The 2018 Angie Hambour Memorial Double Elimination Tournament took place on July 22nd in Adelaide.
This event is named in memory of Angie Hambour, one of our founding committee members back in 1977.
The log fire in the historic Metropolitan Hotel set the theme for an excellent day of backgammon starting at a chilly 8 am and the last player leaving at 7 pm.
We had a field of 16, and by mutual consent there were 16 buybacks offered into the first round. All 16 were taken up. The snag was that the buyback matches were to 5 points only. Five point matches have a way of producing tales of woe about leading 4-1 and losing. Second round matches reverted back to the standard 9 point matches. Being a double elimination tournament meant that with the buyback option players had 3 lives. The prize pool was a respectable $1500
The only player to make it through unbeaten despite his tough draw was Saeed Nourmohammadi, defeating Jack Clark, Nick Papadopoulos, Hossein Haydari, Siegfried Pohlenz, Angelo Ali and Jim Piliouras in the grand final.
Jim fought hard to get to the grand final. With the buy back and the double elimination, he needed 9 matches to reach it, whereas Saeed only needed 5 matches.
Jim needed to win the next two matches against Saeed. It started well for him, winning the first 11-6, but he fell at the last hurdle, losing 12-0.
The scores, as it so often happens, didn’t tell the whole story.
Congratulations to the defending champion, Saeed Nourmohammadi for a very impressive effort, and also to Jim for his fine fighting effort.
The Consolation Tournament final was fought out between Jack Clark (so close again), and Shane McNally the winner.