by Jake Jacobs
10 March 2016
Once upon a time when the world was young and backgammon lore was old there lived two young lads in a faraway land called Germany. At that time if advancing players wished to become proficient they went to a temple of learning such as Pat's Pub or the Mayfair Club. There weren't many of these because most things rhyming with "ub" like tub or sub are too cramped for a chouette. But these lads, Johannes and Dirk, bought a magic teacher called Jellyfish™. They were among the first acolytes of the bots to amaze the world. Then, they disappeared. First Johannes had a spell cast on him by a Swiss entrepreneur, and then Dirk washed up on a remote beach, and neither was heard from again. Until now.
Recently Dirk reappeared, not only reappeared, but played a match against the young player who might be Germany's current best, Tobias Hellwag. Their 9-point match was in the German Masters Series. Here is a look at how they played.
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