Grant Hoffman Places 2nd in the Australian Backgammon Championships

On August 26th, 2008, Invercargill born Grant Hoffman finished in 2nd place in the Australian backgammon championships this month. He lost in the final showdown to Australian Jay Deva by a mere 3 points after eighteen hours of intense battle during 2 days in Surfer's Paradise. Hoffman traces his love of the game to his Invercargill born mother Margaret, a competitive player in Scrabble. Board games were a usual occurrence in their Grasmere family home.

Hoffman said that it was an age before the popularity of Television and the World Wide Web. He added that his family really loves board games. Hoffman worked in Invercargill's Freshbake bakery packing bread before enrolling at the Canterbury University for a Computer Science Degree. He became the nation champion of New Zealand after winning unofficial championships one after another last year.

Hoffman learned to play backgammon while he is still studying at university. Hoffman said that he love playing so much that he do something involving backgammon everyday. Once he finishes his studies he plans to play backgammon at an expert level. Hoffman said that he wanted to compete in Australia as an unknown competitor but his trans-Tasman counterparts were told that he was a champion in New Zealand.


02 2008

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