by Steve Sax
20 February 2013
In 1988, coach Pat Riley of the Los Angeles Lakers trademarked the slogan "Three-Peat" which referred to his team's effort to win a third championship in a row. It didn't happen then as the Lakers fell to the Detroit Pistons in 1989.
On February 10th, 2013 however I attempted to win my third consecutive Gammon Associates Tournament of Champions (TOC). If I was successful I would execute a "Three-Peat! of my own." It wouldn't be easy as I had to win four matches to do so.
The (TOC) is played the Sunday after the Super Bowl each year among the top players at the Gammon Associates backgammon club from the previous year. The top sixteen from each of two different tournament sites are invited and if any player qualified at both sites they receive a "bye" into the second round.
In 2011 I won five consecutive matches to take the "TOC" defeating Cecilia Pedroza in the finals and in 2012 repeated the task by defeating Joe Russell in the finals to take my second consecutive "TOC" title.
I rarely play in the Sunday tournament which accounted for me not receiving a "bye" in 2011 and 2012 but won in my only Sunday appearance last year which was barely enough to get me the bye and advance me to the second round.
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