Ace response as backgammon club gets under way

The Lake District backgammon club is to meet twice a month after the first session of the year was a huge success.

Enthusiasts turned up to play the boards at Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel, and several players signed up to take part in a major tournament next month.

The hotel is the annual host for the prestigious Lake District backgammon championship which attracts top players from across the UK, and has the backing of the UK Backgammon Federation and the British Isles Backgammon Association.

backgammon-board

This year’s event will be held at the Cedar Manor on Sunday March 19, and reigning champion Ian Hesketh is due to return and defend his title.

Organiser Jonathan Kaye said that the response to the call for new club players had been very encouraging. “Everyone had a really good time, and we decided that we should meet fortnightly,” he said.

Jonathan, who learned to play backgammon when he was manager of the legendary Raffles nightclub in Chelsea, says that the game is easy to learn, combining skill and chance.

The next meeting of the club will be Thursday Feb 23, 7pm, at the Cedar Manor.

Backgammon is one of the world’s oldest board games, combining skill and chance, and is played in cafés across the Mediterranean and in exclusive London clubs, with world championships staged in exotic locations.

 

More information: 015394 43192

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