Clonakilty hosted the inaugural Cork Open Backgammon Tournament in March attracting 64 players from 14 countries including Norway, Japan and the USA.
O’Donovan’s Hotel provided the venue; local woodcraftsman Malcolm McAndrew created the Trophies — a stunning set of turned wooden bowls; and local author David Mitchell donated the raffle prize — a signed set of novels. Sponsorshsip came from Clonakilty Business Solutions, Camusfarm Dexter Beef, and Baan Sujjitra Thai Restaurant.
In the face of some serious International competition, Irish player Shea Mulhall won the Main Tournament defeating UK player Brian Lever in the final. Clonakilty player Oisín O’Sullivan was the most successful of the local participants reaching the final of the Novices Knockout, but eventually defeated by UK player Chris Humble. The raffle raised €350 for Autism Ireland.
The Tournament was organised by Clonakilty Backgammon Club, which meets every Wednesday, from 8 to 10pm in Casey’s Bar, Clonakilty.
Backgammon originated in Persia around 5,000 years ago and combines mathematics, psychology and serendipity into a fast-paced board game. New players are welcome and coaching is offered at all levels.
The Second Cork Open Backgammon Tournament is already filling up for March 4-6, 2016. Book online at corkbackgammon.com.