USBGF Live Streaming Sponsor — Backgammon World Championship in Monte Carlo 

 
The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) is pleased to announce that it is a Live Streaming Sponsor of the 42nd Backgammon World Championship. It has acquired a new state-of-the-art computer laptop to provide quality streaming of matches between the world’s Giants of Backgammon and elite players. This new capability will reach thousands of viewers on Twitch. It provides an opportunity for players at all levels to enjoy watching the finest level of play, and to improve their game by studying the matches of the best of the best under intense competitive pressure.

The use of the new streaming capability will be kicked off this summer July 30-August 6 at the 42nd Backgammon World Championships. More details on the USBGF streaming sponsorship is available here. As an example, Live Stream 1 on Twitch can be viewed here.
 
The new enhanced streaming capability will also be made available to select USBGF Prime Tournaments on an on-going basis.
 
We hope those enjoying the streaming will show their appreciation by donating to the U.S. Backgammon Foundation Streaming Fund PayPal account donations@usbgf.org, as well as by joining the U.S. Backgammon Federation or renewing membership.

USBGF April 2017 Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Jan Cerny, winner of the USBGF 2017 April Monthly Circuit. Jan won this single elimination tournament by defeating Grant Schneider in the 17-point final match. Lynn Ehrlich and Faramarz Hashemi finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXVIII

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Congratulations to Pierre Viau, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXVIII. Pierre defeated Michael Agranoff in the 13-point final. Joost Van Schijindel and Jaime Obregon 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.

Wisconsin State Championships July 21-23, 2017 — $750 Added Money for USBGF members!

Wisconsin Backgammon Club, is hosting the 15th Wisconsin State Championships, July 21 – 23, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Madison. Call the hotel (608) 833-0110 for reservations. This ABT tournament features the Badger Classic, Amateur Jackpot, Doubles, 5-pt Blitzes and 1-point Quickies, as well as Early Birds.

$750 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-time one-year introductory Novice membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Come to Madison to experience the best of the Midwest and, of course, the best of backgammon!

In addition to the Wisconsin 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.
Colorado State Championships, Sept. 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.

Cordially,

Karen Davis
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

42nd MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

42nd MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, June 30-July 3, 2017; Novi, Michigan –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (85): 1-Paul Farah (MI), 2-Carter Mattig (IL), 3-Tak Morioka (IL), 4/6-John Klein (MD) / David Smith (0H) / Bahman Zandi (MD). 1C-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2C-Dmitriy Obukhov (MI), 3C/4C-Sead Kurjakovic (Bosnia) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
INTERMEDIATE (76): 1-Patty Knapp (MA), 2-Christopher Shanava (IL), 3-Scott Douglas (Canada), 4/6-Abby Biss (New Zealand) / Robert Caldwell (Canada) / Robert Lessard (Canada); 1C-Joe Feldman (MI), 2-Reggie Harvel (MI), 3C/4C-Duane Salinas (MI) / Brian Vance (MI).
NOVICE (18): 1-Laura Grigorian (MI), 2-Christa Solovey (MI); 1C-Mike Montalvo (MI); 1LC-Fran Miller (OH).
MICHIGAN MASTERS (32): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 3/4-Allen Jones (Canada) / Jim Pasko (NV).
SANDY KAPLAN’S SENIOR SPECIAL (64): 1-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2-David Todd (MO), 3/4-Sean Garber (IN) / Joe Miller (OH).
PRINCE BARLOW’S JUNIOR JACKPOT (32): 1-Michael Kurtz (MI), 2-Patrick Domico (IN), 3/4-Di Di (GA) / Rickey Griggs (MI).
MICHIGAN CHARITY BLITZ (128): 1-Carl Sorg (GA), 2-David Zakrajsek (IN). $300 was raised for the Flint Water Fund of the United Way.
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – EAST (128): 1-Faddoul Khoury (IL), 2-John Klein (MD). $100 Side Pool: 1/3-John Klein (MD) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY). $50 Side Pool: Kathy Weiner (NV).
USBGF GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (2): 1-West Champion Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-East Champion Faddoul Khoury (IL).
OPEN DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Stephen Collins (OH) & Karen Davis (DC), 2-Bill Davis (IL) & Tak Morioka (IL), 3/4-Joe Feldman (MI) & Steve Sax (CA) / Mike Montalvo (MI) & Dmitriy Obkhov (MI).
LIMITED DOUBLES (14 teams): 1-Lynn Ehrlich (NY) & Marcy Kossar (DC), 2-Vicki Ondis (FL) & Stewart Pemberton (FL).
FRANK TALBOT’S NEWCOMER FREEROLL (28): 1-Paul Mangone (CA), 2-Mike Mammo (MI).
FIRECRACKER OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Jim Slomkoski (MI).
FIRECRACKER LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Ray Bills (MN), 2-Kathy Weiner (NV).
BACKGAMMON ELEGANCE OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-John Drexel (MI).
BACKGAMMON ELEGANCE LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Peggy Neubig (NJ), 2-Peter Swartwout (PA).
$20 DETROIT QUICKIE (64): 1-Philippe Salnave (FL), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
$10 DETROIT QUICKIE (16): 1-Ross Gordon (CT).
BACKGAMMON MASTER SERIES (USA) #6 (16): Top 4-1 match records: 1/3-Steve Brown (MN) / Karen Davis (DC) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA). Top PR scores pending.
P-40 BOARD JACKPOT (8): 1-John Stryker (IL).
$50 JACKPOT (8): 1-Di Di (GA), 2-Eric Hiner (MN).
$50 THURSDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Patrick Gibson (CA), 2-Bill Calton (MI), 3/4-Michael Neagu (Canada) / FrankTalbot (MI).
$30 THURSDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Carl Sorg (GA), 2-Robert Caldwell (Canada), 3/4-Gary Fritzsche (MI) / Richard Hunt (MI).
$20 THURSDAY WARM-UP (10): 1-Dick Nelson (MI), 2/3-Brenda Cohen (PA) / Shawn Lavetter (MI).
$50 AFTER TOURNAMENT (24): 1-Jim Pasko (NV), 2-Jeb Horton (NC), 3/4-Ray Fogerlund (NV) / Philippe Salnave (FL).
$20 AFTER TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Butch Meese (IN), 2/3-Mike Clapsadle (MI) / Ricky Griggs (MI).

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXVI

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Congratulations to Oscar Quiroz, winner of the USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXVI. Oscar won this single elimination tournament by defeating James Schothorst in the 13-point final match. Brian Holmes and Barbara McIntyre finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final match.

The USBGF Intermediate Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 or lower at the time of registration.

Draft USBGF Tournament Rules Posted for Public Comment

Proposed 2018 Rules
Proposed 2018 Rules Options
What Changed
Standards of Ethical Practice
 
The U.S. Backgammon Federation is inviting comments on proposed revised Tournament Rules. This revision was developed in close collaboration with a newly-established USBGF Tournament Directors Advisory Committee including Jeb Horton (chair), Ken Bame, Ted Chee, Carol Joy Cole, Patrick Gibson, April Kennedy, Troy Longman, and Kathy Weiner. We are extremely heartened that the Committee has unanimously supported the draft revised Rules as the initial proposal for a final Rules set slated for implementation in 2018. Please send comments by July 31 to rules@usbgf.org

This revision is in response to the comments and suggestions which the USBGF has received since the October 2016 Rules were issued for testing in 2017. The new draft Rules have been condensed to three pages. They will be accompanied by a Guide to the Rules that provides more details and rules covering situations that arise in rare instances. Information on how the new proposed rules differ from the 2016 USBGF Rules, see What Changed.
 
The USBGF Rules set includes use of the Legal Moves rule, but gives tournament directors the option of electing to use a “Responsible Moves” rule by announcing it in advance. The Rules include the “dice landing on checker” legal roll rule, but tournament directors have the option of announcing in advance that they will limit legal rolls to those landing flat on the board surface. Please review the proposed 2018 Rules Options document.
 
As indicated, these draft Rules are being posted for public comment over a 30-day period. Once the public feedback has been reviewed and any final changes incorporated, the final Rules will be submitted to the membership for ratification.
 
We would particularly like to thank Jeb Horton, chair of the USBGF Tournament Directors Advisory Committee and its members, 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.
 
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 draft Rules for consideration by the USBGF Board and membership.
 
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 look forward to finalizing the Rules for use in 2018. Longer term we will be working with the international backgammon community to further the game we all love.

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

March Online Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to William Lonergan, winner of the USBGF 2017 March Monthly Circuit. William won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bruce Farquhar in the 17-point final match. Edward Bauder and Jerry Unger finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

42nd Michigan Summer Championships June 30-July 3, 2017 — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Flint Area Backgammon Club presents the Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships on June 30 – July 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Novi, Michigan. Call (248) 349-4000 or e-mail Christian at Christian to reserve your room by June 16 for best choice at the special $99 rate.

Start off with the Elite One-Day BMAB (USA) and Thursday Evening Warm-Up. All ABT events are scheduled along with the Michigan Masters and USBGF National Championship – East. The Michigan Charity Blitz, Last Chance Blitz, Talbot’s Newcomer Free Roll Jackpot, Sandy Kaplan’s Senior Special, Prince Barlow’s Junior Jackpot, as well as Sunday Firecrackers and Detroit Quickies will keep you hopping.

$1000 added money is available for USBGF members — split among the USBGF National Championship East ($500), Michigan Charity Blitz ($400), and Novice division ($100).   Join/renew online or at the tournament.. All first-time Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free introductory one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Get up early for the lecture by Phil Simborg and John O’Hagan on Sunday morning.

Flint Area’s new sponsor, P-40 Backgammon, will award an $825 customized board to the 2017 Michigan Open Champion. Could you even consider missing this spectacular event? Check details at Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships

In addition to the Michigan Summer Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Wisconsin State Championship, at the Radisson Hotel, Madison WI July 21-23, $750 added.
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, Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport, with $500 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn-East, Denver, Colorado, with $500 added.
Florida State Backgammon, Oct. 5-8, 2017 at the Westin, Fort Lauderdale, FL with $500 added.
Connecticut State, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•California, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.

37th Chicago Open Results

37th CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, May 25-29, 2017; Rosemont, Illinois –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit: Tara Mendicino

BACKGAMMON OLYMPIAD (10): 1-Gerry Tansey (MO), 2-Michihito Kageyama (Japan).
OLYMPIAD QUIZ (10): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-John O’Hagan (IN), 3-Gerry Tansey (MO).
CHAMPIONSHIP (52): 1-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 2/7-Daniel Dabney (IN) / Yuji Ogura (Japan) / Boris Dekhtyar (NY) / Grant Hoffman (New Zealand) / Lynn Lusk (CO) / Larry Shiller (CT).
INTERMEDIATE (50) 1-Ray Bills (MN), 2/6-Kevin McDonough (AZ) / Kathleen Davis (KS) / Patrick Domico (IN) / Simon Kennedy Rose (IL) / Jeff Spencer (MN).
OPEN UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE (8): 1-David Winn (TX).
INTERMEDIATE UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE (8): 1-Patty Knapp (MA).
NOVICE(5): 1-Galia Miloucheva (IL), 2-Chelsea Bussey (LA).
MARKOWITZ MASTERS (16): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Mark Ferrin (OR).
FASTER MASTERS (12): 1-Steve Blanchard (IL), 2-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 3-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
LIMITED JACKPOT (48): 1-Michael Mesich (MN), 2-Ken Tyszko (IL), 3-Steve Hairgrove (IL), 4/6-Frank Dama (FL) / Kevin McDonough (AZ) / Larry Whittenburg (IL).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32): 1-John Pirner (MN), 2-Frank Dama (FL).
1-POINT QUICKIE / USBGF PRIME (128): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Craig Anderson (IL), 3/4-Aaron Foust (NV) / Josh Racko (CA).
1-POINT QUICKIE OVERFLOW (32): 1-Steve Hairgrove (IL).
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (16 teams): 1-Frank & Monica Talbot (MI), 2-Steve Brown (MN) & Carol Joy Cole (MI).
TAKI BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-April Kennedy (MN).
MOCHY’S 7th PROFICIENCY TEST (35): 1-Gerry Tansey (MO), 2/3-Chuck Bower (IN) / Dennis Culpepper (VA).
AFTER TOURNEY TOURNEY(16): 1-Grant Hoffman (New Zealand), 2-John O’Hagan (IN).
AFTER TOURNEY OVERFLOW(4): 1-Yuji Ogura (Japan).
TSUYOSHI MINAKAMI MEMORIAL TRAVEL AWARD: Grant Hoffman (New Zealand).

9th ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC

9th ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC,
May 18-21, 2017; Atlanta, Georgia –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (25): 1-Brian Lonergan (LA), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1C-Dennis Culpepper (VA), 2C-Mary Hickey (OH); 1LC-Carol Joy Cole (MI).
INTERMEDIATE (23): 1-Kate Elmore (GA), 2-David Stein (IL); 1C-Alan Epstein (GA), 2C-Scott Redfern (GA); 1LC-Mark Cohen (GA).
NOVICE (4): 1-Jeremy Coppels (GA), 2-Jan Lister (GA).
ROBERT WILENSKY MEMORIAL MASTERS (8): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Julius High (KS).
ATLANTA CUP AMATEUR JACKPOT (8): 1-Stuart Domeshek (GA), 2-Adrian Costa (GA).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Jerry Godsey (GA) & Roland Leutert (FL), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Carter Mattig (IL).
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Forrest Faulk (GA), 2-Adrian Costa (GA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Mary Hickey (OH), 2-Stacy Turner (FL).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (21): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Phil Simborg (IL); 1C-Adrian Costa (GA).
P-40 BOARD TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Koray Agirbas (GA), 2-Rick Gardner (GA).
$50 JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Sam Ahmed (CA).
$50 JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Aaron Foust (NV).
AFTER TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Mary Hickey (OH), 2-Adrian Costa (GA).

37th Chicago Open May 25-29 — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

Book your room for the Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holiday Inn & Suites at O’Hare Airport Hotel, Rosemont, IL. Call 800-972-2494 before May 17 for the $106 group rate. The action begins on Thursday with the Backgammon Olympiad, followed by the Faster Master on Friday. Limited Jackpots and Seniors liven things up before the Markowitz Masters Qualifier, with Doubles and the Taki Board Tournament right behind. The winner of the Open will compete against the winner of the Intermediate for a customized P-40 board.

The U.S Backgammon Federation is donating $1000 added money to the 1-Point Quickie event for USBGF members. Join/renew online or at the tournament.

All Novice entrants 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.

In addition to the Chicago Open, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30 – Jul 3, 2017, at the Sheraton Novi, MI with $1000 added money.
Wisconsin State Championship, at the Radisson Hotel, Madison WI July 21-23, $750 added.
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, Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport, with $500 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn-East, Denver, Colorado, with $500 added.
•Florida State, Westin, Fort Lauderdale, FL with $500 added.
•Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.

USBGF February Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Adam Prager, winner of the USBGF 2017 February Monthly Circuit. Adam won this single elimination tournament by defeating PJ Macali in the 17-point final match. John Gamalielson and James Schothorst finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXV

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Congratulations to James Schothorst, winner of the USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXV. James defeated Rudolpho Urdiain in the 13-point final. Stuart Cohen and Nick Saverino 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.

Don’t miss the 37th Chicago Open May 25-29 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at O’Hare Airport Hotel — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

There’s still time to book your room for the 37th Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, which will be at the Holiday Inn & Suites at O’Hare Airport Hotel, Rosemont, IL. Call 800-972-2494 before May 17 for the $106 group rate. The action begins on Thursday with the Backgammon Olympiad, followed by the Faster Master on Friday. Limited Jackpots and Seniors liven things up before the Markowitz Masters Qualifier, with Doubles and the Taki Board Tournament right behind.

Don’t miss the Calcutta Auction Saturday before the ABT Open, Intermediate and Novice events begin. Sunday’s Proficiency Test and Michy Michihito’s review of it on Monday wind up a busy but satisfying weekend.

All Novice entrants 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.

$1000 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go or at the tournament.

In addition to the Chicago Open, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added
Wisconsin State Championship, Radisson Hotel, Madison WI July 21-23, $750 added
Silicon Valley, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added
Montreal Open, September 15-17, Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport with $500 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added
Florida State, Westin, Fort Lauderdale FL with $500 added Oct 6-8
Connecticut State Backgammon Championships, Oct. 190-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added
Las Vegas Open,  Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added

US OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

US OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, April 26-30, 2017; Las Vegas, Nevada-
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (64+26 rebuys): 1-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA), 2-Alex Toth (WA), 3/4-Doug Mayfield (CA) / Norm Wiggins (CA); 1C-Tom Wheeler (TX), 2C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 3C/4C-Mark Antranikian (CA) / Jon Vietor (CA); 1LC-Scott Ward (TX), 2LC-Ted Chee (CA).
INTERMEDIATE (60+28 rebuys): 1-Rick Voeller, 2-Patrick Fusco (TN), 3/4-Lynda Clay (CO) / Elli Nache (CA); 1C-Tom Magne (MN), 2C-Jeff Whitelaw (NV), 3C/4C-Amorim de Lattuffe (Brazil) / Lorne Rusnell (Canada); 1LC-Paul Franks (NV), 2LC-Ken Johnson (CA).
BEGINNERS (13): 1-Frank Benneyam (CA), 2-Kevin Davidson (CA).
SUPER JACKPOT (28): 1-Drew Giovanis (NV), 2-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 3/4-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA) / Steve Sax (CA).
LIMITED JACKPOT (30): 1-Josh Racko (CA), 2-Michael Neagu (Canada), 3/4-Paul Baraz (MD) / Allen Tish (CA).
BEGINNERS JACKPOT (10): 1-Regan Lambeth (CA), 2-Kevin Davidson (CA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Stepan Nuniyants (WA), 2-Ed Rosenblum (NM).
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (18 teams): 1-Patrick Fusco (TN) & Joe Russell (CA), 2-Kristi Christman (WA) & Chris Innes.
BLITZ (16×8): 1-Brian Hoeft (NV), 2-Patrick Gibson (CA).
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Armin Soltani (Canada).
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (30): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Steve Diano (NV).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (29): 1-Scott Ward (TX), 2-Ken Bame (CA).

Membership Vote – USBGF By-Laws – Cast your vote no later than 11:59 PM EDT Monday, May 15!

The USBGF Board of Directors proposes a revision to the existing By-Laws to permit the Chairman to vote on all matters before the Board. Specifically, the USBGF Board of Directors recommends revising the existing By-Laws of the organization to allow for the Chairman of the Board to cast a vote on all motions, and to require approval by at least a majority of voting Board members. Under the current By-Laws, the Chairman may cast a vote only in the event of a tie.

To vote, you must go to: usbgf.org/polls/by-laws/. You must first, as a member, log into the USBGF website to vote. Links on the ballot page will allow your review and consideration of the existing By-Laws and the proposed revised By-Laws.

The Board recommends your approval of the By-Laws revisions. Technical questions on registration and/or voting should be directed to Tara Mendicino. Questions or comments on the By-Laws can be posted on the USBGF forum on this website (we will monitor it frequently) or directed to me, Karen Davis.

Regards and best wishes,
Karen Davis
President and Executive Director

Don’t miss the 9th Atlanta Spring Classic May 18-21 at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

Atlanta Northside Backgammon presents the 9th Atlanta Spring Classic  May 18 – 21, 2017. Make your reservation at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel by 5:00 pm on May 6 to secure the $95 rate. Call 888-627-7046. All ABT events are scheduled, along with the Robert Wilensky Memorial, the Atlanta Cup, Doubles, Seniors, Jackpots, and Mini-Matches.

All Novice entrants 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. Come to Atlanta for great backgammon and friendly southern hospitality!

$500 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go or at the tournament.

In addition to the Atlanta Spring Classic the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
U.S. Open, Apr. 26-30, 2017, CHANGE OF HOTEL, Rio, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added
Wisconsin State Championship, Radisson Hotel, Madison WI July 21-23, $750 added.
Silicon Valley, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added
Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added
Florida State, Westin, Fort Lauderdale FL with $500 added Oct 6-8
Connecticut, Oct. 19-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added
Las Vegas Open,  Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added

JANUARY 2017 ONLINE CIRCUIT

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Congratulations to Igor Erovenko, winner of the January 2017 monthly circuit. Igor won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bruce Newberg in the 17-point final match. Jack LeProwse and David Kettler finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

CHERRY BLOSSOM CHAMPIONSHIP

CHERRY BLOSSOM CHAMPIONSHIP, April 6-9, 2017; Dulles, Virginia –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP(64): 1-Joe Russell (CA), 2-Tobias Hellwag (Germany), 3- Bahman Zandi (MD), 4/5 – Victor Ashkenazi (NJ)/John O’Hagan (IN). Consolation: 1-Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), 3C/4C Steve Brown (MN), Brent Cohen (PA)
ADVANCED(50): 1-Liam Henry (Canada), 2-Scotty Kelland (CT), 3-Marcy Kossar (MD), 4/5 Judy Field (MI), Jay Karns (NY), 1C-Omar Shah (Canada), 2C-Gary Koscielny (NY), 3/4C – Steve Kenney (NC), Tom Rebelo (Canada).
NOVICE (23): 1-Chris Chapin (DC), 2-Michael Rosen (NY), 1C-Vinson Blanton (VA), 2C Sabin Bokus (DC).
CHERRY BLOSSOM JACKPOT (8): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Kit Woolsey (CA), 3/4-Saba Benjanishvili (GA)/ Victor Askkenazi (NJ). PR Winner Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan)
GEORGE WASHINGTON MASTERS JACKPOT (32): 1-Ken Bame (CA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4- Sean Garber (IN)/ Chris Trencher(NY).
ABRAHAM LINCOLN LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Bob Hathaway (VA), 2-Tom Rebelo (Canada), 3/4- Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA), Phil Lerman (DC).
NOVICE JACKPOT (8): 1-Vinson Blanton (VA); 2-Jamie Rosen (NY).
SENIOR SENATORS / YOUNG POLITICOS (48 = 32): Playoffs: 1-Kent Goulding (MD), 2-Rory Pascar (IL). Senior Senators (60-up): 1-Kent Goulding (MD), 2/3-Peggy Neubig (NJ) / Chen-Fu Yu (MD); Young Politicos (under 60): 1/2-Rory Pascar (IL).
USBGF BLITZ (80): 1-John O’Hagan (IN), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA).
USBGF TOURNAMENT OF STARS (16 Teams): 1-Patty Knapp (MA) & Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Jamie Rosen (NY) & Phil Simborg (IL).
HALL OF STATES / EMBASSY ROW TEAM CHALLENGE (11 teams): 1/2 split – Sugar Daddies (MD): Kent Goulding, John Klein & Bill Finneran / Wizards of Odds (CA): Joe Russell, Jim Pasko & Paul Baraz.
TAVLA (8): 1-Mustafa Sayid (VA); 2-Stephen Saad (NC)
ALFRED MAMLET NEWCOMERS’ FREE ROLL (13): 1-Dan Renzi (PA), 2-Sabin Bokus (DC), 3/4-Steve Shindler (NY) / Joe Urso (VA).
BMAB (USA) #5 (10): 1/2 tie – Steve Brown (MN) / Vladi Gudgenov (NC). PR winner: John Klein (MD) – 3.77.
$20 JACKPOT #1 (8): Jay Karns (NY)
$20 JACKPOT #2 (8): James Hallamayer (VA)
$20 JACKPOT #3 (8): Victor Morawski (MD)
$50 JACKPOT #1 (8): Larry Brown (VA)
$50 JACKPOT #2 (8): Stuart Domeshek (GA)
$50 JACKPOT #3 (8) Herb Roman (IL)

23rd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

23rd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS,
March 24-26, 2017; Cleveland, Ohio-
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Carol Joy Cole

OPEN (32): 1-Jacek Wojciechowski (Poland), 2-Sean Garber (IN); 1C-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2C-Karen Davis (DC).
ADVANCED (45): 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Mike Clapsadle (MI); 1C-Mike Vasilatos (OH); 2C-Ben Elliott (NC); 1LC-Ricky Griggs (MI).
NOVICE (6): 1-Jeff Hoelzel (IL), 2-Christa Solovey (MI).
OHIO MASTERS (15): 1-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2-Karen Davis (DC).
AMATEUR JACKPOT (16): 1-Ben Elliott (NC), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).
DOUBLES (12 teams): 1-Mike Vasilatos (OH) & Bill Versaw (PA), 2-Doug & Wanda Roberts (MA).
MICRO BLITZ (32): 1-Bonnie Rogoff (OH), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI).
QUICKIES (32): 1-Bonnie Rogoff (OH), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
P-40 BOARD TOURNAMENT (4): 1-Dion Hogan (MI).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (13): 1-Ben Elliott (NC), 2-Joe Miller (OH).

Don’t miss the U.S. Open Backgammon Championships at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel April 26-30  — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Nevada Backgammon Association will host the U.S. Open Backgammon Championships, April 26-30, 2017, at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel. Reserve your room by March 25 to secure the $89 rate. Call (888) 746- 6955. This ABT tournament will include Championship and Intermediate divisions, all of which have a Main Flight, Consolation and Last Chance. Side events are the Super and Limited Jackpots, Doubles and Seniors, along with the Blitz and Mini-Matches. Don’t miss the Calcutta Auction on Thursday at 11:00 am! Register now at Nevada Backgammon Association. $1000 additional money for USBGF members is available, so join or renew before you go. All Novice entrants 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.

In addition to the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added.
Atlanta Spring Classic, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added.
Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added.
Silicon Valley Open, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
Las Vegas Open,  Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

2017 VIKING CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

2017 Viking Classic BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, March 9-12, 2017; Bloomington, Minnesota –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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ODIN OPEN (32): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA); 1C-Roberto Caprio (FL), 2C-Yury Millman (MN), 3C/4C-Jack Edelson (WI) / Jim Schothorst (ND).
THOR ADVANCED (40): 1-Mike Blankenau (NE), 2-Kurt Peterson (MN); 1C-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL), 2C-Jeff Willis (MN), 3C/4C-Rick Davis (MN) / Tom Magne (MN).
VIKING NOVICE (11): 1-Mark Sigel (MN), 2-Tina Nelson (MN); 1C-Tom Dolney (MN).
GRAND CRYSTAL BEAVER XVIII (12): 1-Harvey Gillis (AZ), 2-Jack Edelson (WI).
LONGSHIP JACKPOT (8): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Ralph Stowell (MN).
FRIDAY FRIGGA (43): 1-Julius High (KS), 2-Jeff Spencer (MN).
RAINBOW BRIDGE DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY) & Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Joe Potts (TX).
VIKING CONQUESTS (40): 1/2 split-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY).
QUICK RAIDS (32): 1/2 split-Dave McKenzie (KS) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
VALHALLA OPEN (10): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2-Eric Hiner (MN).
VALHALLA ADVANCED (15): 1-Joe Briggs (MN), 2-David Seiler (MN).
EARLY RAVEN OPEN (20): 1/2 split-Kurt Peterson (MN) / Ray Fogerlund (NV); 1C-Eric Meyer (Canada).
EARLY RAVEN ADVANCED (15): 1-Joe Briggs (MN), 2-Rick Davis (MN); 1C-Gregg Trunnell (MN).
GAMMON STUFF BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Jeff Spencer (MN), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN).
VIKING FUNERAL (11): 1-Lorina Quarterone (MN).
RAGNARÖK AFTER TOURNEY (11): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Jon Vietor (CA).

Don’t miss the Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship, April 6-9 at Marriott Dulles Airport Marriott — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The new and exciting ABT Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship is set for April 6 – 9 at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport Hotel. Make your reservations by calling 1.800.228.9290 and mentioning Cherry Blossom Backgammon to secure the $109 daily rate plus taxes before March 14th. This ABT tournament includes Championship, Advanced and Novice flights, as well as the Cherry Blossom Jackpot, George Washington Masters Jackpot, and Abraham Lincoln Limited Jackpot. There is also  the Hall of States / Embassy Row Team Challenge with 3 players from same state or non-US country, the Senior Senators / Young Politicos, and the Alfred Mamlet Newcomers Freeroll.

The Tournament of Stars pairs USBGF Founding Sponsors with Giants of Backgammon and noteworthy players. A USBGF Blitz event will run throughout. The BMAB-USA Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, starting at 10:30 am — spaces are limited to 16 so let us know if you plan to play. On Sunday Victor Ashkenazi vs. Marty Storer will play a Teaching Match with commentary by Mochy Mochizuki. Jackpots and a Tavla Tournament – Middle Eastern Rules — will wrap up the tournament on Sunday. Come and enjoy all the fun! 

$1000 additional money for USBGF members is available, so join or renew before you go or at the tournament.

Tournament sponsor P-40 is providing a P-40 board to the Championship winner and will have an exhibit booth to demonstrate how to design a personalized backgammon board. Win a board in a P-40 Jackpot!

Donors are providing prizes for Advanced and Novice winners and a surprise tournament favor for all entrants! A silent auction will be held to raise funds for the U.S. Backgammon Foundation to support backgammon educational activities. Donated items to this 501c3 organization are tax-deductible.

You’ll love the beautiful trophies and chances to take home a Washington D.C. souvenir! Coveted free passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture are available for Friday April 7 at 3 pm. Guests and novices should plan to catch the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday morning. A hospitality desk will help with arrangements.

A special event for novices is a private dinner with #1 Giant of Backgammon Masayuki (Mochy) Mochizuki on Saturday at 5 PM. All Novice entrants 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.

Backgammon Learning Center bootcamps will be offered on Wednesday April 5 from 1-5 pm and 7-11 pm.

Full details on the all the fun activities are at http://cherryblossombackgammon.com/brochure.pdf. Send a deposit to save your place in space-limited events.

In addition to the Cherry Blossom, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Viking Classic, March 9-12, 2017, at the Raddison Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added money.
U.S. Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30 – Jul 3, 2017, at the Sheraton Novi, MI with $1000 added money.
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
•Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
•Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

1st ANNUAL BOSTON OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

1st ANNUAL BOSTON OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, February 23-26, 2017; Boston, Massachusetts –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

OPEN (44): 1-Frank Raposa (VA), 2-Boris Dekhtyar (NY); 1C-Albert Steg (MA), 2C-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ); 1LC-Bill Robertie (MA).
AMHERST ADVANCED (32): 1-Adam Rosen (MA), 2-Daniel Bluestone (VA); 1C-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2C-Steve Morrow (MA); 1LC-Garry Kallos (Canada).
NANTUCKET NOVICE (6): 1-Richard Battikha (CT), 2-Larry Roberg (CT), 3-Steven Valliere (MA).
HERB GURLAND MEMORIAL MASTERS (15): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA).
WORCESTER WARM-UP (4): 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ).
PITTSFIELD PRE-TOURNEY (28): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Gerhard Roland (CT); 1C-Michael Kay (MA).
BUNKER HILL BLITZ: 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Kent Goulding (MD).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ), 2-Garry Kallos (Canada).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Colin Stone (ME), 2-Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
OAK BLUFFS OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Boris Dekhtyar (NY), 2-Albert Steg (MA).
DEDHAM DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY) & Gary Zelmanovics (NJ), 2-Tom O’Riordan (MA) & Eric Sulkala (MA).

2017 SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

2017 SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, February 17-19, 2017; Clearwater, Florida –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit: Karen Davis

OPEN (14): 1-Bob Carpenter (FL), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1LC-Chris Knapp (MA).
INTERMEDIATE (20): 1-Rick Wolf (FL), 2-Kevin Jones (FL); 1LC-Susan Randall (FL).
NOVICE (2): 1-Marion Roland (FL).
MASTERS (4): 1-Stacy Turner (FL).
GULF COAST DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Chris & Patty Knapp (MA).
CHOUETTE CHALLENGE (7+1): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Susan Randall (FL), 3-Rick Wolf (FL).
AFTER- TOURNEY TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Marion Roland (FL).

Don’t miss the inaugural Viking Classic at Mall of America, March 9-12, Radisson Blu — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Twin Cities Backgammon Club will host the Midwest’s newest backgammon tournament, the Viking Classic, March 9 – 12 at the Radisson Blu, Mall of America in Minneapolis. Make your reservation by Feb 20 to secure the $139 rate. Call 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the Backgammon Club rate. ABT events include the Viking Novice, the Odin Open and the Thor Advanced. Check the requirements for the Grand Crystal Beaver XVIII, Longship Jackpot and Viking Funeral. Last chance (Valhalla) for Open and Advanced gives everyone another opportunity. The Gammon Stuff Board tournament is scheduled, with every entrant getting a Viking cube and the winner earns a hand-crafted FTH board. Sign up now for this exciting new tournament. http://www.vikingbackgammonclassic.com/schedule.html

$500 additional prize money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before or at the tournament.

Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

In addition to the Viking Classic, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Boston Open, Feb. 23-26, 2017, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor with $500 added.
Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added.
U.S. Open, Apr. 26-30, 2017, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, Sheraton, Atlanta, GA with $500 added
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added.
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added.
•Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
•Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

USBGF December Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Jack Cohen, winner of the December 2016 Online Circuit. Jack won this single elimination tournament by defeating Berkant Bilgi in the 17-point final match. Jeff Proctor and Kerry Remp finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

5th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

5th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS,February 2-5, 2017; San Antonio, Texas.
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Tara Mendacino

CHAMPIONSHIP (72+30 rebuys): 1-Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY), 2-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 3/4-Gus Contos (CA) / Richard Munitz (NY); 1C-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 2C-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ); 1LC-Neil Kazaross (IL), 2LC-Bob Wachtel (CA).
ADVANCED (42+14 rebuys): 1-Elena Evans (TX), 2-Dan Morse (TX); 1C-Aaron Foust (NV), 2C-Steve Saad (NC), 3C/4C-Chris Anderson (NC) / Leslie Lockett;; 1LC-Patti Rubin (NV).
LIMITED (23): 1-Brad Vogt (TX), 2-Mary Kay Lively (TX); 1C-Regan Lambeth (CA), 2C-Frank Ramia (TX); 1LC-Michael Gellings (WI).
LONGHORN CLASSIC MASTERS JACKPOT (32): 1/2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Alfred Mamlet (MD).
ALAMO CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Dave Kettler (TX), 2-Albert Steg (MA), 3/4-Nick Blasier (TX) / Michael Neagu (Canada).
TEXAS CLASSIC ADVANCED JACKPOT (23): 1-Treena Bouque (CA), 2-Ryan Gordon (TX).
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST (104): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Albert Steg (MA).
USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT FREEROLL (64): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Dave McKenzie (KS).
USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT FREEROLL OVERFLOW (12): 1/3-April Kennedy (MN) / Patti Rubin (CA) / Steve Sax (CA).
LONE STAR PRO-AM DOUBLES (6 teams): 1-Harvey Gillis (AZ) & Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Karen Davis (DC) & Kit Woolsey (CA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT #1 (64): 1-Herb Roman (IL), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA), 3/4-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Albert Steg (MA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT #2 (48): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Rafael Lopez de Lara (Mexico), 3-Patrick Gibson (CA).
SPEEDGAMMON (32): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 2-Michael Zakrajsek (TX).
ULTIMATE BACKGAMMON PACKAGE / NEWCOMER FREEROLL (23): 1-Rebecca Lively (X), 2-Steve Saad (NC).
ZOMBIE SUNDAY JACKPOT (8): 1/2-Ian Terry (TX) / Dave Zick (CO).
AMERICAN BACKGAMMON HALL OF FAME: 2017 Inductees – Ray Fogerlund (NV), Joe Russell (CA), Mike Svobodny (FL).

November Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Olga Ivanova, winner of the USBGF 2016 November Monthly Circuit. Olga won this single elimination tournament by defeating John Gamalielson in the 17-point final match. Andreas Graf and David Rennie finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.