Full Name: Nigel B. Merrigan
Date of Birth: 22 / 03 / 1966
Birth Place: Singleton, Wales
Current City of Residence: Preston, Lancashire
Marital Status: Married, 23 years and not counting
Occupation: Psychology Lecturer/Lounge Cat
How I Started in Backgammon: A friend wagered he would eat the Chessboard and pieces if I ever won a Grand Prix. He won the bet and suggested I flip the board over.
Book I have written: In the pipeline along with the other sewage I’ve written
Backgammon Nickname: Mr Majestyk
Current Skill Level: Expert
Playing Backgammon live since: 1989
Favorite Tournament Venue: I’ll tell you next time I win there!
Liverpool Open 1991
British Open 1993
British Open 2006
Imperial Cup 2011
Other important finishes:
British Open 1994-2010 – I like this Tournament (Semis & Quarters)
15 MITTELEUROPA – Finalist (Intermediate Flight)
British Open 2005 – Consolation
Peligoni Cup 2005 – Semi Finals
Manchester Open 2005 – Finalist
Belgium Open 2006 – Consolation (Championship Flight)
Gammonitis 2006 – Consolation
County Cups 2006 – Finalist (1000-1 award)
Favorite Backgammon Book: Reno
Favorite Music: Jazz
Favorite Film(s): Mr Majestyk, Hard Times & Rounders
Favorite Food: Italian
Other Interests & Hobbies: A casual mix of beer and flying saucers
Person I’d like most to meet: Me! 20 years earlier.
Favorite Celebrity: Phillip Seymour Hoffman
If I could change anything in the world, I would…: treat any frugal act of good intention with a generous measure of sobriety.
If I could change anything in the Backgammon world, I would…: persuade others to rethink their 5-2 opening!!!
Tip: “Never pat a burning dog”, Russell Crowe, A Good Year