FLORIDA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

FLORIDA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, September 29-October 2, 2017; Fort Lauderdale, Florida -Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

SHARK OPEN (30): 1-Petko Kostadinov, 2-Ray Fogerlund; 1C-Karen Davis, 2C-Leyla Zaloutskaya ; 1LC-Avi Samuels.
PANTHER ADVANCED (36): 1-Gary Koscielny, 2-Kevin Jones, 3/4-Murray Bryntesen / Viktor Cherveda; 1C-Jerry Ungar, 2C-Stuart Farber; 1LC-Lynda Clay, 2LC-Dmitriy Veritskiy.
SOCIAL NOVICE (7): 1-Carol Litton
GATOR MASTERS (16): 1-Ray Fogerlund, 2-Michael Neagu.
FLAMINGO LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Susan Randall, 2-Juan Rospigliosi.
WOLF WARM-UP (16): 1-Alec Izzo, 2-Julius High.
CHOUETTE CHALLENGE (11): 1-Susan Randall, 2-Randi Sachar.
DOLPHIN DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Susan Randall & Carol Joy Cole, 2-Perry Gartner & Phil Simborg.
USBGF BLITZ (24): 1-
NEAL’S 1-POINTER (64): 1-Phil Simborg, 2-Alec Izzo.
BACKGAMMON BOARD KNOCKOUT (32): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Neal Rosensweig (FL).
AFTER-TOURNAMENT DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Susan Randall (FL), 2-Perry Gartner (FL) & Phil Simborg (IL).

COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, September 22-24, 2017; Denver, Colorado –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN(22): 1-Charlie Raichle (CO), 2-Joe Freedman (NM); 1C-Jonah Seewald, 2C-Sean Garber (IN).
ADVANCED (16): 1-Marc Emrich, 2-Ed Gazvoda; 1C-Eric Pfenning, 2C-Dan Minardi.
NOVICE (3): 1-Stephen Siebold.
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE MASTERS JACKPOT(12): 1-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA), 2-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 3-Allen Tish (CA).
ROYAL GORGE LIMITED JACKPOT (9): 1-Lynda Clay, 2-Ed Gazvoda.
DOUBLES(8 teams): 1-Roland Leutert (FL) & Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Harvey Gillis (AZ) & David Zick.
BLITZ(16): 1-Jonah Seewald.
2-POINT QUICKIES (32): 1-Aaron Foust (NV), 2-Ed Gazvoda.
$100 Jackpot(4): 1-Allen Tish (CA).

1st Montreal Open Backgammon Tournament

MONTREAL OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, September 14-17, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo Karen Davis

OPEN (25): 1-Chris Knapp, 2-Larry Shiller; 1C-John Klein, 2C-Ed O’Laughlin; 1LC-Frank Talbot, 2LC-Mel Leifer.
ADVANCED (28): 1-Liam Henry, 2-Marcy Kossar; 1C-Chen-Fu Yu, 2C-Omar Shah; 1LC-David Kozak, 2LC-Robert Caldwell.
NOVICE (7): 1-Maxime Bilodeau, 2-Estelle Plante, 3-Kian Ghazian.
$500 CONCORDIA JACKPOT (11): 1- Karen Davis, 2-Roberto Litzenberger.
$250 HOCHELAGA JACKPOT (13): 1-Robert Caldwell, 2-Mourad Wahba
QUEBEC DOUBLES (12): 1-Gary Koscielny & Mike Valliere, 2-Estelle Plante & Kathy Weiner.
QUIKIES (32): 1-Roberto Litzenberger, 2-Herb Roman
BLITZ (32): 1-Herb Roman, 2-Garry Kallos.
SENIORS TOURNEY #1:1-Alan Grunwald, 2-John Pirner.
SENIORS TOURNEY #2: 1-Patrick St-Laurent, 2-Karen Davis.
JACQUES CARTIER PRE-TOURNEY (8): 1-Karen Davis, 2-Gary Koscielny.

SILICON VALLEY BACKGAMMON OPEN

SILICON VALLEY BACKGAMMON OPEN, September 1-4, 2017; San Jose, California – Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (57): 1-Jeremy Bagai, 2/5-Ed O’Laughlin / Odis Chenault / Al Hodis / Jesse Jestadt, 6/7-Mark Ferrin / Jeb Horton, 8/11-Art Benjamin / Sean Garber / Lynn Lusk / Steve Sax.
ADVANCED (32): 1-Mike Mannon, 2/6-Kevin McDonough / Frank Bennneyan / Brian Draper / Aaron Foust / Gary Koscielny, 7/8-Glenn Nunez / Kathy Weiner.
NOVICE (5): 1-Corky Normart, 2-Dirk Olsen.
49ER GOLD RUSH MASTERS (25): 1-Mark Andrus, 2-Fred Kinder, 3/4-Steve Sax / Ted Chee.
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-David Kettler, 2-Mark Ferrin, 3/4-Carl Blumenstein / Jesse Jestadt
TED CHEE BOUNTY 2-POINTERS (72): 1-Patrick Gibson, 2-Art Benjamin
DOUBLES (8): 1-Ray Fogerlund & Aaron Foust, 2-Lynda Clay & Allen Tish.
BLITZ (64): 1-Sam Ahmed, 2-Howard Markowitz
OLDER & WISER (16): 1-Karen Davis, 2-Carol Joy Cole
YOUNG GUNS (20): 1-Michaela Olsen, 2-Ted Chee
OLDER & WISER VS YOUNG GUNS PLAYOFF: 1-Karen Davis, 2-Michaela Olsen

15th WISCONSIN STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

15th WISCONSIN STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, July 21-23, 2017; Madison,Wisconsin –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (32): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Paul Mangone (CA); 1C-Sean Garber (IN), 2C-Chris Knapp (MA); 1LC-Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
ADVANCED (29): 1-Jeff Spencer (MN), 2-Sue Will (IL); 1C-Paul Andrew (NC), 2C-Steve Binenstock (MN); 1LC-Charles Haley (IN).
BADGER CLASSIC MASTERS (12): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Michael Neagu (Canada), 3-David Rockwell (IL).
AMATEUR JACKPOT (12): 1-Ray Bills (MN), 2-Greg Adamavich (WI), 3-Paul Andrew (NC).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Steve Brown (MN) & Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-April Kennedy (MN) & Michael Mesich (MN).
BLITZ (32): 1-Jeff Nitschke (MN), 2-Patrick Domico (IN).
QUICKIES (64): 1-Eric Hiner (MN), 2-April Kennedy (MN).
FASHIONABLY EARLY BIRD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Brian Vance (MI), 2-Keene Marin (WI).
EARLY BIRD JACKPOT (16): 1-Jeff Nitschke (MN), 2-David Todd (MO).
$50 SUNDAY JACKPOT (8): 1-Paul Andrew (NC).

42nd MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

42nd MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, June 30-July 3, 2017; Novi, Michigan –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (85): 1-Paul Farah (MI), 2-Carter Mattig (IL), 3-Tak Morioka (IL), 4/6-John Klein (MD) / David Smith (0H) / Bahman Zandi (MD). 1C-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2C-Dmitriy Obukhov (MI), 3C/4C-Sead Kurjakovic (Bosnia) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
INTERMEDIATE (76): 1-Patty Knapp (MA), 2-Christopher Shanava (IL), 3-Scott Douglas (Canada), 4/6-Abby Biss (New Zealand) / Robert Caldwell (Canada) / Robert Lessard (Canada); 1C-Joe Feldman (MI), 2-Reggie Harvel (MI), 3C/4C-Duane Salinas (MI) / Brian Vance (MI).
NOVICE (18): 1-Laura Grigorian (MI), 2-Christa Solovey (MI); 1C-Mike Montalvo (MI); 1LC-Fran Miller (OH).
MICHIGAN MASTERS (32): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 3/4-Allen Jones (Canada) / Jim Pasko (NV).
SANDY KAPLAN’S SENIOR SPECIAL (64): 1-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2-David Todd (MO), 3/4-Sean Garber (IN) / Joe Miller (OH).
PRINCE BARLOW’S JUNIOR JACKPOT (32): 1-Michael Kurtz (MI), 2-Patrick Domico (IN), 3/4-Di Di (GA) / Rickey Griggs (MI).
MICHIGAN CHARITY BLITZ (128): 1-Carl Sorg (GA), 2-David Zakrajsek (IN). $300 was raised for the Flint Water Fund of the United Way.
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – EAST (128): 1-Faddoul Khoury (IL), 2-John Klein (MD). $100 Side Pool: 1/3-John Klein (MD) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY). $50 Side Pool: Kathy Weiner (NV).
USBGF GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (2): 1-West Champion Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-East Champion Faddoul Khoury (IL).
OPEN DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Stephen Collins (OH) & Karen Davis (DC), 2-Bill Davis (IL) & Tak Morioka (IL), 3/4-Joe Feldman (MI) & Steve Sax (CA) / Mike Montalvo (MI) & Dmitriy Obkhov (MI).
LIMITED DOUBLES (14 teams): 1-Lynn Ehrlich (NY) & Marcy Kossar (DC), 2-Vicki Ondis (FL) & Stewart Pemberton (FL).
FRANK TALBOT’S NEWCOMER FREEROLL (28): 1-Paul Mangone (CA), 2-Mike Mammo (MI).
FIRECRACKER OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Jim Slomkoski (MI).
FIRECRACKER LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Ray Bills (MN), 2-Kathy Weiner (NV).
BACKGAMMON ELEGANCE OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-John Drexel (MI).
BACKGAMMON ELEGANCE LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Peggy Neubig (NJ), 2-Peter Swartwout (PA).
$20 DETROIT QUICKIE (64): 1-Philippe Salnave (FL), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
$10 DETROIT QUICKIE (16): 1-Ross Gordon (CT).
BACKGAMMON MASTER SERIES (USA) #6 (16): Top 4-1 match records: 1/3-Steve Brown (MN) / Karen Davis (DC) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA). Top PR scores pending.
P-40 BOARD JACKPOT (8): 1-John Stryker (IL).
$50 JACKPOT (8): 1-Di Di (GA), 2-Eric Hiner (MN).
$50 THURSDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Patrick Gibson (CA), 2-Bill Calton (MI), 3/4-Michael Neagu (Canada) / FrankTalbot (MI).
$30 THURSDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Carl Sorg (GA), 2-Robert Caldwell (Canada), 3/4-Gary Fritzsche (MI) / Richard Hunt (MI).
$20 THURSDAY WARM-UP (10): 1-Dick Nelson (MI), 2/3-Brenda Cohen (PA) / Shawn Lavetter (MI).
$50 AFTER TOURNAMENT (24): 1-Jim Pasko (NV), 2-Jeb Horton (NC), 3/4-Ray Fogerlund (NV) / Philippe Salnave (FL).
$20 AFTER TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Butch Meese (IN), 2/3-Mike Clapsadle (MI) / Ricky Griggs (MI).

37th Chicago Open Results

37th CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, May 25-29, 2017; Rosemont, Illinois –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit: Tara Mendicino

BACKGAMMON OLYMPIAD (10): 1-Gerry Tansey (MO), 2-Michihito Kageyama (Japan).
OLYMPIAD QUIZ (10): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-John O’Hagan (IN), 3-Gerry Tansey (MO).
CHAMPIONSHIP (52): 1-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 2/7-Daniel Dabney (IN) / Yuji Ogura (Japan) / Boris Dekhtyar (NY) / Grant Hoffman (New Zealand) / Lynn Lusk (CO) / Larry Shiller (CT).
INTERMEDIATE (50) 1-Ray Bills (MN), 2/6-Kevin McDonough (AZ) / Kathleen Davis (KS) / Patrick Domico (IN) / Simon Kennedy Rose (IL) / Jeff Spencer (MN).
OPEN UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE (8): 1-David Winn (TX).
INTERMEDIATE UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE (8): 1-Patty Knapp (MA).
NOVICE(5): 1-Galia Miloucheva (IL), 2-Chelsea Bussey (LA).
MARKOWITZ MASTERS (16): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Mark Ferrin (OR).
FASTER MASTERS (12): 1-Steve Blanchard (IL), 2-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 3-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
LIMITED JACKPOT (48): 1-Michael Mesich (MN), 2-Ken Tyszko (IL), 3-Steve Hairgrove (IL), 4/6-Frank Dama (FL) / Kevin McDonough (AZ) / Larry Whittenburg (IL).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32): 1-John Pirner (MN), 2-Frank Dama (FL).
1-POINT QUICKIE / USBGF PRIME (128): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Craig Anderson (IL), 3/4-Aaron Foust (NV) / Josh Racko (CA).
1-POINT QUICKIE OVERFLOW (32): 1-Steve Hairgrove (IL).
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (16 teams): 1-Frank & Monica Talbot (MI), 2-Steve Brown (MN) & Carol Joy Cole (MI).
TAKI BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-April Kennedy (MN).
MOCHY’S 7th PROFICIENCY TEST (35): 1-Gerry Tansey (MO), 2/3-Chuck Bower (IN) / Dennis Culpepper (VA).
AFTER TOURNEY TOURNEY(16): 1-Grant Hoffman (New Zealand), 2-John O’Hagan (IN).
AFTER TOURNEY OVERFLOW(4): 1-Yuji Ogura (Japan).
TSUYOSHI MINAKAMI MEMORIAL TRAVEL AWARD: Grant Hoffman (New Zealand).

9th ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC

9th ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC,
May 18-21, 2017; Atlanta, Georgia –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (25): 1-Brian Lonergan (LA), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1C-Dennis Culpepper (VA), 2C-Mary Hickey (OH); 1LC-Carol Joy Cole (MI).
INTERMEDIATE (23): 1-Kate Elmore (GA), 2-David Stein (IL); 1C-Alan Epstein (GA), 2C-Scott Redfern (GA); 1LC-Mark Cohen (GA).
NOVICE (4): 1-Jeremy Coppels (GA), 2-Jan Lister (GA).
ROBERT WILENSKY MEMORIAL MASTERS (8): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Julius High (KS).
ATLANTA CUP AMATEUR JACKPOT (8): 1-Stuart Domeshek (GA), 2-Adrian Costa (GA).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Jerry Godsey (GA) & Roland Leutert (FL), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Carter Mattig (IL).
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Forrest Faulk (GA), 2-Adrian Costa (GA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Mary Hickey (OH), 2-Stacy Turner (FL).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (21): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Phil Simborg (IL); 1C-Adrian Costa (GA).
P-40 BOARD TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Koray Agirbas (GA), 2-Rick Gardner (GA).
$50 JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Sam Ahmed (CA).
$50 JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Aaron Foust (NV).
AFTER TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Mary Hickey (OH), 2-Adrian Costa (GA).

US OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

US OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, April 26-30, 2017; Las Vegas, Nevada-
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (64+26 rebuys): 1-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA), 2-Alex Toth (WA), 3/4-Doug Mayfield (CA) / Norm Wiggins (CA); 1C-Tom Wheeler (TX), 2C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 3C/4C-Mark Antranikian (CA) / Jon Vietor (CA); 1LC-Scott Ward (TX), 2LC-Ted Chee (CA).
INTERMEDIATE (60+28 rebuys): 1-Rick Voeller, 2-Patrick Fusco (TN), 3/4-Lynda Clay (CO) / Elli Nache (CA); 1C-Tom Magne (MN), 2C-Jeff Whitelaw (NV), 3C/4C-Amorim de Lattuffe (Brazil) / Lorne Rusnell (Canada); 1LC-Paul Franks (NV), 2LC-Ken Johnson (CA).
BEGINNERS (13): 1-Frank Benneyam (CA), 2-Kevin Davidson (CA).
SUPER JACKPOT (28): 1-Drew Giovanis (NV), 2-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 3/4-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA) / Steve Sax (CA).
LIMITED JACKPOT (30): 1-Josh Racko (CA), 2-Michael Neagu (Canada), 3/4-Paul Baraz (MD) / Allen Tish (CA).
BEGINNERS JACKPOT (10): 1-Regan Lambeth (CA), 2-Kevin Davidson (CA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Stepan Nuniyants (WA), 2-Ed Rosenblum (NM).
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (18 teams): 1-Patrick Fusco (TN) & Joe Russell (CA), 2-Kristi Christman (WA) & Chris Innes.
BLITZ (16×8): 1-Brian Hoeft (NV), 2-Patrick Gibson (CA).
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Armin Soltani (Canada).
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (30): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Steve Diano (NV).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (29): 1-Scott Ward (TX), 2-Ken Bame (CA).

CHERRY BLOSSOM CHAMPIONSHIP

CHERRY BLOSSOM CHAMPIONSHIP, April 6-9, 2017; Dulles, Virginia –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP(64): 1-Joe Russell (CA), 2-Tobias Hellwag (Germany), 3- Bahman Zandi (MD), 4/5 – Victor Ashkenazi (NJ)/John O’Hagan (IN). Consolation: 1-Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), 3C/4C Steve Brown (MN), Brent Cohen (PA)
ADVANCED(50): 1-Liam Henry (Canada), 2-Scotty Kelland (CT), 3-Marcy Kossar (MD), 4/5 Judy Field (MI), Jay Karns (NY), 1C-Omar Shah (Canada), 2C-Gary Koscielny (NY), 3/4C – Steve Kenney (NC), Tom Rebelo (Canada).
NOVICE (23): 1-Chris Chapin (DC), 2-Michael Rosen (NY), 1C-Vinson Blanton (VA), 2C Sabin Bokus (DC).
CHERRY BLOSSOM JACKPOT (8): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Kit Woolsey (CA), 3/4-Saba Benjanishvili (GA)/ Victor Askkenazi (NJ). PR Winner Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan)
GEORGE WASHINGTON MASTERS JACKPOT (32): 1-Ken Bame (CA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4- Sean Garber (IN)/ Chris Trencher(NY).
ABRAHAM LINCOLN LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Bob Hathaway (VA), 2-Tom Rebelo (Canada), 3/4- Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA), Phil Lerman (DC).
NOVICE JACKPOT (8): 1-Vinson Blanton (VA); 2-Jamie Rosen (NY).
SENIOR SENATORS / YOUNG POLITICOS (48 = 32): Playoffs: 1-Kent Goulding (MD), 2-Rory Pascar (IL). Senior Senators (60-up): 1-Kent Goulding (MD), 2/3-Peggy Neubig (NJ) / Chen-Fu Yu (MD); Young Politicos (under 60): 1/2-Rory Pascar (IL).
USBGF BLITZ (80): 1-John O’Hagan (IN), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA).
USBGF TOURNAMENT OF STARS (16 Teams): 1-Patty Knapp (MA) & Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Jamie Rosen (NY) & Phil Simborg (IL).
HALL OF STATES / EMBASSY ROW TEAM CHALLENGE (11 teams): 1/2 split – Sugar Daddies (MD): Kent Goulding, John Klein & Bill Finneran / Wizards of Odds (CA): Joe Russell, Jim Pasko & Paul Baraz.
TAVLA (8): 1-Mustafa Sayid (VA); 2-Stephen Saad (NC)
ALFRED MAMLET NEWCOMERS’ FREE ROLL (13): 1-Dan Renzi (PA), 2-Sabin Bokus (DC), 3/4-Steve Shindler (NY) / Joe Urso (VA).
BMAB (USA) #5 (10): 1/2 tie – Steve Brown (MN) / Vladi Gudgenov (NC). PR winner: John Klein (MD) – 3.77.
$20 JACKPOT #1 (8): Jay Karns (NY)
$20 JACKPOT #2 (8): James Hallamayer (VA)
$20 JACKPOT #3 (8): Victor Morawski (MD)
$50 JACKPOT #1 (8): Larry Brown (VA)
$50 JACKPOT #2 (8): Stuart Domeshek (GA)
$50 JACKPOT #3 (8) Herb Roman (IL)

23rd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

23rd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS,
March 24-26, 2017; Cleveland, Ohio-
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Carol Joy Cole

OPEN (32): 1-Jacek Wojciechowski (Poland), 2-Sean Garber (IN); 1C-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2C-Karen Davis (DC).
ADVANCED (45): 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Mike Clapsadle (MI); 1C-Mike Vasilatos (OH); 2C-Ben Elliott (NC); 1LC-Ricky Griggs (MI).
NOVICE (6): 1-Jeff Hoelzel (IL), 2-Christa Solovey (MI).
OHIO MASTERS (15): 1-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2-Karen Davis (DC).
AMATEUR JACKPOT (16): 1-Ben Elliott (NC), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).
DOUBLES (12 teams): 1-Mike Vasilatos (OH) & Bill Versaw (PA), 2-Doug & Wanda Roberts (MA).
MICRO BLITZ (32): 1-Bonnie Rogoff (OH), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI).
QUICKIES (32): 1-Bonnie Rogoff (OH), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
P-40 BOARD TOURNAMENT (4): 1-Dion Hogan (MI).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (13): 1-Ben Elliott (NC), 2-Joe Miller (OH).

2017 VIKING CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

2017 Viking Classic BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, March 9-12, 2017; Bloomington, Minnesota –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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ODIN OPEN (32): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA); 1C-Roberto Caprio (FL), 2C-Yury Millman (MN), 3C/4C-Jack Edelson (WI) / Jim Schothorst (ND).
THOR ADVANCED (40): 1-Mike Blankenau (NE), 2-Kurt Peterson (MN); 1C-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL), 2C-Jeff Willis (MN), 3C/4C-Rick Davis (MN) / Tom Magne (MN).
VIKING NOVICE (11): 1-Mark Sigel (MN), 2-Tina Nelson (MN); 1C-Tom Dolney (MN).
GRAND CRYSTAL BEAVER XVIII (12): 1-Harvey Gillis (AZ), 2-Jack Edelson (WI).
LONGSHIP JACKPOT (8): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Ralph Stowell (MN).
FRIDAY FRIGGA (43): 1-Julius High (KS), 2-Jeff Spencer (MN).
RAINBOW BRIDGE DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY) & Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Joe Potts (TX).
VIKING CONQUESTS (40): 1/2 split-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY).
QUICK RAIDS (32): 1/2 split-Dave McKenzie (KS) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
VALHALLA OPEN (10): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2-Eric Hiner (MN).
VALHALLA ADVANCED (15): 1-Joe Briggs (MN), 2-David Seiler (MN).
EARLY RAVEN OPEN (20): 1/2 split-Kurt Peterson (MN) / Ray Fogerlund (NV); 1C-Eric Meyer (Canada).
EARLY RAVEN ADVANCED (15): 1-Joe Briggs (MN), 2-Rick Davis (MN); 1C-Gregg Trunnell (MN).
GAMMON STUFF BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Jeff Spencer (MN), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN).
VIKING FUNERAL (11): 1-Lorina Quarterone (MN).
RAGNARÖK AFTER TOURNEY (11): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Jon Vietor (CA).

1st ANNUAL BOSTON OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

1st ANNUAL BOSTON OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, February 23-26, 2017; Boston, Massachusetts –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

OPEN (44): 1-Frank Raposa (VA), 2-Boris Dekhtyar (NY); 1C-Albert Steg (MA), 2C-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ); 1LC-Bill Robertie (MA).
AMHERST ADVANCED (32): 1-Adam Rosen (MA), 2-Daniel Bluestone (VA); 1C-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 2C-Steve Morrow (MA); 1LC-Garry Kallos (Canada).
NANTUCKET NOVICE (6): 1-Richard Battikha (CT), 2-Larry Roberg (CT), 3-Steven Valliere (MA).
HERB GURLAND MEMORIAL MASTERS (15): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA).
WORCESTER WARM-UP (4): 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ).
PITTSFIELD PRE-TOURNEY (28): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Gerhard Roland (CT); 1C-Michael Kay (MA).
BUNKER HILL BLITZ: 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Kent Goulding (MD).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ), 2-Garry Kallos (Canada).
AGAWAM AMATEUR JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Colin Stone (ME), 2-Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
OAK BLUFFS OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Boris Dekhtyar (NY), 2-Albert Steg (MA).
DEDHAM DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY) & Gary Zelmanovics (NJ), 2-Tom O’Riordan (MA) & Eric Sulkala (MA).

2017 SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

2017 SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, February 17-19, 2017; Clearwater, Florida –
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit: Karen Davis

OPEN (14): 1-Bob Carpenter (FL), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1LC-Chris Knapp (MA).
INTERMEDIATE (20): 1-Rick Wolf (FL), 2-Kevin Jones (FL); 1LC-Susan Randall (FL).
NOVICE (2): 1-Marion Roland (FL).
MASTERS (4): 1-Stacy Turner (FL).
GULF COAST DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Chris & Patty Knapp (MA).
CHOUETTE CHALLENGE (7+1): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Susan Randall (FL), 3-Rick Wolf (FL).
AFTER- TOURNEY TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Marion Roland (FL).

5th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

5th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS,February 2-5, 2017; San Antonio, Texas.
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (72+30 rebuys): 1-Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY), 2-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 3/4-Gus Contos (CA) / Richard Munitz (NY); 1C-Alfred Mamlet (MD), 2C-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ); 1LC-Neil Kazaross (IL), 2LC-Bob Wachtel (CA).
ADVANCED (42+14 rebuys): 1-Elena Evans (TX), 2-Dan Morse (TX); 1C-Aaron Foust (NV), 2C-Steve Saad (NC), 3C/4C-Chris Anderson (NC) / Leslie Lockett;; 1LC-Patti Rubin (NV).
LIMITED (23): 1-Brad Vogt (TX), 2-Mary Kay Lively (TX); 1C-Regan Lambeth (CA), 2C-Frank Ramia (TX); 1LC-Michael Gellings (WI).
LONGHORN CLASSIC MASTERS JACKPOT (32): 1/2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Alfred Mamlet (MD).
ALAMO CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Dave Kettler (TX), 2-Albert Steg (MA), 3/4-Nick Blasier (TX) / Michael Neagu (Canada).
TEXAS CLASSIC ADVANCED JACKPOT (23): 1-Treena Bouque (CA), 2-Ryan Gordon (TX).
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST (104): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Albert Steg (MA).
USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT FREEROLL (64): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Dave McKenzie (KS).
USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT FREEROLL OVERFLOW (12): 1/3-April Kennedy (MN) / Patti Rubin (CA) / Steve Sax (CA).
LONE STAR PRO-AM DOUBLES (6 teams): 1-Harvey Gillis (AZ) & Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Karen Davis (DC) & Kit Woolsey (CA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT #1 (64): 1-Herb Roman (IL), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA), 3/4-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Albert Steg (MA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT #2 (48): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Rafael Lopez de Lara (Mexico), 3-Patrick Gibson (CA).
SPEEDGAMMON (32): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 2-Michael Zakrajsek (TX).
ULTIMATE BACKGAMMON PACKAGE / NEWCOMER FREEROLL (23): 1-Rebecca Lively (X), 2-Steve Saad (NC).
ZOMBIE SUNDAY JACKPOT (8): 1/2-Ian Terry (TX) / Dave Zick (CO).
AMERICAN BACKGAMMON HALL OF FAME: 2017 Inductees – Ray Fogerlund (NV), Joe Russell (CA), Mike Svobodny (FL).

10th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN

10th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN January 5-8, 2017; Jersey City, New Jersey
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (71+23 rebuys): 1-Jeff Acierno (NJ), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 3/4-Raj Jansari (England) / Michael Neagu (Canada); 1C-Karen Davis (DC), 2C-Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon (Israel/USA), 3C/4C-Larry Shiller (CT) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY); 1LC-John Klein (MD), 2LC-Nick Blasier (TX).
INTERMEDIATE (72+22 rebuys): 1-Samuel Wang (NY), 2-Liam Henry (Canada), 3/4-Jay Karns (NY) / Kevin Walsh (NJ); 1C-Monty Haskins (NY), 2C-Brandon Macklin (MD), 3C/4C-Michael Robinson (NY) / Omar Shah (Canada); 1LC-Arthur Sutton (NJ), 2LC-Sam Ahmed (CA).
ADVANCED BEGINNER (19): 1-Jonathan Berkowitz (NY), 2-Sohei Yasuda (VA); 1C-Dan Schechner (NY), 2C-Michele Saferstein (NY); 1LC-Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica).
BEGINNER (16): 1-Chris Coppa (NY), 2-Paul Schechner (NJ); 1C-Lili Iravani (DC); 1LC-Ron Silver (NY).
LIBERTY CUP MASTERS (32): 1-Tobias Hellwag (Germany), 2-Raj Jansari (England), 3/4-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Al Hodis (NV).
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Claude Landry (Canada), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA), 3/4-Alan Grunwald (NJ) / Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
LIMITED JACKPOT OVERFLOW (16): 1-Kathy Weiner (NV), 2/3-Garry Kallos (Canada) / Tony Wuersch (RI).
USBGF PRIME 2-POINT MINI-MATCH TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Albert Steg (MA), 3/4-John Klein (MD) / Tony Wuersch (RI).
BLITZ (136): 1-Jay Karns (NY), 2-Peter Kasturas (NJ).
NEW YORK DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Tobias Hellwag (Germany) & Serge Rived (France), 2-Jeff Acierno (NJ) & Steve Keats (NY).
OVERFLOW DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Nevzat Dogan (Denmark) & Steve Hammond (TX), 2-Shay Asraff (NV) & Carol Joy Cole (MI).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Philippe Salnave (FL), 2-David Alagheband Zadeh (NY), 3/4-Chris Trencher (NY) / Marty Weber (VA).
OVERFLOW SENIORS TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Ron Weinstock (NY), 2-Alan Grunwald (NJ).
LINDSAY MATTIG JACKPOT (16): 1-Jay Karns (NY), 2-Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY).

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, December 2-4, 2016; Los Angeles, California
– Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (64): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Jon Vietor (CA), 3-Jonah Seewald (CO), 4/5-Alfred Mamlet (MD) / Marv Porten (CA); 1C-Ken Bame (CA), 2C-Walt Swan (NJ), 3C/4C-Rory Pascar (IL) / Damon Singer (NV).
ADVANCED (40): 1-Arnold Freeman (CA), 2-Kevin Kahl (CA); 1C-Pat Fusco (TN), 2C-Tom Horton (CA), 3C/4C-Mark Astemborski (CA) / Tom Fahland (CA).
LIMITED (8): 1-Catherine Barr (CA), 2-Dana Maffeo (CA); 1C-Alan Johnson (CA).
SUPER-40 MASTERS (38): 1-Alexander Khandin (Russia), 2-Richard Siebold (CO), 3/4-Mark Andrus (CA) / Ted Chee (CA).
PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR JACKPOT (26): 1/2-Niel Borden (CA) / Sam Ahmed (CA), 3/4-Pat Fusco (TN) / Mario Savan (CA).
BLITZ (64 ): 1-Ed Rosenblum (NM), 2-Josh Racko (CA).
DMP-USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Jeb Horton (NC), 3/4-Harvey Gillis (AZ) / Damon Singer (NV).
SENIORS (64): 1/2-Phil Simborg (IL) / Josh Racko (CA), 3/4-Sam Ahmed (CA) / Carol Joy Cole (MI), 5/8-Gus Contos (CA) / Bob Glass (CA) / Chris Knapp (MA) / Andrew Martinez (CA).
DOUBLES-I (8 teams): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI) & Jeb Horton (NC), 2-Pat Fusco (TN) & Joe Russell (CA).
DOUBLES-II (8 teams): 1-Gus Contos (CA) & George Haskour (CA), 2-Odis Chenault (CA) / Al Hodis (NV).
P-40 BOARD EVENT (4): 1-Blake Fleetwood (NY).
$100 JACKPOT (4): 1-Shay Asraff (NV).

LAS VEGAS OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

LAS VEGAS OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, November 16 – 20, 2016; Las Vegas, Nevada
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (84+38 rebuys): 1-Shay Asraff (NV), 2-Drew Giovanis (NV), 3/4-Nick Blasier (TX) / Peter Raugust (Germany); 1C-Ken Bame (CA), 2C-David Kettler (TX), 3C/4C-Tobias Hellwag (Germany) / Ron Rubin (NV); 1LC-Stepan Nuniyants (WA), 2LC-Robert Tansi (MA).
INTERMEDIATE (75+27 rebuys): 1-Bryan Tanouye (HI), 2-Ezra Chiriti (Mexico), 3/4-Elli Nache (CA) / Sue Will (IL); 1C-David Klausa (CO), 2-Michael Derylo (AZ), 3C/4C-Mary Morse (TX) / Sam Orandle (NV); 1LC-Lorne Rusnell (Canada), 2LC-Ruth Robbins (WA).
BEGINNER (8): 1-Stephen Earl (IN), 2-Regan Lambeth (CA).
SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA), 2-Drew Giovanis (NV), 3/4-Gary Bauer (NJ) / Rafael Lopez de Lara (Mexico).
LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Tom Wheeler (TX), 2-Stacy Turner (FL), 3/4-Ricardo Malas (Spain) / Joe Freedman (NM).
BEGINNERS FRIDAY JACKPOT: 1-Stephen Earl (IN), 2-Leslie Byrns (AZ).
SENIORS (128): 1-Elli Nache (CA), 2-Dave Kettler (TX).
DOUBLES (20 teams): 1-Ben Friesen (MI) & Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2-Aaron Foust (NV) & Josh Racko (CA).
BLITZ (144): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Gerry Tansey (MO).
MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Al Hodis (NV), 2-Joe Apicella (NV).
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (38): 1-Alexander Khandin (Russia), 2-Faddoul Khoury (IL).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (30): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Ezra Chiriti (Mexico).

4th ANNUAL CONNECTICUT STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

4th ANNUAL CONNECTICUT STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS , October 20-23, 2016; Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

OYSTER OPEN (30): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Frank DiMaggio (NY); 1C-Alex Zamanian (MA), 2C-Boris Dekhtyar (NY); 1LC-Matt Reklalitis (MA).
COPPER ADVANCED (32): 1-Leon Marini (NJ), 2-Alia Azamat (NJ); 1C-Paul Laubner (MD), 2C-Ray Pasternak (PA); 1LC-John Barnett (NY).
NUTMEG NOVICE (8): 1-Nicole Satchell (NJ), 2/3-Andrew Fazekas (CT) / Larry Roberg (CT).
MILFORD MASTERS (10): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Chris Trencher (NY).
COLONIAL OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Marty Storer (NH).
PILGRIM AMATEUR JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA), 2-Marcy Kossar (MD).
PILGRIM AMATEUR JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Tom Rebelo (Canada), 2-Paul Laubner (MD)
DANBURY DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA) & Karen Davis (DC), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) & Alia Azamat (NJ).
QUINNIPIAC QUICKY: 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ), 2-Joe Potts (TX).
FAIRFIELD BLITZ: 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).
PRE-TOURNEY TOURNEY (14): 1/2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA) / Marty Storer (NH).

ILLINOIS STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

ILLINOIS STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 14-16, 2016; Peoria, Illinois
Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (36): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA); 1C-Eric Hiner (MN), 2C-Faddoul Khoury (IL); 1LC-Ramez Abi-Akar (IL).
INTERMEDIATE (29): 1-Michael Mesich (MN), 2-Scott Day (IN); 1C-Joe Feldman (MI), 2C-Joe Potts (TX); 1LC-Rob Farmer (IL).
NOVICE (4): 1-Paul Turdik (IL).
LAND OF LINCOLN MASTERS (13): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Gerry Tansey (MO).
PRAIRIE CLASSIC (32): 1-Vinton Knarr (IL), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI); 1C-Bill Calton (MI), 2C-Faddoul Khoury (IL).
USBGF MICROBLITZ (64): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Rory Pascar (IL).
LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Frank & Monica Talbot (MI), 2-Wendy Kaplan (IL) & Amy Trudeau (IL).
PEORIA QUICKIES (64): 1-Bill Calton (MI), 2-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL).
USBGF NEWCOMERS FREEROLL: 1-Ivan Pogrebnyak (IN).
ZOMBIE ZEROES:
CHARITY AUCTION FOR HAITI MEDICAL MISSION:

Florida State Backgammon Tournament

FLORIDA STATE BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, September 30-October 2, 2016; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (24): 1-Philippe Salnave (FL), 2-Chris Knapp (MA); 1C-Faddoul Khoury (IL), 2C-Jeb Horton (NC); 1LC-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
ADVANCED (27): 1-Jim McDonald (FL), 2-Juan Rospiglioso (FL); 1C-Eric Stevens (FL), 2C-Greg Evans (FL); 1LC-Raffy Lazo (FL).
MASTERS (9): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Karen Davis (DC).
LIMITED JACKPOT (13): 1-Eric Stevens (FL), 2-Michael Valliere (PA).
WARM-UP (9): 1-Julius High (KS), 2-Susan Randall (FL).
BMAB (8): 1/2-Brian Lonergan (LA) / Arkadiy Tsinis (FL).
DOUBLES (12): 1-Jeb Horton (NC) & Neal Rosensweig (FL), 2-Greg Evans (FL) & Eric Stevens (FL).
BLITZ (32): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2-Roland Leutert (FL).
NEAL WEINER DMP MEMORIAL (32): 1-Kathy Weiner (FL), 2-George Sal-Halasz (FL).
AFTER TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Eric Stevens (FL).

COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

COLORADO STATE BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, September 23-25, 2016; Denver, Colorado.
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (16): 1-Dave Zick (CO), 2-Charlie Raichle (CO); 1C-Jack Edelson (WI), 2C-Jonah Seewald (CO).
ADVANCED (11): 1-Denny Leatherman (CO), 2-Chuck Higgins (CO); 1C-Eric Pfenning (CO), 2C-David Taniguchi (CA).
NOVICE (3): 1-Jay Shaeffer (CO).
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE MASTERS JACKPOT (8): 1-Jonah Seewald (CO), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
ROYAL GORGE LIMITED JACKPOT (4): 1-Lynda Clay (CO), 2-Proctor Ritchie (AZ).
USBGF BLITZ (16): 1/2: Ray Fogerlund (NV) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND FINALE: 1-East Champion Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-West Champion Ray Fogerlund (NV).

4th ANNUAL SEATTLE BACKGAMMON CLASSIC

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OPEN (28): 1-Martin D’Alexander (OR), 2-Pete Anderson (WA); 1C-Vadim Nuniyants (WA), 2C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
INTERMEDIATE (16): 1-Eric Meyer (Canada), 2-Kathy Weiner (NV); 1C-Daniel Stroberger (WA), 2C-Ed Schau (WA).
NOVICE (4): 1-Chris Innes (WA).
SUPER JACKPOT (15): 1-John Gamalielson (WA), 2-Pete Anderson (WA), 3/4-Steven Carey (WA) / Alex Toth (WA).
DOUBLES (14 teams): 1-Martin D’Alexander (WA) & Joel Levy (WA), 2-Jack Edelson (WI) & Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 3/4-Pete Anderson (WA) & John Gamalielson (WA) / Karl Pearson (WA) & Kathy Weiner (NV).
USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (17): 1-Steven Carey (WA), 2-Paul Baraz (CA).
SUNDAY JACKPOT (8): 1-Steven Carey (WA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV).

13th CAROLINA INVITATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

13th CAROLINA INVITATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, September 1-5, 2016; Charlotte, North Carolina.
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit: Karen Davis

CHAMPIONSHIP (38): 1-Mary Hickey (OH), 2/5-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Di Di (GA) / Michael Neagu (Canada), 6/7-Vadim Musaelyan (NC) / Barry Silliman (MD).
ADVANCED (32): 1-Ben Elliott (NC), 2/4-Marcy Kossar (MD) / Jason Russ (NC) / LEW Webber (VA), 5/6-Gary Koscielny (NY) / Omar Shah (Canada), 7/9-John Baron (OH) / Jeff Proctor (NC) / Marvin Widenhouse (NC).
NOVICE (11): 1-Will Ballard (NC), 2-Ilean Hill (NC); 1C-Bob Azuri (NC); 1LC-Jesse Silliman (MD).
FASTER MASTERS (8): 1-Jim Hickey, 2-Phil Simborg
QUEEN CITY CUP MASTERS JACKPOT (13): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Bahman Zandi (MD).
CARDINAL CLASSIC AMATEUR JACKPOT (16): 1-Vladi Gudgenov (NC), 2-Michelle Steinberg (NJ).
DOUBLES (16 teams): Finals: 1-Alfred Mamlet (MD) & Carter Mattig (IL), 2-Farhad Forudi (OH) & Michael Takla (NY).
SKUNK DICE FOR CHARITY: 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA). Funds were raised for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
$50 USBGF PRIME JACKPOT (64): 1/2-John Klein (MD) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
$25 USBGF PRIME JACKPOT (32): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2-Mustafa Sayid (MD).
$25 USBGF PRIME JACKPOT OVERFLOW (16): 1-Irina Litzenberger (VA).
$50 Earlybird Tournament (8): Karen Davis (DC), 2-Don Faix (NC).
$20 Earlybird Tournament (12): 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Jim Ulaky (NC).
$50 After Tournament (8): 1/2-Sean Garber (IN) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
$20 After Tournament (8): 1/2-Treena Bouque (CA) / Simon Kennedy Rose (IL).

14th WISCONSIN STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

14th WISCONSIN STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, August 19 – 21, 2016.
Preliminary results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (30): 1-Jack Edelson (WI), 2-Tim Mabee (IL); 1C-Faddoul Khoury (IL), 2C-David Todd (MO); 1LC-David Rockwell (IL).
ADVANCED (31): 1-Patrick Domico (IN), 2-Matt Johnson (WI); 1C-Simon Kennedy-Rose (IL), 2C-John Always (AZ); 1LC-Steve Waller (MN).
NOVICE (2): 1-John Halvorsen (WI), 2-Linda Douglas (KS).
BADGER CLASSIC (16: 1-Jack Edelson (WI), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
AMATEUR CLASSIC (16): 1-Kevin Heacox (IN), 2-Simon Kennedy-Ross (IL).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Beth Martinson (WI) & Bill Minser (WI), 2-Steve Brown (MN) & Simon Kennedy-Rose (IL).
BLITZ (64): 1/2-Yury Millman (MN) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
QUICKIES (16): 1-Jeff Nitschke (MN), 2-Steve Brown (MN).
FASHIONABLY EARLY BIRD JACKPOT (12): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2/3-Paul Mangone (CA) / Keene Marin (WI).
EARLY BIRD JACKPOT #1 (16): 1-James Worley (KS), 2-Steve Brown (MN).
EARLY BIRD JACKPOT #2 (8): 1/2-Carol Joy Cole (MI) / Simon Kennedy-Rose (IL).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA).

FIRST SILICON VALLEY OPEN

FIRST SILICON VALLEY OPEN; August 5-7, 2016; San Jose, California
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (45): 1-Dana Nazarian, 2-Marv Porten; 1C-Steve Sax, 2-Mark Antranikian, 3/4-Gus Contos / Cheryl Andersen.
ADVANCED (32): 1-Cathel Murray, 2-Jerry Nussbaum; 1C-Jes Jestadt, 2-Michaela Olsen, 3/4-Judy Field / Erwin Hom.
NOVICE (6): 1-Brian Andersen, 2-Dirk Olsen; 1-Ghada Ashoo.
49ER GOLD RUSH MASTERS (31): 1-Doug Mayfield, 2-Odis Chenault, 3/4-Dana Nazarian / Ted Chee.
LIMITED JACKPOT (21): 1-Jesse Jestadt, 2-Mark Ferrin.
DMP (64): 1-Karam Ashoo, 2-Ray Fogerlund, 3/4-Ted Chee / Carol Joy Cole.
DOUBLES (8): 1-Bob Glass & Steve Sax, 2-Chris Knapp & Gary Koscielny.
BLITZ (64): 1-Kit Woolsey
OLDER AND WISER (24): 1-Kit Woolsey, 2-Karen Davis.
YOUNG GUNS (16): 1-Scotty Kelland, 2-Ted Chee.
OLDER & WISER VS. YOUNG GUNS PLAYOFF: 1-Kit Woolsey

41st BACKGAMMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

41st Backgammon World Championship, July 26-31, 2016; Monte Carlo, Monaco
Results from chicagopoint.com

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (144): 1-Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden), 2-Joseph Russell (USA), 3-Tatsuya Tanaka (Japan), 4/5-Ed O’Laughlin (USA) / Victor Petersen (Norway), 6/8-Conny Ericksson (Sweden) / Philippe Lecomte (France) / Slava Pryadkin (Ukraine); 1C-Arkadiy Tsinis (USA), 2C-Lawrence Powell (England), 3C/4C-Ary Nogueira (Brazil) / Felix Ziva (Israel); 1LC-Alain Babillon (France), 2LC-Stepan Nuniyants (USA).
INTERMEDIATE (47): 1-Stephen Chidwick (England), 2-Lasse Danielsen (Denmark), 3-Walter Thesing (Germany), 4/5-Yulia Gromenkova (Russia) / Tim Lawless (USA); 1C-Marianne Husum (Norway), 2C-Laura Monaco (Italy), 3C/4C-Helmut Jeske (Germany) / Halil Tulan (Turkey/Switzerland); 1LC-Lise Nielsen (Denmark), 2LC-Farokh Moazed (Sweden).
BEGINNERS (15): 1-Joan Grunwald (USA), 2-Michael Bang (Denmark); 1C-Vaibhav Saxena (India), 2C-Shanee Bor (USA); 1LC-Philip Jameson (Australia), 2LC-Lucinda Holland (England).
SUPER JACKPOT (42): 1-Peter Jes Thomsen (Denmark), 2-Götz Hildsberg (Germany), 3/4-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Kimon Papachristopoulos (Greece/Germany).
SPEEDGAMMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (64): 1-Stepan Nuniyants (USA), 2-Mikael Vardanyan (Russia), 3/4-Didier Assaraf (France) / Sergey Erokhin (Russia).
SENIORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (128): 1-Johan Moazed (Sweden), 2-Robert Lindbom (Sweden), 3/4-David Brown (England) / Stepan Nuniyants (USA).
DOUBLES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (32 teams): 1-Jürgen Orlowski (Germany) & Bernhard Winkelhaus (Germany), 2-Annalisa Agosti (Italy) & Laura Monaco (Italy), 3/4-Halil Tulan (Turkey/Switzerland) & Ulrich Tamm (Germany) / Alex Lehmann (USA) & Peter Jes Thomsen (Denmark).
LADIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (16): 1-Cecilia Sparke (England), 2-Yulia Gromenkova (Russia).
MONTE CARLO WORLD FEDERATION CUP (16): 1-Robert Lindbom (Sweden), 2-Alan Grunwald (USA).
JUNIORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (8): 1-David Broomfield (England), 2-Evan Sarno (USA).
1-POINT WORLD VICTIMS MEMORIAL (128): 1-Vaibhav Saxena (India), 2-Roman Korber (Austria). 1800 euros were raised for the victims of the attack in Nice.
BELAIR TEAM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (34 teams): 1-Swimmers: Sergey Erokhin (Russia) / Yulia Gromenkova (Russia) / Jürgen Orlowski (Germany), 2-Evolution: Cihangir Çetinel (Turkey) / Yan Kit Chan (England) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan).
SHOGI TOURNAMENT: 1-Kota Fujiwara (Japan), 2-Toshiya Nishii (Japan).
MOCHY’S PROFICIENCY EXAM (22): 1-Falafel Natazon (Israel/USA) – 40, 2-Steen Grønbech (Denmark) – 37, 3-Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden) – 35.

6th MONTE CARLO BACKGAMMON OPEN – July 24-25, 2016; Monte Carlo, Monaco

MONTE CARLO OPEN (62): 1-Ron Rubin (USA), 2-Chris Rogers (England), 3/4-Johan Bynell (Sweden) / Peter Jes Thomsen (Denmark); 1C-Raul Timerman (Argentina), 2C-Jacek Wojciechowski (Poland).
MONTE CARLO INTERMEDIATE (30): 1-Didier Assaraf (France), 2-Martin de Bruin (USA/Spain), 3/4-Frédéric Andrieu (France) / Martha Ghio (USA); 1C-Florin Popa (Italy), 2C-Havard Hafskjuld (Norway).

21st MINNESOTA OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

21st Minnesota Open Backgammon Championships, July 22 – 24, 2016; Bloomington, Minnesota
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (21): 1-Jack Edelson (WI), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN); 1C-Jerry Kressin (MN), 2C-Steve Brown (MN); 1LC-Sean Garber (IN).
INTERMEDIATE (27): 1-Zachary Tabak (WI), 2-Gregg Trunnell (MN); 1C-Lucien Cravens (MN), 2C-Jeff Spencer (MN); 1LC-Michael Mesich (MN), 2LC-Rina Quartarone (MN).
NOVICE (6): 1-Apollo Lammers (MN), 2-Nathan Bouma (MN).
3rd ANNUAL GOPHER CLASSIC (25): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN); 1C-Art Moore (CA).
MASTERS JACKPOT (8): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Steve Brown (MN).
DOUBLES: 1-Lucien Cravens (MN) & John Pirner (MN), 2-April Kennedy (MN) & Michael Mesich (MN).
BLITZ (16): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN).
ULTIMATE MINI-MATCH (32): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Jeff Spencer (MN).

41st MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

41st MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, July 1-4, 2016; Novi, Michigan
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OPEN (84): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 3-Frank Raposa (VA), 4/5-Saba Bejanishvili (GA) / Barry Silliman (MD); 1C-John O’Hagan (IN), 2C-Herb Roman (IL), 3C/4C-Dion Hogan (MI) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
INTERMEDIATE (73): 1-Mike Rezai (OH), 2-Marcy Kossar (MD), 3-Rick Wedge (Canada), 4/5-Jim Airgood (MI) / Bob Stoller (AK); 1C-John Herron (MI), 2C-Sue Will, 3C/4C-Irina Litzenberger (VA) / Christopher Shanava (IL).
NOVICE (11): 1-Tony Zimbalatti (MI), 2-Bridget McCrudden (Canada); 1C-Daniel Posen (MI); 1LC-Christa Solovey (MI).
MICHIGAN MASTERS (32): 1-John Klein (MD), 2-Di Di (GA), 3/4-Drew Giovanis (NV) / Mike Senkiewicz (NY).
SANDY KAPLAN’S SENIOR SPECIAL (64): 1-Mike Vasilatos (OH), 2-Steve Hast (PA), 3/4-Farhad Forudi (OH) / Herb Roman (IL).
PRINCE BARLOW’S JUNIOR JACKPOT (32): 1-Nick Blasier (TX), 2-Mike Clapsadle (MI), 3/4-Ben Friesen (MI) / Keene Marin (WI).
USBGF PRIME CHARITY BLITZ (128): 1-Jon Vietor (CA), 2-Gary Margosian (MI). $300 was raised for the Flint Water Fund.
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – EAST (128): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Di Di (GA). $100 Side Pool: Nick Blasier (TX), $50 Side Pool: John Quinn (MI).
FRANK TALBOT’S NEWCOMER FREEROLL (26): 1-Dan Dabney (IN), 2-Christa Solovey (MI).
OPEN DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Joe Feldman (MI) & Steve Sax (CA), 2-Gary Fritzsche (MI) & Rick Schuman (MI), 3/4-Brent Cohen (PA) & Neil Kazaross(IL) / Eric Hiner (MN) & Yury Millman (MN).
LIMITED DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Dave McKenzie (KS) & Karla McKenzie (KS), 2-Fred Ishac (MI) & Walt Smith (MI).
FIRECRACKER OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Greg Merriman (MI).
FIRECRACKER LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Patrick Domico (IN), 2-Eric Stevens (FL).
MONDAY TROPHY OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Saba Bejanishvili (GA).
MONDAY TROPHY LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL), 2-Mike Clapsadle (MI).
$20 DETROIT QUICKIE (32): 1-Dave Kozak (Canada), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
BACKGAMMON MASTER SERIES (USA) #3 (16): 1/3-Faris Gabbara (MI) / Paul Weaver (AL) / Kit Woolsey (CA).
$50 THURSDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Chris Knapp (MA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4-Steve Brown (MN) / Emil Mortuk (MI).
$30 THURSDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Dave Williams (NV), 3/4-Mike Clapsadle (MI) / John Claybourne (MI).
$20 THURSDAY WARM-UP (8): 1-Ross Gordon (CT), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA), 3-Fred Ishac (MI).
$50 AFTER TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Jon Vietor (CA), 2/3-Dorn Bishop (CA) / Nick Blasier (TX).
$20 AFTER TOURNAMENT (10): 1-Marcy Kossar (MD), 2-John Quinn (MI).

Los Angeles Open Backgammon Tournament

LOS ANGELES OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, June 10 – 12, 2016; Los Angeles, California
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OPEN (56): 1-Paul Baraz (CA), 2-George Haskour (CA), 3-Alan Martin (CA), 4/5-Alfred Mamlet (MD) / Vadim Nuniyants (WA); 1C-Steve Sax (CA), 2C-Ken Bame (CA), 3C/4C-Art Benjamin (CA) / Drew Giovanis (NV).
ADVANCED (41): 1- Lynn Lusk (CO), 2- Charles Toots (CA), 1C- Ray Spehar (CA), 2C-Erwin Hom (CA), 3C/4C- Paul Mangone (CA) / Andy Plat (CA).
LIMITED (9): 1-Inigo Gatus (CA), 2-David Atwood (CA); 1C-Melanie Goldman (NV).
SUPER-32 (31): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Ted Chee (CA), 3/4- Dorn Bishop (CA) / Alfred Mamlet (MD).
PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR (29): 1-Frank Ley (CA), 2-Josh Racko (CA), 3/4- Ergin Bayrak (CA) / Joe Nolan (TN).
BLITZ (56): 1- Joe Nolan (TN), 2- Allen Tish (CA).
SENIORS-I (32): 1/2- Art Benjamin (CA) / Ed Rosenblum (NM), 3/4-Lynn Lusk (CO) / Dennis Stone (CA)
SENIORS-II (16): 1/2/3- Elena Evans (TX) / Ed Rosenblum (NM) / Ray Spehar (CA).
DMP-USBGF Prime Tournament (128): 1- Stepan Nuniyants (WA), 2-Mark Antranikian (CA).
DOUBLES (8 teams): 1- Cliff Pappas (AZ) / Jim Wark (TX), 2- Nash Jost / Peter Wisniewski (CA).
$100-JACKPOT: 1- Herb Roman (IL).