USBGF Masters Divisional LII Winner

Congratulations to Kamil Karaali, winner of the Masters Divisional LII online tournament.

Kamil defeated Jack LeProwse in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were James Schothorst and Jerry Gette.

The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVI Winner

Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVI online tournament.

Martin defeated Patricia Johnson in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Steve F. Kenney and Mario Savan.

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USBGF Masters Divisional LI Winner

Congratulations to Andrey Nesterov, winner of the Masters Divisional LI online tournament.

Andrey defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Kamil Karaali and Pierre VIAU.

The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Third Director’s Cup Winner

Congratulations to Ken Bame, winner of the Third USBGF Director’s Cup event.

Ken defeated Steve Sax in the 19-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 17-point semi-final were Ray Bills and Joseph Russell.

The Director’s Cup was open to all USBGF Premium, Youth, and Basic members and had a 128 player field.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVII Winner

Congratulations to Steven Waller, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVII online tournament.

Steven defeated Ralph Desimone in the 17-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Larry Brown and Martin Filipi.

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

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USBGF Masters Divisional L Match Winner

Congratulations to Steven Waller, winner of the Masters Divisional L online tournament.

Steven defeated Art Benjamin in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Jerry Gette and James Schothorst.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLIX Match Winner

Congratulations to Martin Zizka, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIX online tournament.

Martin defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Leonida Zaloutskaya and Toby Tabet.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXV Winner

Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXV online tournament.

Martin defeated Kat Denison in the 17-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Ben Yam and David Alaghebandzadeh.

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

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLVIII Match Winner

Congratulations to Ted Chee, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVIII online tournament.

Ted defeated Bob Azari in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Martin Zizka and Ray Bills.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIV Winner

Congratulations to James Allen, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIV online tournament.

James defeated Rafael Luis Palazzo in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Long Nguyen and Rodolfo Urdiain.

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

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLV Match Winner

Congratulations to Jeb Horton, winner of the Masters Divisional XLV. Jeb defeated Igor Krivokon in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Adam Prager and Joseph Russell.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLVII Match Winner

Congratulations to Art Benjamin, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVII. Art defeated Karen Davis in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Chris Trencher and Jeb Horton.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIII Match Winner

Congratulations to Mary Morse, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIII online tournament.
Mary defeated John Antaki in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Steven Waller and David Parks.
The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLVI Winner

Congratulations to Kamil Karaali, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVI. Kamil defeated Andrew Selby in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Dmitriy Obukhov and Martin Zizka.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXII Winner

Congratulations to Carl Blumenstein, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXII online tournament.
Carl defeated Genna Cowan in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were James Schothorst and Manny Olszynko.
The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXVII Winner

Congratulations to Patrick Domico, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXVII online tournament.
Patrick defeated Peggy Neubig in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Jerry Nussbaum and Gary Oleson.
The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLIII Winner

Congratulations to Karen Davis, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIII. Karen defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Cynthia Belonogoff and John Graas.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

Karen Davis, winner of July Online Circuit

USBGF Masters Divisional XLIV Winner

Congratulations to Richard Munitz, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIV. Richard defeated Martin Zizka in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Andrew Selby and Olga Ivanova.

The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXI Winner

Congratulations to Don Marek, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXXI . Don defeated Martin Filipi in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Peggy Neubig and James Allen. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLI Winner

Congratulations to Erwin Hom, winner of the Masters Divisional XLI.  Erwin defeated Mislav Kovačić in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Igor Erovenko and Kristijan Čuljat.

The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLII Winner

Congratulations to Bill Riles, winner of the Masters Divisional XLII. Bill defeated Ken Bame in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Jalil Khalili and John Graas. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXIX Winner

Congratulations to James Schothorst, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXVIII. James defeated Kamil Karaali in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Jerry Nussbaum and Martin Filipi. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXX Winner

Congratulations to Alessandro Pettini, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXVIII. Alessandro defeated Brian Hoeft in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Long Nguyen and Jason Marshall. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XL Winner

Congratulations to Jalil Khalili , winner of the Masters Divisional XL. Jalil defeated Chris Trencher in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Edward Bauder and John Graas. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXVIII

Congratulations to Peter Swartwout, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXVIII. Peter defeated Ron Lewis in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Kat Denison and Ray Cifani. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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U.S. Open Backgammon Championships

Photo by Tara Mendicino. Congratulations to Kit Woolsey, winner of the U.S. Open championship division and all the other winners. See results below.

 

PrimeTime Backgammon, Jan-Feb

JANUARY-FEBRUARY ISSUE
OF PRIMETIME BACKGAMMON

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Perennial winner, larger-than-life giant, and unfailingly courteous gentleman Malcolm Davis is featured on the cover of the January-February 2014 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon. Malcolm has amassed numerous trophies over the last 20 years, from the 1993 Illinois State Championship to most recently the Masters Jackpot at the 1st Capital Classic in Washington DC in November. He stands at #3 on the All-Time American Backgammon Tour, a testament to his assiduous recording and study of his game.

This issue of PrimeTime Backgammon features the newest offering on the U.S. Backgammon Federation online tournament circuit — the USBGF Team Championship won by a team of California players naming themselves Scared Hitless. Marty Storer, the USBGF Special Editor for Annotated Matches, analyzes key positions in the finals round. The online tournaments have become hugely popular as backgammon players from around the world compete for fame and the thrill of playing highly competitive matches with skilled players.

But live tournaments continue to trump online play, as the sight and sound of backgammon in action and camaraderie continue to captivate. Karen Davis covers the 1st Capital Classic in the Washington DC area. Ben Friesen gives a collegiate competitor’s candid take on his match with Japan’s top young player Yuri Hiroki in the U.S.-Japan Youth Challenge Match in Las Vegas.

There’s lots in this issue for players of all levels. Raymond Kershaw from the UK presents examples of the Kauder Paradox, when it is correct to double at negative equity and it is correct to beaver!

Ken Larsen, director of the Durham-Chapel Hill Backgammon Club in North Carolina offers some thought-provoking ideas on a new way to rate top players based on points won per event entered. Phil Simborg, USBGF Education Adviser and lecturer extraordinaire, shares a sample of his USBGF teaching videos. Phil has created over 100 videos thus far, and all can be viewed on the USBGF website. And much more — see especially the profiles of online monthly circuit tournament winners Maya Peycheva and Harvey Gillis.

We salute the 8 local clubs that achieved Prime Club status in 2013 with USBGF members ranging from 10 in the Austin Backgammon Club to 34 in the Los Angeles area Gammon Associates.

USBGF President Bill Riles issues a call for volunteering on the part of members to help our member-run organization achieve its potential. Check it out, and as Bill says, Get in the Game!

Also check out the latest live and online Leader Boards. Get your name on the marquee by playing in the many USBGF online tournament offerings, or the upcoming American Backgammon Tour live events listed in the magazine.

You’ll find that PrimeTime Backgammon has features attuned to the interests of our entire membership, offering more and more ways to enhance your playing experience. You won’t want to miss out on all the great action.

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USBGF Sponsors Joint Math Meetings Backgammon Event

BenjaminArt-FinneranBill - 2014 Joint Math 017About 50 attendees at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore on January 17 turned out to play, watch, or learn backgammon at the Backgammon Social Event sponsored by the U.S. Backgammon Federation. The event was planned by Harvey Mudd College mathematics professor and USBGF Board member Arthur Benjamin. mathematics professor at Howard Community College and USBGF OLM Editor Jason Lee, and USBGF Chairman of the Board of Directors Karen Davis.  Benjamin, Lee, Davis, and DC-area players including Ed O’Laughlin, Bill Finneran, Mike Lauzon, and Eva Mitter worked with groups of math professors and graduate students at different skill levels ranging from those playing for the first time to competitive players. It was designed to highlight the math aspects of backgammon and recruit more college students and professors to the game, including participation in the annual USBGF Online Collegiate Championship. Conference attendee Matt Lehman from the University of Massachusetts in Boston had this to say. “It was a lot of fun. I got to play a lot of people at my skill level. Backgammon is a fun, social game. The games are fast and you can talk. Especially enjoyable at the end of a long conference.”

 

Japan-US Youth Challenge Match

FriesenBen streaming - 2013 OhioA special Youth Challenge Match will be played at the Las Vegas Open beginning Wednesday evening, November 20, at 7:00 pm PST (10 pm EST). This match is sponsored by the Japanese Backgammon League and the USBGF in the promotion of backgammon globally.

Yuki Hiroki, the JBL Youth Champion, will represent Japan. Ben Friesen, the USBGF Collegiate Champion, will represent the USA. The match will use a Dual-Duel format. The match will be to 11-points; however, a player must win both by score and by PR to be declared the winner. If the first match does not produce a winner, a second match to 7-points will be played with the same criteria. A third match to 3-points will follow, if necessary. If a winner is still not determined, single-point sudden-death games will be played until one player prevails. Mochy will transcribe the matches into XG for immediate PR results.

We expect the match to be available for viewing on http://usbgf.org/stream

Don’t miss it!

1st Capital Classic Backgammon Championships

MerrimanGreg Ohio 3-2013  1st CAPITAL CLASSIC BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS November 8-10, 2013; Herndon, Virginia. From ChicagoPoint.com OPEN (28): 1-Greg Merriman (MI), 2-Jeff Acierno (NJ); 1C-Alan Grunwald (NJ), 2C-Michael Edge (SC). ADVANCED (31): 1-Neal Weiner (FL), 2-Scotty Kelland (CT); 1C-Evan Hansen (WV), 2C-Marcy Kossar (MD). NOVICE (6): 1-Lili Iravani (DC), 2-Suzanne Auer (MD). Consolation Trophy to RoseMarie Holsing (VA). MASTERS JACKPOT (12): 1-Malcolm Davis (TX), 2-Rod Covlin (NY), 3-Karen Davis (DC). OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Michael Edge (SC), 2-Howard Markowitz (NV). INTERMEDIATE JACKPOT (8): 1-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2-Bob Hathaway (VA). DOUBLES (12 teams): 1-Frank Raposa (VA) & Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2-LEW Webber (VA) & Neal Weiner (FL), 3-Howard Markowitz (NV) & self. SENIORS #1 (16): 1-Brent Cohen (PA), 2-Donny Lomuto (NY). SENIORS #2 (8): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Donald Gabbai (VA). SENIORS #3 (8): 1-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2-Stepan Nuniyants (WA). USBGF BLITZ (56): 1-Bill Finneran (VA), 2-Kenny Loveless (VA). DMP TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Rod Covlin (NY), 2-Donald Gabbai (VA). FREE ROLL (65): 1/2-Phil Lerman (DC) / Hadi Moradi (VA).