New Weekly Learning Series

Introducing Bray’s Learning Curve
We are excited to announce a new online series by author Chris Bray. Visit the USBGF Facebook page every Monday to test your knowledge. Come back on Tuesday to see the answer and get sharp insight that you can apply to your game. Here is this week’s backgammon problem:

Money Play. How should Red play 65?

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About Chris Bray
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Chris has been playing backgammon for nearly forty years. He is a well-respected author of eight backgammon books and for 23 years was the backgammon columnist for The Independent, a leading British newspaper. He also provides private and group lessons and gives seminars at backgammon tournaments. More about Chris.

We hope that you enjoy this new series.

43rd WORLD BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP / 8th MONTE CARLO OPEN


43rd WORLD BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP / 8th MONTE CARLO OPEN
, July 28-August 5, 2018; Monte Carlo, Monaco –
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (177): 1-Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2-Philip Kazemieh (Germany), 3-Lawrence Powell (England), 4/5-Patrick Didisheim (Switzerland) / Benjamin Lund (Denmark), 6/8-Raj Jansari (England) / Ricardo Malas (Lebanon/Spain) / Thomas Rönn (Sweden); 1C-Alexei Askurava (Russia), 2C-Sander Lylloff (Denmark), 3C/4C-Victor Ashkenazi (USA) / Engin Ongel (England); 1LC-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2LC-Allen Tish (USA).
INTERMEDIATE (57): 1-Julia Gromenkova (Russia), 2-Helmut Jeske (Germany), 3-Georg Lachnit-Winter (Germany), 4/5-Souhail Atie (Lebanon) / Zoran Krogstad (Norway); 1C-Tim Lawless (USA), 2C-Martin de Bruin (USA/Spain), 3C/4C-Majken Johansen (Denmark) / Claude Pfeffer (Luxembourg).
BEGINNER (8): 1-Sonja Custers (Belgium), 2-Vlada Timerzanova (Russia); 1LC-Shawnee Bor (USA), 2LC-Derek Winterbottom (Isle of Man).
SUPER JACKPOT (64): 1-Alfredo Unes (Brazil), 2-Chris Trencher (USA), 3/4-Giorgio Kleitsas (Greece) / John O’Hagan (USA).
MAGRIEL MEMORIAL SUPER SENIORS (128):
Finals: Lyovan Ghazarian (Armenia) vs ??
Semifinals: Slava Pryadkin (Ukraine) vs David Brown (England) or Frank Fiorito (Monaco)
JUNIORS: 1-David Broomfield (England).
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (64 teams): 1-Jason Pack (USA) & Lars Trabolt (Denmark), 2-Giorgio Kleitsas (Greece) & Platon Tserliakos (Greece), 3/4-Götz Hildsberg (Germany) & Kimon Papachristopoulos (Germany) / David Asplund (Sweden) & Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden).
SPEEDGAMMON TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Dimitri Loi (USA), 2-Christoph Wagener (Germany).
LADIES TOURNAMENT (20): 1-Alexandra Knupfer (Switzerland), 2-Laurence Sinitzky (France).
8th BACKGAMMON PROFICIENCY EXAM:
BELAIR TEAM TOURNAMENT (26 teams):
Finals: Martin Barkwill (UK) / Jason Pack (USA) / Ali Sarabi (Iran) vs ??
Semifinals: Shay Asraff (USA) / Gary Bauer (USA) / Allen Tish (USA) vs Stéphane Cheneviere (France) / Philippe Quiboeuf (France) / Laurence Sinitzky (France)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon (USA/Israel).
MONTE CARLO WARM-UP TOURNAMENT (72): 1-Olivier Décultot (France, 2-Stephan Hartmann (Germany), 3/4-Johan Moazed (Sweden) / Daniel Polensvaig (Argentina); 1C-Joaquin Koifman (Argentina), 2C-Bruno Fanan (Italy).
8th MONTE CARLO OPEN – CHAMPIONSHIP (77): 1-Gary Bauer (USA), 2-Sergey Erohkin (Russia), 3/4-Ron Rubin (USA) / Antoinette-Marie Williams (USA); 1C-Ralf Jonas (Germany), 2C-Jacek Wojciechowski (Poland).
8th MONTE CARLO OPEN – INTERMEDIATE (47): 1-Walter Thesing (Germany), 2-Rolf Vetsch (Switzerland), 3/4-Joaquin Koifman (Argentina) / Bruno Fanan (Italy); 1C-Andrea Lupo, 2C-Laurence Sinitzky (France).

2nd Montreal Open — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

The 2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13 – 16, will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Montreal. Rooms are $165 CAN ($129 USD) per night and must be reserved by August 15. Call 866-633-8243 to book your space.

In addition to all ABT events, the Concordia Jackpot, the Hochelago Jackpot, the Mohawk Jackpot, the Iroquois Blitz, Jacques Cartier Pre-tourney and Champlain Quickies are scheduled. Chouette Tournament, Quebec Doubles and the Old Montreal Seniors round out the weekend.

$375 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive free one-year trial USBGF 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!

Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $375 added
3rd Silicon Valley Open, August 31-Sept 3, Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose, CA, $375 added.
Viking Classic,Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, Circ Hotel, Hollywood, FL, $375 added.
Colorado State Championship, Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Oct 18-21, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

3rd Silicon Valley Backgammon Open — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

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3rd Silicon Valley Open will be at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, August 31 – September 3. Rooms are $110 single or $130 double. Call 408-383-3700 and make your reservations by August 16 to secure this special rate. All ABT events are scheduled plus the 49ers Gold Rush, the Limited Jackpot, Older and Wiser vs. Young Guns, Blitzes, Doubles, and Ted Chee’s Bounty.

$375 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive free one-year trial USBGF 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!

Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $375 added.
2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13-16, Hampton Inn, Montreal, Canada, $375 added.
Viking Classic,Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, Circ Hotel, Hollywood, FL, $375 added.
Colorado State Championship, Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Oct 18-21, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLV

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Congratulations to Zarrir Abede, Jr., winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLV. Zarrir defeated Tom Courts in the 13-point final. Stephanie Cochinos and James Timoney 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.

See current ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

Wisconsin State Backgammon Championships — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Madison Backgammon Club presents the Wisconsin State Backgammon Championships, August 23 – 26 at the Radisson Hotel Madison. Rooms are $104 per night if reserved by July 24. Call 608-215-4597 now. All ABT events, plus the Badger Classic, the Amateur Jackpot, Early Bird Jackpot, Doubles, 5-point blitzes and Quickies will keep you hopping. Full details available at http://madisonbg.com/index.php/wsbc.

$375 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive free one-year trial USBGF 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!
3rd Silicon Valley Open, August 31-Sept 3, Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose, CA, $375 added.
2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13-16, Hampton Inn, Montreal, Canada, $375 added.
Viking Classic, Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, The Element, Fort Lauderdale, FL $375 added.
Colorado State Championship, Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Oct 18-21, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLIV

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Congratulations to Keith Remels, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLIV. Keith defeated H.B. Drake in the 13-point final. Elizabeth Liberty and Shannon McKinney 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.

See current ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF April Monthly Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Alfred Mamlet, winner of the USBGF 2018 April Monthly Circuit. Alfred won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bob Stringer in the 17-point final match. Mario Savan and Martin Filipi finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional LI

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Congratulations to GL Harvie, winner of the Advanced Divisional LI. GL defeated Jesse Anderson-Lehman in the 17-point final. Kerry Remp and Long Nguyen 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. See latest standings: Leader Board.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLIII

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Congratulations to H.B. Drake, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLIII. H.B. defeated Michael Valliere in the 13-point final. Tom Courts and Ira Gardner 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. See current ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

43rd MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

43rd MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, July 5 – 8, 2018, Novi, Michigan –
Updated results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (89): 1-Audronis Zunde (CO), 2-Christopher Yep (OH), 3-David Todd (MO), 4/5-Gary Koscielny (FL) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 6-Liam Henry (Canada); 1C-Farhad Forudi (OH), 2C-Richard Munitz (NY), 3C/4C-Ray Bills (MN) / Kit Woolsey (CA). (P-40 Backgammon awarded a board to Champion Audronis Zunde.)
INTERMEDIATE (81): 1-Garry Kallos (Canada), 2-P. J. Macali (OH), 3-Omar Shah (Canada), 4/5-Adrian Nedelcu (IL) / Christopher Shanava (IL), 6-Daniel Pehoushek (OH); 1C-Gary Payne (MI), 2C-David Staggs (IN), 3C/4C-John Quinn (MI) / Brian Vance (MI). (GammonStuff.com awarded a board to Champion Garry Kallos.)
NOVICE (17): 1-Diane Rebottaro (MI), 2-Greg Smith (WV); 1C-Simona Staneva (IN); 1LC-Christa Solovey (MI). (GammonGuys.com awarded a board to Champion Diane Rebottaro.)
MICHIGAN MASTERS (32): 1-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 3/4-Steve Nelson (Hong Kong) / Steve Sax (CA).
OPEN DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Joe Feldman (MI) & Steve Sax (CA), 2-Art Benjamin (CA) & Chuck Bower (IN), 3/4-Sean Garber (IN) & Scott Johnston (IN) / David Rockwell (IL) & Linda Rockwell (IL).
LIMITED DOUBLES (12 teams) 1-Vinton Knarr (OK) & Sue Will (IL), 2-Paul Bortell (MI) & Lorenzo Morales (MI).
SANDY KAPLAN’S SENIOR SPECIAL (64): 1-Bill Finneran (MD) / 2-Felix Goykhman (NJ), 3/4-Joe Miller (OH) / John Quinn (MI).
PRINCE BARLOW’S JUNIOR JACKPOT (32):1-Mike Clapsadle (CA), 2-Adrian Nedelcu (IL), 3/4-Jack Edelson (NY) / Michael Neagu (Canada).
MICHIGAN CHARITY BLITZ (128): 1-Herb Roman (IL), 2-Felix Goykhman (NJ). (Added Prize Money from the USBGF.) $300 was raised for the Flint Water Fund of the United Way.
FRANK TALBOT’S NEWCOMER JACKPOT (34): 1-Mark Milkie (IN), 2-David Meyer (WI).
SUMMER FREEZE-OUT (64): 1/2-Boris Dekhtyar (NY) / John Klein (MD), 3/4-Al Hodis (NV) / Claude Landry (Canada).
$200 FIRECRACKER JACKPOT (16): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Steve Nelson (Hong Kong).
$100 FIRECRACKER JACKPOT (8): 1-Jeff Spencer (MN), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA).
$100 ELEGANCE TROPHY JACKPOT (16): 1-Ricky Griggs (MI), 2-Al Hodis (NV).
$50 ELEGANCE TROPHY JACKPOT (16): 1-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL), 2-Lorenzo Morales (MI).
$20 DETROIT QUICKIES (64): 1-Craig Anderson (IL), 2-Mike Vasilatos (OH). (Added Prize Money from the USBGF.)
$10 DETROIT QUICKIES (32): 1-Peggy Neubig (NJ).
BMAB-USA #8 (22): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 5-0. Six players tied for 2nd with 4-1 records. (PR results are pending.)
$50 WEDNESDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Steve Brown (MN), 3/4-Ricky Griggs (MI) / Marty Storer (NH).
$30 WEDNESDAY WARM-UP (30) : 1-Ben Elliott (NC), 2-Bill Toth (MI), 3/4-Judy Field (MI) / Sue Will (IL).
$50 AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNEY (24): 1-Dmitriy Obukhov (MI), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4-Ricky Griggs (MI) / Donny Lomuto (NY).
$20 AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNEY (13): 1-Michael Gellings (WI), 2/3-Walt Smith (MI) / Tony White (OH).

LOS ANGELES OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

LOS ANGELES OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, June 22 – 24, 2018; Los Angeles, California –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (73+29 rebuys): 1-Ernest Ho (CA), 2-Steve Sax (CA), 3-Julius High (KS), 4/5-Bob Glass (CA) / Frank Ley (CA); 1C-Dennis McFarlin (NV), 2C-Val Ovespyan (CA), 3C/4C-Odis Chenault (CA) / Eric Petersen (CA).
ADVANCED (39): 1-Eitan Peleg (CA), 2-Marston Hefner (CA); 1C-Nash Jost (CA), 2C-Ray Spehar (CA), 3C/4C-Adrian Nedelcu (IL) / Steve Reichelt (MN).
LIMITED (16): 1-Mona Mazza (CA), 2-Frank Costello III (CA); 1C-Marziyeh Abbasi (CA).
SUPER-40 MASTERS JACKPOT (35): 1-Nick Maffeo (CA), 2-Razmik Manukyan (CA), 3/4-Roberto Litzenberger (VA) / Dana Nazarian (CA), 5-Odis Chenault (CA).
PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR JACKPOT (26): 1-Steve Reichelt (MN), 2-Bryan Ignozzi (NV), 3/4-Patrick Keene (CA) / Elli Nache (CA).
DOUBLES-I (8 teams): 1-Lee Genud (FL) & Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Paul Mangone (CA) & Phil Simborg (IL).
DOUBLES-II (8 teams): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV) & Marty Storer (NH), 2-Cynthia Bingo (CO) & Richard Siebold (CO).
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-WEST (80): 1-Ken Bame (CA), 2-Ted Chee (CA).
SENIORS-I (32): 1-Kent Goulding (MD), 2-David Taniguchi (CA), 3/4-John Rockwell (CA) / Marty Storer (NH).
SENIORS-II (16): 1-Bill Landry (CA), 2-Sean Taghani (CA).
DMP-USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Mario Savan (CA), 2-Kalisa Wells (CA), 3/4-Long Nguyen (CA) / Jonah Seewald (CO).

New USBGF Corporate Sponsor Gammon Guys Donates Artgammon Board for ABT Novice Winners and Offers Product Discounts to USBGF Members!

We’re delighted to let you know that the USBGF has a new corporate sponsor — Gammon Guys! We express our appreciation for their generous support with special thanks to their leadership Ed Corey, Ross Gordon, and Andrew Fazekas.

Gammon Guys has offered to provide a free luxury travel-size Artgammon backgammon board set (including matching cups, scoreboard, cube, and precision dice) to be awarded to the Novice division winner in all 2019 ABT tournaments with 10 or more Novice entrants in 2018. A custom luxury travel board has a value of $500.00 +shipping.

The Artgammon brand is all hand made by Ufuk Bozkurt, a wonderful Turkish craftsman who resides in Istanbul, Turkey. Ufuk’s boards are noted for their luxury, playability, beauty and durability.

In addition Gammon Guys will extend a 10% discount on Gammon Guys products to all current USBGF members. USBGF members may use the code USBGF in the discount coupon area at checkout.

Gammon Guys will also produce a customized USBGF board with USBGF logo and name which will be listed for sale in the USBGF website BG Shop.

USBGF Corporate Sponsor Criteria

If you are interested in becoming a USBGF corporate sponsor, please contact Karen Davis, Karen@usbgf. Criteria for USBGF corporate sponsorship include:
• Company/organization corporate sponsor is recognized as providing quality products/services
• Owners, directors, officers, and management have good reputation/standing in the community
• The sponsor does not require an exclusive relationship with the USBGF
• The sponsor provides a significant benefit to the USBGF, ABT tournaments, and/or members
◦ These include discounts on goods and services or provision of free goods/services such as backgammon equipment, software, publications, or airline travel/hotel accommodations.

Proposed 2019 USBGF Rules Changes

The USBGF Rules Committee seeks public comment on a draft revision of the USBGF Tournament Rules, intended to take effect in 2019. This 30-day public comment period ends on July 18. You may email comments to rules@usbgf.org.

Proposed 2019 Rules: Proposed Rules effective 2019
Proposed 2019 changes relative to 2018 (marked up: Proposed Public Comment markup
Hover the mouse over highlighted text in the marked-up MS-Word document, to view comments that explain the rationale for each change.

The USBGF Tournament Rules have been in universal use for only 5 months, so it is too early to consider wholesale rule changes. Therefore, this year’s review has very limited scope. Specifically, there are only two kinds of changes being considered:

1) Clarifications. (No change to intent.) The goal is to clarify existing intent, remove ambiguity, or to state something explicitly that was stated only in the Ruling Guide, or that was generally presumed to be true.

2) Fixes due to misunderstandings. (Changes to intent.) These are changes to rules that were written as-is into the 2018 Rules last year only because a misunderstanding took place. Had that misunderstanding not occurred at that time, the rule would not have been written as it was.

All comments and suggestions for changes are welcome, but any that fall outside of the narrow scope defined above will be added to the growing list of notes for consideration in next year’s Rules review.

There are only two proposed rule changes that fall into category 2:
Picture taking: Eliminate the rule prohibiting picture taking in Clocks Preferred events when players agree not to use a clock.

Headphones: A player can no longer deny their opponent’s wish to use headphones, but must appeal to the Director who can review the facts and make an exception based on the particular circumstance.

Cordially,

Joe Russell
Chairman, Board of Directors
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Richard Munitz
Chairman, Rules and Ethics Committee
U.S. Backgammon Federation

43rd Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Flint Area Backgammon Club invites you to the 43rd Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships at the Sheraton Detroit Novi from July 5 – 8. The room rate is $99 ($85 for Monday) if booked by June 20. Call Christian at 248-349-4897 for reservations. All main ABT events are scheduled, along with the Michigan Masters, the Open Doubles, Limited Doubles, Sandy Kaplan’s Seniors Special and Prince Barlow’s Junior Jackpot. The Michigan Summer Freeze-Out, Charity Blitz, and Frank Talbot’s Newcomer Free-Roll will keep you busy until the Firecrackers and Trophy Jackpots. BMAB (USA) event is set for Wednesday July 4 , so come early! Attend the Calcutta Auction and don’t miss the “Counting Magic” lecture by Art Benjamin and Phil Simborg. $500 added 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!
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.
Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $375 added
3rd Silicon Valley Open, August 31-Sept 3, Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose, CA, $375 added.
2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13-16, Hampton Inn, Montreal, Canada, $375 added.
Viking Classic,Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, The Element, Fort Lauderdale, FL $375 added.
Colorado State Championship, Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Oct 18-21, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

USBGF Los Angeles Open — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

It’s not too late to make plans to go to the Los Angeles Open, from June 22 – 24, at the Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Airport. They will take walk-ins. If you are playing in either the championship or intermediate jackpot, you must be in the playing room by Noon on Friday, June 22. If you are playing in the ABT Championship or Advanced, you must be in the playing room by 5:00pm on Friday. If you are playing Novice only, you should be in the room by 10:00am on Saturday, June 23rd.

For those of you who cannot make it to Los Angeles, there will be live streaming on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24. Register on Voice of Backgammon website for email notifications. Streaming can be found at: Voice of Backgammon.

All ABT events will be held, plus the Super 32 Jackpot, the Paul Dingwell Amateur Jackpot, Doubles, Seniors, and DMP events. The USBGF National Championship West competition runs throughout. A special event for novice players has TWO $50 prizes, given by the Backgammon Learning Center. Calcutta Auction is Friday night with Joe Russell as the auctioneer. Saturday’s FREE lecture by Michihito Kageyama (World #2) and Phil Simborg will start your day at 8:30am together with a light breakfast. $400 added 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!
Michigan Summer Championships, July 5-8 Sheraton Detroit Novi with $500 added.
Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $375 added
3rd Silicon Valley Open, August 31-Sept 3, Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose, CA, $375 added.
2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13-16, Hampton Inn, Montreal, Canada, $375 added.
Viking Classic,Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, The Element, Fort Lauderdale, FL $375 added.
Colorado State Championship, Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Oct 18-21, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

The U.S. Backgammon Federation Privacy Policy

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USBGF Advanced Divisional L

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Congratulations to Jim Wallace, winner of the Advanced Divisional L. Jim defeated Dale Smith in the 17-point final. Jesse Anderson-Lehman and Genna Cowan 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.

See current online ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLII

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Congratulations to Takeru Susa, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLII. Takeru defeated H. B. Drake in the 13-point final. Zarir Abede, Jr. and Timothy Dugan 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.
See current ratings at the Online Circuit Leaderboard.

38th Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament

38th CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT,May 24-28, 2018; Rosemont, Illinois – Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (72): 1-Bill Calton (MI), 2-Dmitriy Obukhov (MI), 3-John O’Hagan (IN), 4/9-Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Karen Davis (FL) / David Rockwell (IL) / Herb Roman (IL) / Allen Tish (CA) / David Winn (TX).
INTERMEDIATE (64): 1-Ricky Griggs (MI), 2/8-Ray Bills (MN) / Vlad Eydelman (IL) / Simon Kennedy Rose (IL) / Dujuan Meekins (IL) / Christopher Shanava (IL) / Jerry Ungar (FL) / Sue Will (IL).
NOVICE (8): 1-Kai Demler (NY), 2-Donna Lafferty (IN); 1C-Yoon Auh (IL).
UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE (23): 1-Takayuki Hino (Japan), 2-Frank Talbot (MI).
MARKOWITZ MASTERS (16): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan).
FASTER MASTER (16): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
LIMITED JACKPOT (48): 1-Paul Mangone (CA), 2-Roberto Gaul (Brazil), 3-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL).
OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Bill Calton (MI), 2-Craig Anderson (IL).
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (31 teams): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA) & John O’Hagan (IN), 2-Lynda Clay (CO) & Allen Tish (CA), 3/4-Marcy Kossar (MD) & Larry Shiller (CT) / Leslie Lockett (NM) & Tak Morioka (IL).
TAKI BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Christopher Shanava (IL).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (48): 1-Ray Bills (MN), 2-Michael Flohr (IL), 3-Andy Bittman (IL).
USBGF PRIME 1-POINT QUICKIE (128): 1-Jack Edelson (NY), 2-Aaron Foust (NV), 3/4-Aaron Foust (NV) / Mike Minkovski (IL).
$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT (8): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA).
$100 MONDAY JACKPOT (8): 1/2 split-Ray Fogerlund (NV) / Dave Minardi (CO).
BACKGAMMON PROFICIENCY TEST (40): 1-Bill Calton (MI) 41/50, 2-Frank Talbot (MI) 39/50, 3-Gerry Tansey (MO) 38/50, 4-Steve Sax (CA) 37/50.
AFTER TOURNEY TOURNEY (16): 1-Irina Litzenberger (VA), 2-Takayuki Hino (Japan).
USA vs JAPAN: Team USA topped Team Japan, 196.25 points to 150.
1-Team USA: Lynda Clay (CO) / Ray Bills (MN) / Steve Sax (CA) / Jeff Spencer (MN) / Neil Kazaross (IL) / Petko Kostadinov (SC) / Stick Rice (OH) / Marcy Kossar (MD) / Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Matt Cohn-Geier (NV).
2-Team Japan: Takayuki Hino / Daisuke Katagami / Akiko Yazawa / Masato Shimomoto / Hideki Tosaka / Yuji Ogura / Michihito Kageyama / Masayuki Mochizuki / Shuto Takagi / Kazuko Numazawa.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLVIII

Congratulations to Gary Zelmanovics, , winner of the Advanced Divisional XLVIII. Gary defeated Ray Cifani in the 17-point final. Dennis Lutz and Richard Stubbe 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 Intermediate Divisional XLI

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Congratulations to GL Harvie, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLI. GL defeated George Morse in the 13-point final. Ted Cetola 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.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLIX

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Congratulations to Ken Indart, winner of the Advanced Divisional XLIX. Ken defeated Jim Wallace in the 17-point final. David Richardson and Steven Waller 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.

2nd ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

2nd ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, May 10-13, 2018; Herndon, Virginia –
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (58): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Chris Trencher (NY), 3-Richard Munitz (NY), 4/5-Joe Russell (CA) / Artie Sutton (NJ); 1C-Steve Brown (MN), 2C-Bahman Zandi (MD), 3C/4C-John Klein (MD) / Marty Storer (NH).
ADVANCED (51): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH), 2-Larry Brown (VA), 3-John Baron (OH); 1C-Patrick Domico (IN), 2C-Bill Lonergan (NY), 3C/4C-Daniel Peters (VA) / Alan Pruce (VA).
ADVANCED NOVICE (16): 1-Sheri Peters (VA), 2-Christopher Chapin (DC), 3-Lili Iravani (DC); 1C-Sarah Saltus Siddig (CT), 2C-Sava Kal (PA).
NOVICE (16): 1-Chris Siddall (DC), 2-Nathan Otterness (NC), 3-Robert Spier (DC); 1C-Joanne Roberg (CT), 2C-Ben Fuller (DC).
CHERRY BLOSSOM JACKPOT (8): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
GEORGE WASHINGTON MASTERS JACKPOT (24): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Alan Grunwald (NJ), 3-Mike Senkiewicz (NY).
ABRAHAM LINCOLN OPEN JACKPOT (32): 1-Gary Fries (VA), 2-Herb Roman (IL), 3/4-Artie Sutton (NJ) / Michael Valliere (PA).
THOMAS JEFFERSON LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Tom Rebelo (Canada), 2-Bill Lonergan (NY), 3/4-Christian Briggs (FL) / Andy Fazekas (CT).
SENIOR SENATORS (32): 1-Alan Pruce (VA), 2-Ghazi El-Kinani (VA).
YOUNG POLITICOS (32): 1-Patrick Domico (IN), 2-Chris Siddall (DC).
SENIOR SENATORS/YOUNG POLITICOS PLAYOFF (2): 1-Marcy Kosar (MD), 2-Patrick Domico (IN).
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EAST (8×18): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Felix Goykhman (NJ).
USBGF TOURNAMENT OF STARS (21 teams): 1/2 split-Art Benjamin (CA) & Christian Briggs (FL) / Joe Russell (CA) & Chris Trencher (NY).
HALL OF STATES / EMBASSY ROW TEAM CHALLENGE (9 teams): 1-Chernomoretz (The Black Sea): Boris Dekhtyar (NY) / Felix Goykhman (NJ) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2-RDA: Robert Glantz (NY) / Donny Lomuto (NY) / Artie Sutton (NJ).
ALFRED MAMLET NEWCOMERS FREE ROLL (14): 1/2 split-Richard Bruns (VA) / Ben Fuller (DC), 3-Peter Graves (DC).
AP BLUFFGAMMON INVITATIONAL (4): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Frank Raposa (VA).
MOTHER’S DAY EVENT (7): 1/2 split-Marcy Kossar (CT) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY).
BMAB-USA (14): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 2/5-Steve Brown (MN) / G.L. Harvie (VT) / John O’Hagan (IN) / Marty Storer (NH). PR winner pending.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLVI

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Congratulations to Richard Griggs, Jr, winner of the Advanced Divisional XLVII. Richard defeated David Parks in the 17-point final. Manny Olszynko and John Antaki 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 Advanced Divisional XLVII

Irina Litzenberger

Congratulations to Irina Litzenberger, winner of the Advanced Divisional XLVII. Irina defeated Mario Savan in the 17-point final. David Parks and Jim Wallace 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.

38th Chicago Open — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The

38th Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament
will be from May 24 – 28 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Chicago/O’Hare. Rooms are $109 per night if reserved by May 14, so call 800-972-2494 or 847-954-8600 now to get the tournament rate. All ABT events are scheduled, plus the exciting USA vs Japan team event, the Faster Masters, Markowitz Masters, the Taki Board Tournament, Seniors Tournament, Blitz, and Unlucky Dice. There’s the Calcutta Auction and a Proficiency test, later reviewed by ‘Mochy’ Masayuki and ‘Michy’ Kageyama. Details at: http://www.chicagoopenbg.com/index-2.html

$500 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!

Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, July 5-8 Sheraton Detroit Novi with $500 added.
Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $375 added
3rd Silicon Valley Open, August 31-Sept 3, Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose, CA, $375 added.
2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13-16, Hampton Inn, Montreal, Canada, $375 added.
Viking Classic, Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, The Element, Fort Lauderdale, FL $375 added.
•Colorado State Championship Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XL

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Congratulations to Denby Pettitt, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XL. Denby defeated H.B. Drake in the 13-point final. Takeru Susa and Jim Young 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.

10th ANNUAL ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC

10th ANNUAL ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC , April 26-29, 2018; College Park, Georgia –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (24): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1C-Karen Davis (FL), 2C-Art Moore (TN); 1LC-Sam Ahmed (CA).
INTERMEDIATE (31): 1-Alan Epstein (GA), 2-Roland Leutert (FL); 1C-Adrian Costa (GA), 2C-Steve Spudic (FL); 1LC-Ross Gordon (CT), 2LC-Rock Hackshaw (NY).
NOVICE (6): 1-Michael Aster (NJ), 2-Jim Landis (SC).
ROBERT WILENSKY MEMORIAL MASTERS (11): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2-Gregg Cattanach (GA).
ATLANTA CUP AMATEUR JACKPOT (12): 1-Greg Evans (FL), 2-Samra Hadden (GA).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA) & Greg Lilley (FL), 2-Di Di (GA) & Xiaoya Ji (GA).
SPEEDGAMMON (16): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Koray Agirbas (GA).
SPEEDGAMMON OVERFLOW (8): 1-Adrian Costa (GA), 2-Roland Leutert (FL).
MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Koray Agirbas (GA), 2-Dennis Lutz (GA), 3/4-Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Roland Leutert (FL).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Alan Epstein (GA), 2-Roland Leutert (FL), 3/4-Stuart Domeshek (GA) / Dan Minardi (CO).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (29): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Samra Hadden (GA); 1C-Greg Lilley (FL).
GAMMON GUYS BOARD TOURNAMENT (4): 1-Michael Aster (NJ).
AFTER TOURNAMENT (8): 1/2 split-Ray Fogerlund (NV) / Mary Hickey (OH).

USBGF February Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Harvey Gillis, winner of the USBGF 2018 February Monthly Circuit. Harvey won this single elimination tournament by defeating Steven Carey in the 17-point final match. Chris Krisilas and Andrew Hunter finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.