Learning from the Young

Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen (photo by Karen Davis)

Stepan Nuniyants

Stepan Nuniyants, winner of the Super-32 in L.A. (photo by Steve Sax)

Youth players, attracted to backgammon during their student years and playing in USBGF online collegiate events, are making their mark on the backgammon scene. Take a Quiz prepared by noted backgammon author, winner, and Indiana University collegiate backgammon coach Chuck Bower in the current July-August issue of PrimeTime Backgammon. The Quiz is constructed from positions that arose in a USBGF online match between Ben Friesen, a student at the University of Michigan-Flint, and Ben Cousins, an undergraduate at Clemson, now studying at Georgia Tech. Chuck shows how tweaking the player’s and opponent’s boards just slightly may alter the choice of play.

Ben Friesen won the first individual USBGF U.S. Collegiate Backgammon Championship this year in an exciting finale against Michael Zakrajsek from the University of Texas-Austin. Northwestern won the team championship with David Presser, Michael Harper, and Daniel Learner. Harvey Mudd College, last year’s team winner, tied for second with the University of South Carolina. A parallel international event for students abroad was won by Agamir Gevorkyan from Russia with Junichi Kieda from Japan placing second. Ben Friesen will be playing an exhibition Youth match with a top Japanese student player at an ABT tournament this fall.

Dmitriy Obukhov, another impressive young player who has catapulted to the top ranks of live and online tournament play, and Paul Weaver probe the intricate relationship between the match score and how best to play an opening 64. Extensive rollouts show when running, splitting, or pointing is best at various match scores.

Two players who got the backgammon bug during their college years, and then set it aside for a decade or so as they focused on family and career, are making headlines in USBGF online events. See player profiles of Bruce Farquhar, a Canadian-Scotsman, who won the USBGF February 2013 online monthly circuit event, and Jim Stutz, who won the 1st Director’s Cup. Learn how they got hooked on the game, and how they have honed their skills in recent years with bots and online tournament play.

But old hands aren’t out of it yet, Steve Sax shows that “experience still rules” at the 2013 L.A. Open. In Michigan, however, many new faces appeared in the winner’s circle, despite an excellent turn-out of Giants of Backgammon, as Karen Davis reports in her article on the tournament, Everyone a Winner!

Check out the latest USBGF Online Leader Board, with the top-ten ranked players by Elo rating, win-loss records, and USBGF online tournaments won. If you haven’t played in an online tourney yet, sign up now for fun and fame. And it’s not too late to enter a three-person team to play in the USBGF Club Team Championship.

We encourage players in live ABT tournaments at every level to check out their ratings and stats on the complete USBGF Player Standings list, and the updated Leader Board prepared by Barry Silliman, USBGF Rankings Editor, with ABT rankings as of July 1, 2013, and USBGF Elo ratings for Open, Advanced, and Novice divisions based on ABT/USBGF tournament play since 2009 through July 1, 2013.

If you’re not yet a member of USBGF, or your membership has expired, sign up now and join the fun. You’ll enhance your playing experience–and enjoy this  70-page action-packed issue of PrimeTime Backgammon.

PrimeTime Backgammon, July-August 2013

Vadim & Stepan Nuniyants, Carol Joy Cole

Vadim (left) & Stepan Nuniyants, Open Doubles champions, with Tournament Director Carol Joy Cole (photo by Karen Davis)

 

Howard Markowitz

Howard Markowitz faces Herb Roman at the L.A. Open

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the July-August 2013 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Chuck Bower–USBGF Collegiate Championship Quiz
  • Steve Sax–Experience Rules at the 2013 L.A. Open
  • Dmitriy Obukhov and Paul Weaver–Opening 64 in a Seven-Point Match
  • Player Profile–Bruce Farquhar: Scottish Sportsman
  • Player Profile–Jim Stutz: Winner of the USBGF Director’s Cup
  • Karen Davis–Everyone a Winner! Michigan Sumer Backgammon Championships

USBGF News:

  • Perry Gartner–Changes in USBGF Benefits and Dues
  • Barry Silliman–The Leading U.S. Players
  • Tara Mendicino–USBGF Online Leader Board
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Events
  • Tournament Results (May 1—July 8, 2013)
  • Perry Gartner–Update on the U.S. Backgammon Federation
  • USBGF Club Team Championship

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PrimeTime Backgammon, May-June 2013

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the May-June 2013 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

John Klein

John Klein, winner of the December 2012 USBGF Online Circuit (photo by Karen Davis)

Selected contents include:

  • Marty Storer and Jason Lee–USBGF Members vs. Neil Kazaross: Online Match #1
  • Paul Weaver–Denmark vs. the World 2013
  • Kit Woolsey–To Double or Not to Double
  • Bob Wachtel–The Riviera in Winter
  • Bob Wachtel–Mind Games Center: A Review

USBGF News:

  • Karen Davis and Jason Lee–Mathematics of Backgammon Featured at the New National Museum of Mathematics
  • Karen Davis–John Klein: Student of the Game
  • Karen Davis– Alfred Mamlet: Winner of the January 2013 Online Circuit
  • Barry Silliman–The Leading U.S. Players
  • Tara Mendicino–USBGF Online Leader Board
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Events
  • 10th Annual Carolina Invitational
  • Tournament Results (March 25-April 21, 2013)
  • Perry Gartner–Update on the U.S. Backgammon Federation
  • Annual Membership Meeting

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Pitting the Best Against the Best

Highlights of the first USBGF Online Match (OLM) lead off the current May-June 2013 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon. This OLM, first in a series inaugurated by Jason Lee, features USBGF members voting on checker plays and cube decisions in a match against the all-time American Backgammon Tour leader, Neil Kazaross. The first 11-point match was won by USBGF members, even though Neil’s inhumanly low Performance Rating (PR) of 0.18 far surpassed a still impressive 3.63 PR by USBGF members. Marty Storer, USBGF Editor for Annotated Matches, analyzes 11 of the most interesting positions. The second Online Match is underway–if you haven’t joined in the fun, start now!

Gus Hansen and the Danish Team vs. “Falafel” Natanzon and the World Team.

Gus Hansen plays for the Danish Team against “Falafel” Natanzon and the World Team. (photo courtesy of Paul Weaver)

The mighty Danes have again challenged the rest of the world in the World Team vs. Denmark event held in connection with the Nordic Open. The Danish team has won three of the four years the competition has been held, including this year when it won 37—36 at Double Match Point in the consulting team event. The World Team jumped to a 12—1 lead before losing at DMP. Paul Weaver analyzes nine positions, and contrasts the right decision At the Score with what would be best in a money game or unlimited match.

Kit Woolsey, one of backgammon’s finest authors, and master of the doubling cube, launches a new column, To Double or Not to Double, in this issue of the magazine.

Bob Wachtel covers the Cannes tournament, complete with analysis of several interesting positions he faced. He also captures the glamour and atmosphere that make the Riviera appealing at any time of the year.

And there’s lots more in this issue of the magazine. Alfred Mamlet and John Klein, winners of the January 2013 and December 2012 USBGF Monthly Circuit tournaments provide insight into how they have systematically gone about taking their game to a new level.

This issue also reports on a Mind Games event at the new Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City, where Jason Lee and Bob Koca explained the mathematics of backgammon to captivated attendees, and where veteran backgammon players from the New York metropolitan area played matches with those new to the game. Richard Munitz treated them all to a thrilling game against the brother of a MoMath employee–a game whose exciting finish demonstrated how players can win or lose at the whim of the dice gods.

Check out the latest USBGF Online Leader Board, with the top-ten ranked players by Elo rating, showing win-loss records and USBGF online tournaments won. If you haven’t played in an online tourney yet, sign up now for fun and fame. And start organizing a team to play in the upcoming USBGF National Club Team Championship–details coming soon.

We encourage players in live ABT tournaments at every level to check out their ratings and stats on the complete USBGF Player Standings list, and the updated Leader Board prepared by Barry Silliman, USBGF Rankings Editor, with ABT rankings as of May 10, 2013, and USBGF Elo ratings for Open, Advanced, and Novice divisions based on ABT/USBGF tournament play since 2009 through May 10, 2013.

If you’re not yet a member of USBGF, or your membership has expired, sign up now and join the fun. You’ll enhance your playing experience–and enjoy this 62-page action-packed issue of PrimeTime Backgammon.

PrimeTime Backgammon, March-April 2013

Malcolm Davis

Malcolm Davis, Open Division winner of the 2013 Texas Backgammon Championships (photo by Karen Davis)

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the March-April 2013 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Marty Storer and Bill Riles — Dual-Duel in San Antonio
  • Jake Jacobs — Off the top of My Head: Part II
  • Phil Simborg — Lecture in Texas: Magriel’s Bold/Safe Criteria
  • Karen Davis — Remember the Alamo! Inaugural Texas Backgammon Championships

USBGF News:

  • Karen Davis — Scott Kelland: Winner of the 2012-2013 National Internet Championship Advanced Division
  • Karen Davis — Nowruz at the Smithsonian
  • Tara Mendicino — USBGF Online Leader Board
  • Barry Silliman — The Leading U.S. Players
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Events
  • February-March 2013 Tournament Results
  • Perry Gartner — Update on the U.S. Backgammon Federation

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Texas Tops the Tour

Akiko Yazawa

Akiko Yazawa–winner of the first Dual-Duel (photo by Paul Weaver)

The Inaugural Texas Backgammon Championships, held January 31—February 3, 2013, in San Antonio, raised the bar for exciting backgammon competition. It drew 133 participants from as far away as Japan, Norway, and Israel, including the top five ranked Giants of Backgammon, as well as a strong field of 44 Texans who ably defended Texas honor by taking the top places in the Open, Advanced, and Novice Divisions of the Main event.

In the March—April 2013 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon, Marty Storer analyzes 30 positions from matches in a new event, the Dual-Duel. Tournament co-director Bill Riles explains that he designed this unique event, in which players advance on two sides of the bracket based on Performance Rating or match score, to respond to the growing interest in the performance ratings of elite players. Akiko Yazawa, an electrifying young Japanese player, captured the trophy for first place in the event, defeating Giants of Backgammon Ed O’Laughlin, Petko Kostadinov, Mochy Mochizuki, and Matt Cohn-Geier on the way to victory.

Phil Simborg highlights the lecture on Bold Play/Safe Play Criteria that he and Mochy gave at the Texas tournament. Thirty matches and the lecture were streamed to viewers around the world by Rynell Nunez, with over 3000 pageviews. Karen Davis summarizes the tournament highlights and winners, including Richard Munitz, winner of the USBGF National Championship West event and Bob Koca and Scott Kelland, winner of the USBGF Tournament of Stars doubles event. Tara Mendicino, tournament co-director, helped participants enjoy the sight-seeing and “amusement park of restaurants” in this destination city with gorgeous, South Texas ‘winter’ weather. Super Bowl parties hosted by Mike Svobodny and Bill Riles culminated the extravaganza.

Jake Jacobs, in the second installment of his history of backgammon, captures the excitement of the backgammon scene in the late 1970s as two parallel backgammon worlds–one inhabited by princes and socialites and one inhabited by young, serious students of the game–collided.

And there’s lots more in this issue of the magazine. Scott Kelland, winner of the 2012—2013 National Internet Championship Advanced Division, provides insight into how the new generation of players has honed its game with instant expert feedback from eXtremeGammon software.

This issue also reports on the Nowruz Persian New Year celebration at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery in Washington DC on March 16, where area backgammon players and USBGF Board of Directors Chairman Karen Davis taught and played backgammon with many of the 10,000 attendees ranging in age from 5 to 82.

This issue features the USBGF Online Leader Board with the top-ten ranked players by Elo rating, showing win-loss records and USBGF online tournaments won. Adam Versaw, winner of the 2012-2013 USBGF National Internet Championship Open Division, is in first place as this issue goes to print. The ranking changes continuously as more than 280 USBGF members play in a dazzling array of tournaments. If you haven’t played in an online tourney yet, sign up now for fun and fame. And start organizing a team to play in the upcoming USBGF Team Championship — details coming soon. Currently, 22 U.S. college students from a dozen universities, along with nine international students are participating in the USBGF U.S. and International Collegiate Championship. All matches are played on the GridGammon backgammon server.

We encourage players in live ABT tournaments at every level to check out their ratings and stats on the complete USBGF Player Standings list, and the updated Leader Board prepared by Barry Silliman, USBGF Rankings Editor, with ABT rankings as of March 15, 2013, and USBGF Elo ratings for Open, Advanced, and Novice divisions based on ABT/USBGF tournament play since 2009 through March 15, 2013.

If you’re not yet a member of USBGF, or your membership has expired, sign up now and join the fun. You’ll enhance your playing experience–and enjoy this 60-page action-packed issue.

PrimeTime Backgammon, January-February 2013

Petko Kostadinov

Petko Kostadinov (photo by Karen Davis)

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the January-February 2013 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Marty Storer–Petko Kostadinov: Winner of the 2nd International Backgammon Championship
  • Steve Sax–The 2012 California State Backgammon Championships
  • Phil Simborg–Five Important Tools to Excellent Checker Play
  • Dorn Bishop–Nations Cup

USBGF News:

  • Tara Mendicino–The American Team: International Backgammon Championship
  • Karen Davis–Ben Friesen, Collegiate Champion: Breaking into Backgammon Big Time without Breaking the Bank
  • Kat Denison: USBGF National Internet Champion, Intermediate Division
  • Tara Mendicino–USBGF Online Leader Board
  • Barry Silliman–The Leading U.S. Players
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Events
  • December 2012-January 2013 Tournament Results
  • Perry Gartner–Update on the U.S. Backgammon Federation

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Backgammon Goes Global

Petko Kostadinov

Petko Kostadinov

Members of the international backgammon community are coming together to compete for recognition as the leading country of backgammon. The January-February 2013 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon captures the excitement of the just-concluded 2nd International Backgammon Championship, with Petko Kostadinov emerging victorious in 1st place, and the American Team winning the Country Prize trophy for the U.S. Tara Mendicino, tournament director, profiles the members of the American Team. To win a slot on the American Team, the top four players competed in a field of 38 entries in the U.S. Playoffs. Marty Storer analyzes Petko’s finals match against Victor Ashkenazi in the U.S. Playoffs of the IBC, a match which came down to a race at Double Match-Point.

The 2nd IBC was co-sponsored by the U.S. Backgammon Federation, the Japanese Backgammon League, and the French Backgammon Federation. This year, 15 players from Australia, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and Turkey competed. Plans are underway for the launch of the 3rd International Backgammon Championship, which will again be co-sponsored by the USBGF.

Dorn Bishop, captain of Team USA in the equally exciting Nations Cup, reports results of the 2012 competition. Four-person teams from 42 countries competed, with the Gold going to Japan, Silver to Bulgaria (whose team included Petko Kostadinov who just gained U.S. citizenship in 2012 in the #1 seed spot), and the Bronze to the U.S. The Team USA included Dorn Bishop (captain), Ed O’Laughlin, Jeremy Bagai, Grant Schneider, and Frank Frigo as alternate. Team USA members earned their slots by winning USBGF competitions (National Internet Championship; National Championship East; Grand Championship; Club Team Championships).

Special recognition goes to Jeremy Bagai, whose undefeated 6—0 record earned him Best Board among the #2 seeded players. Japan’s Masayuki Mochizuki won Best Board among the #1 seeded players. The round-robin format took place over the course of three months, with the scoring similar to English Premier League soccer (two match points for beating a team 4—0 or 3—1 in a given round; and one match point for tying 2—2). The U.S. Backgammon Federation will sponsor the Nations Cup in 2013, and welcomes country federations as affiliated sponsors.

And there’s lots more in this issue of the magazine. Steve Sax, who won the 2012 California State Backgammon Championships, summarizes results and some challenges he faced along the way. Phil Simborg’s column focuses on five important tools for excellent checker play. Insights into what shapes a champion are provided by profiles of online Collegiate Champion, Ben Friesen, and Kat Denison, Intermediate Division winner of the USBGF National Internet Championship.

This issue features the USBGF Online Leader Board, with the top-ten ranked players by Elo rating, showing win-loss records and USBGF online tournaments won. Petko Kostadinov is in first place as this issue goes to publication. The ranking changes continuously as more than 250 USBGF members play in a dazzling array of tournaments. If you haven’t played in an online tourney yet, sign up now for fun and fame.

We encourage players in live ABT tournaments at every level to check out their ratings and stats on the complete USBGF Player Standings list, and the updated Leader Board prepared by Barry Silliman, USBGF Rankings Editor. The Leader Board gives ABT rankings as of January 15, 2013, and USBGF Elo ratings for Open, Advanced, and Novice divisions, with rankings based on ABT/USBGF tournament play from 2009 through January 15, 2013.

If you’re not yet a member of USBGF, or your membership has expired, sign up now and join the fun. You’ll enhance your playing experience–and enjoy this 44-page action-packed issue.

USBGF Grand Champion: Jeremy Bagai

Ed O'Laughlin

Ed O’Laughlin

Jeremy Bagai

Jeremy Bagai (photo by Gus Contos)

Jeremy Bagai and Ed O’Laughlin battled it out, but in the end Home Field Advantage and the fickle finger of fate gave Jeremy the edge. Bob Wachtel in a two-part series demonstrates how important the luck factor is in a match between two top-level, virtually flawless players. The November-December 2012 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon captures the excitement and swings in the USBGF National Championship West between Bagai and O’Laughlin. The next issue pits East against West — again Bagai (West) against O’Laughlin (winner of the National Championship East) for the Grand Champion title.

Phil Simborg begins a new column for intermediate and beginner players, encapsulating the advice of Matt Cohn-Geier to hone in on the key factors and ignore the noise. Mary Hickey ends her two year series of columns on the early game, “Starting Off Right.”

Bob Wachtel probes one of the hardest plays for most players in his article Desperado — when to break a point in the home board to hit an opponent’s checker. Right under desperate circumstances, disastrous under others. Bob’s long experience helps you tell the difference.

This issue features for the first time the new USBGF Online Leader Board with the top-ten ranked players by Elo rating, showing win-loss records and USBGF online tournaments won. The ranking changes continuously as more than 200 USBGF members play in a dazzling array of tournaments. The Director’s Cup, open to a 128 player field, includes prizes for winner and finalist, as well as certificates and recognition in PrimeTime Backgammon and on the website. If you haven’t played in an online tourney yet, sign up now for fun and fame.

We encourage players in live ABT tournaments at every level to check out their ratings and stats on the complete USBGF Player Standings list, and the updated Leader Board prepared by Barry Silliman, USBGF Rankings Editor, with ABT rankings as of December 31, 2012, and USBGF Elo ratings for Open, Advanced, and Novice divisions based on ABT/USBGF tournament play since 2009 through December 1, 2012.

If you’re not yet a member of USBGF, or your membership has expired, sign up now and join the fun. You’ll enhance your playing experience–and enjoy this 39-page action-packed issue.

PrimeTime Backgammon, November-December 2012

2012 Michigan Team

The Michigan team, winners of the 2012 Ohio-Michigan Challenge (photo by Mary Hickey)

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the November—December 2012 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Bob Wachtel–Home Field Advantage: Bagai-O’Laughlin National Championship
  • Phil Simborg–A Big Lesson from a Little Giant: Matt Cohn-Geier
  • Bob Wachtel– Desperado
  • Mary Hickey–Starting Off Right

USBGF News:

  • USBGF Online Circuit Monthly — Interviews with Geza Törö and Tilman Söhnchen, October I and November winners
  • Michael Edge–USBGF College March Mayhem
  • Tara Mendicino–USBGF Online Leader Board
  • Barry Silliman–The Leading U.S. Players
  • USBGF Challenge Grant Doubles Your Contribution to the U.S. Backgammon Foundation
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Events
  • September—October 2012 Tournament Results
  • Perry Gartner–Update on the U.S. Backgammon Federation

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PrimeTime Backgammon, September-October, 2012

They Might Not Be Giants

They Might Not Be Giants receives the National Club Team Championship trophy from Karen Davis

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the September-October 2012 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Paul Weaver — Monte Carlo 2012, #1 Falafel vs. #4 Michy
  • Marty Storer — They Must be Giants
  • Phil Simborg — I Never Do Well at Novi
  • Mary Hickey — Starting Off Right

USBGF News:

  • Joe Russell, Justin Nunez, and Tara Mendicino — 2012 USBGF National Internet Championship
  • Tournament of Stars in San Antonio
  • Barry Silliman — The Leading U.S. Players
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Events
  • July-August 2012 Tournament Results
  • Perry Gartner — Update on the US Backgammon Federation

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PrimeTime Backgammon, July-August, 2012 Issue

Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon; Yamin Yamin; Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki

Falafel; Yamin Yamin; Mochy

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the July-August, 2012 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Marty Storer–Battle of the Giants–Falafel vs. Mochy at the Chicago Open
  • Steve Sax–Howard Markowitz Bowls a Perfect Game at the 2012 LA Open
  • Jake Jacobs–Bigger than a Breadbox–on the 2011 Giants list
  • Mary Hickey–Starting Off Right
  • Paul Weaver–London Open 2012

USBGF News:

  • Mary Hickey–Book Review: Raymond Kershaw’s Backgammon Funfair
  • Matt Cohn-Geier–Matchbox Backgammon App review
  • Phil Simborg–Chicago’s Learnapalooza
  • Barry Silliman–The Leading U.S. Players
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Events
  • July-August, 2012 Tournament Results
  • Perry Gartner–Update on the US Backgammon Federation
  • Update on the 2012 International Backgammon Championship

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Falafel vs. Mochy, Chicago, May, 2011

The seven-point match between Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon and Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki, played in  Chicago, Illinois, May, 2011. The download file includes a complete analysis by eXtreme Gammon, with an extensive commentary by Marty Storer.

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PrimeTime Backgammon, January-February, 2012 Issue

Jeremy Bagai and Matt Cohn-Geier at Burning Man

Jeremy Bagai (left) and Matt Cohn-Geier at Burning Man (Photo by Chris Berkman)

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the January-February 2012 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Paul Weaver–The National Internet Championship: A Great New Concept
  • Art Benjamin and Bob Koca– Mathematics and Backgammon Mini-Course
  • Steve Sax–Burning Men: the 2011 Las Vegas Open
  • Phil Simborg–How Do You Stack Up Against the Giants?
  • Mary Hickey–Starting Off Right
  • Karen Davis–NY Metropolitan Open and USBGF National Championship

USBGF News:

  • Justin Nunez and Joe Russell–2012 USBGF National Club Team Championship
  • Joe Russell and Phil Simborg–2012 USBGF National Backgammon Collegiate Team Championship
  • Mellen and Nunez Join USBGF Board of Directors
  • Richard Munitz–USBGF Rating and Stats System: An Update
  • Barry Silliman–The Leading U.S. Tournament Players
  • 2011 USBGF Awards
  • Notice of Annual Membership Meeting of the USBGF
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Scheduled Events
  • November-December 2011 Tournament Results
  • Perry Gartner–Update on the US Backgammon Federation

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PrimeTime Backgammon, September/October, 2011

Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki

Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki (photo by Steve Sax)

 

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the September/October, 2011 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Mochy on The Back Game
  • Karen Davis, Art Benjamin, Chuck Bower, Frank Frigo, and Phil Simborg–Backgammon Kentucky Derby
  • Mary Hickey–Starting Off Right
  • Malcolm Davis–Cube Decision in Florida
  • Danny Kleinman–Let Me Count the Ways
  • Harvey Gillis–Backgammon for Life’s Challenges
  • Robert Wachtel–The World’s Revenge, Part 1
  • Karen Davis–The Sun Shines on Malcolm Davis

USBGF News:

  • Joe Russell–2011 USBGF National Internet Championship Kicks Off
  • Karen Davis–The Olympics of Backgammon
  • Barry Silliman–The Leading USBGF Players by Division
  • Phil Simborg–Collegiate Summer Championship
  • Help Develop the Next Generation
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming U.S. Events
  • July-Labor Day 2011 Tournament Results
  • USBGF 500th Member–Niusha Victoria Tafazzoli
  • Perry Gartner–Update on the US Backgammon Federation

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PrimeTime Backgammon, July/August, 2011

 

Harvey Gillis

Harvey Gillis, LA Open Winner (Photo by Karen Davis)

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the July/August, 2011 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

 

  • Neil Kazaross’s annotation of his 1st Golden Gate Backgammon Open championship finals with Ralf Jonas–Battle of the Titans
  • Mary Hickey — Starting Off Right
  • John O’Hagan–Book Review of Mary Hickey and Marty Storer’s What’s Your Game Plan?
  • Steve Sax–A Backgammon Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles
  • Adam Bennett–Neil Kazaross: Hard Work Pays Off
  • Robert Wachtel–The Nordic 2011: A Double Coming-Out Party

USBGF News:

 

  • Joe Russell–2011 USBGF National Internet Championship
  • David Rubin–Chicago Bears Take Traveling Trophy Home
  • USBGF Monthly Lecture Series
  • Founding Sponsors
  • USBGF Ranking Leaders in Open, Advanced, and Novice Divisions
  • Upcoming ABT Events and May—June 2011 Tournament Results
  • Perry Gartner–Update on the US Backgammon Federation

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Kit Woolsey

Kit Woolsey (Photo by Karen Davis)

Kit Woolsey provides annotated commentary on a New York Metro Liberty Cup Masters finals match with reflections on key positions from his opponent Claude Landry, complete with analyses by eXtreme Gammon software in the just-released May/June issue of PrimeTime Backgammon.

There’s something for everyone in this issue of the magazine, regardless of playing level. Chuck Bower presents a simple, accurate method of determining proper doubling decisions in pre-bearoff, early, and late bearoffs. Two-time U.S. Open champion, Mary Hickey, provides tips for beginners and intermediates on when to hit in the early game. Steve Sax captures the East-West rivalry on display at the Nevada State Backgammon Tournament with scintillating wit and stunning photos.

The USBGF Online National Club Team Championships got underway in April. The eight winners of the round-robin Group Play, announced in this issue, now enter the quarterfinal rounds. Winners will be recognized at the Tournament of Stars banquet in LA on June 11.

The University of California, Los Angeles triumphed in the USBGF Collegiate Backgammon Championship on April 23, organized by co-directors Joe Russell and Justin Nunez. Three students on the winning team were each awarded $300 scholarships, and will be honored at the Tournament of Stars banquet in LA on June 11. The USBGF is making a concerted effort to reach out to college students, with 19 university backgammon teams receiving coaching and assistance from USBGF members, under the tutelage of USBGF Education Advisor Phil Simborg.

Don’t miss details in this issue of lots of playing opportunities at upcoming USBGF-sponsored events, including the Tournament of Stars, USBGF National Championships, and World Giants’ Challenge Quiz in Los Angeles June 9-12, 2011. These action-packed four days are being held in conjunction with the Gammon Associates LA Open.

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Kit Woolsey v. Claude Landry, New York, 2011

Kit Woolsey provides annotated commentary on the 2011 New York Metro Liberty Cup Masters finals match, with reflections on key positions from his opponent, Claude Landry, along with a complete analysis by eXtreme Gammon.

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PrimeTime Backgammon, May/June, 2011

 

Herb Gurland

Herb Gurland (photo by Steve Sax)

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the May/June 2011 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Kit Woolsey with reflections from Claude Landry — World Class Backgammon in a World-Class City
  • Mary Hickey — Starting Off Right
  • Chuck Bower — A Simple Accurate Method ofDetermining Proper Doubling Decisions in Races
  • Steve Sax — East Coast vs. West Coast Rivalry Settled Over the Boards
  • Adam Bennett — Chuck Bower: From Astrophysics to Zeus

USBGF News:

  • UCLA Wins USBGF Collegiate Backgammon Championship
  • Local Club Teams Turn Out for National Club Team Championships
  • 1st International Backgammon Championship
  • Shoot for the Stars — USBGF Tournament of Stars, National Championships, and World Giants’ Challenge Quiz
  • Backgammon at MathFest 2011
  • Founding Sponsors
  • USBGF Ranking Leaders in Open, Advanced, and Novice Divisions
  • Upcoming ABT Events and March-April 2011 Tournament Results
  • Update on the US Backgammon Federation

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PrimeTime Backgammon, March/April, 2011

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The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the March/April, 2011 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Marty Storer–Learning from the Experts and Bots: The Fogerlund-O’Laughlin Match at the U.S. Open
  • Mary Hickey–Starting Off Right
  • Jake Jacobs–Off the Top of My Head
  • Rochelle Hasson–Carol Joy Cole: First Lady of Backgammon
  • Steve Sax–X Marks the Spot: 2011 New Mexico Backgammon Championship
  • Harvey Gillis–Backgammon: Decision Analysis for Success
  • Phil Simborg–Seven Reasons You Should Teach Children Backgammon
  • Gus Contos–Charting the Best Play
  • Karen Davis–Ed Bennett: King of the Mountain

USBGF News:

  • Shoot for the Stars–USBGF Tournament of Stars, National Championships, and World Best Player Quiz
  • USBGF Reaches Out to College Students
  • USBGF Founding Sponsors
  • USBGF Ranking Leaders in Open, Advanced, and Novice Divisions
  • Upcoming ABT Events and January/February 2011 Tournament Results
  • Update on the US Backgammon Federation
  • Annual Membership Meeting

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Jan/Feb, 2011

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the January/February 2011 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Joe Russell-—Bali Ha’i
  • Adam Bennett–2010 American Backgammon Tour Contenders
  • Matt Cohn-Geier–Eight Days in Monte Carlo, Part 2
  • Chuck Bower on Monte Carlo, Part 2
  • Mary Hickey–Starting Off Right
  • John O’Hagan–The Free Drop
  • Alan and Joan Grunwald
  • Richard Munitz–I’d Like That Match to Go
  • Patrick Gibson–Tips on Increasing Attendance at an ABT Event
  • Steve Sax–2010 California State BG Championship

USBGF News:

  • USBGF Local Club Initiative
  • USBGF Founding Sponsors
  • USBGF Ranking Leaders in Open, Advanced, and Novice Divisions
  • Upcoming ABT Events and November-December 2010 Tournament Results
  • Update on the US Backgammon Federation
  • Art Benjamin to Join USBGF Board of Directors

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Nov/Dec, 2010

The U.S. Backgammon Federation presents the November-December 2010 issue of its bi-monthly electronic magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon. In it, you’ll find articles by leading backgammon players and authors.

Selected contents include:

  • Matt Cohn-Geier–Eight Days in Monte Carlo
  • Chuck Bower on Monte Carlo
  • Mary Hickey–Starting Off Right
  • John O’Hagan–Book Recommendations
  • Mike Corbett–A Mayfair Genius, Revisited
  • Malcolm Davis: Backgammon Pioneer
  • Al Tesoro Memorial Quiz and Lecture
  • Backgammon MeetUp in Ohio
  • Ross Gordon: Creating a BG Community
  • Illinois State Backgammon Championships

USBGF News:

  • USBGF Local Club Initiative
  • USBGF Founding Sponsors
  • USBGF Ratings Leaders in Open, Advanced, and Novice Divisions
  • Upcoming ABT Events and September-October Tournament Results
  • Update on the US Backgammon Federation
  • Thanks to Harvey Gillis

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