USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIX

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Congratulations to Jeffrey Cunningham, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXIX. Jeffrey defeated G. L. Harvie in the 13-point final. Jesse Anderson-Lehman and H.B. Drake 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.

US OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

US OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, April 11-15, 2018; Las Vegas, Nevada – Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (96+46 rebuys): 1-Neil Kazaross, 2-Roberto Litzenberger, 3/4-Steve Sax / Richard Sweetman; 1C-Bob Glass, 2C-Chris Knapp, 3C/4C-Ron Rubin / Karen Davis; 1LC-Ray Fogerlund, 2LC-Jake Jacobs.
INTERMEDIATE (77+29 rebuys): 1-Tim Lawless, 2-Mario Saban, 3/4-April Kennedy / Dan Minardi; 1C-Ray Bills, 2C-Joe Apicella, 3C/4C-Tom Magne / James Scouten; 1LC-?
BEGINNERS (15): 1-Victor Habib, 2-Kevin Davidson, 3-Jim Ulaky
SUPER JACKPOT (32): 1-Ray Fogerlund, 2-Tiran Dangor, 3/4-Masayuki Mochizuki / Alex Toth
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Tom Wheeler, 2-Rick Silberman, 3/4-Ronald Amorim / Nick Blasier
BEGINNERS JACKPOT (7): 1-Jim Ulaky, 2-Ken Davidson.
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Allen Tish, 2-Odis Chenault, 3/4-Norm Wiggins / Kit Woolsey
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (30 teams):1-Jonah Seewald & David Taniguchi, 2-Aaron Foust & Josh Racko, 3/4-Dennis Culpepper & Ed O’Laughlin / Albert Steg & Howard Markowitz
BLITZ (22×8): 1-Ray Fogerlund, 2-Kamran Kheirani
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Ted Chee
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (32): 1-Ken Bame, 2-Richard Stubbe
$200 JACKPOT: 1-Val Osepyan, 2-Al Hodis
$100 JACKPOT: 1/2 split – Michael Derylo / Patti Rubin
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (28): 1-Pete Anderson, 2-Tom Wheeler

January 2018 Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Michael Neagu, winner of the USBGF 2018 January Monthly Circuit. Michael won this single elimination tournament by defeating Grant Schneider in the 17-point final match. Laurence Sinitzky and Karen Davis finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here

Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship May 10-13 — Enjoy the Convenience of Registering Online!

The Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship will be held May 10 – 13. It is featuring online registration — you can choose to pay by credit card in advance, mail in a check, or pay by cash at the door all by registering for the tournament online. Choose whichever is most convenient for you — but do reserve now!

The tournament is directed by a first rate tournament staff team headed by Barry Silliman, long-time director of the Beltway Backgammon Club, assisted by Hall-of-Famer Kent Goulding, Ben Friesen, Julius High, Jeb, Robin, and Paul Horton; Andy Lindeberg will stream key matches throughout,

The Cherry Blossom will be held at a new venue this year — the exquisite Hyatt Regency Dulles, Herndon, VA. The $117 plus taxes special room rate is valid from May 10 – 13 when reserved by April 15 so act now to reserve online or call 1.888.421.1442. Space is limited so don’t delay!

Check the brochure and website for more details on all the terrific events. All ABT events are scheduled, plus jackpots galore including the Cherry Blossom Jackpot, George Washington Masters, Abraham Lincoln Open, Thomas Jefferson Limited, and Novice Jackpot. There’s a Hall of States/Embassy Row event for 3-player teams from the same state or country outside the U.S. The winner of the Senior Senators event plays off against the winner of the Young Politicos event. Beautiful trophies await!

Jeb Horton will direct a BMAB-USA event starting Wednesday evening May 9 at 6:30 pm and ending at 1 pm on Thursday May 10. Enter and gain points in four 11-point rounds toward grandmaster/master designation.

The USBGF Tournament of Stars invitational doubles event pairs Founding Sponsors with Giants, Backgammon Grandmasters, and ABT champions. Become a Founding Sponsor or upgrade to join in the fun!

The USBGF National Championship East has a free first entry for USBGF members with a beautiful FTH board prize to the winner; the winner will play against the winner of the USBGF National Championship West at the LA Open in June for the USBGF Grand Championship,

Marty Storer and Steve Sax, Backgammon Grandmasters will provide a teaching match on Sunday morning. A special Mother’s Day event on Sunday May 13 is set for all women players with flowers and cash to the winner.

There’s over $2500 added money and prizes including $500 from the U.S. Backgammon Federation for USBGF members, an FTH Board valued at $925, $1000 added money donated to a BluffGammon event, and $200 in the Alfred Mamlet Newcomer’s FreeRoll. USBGF members also receive a discounted registration fee. So join or renew your USBGF membership before you go.

All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a Bill Robertie book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial USBGF membership. Two-time world champion Robertie will speak at a Novice buffet dinner Saturday evening — so reserve your tickets when you register. 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!
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.
38th Chicago Open, May 24-28, 2018 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @O’Hare International Airport, Rosemont, IL with $500 added.
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, July 5-8 Sheraton Detroit Novi with $500 added.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIII

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Congratulations to David Richardson, winner of the USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIII. David defeated Elizabeth Liberty in the 13-point final. Max McCauley and Konstantin Keresteliev finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final.
The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

Portlandia Backgammon Classic results

Mark Danburg-Wyld reports the results of the Portlandia Backgammon Classic, held on March 24-25 2018, in Portland OR

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Championship (15): 1 – Ken Bame (CA), 2 – Steve Sax (CA), 1C – Michael Guida (OR), 2C – Nick Dale (OR), LC – Martin D’Alexander (OR)
Intermediate (17): 1 – Kevin McDonough (AZ), 2 – Steve Colmer (WA), 1C – Yves Balit (BC), 2C – Oggie Beremski (OR), LC – Joe Hutchinson (WA)
Mini Matches (24): 1 – Bryan Adams (OR)

Ken Bame, winner, received USBGF added money and will represent Portland in the USBGF Prime Club Championship online tournament.

Atlanta Spring Classic — $250 Added Money for USBGF members!

Atlanta Northside Backgammon Club presents the Atlanta Spring Classic from April 26 – 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn, College Park, GA. Reservations are $98 if made by April 5 so call 404-766-0303 to secure that rate. All ABT division events are scheduled, along with the Robert Wilensky Memorial Masters Jackpot, Atlanta Cup, Speedgammon, Doubles, Seniors Tournament, Jackpots and Mini-Matches. Arrive early for the Thursday Warm-Up.

$250 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added.
Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.
38th Chicago Open, May 24-28, 2018 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @O’Hare International Airport, Rosemont, IL with $500 added
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.
Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, July 5-8 Sheraton Detroit Novi with $500 added.

24th ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

24th ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, March 16-18, 2018; Cleveland, Ohio –
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (40): 1-Dmitriy Obukhov (MI), 2-Ricky Griggs (MI); 1C-Mike Valliere (PA), 2C-Karen Davis (FL), 3C/4C-Mary Hickey (OH) / Marcy Kossar (MD).
ADVANCED (42): 1-Irina Litzenberger (VA), 2-Ray Bills (MN); 1C-Ross Gordon (CT), 2C-Mike Vasilatos (OH), 3C/4C-John Claybourne (MI) / Pete Esposito (OH).
NOVICE (8): 1-Jeff Hoelzel (IL), 2-Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica).
OHIO MASTERS (16): 1-Gary Koscielny (FL), 2-Karen Davis (FL).
AMATEUR JACKPOT (19): 1-Mike Valliere (PA), 2-Mike Rezai (OH).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Sal Pittelli (Canada) & Mike Vasilatos (OH), 2-Robert Lessard (Canada) & Paul Stebbing (Canada).
MICRO BLITZ (36): 1/2 split -Dan Dumas (NY) / Phil Simborg (IL).
2-PT. QUICKIES #1 (32): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica).
2-PT. QUICKIES #2 (32): 1-Amy Trudeau (IL), 2-Adrian Nedelco (IL).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (24): 1-Brian Vance (MI), 2-Gary Koscielny (FL).
AFTER TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Farhad Forudi (OH), 2-Patty Knapp (MA).

U.S. Open Backgammon Championships — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Nevada Backgammon Association presents the U.S. Open Backgammon Championships at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, April 11 – 15, 2018. Call 888-373-9855 by March 12 to secure the $75 rate, except for Friday and Saturday, when rooms are $139. All ABT events are scheduled, along with Super and Limited Jackpots, Doubles, Seniors, Blitz and Mini Matches, and the Calcutta Auction. Don’t miss Carter’s 50th Birthday Bash set for 6:00 PM Thursday. Details at http://nvbg.com/

$500 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
24th Ohio State, March 16-18. Cleveland Marriott Airport Hotel. $500 added
Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 added
Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added
38th Chicago Open, May 24-28, 2018 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @O’Hare International Airport, Rosemont, IL with $500 added
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.

Paul Magriel – July 1, 1946 – March 5, 2018

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The author of the “Bible” of Backgammon, Paul Magriel, passed away at his home in Las Vegas Monday afternoon March 5, 2018. His name has been synonymous with backgammon since the publication of his groundbreaking book Backgammon in 1976, which is still viewed as backgammon’s leading text.The original backgammon celebrity, he helped popularize the game. He was inducted into the American Backgammon Hall of Fame in 2015. He won the World Championship in the Bahamas in 1978 and was voted to the 32 Giants of Backgammon list eight consecutive times from its inception.
We extend our condolences to his family, many friends, and those in the backgammon community who admired and learned from his work. He will be deeply missed.

24th Ohio State Backgammon Championships — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

Don’t miss the Ohio State Backgammon Championship, set for March 16-18 at the Cleveland Marriott Airport. Rooms are $99 a night if reserved by March 8. Call 800-627-7468 directly. Schedule includes the Ohio State Masters and the Amateur Jackpot as well as the Doubles Event and all ABT events. Calcutta Auction and lecture by Phil Simborg are on Saturday morning. See Ohio State Backgammon Club website for details.

$375 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
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 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added
38th Chicago Open, May 24-28, 2018 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @O’Hare International Airport, Rosemont, IL with $500 added.
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.

2017 December Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Igor Erovenko, winner of the USBGF 2017 December Monthly Circuit. Igor won this single elimination tournament by defeating Peter Wisniewski in the 17-point final match. Long Nguyen and Alfred Mamlet finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.
See the Online Circuit Leader Board postings at here.

2nd BOSTON OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

2nd BOSTON OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, February 22-25, 2017; Boston, Massachusetts – Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (30): 1-Doug Roberts, 2-Jack Edelson; 1C-Felix Goykman, 2C-Michael Neagu; 1LC-Frank Raposa, 2LC-Marty Storer.
AMHERST ADVANCED (32): 1- Marcy Kossar, 2-Joe Miller; 1C-Bill Barrows (MA), 2C-Dicky Biddle (England); 1LC-Paul Laubner (MD), 2LC-Garry Kallos (Canada).
NANTUCKET NOVICE (10): 1-Stephen Hassman (MA), 2-Fran Miller (OH), 3-Sarah Saltus (CT), 4-Alexander Blanton (MA).
HERB GURLAND MEMORIAL MASTERS (8): 1-Michael Neagu, 2-Bill Robertie.
OAK BLUFFS OPEN JACKPOT (12): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Garry Kallos (Canada), 3-Gary Koscielny (FL).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #1 (16): 1-Marcy Kossar (MD), 2-Kathy Weiner (NV).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #2(8): 1-Adrian Nedelcu (IL), 2-G. L. Harvie (VT).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #3 (4): 1-Jay Karns (NY).
DEDHAM DOUBLES (16): 1-John Klein (MD) & Marty Storer (NH), 2-Michael Kay (MA) & Kazuhiro Shino (England).
WORCESTER WARM-UP QUICKIES (32): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Garry Kallos (Canada).
DAL NEGRO BOARD JACKPOT (16): 1-Paul Caracciolo (MA), 2-Garrett Dusquene (NY).
BUNKER HILL BLITZ (32): 1-Gary Koscielny (FL), 2-Andy Fazekas (CT).
CRISLOID BOARD JACKPOT (8): 1-Larry Roberg (CT), 2-Dicky Biddle (England).
PITTSFIELD PRE-TOURNEY (16): 1-Marty Storer (NH), 2-Andy Fazekas (CT), 3-Joe Miller (OH).
MARTY STORER’S BOSTON OPEN QUIZ (21): 1-Kazuhiro Shino (England) 12/20 correct, 2-Rich Sweetman (NH) 10/20.

2018 Boston Open brackets

The 2018 Boston Open is being played this week end. Brackets for the Masters, Open and Advanced divisions can be found at: http://www.bgbrackets.com/tourney.php?tournid=10882

2018 SUNSHINE STATE BACKGAMMON CLASSIC

2018 SUNSHINE STATE BACKGAMMON CLASSIC , February 16-18, 2018; Clearwater, Florida –
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (11): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2-Stacy Turner; 1LC-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY).
INTERMEDIATE (14): 1-Roland Leutert, 2-Hernan Cortez (GA); 1LC-Jerry Ungar.
NOVICE (5): 1-Marion Roland.
MASTERS (4): 1-Stacy Turner.
GULF COAST DOUBLES (7 teams): 1-Bob Carpenter & Blake Fleetwood (NY).
USBGF FREEROLL (25):

Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship — May 10-13, 2018 — Hyatt Regency Dulles Airport

Spring is just around the corner! Make plans now for the ABT Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship May 10-13, 2018. It is shaping up to be even better this year!

In response to your feedback, we have moved the location to the fabulous Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel, 2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard, Herndon, VA 20171 two miles from Dulles airport for the rate of $117 per night plus taxes if reserved by April 15, 2018. It’s an elegant hotel, with free shuttle service from Dulles airport. The Executive Meeting Center (EMC) at the hotel includes free Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art spacious ballroom space. All of the newly renovated executive suite single and double guest rooms at the Hyatt Dulles feature exquisite furnishings, including a separate living area with full size sleeper sofas, granite topped desks with Executive chairs, and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access.
We again have a highly experienced tournament staff team including tournament director Barry Silliman, Kent Goulding, Ben Friesen, Julius High, Jeb Horton, Robin Horton, Paul Horton, streaming staff Andy Lindeberg. and hospitality staff Linda Donaldson. Ed O’Laughlin is assisting with promotion of the event. The legendary Kent Goulding will direct the Jackpots and high-profile events — the Cherry Blossom Jackpot (entry fee of $1500 plus $500 and $1000 side pools),the George Washington Masters Jackpot, Abraham Lincoln Open Jackpot, and Thomas Jefferson Limited Jackpot, the USBGF Tournament of Stars, and a new AP Bluffgammon Invitational event ($250 entry with $1000 added money). Jeb Horton will direct the BMAB-USA event. Julius High will direct the Novice division and a Novice Jackpot, as well as staff a Backgammon Learning Table for Novices. Robin Horton will keep you hopping with side events galore — including the USBGF National Championship East (one free entry for USBGF members), Senior Senators/Young Politicos, the Hall of States/Embassy Row team event, Alfred Mamlet Newcomers Freeroll, and a new Mother’s Day event for women players.
Prizes and surprises are again in store! This USBGF Prime Tournament has a total of $2500 added money provided by sponsors, including $500 from the USBGF, a $900 FTH board, and donations from local sponsors including Alan Pruce, Karen Davis, Jason Lee, Alfred Mamlet, John Klein, and Bill Finneran.
We’re delighted to announce a dinner for Novices Saturday evening with two-time world champion Bill Robertie (tickets are $20). Bill will make remarks and autograph his books — so bring your copies!
Washington DC is a great tourist destination. Linda Donaldson, hospitality staff, will assist with making arrangements to visit over 100 Washington museums and monuments. Stay tuned for special activities planned for accompanying spouses/partners.
We can’t promise you cherry blossoms in May but we can promise you a first-rate tournament experience and a fun time for the entire family! Details available at Cherry Blossom Backgammon.

Cordially,

Karen Davis
Organizer
Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXVII

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Congratulations to Bogdan Constantinoiu, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXVII. Bogdan defeated Max McCauley in the 13-point final. Joao Almeida 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.

November 2017 Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Karen Davis, winner of the USBGF 2017 November Monthly Circuit. Karen won this single elimination tournament by defeating P J Macall in the 17-point final match. Joost Van Schijndel and Ray Bills finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

6th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

6th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS , February 1-4, 2018; San Antonio, Texas -Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (64+24 rebuys): 1-Mark Antranikian, 2-Ira Hessel, 3/4-Max Mowzoon / Richard Munitz; 1C-Karen Davis, 2C-Fred Chamanara, 3C/4C-David Klausa / James Stutz; 1LC-Farhad Forudi, 2LC-Dana Nazarian.
ADVANCED (46+18 rebuys): 1-Don Marek, 2-Lynda Clay; 1C-Candace Mayeron, 2C-Carl Blumenstein, 3C/4C-Nathan Parker / Patti Rubin; 1LC-Bill Tommaney.
LIMITED (20): 1-Allen Michie, 2-William McHam/ 1C-Byron Diehl; 1LC-Michael Gellings.
LONGHORN CLASSIC MASTERS JACKPOT (32): 1-Steve Sax 2-Chris Trencher, 3/4-Ed O’Laughlin / Kit Woolsey.
ALAMO CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Boris Dekhtyar, 2-Sam Ahmed, 3/4-Mark Antranikian / Lynn Lusk.
ADVANCED $100 JACKPOT (16):1-Kevin McDonough, 2-Steven Saad.
LONE STAR PRO-AM DOUBLES (4 teams): 1-Gus Contos & Joe Russell, 2-Karen Davis & Kit Woolsey
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (96): 1-David Kettler, 2-Ed O’Laughlin, 3-Farhad Forudi.
BLITZ (64): 1-Farhad Forudi, 2-Richard Stubbe.
SPEEDGAMMON (32): 1-Al Hodis.
USBGF DMP (64): 1-Ed O’Laughlin, 2-Marty Brown, 3/4-Carol Joy Cole / Michael Gellings.
DINNER DMP FREE ROLL (48): 1-Neil Kazaross.
ULTIMATE BACKGAMMON PACKAGE (16): 1-Rene Gellings, 2-William McHam.
FRENCH BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-David Kettler.
AMERICAN BACKGAMMON HALL OF FAME: 2018 Inductees – Joe Sylvester (MO), Prince Alexis Obolensky (NY)

Sunny South Florida Local Club Initiative

The Sunny South Florida USBGF Local Club Initiative tournament was held Sunday January 28, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Championship division: (12 entrants) Stacy Turner received USBGF added money and will represent South Florida in the USBGF Prime Club Championship online tournament. Other results include:
Championship Consolation: Carter Mattig (IL) Championship Consolation Finalist: Gary Kosceilny
Advanced division: (14 entrants) Eugen Mobius Advanced Consolation: BJ Liberty
Advanced Consolation Finalist: Jason Briggs
Novice division:(5 entrants): Ted Berman Novice Consolation: Stephen Collins
Novice Consolation Finalist: Gulsay Gurbuz.
First Serve Charity Jackpot: (16 entrants) winner: Carlos Azcarate
First Serve Charity Jackpot Finalist: Gary Kosceilny
Knockout ($20) (8 entrants): Mark Milkie (IN); Finalist Bob Howayeck
Knockout ($50): (4 entrants) Alec Izzo; Finalist Bob Howayeck.
$1000 was raised for the First Serve charity that provides tennis and backgammon lessons to youth.

11th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN

11th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN,
January 17-21, 2018; Jersey City, New Jersey –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (84+32 rebuys): 1-Kimon Papachristopoulos, 2-Boris Dekhtyar, 3/4-Leyla Zaloutskaya / Sam Ahmed; 1C-Roberto Litzenberger, 2C-Tim Line, 3C/4C-Frank Frigo / Mike Valliere; 1LC-Alan Grundwald, 2LC-Bill Riles.
INTERMEDIATE (82+22 rebuys): 1-Marcy Kossar, 2-Jeff Schwarz, 3/4-Liam Henry / Garry Kallos; 1C-Tim Flateman, 2C-Felix Goykhman, 3C/4C-Hernan Cortez / Robert Loveless; 1LC-P.J. Macali, 2LC-Tom Rebelo.
ADVANCED BEGINNER (26): 1-Andrew Swanson, 2-David Richardson; 1C-Lisa Pelaez, 2C-Gabe Flateman; 1LC-David Richardson, Jr.
BEGINNER (21): 1-Jacob Wajnas, 2-Meninder Purewal; 1C-Tijan Brown, 2C-Anna DiFlorio; 1LC-Matthew Pozzi.
HIGH ROLLERS TOURNAMENT (11): 1-Ed O’Laughlin, 2-Blake Fleetwood
LIBERTY CUP MASTERS (32): 1-Julian Minwalla 2-Shay Asraff; 3/4-Rick Barabino / Ed O’Laughlin
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Gary Koscielny, 2-Garry Kallos, 3/4-Igor Baburov / Felix Goykhman.
LIMITED JACKPOT OVERFLOW (8): 1-David Zadeh, 2-Ionnis Rizos.
BLITZ (24×8): 1-Scott Salisbury, 2-Amy Trudeau, 3-Jack Edelson.
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Aaron Foust, 2-Ken Indart.
YOUNG & RESTLESS (24): 1-Joe Urso, 2-Roberto Litzenberger, 3-Akiko Yazawa.
NEW YORK DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Carol Joy Cole & David Shadi, 2-Michael Neagu & Liam Henry
OVERFLOW DOUBLES (8): 1-Daniel Chiang (NY) & Justin Nowell (NY), 2-Candace Mayeron (CA) & Herb Roman (IL).
FTH BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-David Shadi (NJ).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Kent Goulding, 2-Alan Grundwald, 3/4-Narvey Goldman / Scotty Kelland.
SENIORS OVERFLOW (24): 1/3 split: Ahmet Baydar / John Klein / David Zadeh.

2nd Boston Open Backgammon Championships — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

The New England Backgammon Club presents the Boston Open, Feb 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor. Rooms (including breakfast) are $129 single, $149 double if reserved by Feb 1. Call the hotel directly (617) 568-1234 to get the discount. In addition to all ABT events, you will enjoy the Malden Masters Qualifier, the Oak Bluffs Open Jackpot, the Agawam Amateur Jackpot, Dedham Doubles, Herb Gurland Memorial Masters and much more. $375 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Check the brochure at Boston Open. Register soon and start brushing up to compete in Marty Storer’s $100 quiz.

$375 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
NY Metro, January 17-21, Hyatt on the Hudson, Jersey City, with $500 added
Texas, February 1-4, 2018, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX with $500 added
Sunshine State Classic, February 16-18, Clarion Inn and Suites, Clearwater, FL with $250 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 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.

Sunshine State Classic — $250 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Tampa Bay Backgammon Club presents the 2018 Sunshine State Classic, Feb 16-18 at the Clarion Inn & Suites, Clearwater, FL. Room rate is $79 if reserved by Jan 16. Call the hotel directly (727) 799-1181 to insure your room. All ABT events are assured as well as the Masters, and Gulf Coast Doubles. Knockouts and Micro Blitz Tournaments available throughout the weekend, with a Calcutta Auction set for Saturday morning. See Tampa Bay Backgammon for all information.

$250 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for added money all year long!
NY Metro, January 17-21, Hyatt on the Hudson, Jersey City, with $500 added
Boston Open, Feb 22 – 25, 2018, 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 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.

Texas Backgammon Championships — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The 6th Texas Backgammon Championships is set for February 1 – 4, 2018 at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX. Rooms are $120 per night if reserved by January 9, 2018. Call the hotel directly: 800.345.9285. Luxury suites at $175 are available by calling Bill Riles: 281-703-9304. This most exciting event includes all ABT divisions, plus the Longhorn Classic Jackpot, the Alamo Classic, Lone Star Pro-Am Doubles, 2018 World Championship Satellites, Fiesta Mixed Blitz, Seniors and Speedgammon. There’s an Ultimate Free Backgammon package for novices and new players and a Calcutta Auction. See the tournament brochure for more details.

Reserve your seat at the USBGF American Backgammon Hall of Fame dinner and the Super Bowl party.

$500 additional Blitz money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for added money all year long!
Sunshine State Classic, February 16-18, Clarion Inn and Suites, Clearwater, FL with $250 added.
Boston Open, Feb 22 – 25, 2018, 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 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXV

2018 Parks David

Congratulations to David Parks, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXV. David defeated Eric Verway-Cohen in the 13-point final. Dan Schmelzinger and Konstantin Keresteliev finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

Sunny South Florida Backgammon Championship January 28, 2018 (Added USBGF Money) Escape the Winter Blues – Come to SUNNY South Florida!

This will be a insanely fun packed day in Sunny Florida:

– Main Events (3 divisions) ($135+ added money)
– Knockouts
– Charity Jackpot ($800 added money)
– Registration Fee Reduced to $10 for USBGF Members and Novice entrants.

Embassy Suites
1100 SE 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
1-954-527-2700

$7 self-parking $12 valet.
High-speed Wi-Fi in lobby.
Swimming pool.
E Spot Restaurant,
outdoor E Spot Bar and Lounge.

Fun! Sun!

Close to Fort Lauderdale Beach,
Port Everglades,
Fort Lauderdale Airport,
40 shops and restaurants.
Prizes!

Here is a link to the brochure:
Sunny South Florida Backgammon Championship.

The USBGF is donating $5 per USBGF member to the USBGF member side-pool All USBGF members are eligible to compete including those from outside the area.
This is part of the USBGF Added Money Local Club Initiative. The winner of the added money (USBGF member) will *also* win an entry into the free-roll inter-club Championships in March 2018. The winner of that online event will win an entry into the ABT event of their choice. They will *also* be featured in an article in the PrimeTme magazine and have the finals match analyzed by an expert.

USBGF Masters Divisional LVII

Igor Krivokon Small

Congratulations to Igor Krivokon, winner of the Masters Divisional LVII online tournament. Igor defeated Scott Ward in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Igor Erovenko and Ergin Bayrak.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLIII

Long Nguyen

Congratulations to Long Nguyen, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XLIII online tournament. Long defeated David Parks in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Genna Cowan and Timothy Jaxon.
The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLII

Staff Portraits for KAUST Mannagement

Staff Portraits for KAUST Mannagement

Congratulations to Matthew Brown, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XLII online tournament. Matthew defeated Kevin Jones in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were PJ Macali and Martin Stemberka.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XL

2017Obregon Jaime_2

Congratulations to Jaime Obregon, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XL online tournament. Jaime defeated Michael Clapsadle in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Richard Griggs Jr and James Allen.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See the current online leaders here.