New Women’s Online Circuit Series!

We’ve launched a new online series for women backgammon players. This 32-player single elimination tournament starts with 13-point matches, building to a 17-point final. Register by clicking here. Compete for recognition as the leading woman on the USBGF Circuit!

For additional tournaments in registration, including FTH Blitzes, Masters, Advanced, and Intermediate Divisional events, Monthly Circuit, and Membership Blitz events, please see our Online Circuit tournament calendar.

Winners of all online tournaments in 2018 will compete in a Tournament of Champions in 2019!

USBGF ADVANCED DIVISIONAL LVII

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Congratulations to Erwin Hom, winner of the Advanced Divisional LVII. Erwin defeated David Parks in the 17-point final. Michael Riahi and William Dugan 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 online standings:
Leader Board.

USBGF ADVANCED DIVISIONAL LVI

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Congratulations to Steven Waller, winner of the Advanced Divisional LVI. Steve defeated Kat Denison in the 17-point final. Zarrir Abede Jr. and Tom Courts 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.

Second Founding Sponsor Jackpot Now Open for Registration!

We’re delighted by the response to the new Founding Sponsor Jackpot Series. The first field of 16 filled quickly so we’re pleased to announce that registration for Founding Sponsor Jackpot #2 is now open. Just click here to register.

The series is designed to express our appreciation to Founding Sponsors who have provided core support for the U.S. Backgammon Federation All Founding Sponsors — Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond may participate. First place prize is a free entry for the Founding Sponsor and partner in the 2019 Tournament of Stars doubles event to be held at the Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship in the Washington DC area May 9-12 (value $200). Or the winner may elect to receive a $200 credit toward a Founding Sponsor level upgrade. In addition, both the winner and losing finalist will receive one free entry into the next available FTH Board Blitz tournament.

The tournament format will consist of single-elimination, 16-player brackets. All rounds will be 11 points in length. Match logs will be required at the time of reporting. The tournament will start as soon as the 16-player bracket has been filled.

If you would like information on becoming a USBGF Founding Sponsor, see our website or contact me at: Karen Davis.

The tournament is directed by Tara Mendicino Tara Mendicino and Jeff Proctor Jeff Proctor.

New Online Tournament for Founding Sponsors!

To express our appreciation to Founding Sponsors who have provided core support for the U.S. Backgammon Federation, we are pleased to announce a new free online tournament series for our Founding Sponsors. All Founding Sponsors — Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond may participate. First place prize is a free entry for the Founding Sponsor and partner in the 2019 Tournament of Stars doubles event to be held at the Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship in the Washington DC area May 9-12 (value $200). Or the winner may elect to receive a $200 credit toward a Founding Sponsor level upgrade. In addition, both the winner and losing finalist will receive one free entry into the next available FTH Board Blitz tournament.

The tournament format will consist of single-elimination, 16-player brackets. All rounds will be 11 points in length. Match logs will be required at the time of reporting. The tournament will start as soon as the 16-player bracket has been filled.

If you would like information on becoming a USBGF Founding Sponsor, see our website or contact me at: Karen Davis.

The tournament is directed by Tara Mendicino Tara Mendicino and Jeff Proctor Jeff Proctor.

For additional tournaments in registration, including FTH Blitzes, Masters, Advanced, and Intermediate Divisional events, Monthly Circuit, Women’s Circuit, and Membership Blitz events, please see our Online Circuit tournament calendar.

USBGF Board of Directors Election — Now Open for Voting

The USBGF Board of Directors election is now under way. All members are eligible to vote. Members may vote anytime starting now up until 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, December 3, 2018. Each member may submit only one ballot. A member must be logged onto the USBGF website to be able to vote.

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

Six candidates, including four incumbents, are vying for four seats up for election. The six candidates are: Jeb Horton, Carter Mattig, Tara Mendicino (incumbent), Bill Riles (incumbent), Marty Storer (incumbent), and Frank Talbot (incumbent). The left side of the voting page contains a ballot with the six 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 four seats up for election. A member may vote for a minimum of one to a maximum of four 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 four 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 four 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.

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.

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

Notice of Annual USBGF Board of Directors Election

This is to provide notice of our upcoming annual Board of Directors election which will be held this year, via our e-voting system, with a voting window beginning at 12:01 a.m. EST Monday, November 21, 2018 and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, December 3, 2018. Nominations have now closed, and the Governance and Nominations is verifying nominated candidates’ willingness to serve and compiling brief statements from the candidates. An e-mail including specific voting instructions, with links to the ballot and to candidate information, will be forwarded to members immediately prior to the beginning of the voting period.

Our by-laws state: “Elections shall be scheduled and overseen by the Governance and Nominations Committee with the assistance of the Executive Director and other officers as needed. Members shall be entitled to cast up to one vote for each vacancy. However, no Member may cast more than one vote for any candidate on his/her ballot. The Board shall provide reasonable notice of the date range for voting, at least fourteen (14) calendar days in advance, through publication on the Federation’s internet website and, to the extent practicable, through other methods reasonably calculated to provide notice to the Federation’s Members. There shall be a period of at least seven (7) days for voting. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes, up to the number of vacancies, and named on at least 50% of the ballots cast will be elected. The seat numbers listed as being up for election on the ballot shall be in descending order of the time remaining on their respective terms and will be sequentially assigned to elected candidates in descending order of the number of votes received. If not all the seats are filled in the initial round of elections, then there will be a runoff between the “x” number of candidates receiving the most votes (but not elected), where “x” is equal to twice the number of remaining seats on the Board to be filled in the election, provided that a candidate must have received votes from at least 5% of the ballots cast in the initial round to be eligible for the runoff. In the event of ties for the last remaining slot(s) on a runoff ballot, each of the candidates in the tie will be placed on the runoff ballot. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes, up to the remaining number of vacancies, and named on at least 50% of the ballots cast will be elected.”

We thank all who have nominated an excellent slate of candidates for the four positions that are up for election, and encourage all members to participate in the Board of Directors election.

Best regards,
Karen Davis
President and Executive Director

Advanced Divisional LV

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Congratulations to Steven Waller, winner of the Advanced Divisional LV. Steve defeated John Antaki in the 17-point final. Martin Stemberka and David Parks 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 online standings at Leader Board.

USBGF August Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Ted Chee, winner of the USBGF 2018 August Monthly Circuit. Ted won this single elimination tournament by defeating Eusebio Blasco in the 17-point final match. Cynthia Belonogoff and John Gamalieson finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

Las Vegas Backgammon Open

LAS VEGAS BACKGAMMON OPEN, November 7-11, 2018; Las Vegas, Nevada –
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (83 +33 rebuys): 1-Richard Munitz (NY), 2-Nevzat Dogan (Denmark), 3/4-Bob Glass (CA) / Tommy Kean (Denmark); 1C-Jacob Markussen (Denmark), 2C-Ron Rubin (NV), 3C/4C-Cary Hoarty (OH) / Tim Lawless (IN); 1LC-Dana Nazarian (CA), 2LC-Armin Soltani (Canada).
INTERMEDIATE (68 + 26 rebuys): 1-Thomas Horton (CA), 2-Tom McEvoy (NV), 3/4-Ezra Chiriti-Guakil (Mexico) / Mike Cyrkiel (NV); 1C-David Mulberg (CA), 2C-Richard Stubbe (TX), 3C/4C-Ron Genter (NV) / Candace Mayeron (CA); 1LC-Joe Potts (TX), 2LC-Paul Franks (NV).
BEGINNER (12): 1-José Luis Solano (Costa Rica), 2-Jan Neighbor (NV).
SUPER JACKPOT (32): 1- Allen Tish (CA), 2-Jim Stutz (CT), 3/4-Ray Fogerlund (NV) / John O’Hagan (IN).
LIMITED JACKPOT (30): 1-David Taniguchi (CA), 2-David Kettler (TX), 3/4-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica) / Jeff Nitschke (MN).
SENIORS (128): 1/2-Art Benjamin (CA) vs José Luis Bejinez (Mexico), 3/4-Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA) / Al Jones (Canada).
DOUBLES (32): 1-David Kettler (TX) & David Winn (TX), 2-Frank & Monica Talbot (MI), 3/4-Joe Feldman (MI) & Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Candace Mayeron (CA) & Kit Woolsey (CA).
BLITZ (144): 1-Allen Tish (CA), 2-Kevin McDonough (AZ).
MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Al Hodis (NV), 2-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica), 3/4-Joe Feldman (MI) / Al Jones (Canada).
BEGINNERS FRIDAY JACKPOT (5): 1-Rodrigo Solera (Costa Rica).
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (34): 1-Ken Bame (CA), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
$100 JACKPOT (8): 1/2 split-Mike Cyrkiel (CA) / Mike Horri (WA).
$50 JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Christian Briggs (FL).
$50 JACKPOT #2(8): 1-John Shakory (TX), 2-Sam Orandle (NV).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (39): 1-Jonah Seewald (CO), 2-Pat MacNeil (Canada).
USBGF GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (2): 1-West Champion Ken Bame (CA), 2-East Champion Ray Fogerlund (NV).

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLIX

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Congratulations to Gary Fox, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLIX. Gary defeated Frank Costello in the 13-point final. Shahrooz Moreh 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 online tournament ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional L

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Congratulations to Genna Cowan, winner of the Intermediate Divisional L. Genna defeated Charles Stearns in the 13-point final. Robin Peterson and Sarah Saltus Sidding 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.

USBGF July Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Roberto Kenny Litzenberger, winner of the USBGF 2018 July Monthly Circuit. Roberto won this single elimination tournament by defeating Mark Emrich in the 17-point final match. Jason Karns and Ira Gardner finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the latest Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

CONNECTICUT STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

CONNECTICUT STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 18-21, 2018; Rocky Hill, Connecticut –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OYSTER OPEN (34): 1-Richard Munitz (NY), 2-Phil Simborg (IL), 3/4-Boris Dekhtyar (NY) / Chris Knapp (MA); 1C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2C-Jim Stutz (CT); 1LC-Douglas Huch (NY).
SILVER ADVANCED (30): 1- Stephen Hassman (MA), 2-Jay Karns (NY); 1C-Leon Marini (NJ), 2C-Peggy Neubig (NJ); 1LC-Robert Loveless (Canada). Jerry Shea (NY) won the Side Pool prize of a Wycliffe board.
APPLE ADVANCED NOVICE (8): 1-Kai Demler (NY), 2-Shahrooz Moreh (NY); 1C-Sarah Saltus Siddig (CT), 2C-Fran Miller (OH), 3C-Anca Morar (RI).
HARTFORD HIGH ROLLERS (4): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Blake Fleetwood (NY).
MILFORD MASTERS JACKPOT (16): 1-Gary Koscielny (FL), 2-Michael Neagu (Canada).
ANSONIA AMATEUR JACKPOT (16 ): 1-Robert Caldwell (Canada), 2-Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
ORANGE OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Scotty Kelland (CT), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
DANBURY DOUBLES (16): 1-Beverly Flowers (NY) & Doug Huch (NY), 2-Frank DiMaggio (NY) & John Klein (MD).
LADIES TOURNAMENT (12): 1-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI).
ENFIELD ELDERS (32): 1-Garry Kallos (Canada), 2-Andrew Liebenthal (NJ).
YALE YOUNG’NS (16): 1-Gary Zelmanovics (NJ), 2-Igor Baburov (NY).
PAWCATUCK PRE-TOURNEY #1 (16): 1- Jay Karns (NY), 2-Marty Storer (NH).
PAWCATUCK PRE-TOURNEY #2 (16): 1- Scott Douglas (Canada), 2-Garry Kallos (Canada).
SHERMAN CHOUETTE TOURNAMENT (9): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
BRIDGEPORT BLITZ (56): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH), 2-Daniel Adler (NY).
GAMMON GUYS BOARD TOURNAMENT (8): 1-David Kornwitz (MA), 2-Daniel Adler (NY).

COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 11 – 14, 2018; Denver, Colorado –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (22): 1-David Taniguchi (CA), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1C-Steve Sax (CA).
ADVANCED (11): 1-Edward Onny (CO), 2-Tom Christner (CO); 1C-Norm Friedman (CA).
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE OPEN JACKPOT (14+2 rebuys): 1-Jonah Seewald (CO), 2-David Taniguchi (CA).
ROYAL GORGE LIMITED JACKPOT (4): 1-Laura Hoarty (OH), 2-Dan Minardi (CO).
DOUBLES (10 teams): 1-Jason Briggs (FL) & Steve Sax (CA), 2-Cary Hoarty (OH) & Laura Hoarty (OH).

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

Dennis Lutz_2018

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

2018 SiliconValley winners

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