INTRODUCTION: The world Backgammon Championship was held in Monte Carlo last week (6-12 July) and for the first time ever was won by a woman.
GV Monaco harbour from the sea.
SV PULL BACK TO GV (INTERIOR) Sign 'Merit World Championship' and people playing. (2 SHOTS)
GV & ZOOM IN Finalists Mrs. Lee Genud of USA and Mr. Joe Dwek of UK with game in progress.
CU Mrs. Genud.
GVs Game in progress, winning roll thrown by Mrs. Genud. She shakes hands with Mr. Dwek, kisses umpire, then throws arms in the air. (2 SHOTS)
GV Official presentation with Mrs. Genud walking on stage to be congratulated by officials.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The world Backgammon Championship was held in Monte Carlo last week (6-12 July) and for the first time ever was won by a woman. An American, Mrs. Lee Genud of Long Island, New York, made sporting history when she took the 100,000 dollar prize by defeating the championship favourite, Joe Dwek of Britain.
SYNOPSIS: Five Hundred competitors from 137 nations flocked to the Monte Carlo holiday resort to take part in the sixth World Backgammon Championship. They were 350,000 dollars, a percentage of the money bet on the outcome of the tournament. Fresh odds were posted each night in the Monte Carlo Casino.
Mrs. Lee Genud, a mother of four, won through to the final to play Joe Dwek, formerly of Egypt and now living in Britain. He was the four-to-six on favourite, while Mrs Genud was the 100-to-one outsider.
The tournament was played according to the rules published in the March 1978 edition of Backgammon News. The winner's pursue was worth 100,000 dollars. That huge amount of money hung on the final roll of dice by Mrs Genud, along with a page in the history book of Backgammon, as the first-ever female winner. Also riding on the dice were hundreds of thousands of dollars, bet on the result.
The jubilant winner was presented with a trophy and cheque worth more than any major women's tennis or golf tournament.