by Mary Hickey
1 April 2013
Mary Hickey reports on the 2013 ABT Ohio State Backgammon Championships held in Cleveland, Ohio on March 22 through March 24, 2013.
Greg Merriman is no doubt the kind of "people" that Cleveland tournament director Joe Miller has in mind when he calls his ABT event "The People Friendly Tournament!" What he really means, of course, is that there will be less emphasis on the new "tech" at his tournament, including less use of clocks and cameras. But tech found its way even to this bastion of old-style backgammon: many matches were recorded and/or streamed anyway, with Ben Friesen in charge of the work and the arrangements.
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Nice report as usual, Mary. But Steve Grund is contemplating his *opponent's* move, isn't he? In the second photo, his opponent has just hit with 13/10* and is thinking about the 6.
You are very observant, Tim! Maybe he's thinking, "I just know you're going to play the wrong 6", or something to that effect.
Glad you enjoyed the report, and I (and many other players, too) would love for you to come to a tournament someday.
Excellent report as always, but you left out one of the most important details of the tournament. I ran a calcutta where the winning bidder gets to pick a player from column A and B to make up the calcutta team, and when I got the winning bid I chose the team of David and Linda Rockwell. Both made it to the final 5 players and Linda, of course, cashed, taking 2nd in her second ABT event IN A ROW (and she beat David on her way to the finals.) I believe the calcutta adds a fun and exciting addition to any tournament and I believe being able to choose the team makes it even more interesting.
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