Past Thais

by Jake Jacobs
17 February 2014


Jake Jacobs

In the beginning the universe was a dark and shapeless void. Then Stu Katz spoke, saying: "There is a guy in Germany looking for you." The next thing I knew, I had agreed "let there be internet," and things took shape.

It was well over a decade before I had any direct communication with "the guy in Germany." He was looking for tips on Korea, when he first posted messages on rec.games.backgammon searching for me, and by the time I acquired an internet account others had relayed to him my advice on what to do while in Korea. But in the summer of 2007 I was playing in Monte Carlo, and my opponent turned out to be "the guy from Germany."

Six and a half years passed, and we met up again, this time in Thailand. Everyone eventually makes it to Pattaya. Jürgen Orlowski didn't just make it to Pattaya: he directed the tournament.


Gerhard and Jürgen


That's Jürgen with one of his predecessors, Gerhard Schulze. One problem the Thai tournament has had the past few years is a lack of continuity. During its first fifteen years, save one transition year when Karsten Neilsen directed the largest turnout in the event's history, there were only two directors, Goran Hasselquist and Guy Michalet. After Guy sold the 19th Hole Super Pub we lost a director and a venue, and the orphaned tournament has struggled to find its footing. This year the turnout was up, with twenty-four players entered. But the venue, poolside at View Talay Villas, while attractive, is inadequate if the event is to grow.
 
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