Here is the latest news about the Ottawa Backgammon Club.
Eight players attended the December 2018 tournament.
The tournament was won by Robert Loveless when he defeated Scott Douglas in the finals. It was a 2nd tournament win in a row for Robert.
In the consolation, Dave Gordon defeated Paul Stebbing in the final match.
Interestingly, before the tournament, the general feeling was that Robert Caldwell was almost guaranteed to be the annual champion. The script of that scenario was not respected at all. Robert had a rough day by losing his two matches while Scott Douglas reached the finals. At the end of the day, both players had the same number of points. So, for the 2nd year in a row, a playoff match was required to determine the annual champion !
What a finish !!
That playoff match was quite exciting and well played. Scott made a great come back to win. So, for the 2nd year in a row, Scott managed to win a playoff match to be crowned the annual champion. Congratulations, Scott.
Robert Caldwell also deserved to be congratulated as he had a very good year. Well done, Robert.
The final annual standings are showing the following nine players at the top:
Here a couple of interesting facts about the 2018 year :
Congratulations for those performances.
The first monthly tournament of 2019 will be played on Sunday, January 6th. The monthly tournament in February will be played on the 2nd Sunday (February 10th).
The club had a good year in 2018. The attendance was excellent in the spring season with as many as 24 players registering in the June tournament and never being lower than 15 players in a month. Even if the fall season was good, it was not as well attended as the early part of the year.
The club has been doing very well in the last few years. The year 2017 was excellent with a total of 185 registrations for the ten monthly tournaments. That was the best annual attendance since the early 80’s. This year, we had a total of 154 registrations and is about as good as the year 2016 when the registrations were numbered at 156. The last three years have been the best years since the early 80’s.
In 2017 and 2018, we had 41 different players attending the monthly tournaments in each year. This is substantially more players attending at least a tournament in a calendar year than it has been usually the