• Short Summary

    The ancient game of backgammon has become increasingly popular in Europe and the United States recently, and -- last weekend -- a British team played a team from Lebanon where the game has been popular for centuries.

  • Description

    The ancient game of backgammon has become increasingly popular in Europe and the United States recently, and -- last weekend -- a British team played a team from Lebanon where the game has been popular for centuries.

    The six-member team from Ladbrokes Club in London visited Lebanon's capital, Beirut, and included some of the best British exponents of the game: Stephen Raphael, Joe Dwek, Lewis Deyong and the wife of the European Champion, Nina Martyn.

    Among the Lebanese players were George and David Chami, Beirut businesman Henry Pharaon and Michael Nader.

    They were playing for a prize of 48,000 Lebanese pounds (GBP 4,800 sterling, approx. $ U.S. 11,500 dollars) with a trophy made from a 3000-year-old piece of cedar inlaid with gold in the shape of a cedar tree.

    In the end, both, teams were evenly matched: literally so because -- after playing for many hours -- the teams ended up with 114 points each. Both sides won three games.

    To decide the final winner, one member of each team staged a play-off. This the Lebanese won.

    As the main competition was drawn, the prize money was split. The London team took home the trophy and the Ladbroke Clug is planning a return match early next year.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6E2YYJ2535WE1CP7KJKAPBWNF
    Media URN:
    VLVA6E2YYJ2535WE1CP7KJKAPBWNF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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