USBG Intermediate Divisional XLVIII

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Congratulations to Vinson Blanson, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLVIII. Vinson defeated Jerry Nussbaum in the 13-point final. Curt Wilhelmsen 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 online tournament ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

SUNNY FLORIDA BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

SUNNY FLORIDA BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP ,
October 4-7, 2018; Hollywood, Florida –
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (39): 1-Brian Lonergan (LA), 2-Frank Talbot (MI), 1C-Allen Tish (CA), 2C-Perry Gartner (FL), 3C/4C-Donny Lomuto (NY) / Michael Neagu (Canada).
ADVANCED (39): 1-Neal Rosensweig (FL), 2-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica); 1C-William Lonergan (NY), 2C-Steve Spudic (FL), 3C/4C-Linda Bradley (NC) / Emilio Tabraue (FL).
NOVICE (16): 1-Rick Ascione (FL), 2-Bob Bazinet (FL), 3-Katherine Hortenstine (FL); 1LC-Patricia Main (FL), 2LC-Lili Iravani (DC).
BMAB-USA EVENT (24): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2/5-Roberto Gaui (Brazil) / Felix Goykhman (NJ) / Frank Talbot (MI) / Bahman Zandi (MD).
MIAMI MASTERS JACKPOT (12): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
ORLANDO OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH), 2-Howard Lewis (FL).
LAUDERDALE LIMITED JACKPOT (20): 1-Larry Brown (VA), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA).
PALM BEACH PRO-AM DOUBLES (16): 1-Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA) & Felix Goykhman (NJ), 2-Frank & Monica Talbot (MI).
FLORIDA FAMILY DOUBLES (8): 1-Irina & Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Phillippa & Ray Lightbourn (Bahamas).
OLDER AND WISER (32): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Juan Luis Rospigliosi (FL).
YOUNG AND RESTLESS (8): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH), 2-Kamran Kheirani (Canada).
NEWCOMER FREE ROLL (2): 1-Katherine Hortenstine (FL), 2-David Franco (FL).
FIRST SERVE CHARITY JACKPOT (8): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH), 2-Kamran Kheirani (Canada).
FTH BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Hernan Cortes (GA), 2-Roland Leutert (FL).
$50 WARM-UP (16): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 2-Felix Goykhman (NJ).
$20 WARM-UP (16): 1-Irina Litzenberger (VA), 2-Ross Gordon (CT).

2nd VIKING CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

2nd VIKING CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT,
September 27-30, 2018; Bloomington, Minnesota –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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ODIN OPEN (37): 1-David Winn (TX), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN); 1C-David Klausa (CO), 2C-Cary Hoarty (OH), 3C/4C-Lynn Lusk (CO) / Art Moore (TN).
THOR ADVANCED(37): 1-Kevin Heacox (IN), 2-Steve Waller (MN); 1C-Dan Minardi (CO), 2C-Gregg Trunnell (MN), 3C/4C-Joe Briggs (MN) / David Hanold (IL).
VIKING INTERMEDIATE(20): 1-Weston Hoard (MN), 2-Larry Roberg (CT); 1C-Michael Plog (IL).
VIKING NEWCOMER (3): 1-Debra Roe (IL).
VIKING FUNERAL – OPEN (5): 1-Paul Mangone (CA).
VIKING FUNERAL – ADVANCED(9): 1-Edward Ziesche (MN).
VIKING FUNERAL – INTERMEDIATE (4): 1-Paulette Duong (IL).
VALHALLA – OPEN(11): 1-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2-Bill Riles (TX).
VALHALLA – ADVANCED (8): 1-Steve Reichelt (MN).
VALHALLA – INTERMEDIATE (7): 1-Paulette Duong (IL), 2-Anthony White (OH).
GRAND CRYSTAL BEAVER XIX (16): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Paul Mangone (CA).
WARRIOR ADVANCED/INTERMEDIATE JACKPOT (24): 1-Tom Magne (MN), 2-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL).
EARLY RAVEN 50 (22): 1-Gregg Trunnell (MN), 2-Bahman Zandi (MD).
EARLY RAVEN 20 (20): 1-Dan Minardi (CO), 2-Jon Dowd (MN).
FRIDAY FRIGGA (52): 1-Jack Edelson (NY), 2-Rick Davis (MN).
RAINBOW BRIDGE DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Jeff Kane (WI) & Dana Nazarian (CA), 2-Joe Briggs (MN) & Susan Little (MN).
LONGSHIP SUPER JACKPOT(12): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Tim Lawless (IN), 3-John O’Hagan (IN).
BLITZ THE BEAST (56): 1-Art Moore (TN), 2-Tim Mabee (IL).
QUICK 1-POINT RAIDS (64): 1-Kurt Peterson (MN), 2-Art Moore (TN).
MIDGARD 3-POINT MATCHES (9X4): Winners–Jim Peterson (MN), Larry Oman (MN), Jeff Kane (WI), Lynda Clay (CO), Jeff Nitschke (MN), Kurt Peterson (MN), Anthony White (OH) (twice), Edward Ziesche (MN).
GAMMON STUFF BOARD TOURNAMENT(16): 1-Paul Mangone (CA), 2-David Hanold (IL).
RAGNAROK AFTER TOURNEY (19): 1-Steve Reichelt (MN), 2-David Klausa (CO).

Nomination of Candidates for 2018 USBGF Board of Directors Election

As prescribed by the By-Laws, the Board of Directors of the U.S. Backgammon Federation announces that members may nominate candidates, including themselves, for election to the Board of Directors. Nominees must be members of the USBGF. The Board asks members to please limit their nominees to candidates who have expressed a willingness to serve and to contribute to the Board. Nominations must be submitted to nominations before 12:00 midnight EDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Four seats will be up for election this year. Four Incumbents shown below plan to stand for re-election to the Board:

Seat #10 — Bill Riles (incumbent)
Seat #11 — Tara Mendicino (incumbent)
Seat #12 — Marty Storer (incumbent)
Seat #13 — Frank Talbot (incumbent)

After receiving nominations, the USBGF Governance and Nominating Committee will review the slate of candidates, confirm that each will serve if elected, solicit a short statement of qualifications, and may or may not recommend up to four candidates to the membership,

The election will take place from November 15 to November 30 by electronic ballot. Each USBGF member may cast a ballot for up to four candidates. All candidates, incumbent or otherwise, run ‘at-large’ (not for specific seats) with the four candidates receiving the most votes being elected — there are certain other qualifications outlined in the By-Laws.

It is always crucial for the continued success of the organization that viable, qualified, willing candidates be nominated by the membership. Fresh ideas, new expertise, and enthusiasm enhance the functioning of the Board.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLVII

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Congratulations to Aaron Foust, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLVII. Aaron defeated Garrett Duquesne in the 13-point final. Elizabeth Liberty and Sarah Saltus Siddig 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 online tournament ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

2018 USBGF Tournament of Champions

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Congratulations to Adam Prager, winner of the 2018 Tournament of Champions. Adam bested Jaime Obregon in the 21-point final. Gary Oleson and Matthew Brown finished 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final.

This single match event is by invitation only and is limited to those players who have won a tournament during the 2017 Online Circuit season. The first and second place finishers will receive certificates and an analysis of their final match by a leading backgammon expert. First place will receive a one-year extension of their USBGF membership, and second place will receive a six-month extension of their membership.

The winner of the 2018 Tournament of Champions is recognized on the USBGF website, USBGF Facebook page, and then interviewed for an article in PrimeTime Backgammon magazine. The USBGF Online Circuit Leader Board includes Elo rating and Win/Loss record of all players in USBGF-sponsored online events who are active members.

OMNIUM DE MONTREAL BACKGAMMON OPEN

OMNIUM DE MONTREAL BACKGAMMON OPEN , September 13-20, 2018; Dorval, Quebec, Canada – Results from chicagopoint.com

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MONTREAL OPEN (28): 1-Arthur Sutton (NJ), 2-Richard Munitz (NY); 1C-Alan Grunwald (NJ), 2C-Michael Neagu (Canada); 1LC-Frank Talbot (MI), Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY) won the Side Pool prize of a P-40 board.
ST-LAURENT ADVANCED (28): 1-Jonathan Munitz (NY), 2-Tom Rebelo (Canada); 1C-Michel Merlitti (Canada), 2C-Robert Caldwell (Canada); 1LC-Patrick St-Laurent (Canada).
MONT-ROYAL NOVICE (5): 1-Sarah Saltus Siddig (CT), 2-Ryan Rebelo (Canada), 3-Paul Cote.
CONCORDIA JACKPOT (12): 1-Allen Tish (CA), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ).
IROQUOIS BLITZ (32): 1-Scott Douglas (Canada), 2-Michel Merlitti (Canada).
HOCHELAGA INTERMEDIATE JACKPOT (8): 1-Marcy Kossar (MD), 2-Robert Caldwell (Canada).
MOHAWK NOVICE JACKPOT (4): 1-Ryan Rebelo (Canada).
QUEBEC DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-G.L. Harvie (VT) & Marcy Kossar (MD), 2-Sebastian Gomez & Fernando Munoz (Mexico).
OLD MONTREAL SENIORS (16): 1-Claude Landry (Canada), 2-Michel Merlitti (Canada).
CHAMPLAIN WARMUP QUICKIES (16): 1-Garry Kallos (Canada).
JACQUES CARTIER PRE-TOURNEY (15): 1-Allen Tish (CA), 2-Jay Karns (NY).

USBGF 4th Directors Cup

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Congratulations to Scott Ward who defeated Norm Friedman in the 19-point final match to win the USBGF Online Circuit’s 4th Director’s Cup. Finishing 3/4 in the event were Boris Dekhtyar and Richard Munitz.

Scott, for winning, will receive his choice of either a 1-year extension of his current USBGF Premium membership PLUS a 1-year GammonSite membership, or a $60 credit to spend as he wishes at the USBGF BG Shop.

For his second place finish, Norm will receive his choice of either a 1-year GammonSite membership PLUS a $15 USBGF BG Shop credit, or he may choose a $30 USBGF BG Shop credit.

Boris and Richard, for their third and fourth place finish, will receive their choice of either a 1-year GammonSite membership or a $15 USBGF BG Shop credit.

All finalists will receive certificates and Scott will be profiled in PrimeTime Backgammon magazine.
Entry is free to all USBGF Premium, Novice, and Basic members. For more information about future online events see Online Circuit Tournament Calendar.

USBGF May Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Masahiro Kisono, winner of the USBGF 2018 May Monthly Circuit. Masahiro won this single elimination tournament by defeating William Lonergan in the 17-point final match. Mario Savan and Martin Zizka finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

Entry in the Circuit Monthly is free to all USBGF Premium, Novice, and Basic members. For information on all USBGF Online Events go to Online Circuit.

USBGF March Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Karen Davis, winner of the USBGF 2018 March Monthly Circuit. Karen won this single elimination tournament by defeating Daphne Downs in the 17-point final match. Pierre Viau and Olga Ivanova finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.
See the Online Circuit Leader Board postings here.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLVI

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Congratulations to Tom Courts, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLVI. Tom defeated Elizabeth Liberty in the 13-point final. Gary Fox and Shahrooz Moreh finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. Tom would like to acknowledge Ted Chee and Ray Bills, who were so generous with their time in helping him get started at Backgammon by the Bay and USGBF.

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 Advanced Divisional LII

Congratulations to Paul Laubner, winner of the Advanced Divisional LII. Paul defeated John Antaki in the 17-point final. Kevin Jones and Takeru Susa 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 Advanced Divisional LIV

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Congratulations to Dennis Lutz, winner of the Advanced Divisional LIV. Dennis defeated Jason Karns in the 17-point final. David Staggs and David Richardson 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 at Leader Board.

2018 Silicon Valley Championship Winners

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USBGF congratulates the winners of the 2018 Silicon Valley Open, August 31 to September 3 in San Jose, CA. Pictured above is Chris Knapp, Open winner, accepting his trophy from tournament director Ken Bame. Center photo is of the Advanced winner, Norm Friedman. On the right is David Gillett, Novice winner, with Candace Mayeron (staff) and finalist, Mary Sinutko.

American Backgammon Hall of Fame (HOF) Call for Nominations

The American Backgammon Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the game of backgammon in the United States. Candidates are not limited to those who are American citizens, provided that they have met eligibility requirements.

Use the Hall of Fame Nominations Form to nominate a candidate for this significant honor. All USBGF members are invited to nominate candidates for consideration by the USBGF Hall of Fame Committee. The Committee recognizes that the Hall of Fame has now achieved a more mature state, and will very thoroughly vet the qualifications of all nominees. Please carefully note the qualifications addressed below.

Candidates to the HOF should be individuals who have:

1. A significant body of work over a very substantial period of time, in or for the game of backgammon in the United States, as players, directors, authors, publishers, promoters, teachers, and/or innovators;
2. Realized exceptional accomplishments;

(a) Demonstrated remarkable skill through success over the board for decades. And/or…

(b) Gained achievements and recognition among the U.S. backgammon community for the majority of a long career.

The period of time suggested above by the phrases ‘very substantial period of time’, ‘over the board for decades’, and ‘for the majority of a long career’ should reflect a relevant backgammon career approaching twenty years or more.

Current members of the American Backgammon Hall of Fame (listed alphabetically):
Nack Ballard, Carol Joy Cole, Barclay Cooke, Bill Davis, Malcolm Davis, Ray Fogerlund, Patrick Gibson, Kent Goulding, Tim Holland, Oswald Jacoby, Neil Kazaross, Danny Kleinman, Paul Magriel, Howard Markowitz, Alexis Obolensky, Bill Robertie, Joe Russell, Mike Senkiewicz, Mike Svobodny, Joe Sylvester, Walter Trice, and Kit Woolsey .

To nominate a person for consideration to the 2019 Ballot for possible induction into the American Backgammon Hall of Fame, please see the Hall of Fame Nominations Form. You will need to be logged in to access the form.

You will be asked to complete the form with two main sections: (1) Notable awards and accomplishments (wins, publications, produced [events], Giants, ABT…) and (2) WHY do you think s/he should be considered (a paragraph describing the nominee’s significant body of work in or for backgammon in the USA ).

Should a member wish to re-nominate someone they have submitted in a prior year, they may do so; however, ALL nominations this year must include a new Nominations Form. If a member wishes to amend a prior submission, they may request a copy if one was not retained (request may be made to Bill Riles); however, again, a new Hall of Fame Nominations Form must be submitted this year for each nominee. Nominations from prior years will not automatically be reconsidered.

The open period for 2019 nominations is September 6th through October 9th. This opportunity allows USBGF members to submit their candidates for consideration for possible inclusion on the Ballot. The Hall of Fame Committee will review all nominations and submit a recommended Ballot to the USBGF Board of Directors for approval. The Ballot will then go to the HOF electors to vote to determine any new inductees.

Bill Riles
Chairman, Hall of Fame Committee
U.S. Backgammon Federation

3rd SILICON VALLEY BACKGAMMON OPEN

3rd SILICON VALLEY BACKGAMMON OPEN, August 31–September 3, 2018; San Jose, California –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (52): 1-Chris Knapp (MA), 2/5-Art Benjamin (CA) / Jack Edelson (NY) / David Levy (CA) / Mario Savan (CA), 6/7-David Klausa (CO) / Frank Talbot (MI), 8/9-Ben Friesen (MI) / Dale Rose (CA).
ADVANCED (33): 1-Norm Friedman (CA), 2/5-Michelle Courtney (CA) / Milton Gonzales (Costa Rica) / Ken Johnson (CA) / Kevin McDonough (AZ), 6-Patty Johnson (CA), 7/8-Fred Minas (CA) / Jerry Nussbaum (CA).
NOVICE (4): 1-David Gillett (CA), 2-Mary Sinutko (CA).
49ER GOLD RUSH MASTERS (26): 1-Stepan Nuniyants (WA), 2-Ben Friesen (MI), 3/4-Bob Glass (CA) / Jim Pasko (NV).
LIMITED JACKPOT (30): 1-David Taniguchi (CA), 2-Sean Taghani (CA), 3/4-Tom Courts (CA) / Milton Gonzales (Costa Rica).
TED CHEE BOUNTY 2-POINT MINI MATCHES (96): 1-Brian Draper (CA), 2-Lynda Clay (CO), 3/4-Milton Gonzales (Costa Rica) / Milton Gonzales (Costa Rica).
DOUBLES (16): 1-Candace Mayeron (CA) & Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Loretta Bowen (CA) & Comet (CA).
BLITZ ( ): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Allen Tish (CA), 3/4-David Kettler (TX) / David Parks (CA).
OLDER & WISER (8): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Patrick Gibson (CA).
YOUNG GUNS (40): 1-Jack Edelson (NY), 2-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 3/4-Lynda Clay (CO) / Cary Hoarty (OH).
OLDER & WISER vs YOUNG GUNS PLAYOFF (2): 1/2-split: Phil Simborg (IL) / Jack Edelson (NY).

16th ANNUAL WISCONSIN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

16th ANNUAL WISCONSIN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, August 23-26, 2018; Madison, Wisconsin –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (40): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2-Linda Rockwell (IL); 1C-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2C-Bruce Russell (WI); 1LC-Bill Minser (WI), 2LC-Tak Morioka (IL).
ADVANCED (26): 1-Patrick Domico (IN), 2-Jeff Spencer (MN); 1C-Kevin Heacox (IN), 2C-Michael Mesich (MN); 1LC-Michael Gellings (WI).
NOVICE (3): 1-Donna Lafferty (IN).
BADGER CLASSIC MASTERS (16): 1/2-Roberto Litzenberger (VA) / John O’Hagan (IN).
ZACH TABAK MEMORIAL AMATEUR JACKPOT (11): 1-Steve Binenstock (MN), 2-Steve Hairgrove (MN).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA) & Larry Shiller (CT), 2-Faddoul Khoury (IL) & Rhonda Woodbury (IL).
BLITZ (20): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Keene Marin (WI).
QUICKIES (32): 1-Dmitriy Obukhov (MI), 2-Patrick Domico (IN).
FASHIONABLY EARLY BIRD TOURNAMENT (24): 1-Ray Bills (MN), 2-Jeff Spencer (MN), 3-Art Moore (TN).
EARLY BIRD JACKPOT (32): 1-Leyla Zaloutsakaya (NY), 2-Mark Milkie (IN).
NOVICE JACKPOT (4): 1-Christina Elias (MN).
$50 AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (7): 1-Allen Tish (CA), 2-Cary Hoarty (OH).

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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What is your play?
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USBGF members get access to a companion article with Chris Bray’s in-depth analysis and written in his friendly style. Posted every Tuesday on USBGF.org. Join now or renew your membership.

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.