Sunday, 27 April 2008

First of the summer wine?

The first of the summer’s backgammon (Tabli* in Greek) competitions took place at the Alpha Kafenion on Sunday 13 April.

In spite of disruptions from bus loads of Paleochorian school children and a passing Cretan shoe salesman who was seeking compensation for damage done to his Aunt’s crops by New Zealand troops hiding amongst them in 1941, (another story for another day) a full complement of 8 or so players spent a pleasant summer afternoon.

One of the highlights of this particular tournament was the participation of young blood in the shape of 11 year old James Webster (shown above). In spite of, or because of, his youth, he didn’t manage to make it to the final rounds but even so did perform very well, beating 2 much more experienced players before being eliminated himself.

The overall winner was David from Anidri, with Suzanne from Germany second and Canadian Pete third.

It’s not recorded where Lucky finished.

* Tabli…a fascinating game to play but one which as a spectator sport is up there with watching paint dry.

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