Results: 2nd GOLDEN GATE BACKGAMMON OPEN (South San Francisco, Cal., August 16-19, 2012)

Winner Ted Chee with Tobias Hellwag Photo by Phil Simborg

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all winners showcased below and on the Chicago Point website. Special congratulations go to Jeremy Bagai, the 2012 USBGF East vs. West Grand Champion! CHAMPIONSHIP (24): 1–Ted Chee (CA), 2-Mark Andrus (NV), 3/4-Gus Contos (CA) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA); 1LC: Ray Fogerlund (NV).  INTERMEDIATE (24): 1-Mark James (CA), 2-Cheryl […]

[Read More...]

Results: 10th ANNUAL WISCONSIN STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, (Madison, Wisconsin, August 10-12,2012)

John O'Hagan, winner of Wisconsin Champ2

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all winners listed below and on the Chicago Point website. CHAMPIONSHIP (29): 1-John O’Hagan (IN), 2-Michael Flohr (IL); 1C-Tak Morioka (IL), 1C-Steve Klesker (IL); 1LC-Jesse Eaton (MN).  ADVANCED (28): 1-Sal Chehayeb (MI), 2-William Womack (WI); 1C-Stan Livingston (WI), 2C-Alex Owen (IL); 1LC-Alan Epstein (GA).  BEGINNER (3): 1-Amber McLean (IL).  […]

[Read More...]

Results: 7th MINNESOTA OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, (Bloomington, Minnesota, July 20-22, 2012)

Open Winner Deene Marin with Director David Minikus
(Photo courtesy of the ABT)

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all winners listed below and  on the Chicago Point website. OPEN (16): 1-Keene Marin (WI), 2-Bob Schumacher (MN); 1C-Yury Millman (MN), 2C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA); 1LC-Bruce Russell (WI).  INTERMEDIATE (18): 1-Kevin Ahtou (MN), 2-Steve Binenstock (MN); 1C-Hugh Morris (MN), 2-John Zimdars (MN); 1LC-Kyle Wagner (MN).  MASTERS JACKPOT (4): 1-Steve Brown […]

[Read More...]

Results: MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, (Novi, Michigan, July 5-8, 2012)

Open Winner Phil Simborg
with Carol Joy Cole
Photo by Karen Davis

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all winners listed below. Complete results are available on the Chicago Point website. OPEN (75): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 3-John Klein (MD), 4/5-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Dennis Culpepper (VA); 1C-Carter Mattig (IL), 2C-Gary Margosian (MI), 3C/4C-Bob Koca (MD) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).  INTERMEDIATE (64): 1-Steve Sherbel (MI), […]

[Read More...]

Results: Los Angeles Open and USBGF National Championships West, (Los Angeles, California, June 8-10, 2012)

LA Open 2012 Winner Howard Markowitz (Photo by Karen Davis)

The U.S. Backgammon Federation extends hearty congratulations to all winners  presented below, as reported  on the Chicago Point website.  OPEN (62): 1-Howard Markowitz (NV), 2-Bob Glass (CA), 3-Steve Sax (CA); 1C-Mark Andrus (NV), 2C-Gary Bauer (NJ), 3C/4C-Alfred Mamlet (MD) / Peter Zacks (CA).  ADVANCED (44): 1-David Rennie (CA), 2-Joe Roth (CA); 1C-Doug DeWitt (CA), 2C-David […]

[Read More...]

Results: the 32nd Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament, (Rosemont, Illinois, May 24-28, 2012)

Bill Davis with Rory Pascar

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all winners listed below.  Complete results can be viewed on the Chicago Point website.  OPEN (64): 1-Bill Davis (IL), 2/8-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Gary Bauer (NJ) / Steve Brown (MN) / Matt Cohn-Geier (NV) / Alfred Mamlet (MD) / Justin Nunez (CA) / Bill Phipps (NY)  UNLUCKY DICE LAST […]

[Read More...]

Results: FLORIDA BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 11-13, 2012)

Neil Kaz and T.D. Chiva Florida Champ. 5.2012

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all winners listed below.  Complete results can be viewed on the Chicago Point website. CHAMPIONSHIP (16): 1-Neil Kazaross (IL), 2-Perry Gartner (FL), 3/4-Mike Corbett (FL), Alex Gerding (FL); 1LC-Gregg Cattanach (GA).  INTERMEDIATE (5): 1-Dan Gruby (FL).  BEGINNER (4): 1-Dimitur Alipiev, 2-Doreen Saccardo (FL), 3-Sonia Delima (FL).  FLORIDA MASTERS (8): […]

[Read More...]

ASK THE PRO! Q&A 8

QUESTION 8:  From Dan Pelton I understand how a position could be a clear double/take for money;  what I don’t understand is how to use the MET to determine whether this is a take at various scores. ANSWER: Dear Dan: Rather than get specific about the single position that you sent me, in order to […]

[Read More...]

4th ATLANTA SPRING CLASSIC Backgammon Tournament (Atlanta, Georgia, April 27-29, 2012)

Atlanta Champion Stacy Turner with Brian Ross

  The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all the winners named below, as published by the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be viewed on the Chicago Point website.  CHAMPIONSHIP (22): 1-Stacy Turner (FL); 2-Lee Genud (FL); 1C-Stuart Thomson (GA), 2C-Barry Silliman; 1LC-Bill Riles (TX).  ADVANCED (27): 1-Alan Epstein (GA), 2-Ben Elliott; 1C-Sandra Sha, 2C-LEW Webber; […]

[Read More...]

Results: NEVADA STATE BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT (Las Vegas, Nevada, April 18-22, 2012)

Neil.Kazaross.rh.cropJPG

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all the winners below. Complete   results can be viewed on the ChicagoPoint website.  CHAMPIONSHIP (45+13 rebuys): 1-Neil Kazaross (IL), 2-Gary Bauer (NJ), 3/4-Carter Mattig (IL) / Tom Zarrinnam (CA); 1C-Justin Nunez (CA), 2C-Dorn Bishop; 1LC-Ed O’Laughlin, 2LC-Larry Liebster. INTERMEDIATE (45+19 rebuys): 1-David Escoffery (CA). 2-Richard Weaver (TX); 3/4-Claudia Imatt […]

[Read More...]

Results: 18th Annual OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS (Cleveland, Ohio, March 23-25, 2012)

Stick Rice

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to the following winners, as published on the Chicago Point website. OPEN: (24): 1-Stick Rice (OH), 2-Dmitriy Obukhov (MI); 1C-Emil Mortuk (MI), 2C-Carol Joy Cole (MI)  ADVANCED: (280: 1-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2-Robert Lessard (Canada); 1C-Lorenzo Morales (MI), 2C-Steve Grund (PA)  NOVICE: (6): 1-Brian DiMatt (OH), 2-Stephen Collins (OH)  OHIO MASTERS: […]

[Read More...]

Results: CENTRAL STATES INVITATIONAL (Rosemont, Illinois, March 9-11, 2012)

photo courtesy of ABT

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all winners!  These  results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be found at the  Chicago Point website. CHAMPIONSHIP: (49): 1-Jeb Horton (NC), 2-Bill Calton (MI), 3/4-Matt Cohn-Geier (NV) / Keene Marin (WI); 1C-Carter Mattig (IL), 2C-Rachel Rhodes (England); 1LC-Tobias Hellwag (Germany)  ADVANCED (43): 1-Oleg Raygorodsky (IL), 2-Rob […]

[Read More...]

MARCH 2012 lecture is now available!

This month USBGF teaching pro Phil Simborg provides some excellent tips on bearing your checkers into your inner board.  Click the title link to play the WebEx recording of the lecture: Excellent tips on bearing checkers into your inner board  This month’s lecture can also be accessed by clicking on the LEARN tab on the […]

[Read More...]

Results: 34th Pittsburgh Backgammon Championships, (Pittsburgh, Pa, February 16-19, 2012)

Photo courtesy of the ABT

The USBGF extends congratulations to all winners listed in these partial preliminary results from the Chicago Point. Complete results can be found on the Chicago Point website. OPEN (49): 1-Grant Schneider (VA) 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 3/4-Steve Hast (PA) / Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon (Israel/USA), 5/8-Paul Berg (MI) / Matt Cohn-Geier (NV) / Tim Mabee (IL) / […]

[Read More...]

The 4th NEW MEXICO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP (January 26-29, 2012)

Frank Talbot, winner of New Mexico State Champ.

The USBGF extends hearty congratulations to all winners! These partial results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be found at the  Chicago Point website.    OPEN (29): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 2-Alfred Mamlet (MD); 1C-Neil Kazaross (IL), 2C-Mike Senkiewicz (NY); 1LC-Chuck Bower (IN). ADVANCED (20): 1-Judy Field (MI), 2-Lawrence Wilson (CO); 1C-Abby Biss (New […]

[Read More...]

Results: 4th US BACKGAMMON OPEN, (South San Francisco, California, January 13-16, 2012)

Ted Chee with Tournament Director Chiva Tafazzoli

 The USBGF extends congratulations to all winners listed in these partial results from the Chicago Point. Complete results can be found on the Chicago Point website.  CHAMPIONSHIP (39): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Patrick Gibson (CA), 3/4-Odis Chenault (CA) / Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon (Israel/USA); 1LC-Jeremy Bagai (CA).  INTERMEDIATE (29): 1-Marv Porten (CA), 2-Mario Savan (CA), 3/4-Mark James […]

[Read More...]

Visitors and Members! How Do You Stack Up Against The Giants?

Solution 3

HOW DO YOU STACK UP AGAINST THE GIANTS? By Phil Simborg and analysis by Stick In recent years, I have heard the argument that high-level backgammon is nowhere near as interesting as it once was, because now that we have bots like eXtremeGammon, GNU and Snowie to clearly show the best plays, “all top players […]

[Read More...]

Results: 5th New York Metropolitan Open (Jersey City, New Jersey, January 5-8, 2012)

Victor Ashkenazi 2012 NY Metro Open Champion

These partial results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be found at the Chicago Point website. CHAMPIONSHIP (55+15 rebuys): 1-Victor Ashkenazi, 2-Bill Phipps, 3/4-Arkadiy Tsinis / Antonio Ortega (Costa Rica); 1C-Jeff Acierno, 2C-Mike Senkiewicz, 3C/4C-Donny Lomuto (NY) / Alfred Mamlet (MD); 1LC-Matt Cohn-Geier (NV), 2LC-Petko Kostadinov.  INTERMEDIATE (50+10 rebuys): 1-Arthur Sutton (NJ), 2-Cloyd […]

[Read More...]

Results: SUNSHINE STATE BACKGAMMON CLASSIC, (Tarpon Springs, Florida, December 16-18, 2011)

Bill Davis

These partial results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be found at the Chicago Point website.  OPEN (13): 1-Bill Davis (IL), 2-Walt Swan (NJ).  ADVANCED (16): 1-Rick Wolf (FL), 2-Marc Grutka (FL).  NOVICE (8): 1-Moty Bernstein (FL), 2-Rosanne Rutnik (FL).  MASTERS (8): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Jeff Burdsall (FL).  MICROBLITZ (32): 1-Stacy Turner (FL). […]

[Read More...]

Results: CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, (Los Angeles, California, Dec. 2-4, 2011)

Todd Crosner  Cal State Champ 12 2011

These results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be  found at the Chicago Point website.   OPEN (53): 1-Todd Crosner (AZ), 2-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 3-David Taniguchi (CA); 1C-Petko Kostadinov (Bulgaria/SC), 2C-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3C/4C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Andranik Safarian (Argentina).   ADVANCED (36): 1-Cheryl Andersen (CA), 2-Alex Eshagian (CA); 1C-Scotty Kelland (CT), 2C-Damon Singer (NV), […]

[Read More...]

Results: Las Vegas Backgammon Open (Las Vegas, Nevada, November 9-13, 2011)

Matt Cohn-geier

These results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be  found at the Chicago Point website.  CHAMPIONSHIP (76 + 24 rebuys): 1-Matt Cohn-Geier (NV), 2-Jeremy Bagai (CA), 3/4-Falafel Natanzon (Israel) / Wayne Jeffcoat (CA); 1C-Motonori Kunishima (Japan), 2C-Gary Bauer (NJ), 3D/4C-Dorn Bishop (CA) / Luiz Torres; 1LC-Charlie Pipkin, 2LC-Mark Antranikian.  INTERMEDIATE (64 + 20 […]

[Read More...]

RESULTS: ILLINOIS STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, (Peoria, Illinois, October 14-16th, 2011)

Joe &  Director Linda Rockwell

These results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be  found at the Chicago Point website.  CHAMPIONSHIP (37): 1-Joe Sylvester (IL), 2-Gerry Tansey (MO); 1C-Neil Kazaross (IL), 2C-John O’Hagan (IN); 1LC-David Rockwell (IL).  INTERMEDIATE (29): 1-Vinton Knarr (IL), 2-Chris Scott (IL); 1C-Ken Tyszko (IL), 2C-Cinda King (IL); 1LC-Jeff Fischer (IL).  NOVICE (7): 1-Mike Drew […]

[Read More...]

RESULTS: COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS (Aurora, Colorado, September 30 – October 2, 2011)

Alfred Mamlet

These results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be  found at the Chicago Point website.  OPEN (16): 1-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 2-Bob Lekse (CO); 1C-Greg Cottle (NV).  ADVANCED (15): 1-Penina Rosenblum (NM), 2-Joe Potts (TX); 1C-Neil Weiner (FL).  NOVICE (4): 1-Kathy Weiner (FL), 2-Caitlyn Christner (CO), 3-Paul Mondani (CO).  CONTINENTAL DIVIDE MASTERS JACKPOT (8): […]

[Read More...]

RESULTS: 2011 VIETOR CUP (San Diego, California, September 24-25, 2011)

Ray Fogerlund

These results are courtesy of Patrick Gibson.  This intense, two-day event was directed by Rynell and Justin Nunez, where twenty-six players required 10 rounds in Swiss format consisting of clocked, 9-point matches, to determine a winner.  VIETOR CUP WINNERS: 1-Ray Fogerlund: 9-1, 2-Mark Andrus: 8-2, 3/4/5th tie: Adrian Costa, David Wells and Norm Wiggins.

[Read More...]

RESULTS: 9th ANNUAL WISCONSIN STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, (Madison, Wisconsin, September 2-5, 2011)

Jeff Nitschke2

These partial results are from the Chicago Point.  Complete results can be found at the ChicagoPoint website.  CHAMPIONSHIP (34): 1-Jeff Nitschke (MN), 2/3/4-Neil Kazaross (IL) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY).   ADVANCED (21): 1-Vadim Nuniyants (WI), 2/3/4-Greg Adamavich (WI) / Judy Field (MI) / Jolie Rubin (IL).  BADGER CLASSIC (15+1): 1-Odis Chenault (CA), […]

[Read More...]

RESULTS: 2011 FLORIDA BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, August 19-21, 2011)

Malcolm Davis

CHAMPIONSHIP (24): 1-Malcolm Davis (TX), 2-Odis Chenault (CA), 3/4-Harry Brown (FL) / Harvey Gillis (WA); 1LC-Bill Robertie (MA).  INTERMEDIATE (24): 1-Juan Rospigliosi (FL), 2-Bob Howayeck (FL), 3/4-Bob Green (FL) / David Simpson (USA/UAE); 1LC-Dan Gruby (FL).  BEGINNER (9): 1-Stephen Collins (OH), 2-Max Gruby (FL), 3-Ken Perro (FL).  FLORIDA MASTERS (6): 1-Malcolm Davis (TX), 2-Gary Bauer […]

[Read More...]

RESULTS: 16th MINNESOTA BACKGAMMON OPEN (Bloomington, Minnesota, July 22-24, 2011)

These results are from the Chicago Point.  See complete results at the Chicago Point website.   OPEN (19): 1-Jeff Nitschke (MN), 2-Bill Minser (WI); 1C-Jesse Eaton (MN), 2C-Jerry Kressin (MN); 1LC-Ray Fogerlund (NV).  INTERMEDIATE (13): 1-Jolie Rubin (IL), 2-Lyle Rubin (IL); 1C-Steve Binenstock (MN); 1LC-Eric Hiner (MN).  MASTERS JACKPOT (8): 1-Yuri Millman (MN), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV).  BLITZ (12): […]

[Read More...]

MONTE CARLO WORLD BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to Takumitsu Suzuki for winning the World Backgammon Championship! His finals match with Fabio Gullota was Live-streamed by the U.S. Backgammon Federation so that backgammon players around the world could watch. The service was free to USBGF members and $4 to non-members. If you’re interested in a rebroadcast, let us know at info@usbgf.org. Congratulations as well […]

[Read More...]

RESULTS: 36th MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, (Novi, Michigan, July 1-4, 2011)

Ray Fogerlund

These results are from the Chicago Point. See complete results at the Chicago Point website. OPEN (76): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Gary Bauer (NJ), 3-Odis Chenault (CA), 4/5-Faddoul Khoury (IL) / Kit Woolsey (CA); 1C-Jason Lee (MD), 2C-Felix Yen (IL), 3C/4C-Bob Koca (MD) / Greg Merriman (MI).  MICHIGAN MASTERS (32): 1-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 2-David Rockwell (IL), […]

[Read More...]

RESULTS: 1st GOLDEN GATE BACKGAMMON OPEN (South San Francisco, California, May 12-15,2011)

These results are from the Chicago Point. See complete results at the Chicago Point website.  CHAMPIONSHIP (31+1 rebuy): 1-Ralf Jonas (Germany), 2-Neil Kazaross (IL), 3/4-David Levy (CA) / Justin Nunez (CA); 1LC-Odis Chenault (CA).  INTERMEDIATE (28+4 rebuys): 1-Josh Racko (CA), 2-Gus Contos (CA), 3/4-Nicholas Dale (CA) / David Dows (CA); 1LC-Mark Ferrin (OR).  BEGINNER (3): […]

[Read More...]