4 December, 2007

Please note. Grand Prix points will no longer be awarded at future Cotswold events

 

5th Cotswold ‘Fireside’ Backgammon

and Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament
26th January to 28th January 2007

Tournament Organiser & Director, Martin Hemming

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Another Top Player Joins the Cotswold Hall of Fame

Report by Martin Hemming

Raj Jansari won the title of 5th Cotswold Fireside Champion at the Bear of Rodborough Hotel, near Stroud, on the weekend 26th to 28th January. Without the benefit of a first round bye, Raj cleaved his way through a field of 47 top players, most of them British but also including double Irish Open champ Sean Casey and Italian visitor Georgio Castellano, to meet 2006 Champion Stuart Mann in the final. Stuart fought hard to retain his crown but eventually succumbed in the deciding 7pt match of the best-of-three series to leave Raj, attending his first Cotswold event, as the 2007 Champion. A consolation for Stuart was that he won the prize awarded by the Bear of Rodborough of a free weekend’s accommodation for the best-performing hotel resident, because Raj booked his accommodation too late and had to stay elsewhere. A message to those considering coming next year: book early because the Bear is a fantastic place to stay and it will fill up quickly!

Raj Jansari - The Winner
Stuart Mann
Ann Pocknell
Mike Heard
     

In the Consolation flight seasoned player Barry McAdam came through and beat Canadian Ann Pocknell in the 11pt match final, whilst Independent expert Chris Bray pipped Mike Heard in the Last Chance.

This year the Cotswold threw its doors open to intermediate and beginner players, and with the added prize money on offer courtesy of GammonitisGames they came along in good numbers. Richard Biddle beat local boy Gaz Owen in the final of the main flight and another local boy, Nick Barham, went one better and beat Tony Fawcett in the consolation flight.

The beginner was a round-robin affair played without the cube, and I’m delighted to report that everyone who entered won a match. Mervyn Bleach came through as the winner of the event, winning all his matches, and Carrington Marshall finished second, having lost only to Mervyn. Grandmaster Peter Bennet’s son Andrew showed he’s a chip off the old block winning 5 out of 7 matches to finish third, while live tournament newcomer Steve Bak finished fourth,

Away from the backgammon, this weekend was a whirl of social interaction and our hosts, the wonderful staff of the Bear, helped us to have a truly great time. The food was fantastic and I’m sure it won’t be long before the hotel sees another backgammon tournament.

More photos from David Startin can be seen here

 

 

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Please note, a few minor errors crept into the earlier listing, the one below is now accurate

Grand Prix points from this event 2007
Raj Jansari
Richard Biddle
Chris Bray
Neil Davidson
Stuart Mann
Mike Heard
Nigel Merrigan
Arthur Wright
Barry McAdam
Blaine Buchanan
Chris Ternel
Colin Laight
John Broomfield
Paul Christmas
Ralph Eskinazi
Rosey Bensley
Paul Gilbertson
Ann Pocknell
Dave Motley
Kevin White
Malcolm Robertson
Mardi Ohannessian
Martin Barkwill
Mick Butterfield
Mike Greenleaf
Peter Bennet
Tony Fawcett
Rachel Rhodes
Andy Bell
Mick Vacarey
Tim Line
Myke Wignall
Ray Tannen
Andrew Sarjeant
David Startin
Fanika Petkovska
Ian Tarr
John Hurst
Lawrence Powell
Mark Dixon
Miles Farren
Nicky Check
Raymond Kershaw
Sue Keeble
Vicky Gilbart
Alison Lee
Jo Davies
Brian Lever
Grahame Powell
John Slattery
Jon Samuel
Julian Minwalla
Peter Christmas
David Fall
Julian Fetterlein
Mike Bailey
Tony Lee
24.77
18.58
18.57
13.42
13.42
13.41
9.29
9.29
9.29
9.29
9.29
9.29
9.29
9.29
9.29
9.29
9.28
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.19
6.18
6.18
6.18
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.13
4.12
4.12
4.12
4.12
4.12
4.12
2.58
2.58
2.58
2.58

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These points are now included in the 2007 Grand Prix list following the Jarvis Trophy

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