by Steve Sax
20 November 2008
One of the most popular slogans in President Elect Barack Obama's campaign was "Yes We Can", referring to change he believed needed to be made in order for the United States to thrive and prosper as a nation once again. In a backgammon corollary, if you wanted to improve your game and make changes needed to thrive and prosper as a player, one of the things you might want to do would be to go over matches between two top players, and to that I say "Yes, Oui Cannes".
In 2004, Bob Glass and I traveled to Europe to play in three tournaments, Venice, Monte Carlo and Cannes and in that last stop, Bob had the privilege of playing one of the all time legends of the game, in Paul Magriel. In the Super Jackpot in Cannes, Bob drew Paul "X-22" Magriel in the first round, and both agreed to have me record the match which concluded in an exciting 16 cube.
Bob and Paul have been friendly rivals for over 20 years playing in national and international contests and while Paul's exploits are voluminous many don't know that Bob Glass has had successes across the America's and around the world as well.
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