Michael Crane - Biba Director
Michael Crane (70) is the Founder and Director of the British Isles Backgammon Association. He has been playing backgammon since 1974 and was a member of the now defunct Backgammon Club of Great Britain. He was also a founder member of the National Backgammon Players Society of Great Britain where he remained a member until the formation of Biba in December 1989.
With the aid of fellow members, Michael has built the Association into the largest backgammon body in the British Isles. He has considerable tournament directing experience including international tournaments under the guidance of Hercules, the Baron of Culcreuch. He is an acknowledged expert on the rules of play, and has appeared on radio and television several times promoting BIBA and backgammon in general. He edits, contributes, publishes and distributes Bibafax, the magazine of the British Isles Backgammon Association.
Michael has been organising and directing backgammon tournaments for over twenty years during which time he has presided over 32,000 players in over 700 tournaments. He is one of the most experienced backgammon tournament directors in the world. He was the Backgammon Consultant to the Mindsports Olympiad for whom he organised and directed many of their annual backgammon events during August. He is the Backgammon Consultant to the Encarta Dictionary. He is the author of a book for beginners, published in September 2006; and is currently working on a new e-book aimed at absolute beginners.
Self-employed and semi-retired, he works parttime for Biba from his home in Lincoln where he lives with his wife, Sharen, who also plays backgammon and is an Assistant Tournament Director.
To relax he plays backgammon, reads, walks and holidays as often as he can and is a keen steampunk! His favourite holiday destinations are Carvoeiro (Algarve) and Hisaronu (Turkey).
Michael is also a bit of writer. If you want to read some of his stuff, click on his photo above and be transported to his writings and rantings!