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Backgammon champ takes Lakes title

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The Lake District backgammon championship title went to David Gallagher from Silloth in West Cumbria.

In the sixth annual tournament at Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel, Gallagher defeated Zohrab Yoncali in the final.

Jonathan Kaye presents David Gallagher with his prize

The event attracted 16 top players from across the UK. Another Cumbrian, Alan Farrell, beat Martin Barkwill in the consolation final. Farrell, who comes from Whitehaven, lived for many years in Windermere.

The championship, which has the backing of the UK Backgammon Federation and the British Isles Backgammon Association, was launched by Cedar Manor owner Jonathan Kaye who said: “It was a great day with some thrilling matches.”

He added: “We are now recognised as one of the major tournaments on the UK calendar.”

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