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24/05/22: Monday round robin round-up

Apart from those involved in league matches, there were twenty-one players in action on Monday, nineteen of them to contest the seventh Monday Club Spring Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins across two environments.
Fifteen were split into groups of eight and seven online, while four played live at Sportsmans.
Adam Sinclair and Tim Line won the online groups, while there was a three way tie for the lead in the live event.
Tim's lead in the SGP table is now 38, with just three sessions remaining.
Also at Sportsmans, visiting Danish student Peter Broberg, in his first live backgammon scenario, being totally unaware of the rich backgammon tradition in his homeland, showed a lot of promise in his friendly matches with Director Ian Tarr, and may well return next week, although his stay in Bristol will be a short one.
Two more local students, Jasper and Solomon, were also introduced to the game by Ian.

24/05/22: Monday's Premier Two and Premier Three action

There were nine Premier League matches played on Monday.
In Premier Two Red Phil Charlton and Andrew Cobb shared the spoils of a double header, while Gerald Whitehouse defeated Frank Jones.
There were Premier Two Blue wins for Ian Tarr and Stephen Little over Dave Pym and Mandy Macdonald respectively.
Stephen and Mandy began their match in the cafe at the Windmill Hill City Farm, but were forced to adjourn to the White Hart, Bedminster Parade, to complete the match when the cafe closed.
Kylie Hedges moved closer to the top two in Premier Three Yellow when she beat both John Curran and Hemal Getalal, while Caroline Boulton scored a much needed victory over Michael Corbett.
And Rosemary Whitehouse edged home against Pearl Foster in a Premier Three Green encounter.

22/05/22: Sunday win for Mike

In a Premier Two Red encounter on Sunday Mike Smith defeated Paul Watts.

21/05/22: Saturday's Premier League results

There were four Premier League matches played on Saturday.
Chris Rogers is aiming to become the first player to win the Premier One title for a third successive time, but suffered a blow when he was defeated by Alan Joicey.
In Premier Two Red there was a double header where Andrew Cobb twice got the better of Mike Smith.
And Cliff Blofield beat Ismail Yilmaz in Premier Two Blue.

20/05/22: Friday's Premier League round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Friday.
In Premier Two Red Kev Peters extended his league lead with a win over Gerald Whitehouse which included an eight-cube.
Steve Morris scored a much needed Premier Two Blue victory at the expense of Jon Organ.
And Rosemary Whitehouse got her Premier Three Green season up and running by defeating Natalie Singh.

20/05/22: Martin's victorious visit

There were eighteen players in action on Thursday, including the thirteen who contested the fourth session of the GP10 series of ten tournaments at the casino.
Among the starters was former UK team captain Martin Barkwill, visiting the area on business, a long way from his Newcastle home.
And the Bristol Backgammon welcome on this occasion extended to allowing him to win the tournament.
His victims on the night were Ian Tarr, Adrian Farthing and, in the final, George Georgiou.
The third in the series, back in March, was a round robin, but George has made it to the final of all three knock-outs, so it is not surprising that his points lead over second placed Tim Line is substantial.
George's route to the final took him past Roland Herrera, Cynthia Roberts and Tim.
The consolation flight went to Simonetta Herrera, who defeated Ian, Roland and Stephen Little.
There were also three Premier League matches played.
Nick Barham moved into second place in Premier One by defeating Stuart Mann.
Chris Hughes won a Premier Two Blue match against Dave Pym.
And in Premier Three Yellow Michael Corbett beat Hemal Getalal 11-7 in Fishponds.

18/05/22: Ian Anderson wins Wednesday tournament

There were eighteen players in action on Wednesday, fourteen of them to contest the twentieth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Ian Anderson, whose victims were Gaz Owen, Tim Line, Elias Hamati and -- in the final -- Chris Hughes.
Chris had arrived in the final via wins over Mandy Macdonald, Alan Joicey and Robin Gunney.
Gaz took the consolation flight, defeating Natalie Singh and Warner Solomon.
There was league action, too.
In Premier Two Red Gary Plant defeated Phil Charlton.
And Mathew Nicholls beat Rosemary Whitehouse in Premier THree Green.

17/05/22: Tuesday's Premier League action

There were five Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier One Nick Barham continued his progress towards the summit with a victory over Alan Joicey.
And at the Lansdowne Arms, Calne, Premier Two Red leader Kev Peters again won both sides of a double header, this time against Gary Plant.
Ismail Yilmaz pipped Steve Morris in Premier Two Blue.
And Andy Zographou scored his second win in three days, beating Mathew Nicholls in Premier Three Green.

17/05/22: Gaz and Tim score Monday clean sweeps

There were twenty-one players in action on Monday, eighteen of them to contest the sixth Monday Club Spring Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins across two environments.
Fourteen were split into two groups of seven online, while four who expected to be competing at Sportsmans shifted across to George Georgiou's Rendezvous in Denmark Street, when our usual venue was unexpectedly found to be closed for the day.
Gaz Owen and Tim Line excelled in the online groups, each winning every one of his six matches.
At the Rendezvous there was a three way tie for the lead.
Tim has now established a 37 points lead in the SGP table, a margin which will be difficult for his pursuers to peg back in the four remaining sessions, especially with discards beginning to bite.
There was earlier action, too.
The first of thirteen fourth round Brunel Trophy ties saw Chris Rogers win what was effectively a sudden death tie against Stephen Little.
And Michael Corbett defeated Kylie Hedges in Premier Three Yellow.

15/05/22: Sunday's Premier League round-up

There were seven Premier League matches played on Sunday.
In Premier Two Red Kev Peters went some way towards transforming his season.
Having suffered relegation from the top flight last season, Kev had endured a stuttering start on his return to Premier Two.
But he completed two double headers and came away with four wins, his victims being Mike Smith and Adrian Farthing.
Michael Corbett completed two Premier Three Yellow matches.
Entertaining James Lintell-Smith in Fishponds, he suffered a narrow defeat, but later online he scored an even narrower victory over John Curran.
And Andy Zographou scored a much needed win in Premier Three Green over Cynthia Roberts.

15/05/22: Brunel Trophy fourth round draw made

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the fourth round of the ninth incarnation of the Brunel Trophy was made on Sunday evening.
There are twenty-six survivors from the third round -- exactly half of the original field.
There is just one pair of unbeaten players -- Hemal Getalal and Safi Tracy, coincidentally the two youngest players in the draw -- seven which are effectively sudden death, and five "mixed" ties (where one player has two lives and the other just one).
This means that the fifth round will comprise between fourteen and nineteen players.
The matches are to be completed by June 19th.
The draw can be viewed here.

14/05/22: Saturday's action

There were two matches played on Saturday, but only one of them counted!
Alan Joicey edged home against Ed Turner in a Premier One match where both players were much in need of points.
And Adrian Farthing's satisfaction in heavily beating Mike Smith was short lived.
The pair had already met twice in Premier Two Red, a fact which rendered their meeting unnecessary.

13/05/22: Michael beaten at last; Brunel Trophy third round completed

There were just two matches played on Friday.
Michael Petrakas had to lose a league match at some stage, and it's finally happened.
After beginning his Premier Three Yellow career with nine successive victories, the run ended abruptly with a whitewash at the hands of Kylie Hedges.
And the final match of round three of the Brunel Trophy was also played.
It signalled the end of Ben Crowden's campaign as he suffered defeat at the hands of Gerald Whitehouse, who retains both his lives.

13/05/22: Andy wins May Bristol Grand Prix event

There were just fifteen players in action on Thursday to contest the fifth of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments at the Rainbow Casino.
Andy Boysan took the main flight honours, defeating Jim Green, Cynthia Roberts, Tim Line and, in the final, Simonetta Herrera.
Simonetta had arrived there via wins over Kylie Hedges, Hazel Harper and Gaz Owen.
George Georgiou won the consolation flight, defeating Alan Joicey, Roland Herrera and Ian Hedges.
Simonetta and Gaz now share the lead in the Bristol Grand Prix table, 85 points ahead of third placed Roland.
Earlier Andy had defeated George in the third round of the Brunel Trophy, where both players go into Sunday's fourth round draw with a single life remaining.

11/05/22: Adam takes Wednesday tournament honours

There were just fourteen players in action on Wednesday, ten of them to contest the nineteenth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Adam Sinclair, whose victims -- after receiving a first round bye -- were Ian Anderson, Warner Solomon and -- in the final -- Alan Joicey.
Alan had arrived in the final via wins over Gaz Owen, Tim Line and Elias Hamati.
Natalie Singh took the consolation flight, defeating Robin Gunney, Gaz and Ian.
Meanwhile Hazel Harper extended her Premier Two Red lead with a victory over Phil Charlton.
And Nick Barham was eliminated from the Brunel Trophy when he lost to Mike Smith, who has one life remaining.

10/05/22: Tuesday Premier League and Brunel Trophy results

Seven matches were played on Tuesday.
Stuart Mann scored a Premier One victory over Cecilia Rogers.
Hazel Harper moved to the top of Premier Two Red with a brace of wins over Jordan White.
In the same division there were victories for Tim Line and Adrian Farthing over Paul Watts and previous leader Richard Owsley.
And in the third round of the Brunel Trophy Michael Petrakas beat Tom Chapman and Simon Baker did likewise to Simon Hughes.
Both victors have two lives remaining, Simon Hughes has one, and Tom is eliminated.

10/05/22: Nineteen in Monday action

There were nineteen players in action on Monday, sixteen of them to contest the fifth Monday Club Spring Grand Prix session in DMP round robins across two environments.
The healthy presence of twelve made up the online group, while just four (playing each other twice) played a live group at Sportsmans.
The online group was a two horse race, with Kev Peters and Natalie Singh winning ten matches apiece out of eleven, a highly unusual return in a DMP group, Kev shading the group on PR.
Ian Tarr took the honours in the live group.
Tim Line still heads the SGP table, with Nick Barham fifteen points behind in second place.
Before the live group Gaz Owen overturned a 0-8 deficit to defeat George Georgiou in a Premier One match.
And Premier Two Red leader Richard Owsley suffered a setback at the hands of Jordan White.

08/05/22: Sunday Premier League and Brunel Trophy results

Four matches were played on Sunday.
Simon Baker scored a Premier One victory over Ed Turner, while in Premier Three Green Natalie Singh defeated Andy Zographou.
Later Natalie lost her first Brunel Trophy life when Simonetta Herrera won their third round tie.
Another to lose a life was Ian Tarr, beaten by Safi Tracy.
Simonetta and Safi go into the fourth round draw with both their lives intact.

08/05/22: Saturday news round-up

Saturday saw two matches played, one in the third round of the Brunel Trophy, the other in the Premier League's top flight.
Nick Barham was the league victor over Ian Hedges, as his title challenge gathers pace.
And Steve Morris exited the Brunel when beaten by Hemal Getalal, who still has both lives intact.

06/05/22: Robin maintains hot pace

In the only action of Friday Robin Gunney met Chris Hughes.
And Premier Two Blue leader Robin kept up the pressure on his promotion rivals by recording his eleventh win in twelve matches thus far.

06/05/22: Nick wins Speedgammon Grand Prix tournament

There were fourteen players in action on Thursday, twelve of them to take part in the third instalment of the year's Speedgammon Grand Prix at the Rainbow Casino.
The twelve were split into three round robin groups of four, with the top two from each qualifying for the second phase of straight knock-out.
Group winners were Gaz Owen, Nick Barham and Roland Herrera, with the performances of Gaz and Nick earning them quarter-final byes.
And it was Gaz and Nick who made it through to the final, with semi-final wins over Roland and George Georgiou.
Nick then won the final.
George had done enough to extend his already formidable SGGP lead from 75 to 105 points over second placed Ian Tarr.
There was also Premier One action.
Alan Joicey had endured a difficult start to life in the top flight, failing to register a single win in his opening six matches.
But the elusive first win came in some style, a whitewash of six-time Premier League champion Stuart Mann.

05/05/22: Natalie wins Wednesday tournament

There were seventeen players in action on Wednesday to contest the eighteenth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Natalie Singh -- making her first Wednesday appearance of the year -- whose victims were Cynthia Roberts, Ian Anderson and -- in the final -- Alan Joicey.
Alan had arrived in the final via wins over John Curran, Nick Barham and Tim Line.
John took the consolation flight, defeating Elias Hamati, Safi Tracy and Gaz Owen.
Tim had earlier shared the spoils of a Premier Two Red double header with Jordan White.
And Cecilia Rogers won a third round Brunel Trophy tie against Steffen Nowak.
Both players go forward to the fourth round draw, Cecilia with two lives remaining.

04/05/22: Tuesday's Premier League and Brunel Trophy action

There were three matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier One Nick Barham edged to victory over Cecilia Rogers and moved into the top four.
Phil Charlton defeated Adrian Farthing in Premier Two Red.
And Richard Owsley made his exit from the Brunel Trophy when he lost his third round tie against Neil Young at the Pump House.
Neil has one life remaining.

02/05/22: Tim and Ian win Monday round robins

There were seventeen players in action on Monday, twelve of them to contest the fourth session of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix in 3-point round robins on the Heroes site, with no action at Sportsmans due to their Bank Holiday closure.
The twelve were split into groups of six, which were won by Tim Line and Ian Tarr.
Tim has regained the lead in the SGP table, with a nine point cushion over second placed Nick Barham.
There was also action in Premier Two Blue, where league leader Robin Gunney collected yet another victory, this time narrowly over Mandy Macdonald.
And two more third round Brunel Trophy matches were played.
Ed Turner defeated Cynthia Roberts, while Adam Sinclair overcame Jim Green.
Adam, Jim and Ed have one life apiece remaining, but Cynthia is eliminated.

01/05/22: What happened on Sunday

There were two matches played on Sunday.
In Premier Three Yellow James Lintell-Smith scored another win, this time a narrow one against Caroline Boulton at the Post Office Tavern.
And John Curran made his exit from the Brunel Trophy when he lost his third round tie against Chris Hughes, who still has one life intact.

30/04/22: Saturday win for Eamonn

In the only action of Saturday, Eamonn Reay defeated John Curran in Premier Three Yellow.

29/04/22: Friday's results round-up

There were three matches played on Friday.
In Premier Two Blue Robin Gunney moved back to the top of the league by defeating Ismail Yilmaz and previous leader Safi Tracy.
And Frank Jones made his exit from the Brunel Trophy when he lost his third round tie against Alan Joicey, who takes one life with him into the next round.

29/04/22: Simonetta wins GP20 tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Thursday, including the eleven at the Rainbow Casino who contested the third of this year's series of eight GP20 tournaments.
Simonetta Herrera won the main flight, defeating Gaz Owen, Cynthia Roberts, Tim Line and -- in the final -- George Georgiou.
George had overcome Stephen Little and Hazel Harper en route after receiving a first round bye.
Stephen took the consolation flight, defeating Tom Chapman, Gaz and Cynthia.
George has opened up a 40 points lead in the GP20 table, with Simonetta now in second place.
Stephen had earlier visited Simon Tracy for their third round Brunel Trophy tie, which Simon won.
Simon's two lives remain intact, while Stephen has one remaining.
There was also Premier League action.
Adrian Farthing beat Frank Jones in Premier Two Red, while John Curran was defeated by Caroline Boulton in Premier Three Yellow.

28/04/22: Adam wins Wednesday tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Wednesday to contest the seventeenth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Adam Sinclair, whose victims were Tim Line, Gaz Owen, Alan Joicey and, in the final, Andy Boysan.
Andy had arrived in the final via wins over Cynthia Roberts, Nick Barham and Elias Hamati.
Chris Hughes took the consolation flight, defeating Ian Tarr, Steve Pickard and Tim.

27/04/22: Tuesday's Premier League action

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier Two Red there were wins for Hazel Harper and Tim Line over Frank Jones and Paul Watts.
And Natalie Singh moved up to second in Premier Three Green with a narrow victory against Andy Zographou.

26/04/22: Jim wins 2022 Bristol Masters title

There were eighteen players in action on Monday.
The highest profile match was the held over final from Thursday's Bristol Masters tournament.
Nick Barham and Jim Green had elected to adjourn to the Monday Sportsmans session, and it was Jim who emerged the victor from a close match to take his first Masters crown.
It was Nick's tenth attempt to win the title, but his first final -- although he has reached the semi-finals on five occasions now.
There was also Premier League action.
Chris Rogers extended his Premier One lead with a victory over Alan Joicey.
Stephen Little defeated Ismail Yilmaz in Premier Two Blue.
And Natalie Singh pressed her promotion claims with a win over Martha Beal in Premier Three Green.
The monthly Monday Nackgammon Grand Prix event was a mixed bag.
The upside of the equation was the online session, where groups of six and five players enjoyed their round robin sessions.
Frank Jones and Ian Anderson were the group winners, although Andy Boysan won the side pool in Frank's group.
Ian has narrowed Tim Line's NGP lead to eleven points.
The downside, however, was the turnout at the parallel live session at Sportsmans.
Apart from the Masters protagonists, there were just two players hoping to contest a Nackgammon round robin.
So Stephen and Ian Tarr had to content themselves with a couple of friendly matches.
Mondays at Sportsmans, formerly regarded as the prime time for welcoming new and developing players, are now in serious doubt for the immediate future.

24/04/22: The weekend's Premier League and Brunel Trophy action

There were three matches played over the weekend -- two in Premier Two and one in the third round of the Brunel Trophy.
On Saturday it was a Brunel Trophy meeting of Pearl Foster and Robin Gunney, where both players were defending their only remaining life.
Robin won, so Pearl misses out on fourth round participation.
Sunday made it a mixed weekend for Robin, however, when he was narrowly defeated in a Premier Two Blue encounter with Ian Tarr.
This ended a magnificent sequence of twelve Premier League wins, only exceeded four times in Premier League history.
The run stretched back to the tail end of last season.
The other Sunday action was in Premier Two Red, where Gerald Whitehouse pipped Tim Line.

22/04/22: Nick and Jim to contest 2022 Masters final

There were eighteen players in action on Thursday at the Rainbow Casino.
Sixteen of those were there vying for one of our most prestigious titles in the 22nd annual Bristol Masters tournament.
Although five of the original qualifiers were unable to take up their rightful places, the line of eager reserves, using finishing positions from the 2021 Bristol Grand Prix, filled the gaps.
Jim Green, victor over Hemal Getalal, Cynthia Roberts and Ian Hedges, and Nick Barham, whose victims were Roland Herrera, Mike Smith and Gaz Owen, made it through to the final, but decided to rearrange this for Monday evening at Sportsmans.
The other action involved a Premier Three Yellow encounter between Kylie Hedges and James Lintell-Smith, where James consolidated his second position in the league table.

20/04/22: Wednesday tournament cancelled after power outage

There were just seven players in action on Wednesday, although it would have been a lot more but for a fiendishly timed power outage at Ian Tarr's home.
This rendered him unable to run the regular Wednesday online tournament.
There was also Premier League action -- some regardless of the cancellation, some stemming precisely from it.
In Premier One Nick Barham defeated Gaz Owen.
League leader Richard Owsley won a Premier Two Red meeting with Tim Line.
And Pearl Foster moved into second place in Premier Three Green with victories over Mathew Nicholls and Andy Zographou.

20/04/22: Intermediates Trophy postponed

The annual Bristol Intermediates Trophy knock-out event, scheduled for Thursday at the Rainbow Casino, has been postponed, as it appeared unlikely that the requisite minimum number of entrants (four) would be reached.
The intention now is to stage the event later in the year when, hopefully, more new players will have emerged.

19/04/22: Tuesday's Premier League action

There were four Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier Two Red Hazel Harper scored a brace of wins, over Adrian Farthing and Frank Jones.
And in Premier Three Green the winners were Pearl Foster and league leader Simon Tracy, both by 11-10 scorelines.
Pearl's victim was Mathew Nicholls, while Andy Zographou lost a marathon against Simon in Henleaze.

19/04/22: Nick edges ahead in Spring Grand Prix

There were twenty-two players in action on Monday, sixteen of them to contest the third session of the Monday Club Spring Grand Prix in 3-point round robins on the Heroes site, with no action at Sportsmans due to their Bank Holiday closure.
The sixteen were split into groups of eight, which were won by Safi Tracy and Nick Barham.
Andy Boysan won the side pool in Safi's group.
Nick has edged into the lead in the SGP table, with a whole clutch of players in close pursuit.
There was also action in two of the five Premier League divisions.
In Premier Two Red there were wins for Hazel Harper and Frank Jones over league leader Richard Owsley and Tim Line.
And Mathew Nicholls played three matches in Premier Three Green.
A victory over league leader Simon Tracy at the Post Office Tavern was sandwiched between online defeats at the hands of Marcel Bancroft and Cynthia Roberts.

17/04/22: Sunday win for Ian

In the only Sunday action, Ian Hedges defeated Nick Barham in a Premier One encounter.

17/04/22: Covid modifies Masters field

This Thursday sees the staging of the 22nd annual Bristol Masters tournament, which serves as a "Champion of Champions" title event.
Sixteen players who qualified via various 2021 exploits are champing at the bit to take this title, but two -- Adam Sinclair and Warner Solomon -- had to withdraw for reasons of distance, allowing others from the reserve list -- Safi Tracy and Elias Hamati -- to toe the start line.
And now two more contenders have had to cry off.
Cecilia Rogers -- who is temporarily London based pending a move to Chippenham -- has contracted Covid, and Chris Rogers has understandably taken the decision to miss the event too.
This allows further "back door" entries for Steve Morris and Alan Joicey.

16/04/22: Saturday Premier League and Brunel Trophy action

There were three matches played on Sunday, two in the Premier League, one in the third round of the Brunel Trophy.
Busiest was Gaz Owen, who followed up a Premier One win against Ian Hedges by inflicting a knock-out blow to Mandy Macdonald in the Brunel Trophy.
Gaz still has one Brunel life remaining.
The other match saw Michael Petrakas scoring yet another Premier Three Yellow win, this time over John Curran.

14/04/22: Nick wins April Bristol Grand Prix event

There were just twelve players in action on Thursday, including the ten who contested the fourth of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments at the Rainbow Casino.
Nick Barham took the main flight honours, defeating Tim Line, George Georgiou and, in the final, Gaz Owen.
Gaz had arrived there via wins over Simon Tracy and Ian Tarr.
Simon won the consolation flight, defeating Tim and Simonetta Herrera.
Gaz has moved into the lead in the Bristol Grand Prix table, 25 points ahead of Simonetta.
There was also league action, where Safi Tracy extended her Premier Two Blue lead by beating Ismail Yilmaz.

13/04/22: Ian Anderson wins Wednesday tournament

There were seventeen players in action on Wednesday, twelve of them to contest the fifteenth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Ian Anderson, whose victims were John Curran, Reece Hodges and, in the final, Cynthia Roberts.
Cynthia had arrived in the final via wins over Safi Tracy, Simonetta Herrera and Alan Joicey.
Elias Hamati again took the consolation flight, defeating Ian Tarr and Tim Line.
There was also Premier League action.
In Premier Two Blue there were wins for Cliff Blofield and Ismail Yilmaz, who defeated Ben Crowden and Jon Organ.
And in Premier Three Yellow James Lintell-Smith beat John Curran.

12/04/22: Michael maintains strong start

Michael Petrakas's outstanding start to life in the Bristol Premier League continues apace.
His Tuesday victory over James Lintell-Smith was his eighth straight win, and consolidates his Premier Three Yellow lead.

12/04/22: Twenty-three in Monday action

There were twenty-three players in action on Monday, twenty of them to contest the second Monday Club Spring Grand Prix session in DMP round robins across two environments.
Fifteen made up a mega-group online, while five played live.
The online group saw a win for Natalie Singh, while Roland Herrera took the honours in the live group.
None of the top three in the online group invested in the optional side pool, so the proceeds went to fourth placed Nick Barham. voTim Line leads the SGP table, with Elias Hamati in second place.
Earlier there had been third round Brunel Trophy action, with victories for Chris Rogers abd Ian Hedges.
In what were effectively sudden death ties that was bad news for Cliff Blofield and Ismail Yilmaz.

10/04/22: Sunday Premier League round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Sunday.
Safi Tracy moved to the top of Premier Two Blue with a victory over Dave Pym.
And Andy Zographou suffered two Premier Three Green defeats, first to Cynthia Roberts, then to Natalie Singh.

10/04/22: Brunel Trophy third round draw made

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the third round of the ninth incarnation of the Brunel Trophy was made on Sunday afternoon.
The thirty-eight survivors from the second round are pitched together in some interesting pairings.
There are five pairs of unbeaten players, ten which are effectively sudden death, and amazingly only four "mixed" ties (where one player has two lives and the other just one).
This means that the fourth round will comprise between twenty-four and twenty-eight players.
The matches are to be completed by May 15th.
The draw can be viewed here.

09/04/22: Simon extends Green Division lead

There were three matches played on Saturday, all of them in Premier Three Green.
Leader Simon Tracy had the best of a double header with Marcel Bancroft, and at this stage appears to be running away with the divisional title.
In the other match Pearl Foster defeated Natalie Singh.

08/04/22: Andy is final Brunel Trophy second round casualty

The last of the twenty-six second round Brunel Trophy ties was completed on Friday.
And Andy Zographou was the fourteenth and last player to be eliminated at this stage of the year-long double elimination tournament, when he succumbed to Safi Tracy, who still retains both lives.
The third round draw will be made on Sunday.

08/04/22: Stephen wins Handicap Trophy tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Thursday, fourteen of them at the Rainbow Casino, of whom thirteen contested the third of this year's series of nine Handicap Trophy tournaments.
Stephen Little was the main flight winner, defeating Ian Tarr, Tim Line, Mandy Macdonald and -- in the final -- Safi Tracy.
Safi had overcome George Georgiou and Ben Crowden en route to the final.
The consolation flight honours went to George, who defeated Simonetta Herrera, Jim Green and Ian.
George's lead in the HT standings is extended to 80 points, with Stephen now in second place.
George had earlier defeated Neil Young in a second round Brunel Trophy meeting of two unbeaten players.
And online in Premier Two Red Richard Owsley moved to the top of the division with a narrow victory over Frank Jones.

07/04/22: UK team third in Venice

Venice has been the venue for the WBGF Team World Championship over the past few days, and the UK team, captained by our own Chris Rogers, finished a very creditable third out of eighteen national teams.
Gaz Owen and our occasional visitor Reece Hodges were also important parts of the UK squad.
The initial qualifying group of eighteen saw eight nations progress to the knock-out stages, and the UK were second in that table, just behind favourites Japan.
After a quarter-final victory over Austria, the UK lost narrowly to Japan in the semis, before defeating Sweden in the third place play-off.
Japan succumbed to the host nation in the final.

07/04/22: Roland wins Wednesday tournament

There were eighteen players in action on Wednesday, fourteen of them to contest the fourteenth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Roland Herrera, whose victims were Simon Tracy, Ian Anderson, Alan Joicey and, in the final, Ian Tarr.
Ian had arrived in the final via wins over Cynthia Roberts and Chris Hughes.
Elias Hamati took the consolation flight, defeating George Georgiou, Cynthia and Simonetta Herrera.
There was also Premier League and Brunel Trophy action.
In the second round of the Brunel Trophy Ian Tarr defeated James Lintell-Smith at the Lock Keeper, while online Simon Hughes beat Paul Watts.
While Ian and Simon both retain two lives, their opponents are both eliminated.
And in a Premier Two Blue double header both results went the way of Stephen Little against Steve Morris.

05/04/22: Tuesday's Brunel Trophy round-up

There were four second round Brunel Trophy matches played on Tuesday.
The winners were Pearl Foster, Gerald Whitehouse, Michael Petrakas and Simonetta Herrera.
Their victims were Chris Hughes, Hazel Harper, Phil Charlton and Jordan White.
For Phil, Hazel and Jordan it was the end of their involvement in this year's competition, having now lost both lives.
Chris, Pearl and Michael all have one life remaining, but Simonetta and Gerald are unbeaten.
Just four second round matches remain to be completed in time for the weekend's third round draw.

05/04/22: Elias, Tim and Simon are early Spring Grand Prix leaders

There were twenty-seven players in action on Monday, twenty-three of them to contest the opening Monday Club Spring Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins across two environments.
Eighteen were split into groups of six online, while five made up a single group at Sportsmans, where new players Mary Bailey and Alan Storer spent some time with Director Ian Tarr playing some friendly games.
The online groups were won by Elias Hamati, Tim Line and Simon Tracy, while Simonetta Herrera won the live group.
Andy Boysan took the side pool in Simon's group.
So the opening SGP table sees Elias, Tim and Simon as joint leaders, with Simonetta just behind.
The only other action had come earlier when Cliff Blofield defeated Roland Herrera in the second round of the Brunel Trophy, a result which signals Roland's elimination from the tournament.

03/04/22: Bristol "A" take UK Clubs Championship crown

Bristol's triumphant 'A' teamThe top annual UK team event took place at the Liner Hotel, Liverpool, on Sunday, and the Bristol "A" team took the main title!
Pictured (courtesy of Hazel Harper) are (left to right): Ian Hedges, Tim Line, tournament director John Wright, team captain Andy Boysan (holding the Tutchings Trophy), Neil Young and Stuart Mann.
The group overcame NEBA "A" in the final.
Another team, dubbed Bristol Buccaneers, also competed well.
Captained by Simon Tracy, and also comprising Safi Tracy, Chris Hughes, Hazel Harper and Cynthia Roberts, the Buccaneers reached the semi-finals of the consolation flight.
The "A" team's success makes it the second time the title has been taken by a Bristol team.
Back in 2013 -- when the tournament was in its third incarnation, and still run by event founder Phil Tutchings at Moseley, Birmingham -- our "A" team, comprising Roland Herrera, Marcus Wrinch, the late lamented Paul Gilbertson, Gaz Owen and Julian Fetterlein, took the title, beating St Albans "A" in the final.
Later, when Phil declared himself no longer able to run it, Bristol Director Ian Tarr -- then a UKBGF board member -- led the UKBGF's initiative to revive the event and bring it under the federation's umbrella.
He ran the 2015 event at the Hanham Community Centre, and also the 2016 event at the Grosvenor Casino, Didsbury, Manchester.
The following year saw the current pattern emerge, where a different club each year hosts the event.
And it was in 2017 at St Neots, Cambridgeshire, that St Albans "A" got their revenge, narrowly defeating the Bristol "A" team in the final.

02/04/22: Saturday's league and Brunel action

There were three matches played on Saturday.
A second round Brunel Trophy match saw Ed Turner defeat Elias Hamati.
Since both players had lost in the opening round, this was effectively a sudden death match, so it was Elias who exited the tournament.
The other matches were in Premier Three Green, where Natalie Singh experienced mixed fortunes.
After losing to Pearl Foster Natalie maintained her promotion challenge with a victory over Marcel Bancroft.

01/04/22: Eleven pick up points penalties at initial Premier League checkpoint

The first of the year's Premier League penalty checkpoints passed at midnight, and eleven players have picked up penalty points, which are all eligible for clawing back at the May 31st checkpoint.
In Premier One Alan Joicey incurs two points and Andy Boysan one, while Simon Hughes incurs four, while also avoiding expungement on account of a bereavement.
Premier Two Red sees no fewer than six players incurring penalties -- Tim Line three, Phil Charlton and Hazel Harper two, Adrian Farthing, Frank Jones and Mike Smith one apiece.
Steve Morris is alone in Premier Two Blue in incurring a three point penalty.
Rosemary Whitehouse also collects three penalties in Premier Three Green.
And the remaining members of Premier Three Yellow have all cleared the checkpoint unblemished.

01/04/22: Roland wins GP10 round robin

There were just ten players in action on Thursday, including the six who contested the third session of the GP10 series of ten tournaments at the casino.
The turnout was affected by absences of regulars, either on their way to Liverpool for the weekend's tournament or simply dozing off at the wrong time!
So, as dictated by the GP10 rules, six players signalled a change of tournament format, with a switch to a round robin of five-point matches.
And Roland Herrera fared best, succeeding in four out of five to take the overall win.
Ian Tarr pipped George Georgiou for second place on points difference.
However George -- who won both the January and February tournaments -- has extended his already impressive GP10 lead to 110 points, with Ian now in second place.
There was also Brunel Trophy and Premier League action.
Kev Peters is eliminated from the Brunel after a defeat at the hands of Simon Baker, who still has both lives intact.
Ian and Stephen Little met before the tournament to contest a Premier Two Blue match, which Ian won.
And Michael Petrakas continued his unbeaten start to the Premier Three Yellow season by defeating Hemal Getalal.

31/03/22: Ian Anderson wins Wednesday tournament

There were eighteen players in action on Wednesday, fourteen of them to contest the thirteenth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Ian Anderson, whose victims were Robin Gunney, Tim Line, Cynthia Roberts and, in the final, Gaz Owen.
Gaz had arrived there via wins over Ian Tarr, Hazel Harper and Stephen Little.
Robin took the consolation flight, defeating John Curran, Frank Jones and Andy Boysan.
There was also Premier League and Brunel Trophy action.
In the second round of the Brunel Trophy Jim Green won a battle of two unbeaten players against Tom Chapman.
Gaz scored another Premier One win over Stuart Mann.
In Premier Two Red Phil Charlton hauled himself out of the relegation bracket by defeating Paul Watts.
And Ben Crowden continued his encouraging Premier Two debut season with a Blue Division win over Stephen.

29/03/22: Tuesday's league and Brunel action

There were nine matches played on Tuesday -- eight in the Premier League and one in the second round of the Brunel Trophy.
The Brunel Trophy match saw Robin Gunney score a victory over Ismail Yilmaz -- a result which leaves both players on one life remaining as they look forward to the third round draw.
Stuart Mann was the top performer in Premier One, getting the better of Ed Turner in a double header at the Bridge Inn, Yatton.
Gaz Owen also got in two matches, succumbing to Simon Baker before defeating Alan Joicey.
Premier Two Blue saw wins for Ian Tarr, Chris Hughes and Jon Organ over Ismail, Steffen Nowak and Stephen Little.
And the winner in Premier Two Red was Frank Jones against Richard Owsley.

28/03/22: Fifteen in Monday action

There were fifteen players in action on Monday, thirteen of them to contest the third monthly session of this year's Monday Club Nackgammon Grand Prix, held across two environments.
Nine were split into groups of five and four on the Heroes site, while four more played in one group at Sportsmans.
The two online groups were won by Tim Line and Andy Boysan, while the live group saw a triple tie between Jim Green, Stephen Little and Ian Tarr.
Tim is establishing a handy lead in the NGP table, with Ian Anderson in second place, 21 points behind.
Alan Joicey won a post-tournament jackpot.
And there was also a Premier Two Blue encounter, Ismail Yilmaz edging home against Cliff Blofield.

27/03/22: Sunday Brunel Trophy and Premier League round-up

There were ten matches played on Sunday -- seven in the Premier League, three in the second round of the Brunel Trophy.
Simon Tracy entertained Andy Zographou in Premier Three Green for the second successive day, this time gaining some revenge for the previous day.
And he later scored a Brunel Trophy victory over Steve Morris.
There were also Brunel wins for Mandy Macdonald and Steffen Nowak, over Ben Crowden and Frank Jones.
All six of those involved in the Brunel live to fight another day -- Simon and Steffen with both lives intact.
Jon Organ scraped a Premier Two Blue win over Dave Pym.
And there were Premier Two Red wins for Adrian Farthing, Paul Watts and Richard Owsley, over Mike Smith, Kev Peters and Gerald Whitehouse.
The Premier Three Yellow action involved wins for Eamonn Reay and John Curran over Caroline Boulton and Michael Corbett.

27/03/22: Saturday wins for Gerald and Andy

Two Premier League matches were played on Saturday.
Gerald Whitehouse scored a Premier Two Red victory over Paul Watts.
And Andy Zographou visited Simon Tracy in Henleaze, coming away with an emphatic win over the Premier Three Green league leader.

25/03/22: Simon consolidates Green Division lead

In the only Friday action Simon Tracy scored a brace of Premier Three Green victories over Mathew Nicholls.
The wins consolidate Simon's position at the top of the league.

25/03/22: George wins to take handsome Speedgammon Grand Prix lead

There were just thirteen players in action on Thursday, eleven of them to take part in the second instalment of the year's Speedgammon Grand Prix at the Rainbow Casino.
The eleven were split into round robin groups of six and five, with the top three from each qualifying for the second phase of straight knock-out.
Group winners -- each winning every group match -- were George Georgiou and Stephen Little, whose performances earned them quarter-final byes.
George got past Ian Tarr in the semis, while Stephen succumbed to Roland Herrera, and George pipped Roland in the final.
George's seven wins from seven matches earned him a monster haul of 145 points, taking him into a very handy lead of 75 points over second placed Ian in the SGGP table.
There was also Premier League and Brunel Trophy action.
Stephen made headway here, both before the tournament and afterwards, scoring a Premier Two Blue win over Ian and a second round Brunel Trophy victory over Tim Line, who is eliminated, while Stephen still has both lives remaining.
And in Premier Three Yellow Eamonn Reay defeated Michael Corbett.

24/03/22: A good day for Gaz

There were seventeen players in action on Wednesday, twelve of them to contest the twelfth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Gaz Owen, whose victims were Elias Hamati, Tim Line, Robin Gunney and, in the final, Ian Anderson.
Ian had arrived there via wins over Nick Barham and Mandy Macdonald.
Alan Joicey took the consolation flight, defeating Chris Hughes and Steve Morris.
A post tournament jackpot was won by Ian Tarr.
There was also Premier League action.
In the afternoon at the Pump House Gaz scored an important Premier One win over league leader and reigning champion Chris Rogers, this just after Chris had beaten Stuart Mann.
Andy Boysan also maintained his challenge with a narrow win over Simon Baker.
And Jon Organ scored a Premier Two Blue win over Cliff Blofield.

23/03/22: Tuesday's Premier League action

There were six Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier One Simon Hughes's first victory of the season was coincidentally Andy Boysan's first defeat.
Stephen Little and Steffen Nowak shared the spoils of a Premier Two Blue double header.
Paul Watts scored a narrow win over Phil Charlton in Premier Two Red.
And Eamonn Reay suffered mixed fortunes in Premier Three Yellow, defeating John Curran before succumbing to Kylie Hedges.

22/03/22: Ian Anderson wins Winter Grand Prix

There were twenty-four players in action on Monday, twenty of them to contest the tenth and final Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins across two environments.
Fifteen were split into groups of eight and seven online, while five made up a single group at Sportsmans.
The online groups were won by Gaz Owen and Elias Hamati, while Ian Tarr won the live group.
Ian Anderson, long time leader of the WGP duly completed his expected title win, fifteen points ahead of second placed Elias.
And in a somewhat depleted field of intermediates throughout the competition Kian Sabet was the pick of them, winning the winter John Curran sponsored top intermediate prize.
Ian Anderson was also the winner of a post-tournament jackpot.
There was plenty of other action, too.
Gaz Owen secured his place in round three of the Brunel Trophy third round by defeating Alan Joicey, who also has one life remaining.
Gaz also won a Premier One match, against second placed Cecilia Rogers.
League leader and reigning champion Chris Rogers edged to victory over Simon Baker, while George Georgiou's brace of matches at Sportsmans resulted in defeats at the hands of Ed Turner and Nick Barham.
Chris Hughes was a narrow Premier Two Blue winner over Ian Tarr, who also found time to lose the held over consolation final of the February Handicap Trophy tournament to Jim Green.

20/03/22: Sunday results round-up

There were nine matches played on Sunday -- seven Premier League matches plus two in the Brunel Trophy.
In the second round of the Brunel Trophy there were wins for Nick Barham and John Curran over Kylie Hedges and Richard Owsley.
That was Kylie's second defeat in the competition, which signals her exit.
Nick, John and Richard each have one life remaining.
Gary Plant moved into second place in Premier Two Red with a brace of wins over Andrew Cobb, while in the same division Adrian Farthing defeated Mike Smith.
In the parallel Blue Division Chris Hughes overcame Jon Organ, while Ian Tarr beat Mandy Macdonald.
Simon Tracy consolidated his Premier Three Green lead by defeating Marcel Bancroft.
And Michael Petrakas is still unbeaten in Premier Three Yellow, John Curran being his latest victim.

19/03/22: Simon tops Green Division

In the only match played on Saturday, Simon Tracy scored an emphatic victory over Pearl Foster.
The win moves Simon to the top of the Premier Three Green table.

19/03/22: Friday's league results round-up

There were two Premier League matches played on Friday.
In the top flight Nick Barham defeated Alan Joicey.
And Hemal Getalal scored a narrow Premier Three Yellow win over Caroline Boulton.

18/03/22: Ian wins GP20 tournament

There were fourteen players in action on Thursday, including the nine at the Rainbow Casino who contested the second of this year's series of eight GP20 tournaments.
Ian Tarr won the main flight, defeating Hazel Harper, Roland Herrera, Jim Green and -- in the final -- Simonetta Herrera.
Simonetta had overcome George Georgiou and Tim Line en route.
George took the consolation flight, defeating Hazel, Chris Rogers and, in the final, Roland.
George and Ian share the GP20 lead, with a cushion of 65 points over third placed Tim.
Chris had earlier defeated Adrian Farthing in the Brunel Trophy, a result which signals the end of Adrian's campaign, while Chris has one life remaining.
There was also Premier Three action.
Marcel Bancroft beat Martha Beal in the Green Division, while John Curran pipped Hemal Getalal in the Yellow Division.
And in a late reported result Richard Owsley defeated Kev Peters in Premier Two Red.

17/03/22: Wednesday tournament win for Simon

There were twenty players in action on Wednesday, twelve of them to contest the eleventh of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Simon Tracy, whose victims were John Curran, Alan Joicey and, in the final, Steve Pickard.
Steve had reached the final via wins over Robin Gunney, Gaz Owen and Tim Line.
Elias Hamati took the consolation flight, defeating Steve Morris, Robin and Ian Anderson, who also won a post tournament jackpot.
There was also Brunel Trophy and Premier League action.
Eamonn Reay made his exit from the Brunel Trophy, when Hemal Getalal deprived him of his second life, while Hemal still has both intact.
Cecilia Rogers continued her fine early season Premier One form when she defeated Nick Barham.
In Premier Two Blue Steffen Nowak has rediscovered the winning habit, this time prevailing over Jon Organ.
And Marcel Bancroft scored a Premier Three Green win over Natalie Singh.

17/03/22: Late result from Tuesday

In a Tuesday Premier Two Red match played online -- but not in the Bristol Backgammon Leagues room -- Phil Charlton pipped Gerald Whitehouse.

15/03/22: National awards for Gaz and Ian

Two of our own were honoured today when the results of the annual awards vote were released by the UKBGF.
Among the eight categories voted on by UKBGF members were "British Player of the Year Online" and "Club Organiser of the Year".
Gaz Owen scooped the former, thanks to an outstanding 2021 record, while Ian Tarr is the recipient of the latter award.
Other Bristol players who received honourable mentions in the form of nominations were Stuart Mann, Roland Herrera and Simonetta Herrera.

15/03/22: Tuesday's league and Brunel action

There were two matches played on Tuesday -- one in the Premier League and one in the second round of the Brunel Trophy.
The Brunel Trophy match saw Andy Boysan score a victory over Mike Smith -- a result which leaves both players on one life remaining as they look forward to the third round draw.
And in Premier Two Blue Steffen Nowak won for the first time in eleven league matches when he defeated Steve Morris.

15/03/22: Twenty-five in Monday action

There were twenty-five players in action on Monday, twenty of them to contest the ninth Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in DMP round robins across two environments.
Fifteen made up a mega-group online, while five -- including debut player Sean Gulliford -- played live.
The online group was closely contested, with Kev Peters taking the honours, while there was a triple tie for the lead in the live group, involving George Georgiou, Stephen Little and Kian Sabet.
Ian Anderson -- who hasn't contested a WGP event since February 21st -- still holds what looks like an insuperable lead in the WGP table.
And Kian looks set to take the top intermediate prize.
Before the tournament George edged a Premier One encounter with Ed Turner.
In Premier Two Blue Jon Organ beat Steffen Nowak.
And earlier Eamonn Reay scored his first Premier Three Yellow win of the season at the expense of John Curran.

13/03/22: Sunday Premier League round-up

There were six Premier League matches played on Sunday.
In the top flight Ian Hedges has finally scored his maiden victory at that level, a close one against Simon Baker.
In Premier Two Blue there were wins for Dave Pym and Chris Hughes, with Stephen Little and Steffen Nowak the victims.
All three of Steffen's league matches so far have been 10-11 reverses.
Premier Two Red leader Kev Peters defeated Gerald Whitehouse.
Cynthia Roberts, leader of Premier Three Green, came back from 0-9 to pip Marcel Bancroft.
And in Premier Three Yellow there was a win for James Lintell-Smith over Eamonn Reay.

13/03/22: Saturday's league and Brunel action

There were four matches played on Saturday -- three in the Premier League and one in the second round of the Brunel Trophy.
The Brunel Trophy match featured two players with both lives intact, and Cecilia Sparke remained undefeated at the expense of Adam Sinclair.
Jordan White defeated Gerald Whitehouse in Premier Two Red.
Rosemary Whitehouse continued in her perplexing tradition of early season reverses, losing narrowly to Simon Tracy in Premier Three Green.
And in Premier Three Yellow there was a win for Hemal Getalal over Eamonn Reay.

11/03/22: Friday results round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Friday.
In Premier Two Red Adrian Farthing defeated Phil Charlton.
Marcel Bancroft continued her highly satisfactory start to the Premier Three Green season by narrowly beating Rosemary Whitehouse.
And Michael Petrakas is still the unbeaten leader of Premier Three Yellow after his victory over Eamonn Reay.

11/03/22: Simonetta takes March Bristol Grand Prix title to share BGP lead

There were fifteen players in action on Thursday, including the thirteen who contested the third of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments at the Rainbow Casino.
And it was Simonetta Herrera who took the main flight honours, defeating Stephen Little, Ian Tarr, Safi Tracy and, in the final, Gaz Owen.
Gaz had arrived there via a first round bye and wins over Roland Herrera and Ian Hedges.
The consolation flight was won by George Georgiou, who beat Hazel Harper, Roland and Ed Turner.
Simonetta and Gaz now share the lead in the Bristol Grand Prix table.
There had been league action online earlier, where Dave Pym defeated Mandy Macdonald in Premier Two Blue.

10/03/22: Robin wins Wednesday tournament

There were thirteen players in action on Wednesday, eleven of them to contest the tenth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Robin Gunney, whose victims were John Curran, Cynthia Roberts and, in the final, Alan Joicey.
Alan had reached the final via wins over Ian Anderson, Ian Tarr and Chris Hughes.
Gaz Owen took the consolation flight, defeating Steve Morris, Ian Anderson and Elias Hamati.
Stephen Little won a post tournament jackpot.
There was also Premier One action at the Pump House, where Simon Baker and Neil Young emerged from a double header with honours more or less even.

08/03/22: Tuesday results round-up

There were three matches played on Tuesday.
In a Premier Two Red Richard Owsley won narrowly against Mike Smith.
And the first two results of the second round of the Brunel Trophy were also close affairs.
Ian Hedges defeated Cynthia Roberts, while Natalie Singh beat Martha Beal.
Natalie still has both lives intact, but Martha is eliminated, while Ian and Cynthia each have one life remaining.

08/03/22: Sixteen in Monday action

There were sixteen players in action on Monday to contest the eighth Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins across two environments.
Twelve were split into two groups of six online, while four made up a single group at Sportsmans, where new player Dominic Valitis also made a fact-finding appearance.
The online groups were won by Andy Boysan and Kev Peters, while Jim Green won the live group.
Ian Anderson, despite his absence from action on this occasion, still holds a formidable lead in the WGP table, and with just two sessions remaining he will be tough to dislodge.

06/03/22: Sunday wins for Cecilia and Marcel

There were two Premier League matches played on Sunday.
In a Premier One meeting in Portland Square Cecilia Rogers defeated George Georgiou.
And online Marcel Bancroft pipped Martha Beal in Premier Three Green.

06/03/22: Brunel Trophy second round draw made

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the second round of the ninth incarnation of the Brunel Trophy was made on Sunday evening.
With its record entry of fifty-two players, anything between five and twenty-one players will lose their second life in this round.
The matches are to be completed by April 10th.
The draw can be viewed here.

05/03/22: Friday wns for Andy, Safi and Pearl

There were three Premier League matches played on Friday.
At the Cambridge Arms Andy Boysan maintained his unbeaten Premier One start to the season by despatching Neil Young.
And online There were wins for Safi Tracy over Steffen Nowak in Premier Two Blue and Pearl Foster over Cynthia Roberts in Premier Three Green.

04/03/22: Gaz and Ian are Bristol's doubles champions

There were sixteen players in action on Thursday at the Rainbow Casino to contest the annual Consulting Doubles Championship tournament.
And it was the pairing of Gaz Owen and Ian Hedges which claimed the annual title, although this was the first time the event has been held since 2019, thanks mostly to Covid.
Gaz and Ian got past Tim Line and Hazel Harper in the quarter-finals, before despatching Roland and Simonetta Herrera in the semis.
Their final opponents Cynthia Roberts and Adrian Farthing then went the same way.
Cynthia and Adrian had got past Safi and Simon Tracy, then Andy Boysan and Alan Joicey en route to the final.
Safi and Simon took the consolation flight with victories over Nick Barham and Tom Chapman, then Tim and Hazel.

02/03/22: Ian Anderson wins Wednesday tournament

There were just ten players in action on Wednesday to contest the ninth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Ian Anderson, whose victims were Alan Joicey, Safi Tracy and, in the final, Tim Line.
Tim had reached the final via wins over Adam Sinclair, Andy Boysan and Robin Gunney.
Elias Hamati took the consolation flight, defeating Alan and Hazel Harper.
Tim won a post tournament jackpot.

01/03/22: Tuesday Premier League and Brunel Trophy round-up

There were eight matches played on Tuesday.
The first round of the Brunel Trophy was completed, with the day's winners Neil Young, Richard Owsley, Simon Hughes and Jim Green consigning Phil Charlton, Paul Watts, Tim Line and Robin Gunney to the ranks of those with a single life remaining.
Richard gained an additional benefit when defeating Paul, as the pair had agreed to double up their encounter as a Premier Two Red match.
The Red Division was busy, with Kev Peters and Jordan White playing a double header which resulted in a win apiece, while Hazel Harper defeated Adrian Farthing.
And Cynthia Roberts returned to the top of Premier Three Green when she edged out previous leader Natalie Singh.
Natalie does have nine matches in hand, however.

01/03/22: Jim, Tim and Kev win Nackgammon groups

There were eighteen players in action on Monday, sixteen of them to contest the second monthly session of this year's Monday Club Nackgammon Grand Prix, held across two environments.
Twelve were split into two groups of six on the Heroes site, while four more played in one group at Sportsmans.
The two online groups were won by Tim Line and Kev Peters, while the live group saw a win for Jim Green.
Tim has moved into a 5 points lead in the NGP table, with Kev, Ian Anderson and Adam Sinclair jointly in second place.
There was also a Premier Two Red double header, where Adrian Farthing and Jordan White swapped 11-2 victories.

27/02/22: League action on Sunday

There were three matches played on Sunday.
Two unbeaten players met in Premier One, where Andy Boysan came out on top against Cecilia Rogers.
It was Cecilia's first defeat in ten league matches, in a run stretching back to the tail end of last season.
In Premier Two Red Richard Owsley whitewashed Gerald Whitehouse.
And in Premier Three Yellow Hemal Getalal scored his first Premier League win at the expense of Caroline Boulton.

27/02/22: Doubles event switched to this Thursday; Masters and Intermediates Trophy switched to April 21st

In a last minute switch, the events advertised for Thursday March 3rd and Thursday April 21st have been swapped around.
This Thursday will see the revival of our Annual Consulting Doubles Championship, which for various reasons has not been seen since 2019.
Meanwhile, the 22nd Bristol Masters and the 21st Intermediates Trophy will now take place on April 21st, when the weather and the post-Covid situation are both likely to be more conducive to live play.

26/02/22: Saturday results round-up

There were eight matches played on Saturday, six of them in the first round of the Brunel Trophy.
Brunel winners were Simon Tracy, who whitewashed Chris Rogers, Gerald Whitehouse, victor over Kev Peters, Hemal Getalal, who pipped fellow Yellow Division member Michael Petrakas, Cecilia Rogers, winner against Roland Herrera, Safi Tracy, who beat Eamonn Reay, and Simonetta Herrera, who accounted for Nick Barham.
There are just four of the first round matches to be completed before next weekend's draw, which will of course contain all fifty-two players, half with two lives remaining, the other half with one.
In league action Cecilia had earlier scored a Premier One win over Alan Joicey.
In the only live match of the day James Lintell-Smith defeated Michael Corbett at the Greenbank in Premier Three Yellow.

25/02/22: George wins to take Handicap Trophy lead

There were twelve players in action on Thursday, ten of them at the Rainbow Casino, of whom eight contested the second of this year's series of nine Handicap Trophy tournaments.
George Georgiou continued in his rich vein of form to take the main flight, defeating Cynthia Roberts and Hazel Harper before overcoming Tim Line in the final.
Tim had overcome Ian Tarr and Safi Tracy en route to the final.
The consolation flight final was held over.
The protagonists -- Jim Green and Ian Tarr -- will play the match very soon.
George now leads the HT standings, 50 points ahead of January winner Ian Hedges.
The day's other action was in the first round of the Brunel Trophy.
Frank Jones scored a victory over Mandy Macdonald online, while Alan Joicey overcame Ian Hedges at the casino.
Eleven of the first round ties are yet to be completed.

24/02/22: Carwyn Jenkins: an apology

A small number of readers would have seen a subtly different version of the story below dated 23/02/22, before I took the step of amending it this morning.
While my avowed priority is to defend our leagues and other competitions from potential damage, nothing written here should reflect the exasperation I felt at the time of writing.
This should be the place for measured and balanced reporting.
I would therefore like to apologise unreservedly to Carwyn for any upset my original words may have caused.

23/02/22: Tim wins Wednesday tournament

There were twenty-six players in action on Wednesday, sixteen of them to contest the eighth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Tim Line, whose victims were Stephen Little, Ian Anderson, Kev Peters and, in the final, Safi Tracy.
Safi had reached the final -- for the second successive Wednesday -- via wins over Andy Boysan, Cliff Blofield and Simonetta Herrera.
John Curran took the consolation flight, defeating Stephen, Alan Joicey and Elias Hamati.
Ian Tarr won a post tournament jackpot.
There had earlier been some Premier League and Brunel Trophy action, in one case utterly pointless.
The latest first round Brunel Trophy encounter was Ian Tarr's defeat of Jordan White.
There were Premier Two Red victories for Mike Smith and Hazel Harper, over Phil Charlton and Richard Owsley.
In Premier Three Yellow James Lintell-Smith beat Carwyn Jenkins.
Carwyn later resigned from the league, citing changed work circumstances, which means that James's win -- and that of Kylie Hedges earlier in the season -- now count for nothing.

22/02/22: Tuesday results round-up

There were two matches played on Tuesday.
Ben Crowden defeated Hazel Harper in the first round of the Brunel Trophy.
And Kev Peters moved back to the top of Premier Two Red when he beat Andrew Cobb.

21/02/22: Twenty-nine in Monday action

There were twenty-nine players in action on Monday, twenty-four of them to contest the seventh Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins across two environments.
Nineteen were split into a group of seven and two of six online, while five made up a single group at Sportsmans.
The online groups were won by Robin Gunney, Elias Hamati and Kev Peters, while Ian Tarr won the live group.
Ian Anderson won the side pool in Robin's group.
Ian Anderson still holds a formidable lead in the WGP table, with Elias Hamati now in second place.
There were three other matches played.
In the first round of the Brunel Trophy Simon Baker defeated James Lintell-Smith.
And there were Premier Three Green victories for Cynthia Roberts and Pearl Foster, whose victims were Rosemary Whitehouse and Martha Beal.

20/02/22: All the news from Sunday

There were six matches played on Sunday.
There were first round Brunel Trophy wins for Tom Chapman and George Georgiou, who inflicted lost lives on Elias Hamati and Adrian Farthing respectively.
The Sugar Loaf, Easton, played host to the Premier One meeting of Neil Young and Ed Turner, where Ed notched his first win of the season.
And there were three matches in Premier Two Blue.
Safi Tracy played in two of them, defeating Ismail Yilmaz, before losing to league leader Robin Gunney despite a world class PR.
And Jon Organ kicked off his campaign by defeating Dave Pym.

19/02/22: Saturday results round-up

There were six matches played on Saturday.
Adam Sinclair defeated Ed Turner in the first round of the Brunel Trophy.
Ian Tarr began his Premier Two Blue campaign with two defeats, one by Ismail Yilmaz, the other by Safi Tracy.
Another to play twice was Andrew Cobb in Premier Two Red.
Both of his results were emphatic -- a victory over Richard Owsley and a defeat at the hands of Gerald Whitehouse.
And Simon Tracy narrowly beat Pearl Foster in Premier Three Green.

18/02/22: Friday win for Mandy

There was just one match to report from Friday.
Mandy Macdonald defeated Cliff Blofield in Premier Two Blue.

18/02/22: George consolidates GP10 lead

There were eleven players in action on Thursday, including the nine who contested the second session of the GP10 series of ten tournaments at the casino.
In the main flight it was George Georgiou who took the honours, just as he did in January.
He defeated Cynthia Roberts, Ian Tarr and Tim Line, who had reached the final with wins over Robin Gunney, Alan Joicey and Stephen Little.
The consolation flight went to Robin, thanks to victories against Cynthia, Hazel Harper and Jim Green.
So George has moved into a commanding GP10 lead of 80 points, with Tim in second place.
There were also two first round Brunel Trophy matches played -- Chris Hughes emphatically depriving Cliff Blofield of his first life in the year-long double elimination event, while Stephen Little also defeated John Curran.

16/02/22: Safi wins Wednesday tournament

There were twenty-three players in action on Wednesday, eighteen of them to contest the seventh of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was 18-year-old Safi Tracy, whose victims were Ian Anderson, Simonetta Herrera, Ian Tarr and, in the final, Robin Gunney.
Robin had reached the final via wins over Elias Hamati, John Curran, Nick Barham and Roland Herrera.
Mandy Macdonald took the consolation flight, defeating Tim Line, George Georgiou and Elias.
Elias won a post tournament jackpot.
There had earlier been some Premier Three action.
Martha Beal got in two Green Division matches, defeating Rosemary Whitehouse before succumbing to league leader Natalie Singh.
And in the parallel Yellow Division Michael Corbett scored his first league win since his return from exile, defeating league leader Kylie Hedges.

15/02/22: Premier Two action on Tuesday

There were five matches played on Tuesday, all of them in Premier Two.
Safi Tracy scored emphatic Premier Two Blue victories over Steve Morris and Chris Hughes.
Divisional leader Robin Gunney continued his fine start to the season by pipping Steffen Nowak.
And Ismail Yilmaz defeated Dave Pym.
The other match was in the Red Division, where Gary Plant beat Jordan White to go top of the league.

15/02/22: Twenty-three in Monday action

There were twenty-three players in action on Monday, eighteen of them to contest the sixth Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in DMP round robins online.
There would have been a live session too, but the three who turned up for that were forced into a chouette instead.
The eighteen were split into two groups of nine, which were won by Tim Line and Nick Barham.
Ian Anderson still holds a handsome WGP lead, with Nick the only one in a position to challenge strongly as he has only contested four of the six sessions.
Kev Peters won the post-tournament jackpot.
There was also Premier League action, where Ismail Yilmaz pipped Steve Morris in a Premier Two Blue encounter.

13/02/22: Sunday results round-up

There were eight matches played on Sunday.
In the first round of the Brunel Trophy Natalie Singh narrowly defeated Pearl Foster.
The only Premier One match saw Simon Baker whitewashing Alan Joicey.
In Premier Three Yellow John Curran scored his first league win of the season against James Lintell-Smith.
But the lion's share of activity came in Premier Two Red, where double headers between Mike Smith and Gary Plant and Hazel Harper and Kev Peters saw the spoils shared.
Divisional leader Kev also found time for a defeat by Tim Line.

12/02/22: Battle of the Michaels

There was just one Premier League match played on Saturday.
In Premier Three Yellow Michael Corbett and Michael Petrakas met at the Greenbank, Easton.
And it was Michael P who maintained his 100% league record.

11/02/22: Friday match action

There were two matches played on Friday.
In Premier Two Red Gary Plant scored a narrow win over Jordan White.
And the latest first round Brunel Trophy tie saw Mike Smith defeat Kylie Hedges.

11/02/22: Gaz runs and wins February Bristol Grand Prix event

In the absence of Director Ian Tarr, Gaz Owen stepped in on Thursday to run the second of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
And he emerged from the field of eleven players to win the main flight, defeating Tim Line, Cynthia Roberts and -- in the final -- Stephen Little.
Stephen had arrived there via wins over George Georgiou and Nick Barham.
The consolation flight was won by Jim Green, who beat debut player Mohammed Mustafa, Robin Gunney and George.
Gaz draws level with Roland Herrera at the top of the Bristol Grand Prix table.
Unusually, of nineteen BGP contestants over the first two events, only four have played in both.

10/02/22: Simonetta wins Wednesday tournament

There were nineteen players in action on Wednesday, eighteen of them to contest the sixth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Simonetta Herrera, whose victims were Frank Jones, Steve Morris, Tim Line and, in the final, Gaz Owen.
Gaz had reached the final via wins over Robin Gunney, Safi Tracy and Simon Tracy.
Nick Barham took the consolation flight, defeating Stephen Little, Robin Gunney and Warner Solomon.
Tim won a post tournament jackpot.
There had earlier been action in Premier Two Red, where Gary Plant defeated Frank.

08/02/22: Tuesday Premier League round-up

There were six Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier One Andy Boysan defeated Ian Hedges.
Safi Tracy scored a brace of wins in Premier Two Blue, Ben Crowden and Chris Hughes the victims.
And in Premier Two Red there were wins for Frank Jones and Paul Watts at the expense of Gary Plant and Hazel Harper, while Tim Line shared the spoils of a double header with Andrew Cobb.

08/02/22: Twenty in Monday action

There were twenty players in action on Monday, sixteen of them to contest the fourth Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins online.
The customary live session had been cancelled as Director Ian Tarr had fallen foul of covid, albeit with mild symptoms.
The sixteen were split into two groups of eight, which were won by Tim Line and Nick Barham.
Ian Anderson finished second in his group, gathering enough points to install him in the role of runaway WGP leader.
There was also Premier League and Brunel Trophy action.
In Premier One Chris Rogers continued his productive run, edging home against Simon Baker.
And there were Brunel Trophy lives lost by Gaz Owen and Martha Beal when they succumbed, respectively, to Steffen Nowak and Steve Morris.

07/02/22: Monday live event cancelled

The live portion of Monday's parallel Monday Club Winter Grand Prix sessions has been cancelled at short notice as Director Ian Tarr has tested positive for Covid-19.
His symptoms are very mild, so he will be running the online session as usual.
Wednesday's online tournament will not be affected, and a decision on Thursday's Bristol Grand Prix tournament will be made very soon.

07/02/22: Sunday wins for Chris and Cynthia

There were two matches played on Saturday.
Chris Rogers's Premier One resurgence continued with a victory over Ed Turner.
And in the Brunel Trophy Cynthia Roberts began with a win against Andy Zographou.

05/02/22: Saturday hat-trick for Robin

There were three matches played on Saturday, all in Premier Two Blue.
All three involved Robin Gunney and all three were victories for him -- Ben Crowden, Cliff Blofield and Dave Pym being the victims.

04/02/22: Ian takes opening Speedgammon GP tournament

There were just eleven players in action on Thursday, seven of them to take part in the opening instalment of the year's Speedgammon Grand Prix at the Rainbow Casino.
The low turnout dictated that there would be a single round robin group, with no knock-out phase to follow, with the prize money going to the top two finishers.
And Ian Tarr took first place, a whisker ahead of Tim Line on points difference, after both players had managed five victories out of six.
Tim and Ian thus share the early SGGP lead.
There was also Premier League action, with two results reported.
Unusually the matches both involved players with either 100% or 0% records in terms of wins, and that state of affairs was maintained.
Cecilia Rogers edged home again in her Premier One match with Ian Hedges, for whom three of his five defeats have involved 10-11 score-lines.
And in Premier Three Yellow Michael Petrakas prevailed against Caroline Boulton.

02/02/22: Nick wins Wednesday tournament

There were fourteen players in action on Wednesday to contest the fifth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Nick Barham, whose victims were Chris Hughes, Tim Line, Cynthia Roberts and, in the final, Cecilia Rogers.
Cecilia had reached the final via wins over Hazel Harper and Ian Anderson after receiving a first round bye.
Andy Boysan took the consolation flight, defeating Hazel, Chris Hughes and Frank Jones.
Elias Hamati won a post tournament jackpot.

01/02/22: Kev consolidates lead

In the only Tuesday action Kev Peters defeated Frank Jones in Premier Two Red to consolidate his early league lead.

01/02/22: Kian and Adam take Nackgammon Grand Prix lead

There were twenty-five players in action on Monday, seventeen of them to contest the opening session of this year's Monday Club Nackgammon Grand Prix, held across two environments.
Eleven were split into two groups -- one of six, one of five -- on the Heroes site, while six more played in one group at Sportsmans.
The two online groups were won by Adam Sinclair and Alan Joicey, although Tim Line won the side pool in Alan's group.
The live group saw a win for Kian Sabet.
So Adam and Kian, winners of the larger groups, take the initial lead in the NGP table.
There was also League and knock-out action.
In Premier One George Georgiou defeated Nick Barham at the Rainbow Casino, while Chris Rogers scored online victories over Simon Hughes and Ian Hedges, as Chris's title defence gains impetus after an indifferent start to his season.
Michael Petrakas won a nail-biter over Hemal Getalal in Premier Three Yellow.
And the 2022 Brunel Trophy has its first result, Ismail Yilmaz defeating Andy Boysan.

30/01/22: Sunday Premier League round-up

There were five Premier League matches played on Sunday, the day when Bristol Backgammon passed the milestone of 9,000 league matches.
Andy Boysan and Alan Joicey kicked off their Premier One campaigns with a close encounter, which saw Andy prevailing.
Live action at the Lounge, Bedminster, featured James Lintell-Smith's first Premier Three Yellow defeat of the season, against league debutant Michael Petrakas.
In the same division Hemal Getalal was also making his Premier League debut, but he succumbed to league leader Kylie Hedges.
The parallel Green Division saw wins for Simon Tracy and Mathew Nicholls, over Pearl Foster and Cynthia Roberts respectively.

30/01/22: Brunel Trophy launched with record entry

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the first round of the ninth incarnation of the Brunel Trophy was made on Sunday evening.
The heavily sponsored year-long double elimination knock-out competition this year features a record entry of fifty-two players, and is expected to last for nine or ten rounds.
First round matches are to be completed by March 5th.
The draw can be viewed here.

30/01/22: Saturday wins for Chris and Ben

There were two Premier League matches played online on Saturday.
Chris Rogers reached the half way stage in his title defence with an emphatic Premier One victory over Ed Turner.
And for the first time this season he has won more league matches than he has lost.
And Ben Crowden continued his promising start to life in Premier Two Blue with a win over Mandy Macdonald.

28/01/22: Friday results round-up

There were two Premier League matches played on Friday.
Chris Rogers took another step towards resurrecting his title defence with a Premier One victory over Stuart Mann at the Pump House.
And Natalie Singh returned to the top of the Premier Three Green table when she defeated Simon Tracy.

28/01/22: George takes year's first GP20 tournament

There were just fifteen players in action on Thursday at the Rainbow Casino to contest the first of this year's series of eight GP20 tournaments.
George Georgiou won the main flight, defeating Andy Zographou, Kev Peters and Ian Tarr before overcoming Tim Line in the final.
Tim, the only recipient of a first round bye, had overcome Nick Barham and Alan Joicey en route.
Adrian Farthing took the consolation flight, defeating Stephen Little, Elas Hamati and, in the final, Nick.
George takes a handy 50 points lead into the second of the series, in March.

27/01/22: Chris Hughes wins Wednesday tournament

There were nineteen players in action on Wednesday, just twelve of them to contest the fourth of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Chris Hughes, whose victims were Nick Barham, Stephen Little, Robin Gunney and, in the final, Elias Hamati.
Elias had reached the final via wins over Ian Anderson and Tim Line after receiving a first round bye.
Nick took the consolation flight, defeating Ian, John Curran and Hazel Harper.
Stephen won two post tournament jackpots.
There were four Premier League matches played.
In Premier One there was another narrow defeat for Ian Hedges at the hands of Chris Rogers.
Steve Morris began his Premier Two Blue campaign with victory over Clif Blofield.
And in Premier Three there were wins for Marcel Bancroft over Pearl Foster in the Green Division and Kylie Hedges over Carwyn Jenkins in the Yellow Division.

26/01/22: Tuesday Premier League results round-up

There were seven Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
Neil Young inflicted Stuart Mann's first Premier One defeat at the Pump House, while Cecilia Rogers maintained her 100% start to the season with a narrow victory over Ian Hedges.
Premier Two Blue's winners were Cliff Blofield and Chris Hughes, whose wins were at the expense of, respectively, Ben Crowden and Dave Pym.
Martha Beal is rivalling Cynthia Roberts in speedy completion of league fixtures, but suffered narrow losses against Pearl Foster and Andy Zographou in Premier Three Green.
And Kylie Hedges pipped John Curran in Premier Three Yellow.

25/01/22: Twenty-three in Monday action

There were twenty-three players in action on Monday, twenty of them to contest the fourth Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins across two environments.
Fifteen were split into a group of eight and one of seven online, while five made up a single group at Sportsmans.
The online groups were won by Ian Anderson and Nick Barham, while Mathew Nicholls won the live group.
Ian Anderson is building a formidable lead in the WGP table, with Adam Sinclair in second place.
There were also three Premier League matches played.
In Premier Two Blue Dave Pym scored an emphatic win over Mandy Macdonald.
Meanwhile in Premier Three Green Martha Beal took on two of the season's pace setters and enjoyed two very close matches -- a defeat to Mathew and a victory over Simon Tracy.

22/01/22: Saturday results round-up

There were five matches played on Saturday.
Ed Turner began his Premier One campaign with two matches -- the first online, the second at the Sugar Loaf, Easton.
A defeat to Gaz Owen preceded another against Neil Young.
Safi Tracy also played two matches.
The first was the held over consolation final of Thursday's Handicap Trophy tournament, where she lost narrowly to Nick Barham.
And the second was her opening Premier Two Blue match, where she again suffered defeat, this time to in form league leader Ben Crowden.
Simon Tracy was the day's other winner, inflicting Natalie Singh's first Premier League defeat in their Green Division encounter.

22/01/22: Mathew's brace of wins

There were two Premier League matches played on Friday -- a Premier Three Green double header between Martha Beal and Mathew Nicholls.
And it was Mathew who won both matches.

21/01/22: Ian takes early Handicap Trophy lead

There were twenty players in action on Thursday, fifteen of them to contest the first of this year's series of nine Handicap Trophy tournaments.
Ian Hedges won the main flight, defeating Roland Herrera, Cynthia Roberts and Hazel Harper before overcoming George Georgiou in the final.
George had overcome Ian Tarr, Tim Line and Adrian Farthing en route to the final.
The consolation flight final was held over.
The protagonists -- Nick Barham and Safi Tracy -- are likely to play the match online very soon, as they are both on zero handicaps.
Before the tournament Nick had undergone the most rigorous of warm-ups, with a Premier One double header against reigning champion Chris Rogers.
The scorelines were both one sided, but the spoils were shared.
Earlier online Robin Gunney had begun his Premier Two Blue campaign with victories over both Ben Crowden and Cliff Blofield.
And Kylie-Clair Hedges also scored a league win, defeating John Curran in Premier Three Yellow.

20/01/22: Kev wins Wednesday tournament

There were twenty-three players in action on Wednesday, eighteen of them to contest the third of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Kev Peters, who was playing his first Wednesday tournament of the year.
His victims were Gaz Owen, Cynthia Roberts, Elias Hamati and -- in the final -- Ian Anderson.
Ian reached the final via wins over Safi Tracy, Ben Crowden and Alan Joicey.
Chris Hughes took the consolation flight, defeating Robin Gunney, Gaz and Nick Barham.
Elias won the post tournament jackpot.
There were four Premier League matches played.
In Premier One there were wins for Stuart Mann and Gaz, who defeated Ian Hedges and Simon Hughes respectively.
At the Pump House there was a Premier Three Yellow double header where James Lintell-Smith scored two narrow wins over Caroline Boulton.

18/01/22: Premier League action on Tuesday

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier Two Red Kev Peters edged to victory against Tim Line.
And Mathew Nicholls returned to league action after a year's sabbattical with a win over Andy Zographou and a defeat to Cynthia Roberts in Premier Three Green.
Cynthia is back on top of the league.

18/01/22: Thirty-two in Monday action

There were thirty-two players in action on Monday, twenty-nine of them to contest the third Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in 3-point round robins across two environments.
Twenty-one were split into three online groups of seven, while eight were split into two groups of four at Sportsmans.
The online groups were won by Elias Hamati, Gaz Owen and Andrew Montgomery, while George Georgiou won one of the live groups, the other being shared by Stephen Little and Kian Sabet.
Ian Anderson has moved into a 13 point lead in the WGP table, with Stephen still in second place.
There were also five Premier League matches played.
In Premier One Chris Rogers and George shared the spoils of a double header in Portland Square, while Gaz suffered a rare whitewash defeat at the hands of Nick Barham.
Simon Tracy defeated Cynthia Roberts in Premier Three Green, while Kylie-Clair Hedges and Caroline Boulton began their Premier Three Yellow campaigns, Kylie winning.

17/01/22: Simon wins on Monday

In Premier Three Green action on Monday were Cynthia Roberts and Simon Tracy, Simon edging home.

16/01/22: Premier League action on Saturday

There were three Premier League matches played on Saturday.
In Premier Two Blue Mandy Macdonald won a nail biter against Cliff Blofield.
The busiest division so far this season is Premier Three Green.
And Cynthia Roberts is primarily responsible for this, having played her twelfth match of the season yesterday, a defeat at the hands of Pearl Foster.
But Natalie Singh took back pole position by defeating Simon Tracy.

14/01/22: Friday Premier League round-up

There were four Premier League matches played on Friday.
In Premier Two Red Kev Peters defeated Frank Jones.
And Cynthia Roberts fitted in three Premier Three Green matches.
Two defeats at the hands of Simon Tracy were followed by victory over Andy Zographou.
Cynthia has already played eleven league matches this season, and now finds herself top of the league.

14/01/22: Cecilia extends early top flight lead

In a Premier One match played in Portland Square on Thursday, Cecilia Rogers continued her fine early season form with an emphatic victory over Neil Young.

14/01/22: Roland is the year's first Bristol Grand Prix leader

There were twelve players in action on Thursday to contest the first of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
Roland Herrera won the main flight, making the most of a first round bye by defeating Tim Line and Ian Hedges before overcoming Safi Tracy in the final.
Safi had arrived there via the long part of the draw and wins over Simonetta Herrera, Ben Crowden and Ian Tarr.
The consolation flight was won by Simonetta with victories over Simon Tracy and Hazel Harper.
Roland is thus the year's first leader of our flagship knock-out series, with Safi 20 points behind.

14/01/22: Not forgetting the UK Champions League......

The 2021 UK Champions League was also overlooked in my summary of late 2021 achievements.
Tsk, tsk......
Bristol's four representatives all did well enough to progress to the knock-out phase, but Neil Young fared best, reaching the semi-finals.

13/01/22: Not forgetting the Players Championship......

Yesterday's summary of Bristol players' achievements towards the end of 2021 omitted the Players' Championship, played live in London in December.
Cecilia Rogers was runner-up in a very strong field, plus Stuart Mann and Tim Line also had very strong tournaments.

12/01/22: Chris wins Wednesday tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Wednesday to contest the second of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
This week's winner was Chris Hughes, who fought his way past Chris Rogers, Simon Tracy and Tim Line before overcoming Stephen Little in the final.
Stephen, who also reached last week's final, had arrived there via wins over Cynthia Roberts, Alan Joicey and Elias Hamati.
Chris Rogers took the consolation flight, defeating Gaz Owen, Safi Tracy and Adam Sinclair.
Stephen won the post tournament jackpot.

12/01/22: Bristol players continue to achieve elsewhere

Towards the tail end of 2021 there were a handful of noteworthy achievements by Bristol players outside of our own events.
Stuart Mann was the UK Online League champion in the final quarter of the year -- becoming the first player to achieve this accolade twice.
That means that Bristol Backgammon players won three of the inaugural year's four quarterly titles, since Gaz Owen won the very first.
Gaz also reached the final of the UK P-40 Online Knock-out, where he was defeated by Liverpool's Kev Jones.
There were 338 players in that event, and our occasional player Reece Hodges was eliminated by Gaz in the semi-finals.
Other players to gain promotion from their UK Online League divisions were Cecilia Rogers, Alan Joicey, Reece, Steve Pickard and Kev Peters.
Meanwhile our youngest active player Safi Tracy has been making waves.
Having recently turned eighteen, her results are continually progressing.
In November there was an informal practice tournament on the new Backgammon Hub, and from a field of thirty-nine players, Safi emerged as the victor.
Recognition followed in her selection -- along with Cecilia -- for the five-player UK Women's team for the recent match against a UK Men's team.

11/01/22: Tuesday Premier League round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
The first Premier One match of the calendar year -- although four matches were completed at the tail end of 2021 -- was enacted at the Pump House, where Stuart Mann began his campaign with victory over Neil Young.
And Cynthia Roberts continued in her quest for copious action with a Premier Three Green double header against Marcel Bancroft.
They scored a win apiece.

11/01/22: Twenty-three in Monday action

There were twenty-three players in action on Monday, twenty-one of them to contest the second Monday Club Winter Grand Prix session in DMP round robins across two environments.
Sixteen were split into two online groups of eight, while five made up a single group, playing each opponent twice, at Sportsmans.
The online groups were won by Ian Anderson and Frank Jones, while the live group was won by George Georgiou.
Adam Sinclair scooped the side pool in Frank's group.
Ian has established an eight point lead in the WGP table, with Stephen Little in second place.
There was also league action, with Ben Crowden defeating Ismail Yilmaz in Premier Two Blue.

09/01/22: Sunday wins for Paul and Martha

There were two Premier League matches played on Sunday.
In Premier Two Red Paul Watts and Frank Jones began their campaigns, Paul prevailing.
And Martha Beal defeated Pearl Foster in Premier Three Green.

08/01/22: James and Michael kick-off the Yellow Division

The opening match of the 2022 Premier Three Yellow season took place on Saturday in Fishponds, where Michael Corbett played host to James Lintell-Smith.
And James won narrowly to become that division's first leader.
It was Michael's first Bristol Backgammon match since a November 2012 league meeting with Richard Holness.

07/01/22: George sets early GP10 pace

There were sixteen players in action on Thursday, including the fourteen who got the live 2022 season under way by contesting the opening session of the GP10 series of ten tournaments at the casino.
In the main flight it was George Georgiou who took the honours, making the most of receiving a first round bye by defeating Stephen Little, Safi Tracy and Ian Hedges.
Ian had arrived in the final by getting past Kylie-Clair Hedges, Cynthia Roberts and Gaz Owen.
The consolation flight again went to Ian Tarr, another to benefit from a first round bye when he beat Hazel Harper and Jim Green.
So George is the leader in the GP10 table, with a 25 points cushion over second placed Ian H.
There was also a Premier League match played.
And it was the first of the season in Premier Two Red, where Richard Owsley edged it against Kev Peters.

06/01/22: Alan wins inaugural Wednesday weekly tournament

There were twenty players in action on Wednesday -- sixteen of them to contest the first of our stand-alone Wednesday online tournaments.
And Alan Joicey had the honour of winning this inaugural event, defeating Chris Hughes, Tim Line and Robin Gunney before despatching Stephen Little in the final.
Stephen had arrived there via wins over Gerald Whitehouse, Nick Barham and Gaz Owen.
John Curran took the consolation flight, getting past Elias Hamati and Roland Herrera, then beating Chris in the final.
Ian Anderson won his speciality event -- the post tournwment jackpot.
And there were also two Premier League matches played.
Ben Crowdenmoved to the top of the embryonic Premier Two Blue table by beating Dave Pym.
And Pearl Foster began her Premier Three Green campaign with a win against Cynthia Roberts.

04/01/22: Seven in Tuesday league action

There were four Premier League matches played on Tuesday -- two in Premier Two Blue and two in Premier Three Green.
In the Blue Division the winners were Cliff Blofield and Ben Crowden, who defeated Dave Pym and Ismail Yilmaz respectively.
And as was the case last season, the main driver of Premier Three action so far is Cynthia Roberts.
She completed her fourth and fifth Green Division matches of the season, defeating Martha Beal and succumbing to Natalie Singh, who has begun her first season at this level very well.

03/01/22: Roland, Ian and Stephen win opening 3-point round robins

There were twenty-two players in action on Monday, including twenty-one who contested the opening session of the Monday Club Winter Grand Prix online.
The pattern of simultaneous Monday tournaments online and live, established last year, will continue, but on this occasion Sportsmans was closed at the Bank Holiday, so only the online session happened.
The twenty-one were split into three groups of seven, and the winners were Roland Herrera, Ian Anderson and Stephen Little, although Ian Tarr won the side pool in Stephen's group.
The three group winners are the opening leaders of the WGP table.
The John Curran intermediate sponsorship is set to continue this season, but recent circumstances mean there is a current dearth of new intermediates.
Gaz Owen joined the fray to win a post tournament jackpot.
There was also Premier League action online.
The first two matches in Premier Two Blue were a double header, where Ismail Yilmaz scored a brace of wins over Mandy Macdonald.
And Cynthia Roberts got off the mark in Premier Three Green with a victory over Martha Beal.

02/01/22: Three Green Division matches played on Sunday

The first league matches of the new year -- but not of the new season, as four Premier One matches were played at the tail end of 2021 -- were in Premier Three Green.
And Natalie Singh -- new to the Premier League -- emerged as the first divisional leader with victories over both Cynthia Roberts and Martha Beal.
Martha, another Premier League newcomer, followed up by defeating Cynthia.

30/12/21: Could Chris's early start backfire?

Bristol Premier League champion Chris Rogers has been making a habit of starting his new season early each year, and getting off to a flying start may have dealt a psychological blow to his pursuers, who have failed to catch him for two successive seasons.
But as he begins his latest title defence, in the hope of becoming the first player to take the coveted title three times in succession, it could be that this time his tactic is backfiring.
Having played local derbies in Portland Square on Tuesday and again today, he has suffered defeat twice to the newest Rogers on the block.
And sandwiched in between those matches was a double header on Wednesday, where he shared the spoils with Neil Young.
Cecilia Rogers is now in pole position in Premier One and, for the moment at least, it is she who needs pursuing.

30/12/21: Martha's entry brings pleasant surprises for Alan and Ben

Bristol Backgammon Director Ian Tarr has made the unusual decision to admit a late entrant to the 2022 Bristol Premier League.
Martha Beal, who contested the Conference League in 2021, missed the Premier League entry deadline, having been laid low by Covid.
But under the circumstances Ian felt it appropriate to admit her, and not make her wait another year.
Because of the preferred numerical splits, the best way to admit Martha was to place her in Premier Three Green, moving Ben Crowden up from there to Premier Two Blue, and consequently elevating Alan Joicey from there up to Premier One.
The new line-up features 57 players, just as it did last season, and the fact that all players in all five divisions will now face a programme of twenty-four matches, gives the league a pleasing symmetry.

24/12/21: Twelve in Christmas Fizz action to bring the Bristol Backgammon year to a close

The last Bristol Backgammon event of the year, known as the Christmas Fizz Tournament, because of sponsor Steve Morris's kind provision of four bottles of various kinds of fizzy liquid, was enjoyed by twelve players at the Rainbow Casino on Thursday.
For obvious reasons the turnout was lower than in previous years, but there was still a fun atmosphere.
With only 3-point matches throughout, there were two phases -- the first involving round robin groups of four players, while the second comprised main and consolation knock-out flights, where qualification was dependent on performance in the first phase.
The three groups saw the winners -- Hazel Boucher, Tim Line and George Georgiou -- pocket small cash prizes, and the top two in each moved on to the main knock-out flight, the remainder contesting the consolation.
Tim and Gaz Owen emerged through the main flight to contest the final, Tim taking the top prize for the second time running.
In the consolation it was Ian Tarr who won the flight, defeating Roland Herrera in the final.
All four finalists received bubbly prizes from Steve -- who, sadly, was among the absentees -- as well as their prize money, and all in all, a good time was had by all.

22/12/21: Adam wins final Freeroll GP tournament; Ian takes title

There were sixteen players in action on Wednesday to contest the twelfth and last of this year's Freeroll Grand Prix series.
Adam Sinclair was the main flight winner, defeating Cynthia Roberts, Chris Hughes and Ian Tarr en route to the final, where he defeated Alan Joicey.
Alan had got past Safi Tracy, Ian Anderson and Hazel Boucher in the other half of the draw.
Kev Peters won the consolation flight, beating Elias Hamati, Frank Jones and Hazel.
Roland Herrera once again missed the event, and his FRGP lead was finally lost when Ian Tarr won the two main flight matches he needed to overhaul Roland and take the title.

22/12/21: Fifty-six sign up for the 2022 Bristol Premier League

The deadline passed at midnight on Tuesday, and fifty-six players have signed up for next year's Bristol Premier League.
This is a drop of just one from last year's record entry.
Premier One was due to shrink from this year's fifteen down to fourteen, on its way back to the optimum of twelve or thirteen dictated by the rules.
But two qualifiers -- Jim Green and Adam Sinclair -- have opted out for different reasons, and the division will be twelve strong in 2022.
The two Premier Two divisions will each have thirteen members, which means reprieves for two players who were eligible for relegation -- Steve Morris and Mandy Macdonald -- and "back door" elevation for Jordan White and Frank Jones.
And in Premier Three, the two divisions will again consist of nine players each, with each opponent to be played three times.
Three players -- Marcel Bancroft, Michael Corbett and Mathew Nicholls -- make welcome returns to the league.
And there will be five players making Premier League debuts -- Hemal Getalal, Kylie-Clair Hedges, Michael Petrakas, Natalie Singh and Andy Zographou.
Full line-ups are:
Premier One: Chris Rogers, Gaz Owen, Stuart Mann, Simon Hughes, Andy Boysan, Cecilia Rogers, Neil Young, Simon Baker, Ed Turner, Nick Barham, George Georgiou and Ian Hedges;
Premier Two Blue: Alan Joicey, Robin Gunney, Ian Tarr, Chris Hughes, Stephen Little, Dave Pym, Cliff Blofield, Steffen Nowak, Jon Organ, Safi Tracy, Ismail Yilmaz, Steve Morris and Mandy Macdonald;
Premier Two Red: Adrian Farthing, Kev Peters, Gary Plant, Richard Owsley, Tim Line, Paul Watts, Phil Charlton, Andrew Cobb, Hazel Harper, Mike Smith, Gerald Whitehouse, Jordan White and Frank Jones;
Premier Three Green: Ben Crowden, Simon Tracy, Pearl Foster, Cynthia Roberts, Rosemary Whitehouse, Marcel Bancroft, Andy Zographou, Natalie Singh and Mathew Nicholls;
Premier Three Yellow: Carwyn Jenkins, Eamonn Reay, James Lintell-Smith, John Curran, Caroline Boulton, Kylie-Clair Hedges, Michael Corbett, Hemal Getalal and Michael Petrakas.

Players will be given full instructions over the next few days.

21/12/21: Tim pips Jim to Brunel Trophy title

Brunel TrophyThe tenth and final round of the 2021 Brunel Trophy was a straight shoot-out for the title on Heroes, with both protagonists having a single life remaining.
And Tim Line became the second player to win the title twice when he won a slightly fortuitous gammon at 9-10 Crawford, pipping long time favourite Jim Green.
The conclusion of this year's competition also tidied up the final qualifying in the 2022 Bristol Masters.
Tim's win left Jim as the Premier Two Blue high finishing qualifier at George Georgiou's expense, while Ian Tarr was the seventh and final Bristol Grand Prix qualifier thanks to his November win.

20/12/21: Michael takes Autumn Grand Prix title

There were eighteen players in action on Monday, including fifteen who contested the tenth and final Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix session online in 3-point round robins.
Three others had hoped to contest the live equivalent at Sportsmans, but three is not enough, so they played chouette instead.
The fifteen were split into two groups, one of eight, one of seven, with Michael Petrakas and Ian Anderson as group winners.
Tim Line won the side pool in Michael's group.
Michael's exploits saw him snatch the AGP lead at the death, thwarting Gaz Owen's bid to take the title.
And Andrew Montgomery took the honours in the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship.

18/12/21: Hazel wins to take the consolation hamper

The consolation final from Thursday's tournament was played online on Saturday, and Hazel Boucher defeated Reece Hodges to win the flight and take the consolation hamper.

17/12/21: Reece to play Hazel for the second hamper

The held over consolation semi-final from Thursday's tournament was played on Friday afternoon on Heroes, Reece Hodges edging home against Ian Tarr.
Reece will now face Hazel Boucher in the final, which carries a nice extra prize for the winner in the shape of a Christmas hamper.

17/12/21: Nick wins final Welcome Back Series tournament; Gaz confirmed as series champion

There were seventeen players in action on Thursday at the Rainbow Casino to contest the sixth and final event in the Welcome Back Series.
Celebrating the reopening of live competition in Bristol, the series was subject to a generous sponsorship, with 75 added to each tournament's prize pool, plus year end prizes for not only the top three performers but also the top three "Tier 2" performers.
"Tier 2" is a one-off hastily coined term, an attempt to define a subset of developing players.
Those who are current members of Premier One or Premier Two and those who were in possession of a Bristol Backgammon handicap of either 0 or 1 at the start of the first tournament are NOT "Tier 2".
This time there was the additional draw of a couple of handsome Christmas hampers -- provided by yet another sponsor -- for the two flight winners.
And Nick Barham timed his best performance in the series to perfection by taking the main flight, defeating James Newman, Safi Tracy, Gaz Owen and -- in the final -- George Georgiou, taking the hamper back to Weston-Super-Mare.
Once again the tournament was not completed.
Reece Hodges -- making his live Bristol Backgammon debut -- needed to catch the last train back to Cardiff, and had to leave before playing his consolation semi-final against Ian Tarr.
This will be played online very soon, and the winner will meet Hazel Boucher in the final to take the other hamper.
Gaz's WBS lead had already all but assured him of the title, and this was confirmed when second placed Roland Herrera was a no show.
Roland held on to his second place, and Nick completed the top three.
The "Tier 2" honours go to Cynthia Roberts, Hazel (who cannot make up the gap even if she wins the consolation final), and Kylie-Clair Hedges.

16/12/21: Herreras dominate the year's last GP20 tournament, but Gaz confirmed as champion

There were sixteen players in action on Wednesday to contest the eighth and final tournament of the year's GP20 series.
And in the main flight the Herreras had things very much their own way.
Simonetta Herrera reached the final by defeating Stephen Little, Gaz Owen and Steve Morris.
In the other half of the draw Roland Herrera got past Ian Anderson, Hazel Boucher and Safi Tracy.
Then Simonetta won the final.
Reece Hodges took the consolation flight with victories over Simon Tracy, Cynthia Roberts and Stephen.
Gaz had already made virtually certain of taking the overall title through his previous efforts, and this event rubber-stamped his success, with the absent Chris Rogers 105 points behind in second place.
And Tim Line won a late four-player jackpot.

15/12/21: Tim levels things up in the Brunel Trophy

Brunel TrophyThe ninth round of the 2021 Brunel Trophy consisted of just one match, as only two players remained standing.
And that was played on Heroes on Tuesday.
Jim Green had two lives remaining and Tim Line one.
A win for Jim would have ended the double elimination competition there and then, but Tim took the honours and now things are 50:50.
The pair will contest the tenth and final round on Tuesday, with the title at stake.

13/12/21: Twenty-one in Monday action

There were twenty-one players in action on Monday to contest the ninth Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix session in DMP round robins across two environments.
Seventeen were split into two online groups -- one of nine, the other of eight -- while just four were present at Sportsmans.
The online groups were won by Chris Hughes and Kev Peters, while the live group, playing each other twice, saw victory for George Georgiou.
Gaz Owen did enough in his online group to edge ahead of Adam Sinclair in the AGP table, while Andrew Montgomery still heads the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship.

10/12/21: Tim takes second annual title in successive days

There were just nine players in action on Thursday to contest the seventh and final instalment of the 2020-21 Handicap Trophy, sponsored as ever by Ed Turner.
Roland Herrera took the honours in the tournament main flight, defeating Ian Tarr, Hazel Boucher and -- in the final -- Cynthia Roberts.
Cynthia had beaten Simonetta Herrera and George Georgiou en route to the final.
Simonetta took the consolation flight with victories over Mandy Macdonald and Stephen Little.
Given the low turnout and the consequently limited number of points available, only Tim Line, Ian and Hazel had the opportunity to top the final HT table.
Hazel needed two main flight wins to stand a chance of overhauling the top two, but fell at the second hurdle.
Which left Tim and Ian, both eliminated from the main flight in their opening matches, to contest the title.
And although Ian defeated Tim in the opening consolation round, he would have needed to win the flight to overtake leader Tim, something which proved beyond him.
Having taken the Bristol Grand Prix title the previous day, it meant two annual titles in two days for Tim, who also unsurprisingly took the honours in the Side Pool Grand Prix, a unique feature of Ed's sponsorship.

08/12/21: Tim wins to clinch his first Bristol Grand Prix title

There were twenty players in action on Wednesday to contest the twelfth and final monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournament of the year.
And Tim Line won the main flight -- his third monthly Grand Prix tournament win in the last five.
His wins, over Ian Tarr, Cynthia Roberts, Gaz Owen and -- in the final -- Safi Tracy scored him more than enough points to overhaul previous BGP leader Kev Peters, who has finished second overall.
With Kev dipping out at the first hurdle in the main flight, thus failing to add to his points tally, it was the semi-final victory over Gaz which clinched the title for Tim.
His final victim Safi again impressed, her scalps en route to the final being Kev, Elias Hamati and Cecilia Rogers.
It was a good evening for the Tracys, as Simon Tracy took the consolation flight, defeating John Curran, Chris Rogers, Kev and Stephen Little.
Tim had already done enough to qualify for the 2022 Bristol Masters.
Fifteen of the qualifiers are now known.
The sixteenth depends on the outcome of the Brunel Trophy, where the last two standing have already qualified, but hold the fates of George Georgiou and Ian Tarr in their hands.
A title win for Tim would give Ian the place, while George is rooting for a Jim Green win.

06/12/21: Twenty-four in Monday action

There were twenty-four players in action on Monday, twenty-three of them to contest the eighth session of the Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix, which comprised four three-point round robins across two environments.
Nineteen competed online at Heroes and just four live at the Bristol County Sports Club (a k a Sportsmans).
The online session, split into a group of seven and two of six, saw group wins for Ian Anderson, Chris Hughes and Gaz Owen.
In the live session, the sole group of four was won by Hemal Getalal.
Ian Tarr took the side pool in Hemal's group.
Adam Sinclair retains the AGP lead, with Gaz eight points behind.
Meanwhile Andrew Montgomery has edged a little further ahead of Kylie-Clair Hedges in the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship, with Hemal not far behind.
A post-tournament four player jackpot was won by Tim Line.

05/12/21: Hazel is Premier Three champion

Premier Three Green and Premier Three Yellow champions Mike Smith and Hazel Boucher met on Sunday to decide the overall Premier Three championship.
This was the first ever Premier Three play-off, as the 2021 season was the first with two divisions at that level.
Hazel won 11-10.

03/12/21: Gerald's promotion confirmed

Two days on from the end of the season, no appeals were received from the two Premier Three Green players who incurred penalty points at the season's end.
That being the case, the penalties stand, and Gerald Whitehouse is confirmed in the third promotion place.

03/12/21: George wins Thursday tournament

There were eleven players in action on Thursday at the Rainbow Casino to contest a stand-alone two flight 10 entry tournament.
In the main flight it was George Georgiou who prevailed, defeating Ian Tarr, Tim Line and Alan Joicey before beating Stephen Little in the final.
Stephen had got past Simonetta Herrera and Andy Zographou to get there.
Ian took the consolation flight with victories over Simonetta, Roland Herrera and Robin Gunney.
And for the fifth succesive time Ian Anderson won the post tournament jackpot.

02/12/21: Gaz wins again to take Speedgammon GP title

There were sixteen players in action on Wednesday to take part in the eighth and final instalment of the year's Speedgammon Grand Prix.
Four round robin groups of four players apiece saw group wins for Alan Joicey, Elias Hamati, Nick Barham and Roland Herrera, and four others qualified for the knock-out phase.
Roland and Gaz Owen made it to a final match which would decide the destiny of the SGGP title.
Gaz won to wrest the title from Roland at the death, after only contesting four of the eight tournaments, as compared to Roland's six.
Winning three of those four suggests that the title probably ended up in the right hands on this occasion.

01/12/21: Hemal is Conference champion

When the Bristol league season ended at midnight, the Conference League was no exception.
In this feeder league, where participation is less formal than in the Premier League, there is no compulsion to play a set number of matches.
But that doesn't mean it hasn't been successful in giving valuable match experience for up and coming players.
There were only four participants this year, and they all benefited from their campaigns.
Hemal Getalal ended the season clear at the top, and having reached the required threshold of 20 points, is not only champion but also a Premier Status player for 2022, thanks to his league efforts.
There are other routes to this goal, too, and in the year long totting up procedure known as the Race to the Premier League two of the remaining three -- Kylie-Clair Hedges and Natalie Singh -- have more than done enough to "earn their stripes".
Hemal also gains entry to the 2022 Bristol Masters, where the last two slots could rest between any of George Georgiou, Roland Herrera, Ian Tarr and the winner of the December Bristol Grand Prix tournament.

30/11/21: Nick wins Premier Two title; Matt and John fail to complete league season

There were two matches played on Tuesday.
Jim Green and Nick Barham -- champions of Premier Two Blue and Premier Two Red respectively -- met at Heroes to fight it out for the outright Premier Two championship.
And Nick won it in a surprisingly one-sided contest.
In the morning John Curran and Matt Reekie-Black played one of their last two Premier Three Green matches, Matt winning narrowly.
But with John unavailable for much of the remainder of the day, the final match was left unplayed.
Both players therefore lose four points for this transgression.
This is particularly unfortunate for Matt, as he had already incurred three penalty points in July, which he failed to claw back in September, when he incurred an additional penalty point.
That point, of course, is also not clawed back, giving Matt a total of eight penalty points, enough to deprive him of promotion.
These latest penalties are, of course, subject to appeal, if the players in question feel they have a very strong case.
In the meantime, Gerald Whitehouse remains in the division's third promotion slot.

30/11/21: George up; Eamonn down; absent Andy wins Nackgammon title

There were twenty players in action on Monday, seventeen of them to contest the eleventh and final session of this year's Monday Club Nackgammon Grand Prix, held across two environments.
Eleven were split into two groups -- one of six, one of five -- on the Heroes site, while six more played in one group at Sportsmans.
The two online groups -- just like last month -- were won by Gaz Owen and Adam Sinclair.
The live group saw a win for George Georgiou.
Andy Boysan didn't play, but his NGP lead was enough to fend off all pursuers, thanks to the effect of discards.
So Andy takes the title, with George runner-up.
For George, however, this wasn't the biggest news of the day, as he scored a brace of Premier Two Blue wins over Eamonn Reay.
These results meant that George claims the second promotion slot, pushing Adrian Farthing down to third place. And Eamonn's bid to avoid relegation was stymied.
The division was wrapped up later when Jon Organ defeated Chris Hughes.
Premier One was also tidied up, when Cecilia Rogers defeated Stephen Little at Sportsmans.

28/11/21: Chris Hughes wins Sunday tournament

There were thirteen players in action on Sunday, twelve of them to contest the tenth of Bristol's 2021 Sunday afternoon knock-out tournaments.
The tournament featured Bristol players past and present, and none of those others from around the UK we are accustomed to welcoming.
It was Chris Hughes who took the main flight honours after receiving a first round bye, defeating Gaz Owen, Ian Tarr and -- in the final -- Adam Sinclair.
Adam had beaten Cynthia Roberts, Ian Anderson and Nick Barham en route.
In the consolation flight it was Gaz who prevailed with victories over Cynthia and James Newman.
There was also one Premier Two Blue match played.
Tim Line closed out his season by defeating Eamonn Reay, who will now need to win both his remaining matches to avoid relegation.

27/11/21: Ed safe and Eamonn clings on

There were two Premier League matches played on Saturday.
In Premier One Cecilia Rogers defeated Ed Turner.
And as soon as Ed scored a point he knew he was safe from relegation to Premier Two, while Kev Peters, who has long since accepted his fate, now knows it for sure.
Eamonn Reay has left it late to finish off his final few Premier Two Blue matches, but he got another one under his belt when he beat Jon Organ.
And that result means he still harbours hopes of escaping relegation which, were it to happen, would be at Jon's expense.

26/11/21: Nick wins Red Division title showdown

There were three matches played on Friday.
The held over main flight final of the previous day's Welcome Back Series tournament saw Chris Rogers pip Gaz Owen to consolidate his third place in the WBS table.
But the day's most crucial clash was the final match of the Premier Two Red season.
Barring a freak result it was a winner takes all scenario, with the divisional title at stake.
And Nick Barham edged home 11-9 against Alan Joicey to take the prize and also confirm Ian Hedges in the second promotion place.
In third and fourth places Alan and Robin Gunney had fine campaigns, both missing out only on points difference in their first foray at this level.
And Kylie-Clair Hedges became the first player this season to take the option of completing all twelve available fixtures in the Conference League, defeating Martha Beal and moving into second place at Natalie Singh's expense.
There remain four days for Natalie to get her own back.

26/11/21: Gaz extends Welcome Back Series lead; Hazel is Yellow Division champion

There were sixteen players in action on Thursday, thirteen of them at the Rainbow Casino to contest the fifth in the Welcome Back Series of six events.
Celebrating the reopening of live competition in Bristol, the series is subject to a generous sponsorship, with 75 added to each tournament's prize pool, plus year end prizes for not only the top three performers but also the top three "Tier 2" performers.
"Tier 2" is a one-off hastily coined term, an attempt to define a subset of developing players.
Those who are current members of Premier One or Premier Two and those who were in possession of a Bristol Backgammon handicap of either 0 or 1 at the start of the first tournament are NOT "Tier 2".
The tournament is not yet over, after Gaz Owen and Chris Rogers elected to play the main final at a later time and place.
Gaz reached the final via victories over Nick Barham, Adrian Farthing and Ian Tarr, while Chris's victims -- after the receipt of a first round bye -- were Stephen Little and Simonetta Herrera.
The consolation flight was won by Roland Herrera, who defeated Stephen, Tim Line and Nick.
Gaz's WBS lead over second placed Roland has increased to 75 points, which would increase to 110 were he to win the adjourned final.
Chris is in third place.
And in the "Tier 2" category Cynthia Roberts is now 50 points ahead of Hazel Boucher, with Kylie-Clair Hedges close behind.
There were also two Premier League matches played.
Prior to the tournament Hazel and Simon Tracy wound up the Premier Three Yellow season, and Hazel's win saw her clinch the Yellow Division title.
She will now meet Green Division champion Mike Smith to decide the destiny of the overall Premier Three championship.
And in Premier Three Green Matt Reekie-Black beat Tom Chapman.

25/11/21: Mixed day for Ian

There were twenty-five players in action on Wednesday, fourteen of them to contest the eleventh of this year's series of twelve Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
Ian Tarr was the main flight winner, defeating Kev Peters, Cynthia Roberts, Safi Tracy and Ian Hedges en route to the final, where he defeated Chris Hughes.
Chris had got past Natalie Singh, Michael Petrakas and Tim Line after receiving a first round bye.
John Curran won the consolation flight, beating Kev, Robin Gunney, Ian Anderson and Reece Hodges.
Roland Herrera once again missed the event, and his FRGP lead has been whittled down to 10 points by Ian Tarr.
Ian's day was mixed, however, as he dipped out of the Premier Two Blue promotion race.
A win against Eamonn Reay in his final match of the season would have moved him into the promotion bracket at Adrian Farthing's expense.
But after leading 8-3 he never scored another point.
Only George Georgiou can now prevent Adrian's elevation.

23/11/21: Tuesday's Premier One action

Four Premier League matches were played on Tuesday -- all of then in Premier One.
The top two played their final match of the season, and Gaz Owen gained a small degree of consolation by defeating Chris Rogers, and finishing just one win short of the target.
Cecilia Rogers confirmed her top flight survival by defeating Andy Boysan.
And at the club Simon Hughes played a match and a half, beating both Stephen Little and Ed Turner, the latter match being a resumption from 8-8.
Simon's end of season run of seven victories has seen him confirmed in fifth place, by far and away his best top flight season.
Ed's defeat, however, leaves him with just one loose end to tie up.
His final match -- against Cecilia -- will probably see him safe and condemning Kev Peters to relegation.
Anything but an 11-0 defeat will do the job for him.

23/11/21: Thirty-one in Monday action

There were thirty-one players in action on Monday, twenty-seven of them to contest the seventh session of the Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix, which comprised four three-point round robins across two environments.
Twenty-one competed online at Heroes and six live at the Bristol County Sports Club (a k a Sportsmans).
The online session, split into three groups of seven, saw group wins for Kev Peters, Ian Anderson and Alan Joicey.
Andrew Montgomery took the side pool in Alan's group.
In the live session, there was a single group of six, which was won by Ian Tarr.
Adam Sinclair retains the AGP lead, but Kev, Michael Petrakas and Nick Barham are within five points.
Meanwhile Andrew has edged ahead of Kylie-Clair Hedges in the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship.
There were also four Premier League matches played.
In the top flight Simon Hughes defeated Peter Thistlewood.
George Georgiou and Chris Hughes shared the spoils of a Premier Two Blue double header.
Chris can no longer make it to the top two, but George can overhaul second placed Adrian Farthing, either by winning both of his remaining matches or by winning one and improving his points difference.
And Richard Owsley and Carwyn Jenkins finished their respective Premier Two Red campaigns, Richard prevailing.

19/11/21: Stephen relegated

In Friday's only Premier League action Fred North signed off for the season with a victory over Stephen Little.
The result means Stephen can no longer escape relegation from Premier One -- he will accompany Fred, Peter Thistlewood and Gary Plant in the drop.
The fifth player to finish below the dreaded dotted line is most likely to be Kev Peters, although either Ed Turner or Cecilia Rogers could conceivably slip into the bottom five.

19/11/21: Chris retains Premier League title

There were nineteen players in action on Thursday, fifteen of them to contest the sixth in the series of seven 2020-21 Handicap Trophy tournaments, sponsored as ever by Ed Turner.
But the day's big news revolved around Gary Plant's Premier One victory over Gaz Owen.
Gaz had hoped for a win to set up a mouth watering title showdown between himself and league leader Chris Rogers, but that final match will no longer have such great significance.
Chris has thus emulated the achievements of John Slattery in 2002 and Stuart Mann in 2004, in becoming the third player to complete a successful Premier League title defence.
And he has won matches at an unprecedented rate to clinch both titles, having won 37 of 45 played in those two seasons.
The reason he has needed this high win ratio has been the pressure from runner-up Gaz, whose 33 from 45 would have given him two titles in "normal" circumstances.
The challenge for the remainder of the top flight in coming seasons will be to push closer to the two most dominant players Bristol Backgammon has ever seen.
Tim Line took the honours in the tournament main flight, defeating Stephen Little, Adrian Farthing and -- in the final -- Andy Zographou, after being the only recipient of a first round bye.
Andy had beaten Cynthia Roberts, Nelson Stephens and Tom Chapman en route to the final.
Jordan White took the consolation flight with victories over Hazel Boucher, Cynthia and Steve Morris.
Tim takes over from Ian Tarr at the head of the HT table, and also heads the "Side Pool Grand Prix", also a part of Ed's sponsorship.
In other league action James Lintell-Smith and Rosemary Whitehouse completed their respective Premier Three Yellow campaigns, James prevailing.

18/11/21: Gaz had done enough to take GP10 title

There were twenty players in action on Thursday, including the eighteen who contested the tenth and final instalment of the GP10 series.
In the tournament main flight it was Stephen Little who took the honours with victories over Simon Tracy, Safi Tracy, Tim Line and Steve Pickard.
Steve had arrived in the final by getting past Steve Morris, Alan Joicey and Cynthia Roberts.
The consolation flight again went to Steve Morris, who defeated Nick Barham, Ian Anderson and Simon.
Gaz Owen unusually failed to win a match, but his previously amassed points tally was enough to stave off the pursuit of Tim and Stephen and give him the GP10 title.
In the only league action of Thursday, Jim Green has assured himself of the Premier Two Blue title, barring a succession of George Georgiou whitewashes in his four remaining matches.
Jim's final two matches saw him share the spoils with Andrew Cobb.
A late four-player jackpot saw Ian Anderson triumphant, which is getting to be a habit for him.

16/11/21: League wins for Neil, Ian, Robin and Gerald

There were four Premier League matches played online on Tuesday.
In Premier One Neil Young defeated Gaz Owen to round off another satisfactory top flight season for him.
For Gaz the equation is now a simple one.
If he can win his final two matches he regains the league title.
But one of those matches is against reigning champion Chris Rogers, who will retain his crown should Gaz slip up.
Ian Tarr won a Premier Two Blue encounter with Jon Organ, and still has a chance of finishing in the top two.
A win in his final match would move him above Adrian Farthing, and then it would depend whether or not either George Georgiou or Chris Hughes could do better.
In the Red Division Robin Gunney finished a first season at Premier Two level in a highly creditable fourth place -- on the same number of points as the second placer, whoever that might turn out to be -- after his win over Paul Watts.
And Gerald Whitehouse concluded his Premier Three Green season by beating Tom Chapman.
Gerald sits in the third promotion slot, but now faces an agonising wait while Matt Reekie-Black attempts to overhaul him.

16/11/21: Thirty-five in Monday action

There were thirty-five players in action on Monday, twenty-eight of them to contest the sixth session of the Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix, which comprised five three-point round robins across two environments.
Twenty competed online at Heroes and eight live at the Bristol County Sports Club (a k a Sportsmans).
The online session, split into two groups of seven and one of six, saw group wins for Gaz Owen, Adrian Farthing and Nick Barham.
Kev Peters took the side pool in Adrian's group.
In the live session, split into two groups of four players, there was outright victory for Hazel Boucher in one group and a tie between George Georgiou and Stephen Little in the other.
Adam Sinclair's AGP lead has been cut to five points by Nick.
Meanwhile Kylie-Clair Hedges and Andrew Montgomery now share the lead in the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship.
There was also some crucial Premier League action.
In the top flight Simon Hughes and Ed Turner got close to completing their double header at the club.
Simon edged the opener, and the return was adjourned at 8-8.
The margins mean Simon can no longer finish in the top four, although he is assured of his best ever Premier One season, while Ed is not quite free of relegation concerns.
Carwyn Jenkins had a narrow victory over Steffen Nowak in Premier Two Red.
But no fewer than four matches were completed in Premier Three Yellow.
Hazel Boucher defeated Simon Tracy at the club, and has moved to the top of the division, with a fractional points difference advantage over Ismail Yilmaz.
That advantage would count for nothing, however, were she to lose her final match -- also against Simon -- as she would slip back below Ismail in that event.
So it's a clear cut situation. Hazel needs a win to clinch the divisional title.
For Simon, however, the quest for promotion is over, and the massive irony is that John Lewis has become the first player to achieve promotion posthumously.
The other matches in Yellow Division featured wins for David Tyrrell -- twice over James Lintell-Smith -- and Rosemary Whitehouse over Jordan White.
Those three results had the effect of concertina-ing the bottom six players into a group covered by just three points, making the division one of the closest ever.

14/11/21: Sunday wins for Simon and Frank

There were two Premier League matches played on Sunday.
And in Premier One Simon Baker scored the win he needed from his final match of the season which almost certainly secures his top flight status for another year.
His emphatic win over Gary Plant means that unless three players overhaul him he will be safe.
And while Cecilia Rogers and Ed Turner can quite feasibly move above him, Stephen Little will need three impressive victories to complete the set.
Simon's win was bad news for Kev Peters, who will be relegated barring catastrophic results for Cecilia and Ed.
In Premier Three Green Frank Jones was another to complete his season's fixtures, signing off with his fourth successive victory, this time over Tom Chapman.

14/11/21: Simon stays in the hunt

Saturday's only match was in Premier Three Yellow.
It was Ismail Yilmaz's final fixture of the season, and his defeat at the hands of Simon Tracy leaves his championship aspirations in the balance.
Long since assured of promotion, he now awaits the results of second placed Hazel Boucher's two final matches which, coincidentally, are both against Simon.
Two wins for Hazel would make her Yellow Division champion, although a win and a defeat could just achieve the same objective if she were able to improve her points difference by eight in the process.
Simon, however, needs two wins to clinch the third promotion place, with the help of the clawing back of two penalty points he incurred on September 30th.

12/11/21: Ed moves out of bottom five

In the only action of Friday Ed Turner rolled the double he needed at the death to pip Peter Thistlewood and move out of the bottom five in Premier One at Simon Baker's expense.

12/11/21: Alan sets up promotion showdown

There were fifteen players in action on Thursday, ten of them at the Rainbow Casino to contest a stand-alone two flight 10 entry tournament.
And there was also league action online, as crucial issues get closer to resolution.
In Premier One Stuart Mann finished his season by defeating Andy Boysan, a result which means Andy can no longer qualify for the 2022 UK Champions League.
Chris Rogers, Gaz Owen, and now Adam Sinclair will take up three of the four places, while Stuart will be the fourth Bristol respresentative unless Simon Hughes can win his final four matches by substantial margins.
Stephen Little scored a vital win over Fred North and can still escape relegation, but will need to win at least two of his final three matches.
And in Premier Two Red Alan Joicey kept his promotion hopes very much alive when he pipped Steffen Nowak.
The two promotion slots rest between leader Nick Barham, second placed Ian Hedges and Alan.
And with Ian already finished everything rests on one remaining match, where Nick and Alan meet.
If Alan should win, Ian would miss out, assuming Nick scores at least two points in the match; a win for Nick would leave Alan out of the equation.
The complication is that an 11-0 win for Alan would see Alan and Ian up, while an 11-1 scoreline would see Nick and Ian in a play-off to join Alan on the way up.
In the tournament main flight it was Ian Tarr who prevailed, defeating Cynthia Roberts, Simonetta Herrera and Hazel Boucher before pipping Ian Hedges in a nail-biting final.
Ian H had beaten Roland Herrera and Stephen to get there.
Steve Morris took the consolation flight with victories over Roland and Cynthia.

11/11/21: Ian wins November Bristol Grand Prix tournament

There were twenty-three players in action on Wednesday to contest the eleventh of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
Ian Tarr won the main flight, defeating Simon Tracy, Steve Morris, Elias Hamati and -- in the final -- Nick Barham.
Nick had arrived there via the long part of the draw and wins over Kylie-Clair Hedges, Safi Tracy, Andy Boysan and Alan Joicey.
The consolation flight was won by Kev Peters, whose victims were Adam Sinclair, Stephen Little and Kylie.
Kev retains the overall lead of the BGP table, just 10 points ahead of Nick, and will go into the final event with five pursuers having various degrees of opportunity to overhaul him.
Discards, however, can make this a tougher task than appears at first sight.
Ian was not in either of the Winner Takes All pools, so there will be rollovers to whet the appetite of investors in December.
Two Premier One matches were played.
Adam completed his season with victory over Stuart Mann, which leaves him in third place.
Stuart is one of three players who have the chance to overhaul him.
Peter Thistlewood defeated Simon Baker, so Simon is not yet safe from the drop.

09/11/21: Tuesday wins for Stuart and David

There were two Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
And in Premier One Stuart Mann moved back into the top four with a narrow victory over Cecilia Rogers.
The other action was in Premier Three Yellow, where David Tyrrell defeated Ben Crowden.

09/11/21: Tim wins Cyprus doubles

Tim Line and partner Sergey Erokhin of Russia have won the doubles event at the 8th Merit International Backgammon Tournament in Cyprus.
They emerged from a field of 96 pairs to whitewash the Norwegian pairing of Hans Liby and Dagfinn Snarheim in the final.
A stream of the final can be viewed here, starting at around 10 hours 22 minutes.

08/11/21: Steffen safe as Steve and Carwyn cancel one another out

There were twenty-three players in action on Monday, including sixteen who contested the fifth Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix session online in DMP round robins.
Three others had hoped to contest the live equivalent at Sportsmans, but three is not enough, so they played chouette instead.
The sixteen were split into two groups of eight, with Adam Sinclair and Nick Barham as group winners.
The two online groups were won by Adam Sinclair and Nick Barham.
Adam's AGP lead over second placed Michael Petrakas stretched to 15 points, while Kylie-Clair Hedges is now under pressure from Andrew Montgomery in the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship.
There was also Premier League action and the relegation battle in Premier Two Red reached a conclusion thanks to Carwyn Jenkins's victory over Steve Morris.
Both players needed an emphatic win to maintain hopes of sustaining their survival, but the 11-7 margin served only to confirm Steffen Nowak's safety at their expense.
In Premier Three Yellow Rosemary Whitehouse defeated the already promoted Ismail Yilmaz.

07/11/21: Mike and Safi clinch promotion

There were four Premier League matches played on Sunday.
And the main focus was on Premier Three Green, where some important issues were decided.
Mike Smith scored a brace of wins over Tom Chapman, while Safi Tracy narrowly defeated Gerald Whitehouse.
Mike and Safi have finished their programmes, and both are now assured of promotion to Premier Two -- Mike as divisional champion.
Gerald currently holds the third and final promotion slot, but that will no longer be the case assuming Matt Reekie-Black completes his last three matches, in which case he would claw back the two penalty points he incurred on September 30th.
Mike's wins made it nine in a row at the tail end of the season.
The day's other match was the Premier Two Red meeting of Pearl Foster and Paul Watts, where Pearl was the winner.

05/11/21: Steve keeps slim hopes alive

Just one match was played on Friday.
And Steve Morris -- strongly odds on to fill one of the Premier Two Red relegation slots -- at least kept his slim hopes of Premier Two survival alive.
His victory over already relegated Pearl Foster means that 11-5 results in his favour in his sole remaining match and Steffen Nowak's two matches could yet see him stay up.

05/11/21: Roland closes Welcome Back Series gap

There were fourteen players in action on Thursday, twelve of them at the Rainbow Casino to contest the fourth in the Welcome Back Series of six events.
Celebrating the reopening of live competition in Bristol, the series is subject to a generous sponsorship, with 75 added to each tournament's prize pool, plus year end prizes for not only the top three performers but also the top three "Tier 2" performers.
"Tier 2" is a one-off hastily coined term, an attempt to define a subset of developing players.
Those who are current members of Premier One or Premier Two and those who were in possession of a Bristol Backgammon handicap of either 0 or 1 at the start of the first tournament are NOT "Tier 2".
The tournament saw victory for Roland Herrera, whose path to a final win over Cynthia Roberts took him past Peter Crispin, Ian Tarr and Nick Barham.
Cynthia had made the most of a first round bye, defeating Mandy Macdonald and Kylie-Clair Hedges.
It was a good evening for the family as Simonetta Herrera took the consolation flight with wins over Stephen Little, Mandy and Ian Hedges.
Gaz Owen -- one of a handful of players absent in Cyprus -- has had his hefty lead in the WBS table cut to 50 points by Roland.
And in the "Tier 2" category Cynthia has opened up a 40 points lead, with Kylie-Clair and Hazel Boucher in second and third.
There was also league action.
Adam Sinclair moved into third place in Premier One with a victory over Gary Plant, who can no longer escape occupation of one of the relegation slots.
Adam is involved in a four way fight for the third and fourth UK Champions League slots.
And at the casino Cliff Blofield ensured that he will finish in a comfortable mid-table position in Premier Two Red when he beat Steve Morris.
For Steve, however, escape from relegation looks a long way off now.

04/11/21: Ian wins GP20 tournament

There were just twelve players in action on Wednesday to contest the seventh of the year's eight GP20 tournaments.
And in the main flight Ian Tarr won the day by defeating Cynthia Roberts, Ian Anderson, James Newman and, in the final, Steve Morris.
Steve had got past Adam Sinclair and Chris Hughes after receiving a first round bye.
Adam took the consolation flight with victories over Elias Hamati and Cynthia.
Gaz Owen had a low key tournament, but his GP20 lead of 105 points remains intact with just one tournament to go, making it extremely unlikely that he will be overhauled.
And Ian Anderson won a late four-player jackpot.

02/11/21: Twenty-five in Monday action

There were twenty-five players in action on Monday, twenty-three of them to contest the fourth session of the Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix, which comprised four three-point round robins across two environments.
Seventeen competed online at Heroes and six live at the Bristol County Sports Club (a k a Sportsmans).
The online session, split into two groups of six and one of five, saw group wins for Adam Sinclair, Steve Pickard and Hazel Boucher.
In the live session group of six players, there was victory for Jim Green.
So Adam has regained his AGP lead from Michael Petrakas.
Meanwhile Kylie-Clair Hedges retains the lead in the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship, with Andrew Montgomery in second place.
There was also league action in Premier Two Red, where Robin Gunney defeated Pearl Foster.

31/10/21: Steve Pickard takes Sunday tournament honours

There were fifteen players in action on Sunday, twelve of them to contest the ninth of Bristol's 2021 Sunday afternoon knock-out tournaments.
In the tournament main flight, with its customary mixture of Bristol and UK players, it was Exmoor based Steve Pickard who took the honours.
Steve's victims, after receiving a first round bye, were Elias Hamati, Tim Line and -- in the final -- Scotland based Denby Pettitt.
Denby had beaten Simon Hopper, Hazel Boucher and Cecilia Rogers en route.
In the consolation flight it was Elias who prevailed with victories over Simon, Ian Hedges and Andrew Selby.
A four-player post-tournament jackpot saw Elias triumphant again.
There was also league action.
In Premier One Adam Sinclair kept alive his top four ambitions by defeating Neil Young.
And in Premier Two Blue second placed Adrian Farthing suffered a narrow defeat in his final match of the season against Tim.
Adrian must now wait and see whether or not any of three pursuers can overhaul him to accompany Jim Green into the top flight.

30/10/21: Gary keeps top flight survival chance alive

In the only Saturday action, Gary Plant defeated Adam Sinclair in Premier One.
Gary's slim chance of top flight survival was thus preserved, while for Adam chances of 2022 UK Champions League qualification have diminished a little.

29/10/21: Friday win for Ian; and incidentally, Jim is promoted!

There was just one match on Friday, in Premier Two Blue.
It happened at another new venue for Bristol Backgammon -- the Windmill Hill City Farm -- and Ian Tarr kept his outside promotion hopes alive with an emphatic win over Mandy Macdonald.
Mandy -- who never recovered from an opening game double backgammon -- has finished her season, and will fill one of the relegation slots, unless Jon Organ loses all three remaining matches very heavily and Eamonn Reay fails to surpass her points haul.
The other thing to report is that Sunday's win over Tim Line actually clinched promotion for Jim Green.
Although both Chris Hughes and George Georgiou have slim opportunities to overtake Jim, at least one of them won't as they have two crucial meetings to negotiate (which will, of course, involve two defeats).

28/10/21: Ian wins to take Handicap Trophy lead

There were just nine players in action on Thursday to contest the fifth in the series of seven 2020-21 Handicap Trophy tournaments, sponsored as ever by Ed Turner.
Ian Tarr took the honours in the main flight, defeating Simonetta Herrera, Cynthia Roberts and -- in the final -- Roland Herrera.
Roland had beaten Ian Hedges and Hazel Boucher en route to the final.
Tim Line took the consolation flight with victories over Mandy Macdonald, Ian Hedges and Stephen Little.
Ian takes over from Hazel at the head of the HT table, and also heads the "Side Pool Grand Prix", also a part of Ed's sponsorship.

27/10/21: Tim wins October Freeroll tournament

There were just fourteen players in action on Wednesday to contest the tenth of this year's series of twelve Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
Tim Line was the main flight winner, defeating Safi Tracy, Adam Sinclair and Adrian Farthing en route to the final, where he defeated Ian Tarr.
Ian had got past Natalie Singh and Alan Joicey after receiving a first round bye.
Safi won the consolation flight, beating Natalie and Nick Barham.
Roland Herrera once again missed the event, but still holds a lead of 70 points over second placed Stephen, with only two sessions remaining.
Elias Hamati was the winner of a post-tournament jackpot.

26/10/21: Paul out of promotion reckoning

There was just one match on Tuesday, in Premier Two Red.
And a defeat for Paul Watts at the hands of Cliff Blofield means that Paul can no longer finish in the top two.
Only Alan Joicey can now claim one of those two coveted promotion slots at the expense of either Nick Barham or Ian Hedges.

25/10/21: Seventeen in Monday action

There were seventeen players in action on Monday to contest the tenth and penultimate session of this year's Monday Club Nackgammon Grand Prix, held across two environments.
Thirteen were split into two groups -- one of seven, one of six -- on the Heroes site, while just four played in one group at Sportsmans.
The two online groups were won by Gaz Owen and Adam Sinclair.
The live group saw a win for Stephen Little.
Andy Boysan's NGP lead remains 10.5 points as, although he didn't compete this time, none of the clutch of pursuers was able to make inroads because of the effect of discards.
And only one session remains.

24/10/21: Sunday wins for Jim and Matt

Sunday's Premier League action comprised single matches in Premier Two Blue and Premier Three Green.
The Blue Division match saw Jim Green take a further step towards the top flight when he defeated Tim Line.
And two promotion contenders met in the Green Division, where Matt Reekie-Black got the better of Safi Tracy.
This race, where four are chasing three promotion slots, threatens to go to the wire.

22/10/21: Gaz wins second tournament in two days

There were just twelve players in action on Thursday to contest the third in the Welcome Back Series of six events.
Celebrating the reopening of live competition in Bristol, the series is subject to a generous sponsorship, with 75 added to each tournament's prize pool, plus year end prizes for not only the top three performers but also the top three "Tier 2" performers.
"Tier 2" is a one-off hastily coined term, an attempt to define a subset of developing players.
Those who are current members of Premier One or Premier Two and those who were in possession of a Bristol Backgammon handicap of either 0 or 1 at the start of the first tournament are NOT "Tier 2".
The tournament saw victory for Gaz Owen, who also won the first in the series.
It was also his second tournament win in two days, after his GP10 exploits online the previous evening.
His victims this time were Alan Joicey, Tim Line, Ian Tarr and -- in the final -- Roland Herrera.
Roland had arrived there via a first round bye and wins over Cynthia Roberts and Stephen Little.
Nick Barham won the consolation flight with victories over Cynthia, Hazel Boucher and Simonetta Herrera.
Gaz's WBS lead has stretched to a massive 135 points, with Stephen now in second place and Roland third.
In the "Tier 2" category the top three, all tightly bunched, are Hazel, Cynthia and Kylie-Clair Hedges.

21/10/21: Gaz advances on two fronts

There were twenty-four players in action on Thursday, including the twenty-two who contested the ninth of this year's series of ten GP10 tournaments.
In the tournament main flight it was Gaz Owen who took the honours for the third time in the series.
His victims en route to the final were Frank Jones, Nick Barham, Cecilia Rogers and Andy Boysan, while the other finalist -- Stephen Little -- was despatching Kylie-Clair Hedges, Elias Hamati and Tim Line after a first round bye.
The consolation flight went to Steve Morris, who defeated Warner Solomon, Ian Hedges and John Curran.
Gaz's points haul moves him into a 25 points GP10 lead over second placed Tim Line.
If that was a satisfactory result for Gaz, it wasn't the only one for him.
A Premier One meeting earlier in the day saw him defeat Neil Young to keep his title chances alive.
A late four-player jackpot saw Ian Anderson triumphant.

19/10/21: Hazel clinches promotion to Premier Two

There were twenty-seven players in action on Monday, twenty-six of them to contest the third session of the Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix, which comprised four three-point round robins across two environments.
Fourteen competed online at Heroes and twelve live at the Bristol County Sports Club (a k a Sportsmans).
The online session, split into two groups of seven, saw group wins for Michael Petrakas and Kev Peters.
Steve Pickard benefited from the fact that Michael had opted out of the side pool.
In the live session, with groups of six, where there was victory for Simonetta Herrera in one group, while Nick Barham and Ian Tarr shared the spoils in the other.
So Michael has regained his AGP lead from Adam Sinclair.
Meanwhile Kylie-Clair Hedges retains the lead in the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship.
Before the live tournament there was a crucial match in Premier Three Yellow where Hazel Boucher defeated one of her promotion rivals, Simon Tracy.
The win assures Hazel of Premier Two backgammon next year, while Simon still has a chance to clinch the third promltion slot, as does James Lintell-Smith.
Both players would need three wins out of three to get there.

18/10/21: R I P John Lewis

It is with great sadness that I have to record the passing of John Lewis yesterday morning in hospital.
John was bravely working through considerable health issues, and seemed to be on the mend until a sudden relapse.
He had many interests, only one of which was backgammon, which he was playing right up to the end.
His first involvement in backgammon came in lunchtime competitions in the IT department at the Rolls-Royce factory in Patchway, as long ago as 1992.
After moving to work away from Bristol around a decade later, he kept practicing, and vowed to return when circumstances permitted.
Ironically his return coincided with the pandemic, where this year he has graced Premier Three Yellow online, and he concluded his season's fixtures as recently as Saturday.
He may well have done enough to earn promotion to Premier Two.
John served for a time on the committee of our Monday venue, the Bristol County Sports Club, where he rose to become chairman.
I'm sure I speak for the whole Bristol Backgammon community in expressing our condolences to Sandra and the girls.

17/10/21: Neil in UK Champions League semi-finals

Bristol's four representatives in the annual UK Champions League, who all made it through the group stages, have now been whittled down to just one in the semi-finals.
All four -- Adam Sinclair, Chris Rogers, Neil Young and Gaz Owen -- made it through the round of sixteen.
But Adam fell to Birmingham's Rob Perry and Chris to Manchester's Brian Lever in the quarter-finals.
And Neil and Gaz met there, with Neil winning two of the three encounters to progress to the semis, where he will meet Brian.

17/10/21: Ben wins, and John must wait

In Saturday's only action Ben Crowden scored an emphatic Premier Three Yellow win over John Lewis, whose league season is now complete.
John deserves plaudits for fulfilling his league commitments under trying circumstances.
He may have done enough for promotion to Premier Two, but must now wait and see if either Simon Tracy or James Lintell-Smith can edge him out of the promotion slots.

15/10/21: Nick almost back in the top flight

There were thirteen players in action on Thursday, eleven of them at the Rainbow Casino to contest a stand-alone two flight 10 entry tournament.
But alongside the tournament there were two matches of greater significance, with promotion contenders Nick Barham and Ian Hedges fighting out their Premier Two Red double header.
Ian won the first 11-7, before Nick got his revenge by 11-8, after seeing a 7-0 lead disappear before clinching things.
Both players are closer to achieving their aim of promotion, especially Nick who can only be deprived of promotion by an unlikely sequence of events.
Ian has finished his fixtures and stands in second place, but if Nick were to lose his final match -- against another fellow contender, Alan Joicey -- 11-0, he would slip below Ian on average points difference.
And both Alan and Paul Watts could still overhaul both him and Ian.
Before the tournament there was another important encounter, where Steve Morris was close to reaching the final two of the Brunel Trophy at Tim Line's expense.
Leading 9-0 and 10-1, Steve failed to get another point, so it will be Tim who does battle with unbeaten Jim Green in the next round, and possibly a subsequent one.
In the tournament main flight it was Ian Tarr who prevailed, taking advantage of a first round bye and defeating Steve, Cynthia Roberts and Roland Herrera.
Roland, also the recipient of a bye, had got past Tim and Stephen Little en route to the final.
Tim took the consolation flight with victories over Alessandro Corra, Kylie-Clair Hedges and Simonetta Herrera.

14/10/21: Roland takes October Bristol Grand Prix honours

There were twenty players in action on Wednesday to contest the tenth of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
And Roland Herrera took the main flight, defeating Warner Solomon, Safi Tracy, Alan Joicey and -- in the final -- Steve Morris.
Steve had arrived there via wins over Robin Gunney, Hazel Boucher and Nick Barham.
The consolation flight was won by Andy Boysan, whose victims were Ian Anderson, Elias Hamati and Warner.
BGP leader Kev Peters had another low key tournament, but still retains the overall lead, although the vultures are gathering behind him.
Roland has a great chance of securing a 2022 Bristol Masters place, and also scooped the 10 Winner Takes All pool, although the 20 pool rolls over to November.
Ian Anderson won the post-tournament jackpot, curtailed to 5-point matches due to a clerical error.

12/10/21: Twenty-three in Monday action

There were twenty-three players in action on Monday, including twenty-two who contested the second Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix session across two environments, in DMP round robins.
Sixteen of the twenty-two, playing online, were split into two groups of eight, while six played live at the Sportsmans.
The two online groups were won by Adam Sinclair and Nick Barham, while the live group -- playing each other twice -- saw George Georgiou take the spoils.
Adam moves into the lead in the AGP table, while Kylie-Clair Hedges still leads the autumn section of John Curran intermediate sponsorship.
There was also Premier League action with one important double header in Premier Two Blue.
And with a win apiece George and Adrian Farthing both retain high hopes of promotion.
Kev Peters won a late jackpot, which served as handsome consolation for his lowly DMP finish, despite having an average PR of just 2.43!

08/10/21: Ian goes second

In Friday's only action Ian Hedges took another stride towards the top flight with a narrow victory over Steffen Nowak, which moved him into second place in the Premier Two Red table.

08/10/21: Hazel takes Handicap honours

There were fifteen players in action on Thursday, thirteen of them to contest the fourth in the series of seven 2020-21 Handicap Trophy tournaments, sponsored as ever by Ed Turner.
Hazel Boucher took the honours in the main flight, defeating Alan Joicey, Tim Line and Simonetta Herrera, before beating Adrian Farthing in the final.
Adrian had defeated Steve Morris, Roland Herrera and Ian Tarr en route to the final.
Roland took the consolation flight with victories over Alan and Steve, after receiving a quarter-final bye.
Hazel has taken over from Steve at the head of the HT table, although the lead is a slender one.
Steve heads the "Side Pool Grand Prix", also a part of Ed's sponsorship.
There was also a Premier Two Red match played, involving two promotion contenders.
And Richard Owsley's hopes appear to have been extinguished after defeat at the hands of Robin Gunney.

06/10/21: Gaz wins October Speedgammon tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Wednesday to take part in the seventh of the year's eight Speedgammon Grand Prix tournaments.
Four round robin groups of four players apiece saw group wins for Ian Hedges, Ian Anderson, Tim Line and Ian Tarr, and four others qualified for the knock-out phase.
None of the group winners made it to the final, as Gaz Owen and Natalie Singh emerged to contest it, Gaz prevailing.
Tim's SGGP lead has been cut to 25 points by Ian Anderson, who has a more favourable discard as the protagonists move towards the final instalment of the series.

05/10/21: Andy goes third in style

Tuesday's only action was a meeting towards the sharp end of Premier One.
And reigning champion and current league leader Chris Rogers was handsomely defeated by Andy Boysan -- a result which moves Andy into third place.
Chris will meet Gaz Owen, his only remaining challenger for the title, in his final match, where a victory would see him retain his title.
A defeat, however, would leave the door open for Gaz, who would clinch the crown by winning his other three matches, or possibly just two of them if he could preserve his marginal average points difference advantage.

05/10/21: WhatsApp outage overcome and twenty-four in Monday action

There were twenty-four players in action on Monday to contest the opening session of the Monday Club Autumn Grand Prix, which comprised four three-point round robins across two environments.
Fourteen competed online at Heroes and ten live at the Bristol County Sports Club (a k a Sportsmans).
The online session, split into two groups of seven, was initially hampered by communications issues due to the six hour WhatsApp outage, but a way was found to work around the issues and things went smoothly.
Group winners were Adam Sinclair and Michael Petrakas.
Michael's group was dominated by him, Kylie-Clair Hedges and John Curran, who all won five matches out of six, with Michael shading it on the PR tie-breaker.
However, none of the three were in the side pool, so fourth placed Nick Barham cashed.
In the live session, with groups of five including Bristol Backgammon debutant Dom Verrall, there were clean sweeps for Neil Young and Hazel Boucher.
Once again Hazel's lack of side pool involvement benefited second placed Ian Tarr.
So initial AGP leaders are Adam and Michael.
Meanwhile Kylie's performance has given her a very handy early lead in the Autumn section of the John Curran intermediate sponsorship.

04/10/21: UKBGF Online League Q3 round-up

The third quarterly UKBGF Online League finished with UKBGF Board stalwart Peter Bennet as champion.
This was the first time that the title had not been won by a Bristol player!
Previous quarterly champions Gaz Owen and Stuart Mann did finish second and third, however.
The league continues to grow in popularity and well over 400 players completed the season this time.
With two up and two down in most divisions there were, of course, many Bristol-related promotions and relegations.
Chris Rogers won Division 4, while others to gain promotion were Ian Tarr in Division 7A, Adrian Farthing in 13A, Robin Gunney in 15C, Reece Hodges in 16H, Safi Tracy in 17A, Steve Pickard and Cynthia Roberts in 18B, Kev Peters in 18E, and Ian Hedges in 19E.
To offset those successes, Andy Boysan was relegated from Division 4, Jason Champion from 5, Mark Dixon from 6A, Ann Pocknell from 9A, Cecilia Rogers from 9B, James Newman from 10B, Alan Joicey from 12D, Rosemary Whitehouse from 16A and Chris Hughes from 16H.

02/10/21: Jim ensures two bites at Brunel Trophy success

The third and final match of the seventh round of the 2021 Brunel Trophy was played on Saturday.
And Jim Green's defeat of Simon Tracy means that only three players survive to round eight.
Simon's fine run has come to an end, but Jim is still unbeaten, and the only survivor in that happy place, so he gets the eighth round bye.
Tim Line and Steve Morris will contest the only tie of round eight, with the winner progressing to play Jim in the knowledge that he will have to be defeated twice to wrest the title from his grasp.
The eighth round must be completed by November 6th.

02/10/21: Five incur penalties at September 30th checkpoint

The penultimate Premier League checkpoint -- the last one is the end of the season -- passed at midnight on September 30th.
And five players fell foul of the requirements.
Under the rules of the competition the September checkpoint is unique, in that there are two different kinds of penalty on offer.
The familiar one, as applied to all other checkpoints, is where players are deducted a point for each match short of the required number of results reported.
These can be clawed back by catching up with the schedule at the following checkpoint.
The second penalty is not for clawing back, and five penalty points are deducted from a players points difference for each match in arrears.
This penalty was introduced in 2015 in an attempt to counteract the practice of hanging back in order to gain a better understanding of what a player might need to achieve to reach a target, e.g. promotion or avoidance of relegation.
This was waived in 2020 because of the chaos caused by the pandemic, and even though players were warned by email on September 9th, the fact that the rule has not been applied since September 2019 has contributed to a degree of ignorance for those who have entered the league since that occurrence.
Because of that, and because the rule has largely been effective anyway this year, Director Ian Tarr has decided to waive the penalty one final time, with the resolve that greater awareness will be made available in future seasons.
The "normal" penalty still applies, however.
Premier One and Premier Two Red had no difficulty at all in meeting the checkpoint's requirements.
In Premier Two Blue an unfortunate confluence of a domestic emergency and inadequate communications caused further difficulties for two players.
Eamonn Reay is deducted two points and George Georgiou three, which of course will be clawed back when they finish the season on time.
In Premier Three Green and Premier Three Yellow the problems can in part be put down to the new experience of playing Bristol Premier League backgammon.
Simon Tracy (1 point) in the Yellow Division, Tom Chapman (2 points) and Matt Reekie-Black (1 point) in the Green Division have also incurred penalty points which can be clawed back.
Unfortunately for Matt, however, the 3 penalties incurred on July 31st now become permanent, albeit subject to appeal.

01/10/21: Chris wins second Welcome Back Series tournament

There were twenty-two players in action on Thursday, thirteen of them to contest the second in the Welcome Back Series of six events.
Celebrating the reopening of live competition in Bristol, the series is subject to a generous sponsorship, with 75 added to each tournament's prize pool, plus year end prizes for not only the top three performers but also the top three "Tier 2" performers.
"Tier 2" is a one-off hastily coined term, an attempt to define a subset of developing players.
Those who are current members of Premier One or Premier Two and those who were in possession of a Bristol Backgammon handicap of either 0 or 1 at the start of the first tournament are NOT "Tier 2".
The tournament saw victory for Chris Rogers, who made the most of a first round bye by defeating Andy Zographou, Ian Tarr and -- in the final -- Roland Herrera.
Roland had arrived there via wins over Hazel Boucher, Simonetta Herrera and Gaz Owen.
Stephen Little won the consolation flight with victories over Tim Line, Ian Hedges and Hazel.
Gaz's WBS lead has stretched to 55 points, with Chris now in second place.
In the "Tier 2" category Hazel and Cynthia Roberts remain jointly in the lead.
There were also six Premier League matches played.
In Premier One Simon Baker scored a much needed victory over Cecilia Rogers.
Premier Two Blue leader Jim Green suffered defeat at the hands of Mandy Macdonald, while Dave Pym closed his season with defeat by Ian Tarr.
Premier Three Green saw the most action, with victories for John Curran, Mike Smith and Caroline Boulton.

30/09/21: Stephen wins September Freeroll tournament

There were twenty-four players in action on Wednesday, fourteen of them to contest the ninth of this year's series of twelve Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
Stephen Little was the main flight winner, defeating Safi Tracy, Tim Line and Hazel Boucher en route to the final, where he defeated Ian Hedges.
Ian had got past Gaz Owen, John Curran and Elias Hamati.
Adam Sinclair won the consolation flight, beating Nick Barham and Gaz.
Roland Herrera once again missed the event, but still holds a lead of 70 points over second placed Stephen.
There was also Premier League action with five matches played.
Cecilia Sparke defeated Fred North in Premier One.
Jim Green rose to the top of Premier Two Blue with a narrow win over promotion rival Chris Hughes, while George Georgiou was defeating Jon Organ.
In Premier Two Red Pearl Foster finally halted the run of defeats which have ensured her relegation, when she beat Carwyn Jenkins.
Gerald Whitehouse beat Tom Chapman in Premier Three Green.
And Jordan White defeated John Lewis in Premier Three Yellow.

29/09/21: Premier Two 4,000 up!

The Tuesday match between Jim Green and Tim Line was the 4,000th ever in Premier Two.

29/09/21: Jon won on Sunday

A Premier Two Blue result from early on Sunday has come to light.
Jon Organ was the victor over Eamonn Reay.

28/09/21: Jim goes second

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier Two Blue Jim Green's victory over Tim Line moved him into second place, while extinguishing the final glimmer of promotion hope for Tim.
Matt Reekie-Black and Tom Chapman met to ensure that neither player will be expunged from Premier Three Green at Thursday's checkpoint, Tom emerging as the winner.
And Simon Tracy is making a late run towards the top three in Premier Three Yellow, his latest win a very narrow one over Rosemary Whitehouse.

28/09/21: Thirty-four in Monday action

There were thirty-four players in action on Monday, twenty-three of them to contest the ninth session of this year's Monday Club Nackgammon Grand Prix, held across two environments.
Twelve were split into two groups on the Heroes site, while eleven formed two more groups at Sportsmans.
And amongst the Nackgammon contestants were no fewer than three making their Bristol Backgammon debuts.
For Peter and Sarah Collingwood at the club it was a welcome competitive debut, while for Michael Petrakas -- already a contestant at some national events -- his debut came online, although he has just moved to Bristol.
The two online groups were won by Andy Boysan and Kev Peters, although Michael started his Bristol career well, only being pipped by Kev on PR.
The larger of the two live groups saw a win for Ian Tarr, while the spoils in the smaller group were shared by Hazel Boucher and George Georgiou.
Andy's NGP lead has stretched to 10.5 points, but there is a cluster of pursuers within striking distance of changing things in the two outstanding sessions.
There was also Premier League action with the September 30th checkpoint looming.
Mandy Macdonald and Chris Hughes shared the spoils of a Premier Two Blue double header, and Chris's win was enough to push him back into the top two.
George was the other winner in that division, defeating Jon Organ.
Matt Reekie-Black beat Gerald Whitehouse in Premier Three Green, and Mike Smith did likewise against Caroline Boulton.
And the winners in Premier Three Yellow were Ben Crowden and Simon Tracy, over John Lewis and Ismail Yilmaz respectively.

27/09/21: Sunday league results round-up

There were eight Premier League matches played on Sunday.
In Premier One Adam Sinclair defeated Peter Thistlewood to keep his hopes of a top four finish very much alive.
Amid a flurry of results in Premier Three Green it was Mike Smith who fared best with victories over Tom Chapman and Matt Reekie-Black.
Matt had earlier defeated Caroline Boulton, who also succumbed to John Curran.
And Jordan White defeated already promoted Ismail Yilmaz in Premier Three Yellow.
There was also live action in Premier Two Blue, where Tim Line and Ian Tarr made the most of the opportunity afforded by the last minute cancellation of a trip to Ireland to play their double header across three venues.
Starting at Riverstation, their initial match was adjourned at 7-all when the venue closed, so the match was completed at Revolucion de Cuba.
The return took place at the Rainbow Casino, Ian completing a fortunate double after two very close matches.

25/09/21: Saturday win for Tim

There was just one Premier League match played on Saturday.
And Tim Line recovered from a 6-10 deficit to defeat Jon Organ in Premier Two Blue.

24/09/21: Friday results round-up

There were five Premier League matches and one Brunel Trophy match played on Friday.
In Premier One Fred North finally arrested the devastating sequence of defeats which has condemned him to relegation when he recovered from 3-10 in arrears to defeat Kev Peters.
That was Kev's final match of the season and he must now wait -- a trifle nervously, one would think -- to see how many players overhaul him over the final few weeks.
More than two will see Kev finish below the dreaded dotted line too.
Meanwhile in Premier Two Red Alan Joicey's mini-slump has continued with a heavy defeat to Cliff Blofield.
With just two matches remaining Alan needs to arrest the slide quickly.
Hazel Boucher had a busy day in Premier Three Yellow.
A brace of wins over James Lintell-Smith preceded a defeat at the hands of David Tyrrell, and the top three now looks close to cut and dried.
Ismail Yilmaz is up already, while Hazel and John Lewis will be difficult to dislodge from the other promotion slots.
The day's only live match took place at the Wellington, where Steve Morris progressed to the eighth round of the Brunel Trophy, having ended the great run of Peter Thistlewood.
Only the meeting of Simon Tracy and the unbeaten Jim Green remains from round seven.

24/09/21: Ian Hedges wins for the second successive Thursday

There were twenty-five players in action on Thursday, twelve of them at the Rainbow Casino to contest a stand-alone two flight 10 entry tournament.
And after his Handicap Trophy win the previous Thursday, it was more of the same -- this time without handicaps -- as Ian Hedges took the honours in the main flight.
After receiving a first round bye, he defeated Kylie-Clair Hedges and Tim Line before a tightly fought final encounter with Nick Barham also went his way.
Nick had got past Ian Tarr, Roland Herrera and Simonetta Herrera en route.
Tom Chapman took the consolation flight -- again after a bye -- beating Ian Tarr and Neil Young.
There were also no fewer than eleven Premier League matches played, although one of these ultimately didn't count!
Kev Peters gave himself a fighting chance of staying in Premier One by twice defeating Peter Thistlewood, who was consigned to Premier Two as a result of the reverses.
Andrew Cobb scored two emphatic wins over Eamonn Reay, leaving Eamonn in severe jeopardy at the wrong end of the Premier Two Blue table.
And Robin Gunney kept alive his slim chance of promotion from Premier Two Red by edging past Alan Joicey, whose dominant position in the race is now looking considerably less so.
Premier Three Green was the busiest of the leagues, with five results reported.
Unfortunately a sequence breaking victory for Caroline Boulton had to be disqualified from inclusion in the league table, as she had already encountered Gerald Whitehouse the maximum three times!
Insult was added to Caroline's injury when she later lost twice to Frank Jones.
And Ben Crowden defeated David Tyrrell in the only Premier Three Yellow match to take place.

23/09/21: Tim wins GP10 tournament for the third time this year

There were seventeen players in action on Thursday, including the twelve who contested the eighth of this year's series of ten GP10 tournaments.
In the tournament main flight it was Tim Line who took the honours for the second successive time, and the third time this year.
His victims en route to the final were Adam Sinclair, Nick Barham and Safi Tracy, while the other finalist -- Gaz Owen -- was despatching John Curran and Cynthia Roberts after a first round bye.
The consolation flight went to Ian Hedges, who defeated Stephen Little, John Curran and Steve Morris.
Tim's points haul extends his GP10 lead to 60 points, with Gaz in second place.
Had Gaz won the final he would have retaken the lead.
Four Premier League matches were played, including a stunning Premier One defeat of Gaz by Andy Boysan, who performed post-Crawford wonders to erase a hefty deficit.
Gaz can still win the league title, but his meeting with leader Chris Rogers is likely to prove the crucial match.
Simon Hughes, enjoying his best top flight season, scored two narrow victories over already relegated Fred North.
And Rosemary Whitehouse defeated Jordan White in Premier Three Yellow.
A late four-player jackpot saw Elias Hamati triumphant.

21/09/21: Tuesday results round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier One Gaz Owen scored a narrow but potentially crucial victory over Stuart Mann to keep alive his chances of overhauling league leader Chris Rogers.
The title race, which has always looked likely to rest between these two, has been confirmed as a two horse race since Adam Sinclair's recent defeat by Andy Boysan.
The Premier Two Red promotion race is no closer to resolution after second placed Alan Joicey's narrow defeat at the hands of Carwyn Jenkins, whose two wins this week have given him a realistic chance of escaping relegation.
And James Lintell-Smith moved into fourth place in Premier Three Yellow when he beat Ben Crowden.

21/09/21: Kev and Natalie take Summer Grand Prix titles

There were twenty-four players in action on Monday, nineteen of them to contest the tenth and final session of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix, which comprised three three-point round robins across two environments.
Thirteen competed online at Heroes and six live at the Bristol County Sports Club (a k a Sportsmans).
The online session, split into groups of seven and six, saw group wins for Natalie Singh and Kev Peters.
In the live session, the honours were shared by George Georgiou and Ian Tarr.
Kev has clinched the SGP title with a 9 points cushion over second placed Ian, while Natalie's fine evening ensured that she took the honours in the Summer section of the John Curran sponsored intermediate sponsorship ahead of stiff competition from Andrew Montgomery.
There was also league action with four Premier League matches completed.
The Wellington was the venue for a Premier One meeting of Neil Young and Peter Thistlewood, where Neil prevailed.
Back online there were wins for Carwyn Jenkins over Pearl Foster in Premier Two Red, Gerald Whitehouse over John Curran in Premier Three Green, and Ben Crowden over Rosemary Whitehouse in Premier Three Yellow.

19/09/21: Sunday results round-up

There were four Premier League matches played on Sunday.
Three of those were in Premier One, including a double header at St James Wine Vaults in Bath, where Stephen Little and Ed Turner shared the spoils.
Back online Neil Young defeated Adam Sinclair.
And in Premier Three Yellow Hazel Boucher ended Rosemary Whitehouse's run of six victories.

18/09/21: Cecilia defeats Ed

There was just one Premier One match played online on Saturday.
Cecilia Rogers defeated Ed Turner.

17/09/21: Premier Two wins for Steve and Ian

There were two Premier Two matches played on Friday.
In the Red Division Steve Morris defeated Steffen Nowak online for the second time in seven days.
And at the Clyde Arms Ian Tarr recovered from a 0-5 deficit to clinch a fortuitous victory over Jim Green in the Blue Division.

16/09/21: The return of handicaps, and an Ian Hedges win

There were fifteen players in action on Thursday, twelve of them to celebrate the return of the Handicap Trophy.
The series, sponsored as ever by Ed Turner, is a little different from previous versions.
Although the format remains the same, with players allotted handicaps in the range 0 to 4 to affect the starting scores of matches, the difference this time is that -- on the say so of the sponsor -- the two pre-lockdown events are married together with five post lockdown tournaments between now and Christmas.
So this is the Handicap Trophy 2020-21!
Ian Hedges took the honours in the main flight, defeating Adrian Farthing, John Curran and Tim Line, before pipping Hazel Boucher in the final.
Hazel had defeated Stephen Little and Nick Barham en route to the final.
Adrian took the consolation flight with victories over Simonetta Herrera, Roland Herrera and -- in the final -- Cynthia Roberts.
Steve Morris, leader of the series after the first two tournaments way back at the start of 2020, still holds the lead but it is now a slender one, only countback separating him and second placed Nick.
The same pair head the "Side Pool Grand Prix", also a part of Ed's sponsorship.
There were also two Premier League matches played.
Stuart Mann maintained his recent fine form with a Premier One win over Fred North.
And Adrian Farthing consolidated his Premier Two Blue pole position with the narrowest of wins over Tim Line.
A Conference League result from Monday also came to light -- a win for Martha Beal over Kylie-Clair Hedges.

16/09/21: Nick wins GP20 tournament

There were nineteen players in action on Wednesday, fourteen of them to contest the sixth of the year's eight GP20 tournaments.
And in the main flight Nick Barham won the day, taking full advantage of a first round bye by defeating John Curran, Ian Tarr and, in the final, Safi Tracy.
Safi had got past Tim Line, Hazel Boucher and Gaz Owen.
Tim took the consolation flight, with victories over Stephen Little, Elias Hamati and John.
Gaz's GP20 lead has increased slightly to 105 points, with just two tournaments in the series to come.
There was also Premier One action, where Simon Baker and Andy Boysan defeated Fred North and Adam Sinclair respectively.
And Elias won a late four-player jackpot.

15/09/21: Sunday tournament cancelled

In part due to the unavailability of the Director, and in part pending a decision on the future of the event generally, this month's Sunday afternoon online tournament -- originally scheduled for the 23rd -- has been cancelled.
Watch this space for further announcements.

14/09/21: Tuesday's league and Brunel Trophy round-up

There were nine matches played on Tuesday.
In Premier One there was a double Simon double header, as Simon Baker and Simon Hughes shared the spoils.
Dave Pym's Premier Two Blue promotion hopes took a couple of hits when he lost to Ian Tarr and promotion rival Jim Green.
In Premier Two Red Cliff Blofield defeated Pearl Foster.
James Lintell-Smith and leader Ismail Yilmaz were Premier Three Yellow victors over Ben Crowden and Hazel Boucher respectively.
And Hemal Getalal breached the 20 points promotion threshold in the Conference League by defeating Natalie Singh.
The first of the seventh round Brunel Trophy ties was a gruelling affair, with Tim Line staying alive at Alan Joicey's expense.

14/09/21: Twenty-nine in Monday action

There were twenty-nine players in action on Monday, including twenty-two who contested the ninth and penultimate Monday Club Summer Grand Prix session of the year across two environments, in DMP round robins.
Sixteen of the twenty-two, playing online, were split into two groups of eight, while six played live at the Sportsmans.
The two online groups were won by Gaz Owen and Kev Peters, while the live group -- playing each other twice -- saw the spoils shared by Marcel Bancroft and George Georgiou.
Kev goes into the final SGP session next week with a five points lead over second placed Gaz, with George in third place.
And Natalie Singh has leapfrogged Andrew Montgomery into a narrow lead in the John Curran sponsored SGP intermediate sponsorship prize race.
There was also Premier League action with six matches played.
The Grain Barge was the venue for two Premier One matches, Stuart Mann defeating both Stephen Little and Simon Hughes to move into third place.
Back online Adrian Farthing's brace of narrow victories over Andrew Cobb have moved him to the summit of the wide open Premier Two Blue table.
And the Whitehouses were the winners in Premier Three.
Gerald beat John Curran in the Green Division, while Rosemary defeated Ben Crowden in the Yellow Division.

12/09/21: Sunday wins for Ed, Chris and Frank

There were three Premier League matches played on Sunday.
In the top flight Ed Turner scored a narrow victory over Fred North.
A similarly close affair at the Lock Keeper saw Chris Hughes leapfrog his opponent Jim Green into second place in Premier Two Blue.
And Frank Jones defeated Caroline Boulton in Premier Three Green.

11/09/21: Natalie goes second

Saturday's only action involved a Conference League match, where Natalie Singh scored a narrow win over Martha Beal, and has moved into second place in the pursuit of leader Hemal Getalal.

10/09/21: Friday win for Steve

In the only action of Friday Steve Morris scored a narrow Premier Two Red victory over Steffen Nowak.

10/09/21: Gaz wins Welcome Back Series opener

There were twenty-three players in action on Thursday, thirteen of them to contest the first of six tournaments in the Welcome Back Series.
Intended as a celebration of the reopening of online competition in Bristol, the series is subject to a generous sponsorship, with 75 added to each tournament's prize pool, plus year end prizes for not only the top three performers but also the top three "Tier 2" performers.
"Tier 2" is a one-off hastily coined term, an attempt to define a subset of developing players.
Those who are current members of Premier One or Premier Two and those who were in possession of a Bristol Backgammon handicap of either 0 or 1 at the start of the first tournament are NOT "Tier 2".
The tournament saw victory for none other than Gaz Owen, who defeated debutant Alessandro Corra, Hazel Boucher, Stephen Little and -- in the final -- Ian Hedges.
Ian hed arrived there via a first round bye and wins over Elias Hamati and Ian Tarr.
Elias, in losing the "odd match", where one player is playing his or her first match while the other is playing their second, took full advantage by winning the consolation flight.
His victims were Thursday debut player Andy Zographou and Tim Line.
Gaz holds an ominous 50 points WBS lead going into the second of the series, while joint leaders in the "Tier 2" category are Hazel and Cynthia Roberts.
There were also five Premier League matches played.
In Premier One Andy Boysan defeated Neil Young at the Lock Keeper, while back online Adam Sinclair overcame Fred North.
Paul Watts and Alan Joicey scored Premier Two Red victories over Cliff Blofield and Carwyn Jenkins respectively.
And the first Premier Three Yellow match for well over a month saw a win for Simon Tracy over league leader Ismail Yilmaz.

09/09/21: Tim wins second successive monthly Grand Prix tournament

There were twenty players in action on Wednesday, fourteen of them to contest the ninth of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
And, just as in August, it was Tim Line who won the main flight, defeating Steve Pickard, Cynthia Roberts, Steve Morris and -- in the final -- Safi Tracy.
Safi had arrived there via wins over Stephen Little, Gaz Owen and Ian Tarr.
The consolation flight was won by Alan Joicey, whose victims were Stephen, Steve Pickard and John Curran.
Kev Peters had a low key tournament, but still retains the overall BGP lead, albeit that the margin has been reduced to 25 points by Tim.
Tim has a confirmed his 2022 Bristol Masters qualification, and also scooped both Winner Takes All pools.
There was also league action.
In the first Premier Two Blue action for over a month Adrian Farthing scored a double success over Mandy Macdonald.
And Kylie-Clair Hedges had a busy Conference League day, with three matches completed.
A defeat to Natalie Singh was sandwiched between victories over leader Hemal Getalal and Martha Beal.

07/09/21: Premier One results round-up

There were four Premier One matches played on Tuesday.
Brookman's Farm, Swindon, was the venue for a Simon Baker victory over Gary Plant.
An online double header saw a brace of wins for Simon Hughes over Kev Peters.
And Neil Young visited Portland Square to good effect, edging to an 11-10 result over Cecilia Rogers.

07/09/21: Simultaneous Monday tournaments proceed without a hitch

There were twenty-five players in action on Monday, twenty-one of them to contest the eighth session of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix, which comprised four three three-point round robins across two environments.
The idea to run online and live portions of the same grand prix series simultaneously was perhaps innovative, but was aimed at providing options for players of all persuasions.
And the two halves of this experimental regime exhibited just how different the two environments are.
Ten contested online and eleven live, while the live session also provided for a handful of non-participants.
The online session, where the ten were split into two groups of five, proceeded seamlessly in the now customary efficient manner, and things were done and dusted by 9pm!
Group winners were Nick Barham and Gaz Owen.
Meanwhile a mixture of experience levels characterised the live session, where the eleven included a Bristol Backgammon debutante in Sophie Line, a welcome second appearance for Andy Zographou, and a live debut for Conference League leader Hemal Getalal.
The group of six players saw victory for George Georgiou, while the five player group saw honours shared between Roland Herrera and Tim Line.
Play concluded just before the 11pm closing time, and the social aspects of a live session were well to the fore, with friendly matches for the non-participants, and fact finding discussions for the less experienced.
All in all a successful evening for Bristol Backgammon on the return of Monday evenings live.
Kev Peters remains the leader of the SGP table, but Gaz is close behind.
Andrew Montgomery maintains his narrow lead in the Summer section of the John Curran sponsored intermediate sponsorship table.
There was also league action.
This included a pre-tournament Premier One double header at the Sportsmans, where Neil Young and Stephen Little swapped 11-4 victories.
Back online there were Premier Two Red wins for Ian Hedges and Robin Gunney over Steffen Nowak and Carwyn Jenkins respectively.

05/09/21: League wins for Adam and, apparently, Natalie

Adam Sinclair scored an emphatic Premier One win over Cecilia Rogers on Sunday to move into third place.
And a further league result has just about come to light after a lot of emailing and messaging. It seems that Natalie Singh won a Conference League match against Kylie-Clair Hedges on August 29th, and it may have been 11-9.

03/09/21: Stuart goes third

In the only league action of Friday Stuart Mann defeated Simon Baker to move into third place in Premier One.

03/09/21: Nine enjoy teams tournament

There were eleven players in action in Thursday, including the nine who enjoyed the hastily improvised team tournament at the Rainbow Casino.
One Premier Two Red match was played online, Paul Watts defeating Robin Gunney.
The nine at the casino were formed into three teams of three players, who contested a double round robin of 3-point matches, giving each player four matches in total.
The winning team comprised Andy Boysan, Hazel Boucher and Tim Line, Tim maintaining his recent good form by being the only player to win all four individual matches.

01/09/21: Safi wins September Speedgammon tournament

There were ten players in action on Wednesday, eight of whom contested the sixth of the year's Speedgammon Grand Prix tournaments.
Two round robin groups of four players apiece saw group wins for Tim Line and John Curran, and two others -- Nick Barham and Safi Tracy -- also qualified for the knock-out phase.
Tim and Safi made it to the final, where Safi came out on top.
The SGGP lead, which had been shared by Roland Herrera and Tim, now sees Tim 45 points ahead, Roland having missed the tournament.
In the leagues Steffen Nowak scored a narrow Premier Two Red victory over Robin Gunney.

31/08/21: Red Division wins for Cliff and Paul

There were two league matches played on Tuesday, both in Premier Two Red.
The Brunello Lounge, Weston-super-Mare, was the venue for Cliff Blofield's victory over Carwyn Jenkins, while Paul Watts won narrowly online against Pearl Foster.

30/08/21: Roland and Andy win Nackgammon Grand Prix round robins

There were thirteen players in action on Monday to contest the eighth session of this year's Monday Club Nackgammon Grand Prix.
Those thirteen were split into groups of seven and six.
These were won by Roland Herrera and Andy Boysan, although Andy's lack of side pool investment was good news for second placed Simonetta Herrera.
Andy now shares the NGP table lead with Tim Line.
And after the round robins Ian Tarr took the honours in a four player jackpot.

29/08/21: Brunel Trophy seventh round draw

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the seventh round of the eighth Brunel Trophy was made on Sunday, using the time honoured lockdown method of matching two numerical sequences, one each provided by Ian Tarr and Gaz Owen.
Matches are to be completed by Saturday October 2nd.
There are six survivors to this stage, so the even number meant there was no bye to be had.
Either three or four players will survive to the eighth round, the variable being the fact that Jim Green alone has two lives remaining.
Should Simon Tracy defeat him, rounds eight and nine would be straight semi-finals and a final, otherwise the player with the best record of all those who haven't received a bye during the competition -- and that would be Jim -- would get a bye to round eight.
View the draw here.

27/08/21: Live backgammon tournaments have returned, and Cecilia takes the honours

There were twelve players at the Rainbow Casino on Thursday for the return of live backgammon tournaments in Bristol.
The occasion was the one-off Hello Again! tournament, with some added money to celebrate the event.
But whether it's live or online, it makes little difference at present to Tim Line, who continues his successful streak wherever the game is played.
Having won the opening Wednesday online tournament the previous evening, it was almost a two-in-two-days double back live, as Tim -- one of four lucky bye recipients -- overcame Gaz Owen and Kylie-Clair Hedges before being edged out of an epic final against Cecilia Rogers.
Having also been in good form recently, Cecilia's victims en route to the final were Hazel Boucher, Ian Hedges and Stephen Little.
When Gaz and visiting Bristol Backgammon debutant Kuwaiti Abdul Barakat opted out of the consolation flight, it left a depleted but tidy field of four semi-finalists.
And Nick Barham took the honours, beating Marcel Bancroft in that final.
So what do we make of the new order?
We are now a split community, with twelve contesting the Wednesday online event and twelve in Thursday's Hello Again! tournament, although five were in both.
How will it all pan out in the long run?
Who can tell?
But at least there's something reassuring about seeing a big step back towards a new normality.

26/08/21: Tim wins August Freeroll tournament

There were seventeen players in action on Wednesday, twelve of them to contest the eighth of this year's series of twelve Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the immiment return of live tournaments, this was a record low turnout for the event, albeit only two fewer than the previous instalment.
Tim Line made the most of a first round bye to get past Mandy Macdonald and Simon Tracy in reaching the final.
There he met Ian Tarr, who had defeated Elias Hamati, Robin Gunney and John Curran, and it was Tim who edged to victory.
Safi Tracy won the consolation flight, beating Elias and Stephen Little.
Roland Herrera missed the event for the second successive time, but his three wins in the series still see him well ahead of the rest of the field -- his cushion over second placed Nick Barham being 130 points.
There was also Premier League action at the Alma Tavern and the Blaise Inn, where -- respectively -- Andy Boysan defeated Neil Young and Simon Hughes beat Peter Thistlewood.
And Tim continued his impressive recent form to win a late 10 jackpot tournament.

23/08/21: Monday round robin wins for John, Gaz and Nick

There were twenty-two players in action on Monday, nineteen of them to contest the seventh session of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix, which comprised three three-point round robins.
The nineteen were split into a group of seven and two groups of six players.
Group winners were John Curran, Gaz Owen and Nick Barham.
Second placed Roland Herrera took the side pool in John's group, as John had not invested.
Kev Peters remains the leader of the SGP table, twelve points ahead of Ian Tarr.
Andrew Montgomery maintains the narrowest of leads in the Summer section of the John Curran sponsored intermediate sponsorship table.
Ian later won a four player jackpot.
There was also Premier One action at the Wellington, where Neil Young edged out Peter Thistlewood with a last gasp double.

22/08/21: Sunday tournament features extended wedding celebration

There were eighteen players in action on Sunday, fourteen of them to contest the eighth of Bristol's 2021 Sunday afternoon knock-out tournaments.
In the tournament main flight, with its customary mixture of Bristol and UK players, the two finalists contested a "local derby".
Just eight days after their wedding, Chris and Cecilia Rogers swept all before them before a very short final.
Cecilia's victims were Kev Peters, James Newman and Gaz Owen, while those who succumbed to Chris were John Hedge, Steve Pickard and Elias Hamati.
The first game of the final was a four-cubed backgammon, giving Cecilia one of her fastest victories.
In the consolation flight it was John Hedge who took the honours.
Following a first round bye, John scored victories over Stephen Little and Kev.
And as on Thursday a four-player post-tournament jackpot saw Elias split the pot with Ian Tarr.

22/08/21: Wins for Jim and Steve seal Brunel seventh round line-up

The weekend saw the last two matches of the Brunel Trophy sixth round completed.
On Saturday Jim Green edged out Peter Thistlewood in the battle of the round's last two remaining unbeaten players.
And in what was effectively a sudden death encounter on Sunday at Steve Morris's, Steve apparently used his home advantage to good effect in dispatching Roland Herrera from the tournament.
Six players will go into the seventh round draw, with Jim the only player on two lives.

20/08/21: Simon's Brunel win

Friday's only action was a sixth round Brunel Trophy meeting between Tim Line and Simon Tracy.
And Simon scored the victory he needed to stay alive for the seventh round.
Tim will also be there, as he has one life remaining too.

20/07/21: Tim wins to head GP10 table

There were eighteen players in action on Thursday, including the sixteen who contested the seventh of this year's series of ten GP10 tournaments.
In the tournament main flight it was Tim Line who took the honours for the second time in the series.
His victims en route to the final were Cecilia Rogers, Cynthia Roberts and Stephen Little, while the other finalist -- Warner Solomon -- was despatching Hazel Boucher, Kev Peters and Steve Morris.
The consolation flight went to Ian Tarr, who defeated Mandy Macdonald, Safi Tracy and Cecilia.
Tim's points haul took him to the summit of the GP10 table, 25 points ahead of Gaz Owen and Roland Herrera.
One Brunel Trophy sixth round match was played, and Simonetta Herrera made her exit from the tournament after losing to Alan Joicey.
A late four-player jackpot saw Elias Hamati and Ian share the spoils.

18/08/21: Ian turns the tables

For the second day running the only action was a Premier Two Red match between Ian Hedges and Paul Watts.
But whereas Paul had triumphed on Tuesday, it was Ian who turned the tables on Wednesday.

17/08/21: Tuesday win for Paul

Premier Two Red saw the only league action on Tuesday, Ian Hedges succumbing online to Paul Watts.

16/08/21: Monday round robin wins for Adam, Gaz and Alan

There were nineteen players in action on Monday to contest the sixth session of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix, which comprised three three-point round robins.
The nineteen were split into a group of seven and two groups of six players.
Group winners were Adam Sinclair, Gaz Owen and Alan Joicey.
Fourth placed Andrew Montgomery took the side pool in Alan's group, as none of the top three had invested.
Kev Peters now leads the SGP table, seven points ahead of George Georgiou and Stephen Little.
Andrew still holds a narrow lead in the Summer section of the John Curran sponsored intermediate sponsorship table.
George later won a four player jackpot.

16/08/21: Sponsor boosts Premier Three prize fund

An anonymous sponsor has given a boost to the prize pots for Premier Three Green and Premier Three Yellow.
The 50 boost moves the prizes a little closer in value to those in Premier Two.

13/08/21: Tim wins August Grand Prix tournament

There were twenty-one players in action on Thursday, eighteen of them to contest the eighth of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
And it was Tim Line who won the main flight, defeating Ian Anderson, Stephen Little, Safi Tracy and -- in the final -- Simon Tracy.
Simon had arrived there via wins over Ian Tarr, John Curran and Simonetta Herrera.
The consolation flight was won by Chris Rogers, whose victims were Robin Gunney, Ian Tarr and Ian Anderson.
Despite failing to add to his overall points tally Kev Peters' overall BGP lead of 70 points remained intact.
Tim now has a very good chance of 2022 Bristol Masters qualification, and also scooped both Winner Takes All pools.
There was also a late four player jackpot, which was won by Elias Hamati.
And the first Conference League action for nearly two months saw runaway leader Hemal Getalal scoring another hard fought win, this time over Kylie-Clair Hedges.

11/08/21: Wednesday's Premier League round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
The Beaufort Arms, Stoke Gifford, played host to a Premier One double header where Neil Young notched a brace of wins over Gary Plant.
And in Premier Two Red Ian Hedges added weight to his promotion challenge by inflicting Alan Joicey's first league defeat in eight matches.

09/08/21: Green Division error corrected

Largely thanks to a clerical error on the part of the Director, a superfluous Premier Three Green match was played on Sunday.
Frank Jones and Mike Smith played a double header, when in fact they only had one meeting outstanding.
The two were misled into this course of action because of a partially incorrectly entered previous result.
Frank's May 31st win over Mike had been correctly added to the league table and the results narrative, but had been entered into the wrong box in the results grid.
The page has now been corrected, and unfortunately for Mike his victory in the fourth, superfluous, match no longer counts.
The Director has apologised to both players.

09/08/21: Tim and Adam win Monday DMP groups

There were eighteen players in action on Monday to contest the eighth online DMP round robin evening of the year, as a part of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix.
The eighteen made up two nine-player groups.
Group winners were Tim Line and Adam Sinclair.
Kev Peters takes over leadership of the SGP table, with a clutch of close pursuers, while Andrew Montgomery has moved into a narrow lead in the John Curran sponsored SGP intermediate sponsorship prize race.
After the tournament there was a four player jackpot, where Tim took the money.

08/08/21: Sunday's Premier League action

There were three Premier League matches played online on Sunday.
Stephen Little scored a much needed Premier One victory over Adam Sinclair, a result which leaves Adam with only the remotest mathematical chance of making the title race anything but a two horse one.
And in Premier Three Green a double header against Frank Jones went all Mike Smith's way.

06/08/21: Chris wins GP20 tournament

There were eighteen players in action on Thursday, sixteen of them to contest the fifth of the year's eight GP20 tournaments.
And in the main flight Chris Rogers won the day, defeating Steve Pickard, Simonetta Herrera and Gaz Owen before accounting for Roland Herrera in the final.
Roland had emerged via wins over Cynthia Roberts, Hazel Boucher and James Newman.
Adam Sinclair took the consolation flight, with victories over Elias Hamati, Steve Morris and Steve Pickard.
Chris has reduced Gaz's GP20 lead to 100 points.
There was also league action, where Jim Green kept his Premier Two Blue promotion campaign on track by beating Mandy Macdonald.
And Ian Anderson won a late four-player jackpot.

04/08/21: Wednesday league round-up

There were three Premier League matches played on Wednesday, and none of them online.
A Premier One double header took place at a new Bristol Backgammon venue, the Ivy Inn, Calne.
And honours were even between Gary Plant and Kev Peters.
And the Brunello Lounge, Weston-super-Mare, was the venue for league leader Nick Barham's Premier Two Red victory over Carwyn Jenkins.

04/08/21: Four still in the UK Champions League mix

Bristol's four representatives in the annual UK Champions League are all still in contention for honours.
As usual we have four of the thirty-two places in the annual competition for the top performers in the UK's many regional leagues.
The first phase of the competition split the players into eight groups of four.
And group winners Adam Sinclair and Gaz Owen, together with group runners-up Chris Rogers and Neil Young, were all amongst the sixteen who progressed to the final knock-out phase.
This has already begun, and Chris is into the quarter-finals, while Neil has won his opening best-of-three encounter.
It has also now been confirmed that Bristol will have four representatives next year, which could rise to five should one of our four win this year's competition.

04/08/21: Chris appointed UK captain

Having performed the role of online UK captain for four years, Bristol Backgammon Premier League champion and current league leader Chris Rogers has been appointed the overall UK Backgammon captain with effect from January 1st, succeeding Martin Barkwill.
Chris deserves the congratulations of us all in Bristol and of the wider backgammon community, and also our best wishes for a successful tenure.
Read the full story in the blog article dated 3rd August 2021.

04/08/21: Six were penalised in four Premier League divisions

Four players fell foul of the July 31st Premier League penalty checkpoints.
While all those who had points to claw back from May managed to achieve that, fresh penalties were incurred by Neil Young (3) and Simon Hughes (2) in Premier One, Jim Green (2) in Premier Two Blue, Carwyn Jenkins (2) in Premier Two Red, and Matt Reekie-Black (3) and Mike Smith (1) in Premier Three Green.
There was a clean bill of health for all in Premier Three Yellow.
All penalties incurred can be clawed back by catching up with the schedule by the September 30th checkpoint.

03/08/21: Chris two wins away

There was just one Premier League match played on Tuesday.
And the emphatic win Chris Rogers scored over Andy Boysan means that Chris is tantalisingly close to retaining his league title.
He has just two Premier One matches remaining -- against Andy and his closest rival Gaz Owen.
Should Chris win both of those matches it would be job done.
Should he lose to Gaz, however, the run in could be very interesting.
The only other player in with even a mathematical chance of upsetting the proverbial apple cart is Adam Sinclair, who would probably need to win all ten of his remaining matches to stand a chance.

03/08/21: Monday round robin wins for Alan, Ian and Kev

There were nineteen players in action on Monday to contest the fourth session of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix, which comprised three three-point round robins.
The nineteen were split into a group of seven and two groups of six players.
Group winners were Alan Joicey, Ian Tarr and Kev Peters.
Third placed Gaz Owen took the side pool in Alan's group, as neither he nor second placed Stephen Little had invested.
Ian now leads the SGP table, a whisker ahead of Kev and George Georgiou.
Natalie Singh still holds a very narrow lead in the Summer section of the John Curran sponsored intermediate sponsorship table.
George later won a four player jackpot.

31/07/21: Saturday Premier League round-up


There were five Premier League matches played on Saturday.
Simon Baker played twice in Premier One but suffered emphatic defeats at the hands of Peter Thistlewood and Ed Turner.
Mandy Macdonald and Eamonn Reay swapped 11-8 results in a Premier Two Blue double header.
And Safi Tracy moved a step closer to promotion from Premier Three Green with victory over Tom Chapman.

30/07/21: Friday league wins for Adam and Rosemary


There were two Premier League matches played on Friday.
In Premier One Adam Sinclair moved into third place with a win over Simon Baker.
And in Premier Three Yellow Rosemary Whitehouse, who seems to specialise in late season winning runs, beat Jordan White.

30/06/21: Stephen takes July Freeroll honours

There were twenty players in action on Thursday, fourteen of them to contest the seventh of this year's series of twelve Freeroll Grand Prix tournaments, equalling the lowest entry for this series since its post-lockdown introduction.
And in true Freeroll spirit the main flight final was contested by two players who didn't go for the optional side pools.
Stephen Little capitalised on a first round bye by defeating Adam Sinclair and Simon Tracy to earn a final meeting with Cynthia Roberts.
Cynthia had arrived in the final by eliminating Kev Peters, Elias Hamati and Gaz Owen, but it was Stephen who won the final.
Adam took the consolation flight, defeating Alan Joicey, Hazel Boucher and, in the final, Safi Tracy.
Roland Herrera missed the event, but his 145 points lead from previous events remains intact.
There was also Premier League action.
In the top flight the Grain Barge played host to Stuart Mann's defeat of Peter Thistlewood, while there were online wins for Gaz Owen and Simon Baker -- over Simon and Andy Boysan respectively.
And Tom Chapman defeated Caroline Boulton in a Premier Three Green match.

28/07/21: Wednesday league wins for Gaz, Jim, Tim and James


There were four Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In Premier One Gaz Owen defeated Andy Boysan to keep alive his title hopes.
Eamonn Reay got in two more Premier Two Blue matches, losing to both Jim Green and Tim Line.
And in Premier Three Yellow James Lintell-Smith beat Hazel Boucher.

27/07/21: Flurry of league activity on Tuesday

No doubt largely prompted by the approach of the July 31st Premier League penalty and expungement checkpoints, there was an upsurge of activity in four of the five divisions.
There were Premier One victories for Simon Baker and Cecilia Sparke -- respectively over Kev Peters and Peter Thistlewood.
Five Premier Two Blue matches took place.
Chris Hughes was busiest, coming out on top of two out of three very close matches with Eamonn Reay and Andrew Cobb.
Eamonn atoned for his loss to Chris by overcoming Adrian Farthing, while Ian Tarr scored a win against George Georgiou.
Winners in Premier Two Red were Steve Morris and Richard Owsley, over Pearl Foster and Ian Hedges.
And John Curran defeated Caroline Boulton in Premier Three Green.

27/07/21: Brunel Trophy sixth round draw

Brunel TrophyThe draw for the sixth round of the eighth Brunel Trophy was made on Tuesday -- a little later than scheduled -- using the time honoured lockdown method of matching two numerical sequences, one each provided by Ian Tarr and Gaz Owen.
Matches are to be completed by Saturday August 28th.
There are eight survivors to this stage, so the even number meant there was no bye to be had.
There will be anything between five and six players progressing to round six, as three of the line-up still have both lives remaining.
View the draw here.

26/07/21: Simonetta, Roland and Ian win Nackgammon Grand Prix round robins

There were seventeen players in action on Monday, fifteen of them to contest the seventh session of this year's Monday Club Nackgammon Grand Prix.
Those fifteen were split into three groups of five players.
The groups were won by Simonetta Herrera, Roland Herrera and Ian Tarr.
Tim Line's lead in the NGP table has increased a little to thirteen points, with George Georgiou still in second place.
And after the round robins Kev Peters took the honours in a four player jackpot.
There was also Premier One action, with Cecilia Sparke stealing an 11-10 victory over Fred North with some nice dice at the death.

25/07/21: Elias wins July Sunday tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Sunday, twelve of them to contest the seventh of Bristol's 2021 Sunday afternoon knock-out tournaments.
In the tournament main flight, with its customary mixture of Bristol and UK players, it was Elias Hamati who took the honours.
Following a first round bye, Elias scored victories over Denby Pettitt, Reece Hodges and -- in the final -- John Hedge.
John had defeated Chris Rogers, Neculai Axinte and Ian Tarr en route to the final.
Hazel Boucher took the consolation flight, defeating Cynthia Roberts, Chris Rogers and Cecilia Sparke.
There was also Premier League action, with George Georgiou and Andrew Cobb sharing the spoils of a Premier Two Blue double header, and Tom Chapman edging out Caroline Boulton in Premier Three Green.
Tim Line won a four-player post-tournament jackpot.

24/07/21: Saturday's Premier Three action

There were three Premier Three matches played on Saturday.
A top of the table double header in Premier Three Yellow saw Ismail Yilmaz leapfrog John Lewis into pole position.
And Matt Reekie-Black did his Premier Three Green promotion chances no harm at all with an emphatic victory over Tom Chapman.

24/07/21: Peter in epic fightback

In a Friday Premier One match Fred North was the victim of a sterling comeback by Peter Thistlewood.
Fred's expectations of a positive result would have been reasonable at least when he led 9-1, but Peter eventually ran out the winner by 11-10.

23/07/21: Roland wins July Speedgammon tournament

There were twelve players in action on Thursday, just eight of whom contested the fifth of the year's Speedgammon Grand Prix tournaments, making it the smallest turnout of the year for a Thursday tournament, maybe because of the heat.
Two round robin groups of four players apiece saw group wins for Ian Anderson and Roland Herrera, and two others -- Kev Peters and Cynthia Roberts -- also qualified for the knock-out phase.
Ian and Roland made it to the final, where Roland came out on top.
Roland now shares the SGGP lead with Tim Line.
In the leagues Peter Thistlewood scored a Premier One victory over Ed Turner, while in Premier Two Red Paul Watts defeated Richard Owsley for the second time in three days.

22/07/21: Wednesday's action summarised

There were six Premier League matches played on Wednesday, plus the last of the fifth round Brunel Trophy ties.
Simon Tracy played host to Roland Herrera in Henleaze, and won their tie.
Eight players will go into the hat for the sixth round draw, three of them -- Jim Green, Tim Line and Peter Thistlewood -- will both lives still intact.
The Beaufort, Stoke Gifford, saw three Premier League matches.
A Premier One double header saw Simon Hughes and Gary Plant share the spoils, while David Tyrrell gained a Premier Three Yellow victory over James Lintell-Smith.
Back online Ed Turner defeated Fred North in the top flight, Robin Gunney beat Pearl Foster in Premier Two Red and Rosemary Whitehouse pipped John Lewis in the Yellow Division.

20/07/21: Tuesday's Premier League results round-up

There were four Premier League matches played on Tuesday.
In the top flight Andy Boysan defeated Ed Turner to move into third place.
Paul Watts beat Richard Owsley in Premier Two Red.
In Premier Three Green Frank Jones came out on top against Gerald Whitehouse.
And Rosemary Whitehouse scored a much needed Premier Three Yellow win over Hazel Boucher.

19/07/21: Ian and Simon win Monday round robins

There were sixteen players in action on Monday, fourteen of whom contested the third session of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix, two three-point round robins.
The fourteen were split into groups of seven players.
Group winners were Ian Tarr and Simon Tracy.
George Georgiou took the side pool in Simon's group, as Simon had not invested.
Simon now leads the SGP table, with George just behind.
Natalie Singh still holds the lead in the Summer section of the John Curran sponsored intermediate sponsorship table.
Earlier there had been three Premier League matches.
Kev Peters scored a pair of emphatic Premier One victories over Ed Turner.
But the Premier Two meeting of Chris Hughes and Ian was even more so, with a whitewash in Chris's favour after just two games.

18/07/21: If Saturday was a disappointment, then Sunday certainly wasn't

The annual UK Clubs Championship was held online for the second successive year, because of you-know-what.
Bristol's representation was depleted for various reasons, not least the attendance of some of our more heavyweight players at a secret function on Saturday night.
But the good news was that their absence gave others the chance to fill the spotlight, and how well did they manage that after a somewhat disappointing Saturday?
Just two Bristol teams, then, Bristol "A" and Bristol "B".
The "A" team comprised five players whose unofficial Bristol rankings ranged from 12 to 53, while the "B" team ratings from that 97-strong list ranged from 61 to 83!
Both teams stuttered a little in the group phase, each winning just one match out of three, thus failing to reach the main knock-out, which incidentally was to be won by Worcester Royals.
In fact the "B" team did marginally better than their more illustrious counterparts, winning seven group matches out of fifteen, while the "A" team managed only five.
So both moved on to the Consolation knock-out phase, and this is where things began to improve.
The "A"s sprang into life, beating Scottish Ladies, St Albans "A", and the North West League to reach the semi-finals.
Those latter two opponents were very strong sides, St Albans "A" having won 13 of their fifteen group matches.
Meanwhile the "B"s were doing equally as well.
They disposed of Birmingham Blitz, HarroGaters, and a strong Manchester team to earn a tilt at the "A" team in the semis.
This much anticipated encounter proved to be as close as the majority of the earlier matches of both teams.
Wins for Hazel and Gerald put the "A"s 2-0 up, then John pulled one back before Adrian clinched victory for the "A"s, with Pearl netting a late consolation.
And so to the final, where Worcester Wolves faced up to the "A"s.
First result in was a defeat for Hazel, but no worries.
Victories for Warner, Adrian, Andy and Gerald completed a comprehensive win, and the "A" team were Consolation Champions.
So take a bow Warner Solomon, Adrian Farthing, Gerald Whitehouse and Hazel Boucher for the "A" team, Cynthia Roberts, Pearl Foster, John Curran and Jordan White for the "B" team, every one of whom respresented Bristol Backgammon with distinction.
And especially Andy Boysan and Simon Tracy, who stepped into the captaincy role for the two sides and did such a sterling job, both in terms of communication and leadership, as well as performing extremely well.
All in all an outstanding weekend for our scene.

18/07/21: The weekend's Premier League round-up

There were three Premier League matches played over the weekend.
In the top flight Adam Sinclair defeated Ed Turner on Saturday.
Ismail Yilmaz won a battle of the top two in Premier Three Yellow, also on Saturday.
And a Sunday Premier Three Green encounter saw a narrow win for Frank Jones over Tom Chapman.

16/07/21: Gaz wins second successive GP10 tournament

There were twenty-one players in action on Thursday, including the eighteen who contested the sixth of this year's series of ten GP10 tournaments.
In the tournament main flight it was Gaz Owen who took the honours, for the second time running in this series.
His victims en route to the final were Cynthia Roberts, Elias Hamati and Safi Tracy, while the other finalist -- Steve Morris -- was despatching Andy Boysan, Simonetta Herrera, Simon Tracy and Warner Solomon.
The consolation flight went to Kev Peters, who defeated Tim Line, Frank Jones and Nick Barham.
GP10 table leader Roland Herrera's lead has been cut to 25 points by second placed Gaz.
One Premier Two Red match was played, Robin Gunney beating Cliff Blofield for his third league win in two days.
And George Georgiou won a late four-player jackpot.

14/07/21: Wednesday's Premier League action

There were six Premier League matches played on Wednesday.
In the top flight Gary Plant defeated Stephen Little at Brookhouse Farm, Swindon, while back online leader Chris Rogers staved off a fightback by Simon Baker.
Robin Gunney had the best of a double header with Steve Morris in Premier Two Red.
And a Premier Three Yellow double header saw the spoils shared by Jordan White and James Lintell-Smith.

13/07/21: Ian and Tim win on Tuesday

There were two Premier Two matches played on Tuesday.
In the Red Division, a meeting of two players with promotion aspirations saw Ian Hedges pipping Richard Owsley.
And in the parallel Blue Division two more contenders met, Tim Line also scoring a narrow win against George Georgiou.

12/07/21: George takes Monday DMP honours

There were twenty-one players in action on Monday, fifteen of them to contest the seventh online DMP round robin evening of the year, as a part of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix.
And the fifteen made up a demandingly large group.
George Georgiou took the honours.
George moves into the lead in the SGP, with a large pack in chase, while Natalie Singh moved into the lead in the John Curran sponsored SGP intermediate sponsorship prize race.
There was Premier League action too.
In Premier Two Red Ian Hedges defeated Carwyn Jenkins, while Tom Chapman scored a Premier Three Green win over league leader Safi Tracy.
After the tournament there was a four player jackpot, where Elias Hamati took the money.

11/07/21: Sunday action in Premier Three

There were two matches played on Sunday, both of them in Premier Three.
In the Yellow Division Ben Crowden defeated Hazel Boucher.
While the Green Division saw a narrow victory for Safi Tracy over Caoline Boulton.

08/07/21: Kev wins July Grand Prix tournament to go top of BGP table

There were twenty-six players in action on Thursday, twenty-four of them to contest the seventh of this year's series of twelve monthly Bristol Grand Prix tournaments.
And it was Kev Peters who won the main flight for his second monthly grand prix success of the year, defeating John Curran, Nick Barham, Robin Gunney and Elias Hamati before beating Ian Anderson in the final.
Ian had arrived there via wins over Steve Pickard, Mandy Macdonald and Hazel Boucher.
The consolation flight was won by Steve Morris, whose victims were Simon Tracy, Adrian Farthing and -- in the final -- Alan Joicey.
Kev is now nailed on for a place in the 2022 Bristol Masters, as multiple monthly grand prix winners cannot fail to qualify.
Once again one of the Winner Takes All pools will roll over to next month's equivalent event.
The 60 rollover from the June 10 WTA pool attracted fourteen further investors, for a total of 200, but there was little interest in the 20 pool, where there is now an 80 rollover to the August event.
Kev's 120 points haul moves him into a 70 points lead in the Bristol Grand Prix table, with previous leader Andy Boysan in second place.
There was also a Premier Two Red meeting, with Ian Hedges defeating Carwyn Jenkins.

07/07/21: Now Adam exits Brunel

There were two matches played on Wednesday.
In the Brunel Trophy Adam Sinclair became the latest player to get no further than the fifth round when he was defeated by Steve Morris, who still has one life remaining.
And in Premier Three Green John Curran beat Gerald Whitehouse.

06/07/21: Cecilia and Matt are latest Brunel casualties

Two more Brunel Trophy fifth round ties were played on Tuesday.
Both were effectively sudden death matches as the protagonists each had one life remaining.
And the wins for Simonetta Herrera (over Cecilia Sparke) and Alan Joicey (against Matt Reekie-Black) moved the two victors into the sixth round.
The two remaining ties need to be played by July 24th, by which time there will be just seven or eight survivors.

06/07/21: Summer Grand Prix up and running with a controversy

There were twenty-four players in action on Monday, twenty-one of whom contested the opening session of the Monday Club Summer Grand Prix, three three-point round robins.
The twenty-one were split into groups of seven players.
Two of the group winners were Kev Peters and Simon Tracy, but there was controversy in the third.
Ian Tarr needed a win in his final match, against Elias Hamati, to clinch the group.
He got it, but was not satisfied that Elias had made sufficent effort to put it mildly, something which has forced him to make a ruling in retrospect.
This was to the effect that all of Elias's matches would be expunged, something which had minimal effect on overall standings as he had only won one match, against the bottom player.
And while this left Ian as the group winner, the average PRs -- which are used as a tie breaker, but cannot be separated out after the event -- of Ian and second placed Stephen Little were not sufficiently far apart to make Ian the conclusive winner.
The points awarded for the top two positions are thus shared equally between the two.
Ian did win the side pool, as Stephen was not in it.
So Kev and Simon share the SGP lead after one event.
Elias will be warned that any repeat of this behaviour will result in a permanent ban from all round robin events.
Andrew Montgomery and Natalie Singh share the lead in the Summer section of the John Curran sponsored intermediate sponsorship table.
In late action, there was a six player jackpot with entry at 10, and this was won by Alan Joicey.
There was also a league result.
Ben Crowden scored a Premier Three Yellow victory over Jordan White.

02/07/21: Stephen wins in Swindon

In a Premier One meeting at Brookhouse Farm, Swindon, on Friday Stephen Little defeated Gary Plant.

02/07/21: Tim wins GP20 tournament

There were sixteen players in action on Thursday, fourteen of them to contest the fourth of the year's eight GP20 tournaments.
And in the main flight Gaz Owen made it to his third succesive GP20 final, where he lost out to Tim Line.
Tim's progress to the final had come through wins over Nick Barham, Chris Rogers and Kev Peters, while Gaz had beaten Hazel Boucher, Chris Hughes and Ian Anderson.
Cecilia Sparke took the consolation flight, defeating Cynthia Roberts and Steve Morris after receiving the quarter-finals' only bye.
Gaz has now built up a massive 120 points lead over second placed Kev in the GP20 table, with Tim just behind in third.
The day's only other action was in Premier Three Green, where Caroline Boulton staved off a spirited comeback from Mike Smith to earn a narrow victory.

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