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2018 NSW Open Backgammon Championship


This year’s NSW open was run, for the first time, by the Sydney Backgammoners at the North Ryde RSL… and a great day was had by all!!

33 players including two from Victoria, one from South Australia, and several players from Newcastle sat down to play in a modified Swiss tournament, which would have guaranteed all players five 7-point matches if ALL players had stayed until the end…

14 of those players entered the optional value-added bonus pool with the total value of the “pot” going to the participating player who finished highest up the ladder at the end of the day – even if that player was not the overall tournament winner.

Play started on time at 9.30 and there were no matches that went over time. Gary’s devotion to trialling various time periods paid off and no players were penalised for exceeding the time limit OR for arriving late for their games – well done all.

After two matches we broke for lunch, resuming at 1.45 for the remaining 3 matches.

Martin Sagradian was the ultimate tournament winner with 521 points, claiming both the $900 prize AND the $1400 bonus pool.

Peter Brown, with 416 points, took 2nd place.

George Avramides, in 3rd was very close behind with 414 points.

John Symon took 4th spot with 411 points.

Congratulations to all our winners, and indeed to all who took part.

A big “thank you” to Gary Stavrou for co-ordinating a very successful and enjoyable day.