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32nd World Backgammon Championships

Pictorial 1 - The Welcome Cocktail Party

Tournament Director James Ballie welcomes the players.
 
The Welcome Cocktail party is in full swing.
 
About 400 players are here at the 32nd World Championships.
 
Here is another scene from the party last night.
 
Dr. Jakob Garal presents Partouche Gammon Tour Director and CEO Eric Guedj with a copy of his new book "Fair Backgammon Tournament Rules".
 
Marjorie Serrano Blanco of Costa Rica with Jinelle Girard of Canada.
 
Andreas Grötsch of the Melita Gaming Network, which has Xciting Games, TMG and now TurboGammon. Andreas is also the organizer of the Berlin $250,000 event that took place a couple of months ago.
 
Some of the many players from Armenia.
 
Well known pro players Katja Sophie Spillum and Tobias Hellwag.
 
Two-time World Champ Jorgen Granstedt with BG Giant Jake Jacobs.
 
Antoinette-Marie Williams (front centre) who helps most of the players book their rooms here with Rachel Rhodes (top left) and friends.
 
Martha Ghio (R) with John Clark and Martha's sister.
 

Player International's Stephen Pearson (L), who just launched TurboGammon.com chats with the WBA's Chiva Tafazzoli

and his assistant Antonia.

 
Germany's Volker Sonnabend, Oliver Schneider and Ingrid Sonnabend.
 
One of three tournament rooms.
 
Players playing in jackpots last night.
 
It looks like everyone found one of these delicious dice cakes, made with white and brown chocolate, when they got back to their rooms last night.
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