AMERICAN pro Jack Edelson is the reigning backgammon champ of the Rock.

Edelson saw off stiff competition from Nowegian Elias Kritikos in the final game to win by 18-11, as both players fought it out at the Caleta Hotel Gibraltar.

Some 32 players from around the world arrived in Gibraltar for the knock-out style tournament, with the final game lasting three hours and 36 minutes.

Andres Staedeli claimed the Intermediate Backgammon Champion title.