World Singles 67 Tiddlywinks

24th October 2013 – Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain

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24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Challenger Dr. Patrick Barrie (GBR) (right) of Great Britain contemplates his next shot watched by title holder Larry Kahn (USA) (left) of the USA, squidgers at the ready, during World Singles 67, the latest challenge for the tiddlywink title. (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Challenger Dr. Patrick Barrie (right) of Great Britain contemplates his next shot watched by title holder Larry Kahn (USA) (left) of the USA, squidgers at the ready, during World Singles 67, the latest challenge for the tiddlywink title.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Patrick Barrie (GBR) of Great Britain supports his hand with a finger on the mat as he prepares to play a shot during his tiddlywinks challenge game against World Singles title holder Larry Kahn (USA) of the USA. Only current National Singles champions or the host countries highest ranked national if the title was won by a foreign player can challenge for the title (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Patrick Barrie supports his hand with a finger on the mat as he prepares to play a shot during the early stages of the match. Only current National Singles champions or the host countries highest ranked national if the title was won by a foreign player can challenge for the title.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate Larry Kahn of the USA plans his next move during tiddlywinks World Singles 67. Invented as a game in the late 1800's it was developed into a competitive modern sport by  Cambridge University students in 1955 who reputedly wanted to find a sport in which they could beat their opposite numbers at Oxford University (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate Larry Kahn of the USA plans his next move. Kahn has won 22 World Singles titles and 18 World Doubles titles since taking up the sport at university in 1971.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Patrick Barrie (GBR) (left) of Great Britain prepares to play a wink into the battle area during World Singles 67, his challenge for the world tiddlywinks singles title held by American Larry Kahn (USA) (right). Each player is assigned two of the four colours, either red and blue or yellow and green and alternately shoots them into play to get the game started (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Patrick Barrie prepares to play a wink into the battle area at the start of a round. Invented as a game in the late 1800′s it was developed into a competitive modern sport by Cambridge University students in 1955 who reputedly wanted to find a sport in which they could beat their opposite numbers at Oxford University.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Patrick Barrie (GBR) (right) of Great Britain paces around the table as he contemplates his next move during World Singles 67, his challenge for the world tiddlywinks singles title held by American Larry Kahn (USA) (left) watched by umpire Matt Fayers (centre). Barrie began playing in his first year at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain in 1984  (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Patrick Barrie (right) paces around the table as he contemplates his next move watched by Larry Kahn (left) and umpire Matt Fayers (centre). Barrie began playing in his first year at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain in 1984.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - The pot sits in the centre of the mat surrounded by winks during World Singles 67, the latest challenge for the world singles title this time between holder Larry Kahn (USA) of the USA and challenger Patrick Barrie (GBR) of Great Britain. Traditionally red, only counters are allowed in the pot during a game (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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The traditionally red pot sits in the centre of the mat surrounded by winks during World Singles 67. The sport is played with twenty four counters, six of each colour red, blue, yellow and green, the pot which the rules stipulate should be concave sided in design and 38mm high and with an external diameter of 48mm across the top and 38mm across the base, and squidgers, discs that are used by players to shoot the winks. In the singles game each player is assigned two of the four colours, either red and blue or yellow and green.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Patrick Barrie (GBR) of Great Britain contemplates his next move during World Singles 67, his challenge for the world tiddlywinks singles title held by American Larry Kahn (USA). With three points being scored for winks potted and one for any uncovered wink at the end of a game the sport relies heavily on a combination of strategy and skill (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Patrick Barrie contemplates his next move during his challenge for the world tiddlywinks singles title held by Larry Kahn. With three points being scored for winks potted and one for any uncovered wink at the end of a game the sport relies heavily on a combination of strategy and skill.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Patrick Barrie (GBR) of Great Britain contemplates his next move during World Singles 67, his challenge for the world singles tiddlywinks title held by American Larry Kahn (USA). His options includes amongst others not only potting one of his own winks or squopping, (covering one of his opponents winks making it unplayable until freed) but also bombing, blitzing, boondocking,  gromping or a John Lennon memorial shot. At the top level players are constantly planning several moves ahead whilst assessing their opponents response and ability to carry out similar shots (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Patrick Barrie contemplates his next move during his challenge for the world singles tiddlywinks title held by Larry Kahn. Barrie’s options include amongst others not only potting one of his own winks or squopping, (covering one of his opponents winks making it unplayable until freed) but also bombing, blitzing, boondocking, gromping or a John Lennon memorial shot. At the top level players are constantly planning several moves ahead whilst assessing their opponents response and ability to carry out similar shots.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - World Singles title holder Larry Kahn (USA) (right) of the USA discusses the position of a wink with challenger Patrick Barrie (GBR) (centre) of Great Britain and umpire Harley Jones (left). As squopped or covered winks cannot be played until freed determining a winks status can have an important impact on the outcome of a game and so the match as a whole (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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World Singles title holder Larry Kahn (right) of the USA discusses the position of a wink with challenger Patrick Barrie (centre) of Great Britain and umpire Harley Jones (left). As squopped winks cannot be played until freed determining a winks status can have an important impact on the outcome of a game and so the match as a whole.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Umpire Harley Jones, the President of the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club, studies the position of two winks to determine if one has been squopped by the other. Squopped or covered winks may not be played until freed by removing the squopping wink by either that colours player or by firing a wink at the squopping wink in the hope of dislodging it (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Umpire Harley Jones, the President of the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club, studies the position of two winks to determine if one has been squopped by the other. Squopped winks can be freed by removing the squopping wink by either that colours player or, by firing a wink at the squopping wink in the hope of dislodging it.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Larry Kahn's squidgers, the counter used to flip the winks, lay ready for use on the mat during World Singles 67, the latest challenge for the tiddlywinks title. Competitors carry a number of squidgers of between one and two inches in diameter to allow them greater accuracy such as when playing a wink from the top of a pile or in between other winks that must remain untouched or when trying to pot (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Larry Kahn’s squidgers, the counter used to flip the winks, lay ready for use on the mat. Competitors carry a number of squidgers of between one and two inches in diameter to allow them greater accuracy such as when playing a wink from the top of a pile or in between other winks that must remain untouched or when trying to pot.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Larry Kahn (USA) of the USA test's mats before World Singles 67. The six foot by three foot mats, which are usually made of orthopaedic foam, can vary in how much lift they give  depending on their maker and their age (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Before the match Larry Kahn had tested the mats available for the six foot by three foot playing surface. Usually now made from orthpaedic foam they can vary in how much lift they give depending on their manufacturer and their age.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Challenger Patrick Barrie (GBR) (right) of Great Britain rues a missed pot watched by title holder Larry Kahn (USA) (centre) of the USA and umpire Matt Fayers (left) during tiddlywinks World Singles 67 in Barrie's office at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain. Barrie who took up the sport as an undergraduate at the university in 1984 now lectures in Chemical Engineering there (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Patrick Barrie (right) rues a missed pot watched by title holder Larry Kahn (centre) and umpire Matt Fayers (left) during the match in Barrie’s office at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain. Barrie who took up the sport as an undergraduate at the university in 1984 now lectures in Chemical Engineering there.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - With most of the twenty four winks in a pile by the cup Patrick Barrie (GBR) of Great Britain considers his options during his World Singles tiddlywinks title challenge against Larry Kahn of the USA. Whilst matches are seriously contested university lecturer Barrie also believes students should take part in activities such as tiddlywinks to help balance the more intense side of work and study at university and for inclusion on their CV's (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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With most of the twenty four winks in a pile by the cup Patrick Barrie considers his options. Whilst matches are seriously contested university lecturer Barrie also believes students should take part in activities such as tiddlywinks to help balance the more intense side of work and study at university and for inclusion on their CV’s.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Challenger Patrick Barrie (GBR) (left) of Great Britain watches from a distance having hopefully put his opponent, the title holder Larry Kahn (USA) (right) of the USA, into a difficult position during tiddlywinks World Singles 67 in Barrie's office at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain. (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Patrick Barrie (left) watches from a distance having hopefully put his opponent, the title holder Larry Kahn, into a difficult position during the match.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Patrick Barrie (GBR) of Great Britain holds the pot as he prepares to play a shot during his tiddlywinks challenge game against World Singles title holder Larry Kahn (USA) of the USA. The pot may be held if it is likely to be moved by a player, squidger or winks in motion (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Patrick Barrie holds the pot as he prepares to play a shot. The pot may be held if it is likely to be moved by a player, squidger or winks in motion.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Title holder Larry Kahn (USA) of the USA waits with his squidgers at the ready for his turn during World Singles 67, the latest challenge for the tiddlywink title this time from Dr. Patrick Barrie of Great Britain. (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Title holder Larry Kahn waits, with his squidgers at the ready for his turn during World Singles 67, the latest challenge for the tiddlywink title, this time from Patrick Barrie.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - The World Singles tiddlywinks trophy stands behind pots of squidgers during World Singles 67 between holder Larry Kahn (USA) of the USA and challenger Patrick Barrie (GBR) of Great Britain, the 67th match to take place for the title (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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The World Singles tiddlywinks trophy stands behind pots of squidgers during World Singles 67 between holder Larry Kahn of the USA and challenger Patrick Barrie of Great Britain, the 67th match to take place for the title.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Title holder Larry Kahn (USA) (left) of the USA, watched by challenger Patrick Barrie (GBR) (right) of Great Britain, considers his options during World Singles 67, tiddlywinks equivalent of a world championship which was held in Barrie's office at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Larry Kahn (left) studies the layout of the winks before making his next move during the seventh and final game of his World Singles title match against his challenger Patrick Barrie (right).


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Title holder, American Larry Kahn (USA) (left) carefully contemplates his options during the seventh and final game of his World Singles title match against his challenger Patrick Barrie (GBR) (right) of Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Title holder Larry Kahn (left) carefully contemplates his options knowing he only needs two and a half points against the five needed by the Patrick Barrie (right), the challenger for his World Singles title.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - With umpires having to leave due to other commitments, and no spectators, Patrick Barrie (right) of Great Britain and Larry Kahn (left) of the USA decide the fate of the World Singles tiddlywinks title alone in Barrie's office in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain probably making it one of the least well supported world championship in any sport. Eventually after just over four hours of play Barrie was crowned the winner with the score of 26-23. Barrie afterwards described himself as a mixture of pleased and relieved after his first World Singles win over Kahn following six previous attempts (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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With umpires having to leave due to other commitments, and no spectators, Patrick Barrie (right) and Larry Kahn (left) decide the fate of the World Singles tiddlywinks title alone in Barrie’s office in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain probably making it one of the least well supported world championships in any sport.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - Dr. Patrick Barrie (GBR) (right) of Great Britain recovers after winning the World Singles tiddlywinks title from American Larry Kahn (USA) (left) 26-23 in Barrie's office at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Great Britain. Although Barrie's seventh World Singles title win it was his first against Kahn in the competition (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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Dr. Patrick Barrie (right) of Great Britain recovers after winning the World Singles tiddlywinks title from American Larry Kahn (left) 26-23 after just over four hours of play. Afterwards Barrie described himself as a mixture of pleased and relieved having achieved his first World Singles win over Kahn following six previous attempts.


24 OCT 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, GBR - In the modern era for some sports all that is required to keep score is a pen and a sheet of paper. The individual round results show that Larry Kahn of the USA was only two and a half points from retaining his World Singles tiddlywinks title as he and challenger Patrick Barrie started the seventh and final game of the match (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

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In the modern era for some sports all that is required to keep score is a pen and a sheet of paper.




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