2nd Boston Open Backgammon Championships — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

The New England Backgammon Club presents the Boston Open, Feb 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor. Rooms (including breakfast) are $129 single, $149 double if reserved by Feb 1. Call the hotel directly (617) 568-1234 to get the discount. In addition to all ABT events, you will enjoy the Malden Masters Qualifier, the Oak Bluffs Open Jackpot, the Agawam Amateur Jackpot, Dedham Doubles, Herb Gurland Memorial Masters and much more. $375 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Check the brochure at Boston Open. Register soon and start brushing up to compete in Marty Storer’s $100 quiz.

$375 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
NY Metro, January 17-21, Hyatt on the Hudson, Jersey City, with $500 added
Texas, February 1-4, 2018, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX with $500 added
Sunshine State Classic, February 16-18, Clarion Inn and Suites, Clearwater, FL with $250 added.
Ohio State, March 16-18, Marriott, Cleveland, OH with $375 added.
U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added.
Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 added.
Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.

Sunshine State Classic — $250 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Tampa Bay Backgammon Club presents the 2018 Sunshine State Classic, Feb 16-18 at the Clarion Inn & Suites, Clearwater, FL. Room rate is $79 if reserved by Jan 16. Call the hotel directly (727) 799-1181 to insure your room. All ABT events are assured as well as the Masters, and Gulf Coast Doubles. Knockouts and Micro Blitz Tournaments available throughout the weekend, with a Calcutta Auction set for Saturday morning. See Tampa Bay Backgammon for all information.

$250 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for added money all year long!
NY Metro, January 17-21, Hyatt on the Hudson, Jersey City, with $500 added
Boston Open, Feb 22 – 25, 2018, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Logan, Boston, MA with $375 added.
Ohio State, March 16-18, Marriott, Cleveland, OH with $375 added.
U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added.
Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 added.
Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.

Texas Backgammon Championships — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The 6th Texas Backgammon Championships is set for February 1 – 4, 2018 at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX. Rooms are $120 per night if reserved by January 9, 2018. Call the hotel directly: 800.345.9285. Luxury suites at $175 are available by calling Bill Riles: 281-703-9304. This most exciting event includes all ABT divisions, plus the Longhorn Classic Jackpot, the Alamo Classic, Lone Star Pro-Am Doubles, 2018 World Championship Satellites, Fiesta Mixed Blitz, Seniors and Speedgammon. There’s an Ultimate Free Backgammon package for novices and new players and a Calcutta Auction. See the tournament brochure for more details.

Reserve your seat at the USBGF American Backgammon Hall of Fame dinner and the Super Bowl party.

$500 additional Blitz money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for added money all year long!
Sunshine State Classic, February 16-18, Clarion Inn and Suites, Clearwater, FL with $250 added.
Boston Open, Feb 22 – 25, 2018, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Logan, Boston, MA with $375 added.
Ohio State, March 16-18, Marriott, Cleveland, OH with $375 added.
U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added.
Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 added.
Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXV

2018 Parks David

Congratulations to David Parks, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXV. David defeated Eric Verway-Cohen in the 13-point final. Dan Schmelzinger and Konstantin Keresteliev finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

Sunny South Florida Backgammon Championship January 28, 2018 (Added USBGF Money) Escape the Winter Blues – Come to SUNNY South Florida!

This will be a insanely fun packed day in Sunny Florida:

– Main Events (3 divisions) ($135+ added money)
– Knockouts
– Charity Jackpot ($800 added money)
– Registration Fee Reduced to $10 for USBGF Members and Novice entrants.

Embassy Suites
1100 SE 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
1-954-527-2700

$7 self-parking $12 valet.
High-speed Wi-Fi in lobby.
Swimming pool.
E Spot Restaurant,
outdoor E Spot Bar and Lounge.

Fun! Sun!

Close to Fort Lauderdale Beach,
Port Everglades,
Fort Lauderdale Airport,
40 shops and restaurants.
Prizes!

Here is a link to the brochure:
Sunny South Florida Backgammon Championship.

The USBGF is donating $5 per USBGF member to the USBGF member side-pool All USBGF members are eligible to compete including those from outside the area.
This is part of the USBGF Added Money Local Club Initiative. The winner of the added money (USBGF member) will *also* win an entry into the free-roll inter-club Championships in March 2018. The winner of that online event will win an entry into the ABT event of their choice. They will *also* be featured in an article in the PrimeTme magazine and have the finals match analyzed by an expert.

USBGF Masters Divisional LVII

Igor Krivokon Small

Congratulations to Igor Krivokon, winner of the Masters Divisional LVII online tournament. Igor defeated Scott Ward in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Igor Erovenko and Ergin Bayrak.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLIII

Long Nguyen

Congratulations to Long Nguyen, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XLIII online tournament. Long defeated David Parks in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Genna Cowan and Timothy Jaxon.
The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLII

Staff Portraits for KAUST Mannagement

Staff Portraits for KAUST Mannagement

Congratulations to Matthew Brown, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XLII online tournament. Matthew defeated Kevin Jones in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were PJ Macali and Martin Stemberka.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XL

2017Obregon Jaime_2

Congratulations to Jaime Obregon, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XL online tournament. Jaime defeated Michael Clapsadle in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Richard Griggs Jr and James Allen.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

USBGF Masters Divisional LVIII

JanCerny

Congratulations to Jan Cerny, winner of the Masters Divisional LVIII online tournament.
Jan defeated Lynn Lusk in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Steven Waller and Ken Bame.

The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

USBGF Masters Divisional LIX

WilliamLonergan

Congratulations to William Lonergan, winner of the Masters Divisional LIX online tournament.
William defeated John Graas in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Edward Bauder and Karen Davis.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

New York Metropolitan Open — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

An exciting new year of backgammon competition starts January 17 – 21, 2018 at New York Backgammon‘s 11th New York Metropolitan Open and 2nd High Roller Event, at the Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Jersey City, NJ. All ABT events are scheduled, plus the Liberty Cup Masters, Limited Jackpot, as well as tournaments for the Seniors, the Young and Restless and the New York Doubles. High Rollers: You must pre-register and send in a deposit for this event.

$500 additional Blitz money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

At the Hyatt, on Jan.16, prior to the NY Metro Open, Mochy (ranked Giant #1) and Phil Simborg will host a boot camp 12:30 – 5:30 PM. Beginning at 7:30 PM that evening a new event will take place, open to all players, Beat the Pro. You will have an opportunity to play Mochy and or another highly ranked player. Details at BLC Boot Camp. Visit www.BLCBeatThePro.com for more details about Beat The Pro.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for added money all year long!
Texas, February 1-4, 2018, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX with $500 added
Sunshine State Classic, February 16-18, Clarion Inn and Suites, Clearwater, FL with $250 added.
Boston Open, Feb 22 – 25, 2018, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Logan, Boston, MA with $375 added.
Ohio State, March 16-18, Marriott, Cleveland, OH with $375 added.
U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added.
Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 added.
Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.

USBGF October Monthly Circuit

Alfred Mamlet, winner USBGF July Online Circuit

Alfred Mamlet, winner USBGF July Online Circuit

Congratulations to Alfred Mamlet, winner of the USBGF 2017 October Monthly Circuit. Alfred won this single elimination tournament by defeating John Graas in the 17-point final match. Joe Russell and Matthew Brown finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

See the current Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

Backgammon in South Florida — Don’t Miss Out!!

Backgammon in Florida is better than ever!! Check out all the great activities coming up.

BEAT THE PRO!! EXPERIENCE PLAYING THE #1 PLAYER IN THE WORLD: Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki, Backgammon World Champion and #1 Giant of Backgammon, will be on hand to play in South Florida Sunday, January 14, 11:30 am-9 pm, Hyatt Place, 91 SW 18th Ave., Dania Beach, Florida 33004​ . More details available at: blcBeatthePro or Sunny South Florida Backgammon Championship, Sunday, January 28, 2018, at The Embassy Suites, 1100 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. $1000 added money from the U.S. Backgammon Federation and other sponsors!! Pre-register to be guaranteed a position; entries capped at 32 each in Championship and Advanced divisions. Send to Karen Davis, Tournament Director, 411 N. New River Drive, E., #10-05, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 or contact Karen Davis, 917-488-5364.

2018 SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT: This ABT tournament directed by Dimitur Alipiev will be held February 16-18 at the Clarion Inn and Suites, 20967 U.S. Highway 19N, Clearwater, FL 33765. For more details see the Tampa Bay Backgammon website, or contact Dimitur at info@tampabaybackgammon.com. Phone 727.743.0500

SOUTH FLORIDA CLUB TOURNAMENTS:
MIAMI BACKGAMMON CLUB
Website: Miami Backgammon Club, Contact: Leo Bueno, 305-669-5260, Leo Bueno. Venue: Biltmore Hotel’s 19th Hole The 19th Hole Bar and Grill, Coral Gables, Florida Meeting: Tournaments Wednesdays at 7:00 PM, Chouette at 6:00 PM
NORTH MIAMI BEACH
Contact: Ted Berman, email: Ted Berman, Venue: Manolo, 7300 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL, Tournaments Mondays at 6:30 pm.
PALM BEACH CHAPTER
Contact: Jason Briggs,
Jason Briggs, (917)-834-7637, Venue: 220 Eden Road, Palm Beach, Florida 33480, Schedule: Call Jason for dates and time.

Sunny South Florida Backgammon Championship — Sunday January 28, 2018

Come join us for backgammon, sun, and fun at the Sunny South Florida Backgammon Championship Sunday, January 28, 2018, at The Embassy Suites, 1100 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. $1000 added money from the U.S. Backgammon Federation and other sponsors!! Pre-register to be guaranteed a position; entries capped at 32 each in Championship and Advanced divisions. Send to Karen Davis, Tournament Director, 411 N. New River Drive, E., #10-05, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 or contact Karen@usbgf.org.

Registration onsite will start at 10 am and play begin promptly at 11:00 am. Greg Lilley, Rick Wolf, and Jason Briggs are on the tournament staff.

The Main tournament has three divisions: Championship (entry $150 with $100 side pool); Advanced ($75 entry with $50 side pool), and Novice ($20 entry). 90% return in Main events and 100% return in side pools. In addition there is a First Serve Charity Jackpot ($50 entry). For those out of the Main event, there will be continuous entry 4- and 8-person Knockouts (85% return) until 9 pm. So come and get in a full day of play!

Prizes! Added Money! The U.S. Backgammon Federation is donating $200 to the USBGF member who goes the furthest in the Championship division. Plus the USBGF Winner receives fee entry to an online tournament to compete for a free ABT entry at an American Backgammon Tour tournament of their choice. So join or renew your USBGF membership to qualify for these prizes: The First Serve Charity Jackpot has $800 added money, with 50% of proceeds going to First Serve, an excellent charity that teaches backgammon and tennis to young people. Exquisite FTH Doubling Cubes are provided to Novice and Advanced Division Winners and Winners of 8-player Knock Outs. Trophies will be awarded to Main division and First Serve Charity Jackpot winners.

BEAT THE PRO!! EXPERIENCE PLAYING THE #1 PLAYER IN THE WORLD. Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki, Backgammon World Champion and #1 Giant of Backgammon, will be in South Florida the week of January 8-14. Find out more at the Backgammon Learning Center website, or e-mail Perry@brennerintl.com.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIV

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Congratulations to Richard Stubbe, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXIV. Richard defeated David Richardson in the 13-point final. Brian Holmes and Takeru Susa finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

Ballot for the 2017 Giants of Backgammon Selection 

At the request of the Giants of Backgammon Committee, we are pleased to announce that the ballot for the 2017 Giants selection has been posted.  

Open/Championship players and directors at the regional, national or international level are invited to vote for the 32 best backgammon players in the world, based on their active backgammon participation and performance in 2016-2017. Whose backgammon skills do you respect the most among players around the world?

Please consider voting – wide participation of eligible voters is important! Eligibility to vote will be determined by the Giants of Backgammon Committee of Yamin A. Yamin, Chairman: Yamin A. Yamin, Jake Jacobs, Auditor: Jake Jacobs, Carol Joy Cole, Editor: Carol Joy Cole.

Information on the historic context of Giants of Backgammon may be found at: Giants of Backgammon.
 
Ballots may be found at:  Backgammon Giants of the World . Voter returns must be e-mailed, faxed or postmarked by January 31, 2018.   Please send your ballots to:  Yamin A. Yamin, 3022 Highland Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091, USA, Fax: 847-295-0734 |  Phone: 847-295-3322; or Jake Jacobs or Carol Joy Cole.
 

USBGF Added Money for New England Local Club Prime Tournament December 10. Online Inter-Club Champion Wins a Free ABT Entry of Their Choice!

We’re pleased to announce that the U.S Backgammon Federation will provide added money to the New England Monthly Local Club Prime Tournament upcoming December 10. The USBGF is donating $5 per USBGF member to the member who wins or goes the furthest in an annual tournament sponsored by a USBGF Prime Club with 10 or more members. All USBGF members are eligible to compete including those from outside the area. Get in the car and catch it!

FRANK’S STEAKHOUSE
2310 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Questions? Contact: 
Albert Steg 
(617) 417-6743 
asteg@mindspring.com

Winners of local events will receive a fabulous prize — free entry to a USBGF online tournament of all the club winners with the prize being a free entry to an ABT event of the winner’s choice! 
 
 The USBGF member who goes the furthest will take the added money side pool and represent the New England Backgammon Club in the March 1, 2018 free-roll on-line inter-club USBGF Club Championship. The winner of that event will get a free entry to the ABT event of their choice.
 
The added money prize pool will be based on all USBGF members who play in the event regardless of primary club affiliation as well as NEBC club members who belong to the USBGF but are unable to attend. You do not have to be a USBGF member to play, but do to be eligible for the added money. You may join or renew your USBGF membership online as well as at the event.  

The winners of USBGF Local Club Prime Tournaments will compete in the USBGF Online Club Championship event with a great prize — a free entry to an ABT tournament of the winner’s choice! This online tournament of winners of the club competitions will begin on March 1. To be eligible for added money and free ABT entry, players must have an active USBGF membership. If you have any questions please contact USBGF Membership Director: Ray Bills.

Check out the USBGF Event Calendar, a listing of upcoming USBGF Local Club Prime tournaments and ABT tournaments. 

USBGF September 2017 Online Circuit

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Congratulations to David Kettler, winner of the USBGF 2017 September Monthly Circuit. David won this single elimination tournament by defeating Ted Chee in the 17-point final match. Jerry Gette and Igor Krivokon finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

2017 American Backgammon Tour – Final Standings

Final American Backgammon Tour standings for 2017 are up-to-date as of the California State Backgammon Championship. Congrats to our top 20 players! For a complete list of ABT standings, see: http://usbgf.org/ratings/abt/

Our top three finishers — Matt Cohn-Geier, Ed O’Laughlin, and Antoinette-Marie Williams — will be awarded trophies. First through twentieth will earn solid silver dollar mementos. The 2018 ABT Awards ceremony will take place Friday, February 2, 2018 at Morton’s in San Antonio during the Texas Backgammon Championships.
We wish to thank Bill Riles for compiling this year’s stats, and additionally thanks go out to both Rich Munitz and Patrick Gibson for their assistance in error checking.

ABT 2017 Final

Congratulations to Matt Reklaitis and Jack Edelson on Election to the USBGF Board of Directors

The U. S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the Board of Directors election. Congratulations to two new Board members Matt Reklaitis and Jack Edelson on their election to the Board, and also to Joe Russell, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Art Benjamin, and Julius High on their re-election. In accordance with the By-Laws, they will serve on the Board for three-year terms from 2018-2020. They join Dennis Culpepper, Karen Davis, Neil Kazaross, Tara Mendicino, Richard Munitz, Bill Riles, Marty Storer, and Frank Talbot to comprise the USBGF Board of Directors.

Matt Reklaitis will serve as Chair of the USBGF Technology Committee. The major charge to the Committee will be to oversee the redesign of the USBGF website usbgf.org and provide support to ABT directors in accessing new tournament management tools. He is a veteran tournament player, currently active both nationally and abroad. Professionally, he works as a software engineer, and has contributed to the backgammon community through a variety of side projects over the past 20 years, including developing bgbrackets.com for reporting live match results, a graphical interface to play on FIBS, a neural net backgammon player named MonteCarlo, and a brief revival of the Kent Goulding ratings list. He is also involved locally, supporting the New England Backgammon Club by maintaining their website, and by organizing the production of streamed matches with commentary for the club’s championship playoffs as well as for last year’s Boston Open ABT event. He brings to the USBGF his technical expertise with a focus on improving the tools and resources made available to tournament directors.

Jack Edelson will lead a new USBGF Local Club Committee and assist with new social media communications and marketing initiatives in the coming year. He will serve the USBGF well in our communication and growth campaign. He has been one of the most active players on the American Backgammon Tour in the last two years, attending 26 ABT events in 2016-2017. He served as co-director of the 2017 Wisconsin Backgammon Championships, and has provided informal assistance at several other events. This experience allows him to bring a perspective underrepresented on the board. He has provided expert commentary on live-streamed matches for the Voice of Backgammon. Jack is completing his PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin — Madison, specializing in American politics.

We had 150 votes. The Board is pleased with the level of interest and the participation exhibited by the membership.
The results are: Julius High 124 votes 83%
Joseph Russell 116 votes 77%
Art Benjamin 109 votes 73%
Matt Reklaitis 94 votes 63%
Jack Edelson 89 votes 59%
Ben Friesen 86 votes 57%
Dan Dabney 52 votes 35%

We thank retiring Board members Dorn Bishop and Michelle Steinberg for their years of valuable service to the USBGF. We look forward to continuing to seek their wisdom and expertise.

We appreciate the willingness to serve the USBGF demonstrated by all of the candidates. Each of them has the skills and the desire to serve which are valuable to the USBGF. We look forward to engaging their talent and energy in the work of the USBGF.

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP,
December 1-3, 2017; Los Angeles, California –
Results from chicagopoint.com

2017 Silicone_Steve Sax

OPEN (64): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Michael Neagu (Canada), 3-Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 4/5-Nick Maffeo (CA) / Norm Wiggins (CA); 1C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2C-David Rennie (CA), 3C/4C-Jack Edelson (WI) / Paul Magriel (NV).
ADVANCED (64): 1-Teddy Lance (CA), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA), 3-Payam Yousefian (CA), 4/5-Dan Minardi (CO) / David Taniguchi (CA); 1C-John Wogomon (CA), 2C-Aaron Foust (NV), 3C/4C-Niel Borden (CA) / Bud Lavassani (CA).
LIMITED (16): 1-Paul Bustrum (CA), 2-Jonathan Zager (CA); 1C-Teri Harmon (CA).
SUPER-48 MASTERS JACKPOT (44): 1-Justin Bor (CA), 2-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA), 3/4-Jeremy Bagai (CA) / Akiko Yazawa (Japan).
PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR JACKPOT (38): 1/2-David Rennie (CA) / Mario Savan (CA), 3/4-Dan Harrington (CA) / Dennis McFarlin (NV).
DOUBLES I (8 teams): 1-Zachary Fusco (TN) & Bob Glass (CA), 2-Patrick Fusco (TN) & Phil Simborg (IL).
DOUBLES II (8 teams): 1-Dan Harrington (CA) & Bob Wachtel (CA), 2-Karen Davis (FL) & Lili Iravani (DC).
DOUBLES III (8 teams): 1-Antoinette Williams (NY) & Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2-David Hefner (CA) & Marston Hefner (CA).
SENIORS I (32): 1-Art Benjamin (CA), 2-John Rockwell (CA), 3/4-Steve Brown (MN) / Phil Simborg (IL).
SENIORS II (32): 1/2-Frank Ley (CA) / Larry Shiller (CT), 3/4-Paul Magriel (NV) / Josh Racko (CA).
BLITZ (52): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Marv Porten (CA).
DMP-USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Allen Tish (CA), 2-Ted Chee (CA), 3/4-Ted Chee (CA) / Jack Edelson (WI).

USBGF Board of Directors Election — Reminder to Vote by Sunday December 3

Remember to vote in the USBGF Board of Directors election. Members may vote until 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, December 3, 2017. Each member may submit only one ballot. A member must be logged onto the USBGF website to be able to vote.

Seven candidates, including three incumbents, are vying for five seats up for election. The seven candidates are: Arthur Benjamin (incumbent), Dan Dabney, Jack Edelson, Ben Friesen,  Julius High (incumbent), Matt Reklaitis, and Joe Russell (incumbent). The left side of the voting page contains a ballot with the seven candidate names in random order. The right side of the voting page contains an alphabetical accordion listing of the candidates. By clicking on a candidate name on the accordion file, a member may see a photograph of the candidate and an informational/biographical statement submitted by the candidate.

There are five seats up for election. A member may vote for a minimum of one to a maximum of five candidates. A candidate may not receive more than one vote from a member. A member should select every candidate for whom they are voting prior to hitting the submit button.

The five candidates receiving the most votes will be elected, provided they are named on at least 50% of the ballots. If one or more of the top five vote recipients are not named on at least 50% of the ballots, a run-off election will be held including twice the number of candidates as the number of unfilled seats. As an example, if #4 and #5 (in terms of votes received) are not named on at least 50% of the ballots then #4 and #5 will appear on the runoff ballot. There will be only one runoff. The top vote recipient will fill the remaining seat provided he/she is named on at least 50% of the ballots. If, in the runoff, a ‘winning’ candidate is not named on at least 50% of the ballots cast, the corresponding Board seat will remain vacant until the next election.

The Board of Directors is excited by the opportunity provided all members to participate in the Board selection process. This voting process embodies our desire for an open, transparent, democratic, and participatory membership organization. We hope all members take the time to exercise their voting rights and carefully consider each candidate.

We all seek the most fair election possible. Obviously, USBGF members and members of the Board of Directors may, as individuals, make any comments they wish, in any manner, related to the election and to the candidates. However, we request no comments be made by anyone that imply endorsement or opinion of the USBGF. 

The link to the voting page is: USBGF Board of Directors Ballot.

Should you have any difficulties in voting or have any questions regarding the voting process, please submit an e-mail to nominations at USBGF.

Results will be announced Monday, December 4, 2017.

California State Championships — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The California State Championship at the Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Airport is just around the corner! Gammon Associates presents the California State Championships, Dec. 1-3, with a full slate of ABT events, plus the SUPER-32, the Paul Dingwell Amateur, Doubles, Seniors, Jackpots and Blitzes. Be there for Mochy’s Proficiency Exam Saturday, followed by the Calcutta Auction. Get the exam answers on Sunday from Mochy and Phil Simborg.

$1000 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and first-time Novice entrants will receive a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Full details at

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members:
NY Metro, Jan 18 – 21, 2018, with $500 added.
Texas Backgammon Championship, Feb 1 – 4, 2018, with $500 added.
Boston Open, February 22-25, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Logan, Boston, MA with $375 added
•Ohio State, March 16-18, Marriott, Cleveland, OH with $375 added
•U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added
•Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 added
•Cherry Blossom Championship, May 13-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added

LAS VEGAS OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

LAS VEGAS OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, November 15-19, 2017; Las Vegas, Nevada – Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

2015 Matt Cohn-Geier

CHAMPIONSHIP (95+31 rebuys): 1-Matt Cohn-Geier, 2-Leyla Zaloutskaya, 3/4-Lars Trabolt / Kit Woolsey; 1C-Mark Ferrin, 2C-Petko Kostadinov, 3C/4C-Sam Ahmed / Phil Simborg; 1LC-Takayuki Hino, 2LC-Stepan Nuniyants.
INTERMEDIATE (76+28 rebuys): 1-Lynda Clay, 2-James Scouten, 3/4-Frank Dama / Eric Meyer; Cons. 1C-Ghazi Al-Kinani, 2C-Ted Baehman, 3C/4C-Roz Ferris / Kevin McDonough; 1LC-Treena Bouque, 2LC-Peggy Neubig.
BEGINNER(16): 1-Mike Cyrkiel, Jr., 2-Claus Molgaard, 3-Anders Dankelev.
SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Falafel Natanzon, 2-Chris Trencher, 3/4-Ray Fogerlund / Dmitriy Obukhov.
LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Gary Fries, 2-Zengo Dogan, 3/4-Ted Chee / Luiz Torres.
SENIORS (128): Finals: Zengo Dogan vs. Bob Stringer, 3/4-Carol Joy Cole / Charlie Raichle.
DOUBLES (22 teams): 1-Art Benjamin & Christian Briggs, 2-Alia Azamat & Victor Ashkenazi.
BLITZ (8×26): 1-Rick Silberman, 2-Peer Seiplet.
2-POINT MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Ted Chee, 2-Patrick Gibson
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (32): 1-Steve Sax, 2-Mark Antranikian.
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USBGF Board of Directors Election — Now Under Way

The USBGF Board of Directors election is now under way. All members are eligible to vote. Members may vote until 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, December 3, 2017. Each member may submit only one ballot. A member must be logged onto the USBGF website to be able to vote.

Seven candidates, including three incumbents, are vying for five seats up for election. The seven candidates are: Arthur Benjamin (incumbent), Dan Dabney, Jack Edelson, Ben Friesen, Julius High (incumbent), Matt Reklaitis, and Joe Russell (incumbent). The left side of the voting page contains a ballot with the seven candidate names in random order. The right side of the voting page contains an alphabetical accordion listing of the candidates. By clicking on a candidate name on the accordion file, a member may see a photograph of the candidate and an informational/biographical statement submitted by the candidate.

There are five seats up for election. A member may vote for a minimum of one to a maximum of five candidates. A candidate may not receive more than one vote from a member. A member should select every candidate for whom they are voting prior to hitting the submit button.

The five candidates receiving the most votes will be elected, provided they are named on at least 50% of the ballots. If one or more of the top five vote recipients are not named on at least 50% of the ballots, a run-off election will be held including twice the number of candidates as the number of unfilled seats. As an example, if #4 and #5 (in terms of votes received) are not named on at least 50% of the ballots then #4 and #5 will appear on the runoff ballot. There will be only one runoff. The top vote recipient will fill the remaining seat provided he/she is named on at least 50% of the ballots. If, in the runoff, a ‘winning’ candidate is not named on at least 50% of the ballots cast, the corresponding Board seat will remain vacant until the next election.

The Board of Directors is excited by the opportunity provided all members to participate in the Board selection process. This voting process embodies our desire for an open, transparent, democratic, and participatory membership organization. We hope all members take the time to exercise their voting rights and carefully consider each candidate.

We all seek the most fair election possible. Obviously, USBGF members and members of the Board of Directors may, as individuals, make any comments they wish, in any manner, related to the election and to the candidates. However, we request no comments be made by anyone that imply endorsement or opinion of the USBGF.

The link to the voting page is: USBGF Board of Directors Ballot

Should you have any difficulties in voting or have any questions regarding the voting process, please submit an e-mail to nominations.

Results will be announced Monday, December 4, 2017.

USBGF Added Money for Winner of Colorado Fall Classic Backgammon Tournament November 12 + Compete for Free ABT Entry for Inter-Club Champion!

We’re pleased to announce that the U.S Backgammon Federation will provide added money to the Colorado Fall Classic Backgammon Tournament of $5 per USBGF member. The event will take place at Mickey’s Top Sirloin — 6950 N. Broadway Denver, CO 80221 on Sunday, November 12 with registration at 11 am and play commencing at Noon.

The added money prize pool will be based on all USBGF members who play in the event regardless of primary club affiliation as well as Colorado club members who belong to the USBGF but are unable to attend. You do not have to be a USBGF member to play, but do to be eligible for the added money. You may join or renew your USBGF membership online as well as at the event.

The winners of USBGF Local Club Prime Tournaments will compete in an online USBGF Online Club Championship event with a great prize — a free entry to an ABT tournament of the winner’s choice! This online tournament of winners of the club competitions will begin on March 1. To be eligible for added money and free ABT entry, players must have an active USBGF membership. If you have any questions please contact USBGF Membership Director Ray Bills.

Check out the USBGF Event Calendar listing of upcoming USBGF Local Club Prime tournaments and ABT tournaments.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XL

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Congratulations to Jaime Obregon, winner of the Advanced Divisional XL. Jaime defeated Michael Clapsadle in the 17-point final. James Allen and Richard Griggs, Jr. finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.
The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99, at the time of registration.

USBGF Added Money for Winner of 39th Flint Area Club Championships November 12 + Compete for Free ABT Entry for Inter-Club Champion!

We’re pleased to announce that the U.S Backgammon Federation will provide added money to the Flint Annual Club Championships of $5 per USBGF member. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Centre, off Hill Road & U.S. 23, exit 90, Flint, Michigan on Sunday November 12 with registration 10-11:45 am and play commencing at Noon.

The added money prize pool will be based on all USBGF members who play in the event regardless of primary club affiliation as well as Flint club members who belong to the USBGF but are unable to attend. You do not have to be a USBGF member to play, but do to be eligible for the added money. You may join or renew your USBGF membership online as well as at the event.

The winners of USBGF Local Club Prime Tournaments will compete in the USBGF Online Club Championship event with a great prize — a free entry to an ABT tournament of the winner’s choice! This online tournament of winners of the club competitions will begin on March 1. To be eligible for added money and free ABT entry, players must have an active USBGF membership. If you have any questions please contact USBGF Membership Director Ray Bills

Check out the USBGF event calendar, with listings of upcoming USBGF Local Club Prime tournaments and ABT tournaments.

USBGF Masters Divisional LV

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Congratulations to Karen Davis, winner of the Masters Divisional LV. Karen defeated Igor Erovenko in the 21-point final. Andrew Selby and Ray Bills finished 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final. The Masters Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above, at the time of registration.

For the current ratings, visit theOnline Leaderboard