomon was losing for the first time this season in Premier Three Yellow against Fred North.

05/02/23: Saturday's Premier League action

There was just one Premier League match played on Saturday.
Warner Solomon continued his unbeaten start to league backgammon with win number six over Phil Doubtfire in Premier Three Yellow.

03/02/23: Hazel wins opening Speedgammon Grand Prix event

There were twelve players in action on Thursday, eight of them to take part in the first of the year's eight Speedgammon Grand Prix sessions at the Rainbow Casino.
The eight were split into two round robin groups of four, with reigning SGGP champion George Georgiou and Ian Tarr scoring clean sweeps to win their groups.
They were joined in the semi-finals of the knock-out phase by second placers Hazel Harper and Tim Line.
And it was Hazel and Tim who turned the tables to reach the final, where Hazel recovered from 0-4 down to win.
Hazel is thus the opening SGGP leader.
There was also action in the Premier League and the Brunel Trophy.
Nick Barham defeated George in Premier One before the tournament.
Meanwhile online Natalie Singh pipped Alan Joicey in Premier Two Blue.
And Robin Gunney registered the 2023 Brunel Trophy's first victory, a narrow one over Kylie Hedges.

01/02/23: Tim wins latest Wednesday tournament

There were just twelve players in action on Wednesday to contest the fifth of the year's series of stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Tim Line, whose victims were Chris Hughes, Adam Sinclair, Ian Anderson and -- in the final -- Elias Hamati.
Elias had arrived there by defeating Frank Jones and Nick Barham after receiving a first round bye.
Ian Tarr took the consolation flight with wins over Frank, Robin Gunney and Chris Hughes.
Elias won a post-tournament jackpot.

01/02/23: Phillip Hill RIP

Sad news to report is that Phillip Hill, a regular player between 2001 and 2012, left us on December 22nd.
A unique character, who will be well remembered by all who knew him.
He won three Bristol Open Grand Prix main flights between 2003 and 2004, and spent one season (2006) in Premier One.

31/01/23: Brunel Trophy first round draw made

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the first round of the tenth incarnation of the Brunel Trophy was made on Tuesday.
There are fifty-one entrants, just one short of last year's all-time record.
The lucky recipient of the only bye of the round is Mandy Macdonald.
The matches are to be completed by March 6th.
Check out the full draw here.

31/01/23: Tuesday's Premier League action

There were two Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
Gaz Owen defeated Kev Peters in Premier One.
And Simon Tracy continued his fine start to the Premier Two Red season by beating Cliff Blofield.

31/01/23: Twenty-three in Monday action

There were twenty-three players in action on Monday, nineteen of them to contest the opening Monday Nackgammon Grand Prix sessions across two environments.
And the great news for purists was that the live players outnumbered those playing online.
Eleven at Sportsmans were split into groups of six and five, while the eight online formed two groups of four.
While Nick Barham and won the online groups, things were less clear cut live.
Tim Line won the smaller group outright, but the larger group was not finished in the prescribed time slot, with three matches still to be played.
Ian Tarr heads the provisional group table, but can be caught should Jake Mochnacz win his two outstanding matches.
For the moment Tim is the NGP leader, but should Jake fail to win those matches, Ian will edge ahead.
There were also two Premier League matches played.
Michael Petrakas defeated Ismail Yilmaz in Premier Two Blue, while Marcel Bancroft was beating Andy Zographou in Premier Three Green.

29/01/23: Sunday's Premier League action

There were four Premier League matches played on Sunday.
Ben Crowden scored his first win in Premier One at the expense of Robin Gunney.
In Premier Two Blue league leader Dave Pym continued his fine form by defeating Michael Petrakas.
Cliff Blofield defeated Pearl Foster in Premier Two Red.
And Cynthia Roberts notched her fourth win in five matches, beating Marcel Bancroft in Premier Three Green.

28/01/23: Saturday's Premier League action

There were four Premier League matches played on Saturday.
In Premier Two Blue there were wins for league leader Dave Pym and Michael Petrakas, Dave defeating Hemal Getalal while Michael was beating Gary Plant.
Hazel Harper began her Premier Two Red campaign in Henleaze, where she lost narrowly to unbeaten Simon Tracy.
And another to maintain an unblemished record was Warner Solomon, whose fifth Premier Three Yellow victory came at the expense of Michael Corbett.

27/01/23: Friday's Premier League action

There were four Premier League matches played on Friday.
Chris Hughes and Gary Plant began their Premier Two Blue season, Chris prevailing.
Tom Chapman completed two Premier Three Green matches, pipping Cynthia Roberts before succumbing to league leader Neil Edwards.
And Martha Beal notched her first Premier Three Yellow win of the season, overcoming Phil Doubtfire.

27/01/23: Gaz wins opening GP20 tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Thursday, eight of them to contest the first of the year's eight GP20 tournaments at the casino.
In the tournament Gaz Owen was the main flight winner, defeating George Georgiou, Ian Tarr and -- in the final -- Stephen Little.
Stephen had got past Steve Morris and Tim Line en route to the final.
George took the consolation flight with victories over Steve and Hazel Harper.
So Gaz is the early GP20 leader, 35 points ahead of Stephen.
There were also five Premier League matches played.
In Premier One Neil Young defeated Chris Rogers online, while Nick Barham beat George before the tournament.
Dave Pym and Paul Watts were the winners in Premier Two Blue, defeating Natalie Singh and Hemal Getalal respectively.
And Richard Owsley's habit of being involved in 11-10 finishes in Premier Three Green was maintained -- unfortunately for him, in defeat by Cynthia Roberts.

26/01/23: Gaz wins second successive Wednesday tournament

There were just twelve players in action on Wednesday, ten of them to contest the fourth of the year's series of stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner -- for the second successive Wednesday -- was Gaz Owen, whose victims were Warner Solomon, Stephen Little, Nick Barham and -- in the final -- Cecilia Rogers.
Cecilia had arrived there by defeating Elias Hamati and Tim Line after receiving a first round bye.
Elias took the consolation flight with wins over Chris Hughes and Andy Boysan.
Ian Tarr won a post-tournament jackpot.
There was also one Premier League match played.
Cynthia Roberts pipped Richard Owsley in Premier Three Green, the third time in as many matches that Richard has been a part of an 11-10 score-line.

24/01/23: Tuesday's Premier League action

There were two Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
Ismail Yilmaz defeated Hemal Getalal in Premier Two Blue.
And Elias Hamati scored a narrow victory over Richard Owsley in Premier Three Green.

23/01/23: Twenty-three in Monday action

There were twenty-three players in action on Monday, twenty-one of them for the fourth instalment of our Monday Club Winter Grand Prix competitions across two environments.
And while eleven contested the online 3-point round robins in groups of six and five, the live session at Sportsmans was also well attended, featuring ten players -- including debut player Liam Connolly -- split into groups of five.
The online groups saw Kev Peters and Adam Sinclair victorious, while the winners at the club were Mathew Nicholls in one group and Hemal Getalal and Ian Tarr who tied for the lead in the other.
Kev has extended his lead in the MCWGP table to eleven points, with Adam now in second place.
And there was also Premier League action.
Chris Rogers suffered his third successive Premier One defeat, losing narrowly to Neil Young.
And Adam increased his Premier Two Red lead by defeating Mathew.

22/01/23: Sunday's Premier League action

There were three Premier League matches played on Sunday.
Pearl Foster defeated Mathew Nicholls in Premier Two Red.
And Elias Hamati shared the spoils of a Premier Three Green double header with Caroline Boulton.

21/01/23: Saturday's Premier League action

There were three Premier League matches played on Saturday.
Dave Pym defeated Ismail Yilmaz in Premier Two Blue.
And Marcel Bancroft shared the spoils of a Premier Three Green double header with Cynthia Roberts.

21/01/23: Friday's Premier League action

There were two Premier League matches played on Friday.
Kev Peters inflicted a rare whitewash on Nick Barham in Premier One.
And Elias Hamati defeated Marcel Bancroft in Premier Three Green.

20/01/23: Tim wins opening Handicap Trophy tournament; Stuart gives Premier One some hope

There were fourteen players in action on Thursday, just eight of them to contest the first of this year's series of Handicap Trophy tournaments at the Rainbow Casino.
Tim Line was the main flight winner, defeating Mary French, George Georgiou and -- in the final -- Steve Morris.
Steve had overcome Hazel Harper and Ian Tarr en route to the final.
The consolation flight honours went to Hazel, who beat Stephen Little and Cynthia Roberts.
There were also four Premier League matches played.
And after Gaz Owen ended his recent run of Premier One defeats at the expense of Neil Young, Stuart Mann was giving hope to other title contenders by halting the progress of Chris Rogers.
The pair met at the Pump House, where Stuart inflicted two heavy defeats on Chris, whose attempt to set a forbidding target for his pursuers now looks a little less imposing.
Then Tom Chapman inflicted another late night defeat on Elias Hamati in Premier Three Green.

19/01/23: Gaz wins Wednesday tournament

There were fifteen players in action on Wednesday, ten of them to contest the third of the year's series of stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Gaz Owen, whose victims -- after a first round bye -- were Ian Tarr, Elias Hamati and -- in the final -- Nick Barham.
Nick had arrived there by defeating Ian Anderson and Cynthia Roberts.
Ian Anderson took the consolation flight with wins over Stephen Little and Ian Tarr.
There were also three Premier League matches played.
Chris Rogers defeated Gerald Whitehouse in Premier One after losing a quadruple gammon.
Mathew Nicholls and Steffen Nowak got their respective Premier Two Red campaigns under way, Mathew prevailing.
And Tom Chapman defeated Elias Hamati in Premier Three Green after the tournament.

17/01/23: Tuesday's Premier League action

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
Simon Tracy met Adam Sinclair in Premier Two Red, and Simon prevailed.
And Elias Hamati played two Premier Three Green matches, losing narrowly to Richard Owsley before defeating Tom Chapman.

17/01/23: Twenty in Monday action

There were twenty players in action on Monday, eighteen of them for the third instalment of our Monday Club Winter Grand Prix competitions across two environments.
And while ten contested the online 3-point round robins in two groups of five, it was heartening that the live session at Sportsmans featured eight players split into groups of four.
The online groups saw Kev Peters and Tim Line victorious, while the winners at the club were George "Gnasher" Georgiou and Matt Sharp.
Kev has taken over at the top of the MCWGP table, five points ahead of George.
And in the only league action Neil Edwards continued his astonishing start to the Premier Three Green season with victory over Marcel Bancroft.

15/01/23: Sunday's Premier League action

There were four Premier League matches played on Sunday.
Simon Tracy and Adam Sinclair were winners in Premier Two Red, defeating James Lintell-Smith and Pearl Foster respectively, Simon versus James taking place at a new Bristol Backgammon venue, Cote, The Mall, Clifton.
In Premier Two Blue Stephen Little got his revenge over Ismail Yilmaz for Saturday's defeat.
And Neil Edwards kept up the pace at the top of Premier Three Green by defeating Caroline Boulton.

15/01/23: Saturday's Premier League action

There were six Premier League matches played on Saturday.
In the top flight Cecilia Rogers played twice, succumbing to Neil Young before defeating Gaz Owen.
Adam Sinclair was another to suffer mixed fortunes, beating Pearl Foster in Premier Two Red before losing to Simon Tracy.
In Premier Two Blue Ismail Yilmaz defeated Stephen Little.
And Phil Doubtfire notched his first Premier League win since 2000, narrowly defeating Michael Corbett in Premier Three Yellow.

13/01/23: Friday Premier Two win for Dave

The only Premier League action on Friday was a Premier Two Blue encounter.
And Dave Pym beat Natalie Singh in a nail-biter.

13/01/23: Nick wins to take early Bristol Grand Prix lead

There were thirteen players in action on Thursday, nine of them to contest the opening monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournament of the year at the Rainbow Casino.
Nick Barham took the main flight honours, shrugging off the disadvantage of having to play the only first round match, defeating Rosemary Whitehouse, Tim Line, Ian Tarr and, in the final, the fit again Hazel Harper.
Hazel had arrived there with wins over Gerald Whitehouse and Gaz Owen.
Stephen Little won the consolation flight, beating Steve Morris, Rosemary and Tim.
So Nick is the first BGP leader, with a 50 points cushion, and has an odds on chance of qualifying for the 2024 Bristol Masters.
There was also Premier League action.
Runaway Premier One leader Chris Rogers suffered a rare setback, losing to Kev Peters online.
And in the same division Nick and Gerald almost squeezed in a double header before the start of the tournament, Gerald registering his first top flight win before adjourning the return encounter with the score tantalisingly at 9-7 in his favour.
Elias Hamati has finished his second set of three Premier Three Green encounters.
Having previously defeated Cynthia Roberts three times, it has been a different story against Neil Edwards, who completed his hat-trick of wins yesterday to surge ahead in the division.

12/01/23: Andy wins Wednesday tournament

There were fifteen players in action on Wednesday, twelve of them to contest the second of 2023's series of stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Andy Boysan, whose victims -- after a first round bye -- were Simon Tracy, Ian Anderson and -- in the final -- Nick Barham.
Nick had arrived there by defeating Gerald Whitehouse, Ian Tarr and Gaz Owen.
George Georgiou took the consolation flight with wins over Stephen Little, Gerald and Tim Line.
George also won a post-tournament jackpot.
There were also two Premier League matches played.
Neil Young defeated Gaz in Premier One, while Neil Edwards beat Elias Hamati -- inadvertently omitted from the tournament draw -- in Premier Three Green.

10/01/23: Reformatted Monday standings are now in place

The reunification of the Monday Club Winter Grand Prix has taken place.
Director Ian Tarr's original attempt to rectify an anomaly in the points tariffs has now been revisited, and the results of that exercise show Adam Sinclair leading the standings, with Gaz Owen in second plvce.

10/01/23: Tuesday's Premier League action

The only Premier League matches played on Tuesday made up a double header in Premier One.
And Neil Young and Stuart Mann shared the spoils at the Pump House.

10/01/23: Jake, Matt and Richard to the rescue

Once again there were seventeen players in action on Monday for the second instalment of our Monday Club Winter Grand Prix competitions.
And while the twelve who contested the online DMP round robin made it pretty much business as usual, the evening's real story surrounded the live session at Sportsmans.
For some time now numbers have been perilously low for the live Monday session, the traditional breeding ground for new players to be welcomed to the fold, and sure enough the live session appeared doomed to non-existence when only two of the more regular Monday players turned up.
But the evening was saved in style with the emergence of no fewer than three new players!
Jake Mochnacz had been in touch and was expected, but then Richard Davies and Matt Sharp arrived from out of the blue to give the evening an altogether more healthy appearance.
All three threw themselves into the live DMP round robin, and all three emerged with credit -- Matt and Richard sharing the top grand prix points spoils with Stephen Little.
The online group saw Adam Sinclair victorious, with George Georgiou -- playing from Turkey -- in second place.
Director Ian Tarr is on the point of finalising a revised series of points tariffs, with the projected Winter Live Grand Prix and Winter Online Grand Prix being unified once more into a single competition.
The new tariffs will enable live contestants, who effectively had no chance of winning the MCGPs under last year's rules, not to be disadvantaged by the rewards stemming from the differing formats of competition in the two environments.
As well as encouraging live play rather than discouraging it, players who choose to play some live and some online sessions will also not be disadvantaged.

08/01/23: Sunday's Premier League action

Chris Rogers is setting the Premier One pace in more ways than one.
After completing three more matches on Sunday, he is already one third of the way through his programme of fixtures, eight days into the 334 day season!
And he has won seven of the eight he has played.
Today he struck a major blow to Gaz Owen's title hopes by defeating him twice, and in between those two matches he found time to defeat Gerald Whitehouse.
Dave Pym suffered mixed fortunes in his Premier Two Blue activities, suffering defeat to Mike Smith before bouncing back to beat Ismail Yilmaz.
Warner Solomon maintained his strong start to the Premier Three Yellow season with victories over Michael Corbett and Mandy Macdonald.
And Neil Edwards leapfrogged Elias Hamati to the top of Premier Three Yellow, having inflicted Elias's first league defeat.

07/01/23: Saturday's Premier League action

There were seven Premier League matches played on Saturday.
In Premier One Chris Rogers beat Cecilia Rogers in Chippenham, while online Gaz Owen got his season off to a winning start against Kev Peters.
Adam Sinclair notched a brace of wins over Cliff Blofield in Premier Two Red.
Neil Edwards made his long awaited return to league action with two Premier Three Green victories over Cynthia Roberts.
And Warner Solomon beat Fred North in Premier Three Yellow.

06/01/23: Friday's Premier League action

There were three Premier League matches played on Friday.
In Premier One Chris Rogers beat both Ben Crowden and Kev Peters.
And Warner Solomon made his league debut, defeating Martha Beal in Premier Three Yellow.

05/01/23: Gaz wins opening GP10 tournament

There were just twelve players in action on Thursday, nine of them to contest the first of the year's ten GP10 tournaments at the casino.
In the tournament Gaz Owen was the main flight winner, defeating Stephen Little, Ian Tarr, Tim Line and -- in the final -- Nick Barham.
Nick had got past Frank Jones and Steve Morris en route to the final.
Ian took the consolation flight with victories over Andy Zographou and Stephen.
So Gaz is the early GP10 leader, 50 points ahead of Nick.
There were two Premier League matches played.
In Premier One Chris Rogers beat Robin Gunney.
And before the tournament Stephen found the time to play a Premier Two Blue match with Jim Green, which Jim won.

05/01/23: Tim wins the year's opening Wednesday tournament

There were eighteen players in action on Wednesday to contest the first of 2023's series of stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Tim Line, whose victims were Simon Tracy, Ian Anderson, Alan Joicey and -- in the final -- Gerald Whitehouse.
Gerald had arrived there by defeating Stephen Little, Nick Barham and Gaz Owen.
Adam Sinclair took the consolation flight with wins over Cynthia Roberts, Robin Gunney and Warner Solomon.
Ian Anderson won a post-tournament jackpot.
Before the tournament Cynthia and Elias Hamati played their second and third Premier Three Green matches, Elias winning both.

03/01/23: Seventeen kick off the 2023 Bristol Backgammon year

There were seventeen players in action on Monday to start off what we all hope will be a momentous and enjoyable year of Bristol Backgammon competition.
The newly configurated grand prix competitions, the Monday Club Winter Live Grand Prix and Monday Club Winter Online Grand Prix got off to a slowish start, with nine -- split into groups of five and four -- online and five in a single group at Sportsmans.
There were clean sweeps in all three groups, Adam Sinclair and Kev Peters winning online and Gaz Owen winning live.
The new format attracted some criticism, and Director Ian Tarr is very likely to have a re-think.
The first two Premier League matches of the year were also played.
In Chippenham Cecilia Rogers scored a resounding victory over Chris Rogers in Premier One.
And after the online round robins Elias Hamati completed his first ever league match with a win over Cynthia Roberts in Premier Three Green.

01/01/23: And then there were fifty-nine

The single vacancy mentioned in the December 28th story below has been filled.
Warner Solomon has taken it up, and now the two Premier Three divisions are the same size, with nine players in each playing 24 matches apiece.

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