23rd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

23rd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS,
March 24-26, 2017; Cleveland, Ohio-
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Carol Joy Cole

OPEN (32): 1-Jacek Wojciechowski (Poland), 2-Sean Garber (IN); 1C-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2C-Karen Davis (DC).
ADVANCED (45): 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Mike Clapsadle (MI); 1C-Mike Vasilatos (OH); 2C-Ben Elliott (NC); 1LC-Ricky Griggs (MI).
NOVICE (6): 1-Jeff Hoelzel (IL), 2-Christa Solovey (MI).
OHIO MASTERS (15): 1-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2-Karen Davis (DC).
AMATEUR JACKPOT (16): 1-Ben Elliott (NC), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).
DOUBLES (12 teams): 1-Mike Vasilatos (OH) & Bill Versaw (PA), 2-Doug & Wanda Roberts (MA).
MICRO BLITZ (32): 1-Bonnie Rogoff (OH), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI).
QUICKIES (32): 1-Bonnie Rogoff (OH), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
P-40 BOARD TOURNAMENT (4): 1-Dion Hogan (MI).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (13): 1-Ben Elliott (NC), 2-Joe Miller (OH).

Don’t miss the U.S. Open Backgammon Championships at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel April 26-30  — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Nevada Backgammon Association will host the U.S. Open Backgammon Championships, April 26-30, 2017, at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel. Reserve your room by March 25 to secure the $89 rate. Call (888) 746- 6955. This ABT tournament will include Championship and Intermediate divisions, all of which have a Main Flight, Consolation and Last Chance. Side events are the Super and Limited Jackpots, Doubles and Seniors, along with the Blitz and Mini-Matches. Don’t miss the Calcutta Auction on Thursday at 11:00 am! Register now at Nevada Backgammon Association. $1000 additional money for USBGF members is available, so join or renew before you go. All Novice entrants 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.

In addition to the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added.
Atlanta Spring Classic, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added.
Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added.
Silicon Valley Open, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
Las Vegas Open,  Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

2017 VIKING CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

2017 Viking Classic BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, March 9-12, 2017; Bloomington, Minnesota –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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ODIN OPEN (32): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA); 1C-Roberto Caprio (FL), 2C-Yury Millman (MN), 3C/4C-Jack Edelson (WI) / Jim Schothorst (ND).
THOR ADVANCED (40): 1-Mike Blankenau (NE), 2-Kurt Peterson (MN); 1C-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL), 2C-Jeff Willis (MN), 3C/4C-Rick Davis (MN) / Tom Magne (MN).
VIKING NOVICE (11): 1-Mark Sigel (MN), 2-Tina Nelson (MN); 1C-Tom Dolney (MN).
GRAND CRYSTAL BEAVER XVIII (12): 1-Harvey Gillis (AZ), 2-Jack Edelson (WI).
LONGSHIP JACKPOT (8): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Ralph Stowell (MN).
FRIDAY FRIGGA (43): 1-Julius High (KS), 2-Jeff Spencer (MN).
RAINBOW BRIDGE DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY) & Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Joe Potts (TX).
VIKING CONQUESTS (40): 1/2 split-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY).
QUICK RAIDS (32): 1/2 split-Dave McKenzie (KS) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
VALHALLA OPEN (10): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2-Eric Hiner (MN).
VALHALLA ADVANCED (15): 1-Joe Briggs (MN), 2-David Seiler (MN).
EARLY RAVEN OPEN (20): 1/2 split-Kurt Peterson (MN) / Ray Fogerlund (NV); 1C-Eric Meyer (Canada).
EARLY RAVEN ADVANCED (15): 1-Joe Briggs (MN), 2-Rick Davis (MN); 1C-Gregg Trunnell (MN).
GAMMON STUFF BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Jeff Spencer (MN), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN).
VIKING FUNERAL (11): 1-Lorina Quarterone (MN).
RAGNARÖK AFTER TOURNEY (11): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Jon Vietor (CA).

Don’t miss the Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship, April 6-9 at Marriott Dulles Airport Marriott — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The new and exciting ABT Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship is set for April 6 – 9 at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport Hotel. Make your reservations by calling 1.800.228.9290 and mentioning Cherry Blossom Backgammon to secure the $109 daily rate plus taxes before March 14th. This ABT tournament includes Championship, Advanced and Novice flights, as well as the Cherry Blossom Jackpot, George Washington Masters Jackpot, and Abraham Lincoln Limited Jackpot. There is also  the Hall of States / Embassy Row Team Challenge with 3 players from same state or non-US country, the Senior Senators / Young Politicos, and the Alfred Mamlet Newcomers Freeroll.

The Tournament of Stars pairs USBGF Founding Sponsors with Giants of Backgammon and noteworthy players. A USBGF Blitz event will run throughout. The BMAB-USA Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, starting at 10:30 am — spaces are limited to 16 so let us know if you plan to play. On Sunday Victor Ashkenazi vs. Marty Storer will play a Teaching Match with commentary by Mochy Mochizuki. Jackpots and a Tavla Tournament – Middle Eastern Rules — will wrap up the tournament on Sunday. Come and enjoy all the fun! 

$1000 additional money for USBGF members is available, so join or renew before you go or at the tournament.

Tournament sponsor P-40 is providing a P-40 board to the Championship winner and will have an exhibit booth to demonstrate how to design a personalized backgammon board. Win a board in a P-40 Jackpot!

Donors are providing prizes for Advanced and Novice winners and a surprise tournament favor for all entrants! A silent auction will be held to raise funds for the U.S. Backgammon Foundation to support backgammon educational activities. Donated items to this 501c3 organization are tax-deductible.

You’ll love the beautiful trophies and chances to take home a Washington D.C. souvenir! Coveted free passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture are available for Friday April 7 at 3 pm. Guests and novices should plan to catch the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday morning. A hospitality desk will help with arrangements.

A special event for novices is a private dinner with #1 Giant of Backgammon Masayuki (Mochy) Mochizuki on Saturday at 5 PM. All Novice entrants 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.

Backgammon Learning Center bootcamps will be offered on Wednesday April 5 from 1-5 pm and 7-11 pm.

Full details on the all the fun activities are at http://cherryblossombackgammon.com/brochure.pdf. Send a deposit to save your place in space-limited events.

In addition to the Cherry Blossom, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Viking Classic, March 9-12, 2017, at the Raddison Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added money.
U.S. Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30 – Jul 3, 2017, at the Sheraton Novi, MI with $1000 added money.
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
•Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
•Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

1st ANNUAL BOSTON OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

1st ANNUAL BOSTON OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, February 23-26, 2017; Boston, Massachusetts –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

OPEN (44): 1-Frank Raposa (VA), 2-Boris Dekhtyar (NY); 1C-Albert Steg (MA), 2C-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ); 1LC-Bill Robertie (MA).
AMHERST ADVANCED (32): 1-Adam Rosen (MA), 2-Daniel Bluestone (VA); 1C-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2C-Steve Morrow (MA); 1LC-Garry Kallos (Canada).
NANTUCKET NOVICE (6): 1-Richard Battikha (CT), 2-Larry Roberg (CT), 3-Steven Valliere (MA).
HERB GURLAND MEMORIAL MASTERS (15): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA).
WORCESTER WARM-UP (4): 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ).
PITTSFIELD PRE-TOURNEY (28): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Gerhard Roland (CT); 1C-Michael Kay (MA).
BUNKER HILL BLITZ: 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Kent Goulding (MD).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ), 2-Garry Kallos (Canada).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Colin Stone (ME), 2-Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
OAK BLUFFS OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Boris Dekhtyar (NY), 2-Albert Steg (MA).
DEDHAM DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY) & Gary Zelmanovics (NJ), 2-Tom O’Riordan (MA) & Eric Sulkala (MA).

2017 SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

2017 SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, February 17-19, 2017; Clearwater, Florida –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit: Karen Davis

OPEN (14): 1-Bob Carpenter (FL), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1LC-Chris Knapp (MA).
INTERMEDIATE (20): 1-Rick Wolf (FL), 2-Kevin Jones (FL); 1LC-Susan Randall (FL).
NOVICE (2): 1-Marion Roland (FL).
MASTERS (4): 1-Stacy Turner (FL).
GULF COAST DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Chris & Patty Knapp (MA).
CHOUETTE CHALLENGE (7+1): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Susan Randall (FL), 3-Rick Wolf (FL).
AFTER- TOURNEY TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Marion Roland (FL).

Don’t miss the inaugural Viking Classic at Mall of America, March 9-12, Radisson Blu — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Twin Cities Backgammon Club will host the Midwest’s newest backgammon tournament, the Viking Classic, March 9 – 12 at the Radisson Blu, Mall of America in Minneapolis. Make your reservation by Feb 20 to secure the $139 rate. Call 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the Backgammon Club rate. ABT events include the Viking Novice, the Odin Open and the Thor Advanced. Check the requirements for the Grand Crystal Beaver XVIII, Longship Jackpot and Viking Funeral. Last chance (Valhalla) for Open and Advanced gives everyone another opportunity. The Gammon Stuff Board tournament is scheduled, with every entrant getting a Viking cube and the winner earns a hand-crafted FTH board. Sign up now for this exciting new tournament. http://www.vikingbackgammonclassic.com/schedule.html

$500 additional prize money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before or at the tournament.

Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

In addition to the Viking Classic, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Boston Open, Feb. 23-26, 2017, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor with $500 added.
Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added.
U.S. Open, Apr. 26-30, 2017, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, Sheraton, Atlanta, GA with $500 added
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added.
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added.
•Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
•Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

USBGF December Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Jack Cohen, winner of the December 2016 Online Circuit. Jack won this single elimination tournament by defeating Berkant Bilgi in the 17-point final match. Jeff Proctor and Kerry Remp finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

5th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

5th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS,February 2-5, 2017; San Antonio, Texas.
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (72+30 rebuys): 1-Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY), 2-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 3/4-Gus Contos (CA) / Richard Munitz (NY); 1C-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 2C-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ); 1LC-Neil Kazaross (IL), 2LC-Bob Wachtel (CA).
ADVANCED (42+14 rebuys): 1-Elena Evans (TX), 2-Dan Morse (TX); 1C-Aaron Foust (NV), 2C-Steve Saad (NC), 3C/4C-Chris Anderson (NC) / Leslie Lockett;; 1LC-Patti Rubin (NV).
LIMITED (23): 1-Brad Vogt (TX), 2-Mary Kay Lively (TX); 1C-Regan Lambeth (CA), 2C-Frank Ramia (TX); 1LC-Michael Gellings (WI).
LONGHORN CLASSIC MASTERS JACKPOT (32): 1/2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Alfred Mamlet (MD).
ALAMO CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Dave Kettler (TX), 2-Albert Steg (MA), 3/4-Nick Blasier (TX) / Michael Neagu (Canada).
TEXAS CLASSIC ADVANCED JACKPOT (23): 1-Treena Bouque (CA), 2-Ryan Gordon (TX).
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST (104): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Albert Steg (MA).
USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT FREEROLL (64): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Dave McKenzie (KS).
USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT FREEROLL OVERFLOW (12): 1/3-April Kennedy (MN) / Patti Rubin (CA) / Steve Sax (CA).
LONE STAR PRO-AM DOUBLES (6 teams): 1-Harvey Gillis (AZ) & Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Karen Davis (DC) & Kit Woolsey (CA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT #1 (64): 1-Herb Roman (IL), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA), 3/4-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Albert Steg (MA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT #2 (48): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Rafael Lopez de Lara (Mexico), 3-Patrick Gibson (CA).
SPEEDGAMMON (32): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 2-Michael Zakrajsek (TX).
ULTIMATE BACKGAMMON PACKAGE / NEWCOMER FREEROLL (23): 1-Rebecca Lively (X), 2-Steve Saad (NC).
ZOMBIE SUNDAY JACKPOT (8): 1/2-Ian Terry (TX) / Dave Zick (CO).
AMERICAN BACKGAMMON HALL OF FAME: 2017 Inductees – Ray Fogerlund (NV), Joe Russell (CA), Mike Svobodny (FL).

November Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Olga Ivanova, winner of the USBGF 2016 November Monthly Circuit. Olga won this single elimination tournament by defeating John Gamalielson in the 17-point final match. Andreas Graf and David Rennie finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

Joe Russell Elected Chairman of USBGF; Karen Davis as President and Executive Director

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At its annual organizational meeting on January 26, 2017, the U.S. Backgammon Federation Board of Directors elected the following officers for 2017: Joseph Russell, Chairman; Karen Davis, President and Executive Director; Dorn Bishop, Vice-Chairman and Secretary; and Bill Riles, Treasurer. In assuming office as Chairman, Joe Russell thanked Bill Riles for his three years of service as President and Executive Director, noting the growth in membership over his tenure, the acquisition of the American Backgammon Tour, and the launch in 2015 of the American Backgammon Hall of Fame. In addition to his duties as Treasurer, Mr. Riles will direct the USBGF-ABT integration effort.
Joe Russell is well-known and highly regarded in the backgammon community both nationally and internationally. He won the World Backgammon Championship in 1989, and was finalist in 2016. He is praised not only for his exceptional talent over the board, but for his generosity of spirit, sound judgment, and creativity. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the founding of the U. S. Backgammon Federation in 2009.
In electing Karen Davis as President and Executive Director, Mr. Russell noted that the USBGF is in the hands of an exceptional leader with two decades prior experience heading a major philanthropy. She has been a driving force behind the evolution of the USBGF serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2010 and well-known to the membership and the backgammon community for her leadership, inclusiveness, and integrity.
Regards and best wishes,

Karen Davis
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

Don’t miss the 5th Texas Backgammon Championships! $1000 Added Money for USBGF Members!

The 5th Texas Backgammon Championships will be held at the Menger Hotel from February 2nd through 5th, 2017. Reserve your room before January 20th to guarantee the $117 per night group rate. 

The USBGF Awards Dinner, including awards to be presented to top American Backgammon Tour players for 2016 and the 2017 American Backgammon Hall of Fame Inductions, will take place on Friday, February 3rd. 

State-of-the-art dual live match streams will be ongoing from the start of the tournament and offered to viewers on USBGF Broadcast 1 and USBGF Broadcast 2. Simultaneous viewing of both live streams is available at Twitch – USBGF Broadcast 2.

Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Federation and a free 6-month trial membership from individual donors. Encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the 5th Texas Backgammon Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Boston Open, Feb. 23-26, Hyatt Regency, Boston Harbor, MA with $500 added
Viking Classic, Mar. 9-12, 2017, Radisson Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added
Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added
Cherry Blossom, Apr. 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added
U.S. Open, Apr. 26-30, 2017, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, Sheraton, Atlanta, GA with $500 added
Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added
Michigan Summer Championships, June 30-July 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added
Silicon Valley, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added
Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added
Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added
Las Vegas Open,  Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added

Cordially,

Bill Riles
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXIV

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Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXIV. Martin won by defeating David Parks in the 13-point final match. Eric Stippler and Carlos Pulido finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final match. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower, at the time of registration, to enter the tournament.

10th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN

10th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN January 5-8, 2017; Jersey City, New Jersey
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (71+23 rebuys): 1-Jeff Acierno (NJ), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 3/4-Raj Jansari (England) / Michael Neagu (Canada); 1C-Karen Davis (DC), 2C-Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon (Israel/USA), 3C/4C-Larry Shiller (CT) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY); 1LC-John Klein (MD), 2LC-Nick Blasier (TX).
INTERMEDIATE (72+22 rebuys): 1-Samuel Wang (NY), 2-Liam Henry (Canada), 3/4-Jay Karns (NY) / Kevin Walsh (NJ); 1C-Monty Haskins (NY), 2C-Brandon Macklin (MD), 3C/4C-Michael Robinson (NY) / Omar Shah (Canada); 1LC-Arthur Sutton (NJ), 2LC-Sam Ahmed (CA).
ADVANCED BEGINNER (19): 1-Jonathan Berkowitz (NY), 2-Sohei Yasuda (VA); 1C-Dan Schechner (NY); 1LC-Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica).
BEGINNER (16): 1-Chris Coppa (NY), 2-Paul Schechner (NJ); 1C-Lili Iravani (DC); 1LC-Ron Silver (NY).
LIBERTY CUP MASTERS (32): 1-Tobias Hellwag (Germany), 2-Raj Jansari (England), 3/4-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Al Hodis (NV).
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Claude Landry (Canada), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA), 3/4-Alan Grunwald (NJ) / Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
LIMITED JACKPOT OVERFLOW (16): 1-Kathy Weiner (NV), 2/3-Garry Kallos (Canada) / Tony Wuersch (RI).
USBGF PRIME 2-POINT MINI-MATCH TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Albert Steg (MA), 3/4-John Klein (MD) / Tony Wuersch (RI).
BLITZ (136): 1-Jay Karns (NY), 2-Peter Kasturas (NJ).
NEW YORK DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Tobias Hellwag (Germany) & Serge Rived (France), 2-Jeff Acierno (NJ) & Steve Keats (NY).
OVERFLOW DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Nevzat Dogan (Denmark) & Steve Hammond (TX), 2-Shay Asraff (NV) & Carol Joy Cole (MI).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Philippe Salnave (FL), 2-David Alagheband Zadeh (NY), 3/4-Chris Trencher (NY) / Marty Weber (VA).
OVERFLOW SENIORS TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Ron Weinstock (NY), 2-Alan Grunwald (NJ).
LINDSAY MATTIG JACKPOT (16): 1-Jay Karns (NY), 2-Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY).

October 2016 Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Scott Ward, winner of the USBGF 2016 October Monthly Circuit. Scott won this single elimination tournament by defeating Martin Filipi in the 17-point final match. Igor Erovenko and Antoinette-Marie Williams finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF Federation Cup

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The first USBGF Federation Cup tournament has been a terrific success, with Jeb Horton winning after overcoming David Kettler in a nail-biting final match of 21-20. Finishing 3/4 were Peter Wisniewski and Peggy Neubig. Congratulations to all who entered.

This free entry tournament is open to all USBGF members – including Premium, Youth, and Basic members and both U.S. and international members, who must win a 32-player qualifier bracket in order to obtain a place in the Playoff. The format consists of 17 point matches in the opening rounds. The single-elimination playoffs match lengths increase to 19 points in the semi-final and 21 points in the Federation Cup final.

2016 Online Master Point Leaders

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Congratulations to the 2016 USBGF Online Master Point top twenty on the USBGF Online Circuit! Igor Erovenko, Mislav Kovačić, and Zdenek Zizka claimed the first three spots.
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Elo ratings and USBGF Online Master Points are updated continuously, so follow your ranking.
Master points are acquired by winning matches and placing in events. Details on the master point system are available on the website. USBFG Master Point System
If you play in ABT tournaments or the USBGF Online Circuit, make a New Year’s resolution to move up in the master point lists in 2017! Get in the Game!

2016 USBGF Master Point Leaders

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Congratulations to the 2016 USBGF National Master Point top twenty! Not surprisingly, streaking Ed O’Laughlin finished in first place followed by Victor Ashkenazi and Jack Edelson. The All-time USBGF National Master Points Leader Board based on ABT events since 2009 is headed by Ray Fogerlund, Ed O’Laughlin, and Neil Kazaross.
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Check out the Leader Board under the Ratings tab on the website National Master Points & Elo Rating Leaderboard. Ratings are updated after drawsheets for each ABT tournament Main divisions and Masters/Limited Jackpot events are entered. Like the USBGF Facebook site Facebook.com/usbgf to be notified when a new ABT tournament is entered.

Elo ratings and USBGF Online Master Points are updated continuously, so follow your ranking.
Master points are acquired by winning matches and placing in events. Details on the master point system are available on the website USBFG Master Point System
If you play in ABT tournaments or the USBGF Online Circuit, make a New Year’s resolution to move up in the master point lists in 2017! Get in the Game!

USBGF Acquires the American Backgammon Tour

The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the American Backgammon Tour (ABT) from founder Bill Davis effective January 1, 2017.

The ABT – founded, organized, and managed by Bill Davis – has been an American backgammon institution since 1993. The USBGF is honored to be entrusted with the continuing distinction of the ABT and sustaining its historical legacy and significance to the game.

As in other mind sports and games, the USBGF believes it is critical to our mission — ” … advancing the awareness, participation, education and enjoyment of the skill-based game of backgammon.” – that a national organization takes the lead in increasing visibility, attracting new players, and enhancing the tournament experience. The addition of the ABT to the USBGF complement of resources and activities is an important development. The acquisition allows us to offer a richer integrated array of information, resources, and activities for all backgammon players. 

The USBGF looks forward to working with our members, the ABT tournament directors, and all players to continue and to enhance this significant component of the game. We expect 2017 to be a transition year with little change for the ABT. Bill Davis will work with the USBGF to continue providing his ABT Facebook posts of positions, information, humor, and insight. Moving forward, with input from players and directors, we will continue ABT enhancements to provide more services and assistance to directors and players – including director resources, scheduling, tournament certification, and recruitment for tournaments in new cities. We can better attract new directors by sharing our common experiences, data, and resources to make their jobs easier.

The 2016 ABT winners will be recognized with the presentation of their awards at the USBGF Awards Dinner at the 2017 Texas Backgammon Championships in San Antonio on February 3. Various USBGF Awards and the new American Backgammon Hall of Fame inductions will also be announced at that time.

Regards and best wishes,

Bill Riles
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

USBGF GammonSite Membership Promotion

The USBGF is offering a new Premium membership promotion through February 28, 2017 including a one-year GammonSite account with their USBGF membership. We will make the promotion available to all new and/or renewing Premium members who have acted since November 20, 2016.

GammonSite is an excellent backgammon server developed and operated by Xavier and Michelle Dufaure de Citres, the developers of the eXtreme Gammon software. Individuals can establish accounts on GammonSite and begin play immediately. GammonSite is an approved server for playing USBGF Online Circuit tournament matches. Feedback from USBGF members on Online Circuit matches previously played on GammonSite has been most positive. 

Members eligible for this USBGF membership GammonSite promotion include new Premium members, existing Premium members who renew or extend their memberships, and Founding Sponsors. Eligible members can go to the GammonSite website to register for their one-year membership — a USBGF membership tab is present. Existing GammonSite members can redeem their membership from Gammonsite members.

We hope this promotion accomplishes several objectives. The USBGF always seeks new members to grow and promote backgammon. The promotion provides USBGF members an introduction to an excellent backgammon server, directly associated with eXtreme Gammon software, which promises much improved customer service and outstanding features and graphics. The promotion allows all members to immediately establish an account and begin play.

Join the USBGF now, or renew your membership now, to take advantage of this unique opportunity provided by the USBGF and GammonSite. One may join the USBGF on-line usbgf.org/membership/join/ or contact any USBGF Board of Directors member for information and assistance.

Additionally, every USBGF member, including those not eligible for this one-year free GammonSite membership promotion, may obtain a special USBGF discounted GammonSite membership on their own at the USBGF tab at GammonSite.

The USBGF would like to express our appreciation to GameSite 2000 Ltd. for their cooperation and contribution in making this membership promotion and membership discount available to our members.

Important Note: The USBGF Online Circuit tournament system utilizes a single username per member. Members playing on more than one approved server should match their usernames as closely as possible on each server to facilitate player and opponent recognition. Please observe this request to minimize unnecessary complications.

Happy new year to you and your families!

Regards and best wishes,

Bill Riles
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

Mark your calendar — Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship — April 6-9, 2017 — Marriott Dulles Airport

An exciting new ABT tournament — the Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship — will be held April 6-9, 2017 at the Marriott Dulles Airport in the Washington DC metropolitan area at the special rate of $109 plus taxes. We do hope you will mark your calendar now and make plans to attend. It will be professionally directed by Bill Riles, co-director of the Texas Backgammon Championships and President/Executive Director of the U.S. Backgammon Federation, assisted by experienced national tournament directors Barry Silliman, Robin and Jeb Horton, and Jason Lee.

Washington DC is a great tourist destination, and we are delighted to have obtained exclusive passes for 20 people to visit The National Museum of African American History & Culture on Friday April 7 at 3 pm. These tickets are unavailable to the general public, and will be made available to players and their guests on a first-come, first-serve basis so let us know right away if you want to attend. Our hospitality desk at the tournament, staffed by Larry Brown will also be available throughout the tournament to make arrangements for you and your guests to visit some of the many other Washington museums and monuments. 

There’s a jam-packed tournament schedule to fit the interests of every player. On Thursday April 6, there’s a BMAB qualifying event for grandmaster/master designated status directed by Jeb Horton (limited to the first 20 registrants). The Cherry Blossom Jackpot ($3000 entry fee in honor of the 3000 cherry trees donated to Washington DC by the mayor of Tokyo) starts at Noon on Thursday — limited to 16 registrants which are almost filled, so reserve now. George Washington Masters Jackpot ($500 entry) and Abraham Lincoln Limited Jackpot ($250) have two start times — one Thursday evening and one Friday afternoon. The fun continues with the Hall of States/Embassy Row team event (3 players from same state or non-US country) on Friday evening. The Main Championship and Advanced Divisions get underway Saturday morning with the Novice division starting Saturday afternoon to enable Novice players and guests to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Saturday morning. Senior Senators vs. Young Politicos event and USBGF Blitzes will start on Thursday with continuous entries. A Newcomer’s Freeroll on Saturday evening for first-time ABT players, and a Tavla Persian-style backgammon event and Jackpots on Sunday provide more opportunities to take home prize money for those out of the Main events.

You won’t want to miss the $1000 added money and the P-40 backgammon board provided by our P-40 sponsor awarded to the Championship winner, plus much more. So come and bring the family for a great visit to the Nation’s Capital. The special room rate ($109 plus taxes) is available 3 days before and 3 days after the tournament. So register now to secure your hotel room at the Marriott Dulles Airport. Print and submit the tournament registration form with a deposit to let us know you are coming and reserve space in limited registration events. Check out the Cherry Blossom brochure and Like the DCMetroBackgammon Facebook page to keep updated about details.

We look forward to hosting you as the cherry blossoms spring into bloom in Washington!

USBGF September Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Mislav Kovacic, winner of the USBGF 2016 September Monthly Circuit. Mislav won this single elimination tournament by defeating Ted Chee in the 17-point final match. John Klein and Dmitriy Obukhov finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, December 2-4, 2016; Los Angeles, California
– Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (64): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Jon Vietor (CA), 3-Jonah Seewald (CO), 4/5-Alfred Mamlet (MD) / Marv Porten (CA); 1C-Ken Bame (CA), 2C-Walt Swan (NJ), 3C/4C-Rory Pascar (IL) / Damon Singer (NV).
ADVANCED (40): 1-Arnold Freeman (CA), 2-Kevin Kahl (CA); 1C-Pat Fusco (TN), 2C-Tom Horton (CA), 3C/4C-Mark Astemborski (CA) / Tom Fahland (CA).
LIMITED (8): 1-Catherine Barr (CA), 2-Dana Maffeo (CA); 1C-Alan Johnson (CA).
SUPER-40 MASTERS (38): 1-Alexander Khandin (Russia), 2-Richard Siebold (CO), 3/4-Mark Andrus (CA) / Ted Chee (CA).
PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR JACKPOT (26): 1/2-Niel Borden (CA) / Sam Ahmed (CA), 3/4-Pat Fusco (TN) / Mario Savan (CA).
BLITZ (64 ): 1-Ed Rosenblum (NM), 2-Josh Racko (CA).
DMP-USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Jeb Horton (NC), 3/4-Harvey Gillis (AZ) / Damon Singer (NV).
SENIORS (64): 1/2-Phil Simborg (IL) / Josh Racko (CA), 3/4-Sam Ahmed (CA) / Carol Joy Cole (MI), 5/8-Gus Contos (CA) / Bob Glass (CA) / Chris Knapp (MA) / Andrew Martinez (CA).
DOUBLES-I (8 teams): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Jeb Horton (NC), 2-Pat Fusco (TN) & Joe Russell (CA).
DOUBLES-II (8 teams): 1-Gus Contos (CA) & George Haskour (CA), 2-Odis Chenault (CA) / Al Hodis (NV).
P-40 BOARD EVENT (4): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY).
$100 JACKPOT (4): 1-Shay Asraff (NV).

USBGF Board of Directors Election Results

The USBGF Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the Board of Directors election. We had 110 votes. The Board is pleased with the level of interest and the participation exhibited by the membership. We have promised a more open, transparent, inclusive, and democratic process. We think we have provided that and the membership has responded favorably.

The results are:
Karen Davis 107 votes 97.2%
Rich Munitz 100 votes 90.9%
Neil Kazaross 91 votes 82.7%
Dorn Bishop 91 votes 82.7%
Dennis Culpepper 67 votes 60.9%
Frank Koenen 31 votes 28.1%
John Barnett 17 votes 15.4%

In accordance with the By-Laws, by virtue of being named on at least 50% of the ballots cast, Karen Davis, Rich Munitz, Neil Kazaross, Dorn Bishop, and Dennis Culpepper have been elected to the Board for three-year terms. These five will join Bill Riles, Tara Mendicino, Art Benjamin, Joe Russell, Frank Talbot, Julius High, Marty Storer, and Michelle Steinberg to comprise the USBGF Board of Directors.

We thank retiring Board member Patrick Gibson for his years of service to the USBGF — though no longer on the Board, he will continue to contribute his service and experience to the USBGF.  We congratulate Karen, Rich, Neil, and Dorn on their re-election and welcome Dennis to the Board.

We appreciate the willingness to serve the USBGF demonstrated by all of the candidates. Successful or not, each of them has the skills and the desire to serve which are valuable to the USBGF.  We hope each will continue to contribute.

Start the New Year at the New York Metro January 5-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency on the Hudson in Jersey City with $1000 Added Money for USBGF Members!

The New York Metro Open will be held at the Hyatt Regency on the Hudson from January 5-8, 2017. The USBGF is donating $1000 added money for highest-placing USBGF member in the Mini-Match event. Hotel reservations must be made no later than December 8, 2016 to guarantee the group rate of $129 per night. To reserve, call Direct: 1-800-233-1234. Ask for the NY Backgammon Tournament special rate. 

The Liberty Cup Masters and Limited Jackpot will begin on Thursday, January 5 at 1:30 pm. The main Championship and Intermediate events will begin on Friday, January 6 at 1:30 pm. The Beginner’s event starts at noon on Saturday, January 7. There will be side-events galore: Seniors, Doubles, Mini-Match, and Blitzes. This tournament is video friendly.  

Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation, and a free six-month trial membership to the U.S. Backgammon Federation from individual donors. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the NY Metro, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
5th Texas Backgammon Championship, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX, with $1000 added money.
Viking Classic, March 9-12, 2017, at the Raddison Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added money.
•Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.
•US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
•Los Angeles Open, June 2-4, 2017, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
•Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, 2017, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.
•Silicon Valley, August 18-20. 2017, at the Marriott Courtyard, San Jose CA with $750, added money

LAS VEGAS OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

LAS VEGAS OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, November 16 – 20, 2016; Las Vegas, Nevada
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (84+38 rebuys): 1-Shay Asraff (NV), 2-Drew Giovanis (NV), 3/4-Nick Blasier (TX) / Peter Raugust (Germany); 1C-Ken Bame (CA), 2C-David Kettler (TX), 3C/4C-Tobias Hellwag (Germany) / Ron Rubin (NV); 1LC-Stepan Nuniyants (WA), 2LC-Robert Tansi (MA).
INTERMEDIATE (75+27 rebuys): 1-Bryan Tanouye (HI), 2-Ezra Chiriti (Mexico), 3/4-Elli Nache (CA) / Sue Will (IL); 1C-David Klausa (CO), 2-Michael Derylo (AZ), 3C/4C-Mary Morse (TX) / Sam Orandle (NV); 1LC-Lorne Rusnell (Canada), 2LC-Ruth Robbins (WA).
BEGINNER (8): 1-Stephen Earl (IN), 2-Regan Lambeth (CA).
SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA), 2-Drew Giovanis (NV), 3/4-Gary Bauer (NJ) / Rafael Lopez de Lara (Mexico).
LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Tom Wheeler (TX), 2-Stacy Turner (FL), 3/4-Ricardo Malas (Spain) / Joe Freedman (NM).
BEGINNERS FRIDAY JACKPOT: 1-Stephen Earl (IN), 2-Leslie Byrns (AZ).
SENIORS (128): 1-Elli Nache (CA), 2-Dave Kettler (TX).
DOUBLES (20 teams): 1-Ben Friesen (MI) & Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2-Aaron Foust (NV) & Josh Racko (CA).
BLITZ (144): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Gerry Tansey (MO).
MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Al Hodis (NV), 2-Joe Apicella (NV).
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (38): 1-Alexander Khandin (Russia), 2-Faddoul Khoury (IL).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (30): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Ezra Chiriti (Mexico).

USBGF Board of Directors Election — Now Under Way

The USBGF Board of Directors election is now under way. All Premium, Youth, and Basic members are eligible to vote. Members may vote until 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, November 28, 2016. Each member may submit only one ballot. A member must be logged onto the usbgf.org website to be able to vote.

Seven candidates, including four incumbents, are vying for the five seats up for election. The seven candidates are: John Barnett, Dorn Bishop (incumbent), Dennis Culpepper, Karen Davis (incumbent), Neil Kazaross (incumbent), Frank Koenen, and Rich Munitz (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. We request that no USBGF media sites — the usbgf.org website or the USBGF Facebook page, as examples — be used for campaigning or promotion. Any election material — of a promotional or ‘campaign’ nature — placed on the USBGF Facebook page will be removed and the poster will be temporarily blocked from the page for the remainder of the voting period. The cooperation of all will be appreciated.

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@usbgf.org.

Results will be announced Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

2016 USBGF National Master Point Leaders

The race is nearing the finish line! Check out the 2016 USBGF National Master Point leaders based on matches won and placing in Main and major Jackpot events at National tournaments at National Master Points 11-10-2016. Leading going into the Las Vegas Open Nov 16-20 is Ed O’Laughlin, followed by Victor Ashkenazi and Jack Edelson.

USBGF2016 August Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Bruce Farquhar, winner of the USBGF 2016 August Monthly Circuit. Bruce won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bill Riles in the 17-point final match. Igor Erovenko and David Kettler finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF 2016 June Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Martin Zizka, winner of the USBGF 2016 June Monthly Circuit. Martin won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bruce Newberg in the 17-point final match. Don Marek and Mislav Kovacic finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.