USBGF Advanced Divisional LXXXVIII

Richard Griggs Jr 2020

Congratulations to Richard Griggs, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXXXVIII. Richard defeated Brion Brooks in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Vinson Blanton and Ali Shamsian. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CX

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Congratulations to John Gamalielson, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CX. John defeated Jasper Watertor in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Peter Wisniewski and Jerry Gette . The Masters Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of […]

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PrimeTime BG Summer 2020

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PrimeTime BG Summer 2020 Much of our Summer issue is devoted to online tournaments, after cancellation of this year’s live ABT. John O’Hagan, #9 Giant for 2019, graces the cover, in honor of his Local Club Initiative Online Tournament win over Denver’s Charlie Raichle. Check out Marty Storer’s analysis of their final match. We cover […]

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MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS – ABT ONLINE!

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MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS ABT ONLINE! July 5, 2020; GridGammon.com – Results from chicagopoint.com Photo credit: Candace Mayeron CHAMPIONSHIP (76): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Howard Markowitz (NV), 3/4-Aaron Foust (NV) / Rambiz Khalili (Iran/South Africa), 1C-David Staggs (IN), 2C- Art Benjamin (CA), 3/4C-Phil Simborg (FL) / Richard Sweetman (NH). INTERMEDIATE (44): 1-Andy Fazekas (CT), 2-Cem Aslan (TX), […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CIX

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Congratulations to Ted Chee, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CIX. Ted defeated Roberto Litzenberger in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Steven Waller and Mario Savan. The Masters Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional LXXXVII

Avi Cohen

Congratulations to Avi Cohen, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXXXVII. Avi (Sheshbesh) defeated Konstantin Keresteliev in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were David Vakil and Gary Oleson. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: […]

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BUFFALO/NIAGARA BACKGAMMON ABT ONLINE!

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BUFFALO/NIAGARA BACKGAMMON ABT ONLINE! June 28, 2020; Heroes.BackgammonStudio.com OPEN (27): 1-Mathemagics/Art Benjamin (CA), 2-akelabg/Victor Ashkenazi (NJ); 1C-TheDaveShow/Brian Lonergan (LA), 2C-KarenDavis/Karen Davis (FL). ADVANCED (19): 1-antanggioalo/Alec Izzo (FL), 2-VegasVillain/Aaron Foust (NV); 1C-Limoncello/Joe Calvaruso (OH), 2C-Ghost55/Frank Costello III.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional LXXXVI

Manny Olszynko

Congratulations to Manny Olszynko, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXXXVI. Manny defeated Max Levenstein in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Kris Waters and Vinson Blanton. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional LXXX

Intermediate Divisional LXXX Congratulations to Alice Kay, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LXXX. Alice defeated John Hay in the 13-point final. Joy Engel and Ira Gardner finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. See the current […]

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ABT ONLINE! – USBGF SPRING FLING

USBGF SPRING FLING ABT ONLINE!, June 15-20, 2020; BackgammonGalaxy.com OPEN (58): 1-Rich Sweetman (NH), 2-Art Benjamin (CA), 3/8-Herman Arzuman (NY) / Tim Cross (England) / Ray Fogerlund (NV) / Giorgis Lazaris (Greece) / David Rennie (CA) / Andrew Selby (England). ADVANCED (36): 1-Aaron Foust (NV), 2-Eduardo Maciel Costa (Brazil), 3/6-Douglas DeWitte (NV) / Kate Elmore […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CVII

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Congratulations to Aubrey Brengelman, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CVII. Aubrey defeated Kevin Jones in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final we’re John Gamalielson and Andrew Selby. The Masters Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. […]

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USBGF May Womens Monthly Tournament

Leyla Zaloutskaya

Congratulations to Leyla Zaloutskaya, winner of the USBGF May Womens Monthly. Leyla defeated Lynda Clay in the 17-point final. Wendy Kaplan and Kat Denison finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final round. The Womens Monthly tournament is open to all USBGF ladies. Entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about this tourney […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional LXXXV

Frank Costello LA

Congratulations to Frank Costello, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXXXV. Frank defeated Vinson Blanton in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Peter Chechele and James Schothorst. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional LXXIX

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Congratulations to Teri Harmon, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LXXIX. Teri defeated Konstantin Keresteliev in the 13-point final. Thomas Dapp and Dan Schmelzinger finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. See the current online tournament ratings […]

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LOS ANGELES OPEN BACKGAMMON ABT ONLINE!

Tim Cross (2)

LOS ANGELES OPEN BACKGAMMON ABT ONLINE!, June 4 – 7, 2020; GridGammon.com – Results from chicagopoint.com OPEN (51): 1-timcrazy/Tim Cross (England), 2-SongScout/Gus Contos (CA), 3-barkin/Bill Arkin (CA), 4-dorado11/Mario Savan (CA), 5/6-Vengeance526/Brian Lonergan (LA) / minollus/Fabio Sallusto (Italy); 1LC-wockadoo/Bob Wachtel (CA), 2LC-mapacho/Michael Miller (CA). ADVANCED (38): 1-Karasuzy/Kara Schultz (CA), 2-wavesinair/Paul Armbruster (CA), 3-Sheshbesh/Avi Cohen (FL), 4-BradRose/Brad […]

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Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki is voted as the #1 Giant of Backgammon for 2019!

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For the 14th time since 1993, the Top 32 Giants of Backgammon have been chosen by a worldwide vote conducted by Chicago’s Yamin Yamin and his Committee. Voting for 2019 officially ended January 31, 2020. The Committee is pleased to present the 2019 Giants here: Giants of Backgammon. The new Giants will be honored in […]

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USBGF April Womens Monthly

Irina Litzenberger

Congratulations to Irina Litzenberger, winner of the USBGF April Womens Monthly. Irina defeated Eva Zizkova in the 17-point final. Karen Davis and Kat Denison finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final round. The Womens Monthly tournament is open to all USBGF ladies. Entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. See the latest online standings at […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CVI

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Congratulations to Roberto Litzenberger, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CVI. Roberto defeated Steve Hills in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final we’re Ruben Sineriz and Mario Savan. The Masters Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CVIII

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Congratulations to Jiri Vala, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CVIII. Jiri defeated Jan Cerny in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final we’re Steve Hills and Ken Bame. The Masters Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. […]

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CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON – ABT ONLINE!

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CHICAGO OPEN – ABT ONLINE, May 18-24, 2020; Backgammon Galaxy; Rory Pascar, Director OPEN (68): 1-Brian Lonergan (LA), 2-Neil Kazaross (IL), 3-Boris Dekhtyar (NY), 4-10 Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), Karen Davis (FL), Geoff Hall (England), Steve Hills (DC), Ary Nogueira (Brazil), Steve Nelson (Hong Kong), Jonah Seewald (CO) ADVANCED (56): 1-Marcy Kossar (MD), 2-Stewart Pemberton (FL); […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional LXXXVIV

Giancarlo Ratto

Congratulations to Giancarlo Ratto, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXXXIV. Giancarlo defeated Richard Stubbe in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Anita Marholm and Kamran Kheirani. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CV

William Lonergan 2020_rev

Congratulations to William Lonergan, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CV. William defeated Brian Lonergan in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Aubrey Brengelman and Mario Savan. The Masters Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration. […]

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Getting the Most Out of Your USBGF Membership

Getting the Most Out of Your USBGF Membership

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ABT Online!

ABT Online! The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) is pleased to announce the launch of the ABT Online! Tour. Similar to the American Backgammon Tour, players entering ABT Online! Tournaments will earn points toward ABT Online! rankings. The ABT Online! is a complement to the in-person American Backgammon Tour. The 2020 ABT points race has been […]

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USBGF February Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to William Lonergan, winner of the USBGF 2020 February Monthly Circuit. William defeated Jerry Unger in the 11-point final match. Juan Jose Aguzzi and Tom Courts finished 3/4 in the semi-final match. Entry into this tournament is free for all USBGF members — including Premium, Youth, and Basic members. Be sure your membership is […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF DAN MINARDI APPOINTMENT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, TREASURER, AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) is pleased to announce the selection of Dan Minardi as Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer of the U.S. Backgammon Federation and election to the Board of Directors. In 2019 Dan created and directed the highly-successful Denver Wild West Shootout American Backgammon Tour tournament bringing a personalized service-oriented style to directing […]

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ABT ONLINE! – CHERRY BLOSSOM ONLINE!

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Ben Friesen, Director; Karen Davis Host, April 25-26, 2020; Backgammon Galaxy CHAMPIONSHIP (51): 1-Minollus/Fabio Sallusto (Italy), 2-dorado11 /Mario Savan (CA), 3-finnerab/Bill Finneran (MD), 4-VikingCafe/Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 5/6-darren/Ronald Rubin (CA) / dave56/David Staggs (IN). ADVANCED (47): gasparcan/Tom Rebelo (Canada), 2-RyanRebel /Ryan Rebelo (Canada), 3-Withano/Brion Brooks (IL), 4-LuckyLarry/Larry Brown (VA).

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John O’Hagan Takes LCI Online Championship!

John OHagan 2020

In a tight match, John O’Hagan, representing Flint Area BG defeated the Colorado Backgammon Club’s Charlie Raichle 17-15. Finishing 3/4 were Joe Calvaruso from the Columbus Backgammon Club and Yury Millman of the Twin Cities Backgammon Club. John now joins 2019 winner Carl Sorg and 2018 winner Gus Contos as champions of this annual event. […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional LXXVII

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Congratulations to David Vakil, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LXXVII. David defeated Bonnie Rogoff in the 13-point final. Ali Shamsian and Shahrooz Moreh finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. See the current online tournament ratings […]

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USBGF March Womens Monthly

2020 Leyla Zaloutskaya

Congratulations to Leyla Zaloutskaya, winner of the USBGF March Womens Monthly. Leyla defeated Genna Cowan in the 17-point final. Gillian Misrahi and Cynthia Bolonogoff finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final round. The Womens Monthly tournament is open to all USBGF ladies. Entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. See the latest online standings at […]

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