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

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

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

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

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

USBGF Advanced Divisional XL

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

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

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

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

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

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

USBGF Masters Divisional LV

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

For the current ratings, visit theOnline Leaderboard

USBGF August Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Kevin Jones, winner of the USBGF 2017 August Monthly Circuit. Kevin won this single elimination tournament by defeating Willam Lonergan in the 17-point final match. Don Marek and Joseph Russell finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

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 20, 2017 and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, December 3, 2017. 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 five positions that are up for election, and encourage all members to participate in the Board of Directors election.

Las Vegas Open — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Nevada Backgammon Association will host the Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the Flamingo Hotel. To secure reservations, call the hotel at (888) 373-9855. All ABT events plus the Super Jackpot, Limited Jackpot, Doubles, and Seniors flights are set. Blitzes and Mini Matches and the Calcutta Auction are also scheduled, along with the Simborg/Holm lecture on Saturday. $1000 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and first-time Novice entrants will receive a free one-time trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Pre-registration deadline is November 10, 2017, so see http://www.nvbg.com/entry2017lasvegasopen.html and don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting weekend.

Also make a note of upcoming ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members:

California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Backgammon Championship, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX, with $1000 added money.
Boston Open, February 22-25, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Logan, Boston, MA with $375 added
•Ohio State, March 16-18, Marriott, Cleveland, OH with $375 added
•U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added
•Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 added
•Cherry Blossom Championship, May 13-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIII

Congratulations to Michele Barone, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXIII. Michele won by defeating Frank Koenen in the 13-point final match. Coming in 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final were Elizabeth Liberty and Garrett Duquesne.

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 Added Money for Local Club Winner + Free ABT Entry for Inter-Club Champion!

We’re pleased to announce that the U.S Backgammon Federation will provide added money to an annual backgammon club tournament sponsored by a USBGF Affiliated Local Club of $5 per USBGF member (a minimum of 10 USBGF members is required). This added money can be attached to a currently planned local club tournament or a new event — with the added money serving as a sidepool for USBGF members.

The winners of local club annual tournaments will compete in an online USBGF Online Club Championship event with a great prize — a free entry to an ABT tournament of the winner’s choice! This online tournament of winners of the club competitions would begin around March 1. To be eligible for added money and free ABT entry, players must have an active USBGF membership. Club directors should contact me if they are planning to participate.

Check out the USBGF Event calendar listing of upcoming local club and ABT tournaments. If you would like your your local club listed, please send information to Information USBGF.

CONNECTICUT STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

CONNECTICUT STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 19-22, 2017; Windsor Locks, Connecticut –
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

OYSTER OPEN (40): 1-Bahman Zandi, 2-Ray Fogerlund, 3/4-Paul Stebbing / Alex Zamanian; 1C-Karen Davis, 2C-Boris Dekhtyar; 1LC-Richard Munitz.
COPPER ADVANCED (28): 1-Feliks Goykhamen, 2-Joe Potts; 1C-Robert Lessard, 2C-Wanda Roberts; 1LC-Robert Loveless, 2LC-Omar Shah.
NUTMEG NOVICE (15): 1-Jerry Shea, 2-Carlos Fonseca; 1C-Sam Mirsky
PAWCATUCK PRE-TOURNEY ( ):
MILFORD MASTERS JACKPOT (13): 1-Larry Shiller, 2-Dennis Culpepper.
OPEN JACKPOT #1 (4): 1-Tom Rebelo
CHOUETTE TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Antoinette Williams.
ANSONIA AMATEUR JACKPOT (16): 1-Gary Oleson, 2-Al Theriault.
DMP TOURNEY (16): 1-Milton Gonzalez.
DANBURY DOUBLES (24): 1-Robert Caldwell & Robert Loveless, 2-Chris & Patty Knapp, 3/4-Liam Henry & Michael Neagu
FAIRFIELD BLITZ (16): 1-Gary Koscielny, 2-Feliks Goykhamen.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXII

Congratulations to Timothy Jaxon, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXII. Tim defeated Elizabeth Liberty in the 13-point final. Brian Holmes and Michele Barone 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.

Connecticut State Championship — $750 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Connecticut State Backgammon Championship will be held Oct. 19-22 at the Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT. Call Carol Catrini at the hotel 860-627-5171 x 7189 for the $129 daily rate. All main event ABT flights are scheduled along with the Orange Open Jackpot, Mystic Masters Qualifier, Milford Masters, Danbury Doubles, plus Fairfield Blitzes and the Quinnipiac Quicky.

$750 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a one-time free trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. For full information and registration see Connecticut State Backgammon. New England in the Fall is the place to be, so come to Connecticut for the best of the best!

In addition to the Connecticut State Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the $99 by 10/15 Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California State Championship, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.
NY Metro, Jan 18 – 21, 2018, with $500 added.
Texas Backgammon Championship, Feb 1 – 4, 2018, with $500 added.

FLORIDA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

FLORIDA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, September 29-October 2, 2017; Fort Lauderdale, Florida -Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

SHARK OPEN (30): 1-Petko Kostadinov, 2-Ray Fogerlund; 1C-Karen Davis, 2C-Leyla Zaloutskaya ; 1LC-Avi Samuels.
PANTHER ADVANCED (36): 1-Gary Koscielny, 2-Kevin Jones, 3/4-Murray Bryntesen / Viktor Cherveda; 1C-Jerry Ungar, 2C-Stuart Farber; 1LC-Lynda Clay, 2LC-Dmitriy Veritskiy.
SOCIAL NOVICE (7): 1-Carol Litton
GATOR MASTERS (16): 1-Ray Fogerlund, 2-Michael Neagu.
FLAMINGO LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Susan Randall, 2-Juan Rospigliosi.
WOLF WARM-UP (16): 1-Alec Izzo, 2-Julius High.
CHOUETTE CHALLENGE (11): 1-Susan Randall, 2-Randi Sachar.
DOLPHIN DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Susan Randall & Carol Joy Cole, 2-Perry Gartner & Phil Simborg.
USBGF BLITZ (24): 1-
NEAL’S 1-POINTER (64): 1-Phil Simborg, 2-Alec Izzo.
BACKGAMMON BOARD KNOCKOUT (32): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Neal Rosensweig (FL).
AFTER-TOURNAMENT DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Susan Randall (FL), 2-Perry Gartner (FL) & Phil Simborg (IL).

USBGF 2017 Tournament of Champions

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Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the 2017 Tournament of Champions. Martin bested Alfred Mamlet in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 were Jack Le Prowse and Peter Wisniewski in the 19-point semi-final.

This is a single elimination tournament limited to those players who have won a tournament during the USBGF 2016 Online Circuit season. View the Online Circuit Leaderboard here.

USBGF July Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Martin Zizka, winner of the USBGF July Monthly Circuit. Martin won this single elimination tournament by defeating Ralph Desimone in the 17-point final match. Pierre Viau and William Lonergan finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

USBGF May Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Igor Erovenko, winner of the USBGF 2017 May Monthly Circuit. Igor won this single elimination tournament by defeating Pierre Viau in the 17-point final match. Toby Tabet and Larry Orman finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

See the Online Circuit Leader Board postings here.

COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, September 22-24, 2017; Denver, Colorado –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN(22): 1-Charlie Raichle (CO), 2-Joe Freedman (NM); 1C-Jonah Seewald, 2C-Sean Garber (IN).
ADVANCED (16): 1-Marc Emrich, 2-Ed Gazvoda; 1C-Eric Pfenning, 2C-Dan Minardi.
NOVICE (3): 1-Stephen Siebold.
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE MASTERS JACKPOT(12): 1-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA), 2-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 3-Allen Tish (CA).
ROYAL GORGE LIMITED JACKPOT (9): 1-Lynda Clay, 2-Ed Gazvoda.
DOUBLES(8 teams): 1-Roland Leutert (FL) & Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Harvey Gillis (AZ) & David Zick.
BLITZ(16): 1-Jonah Seewald.
2-POINT QUICKIES (32): 1-Aaron Foust (NV), 2-Ed Gazvoda.
$100 Jackpot(4): 1-Allen Tish (CA).

Florida State Championship — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

Sun and fun are awaiting you in South Florida, so Come on down! The Florida State, October 5-8, 2017, is set for the Westin Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Everything is A-Okay after the hurricane and ready for a great time in the Sunshine State. Rooms are $109 a night. Make your reservations by calling 800-228-9290 and asking for the Florida Backgammon Championship Room Block. This ABT tournament features the Shark Open, Panther Advanced, and Social Play. The Gator Open Jackpot and the Flamingo Limited Jackpot begin the festivities with the added excitement of the famous Neal’s Fuhgeddaboudit DMP and the World Cup Chouette Challenge.
$500 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and first-time novice entrants will receive a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Florida State Backgammon.
 
In addition to the Florida State Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Connecticut State, Oct. 20-22, 2017, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the $99 by 10/15 Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California State Championship, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.
NY Metro, Jan 18 – 21, 2018, at Hyatt On the Hudson, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added,

1st Montreal Open Backgammon Tournament

MONTREAL OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, September 14-17, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo Karen Davis

OPEN (25): 1-Chris Knapp, 2-Larry Shiller; 1C-John Klein, 2C-Ed O’Laughlin; 1LC-Frank Talbot, 2LC-Mel Leifer.
ADVANCED (28): 1-Liam Henry, 2-Marcy Kossar; 1C-Chen-Fu Yu, 2C-Omar Shah; 1LC-David Kozak, 2LC-Robert Caldwell.
NOVICE (7): 1-Maxime Bilodeau, 2-Estelle Plante, 3-Kian Ghazian.
$500 CONCORDIA JACKPOT (11): 1- Karen Davis, 2-Roberto Litzenberger.
$250 HOCHELAGA JACKPOT (13): 1-Robert Caldwell, 2-Mourad Wahba
QUEBEC DOUBLES (12): 1-Gary Koscielny & Mike Valliere, 2-Estelle Plante & Kathy Weiner.
QUIKIES (32): 1-Roberto Litzenberger, 2-Herb Roman
BLITZ (32): 1-Herb Roman, 2-Garry Kallos.
SENIORS TOURNEY #1:1-Alan Grunwald, 2-John Pirner.
SENIORS TOURNEY #2: 1-Patrick St-Laurent, 2-Karen Davis.
JACQUES CARTIER PRE-TOURNEY (8): 1-Karen Davis, 2-Gary Koscielny.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXX

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Congratulations (again) to Joost Van Schijndel, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXX. Joost defeated Jaime Obregon in the 13-point final. Oscar Quiroz and Kevin Jones 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 Intermediate Divisional XXXI

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Congratulations to Joost Van Schijndel, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXI. Joost defeated Shannon McKinney in the 13-point final. Oscar Quiros and Karl Sours 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 June Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Jan Cerny, winner of the USBGF 2017 June Monthly Circuit. Jan won this single elimination tournament by defeating Eusebio Blasco in the 17-point final match. Ralph DeSimone and Scott Ward finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

SILICON VALLEY BACKGAMMON OPEN

SILICON VALLEY BACKGAMMON OPEN, September 1-4, 2017; San Jose, California – Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

(Preliminary results)

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OPEN (57): 1-Jeremy Bagai, 2/5-Ed O’Laughlin / Odis Chenault / Al Hodis / Jesse Jestadt, 6/7-Mark Ferrin / Jeb Horton, 8/11-Art Benjamin / Sean Garber / Lynn Lusk / Steve Sax.
ADVANCED (32): 1-Mike Mannon, 2/6-Kevin McDonough / Frank Bennneyan / Brian Draper / Aaron Foust / Gary Koscielny, 7/8-Glenn Nunez / Kathy Weiner.
NOVICE (5): 1-Corky Normart, 2-Dirk Olsen.
49ER GOLD RUSH MASTERS (25): 1-Mark Andrus, 2-Fred Kinder, 3/4-Steve Sax / Ted Chee.
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-David Kettler, 2-Mark Ferrin, 3/4-Carl Blumenstein / Jesse Jestadt
TED CHEE BOUNTY 2-POINTERS (72): 1-Patrick Gibson, 2-Art Benjamin
DOUBLES (8): 1-Ray Fogerlund & Aaron Foust, 2-Lynda Clay & Allen Tish.
BLITZ (64): 1-Sam Ahmed, 2-Howard Markowitz
OLDER & WISER (16): 1-Karen Davis, 2-Carol Joy Cole
YOUNG GUNS (20): 1-Michaela Olsen, 2-Ted Chee
OLDER & WISER VS YOUNG GUNS PLAYOFF: 1-Karen Davis, 2-Michaela Olsen

Three New USBGF Corporate Sponsors — See How You Can Benefit!

 We’re delighted to let you know that the USBGF has three new corporate sponsors: Gammon Stuff, Cook Travel, and GameSite 2000. These corporate sponsors bring significant benefits to USBGF members – please check them out!
 
We express our appreciation to these generous sponsors and their leaders – John Pirner, CEO of Gammon Stuff, distributor of FTH backgammon equipment; Nick and Blake Fleetwood with Cook Travel; and Xavier and Michelle Dufaure de Citres, creator of GameSite2000 and its popular products eXtreme Gammon, XG Mobile, and Gammon Site backgammon server. Criteria for corporate sponsorship are shown below. Please contact Karen@usbgf.org if your organization would like to become a USBGF corporate sponsor.
 
Gammon Stuff
 
Gammon Stuff has offered to provide a free FTH backgammon board set (including cups, cube, precision dice, and travel bag) to all ABT tournaments in 2018 with 100 or more entrants in 2017 (plus the Viking Classic in his home state of Minnesota). 
 
Two options for award of the backgammon set prize are currently under consideration for discussion with ABT directors:
·         USBGF added money side event – backgammon board set would be added to the “prize pool” for the USBGF added money side event; must be USBGF member to win board and added money
·         A separate FTH/USBGF backgammon board set jackpot side event with the board as a prize and cash second place prize.

FTH will also produce a customized USBGF board with USBGF logo and name which will be listed for sale in the USBGF website BG Shop.
 
Cook Travel
 
USBGF member Blake Fleetwood and his son Nick Fleetwood have arranged airline travel discounts for USBGF members of 2-5% on economy tickets and 10-30% on business/first-class tickets on Delta and American domestic flights. 
 
These discounts are not just for traveling to ABT tournaments or USBGF events. Cook Travel has enabled us to offer airfare discounts for other travel as well. For international tickets costing more than $800, the savings will vary between 10-30%. These discounts are on Turkish Airlines, Delta, American, and Lufthansa.

Cook Travel has been around for more than 40 years and specializes in discounted first and business class travel. Cook has been recommended by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and was an affiliate of American Express for 20 years before becoming independent.
 
GammonSite 2000 ltd
 
GammonSite 2000 ltd is the maker of eXtreme Gammon and XG Mobile software and hosts the GammonSite backgammon server. GammonSite 2000 provides a 20% discount to USBGF Premium members for first-time purchase of XG (off list price of $59.95) and $14 annual fee for use of the GammonSite server (discounted from list price of $20) for all USBGF members.
 
Geoffrey Parker Games
 
These sponsors join Geoffrey Parker Games. which provides doubling cubes to USBGF Prime Benefactors who support our added money initiative for Prime Tournaments. They also provide a Championship prize backgammon board at select ABT tournaments.
 
Founding Sponsors receive a doubling cube specially designed by Lawrence Sonné at Backgammon Elegance

The USBGF has ended is corporate sponsor relationship with P-40.
 
USBGF Corporate Sponsor Criteria

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.

USBGF Members Ratify Tournament Rules

I’m delighted to let you know that USBGF members have ratified the 2018 Tournament Rules with 81% voting in favor of adoption. As the Board agreed, these are now the official USBGF Tournament Rules, and will be required for use at all tournaments on the American Backgammon Tour beginning in 2018, with a limited set of rules options available to tournament directors who provide advance notice. The Rules may also be used by tournament directors at their option in 2017. The Rules are recommended for use by all clubs and players in the USA. Links to the pertinent documents are below:
 
  USBGF 2018 Tournament Rules
  2018 Tournament Rules Options
  Public Comment Summary
 
We especially appreciate the partnership of the USBGF Tournament Advisory Committee chaired by Jeb Horton and including Ken Bame, Ted Chee, Carol Joy Cole, Dennis Culpepper, Patrick Gibson, April Kennedy, Troy Longman, and Kathy Weiner. Their feedback and assistance were critical in putting forward a revised Rules set that has proven to be acceptable to the backgammon community.

Obviously, no set of rules for tournament backgammon can possibly be developed such that every person will like every rule. However, the open and transparent process including a 30-day period of public comment and ratification by the members has gone a long way to achieving acceptance and legitimacy as a community consensus rule set.
 
We are committed to continuing to engage directors and players, with an open mind, regarding potential future revisions to these Rules. We will monitor the effectiveness and difficulties of various rules and consider adjustments based on the evidence. Let us know what is working and what is not, along with any other suggestions you may have. The goal is to make tournament backgammon manageable for the directors and enjoyable for the players. Together, we have taken a major step in that direction.
 
Thank you to everyone who voted and contributed ideas that helped shape this decision and to those who worked diligently to see that all ideas were carefully considered..
 
Best regards,

Joseph Russell
Chairman, Board of Directors
U.S. Backgammon Federation

Colorado State Championships — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Colorado Backgammon Association is sponsoring the Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, at the Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO. Rooms are $109 (king) or $119 (2 queens). Make your reservations early by phone (303) 371-9498 or online Holiday Inn-East Reservations. Register for the ABT events, as well as the side events: Continental Divide, Royal Gorge, Doubles, Quickie Knockout and Blitz. Don’t miss the auction on Saturday morning. $500 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and first-time Novices will receive an introductory free one-year membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Join us for exciting backgammon in the Mile High City. Details at Colorado State Championships.

In addition to the Colorado State Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:

Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
Montreal Open, September 15 – 17, 2017, at the Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport, with $500 added.
Florida State, October 5-8, 2017, at the Westin, Fort Lauderdale, FL with $500 added.
Connecticut State, Oct. 20-22, 2017, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California State Championship, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.

Online Match Series Expert Panel — Come Join the Fun!

We’re delighted to announce the USBGF Online Match Series Expert Panel which will provide commentary on members’ decisions in the USBGF Members versus All-Time American Backgammon Tour leader Neil Kazaross. The members of the Expert Panel include:
·         Grant Hoffman – see the profile of Grant in the Summer 2017 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon. He’s reinvigorated the backgammon scene in New Zealand and has to his credit not only multiple Championship wins in the New Zealand Championship and the Australia Open, but tied for second in his first foray in the ABT at the 2017 Chicago Open Championship with a win-loss record of 8-3 in the Swiss format event, and winning the After Tournament of 16 players.
·         Steve Sax – Steve is the #9 rated Giant of Backgammon, and a BMAB ranked Grandmaster Class Two.  He has won 24 titles over the years including ABT main events or consolations, jackpots, and club championships. He won the 2017 Cherry Blossom Jackpot, is a three-time winner of Gammon Associates ABT tournaments, was a finalist in the Dual-Duel event at the 4th Texas Backgammon Championships in February 2016. Steve has been voted to the “Giants of Backgammon” list seven consecutive times beginning in 2001. In 2002, he was the ABT Player of the Year. Steve is a prolific author and first-rate photographer – check out his articles in PrimeTime Backgammon.
·         Paul Weaver — Paul is currently ranked #17 on the Giants of Backgammon list. He has been awarded Grandmaster Class 3 status by the Backgammon Masters Awarding Body. He is one of only seven who have been on all twelve biennial Giants lists since they began in 1993. With Nack Ballard, Paul co-authored the ground-breaking work on opening theory, “Backgammon Openings, Book A,” published in 2007. He is a frequent contributor to the USBGF PrimeTime Backgammon magazine.

The Online Match Series, where members vote on plays against the All-time American Backgammon Tour champion Neil Kazaross, is one of the great benefits of USBGF Membership. The record to date is Neil Kazaross 3 – USBGF Members 3.  If you haven’t joined in, now is a great time to start participating. Match #7 has just started. Positions are posted every couple of days, members vote, the votes are tallied with majority rule, and commentary follows from a member of our Expert Panel.

The USBGF will offer a prize to one lucky participant of the current match of the USBGF OLM.  The winner will receive a $50 USBGF BG shop credit or a one-year extension of their Premium membership (winner’s choice).  At the conclusion of the match, we’ll select a winner at random from the participants.  Each person will be weighted in the random drawing according to how many times they submitted a (legal!) move in the match.  The more often you vote, the better your chances are!

We’re grateful to Mary Hickey, noted backgammon author and two-time U.S. Open Winner (2010, 2011), who has most recently served as Guest Expert, and to Jason Lee who serves as Online Match Series editor.

If at any time, you’d like to vote on the current move in the USBGF OLM, just go to USBGF.org and find the most recent “USBGF OLM” link in the “What’s New” section at the top of the page.  All Premium, Novice, and Basic members of the USBGF are eligible to vote.

To get on the list for notification of each new position up for voting, either vote and check the box at the bottom of the page, or drop an email to Jason Lee at USBGF OLM Editor. If you have any questions, do send an e-mail.

Come join the fun! Get in the Game!

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXIX

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Congratulations to Ken Indart, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXIX. Ken defeated Konstantin Kresteliev in the 13-point final. Carlos Pulido and Garret Dequesne 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.

Request for Membership Vote on 2018 USBGF Tournament Rules

Link to the Voting Poll and Associated Documents for the Proposed 2018 USBGF Tournament Rules: Voting Poll

Proposed USBGF 2018 Tournament Rules: http://usbgf.org/docs/rules-proposed-2018.pdf

2018 Tournament Rules Options: http://usbgf.org/docs/rules-options-2018.pdf

Public Comment Summary: http://usbgf.org/docs/rules-proposed-public-comment-summary-2018.pdf

After assessing and incorporating changes received through a public comment period, the USBGF Board of Directors is recommending the 2018 Rules for member ratification and has agreed to abide by the member ratification decision. If ratified, these Rules will be the official USBGF Rules, and will be required for use at all ABT tournaments effective January 1, 2018 (with some Rules Options for directors). We ask all members to vote to indicate your support for, or opposition to, the 2018 Rules during the voting period from August 13 to August 23.

The Rules were developed in partnership with the USBGF Tournament Directors Advisory Committee and have its unanimous support. We would particularly like to thank Jeb Horton (chair), and its members Ken Bame, Ted Chee, Carol Joy Cole, Dennis Culpepper, Patrick Gibson, April Kennedy, Troy Longman, and Kathy Weiner for ensuring that concerns of tournament directors were addressed in the revision. We also thank tournament directors and players who tested the 2016 USBGF Rules and provided us with the benefit of their experience. The final set of Rules have benefited significantly from the thoughtful ideas and suggestions provided by players throughout this process of revision of the 2016 Rules, without which we would not have this final set of Rules that we now recommend for adoption.

Finally, we extend our appreciation to Richard Munitz, Frank Talbot, and Neil Kazaross on the 2017 USBGF Rules Committee, who have led the work in synthesizing and assessing the merits of the extensive comments received from players and directors, as well as preparing the Rules for consideration by the USBGF Board and membership. We also acknowledge a debt to Dorn Bishop, Vice-Chairman of the USBGF Board of Directors, and distinguished members of the backgammon community Chuck Bower, Patrick Gibson, Neil Kazaross, and Kit Woolsey for their work on the initial Rules set.

A widely-adopted, uniform set of rules will help promote fairness and consistency, reduce complexity and confusion, and provide greater comparability of statistical results across tournament experiences. We have built upon and appreciate the leadership of national backgammon federations around the world in moving toward a uniform set of rules. Longer term we will be working with the international backgammon community to further the game we all love.

Joseph Russell
Chairman, Board of Directors
U.S. Backgammon Federation

Omnium de Montreal Open — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Montreal Open is set for Sept 14-17, 2017 at the Marriott Courtyard Montreal Airport Hotel. Make your reservations by August 15 to secure the $129 USD daily rate; call 1-888-339-5339 and ask for the Backgammon Group Rate. This new ABT tournament includes all Open, Intermediate and Novice events, along with the Hochelaga Intermediate Jackpot, Concordia Jackpot, Alouette Super Jackpot, Iroquois Blitz, Jacques Cartier Pre-Tourney Quebec Doubles, and the Old Montreal Seniors. Only CAD currency is accepted. All on-site fees must be in CAD cash. $500 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and first-time ABT Novice players will receive a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Come to Montreal’s first ABT tournament to profiter de la vie. Details at Montreal Open.

In addition to the Omnium de Monteral Open, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn-East, Denver, Colorado, with $500 added.
Florida State, October 5-8, 2017, at the Westin, Fort Lauderdale, FL with $500 added.
Connecticut State, Oct. 20-22, 2017, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California State Championship, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.