USBGF Intermediate Divisional LVI

Marcus Selle 2019

Congratulations to Marcus Selle, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LVI. Marcus defeated Simona Staneva in the 13-point final. Sharooz Moreh and Kamron Kheirani finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament. See current online tournament ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF Advanced Divisional LXV

2018 Parks David

Congratulations to David Parks, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXV. David defeated Kevin Jones in the 17-point final. Max Glaezer and Tom Horton finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader Board.

USBGF November Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Michael Neagu, winner of the USBGF 2018 November Monthly Circuit. Michael won this single elimination tournament by defeating Miki Laukkanen in the 17-point final match. Andrew Selby and John Manning finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

USBGF October Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Ted Chee, winner of the USBGF 2018 October Monthly Circuit. Ted won this single elimination tournament by defeating Manny Olszynko in the 17-point final match. Jerry Unger and Kat Denison finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

3rd BOSTON OPEN: MASSACHUSETTS STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

3rd BOSTON OPEN, February 14-17, 2019; Boston, Massachusetts –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OBSESSIVE OPEN (32): 1-Frank Raposa (VA), 2-Marty Storer (NH); 1C-Gary Koscielny (FL), 2C-Stephen Hassman (MA); 1LC-Cary Hoarty (OH), 2LC-Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
ADORING ADVANCED (39): 1-Joe Miller (OH), 2-Al Theriault (CT), 3/4-Scott Salisbury (CT) / Jerry Shea (NY); 1C-Garrett Duquesne (NY), 2C-Marcy Kossar (MD); 1LC-Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
NESTLING NOVICE (10): 1-Bill Jackson (NJ), 2-Kim Brooks (MA), 3-Mark Detoria (MA).
HERB GURLAND MEMORIAL MASTERS (14): 1-Marty Storer (NH), 2-Frank DiMaggio (NY).
OPTIMISTIC OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH), 2-Donny Lomuto (NY).
LOVABLE LIMITED JACKPOT (12): 1-Irina Litzenberger (VA), 2-Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
KING OF HEARTS (8): 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ), 2-Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
QUEEN OF HEARTS (8): 1-Laura Hoarty (OH), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA).
SWEETHEART DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Dan Minardi (CO) & John Pirner (MN), 2-Anca Morar (RI) & David Stein (IL).
BE-MINE BLITZ (48): 1-Jay Karns (NY), 2-Kamran Kheirani (Canada).
SASSY SPEEDGAMMON (8): 1-David Kornwitz (MA).
SEDUCTIVE SENIORS JACKPOT (16): 1-Allen Tish (CA), 2-Paul Caracciolo (MA).
JEALOUS JUNIORS JACKPOT (16): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH), 2-Daniel Adler (NY).
PASSION PRE-TOURNEY (16): 1-Kamran Kheirani (Canada), 2-Allen Tish (CA).

USBGF December Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Alfred Mamlet, winner of the USBGF 2018 December Monthly Circuit. Alfred won this single elimination tournament by defeating Rich Sweetman in the 17-point final match. Ray Bills and John Graas finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

Sunshine State Classic Backgammon Tournament, February 8-10, 2019; Clearwater, Florida –
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

2018 Tampa_Stacy Turner

OPEN (11): 1-Stacy Turner, 2-Chris Knapp (MA); 1LC-Roland Leutert.
INTERMEDIATE (19): 1-Kevin Jones, 2-Cinda King (IL); 1LC-Caryl Stephenson (Canada).
NOVICE (12): 1-Brad Fisher (IL), 2-Ken Proctor; 1LC-Andrew Goldman.
MASTERS (4): 1-Stacy Turner, 2-Cary Hoarty (OH).
GULF COAST DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH) & Laura Hoarty (OH), 2-Hernan Cortes (GA) & Roland Leutert.
MICRO BLITZ (16): 1-Chris Palmer (England).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNEY (8): 1-Chris Palmer (England).

7th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

7th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
January 31-February 3, 2019; San Antonio, Texas
Results from chicagopoint.com

2019 Texas Jonah Seewald

CHAMPIONSHIP (75+27 rebuys): 1-Jonah Seewald, 2-Dmitriy Obukhov, 3/4-Ben Friesen / Albert Steg; 1C-Dana Nazarian, 2C-Jon Vietor, 3C/4C-Carol Joy Cole / Julius High; 1LC-Michael Neagu, 2LC-Boris Dekhtyar
ADVANCED (50+18 rebuys): 1-Manuel Perito, 2-Irina Litzenberger; 1C-Cem Aslan, 2C-Scott Neal, 3C/4C-Ed Onny / Ken Tyszko; 1LC-Roman Fridman
LIMITED (14): 1-Leon Button, 2-Mary Kay Lively.
MALCOLM DAVIS LONGHORN CLASSIC MASTERS (32): 1-Bob Glass, 2-Petko Kostadinov, 3/4-Yury Millman / Joe Russell.
ALAMO CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Rudy Langenbach, 2-David Klausa, 3/4-Gus Contos / Wayne Felton.
TEXAS CLASSIC ADVANCED JACKPOT (23):1-Kamran Kheirani, 2-Brad Vogt, 3/4-Giancarlo Ratto / Steven Saad.
LONE STAR PRO-AM DOUBLES (8 teams): Finals: Joe Russell & Joe Feldman vs. Jonah Seewald & Roberto Litzenberger.
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (96): 1-Herb Roman, 2-Dan Minardi, 3-Ray Fogerlund
FIESTA MIXED BLITZ (12×8): 1-Cary Hoarty, 2-Grant Hoffman, 3-Mike Horri.
SPEEDGAMMON (64): 1-Grant Hoffman, 2-Allen Tish.
USBGF DMP PRIME TOURNAMENT (96): 1-Ed Onny, 2-David Kettler, 3-Ray Bills
ULTIMATE BACKGAMMON CHALLENGE (10): 1-Stephen Deep, 2-Scott Neal.
AWARDS NIGHT FREE ROLL ((37): 1-Neil Kazaross
AMERICAN BACKGAMMON HALL OF FAME: 2019 Inductes – Steve Sax (CA).

USBGF Advanced Divisional LXIII

Kevin Jones 2017

Congratulations to Kevin Jones, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXIII. Kevin defeated Lynda Clay in the 17-point final. Andrew Hunter and Brian Cohen finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader Board.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional LIV

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Congratulations to Genna Cowan, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LIV. Genna defeated Marcela Pelagatti in the 13-point final. Curt Wilhelmsen and Marti Leal finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final.

The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament. See current online tournament ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF Advanced Divisional LXI

Dan Wittkopp 2019

Congratulations to Dan Wittkopp, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXI. Dan defeated Michael Flohr in the 17-point final. Vinson Blanton and HB Drake finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader Board.

USBGF Advanced Divisional LXII

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Congratulations to Peter Swartwout, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXII. Peter defeated Fabian Melnik in the 17-point final. Mary Morse and William Porter finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader Board.

12th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN


12th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN
, January 10-13, 2019; Jersey City, New Jersey –
Results from chicagopoint.com

2019 NY Open

CHAMPIONSHIP (96 + 40 rebuys): 1-Kimon Papachristopoulos (Germany), 2-Kent Goulding (MD), 3/4-Tobias Hellwag (Germany) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY); 1C-Volker Sonnabend (Germany), 2C-Al Cantito (CT), 3C/4C-Richard Munitz (NY) / Frank Talbot (MI); 1LC-Michael Levi (England), 2LC-Joe Freedman (NM).
INTERMEDIATE (81 + 29 rebuys): 1-Tim Flateman (NY), 2-Tara Mendicino (TX), 3/4-Ross Gordon (CT) / P.J. Macali (OH); 1C-Scott Douglas (Canada), 2C-Stewart Pemberton (FL), 3C/4C-Tonio Scali (NY) / David Tuminaro (NY); 1LC-Omar Shah (Canada), 2LC-Vicki Ondis (FL).
ADVANCED BEGINNER (41): 1-Yusei Nishikawa (Japan), 2-Michael Rosen (NY), 3/4-Joe Barello (NY) / Lisa Pelaez (NY); 1C-Andrew J. LeVine (NY), 2C-Miguel Hendrickson (NY), 3C/4C-Jonathan Berkowitz (NY) / Sava Kalafatides (NJ); 1LC-Kai Demler (NY), 2LC-Marziyeh Abbasi (Canada).
BEGINNER (16): 1-Barb Robinson (IL), 2-Jared Schneider (NJ); 1C-Tijan Brown (MD), 2C-Chelsea Bussey (LA); 1LC-Rodney Rigoli (NY).
SUPER JACKPOT (32): 1-Karen Davis (FL), 2-Sebastian Wilkinson (England), 3/4-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Kimon Papachristopoulos (Germany).
LIBERTY CUP MASTERS (32): 1-Mark Megalli (NY), 2-Phil Simborg (IL), 3/4-John O’Hagan (IN) / Sebastian Wilkinson (England).
LIMITED JACKPOT (48): 1/2-Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA) / Ken Indart (MD), 3-Sergiy Rybiy (NY).
BLITZ (144): 1-Jason Lee (MD), 2-Albert Steg (MA).
USBGF PRIME MINI-MATCH (64): 1-John Klein (MD), 2-Herb Roman (IL).
YOUNG & RESTLESS (32): 1/2 (split) Mark Megalli (NY) / Frank Raposa (VA).
NEW YORK DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Cary Hoarty (OH) & Laura Hoarty (OH), 2-Andy Fazekas (CT) & Gary Koscielny (FL).
NEW YORK DOUBLES OVERFLOW (16 teams): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY) & Mark Megalli (NY), 2-Jason Pack (NY) & Sebastian Wilkinson (England).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Tony Wuersch (RI), 2-Cloyd Laporte (NY), 3/4-Dave Brady (NY) / Philippe Salnave (FL).
SENIORS OVERFLOW TOURNAMENT (32): 1/2 (split): Molly Anderson (WA) / Herb Roman (IL).
FTH BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Shahrooz Moreh (NY), 2-Narvey Goldman (Canada).
$100 JACKPOT (8): 1-Alexandra Kupfer (Switzerland).
$100 JACKPOT (8): 1-Sam Ahmed (CA).
$100 JACKPOT (8): 1-Joe Urso (NY).
$50 JACKPOT (8): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI).
$50 JACKPOT (8): 1-Dan Schechner (NY).
$50 JACKPOT (8): 1-David Shadi (NJ).
$50 JACKPOT (8): 1/2-Cloyd Laporte (NY) / Joe Urso (NY).
$50 JACKPOT (8): 1/2-Farhad Forudi (OH) / Eduardo Maciel (Brazil).

USBGF Intermediate Divisional LIII

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Liberty, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LIII. Elizabeth defeated Shahrooz Moreh in the 13-point final. Curt Wilhelmsen andTed Cetola finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

See the current online tournament ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional LII

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Congratulations to David Bradley, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LII. David defeated Elizabeth Liberty in the 13-point final. Shahrooz Moreh and Timothy Dugan finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

See the current online tournament ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

Final of EBIF World Team Championship between U.S. and Norway on GridGammon

U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF)
Published by Karen Davis · 16 hrs ·

Final of EBIF World Team Championship between U.S. and Norway being played this weekend on GridGammon! Come watch!: EBIF International.
Neil Kazaross won his match with Norway’s Sven Wisloff Nilssen with a 2.32 PR and 8 Luck Factor!

Joe Russell has his match scheduled today, Friday, December 21, at 10:30 pm Pacific time (that’s 1:30 am Saturday Eastern/GGT or 7:30 am Central European Time on Saturday morning.

Alfred Mamlet has his match with Jorn Nesdal scheduled at Noon Eastern/GGT time (18:00 Central European time) on Saturday, December 22.
Steve Sax has his match with Asbjorn Arntzen scheduled at 1 pm Pacific time on Saturday, (4 pm Eastern/GGT and 22:00 Central European time).

Roberto Litzenberger has his match with Hans Marias Eikseth at 1 pm Eastern/GGT (19:00 CET) Sunday, December 23.

Donate to Boards for Kids and Beat the USBGF Teaching Pro!

Make a tax-deductible charitable donation to the U.S. Backgammon Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, to support the Boards for Kids program and play a match against USBGF Teaching Pro Phil Simborg or USBGF Board member and top-ranked player Frank Talbot. Donations may be made to the Foundation’s PayPal account: donations@usbgf.org.

Donors will play USBGF Teaching Pro Phil Simborg or Frank Talbot, a Certified Teaching Pro and member of the Board of the U.S. Backgammon Federation, on GammonSite, a backgammon server of GameSite 2000. Phil and Frank will give you a few comments or tips to improve your game during the match or afterwards based on an XG analysis of your play.

If donors are not already subscribed to GammonSite, they may play their match for free. GameSite 2000 is known as the producer of the premier eXtreme Gammon software for analyzing backgammon positions and matches. GameSite 2000 is a corporate sponsor of the U.S. Backgammon Federation. It offers a 20% discount on XG to USBGF Premium members and a 30% discount on its GammonSite backgammon server for all USBGF members ($14 a year compared to $20 a year for non-members).

Donors contributing $25 will play a 3-point match with Phil or Frank; donors contributing $50 will play a 5-point match. All winners of the match with Phil or BLC Teaching Pro will be entered into a GammonSite single elimination blitz. Winners of 3-point matches will receive one entry; winners of 5-point matches two entries. Each 8-player blitz will offer a prize of one year Premium membership in the USBGF (or one-year extension) or a $60 credit for use at the USBGF BG Shop. In addition winners will receive a one-year subscription to GammonSite.

100% of all donations will be used to supply backgammon boards to youth including all youth under age 18 playing in ABT tournaments. Donations will be matched by Phil, Xavier Dufaure de Citres, the CEO of GameSite 2000, and Karen Davis, President/Executive Director of USBGF. Prizes will be donated by USBGF and GameSite 2000.

So act now! Send a donation via PayPal to the account donations@usbgf.org
and receive a tax deduction while supporting growth of the game we all love! The offer will expire January 31, 2019.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional LI

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Liberty, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LI. Elizabeth defeated Konstantin Keresteliev in the 13-point final. Crista Solovey and Vinson Blanton finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final.

The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament. See current online tournament ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF Advanced Divisional LX

Congratulations to Gary Zelmanovics, winner of the Advanced Divisional LX. Gary defeated Chris Krisilas in the 17-point final. Jason Karns and Andrew Hunter finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See latest standings: Leader Board.

New Online USBGF Premium ABT Jackpot!

We are pleased to announce a new free online tournament for Premium and Founding Sponsor members, the USBBGF Premium ABT Jackpot #1. First place prize is a free entry to an ABT tournament of the winner’s choice in 2019 or 2020. Second place finalist receives half the entry to an ABT tournament of the finalist’s choice in 2019 or 2020. The entry fee applies to any Main division event (Championship/Open or Advanced/Intermediate). It does not include registration or hospitality fee.

The tournament format will consist of single-elimination, 128-player brackets. All early rounds will be 13 points in length. The semi-final will be 15 points, and the championship final will be 17 points. Match logs will be required at the time of reporting. The tournament will start as soon as the 128-player bracket has been filled.

If you are not currently a USBGF Premium member, take advantage of a special membership promotion of 10% off on one-year and three-year memberships — $54 for one year and $135 for three years. Check out becoming a Founding Sponsor through easy recurring monthly payments.

The USBBGF Premium ABT Jackpot #1 will be played on Backgammon Studio, Backgammon Galaxy, GridGammon, GammonSite, or Safe Harbor Games.

The tournament is directed by Tara Mendicino and Jeff Proctor.

For additional tournaments in registration, including FTH Blitzes, Founding Sponsor Jackpots, Masters, Advanced, and Intermediate Divisional events, Monthly Circuit, Women’s Circuit, and Membership Blitz events, please see our Online Circuit tournament calendar.

USBGF Advanced Divisional LVIII

Congratulations to Bonnie Rogoff, winner of the Advanced Divisional LVIII. Bonnie defeated Jason Karns in the 17-point final. Fabian Melnik and Manny Olszynko finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader Board.

Congratulations to Marty Storer, Tara Mendicino, Jeb Horton, and Frank Talbot on Election to the USBGF Board of Directors

The U. S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the Board of Directors election. Congratulations to Marty Storer, Tara Mendicino, Jeb Horton, and Frank Talbot on election to the Board. Jeb Horton returns to the Board, having previously served as a Founding board member from 2009-2014. Tara has served on the Board of Directors since 2013; Marty Storer and Frank Talbot have served since 2016. In accordance with the By-Laws, they will serve on the Board for three-year terms from 2018-2020. They join Art Benjamin, Dennis Culpepper, Karen Davis, Jack Edelson, Julius High, Neil Kazaross, Richard Munitz, Matt Reklaitis and Joe Russell to comprise the USBGF Board of Directors.

Marty Storer serves as Managing Editor of the PrimeTime Backgammon magazine, is a member of the USBGF Executive Committee and Technology Committee. Tara Mendicino serves as Vice President of USBGF and Production Editor of PrimeTime Backgammon. She serves on the Membership and Marketing Committee, Technology Committee, and Tournament Directors Advisory Committee, and serves as Board Secretary. Jeb Horton will join the Executive Committee and Technology Committee. bringing his professional expertise facilitating communication between technology developers and customer users. He has chaired the USBGF Tournament Directors Advisory Committee since its formation in 2017. Frank Talbot chairs the Education Committee and serves on the Rules and Ethics Committee.

The Board is pleased that 228 members participated in the election. The results are:
Marty Storer 159 votes 70% of those voting
Tara Mendicino 151 votes 66% of those voting
Jeb Horton 140 votes 61% of those voting
Frank Talbot 140 votes 61% of those voting
Carter Mattig 114 votes 50% of those voting
Bill Riles 107 votes 47% of those voting

We thank retiring Board member Bill Riles for his years of valuable service to the USBGF. He served on the Board from 2013-2018, including a three-year stint as President/Executive Committee from 2013-2016 and service as Treasurer from 2017-2018. He was the impetus behind the creation of the American Backgammon Hall of Fame and chaired the Hall of Fame Committee. We look forward to continuing to seek his wisdom and expertise.

We appreciate the willingness to serve the USBGF demonstrated by all of the candidates. Each of them has the skills and the desire to serve which are valuable to the USBGF. We look forward to engaging their talent and energy in the work of the USBGF.

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, November 29–December 2, 2018; Los Angeles, California – Preliminary results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (79 + 41 rebuys): 1-Farhad Kamani, 2-Sam Ahmed, 3-Brian Lonergan, 4/5-Johah Seewald / Chris Trencher; 1C-Ted Chee, 2C-Jon Vietor.
ADVANCED (28 + 14 rebuys): 1-Kevin Kahl, 2-Erwin Hom, 3-Eitan Peleg, 4/5-Marc Emrich / Chris Zafares; 1C-Jim Houghton, 2C-John Pirner.
NOVICE (13): 1-Kara Schultz, 2-Daniel Bryant; 1C-Simona Olah.
SUPER-32 MASTERS JACKPOT (32): 1-Alfred Mamlet, 2-Nick Maffeo, 3/4-Michael Neagu / Lyova Ghazaryan.
PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR JACKPOT (30): 1-Pedram Sooferi, 2-David Taniguchi, 3/4-Dan Minardi / Eitan Peleg.
DOUBLES I(8 teams): 1-Marc Emrich & Dan Minardi, 2-Jonah Seewald & David Taniguchi.
DOUBLES II (8 teams): 1-Tony Elliott & Todd Crosner, 2-Victor Ashkenazi & Manny Olszynko.
SENIORS I (32): 1-Lyova Ghazaryan, 2-Al Hodis
SENIORS II ( ):
DMP-USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (80): 1-Frank Talbot, 2-Judy Collins, 3/4-Ted Chee / Marc Emrich.
BLITZ (80):
PASKOGAMMON (12): 1-Roberto Litzenberger.

USBGF Advanced Divisional LIX

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Congratulations to GL Harvie, winner of the Advanced Divisional LIX. GL defeated Long Nguyen in the 17-point final. H.B. Drake and Kevin Jones finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.
The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See latest Online standings: Leader Board.

USBGF September Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Karen Davis, winner of the USBGF 2018 September Monthly Circuit. Karen won this single elimination tournament by defeating Cynthia Belonogoff in the 17-point final match. Jack LeProwse and Scott Ward finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

USBGF Board of Directors Election — Please Vote

If you have’t yet voted in the USBGF Board of Directors Election, please do so. The link to the voting page is: USBGF Board of Directors Ballot. All members are eligible to vote. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, December 3, 2018. Each member may submit only one ballot. A member must be logged onto the USBGF website to be able to vote.

Six candidates, including four incumbents, are vying for four seats up for election. The six candidates are: Jeb Horton, Carter Mattig, Tara Mendicino (incumbent), Bill Riles (incumbent), Marty Storer (incumbent), and Frank Talbot (incumbent). The left side of the voting page contains a ballot with the six candidate names in random order. The right side of the voting page contains an alphabetical accordion listing of the candidates. By clicking on a candidate name on the accordion file, a member may see a photograph of the candidate and an informational/biographical statement submitted by the candidate.

There are four seats up for election. A member may vote for a minimum of one to a maximum of four candidates. A candidate may not receive more than one vote from a member. A member should select every candidate for whom they are voting prior to hitting the submit button.

The four candidates receiving the most votes will be elected, provided they are named on at least 50% of the ballots. If one or more of the top four vote recipients are not named on at least 50% of the ballots, a run-off election will be held including twice the number of candidates as the number of unfilled seats. As an example, if #4 and #5 (in terms of votes received) are not named on at least 50% of the ballots then #4 and #5 will appear on the runoff ballot. There will be only one runoff. The top vote recipient will fill the remaining seat provided he/she is named on at least 50% of the ballots. If, in the runoff, a ‘winning’ candidate is not named on at least 50% of the ballots cast, the corresponding Board seat will remain vacant until the next election.

The Board of Directors is excited by the opportunity provided all members to participate in the Board selection process. This voting process embodies our desire for an open, transparent, democratic, and participatory membership organization. We hope all members take the time to exercise their voting rights and carefully consider each candidate.

USBGF members and members of the Board of Directors may, as individuals, make any comments they wish, in any manner, related to the election and to the candidates. However, we request no comments be made by anyone that imply endorsement or opinion of the USBGF.

Should you have any difficulties in voting or have any questions regarding the voting process, please submit an e-mail to nominations@usbgf.org.

Results will be announced Tuesday, December 4, 2018.