The seventh annual Birmingham Open was held in Moseley, Birmingham on 12th May 2018. Due to Mike Wood’s decision to step down from organising the tournament, Mark Smyth and Dave Pritchard decided to revert to the 32 player knockout format of the first five events.
We welcomed players from all around the Midlands as well as further afield. Previous prizewinners Anna Price, Martin Barkwill and Kev Jones joined us from London, Newcastle and Manchester. The Midland Backgammon League (MBGL) was very well represented and there was a strong contingent from Worcester.
The Main event was won by Birmingham’s Rob Perry, who kept a typically cool head over a long day of five 9-point matches.
The progressive Consolation was taken by Mark Smyth, another Birmingham and MBGL player. Mark has an infectious enthusiasm in both playing and studying the game. He is a regular in both Birmingham and Worcester on Club evenings.
Martin Barkwill, a former Birmingham Open winner, took the Last Chance. Martin has a hand in running the Newcastle Open and is always on the lookout for promising talent in his capacity as Captain of the England B Team.
Thanks are due to Ann Fleming for providing an excellent all-day buffet. Rose Pfeffer-Ward did her usual well-organised and efficient job on the results desk. Mike Wood provided lots of helpful advice and guidance, pre-tournament - as well as being on hand for most of the day before going off to play drums for “The Old Gits Blues Band” in a (very successful) charity gig in Redditch.
Finally, thanks to Kev Jones for agreeing to act as a “wise head” in the event of disagreements. He also supplied some clocks on the day, and very generously agreed to enter all of the results onto the UKBGF ratings system.
Main Winner - Rob Perry Main Runner-up - Dave Pritchard
Consolation Winner - Mark Smyth Consolation Runner-up - Jamie Macpherson
Last Chance Winner - Martin Barkwill Last Chance Runner-up - Richard Munslow
Here’s to 2019!
The Birmingham Open is an annual tournament hosted by Birmingham Backgammon Club and organised and administered by Mike Wood.
The initial tournament was held in May 2012 and attracted players from around the UK. Since then it has continued to grow in popularity, not least because of the friendly atmosphere, and fantastic buffet provided by Mike.
Past Winners of the Birmingham Open
2012 - Dave Pritchard 2013 - Martin Barkwill 2014 - Matthew Fisher 2015 - Julian Fetterlein 2016 - Julian Minwalla 2017 - Marc Turner 2018 - Rob Perry