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.

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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).

Bill Riles to Lead U.S. Backgammon Federation

U.S. Backgammon Federation Announces Leadership Change

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The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) announced today that Perry Gartner is resigning as President and Executive Director effective October 16 for compelling business and personal reasons.  Upon his recommendation, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of William Riles as his successor.

Gartner noted: “Bill Riles brings great judgment, business expertise, and backgammon tournament director experience to the leadership of the Board.” Riles directed the inaugural Texas Backgammon Championships in 2013, one of the most successful first-time events drawing over 130 entrants from as far as Norway and Japan, including 17 Giants of Backgammon and all five top Giants. He is a frequent fixture on the American Backgammon Tour (ABT), winning the Badger Classic masters jackpot in Wisconsin in 2012, after coming in second in that event in 2010, and winning the Michigan Masters in 2009. He is a civil engineer educated at Rice University and, prior to retiring, worked in the offshore oil and gas industry.

In accepting the nomination, Riles expressed his appreciation for the contributions Gartner has made since he assumed the presidency in May 2010, including formation of its Collegiate Program and working in partnership with other international federations to expand online and live backgammon playing experiences worldwide. “Perry Gartner has built a strong organization over the last three years, with an outstanding Board of Directors, special advisers, staff, and volunteers.  I look forward to continuing this record of success, enriching and improving our benefit offerings, and working with others sharing in our vision.”

 

Riles indicated he has many new ideas for the USBGF and welcomes suggestions and feedback.  “Representing the Federation, with the assistance of the Board of Directors and of all the members, I am confident together we can advance our mission.  Foremost, I want to establish initiatives to significantly increase membership in the USBGF through grass-roots efforts directed toward the local, casual, recreational, online, and other players found in abundance throughout the United States.  Our visibility and exposure must be enhanced to reach out to these players and to introduce them to the benefits and resources provided by the Federation.  Only through increased membership from a broader base may we continue to provide and to expand resources for our members.  I encourage every member of the USBGF to become an integral ‘stakeholder’ in the Federation and to contribute their skills, efforts, time, and/or ideas, as they may, to assist in the advancement of our mission.  I will be accessible to all in the promotion of these efforts.”

Karen Davis, Chairman of the Board of Directors, announced that the Board has conveyed on Gartner the honor of designation as President Emeritus of the U.S. Backgammon Federation.

The U.S. Backgammon Federation is a not-for-profit membership organization devoted to advancing the awareness, participation, education and enjoyment of the skill-based game of backgammon.

Upcoming Benefit and Dues Change: Questions and Answers

The U.S. Backgammon Federation will be changing its benefit and dues structure on September 8, 2013,  the third anniversary of its online membership system. The Limited/Associate membership option will be replaced with an upgraded Basic membership that includes our online tournament circuit and online ratings system, USBGF events and lectures at select ABT tournaments, ratings and statistics on ABT tournaments, and a multi-media library of educational materials including archived videotaped, recorded, and annotated matches of experts. The Premium membership will include these benefits plus our widely-acclaimed electronic bi-monthly magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon, which will undergo an exciting redesign with the September-October issue featuring writings from the world’s best players and authors, as well as discounts on software, equipment, and books to be published by USBGF, and free first entry into twice-annual USBGF National Championships.

Dues will be $60 annually for Premium members or $150 for three years; $15 for Youth/Student members (unchanged); and $35 annually for Basic members. Premium members joining or renewing before that date can lock in current rates ($40 for one-year or $100 for three-years). If you have questions about the benefit and dues change, please see the list of Questions and Answers about the change on our website.

 

Change in USBGF Benefits and Dues

The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) will celebrate the third anniversary of its online membership system in September 2013. We thank our members for their support and confidence in us as we have developed this exciting not-for-profit organization dedicated to growing the backgammon community.

Over those three years, we have offered Premium, Limited/Associate, and Youth membership options. We have decided to replace the Limited/Associate option with an upgraded Basic membership that includes our online tournament circuit and online ratings system, USBGF events and lectures at select ABT tournaments, ratings and statistics on ABT tournaments, and a multi-media library of educational materials.

The Premium membership will include these benefits plus our widely-acclaimed electronic bi-monthly magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon, which will undergo an exciting redesign with the September-October issue featuring writings from the world’s best players and authors, as well as discounts on software, equipment, and books to be published by USBGF, and free first entry into twice-annual USBGF National Championships.

The cost of providing these benefits has grown over time, while dues have remained unchanged. Beginning with our third anniversary on September 8, 2013, our membership system will reflect these restructured benefits. Dues will be $60 annually for Premium members or $150 for three years; $15 for Youth/Student members (unchanged); and $35 annually for Basic members. Premium members joining or renewing before that date can lock in current rates ($40 for one-year or $100 for three-years).

We welcome International Premium and International Basic members at the same rates as U.S. members and will be providing benefits tailored to their interests including international online tournaments and an international edition of PrimeTime Backgammon.

For complete details regarding all benefits of USBGF membership, please see our USBGF Membership Brochure.

3rd USBGF Club Team Championship Now Open for Registration!!

2nd Club Team Trophy Schneider-Silliman-Klein-DavisIt is with great pleasure that the U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) presents the 3rd USBGF Club Team Championship! Take the traveling trophy, now housed with the Beltway Backgammon Club They Might Not Be Giants team, home to your club!  We are fortunate to be using the USBGF Online Tournament Circuit for this year’s event, with automated features for registering, being notified of matches, reporting matches, viewing drawsheets, and automatically updating your Elo and other online match statistics. It’s easier and better than ever!

The registration desk is now open. So Captains, mark your calendars, read and understand the terms of contest spelled out on the website, and enter your three-player Team Registration as soon as possible. Captains should visit the USBGF Online Circuit Tournament Calendar at Online Circuit Tournament Calendar and select from the list of available Club Team Championship Qualifiers currently in registration.

Play will commence when the first 8 teams have registered and continue in brackets of 8 until a total of 8 brackets have been run. Teams may re-enter unlimited times once they have won or lost a bracket in any open qualifying bracket of 8 (however a team may not enter again if they have won two brackets). Winners of brackets will be fed into a single elimination Playoff commencing upon completion of the 8th bracket. Any team with two bracket wins will receive a first round bye.

Entry for the USBGF Club Team Championship is free. All players must be Premium or Youth members of the USBGF. The traveling trophy will be awarded to the first place team and certificates will be awarded to players of the top four teams at the USBGF Tournament of Stars, held during the Texas Backgammon Championships in San Antonio January 30-February 2, 2014. Photos of winning team players will be featured on the USBGF Hall of Fame website page and the January-February 2014 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon electronic magazine. Points will be awarded based on number of matches won, with certificates going to the best performing team on the basis of points.

 

There are just a handful of easy hoops that each player, three-person team, local club, and captain must jump through to qualify for this event. You won’t find more fun, prestige, and recognition anywhere else!

Tournament Directors

Co-Director: Joe Russell

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Co-Director: Justin Nunez

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Co-Director: Tara Mendicino

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Tournament Ruling Committee: Joe Russell, Justin Nunez, director of the Local Clubs Initiative, Tara Mendicino, and Perry Gartner, USBGF President and Executive Director

The tournament directors reserve the right to make modifications to the tournament design as well as the right to exclude participation with no reason required.

USBGF Annual Membership Meeting

Members of the U.S. Backgammon Federation are cordially invited to attend the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting. Perry Gartner, President and Executive Director, will discuss activities of the Federation and future plans. Karen Davis, Chairman and Treasurer, will present an update on membership and financial status of the organization. 2012 Financial Statements may be reviewed on the USBGF website. Officers and Board members will be available to respond to member questions and suggestions.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 9 pm Eastern time on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. If you are a current member and interested in participating, please join the conference call by calling 1-213-342-3000 and entering the participant access code 3841403.

Collegiate Champions

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Ben Friesen from the University of Michigan-Flint won the USBGF U.S. Collegiate Backgammon Championship in an exciting finale against Michael Zakrajsek from the University of Texas-Austin. Agamir Gevorkyan from Russia won the International Collegiate Championship finals match against Junichi Kieda from Japan. The U.S. college team championship went to Northwestern with players David Presser, Michael Harper, and Daniel Learner. Second place college team went to the University of South Carolina with Michaela Close, Branford Wilkins, and Purva Choudhari.