Beautiful Setting, Awesome Tournament: Get Thee Over to Meribel, France

Top international BG players are coming to Meribel again this year.

And why not? Check out the setting. [Got to]

What I like about this tournament is it provides an opportunity for amateurs (like me) to watch, play and  learn from, top international players.

The tournament will be held from 8 to12 December at the Trois Hotels de la Chaudanne with 10,000 Euros prize money to play for.??

That’s the kind of money that will definitely draw players.

The organizer, current Portuguese Backgammon Champion Clive Kaye, will be better known to most Méribel visitors as owner of Barometer Bar.

He said  that he started the tournament last year “because there wasn’t a serious tournament during the winter and it seemed a good way to bring Backgammon to Méribel during the start of the season.”??

For amateur players who would like to turn up and play for an hour or two, there will be Jackpots running throughout the weekend.

These mini-tournaments for 8 people are open to everybody and cost €20 to enter. More serious players can compete in one of two flights: the Méribel Masters is for top players only, and the Mid Flight is a more relaxed event open to all.

Entry fee for the latter is 150€ and 100% of the entry fees are returned as prize money??In addition, the biggest name in Backgammon, the 2009 World Champion Mochy, will be hosting an informal talk.

This will take the form of a discussion with the audience while solving some backgammon problems. “Mochy’s Hour” will be at 7.30pm on Saturday 11 December in the Grizzli Bar, Eterlou Hotel.

So if you are anywhere near Meribel, go to this one.

And I’ll see you there.

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