When you think of Copenhagen I imagine you think of the statue of The Little Mermaid, the Amalienborg Palace or the Tivoli Gardens. Not Backgammon. However, each year around Easter when the city empties for the holiday break, hundreds of professional Backgammon players and enthusiasts descend upon the city for the annual Nordic Open; THE biggest Backgammon tournament in the world.
The tournament director Steen Gronbech and his team entice the best Backgammon players from around the world to compete in the event which lasts for 4 days. Of course like any other tournament, there are separate heats depending on the skill level of the player. However, with backgammon there is a certain degree of luck; even the worst player can beat the number 1 if the dice roll their way.
Geoffrey Parker are proud to be partners of the Nordic; supplying the final board for the tournament and a voucher for the winner towards their very own bespoke backgammon, in their colours, specification, and style. This time around the winner of the tournament and prize board was Dagfinn Snarheim, congratulations to him!
Whilst at the tournament we managed to seize the opportunity to nip out into the bustle of Copenhagen and enjoy the city life; from a boat tour around the city to sampling pickled herring. In a couple of free hours, we managed to get a taste for the city – however, more time Is definitely required to discover every corner of the city.
Perhaps next year we will see you out there? If you need an excuse and fancy chancing your arm at backgammon why not enter the tournament? You might even win!