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
Results from chicagopoint.com

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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
Results from chicagopoint.com

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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).

36th CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT

36th CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT May 26-30, 2016; Rosemont, Illinois
Preliminary results from chicagopoint.com

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3rd WORLD BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (16): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), 3/4-Michihito Kageyama (Japan) / Frank Talbot (MI).
OPEN (53): 1-Chris Knapp (MA), 2-Nick Blasier (TX), 3/6-Steve Brown (MN) / Neil Kazaross (IL) / Faddoul Khoury (IL) / Ronald Loero (Venezuela).
INTERMEDIATE (41): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2-John Snellings (Costa Rica), 3/5-Mike Clapsadle (MI) / Uriel Mazel (Uruguay/USA) / Alex Owen (IL).
NOVICE (10): 1-Brad La Pratt (IL), 2-Tim Koppang (IL); 1C-Roger Brandt (IL).
MARKOWITZ MASTERS (8): 1-John O’Hagan (IN), 2-Michihito Kageyama (Japan).
FASTER MASTERS (8): 1-Takayuki Hino (Japan), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan).
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Simon Kennedy-Rose (IL), 2-Greg Adamavich (WI).
LIMITED JACKPOT OVERFLOW (8): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada).
OPEN UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE: 1-Bob Stringer (CA).
INTERMEDIATE UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE: 1-Cinda King (IL).
DOUBLES: (24 teams): 1-Kate Elmore (GA) & Christopher Shanava (IL), 2-Craig Anderson (IL) & Tak Morioka (IL), 3-Bill Bartholomay (IL) & Beth Whitney (MI).
SENIORS (32): 1-John O-Hagan (IN), 2-Bill Riles (TX).
QUICKIES (128): >1-Nick Blasier (TX), 2-Steve Blanchard (IL).
TAKI-BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Julius High (KS).
$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT #1: 1-Bill Calton (MI), 2-April Kennedy (MN).
$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT #2: 1/2-Keene Marin (WI) /Herb Roman (IL).
MOCHY’S 6th PROFICIENCY TEST (30): Bill Calton (MI) & Dennis Culpepper (VA) tied for first with top scores of 35 out of 50 correct answers.
AFTER TOURNEY TOURNEY (32): 1/2-Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Takayuki Hino (Japan).

4th CAPITAL CLASSIC BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

4th CAPITAL CLASSIC BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, May 20-22, 2016; Sterling, Virginia
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (32): 1-Jack Edelson (WI), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ); 3/4-Donny Lomuto (NY) / John O’Hagan (IN); 1C-Philippe Salnave (FL), 2C-David Rockwell (IL); 1LC-Paul Weaver (AL).
ADVANCED (26): 1-Marcy Kossar (MD), 2-Alia Azamat (NJ); 3/4-Majid Jahanbani (VA) / Philip Lerman (DC); 1C-Michael Valliere (PA), 2C-Daniel Peters (VA); 1LC-Ben Elliott (NC).
NOVICE (5): 1-Larry Doyle, 2-Nick Saverino.
MASTERS JACKPOT (16): 1-Tuvya Felt (TN), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Alan Grunwald (NJ), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA).
INTERMEDIATE JACKPOT (8): 1-Igor Baburov (NY), 2-Chen-Fu Yu (MD).
DOUBLES (13 teams): 1-Ronald Loero (Venezuela) & LEW Webber (VA), 2-Julius High (KS) & Tony Wuersch (RI).
BLITZ: ??
MOCHY’S QUIZ: John Klein (MD) & John O’Hagan (IN) tied for first with the high scores of 39.

ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC

ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC,April 28-May 1, 2016; Atlanta, Georgia
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (25): 1-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1C-Vadim Musaelyan (NC), 2C-Jeb Horton (NC); 1LC-Brian Lonergan (LA).
INTERMEDIATE (20): 1-Judy Field (MI), 2-Homer Hector (GA); 1C-Dennis Lutz (GA), 2C-Charles Edwards (GA); 1LC-Jeremy Moulton (GA).
NOVICE (4): 1-Michael Wilson (GA), 2-Sean Montgomery (TN).
ROBERT WILENSKY MEMORIAL MASTERS (10): 1-Saba Bejanishvili (GA), 2-Sean Garber (IN).
ATLANTA CUP AMATEUR JACKPOT (11): 1-Stuart Domeshek (GA), 2-Joe Nolan (TN).
DOUBLES (14 teams): 1-Adrian Costa (GA) & Forrest Faulk (GA), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA) & Samra Hadden (GA).
MINI-MATCH (32): 1-Adrian Costa (GA), 2-Alan Epstein (GA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Ben Elliott (NC).
OVERFLOW SENIORS TOURNAMENT: 1-Jim Hickey (NC), 2-Alan Epstein (GA).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (15): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Vadim Musaelyan (NC); 1C-Carl Sorg (GA).
AFTER TOURNAMENT (8): 1/2-Ben Friesen (MI) / Samra Hadden (GA).

U.S. OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

U.S. OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, April 13-17, 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada Photo by Tara Mendicino. Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (74+28 rebuys): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Gary Bauer (NJ), 3/4-Mark Ferrin (OR) / Jim Pasko (NV); 1C-Ken Bame (CA), 2C-Tom Wheeler (TX), 3C/4C-Mark Antranikian (CA) / Alfredo Unes (Brazil); 1LC-Joe Russell (CA), 2LC-Philippe Salnave (FL).
INTERMEDIATE (70+28 rebuys): 1-Ahmet Bolat (MA), 2-Jeff Whitelaw (NV), 3/4-Burt Goldstein (NM) / David Taniguchi (CA); 1C-Joe Miller (OH), 2C-Treena Bouque (CA), 3C/4C-Vlad Eydelman (IL) / Tim Lawless (OH); 1LC-Joe Apicella (NV), 2LC-Paul Franks (NV).
BEGINNERS (4): 1-David Klausa (CO).
SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Stick Rice (OH).
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Ken Bame (CA), 2-Paul Baraz (CA), 3/4-Stacy Turner (FL) / Alfredo Unes (Brazil).
BEGINNERS JACKPOT (3): 1-Diane Kropelnitski (MI)
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Joe Apicella (NV), 2-Pedro Carvalho (Brazil), 3/4-Mark Antranikian (CA) / Salomon Zonana (Mexico).
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (16 teams): 1-Cliff Pappas (AZ) & Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2-Conny Eriksson (Sweden) & Marie Gustafsson (Sweden).
BLITZ (25): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Hideo Tateno (CA).
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Steve Diano (NV), 2-Paul Baraz (CA).
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (32): 1-Salomon Zonana (Mexico), 2-Paul Baraz (CA).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (32):

22nd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

22nd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS.
March 18-20, 2016; Cleveland, Ohio
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (38): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-David Todd (MO); 1C-Marty Storer (NH), 2C-Frank Raposa (VA).
ADVANCED (43): 1-Bruce Ballance (PA), 2-Amy Trudeau (IL); 1C-Reggie Harvel (MI), 2C-David Zakrajsek (IN).
NOVICE (12): 1-Andy Fazekas (CT), 2-Donna Davenport (OH); 1C-Linda Bradley (NC).
OHIO MASTERS (16): 1-Jacob “Stick” Rice (OH), 2-Dion Hogan (MI).
AMATEUR JACKPOT (16): 1-Mike Rezai (OH), 2-Mike Vasilatos (OH).
DOUBLES (13 teams): 1-Chris Knapp (MA) & Patty Knapp (MA), 2-Bruce Ballance (PA) & Pete Townsend (PA).
MICRO BLITZ (64): 1-David Zakrajsek (IN), 2-Frank Raposa (VA).
QUICKIES (32): 1-Brian Vance (MI), 2-Ross Gordon (CT).

Sunshine State Backgammon Classic

2016 SUNSHINE STATE BACKGAMMON CLASSIC, February 19-21, 2016; Clearwater, Florida
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (10): 1-Bob Carpenter (FL), 2-Eric Barr (KS); 1C-Leon Marini (NJ).

INTERMEDIATE (27): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2-Jerry Ungar (FL); 1LC-Eric Stevens (FL).

NOVICE (6): 1-Marcus Klebe (FL), 2-Juan Erazo (FL).

GULF COAST DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Doug Johnson (FL) & Roland Leutert (FL).

MICRO BLITZ: 1-Bob Wright (FL).

AFTER TOURNEY-TOURNAMENT: 1-Michael Valliere (PA).

4th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

4th Texas Backgammon Championships, February 4-7, 2016; San Antonio, Texas
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (68+26 rebuys): 1-Richard Munitz (NY), 2-Gary Fries (VA), 3/4-Julius High (KS) / David Kettler (TX); 1C-Ronald Loero (Venezuela), 2C-Michael Neagu (Canada), 3C/4C-Gus Contos (CA) / Barry Power (TX); 1LC-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2LC-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ).
ADVANCED(40+8 rebuys) 1-Philip Rousselle (TX), 2-Lloyd Jerauld (TX); 1C-Cem Aslan (TX), 2C-Robert Urquhart (TX), 3C/4C-Dave McKenzie (KS) / Rose Sheedy (IN); 1LC-Mario Savan (CA).
LIMITED (21): 1-Linda Bradley (NC), 2-Scott Butki (TX); 1C-Rebecca Lively (TX), 2C-Kathy Quentan (TX); 1LC-Paula Pipes (TX).
DUAL-DUEL TOURNAMENT (8): Score Winner Steve Sax (CA) vs PR Winner: Steve Sax (CA) or Bob Wachtel (CA). Playoff will conclude later.
LONGHORN CLASSIC MASTERS JACKPOT (27): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Al Hodis (NV), 3/4-Steve Sax (CA) / Bob Wachtel (CA).
ALAMO CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Jonah Seewald (CO), 2-Gary Fries (VA), 3/4-Eric Hiner (MN) / Ronald Loero (Venezuela).
TEXAS CLASSIC ADVANCED JACKPOT (8): 1-April Kennedy (MN), 2-Robert Orth (TX).
TOURNAMENT OF STARS (17 teams): 1-Harvey Gillis (AZ) & Petko Kostadinos (SC), 2-Gus Contos (CA) & Richard Munitz (NY).
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WEST (96): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ).
USBGF $1,000 PRIME TOURNAMENT FREE ROLL (64): 1-Mario Savan (CA), 2-Eric Hiner (MN).
$1,000 SURPRISE FREE ROLL (32): 1-John Bird (TX), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1/2-Julius High (KS) / Albert Steg (MA).
SENIORS OVERFLOW (32): 1-Ira Hessel (TX), 2-David Taniguchi (CA).
SPEEDGAMMON #1 (32): 1-Ronald Loero (Venezuela), 2-Scott Ward (TX).
SPEEDGAMMON #2 (16): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2-David Taniguchi (CA).
ULTIMATE BACKGAMMON PACKAGE (16): 1-Alia Azamat (NJ), 2-William McHone (TX).
AMERICAN BACKGAMMON HALL OF FAME: 2016 Inductees – Patrick Gibson (CA), Danny Kleinman (CA), Howard Markowitz (NV) and Tim Holland (deceased).

9th New York Metropolitan Backgammon Open

9th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN, January 6-10, 2016; Jersey City, New Jersey
  Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (70+16 rebuys): 1-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 2-Frank DiMaggio (NY), 3/4-Neil Kazaross (IL) / Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan); 1C-Ben Friesen (MI), 2C-Rory Pascar (IL), 3C/4C-Tobias Hellwag (Germany) / Jeb Horton (NC); 1LC-Frank Talbot (MI), 2LC-Brent Cohen (PA).
INTERMEDIATE (66+18 rebuys): 1-Jordan Schwitzer (NY), 2-Michael Shmuely (NY), 3/4-Bruce Ballance (PA) / Canan Aktas (NY); 1C-Kevin Walsh (NJ), 2C-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 3C/4C-Marcy Kossar (MD) / Ruben Martirosyan (NY); 1LC-Michael Robinson (NY), 2LC-Cloyd Laporte (NY).
ADVANCED BEGINNER (26): 1-Frank Echols (NJ), 2-Lisa Pelaez (NY); 1C-Jenna Longman (MI), 2C-Alia Azamat (NJ); 1LC-Howard Linnemann-Schmidt (NY).
BEGINNER (18): 1-Troy Longman II (MI), 2-Chris Coppa (NY); 1C-Dan Schechner (NY), 2C-Andrew Lin (WA).
LIBERTY CUP MASTERS (32): 1-John Klein (MD), 2-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 3/4-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Julian Schulman (NY).
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Bill Finneran (MD), 2-Jay Karns (CT), 3/4-Leon Marini (NJ) / Eric Stevens (FL).
LIMITED JACKPOT OVERFLOW (18): 1-Antoinette Williams (NY), 2-Michael Valliere (PA).
2-POINT MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Albert Steg (MA), 3/4-Larry Shiller (CT) / Tony Wuersch (RI).
BLITZ (160): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).
NEW YORK DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) & Steve Sax (CA), 2-Petko Kostadinov (SC) & Akiko Yazawa (Japan).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Bill Finneran (MD), 2-Frank Talbot (MI), 3/4-Fran Goldfarb (NY) / Cloyd Laporte (NY).
SENIORS OVERFLOW TOURNAMENT (16): 1/2-Doug Huch (NJ) / Alan Steffen (NY).
$500 JACKPOT (4): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
$100 JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Sergiy Rybiy (NY).
$100 JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Pete Anderson (WA), 2-Boris Dekhtyar (NY).

USA vs THE WORLD: 1-World Team: Tobias Hellwag (Germany) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan) / Thomas Kristensen (Denmark) / Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2-USA Team: Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Matt Cohn-Geier (CA) / Petko Kostadinov (SC) / Mike “Falafel” Natanzon (USA) / Steve Sax (CA). The World Team edged Team USA with points scored in multiple events. Team USA edged the World Team in PR: 3.41 vs 3.53.

HIGH ROLLER EVENT (20): 1-Mike “Falafel” Natanzon (USA), 2-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA).

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

CALIFORNIA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, December 4 – 6, 2015; Los Angeles, California
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (61): 1-Al Hodis (NV), 2-Joe Russell (CA), 3-Doug Mayfield (CA), 4/5-Michael Showkati (CA) / Yoshiyuki Nakamura (Japan); 1C-Dorn Bishop (CA), 2C-Phil Simborg (IL), 3C/4C-Roberto Litzenberger (VA) / Matt Reklaitis (MA).
ADVANCED (46): 1-David Taniguchi (CA), 2-Steve Diano (NV); 1C-Pete Mostoufi (CA), 2C-Aaron Foust (NV), 3C/4C-Paul Baraz (CA) / Scotty Kelland (CT).
LIMITED (9): 1-Andrew Arthur (CA), 2-Paul Vanselow (CA); 1C-Mercedes Brynton (CA).
SUPER-40 MASTERS(42): 1/6-Shay Asraff (NV) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA) / Yoshiyuki Nakamura (Japan) / Maeis Petrosian (CA) / Joe Russell (CA) / Norm Wiggins (CA).
PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR JACKPOT (30): 1-John Isaac (CA), 2-Paul Baraz (CA), 3/4-Ergin Bayrak (CA) / Sean Taghani (CA).
BLITZ (36): 1-Ted Chee (CA), 2-Elena Evans (TX).
SENIORS (64): 1-Bob Glass (CA), 2-Pete Mostoufi (CA).
DMP-USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (160): 1-Bob Glass (CA), 2-Bruce Newberg (CA), 3-Erwin Hom (CA).
DOUBLES (8 teams): 1/2-Ben Friesen (MI) & Harvey Gillis (AZ) / Clarine (CA) & Steve Sax (CA).

Las Vegas Open Backgammon Tournament

LAS VEGAS OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, November 17-22, 2015; Las Vegas, Nevada
  Results from chicagopoint.com

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 CHAMPIONSHIP (93+35 rebuys): 1-Akiko Yazawa, 2-Dorn Bishop, 3/4-Victor Ashkenazi / Takayuki Hino; 1C-Ray Fogerlund, 2C-Ted Chee, 3C/4C-Pedro Carvalho / Stacy Turner; 1LC-Patrick Gibson, 2LC-Michihito Kageyama.
INTERMEDIATE (73+27 rebuys): 1-Spencer Chen 2-Ronald Amorim, 3/4-Steve Diano / Larry Liebster; 1C-Treena Bouque, 2C-Salomon Zonana, 3C/4C-Lynn Ehrlich (NY) / J.A. Miller (NV); 1LC-Pete Mostoufi (CA), 2LC-Tara Mendicino (TX)..
BEGINNER (10): 1-Paulo Torres, 2-Craig Deberg
SUPER JACKPOT (32): 1-Akiko Yazawa, 2-Falafel Natanzon, 3/4-Masayuki Mochizuki /Ray Fogerlund.
LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Takayuki Hino, 2-Josh Racko, 3/4-Alfredo Une / Damon Singer
BEGINNER JACKPOT (8): Finals: Alia Azamat vs. Alan Hernandez Lopez de Lara
SENIORS (128): 1-Steve Sax, 2-Gus Contos, 3/4-Tristan Bettancourt / Tom McEvoy.
DOUBLES (28 teams): 1- Masayuki Mochizuki & Kazuki Yokota, 2-Larry Arnold & Tom Magne, 3/4-Carter Mattig & Michihito Kageyama / Spencer Chen & Kenna James.
BIGGER BLITZ (8 x 22): 1-Charlie Pipkin, 2-Kit Woolsey.
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Herb Roman, 2-Bob Glass.
LADIES JACKPOT (8): 1-Molly Anderson, 2-Peggy Neubig.
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (32): 1-Pat MacNeil, 2-Luis Torres.
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT II (8): 1-Maies Petrosian, 2-Mike Courtney.
MOCHY/SIMBORG CHALLENGE II: Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan)
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (32 ): 1-David Kettler (TX), 2-Stacy Turner (FL).

3rd MERIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

3rd Merit Open International Backgammon Championship, November 4 – 8, 2015; Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus,
  Preliminary Results from chicagopoint.com 

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MASTERS (283): 1-Gaz Owen (England), 2-Leon Dorel (Romania), 3-Jakob Garal (Germany), 4/5-Boris Danelja (Georgia) / Avraham Eytan (Israel), 6/8-Laura Monaco (Italy) / Toni Bernaba (Lebanon) / Kasper Nielsen (Denmark), 9/12-Carsten Simonsen (Denmark) / Maik Stiebler (Germany) / Alexey Askurava (Russia) / Josefin Bichler (Germany); 1LC-Stepan Nuniyants (USA), 2LC- ??
INTERMEDIATE (111): 1-Olcay Lökbas (Turkey), 2-Katalin Veszeli (Hungary), 3-Kemal Sagindik (Turkey), 4/5-Vladimir Olchanski (Germany) / Yordan Kirchev (Bulgaria), 6/8-George Miltiadou (England) / István Éger (Hungary) / Moti Manzon (Israel); 1LC- ??, 2LC-Rosey Bensley (England).
SUPER JACKPOT #1 (32): 1-Yoshiyuki Nakamura (Japan), 2-Petko Kostadinov (USA), 3/4-Zafar Tas (Turkey) / Freddie Noer (Denmark).
SUPER JACKPOT #2 (32): 1-Julian Minwalla (England), 2-Karatorosyan (Armenia), 3/4-Rassoul Zomorodi (Iran) / Akiko Yazawa (Japan).
WARM-UP (256): Semifinals:
Rainer Witt (Germany)
Carter Mattig (USA)
Sebastian Wilkinson (England)
869 BG TROPHY (128): 1-Volker Sonnabend (Germany), 2-Philippe Boncenne (France), 3/4-Boris Martinello (Italy) / Eric McAlpine (England).
ION RESSU MEMORIAL DOUBLES (132 teams): 1-Götz Hildsberg (Germany) & Kimon Papachristopoulos (Germany), 2-Peter Carlsson (Sweden) & Liz Johansson (Sweden), 3/4-Luca Martino (Italy) & Vincenzo Riceputi (Italy) / Yasar Gözel (Turkey) & Kagan Karakaya (Turkey).
LADIES TOURNAMENT (45): 1-Antoinette-Marie Williams (USA), 2-Linda Sjörin (Sweden), 3/4-Lise Nielsen (Denmark) / Sibylle Altermatt (Switzerland).
ONE-POINT TOURNAMENT:

3rd ANNUAL CONNECTICUT BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS

3RD ANNUAL CONNECTICUT BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 30 – November 1, 2015; Windsor Locks, CT
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OYSTER OPEN (31): 1-Jason Pack (NY), 2-Mary Hickey (OH); 1C-Matt Reklaitis (MA), 2C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA); 1LC-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
COPPER ADVANCED (21): 1-Felix Goykhman (NJ), 2-John Barnett (NY); 1C-Michael Valliere (PA), 2C-Ken Indart (DC); 1LC-Jay Karns (CT).
NUTMEG NOVICE (8): 1-Chuck Young (NJ), 2-Alia Azamat (NY), 3-Larry Roberg (CT).
MILFORD MASTERS (14): 1-Jason Pack (NY), 2-Brent Cohen (PA).
DANBURY DOUBLES (21 teams): 1-Scotty Kelland (CT) & Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Matt Reklaitis (MA) & Alex Zamanian (MA).
FAIRFIELD AMATEUR BLITZ (32): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica).
RIDGEFIELD OPEN BLITZ (8): 1-Alex Zamanian (MA), 2-Al Cantito (CT).
COLONY OPEN JACKPOT (8): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica).
COLONIST JACKPOT (8): 1-Cynthia Belogonoff (Australia), 2-Al Theriault (CT).
QUINNIPIAC QUICKIES (16): 1-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica), 2-Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).
PILGRIM AMATEUR JACKPOT (4): 1-Ken Indart (DC), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).
WESTPORT WARMUP (32): 1-Marty Storer (NH), 2-Mary Hickey (OH).
PRE-TOURNEY (16): 1-Patty Geoffroy (MA), 2-Leon Marini (NJ).

Florida State Backgammon Championship

FLORIDA STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP,October 15-18, 2015; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Preliminary results from chicagopoint.com

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SHARK OPEN (15): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Stuart Katz (NY); 1C-Frank Raposa (VA), 2C-Ronald Loero (Venezuela), 3C-Georges Nader (FL); 1LC-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
PANTHER ADVANCED (21): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2-Susan Randall (FL); 1C-Juan Rospigliosi (FL), 2C-John Snellings (Costa Rica); 1LC-Gary Koscielny (NY).
MANATEE SOCIAL (9): 1-Timothy Turner (FL), 2-Jeremy Zukerman (FL).
WORLD CUP CHOUETTE CHALLENGE (7): 1-Rod Covlin (NY), 2-Stacy Turner (FL).
GATOR / FLAMINGO JACKPOT (24): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2-Ronald Loero (Venezuela), 3/4-Eric Stevens (FL) / Ronald Szlaifer (FL).
DOLPHIN DOUBLES (14 teams): 1-Murray Bryntesen (FL) & Michael Corbett (FL), 2-Ronald Loero (Venezuela) & Juan Rospigliosi (FL), 3/4-Gary Koscielny (NY) & Michael Valliere (PA), 3/4-Sonia Lime (FL) & Neal Rosensweig (FL).
ELAYNE FEINSTEIN MEMORIAL SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32 ): 1-Garry Kallos (Canada), 2-Howard Lewis (FL), 3/4-Roland Leutert (FL) / Stacy Turner (FL).
WOLF CONTINUOUS HOWL (20): 1-Rod Covlin (NY).
PRE-TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (12): Robert Howayeck (FL), Georges Nader (FL), Cindy Belonogoff (Australia).
BLITZ #1 (4): 1-Garry Kallos (Canada).
BLITZ #2 (4): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV).

Illinois State Backgammon Championships

ILLINOIS STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 2-4, 2015; Peoria, Illinois
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

CHAMPIONSHIP (37): 1-Frank Talbot (MI), 2-Andreas Wuerz (Germany); 1C-David Todd (MO), 2C-Brian Lonergan (LA); 1LC-Neil Kazaross (IL).
INTERMEDIATE (28): 1-Dan Dabney (IN), 2-Eric Hiner (MN); 1C-Mick Zakrajsek (IN), 2C-Charles Haley (IN); 1LC-Amy Trudeau (IL).
PRAIRIE CLASSIC (32): 1-Gerry Tansey (MO), 2-Faddoul Khoury (IL); 1C-Julius High (KS), 2C-Sean Garber (IN).
LAND OF LINCOLN MASTERS (12): 1-David Rockwell (IL), 2-Gerry Tansey (MO).
LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DOUBLES (13 teams): 1-Michael Flohr (IL) & Faddoul Khoury (IL), 2-Wendy Kaplan (IL) & Amy Trudeau (IL).
PEORIA QUICKIES (64): 1-Joe Potts (TX), 2-Dan Dabney (IN).
MIDSTATE MICROBLITZ (32): 1-Karen Davis (DC), 2-Steve Brown (MN).
ZOMBIE ZEROES “LOST CHANCE”: 1-Bill Fady (IL).
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST: Eric Barr (KS).
BACKGAMMON IQ QUIZ (10): 1-Chuck Bower (IN), 2-Gerry Tansey (MO).

3rd Seattle Backgammon Classic

3rd SEATTLE BACKGAMMON CLASSIC, September 11 – 13, 2015; Kirkland, Washington
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (27): 1-Stepan Nuniyants (WA), 2-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 3/4-Martin D’Alexander (OR) / Matt Reklaitis (MA); 1C-Pat MacNeil (Canada), 2C-John Gamalielson (WA), 3C/4C-Mark Ferrin (OR) / Alan Steffen (NY); 1LC-Jack Edelson (WI).
INTERMEDIATE (16): 1-Karl Pearson (WA), 2-Joseph Hutchinson (WA), 3/4-Arash Akbar (WA) / Kat Denison (WA); 1C-Lee Brooks (WA), 2C-Karla McKenzie (KS); 1LC-Carol McGannon (Canada).
NOVICE (4): 1-David Dooley (Canada).
SUPER JACKPOT (13): 1-Mark Ferrin (OR), 2-Pete Anderson (WA), 3/4-John Gamalielson (WA) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
DOUBLES (11 teams): 1-Jack Edelson (WI) & Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Pete Anderson (WA) & John Gamalielson (WA), 3/4-Lee Brooks (WA) & Steven Carey (WA) / Pat MacNeil (Canada) & Alex Toth (WA).
USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Ed Rosenblum (NM), 2-Steven Carey (WA).

12th Carolina Invitational Backgammon Championship

12th CAROLINA INVITATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, September 3 – 7, 2015; Charlotte, North Carolina
Results from chicagopoint.com

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Photo credit Karen Davis

CHAMPIONSHIP (39): 1-Paul Weaver (AL), 2/6-Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Karen Davis (DC), Alfred Mamlet (MD) / Frank Raposa (VA) / Marty Storer (NH), 7/8-Chris Knapp (MA) / Ed O’Laughlin (VA).
ADVANCED (28): 1-Doug Johnson (FL), 2/4-Marcy Kossar (MD) / Stewart Pemberton (FL) / Chen-Fu Yen (MD), 5-Michael Valliere (PA), 6/8-Patty Geoffroy (MA) / Joseph Jemal (NJ) / Proctor Ritchie (AZ).
NOVICE (13): 1-Adam Tyson (NC), 2-RoseMarie Holsing (NC); 1C-Gary Henman (NC); 1LC-Barbara Garrett (NC).
FASTER MASTERS (11): 1-Cliff Pappas (AZ), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA).
QUEEN CITY CUP MASTERS JACKPOT (16): 1-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 2-Ray Lightbourn (Bahamas).
CARDINAL CLASSIC AMATEUR JACKPOT (14): 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Ben Elliott (NC).
QUICKER QUICKIES (64): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Joe Nolan (TN).
$10 QUICKER QUICKIES (8): 1-Michelle Steinberg (NJ), 2-Alia Azamat (NJ).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-John Klein (MD) & Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 2-Stephen Collins (OH) & Karen Davis (DC).
SKUNK DICE FOR CHARITY: 1-Stephen Collins (OH). $1,000 was raised for the American Diabetes Association in memory of Peter Kalba, and in support of all our backgammon players who have diabetes.
$50 USBGF PRIME JACKPOT (64): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Richard Munitz (NY), 3/4-David Rogers (NC) / Michael Valliere (PA).
$25 USBGF PRIME JACKPOT (32): 1-Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA), 2-Stephen Deep (AZ).
$25 USBGF PRIME JACKPOT OVERFLOW (8): 1-Alia Azamat, 2-Michelle Steinberg.
$50 Earlybird Tournament (4): 1-Chris Knapp (MA).
$20 Earlybird Tournament (12): 1-Eric Stevens (FL), 2-Gary Henman (NC).
$50 After Tournament (16): 1 – Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Mary Hickey (OH).
$20 After Tournament (8): 1- Gary Koscielny (NY), 2- Maura Carter (NC).

13th Wisconsin State Backgammon Championships

13th WISCONSIN STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, August 14-16, 2015; Madison, Wisconsin
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (24): 1-Tak Morioka (IL), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA); 1C-Steve Brown (MN), 2C-Vadim Nuniyants (WI).
ADVANCED (25): 1-Dan Wittkopp (MI), 2-Zachary Tabac (WI); 1C-Jay Robinson (IL), 2C-Paul Mangone (CA).
NOVICE (5): 1-Joe Green (WI), 2-Paulette Duong (IL).
BADGER CLASSIC (8): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-David Rockwell (IL).
AMATEUR JACKPOT (8): 1-Paul Mangone (CA), 2-Nick Blasier (TX).
DOUBLES (15 teams): 1-Mike Flohr (IL) & Faddoul Khoury (IL), 2-Steve Binenstock (MN) & Yuri Millman (MN).
BLITZ (16): 1-Keene Marin (WI), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN).
SPEEDGAMMON (16): 1-Kevin Ahtou (MN), 2-Faddoul Khoury (IL).
QUICKIES (64): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Brian Vance (MI).
FASHIONABLY EARLY BIRD JACKPOT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Jack Edelson (WI).
EARLYBIRD JACKPOT #1 (16): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Tak Morioka (IL).
EARLYBIRD JACKPOT #2 (8): 1/2-Charles Haley (IN) / Brian Vance (MI).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Sean Garber (IN) 2-Nick Blasier (TX).

40th Backgammon World Championship

40th BACKGAMMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, August 4 – 9, 2015; Monte Carlo, Monaco
  Preliminary results from chicagopoint.com

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (160):

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Photo by Karen Davis

World Champion:(160)1-Cihangir Çetinel (Turkey), 2-Sergey Erokhin (Russia), 3-Eric McAlpine (England), 4/5-Armen Khachatryan (Armenia/Russia) / Kimon Papachristopoulos (Greece/Germany), 6/8-Henrik Bang (Denmark) / Gus Contos (USA) / Engin Öngel (Turkey/England); 1C-Fernando Neumark (Argentina), 2C-Tuvya Felt (USA), 3C/4C-Tore Fredriksen (Norway) / Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan); 1LC-Axel Stemark (Denmark), 2LC-Nevzat Dogan (Denmark).
INTERMEDIATE(55): 1-Boris Gurov (Russia), 2-Raphael Rosalba (France), 3-Michael Urban (Germany), 4/5-Günther Holzinger (Germany) / Helmut Jeske (Germany); 1C-Thibaud Thompson (Switzerland), 2C-Kakhaber Natchkebia (Georgia), 3C/4C-Laura Monaco (Italy) / Ciprian Radulescu (Romania); 1LC-Moises Farca (USA), 2LC Souhail Atie (Lebanon/Monaco).
NOVICE (23): 1-Pia Aimonen (Finland), 2-Donna Sherred (England), 3/4- Bogdan Constantinoiu (Romania) / Jose Carlos Fernandez (Spain); 1C-Leos Fiala (Czech Republic), 2C-Gay Roberts (Isle of Man); 1LC-Kenneth Prola (USA), 2LC-Patricia Rey (Monaco).
SENIORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (128): 1-Shimon Kagan (Israel), 2-Kakhaber Natchkebia (Georgia), 3/4-John Broomfield (England) / Nodar Gagua (Georgia/Russia).
STANLEY TOMCHIN SUPER JACKPOT (64): 1-Kimon Papachristopoulos (Greece/Germany), 2-Lars Trabolt (Denmark), 3/4-Joe Russell (USA) / Sergey Erokhin (Russia).
DOUBLES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (64 teams): 1-Annalisa Agosti (Italy) & Laura Monaco (Italy), 2-Falafel Natanzon (Israel/USA) & Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 3/4-Götz Hildsberg (Germany) & Kimon Papachristopoulos (Germany) / Max Mowzoon (USA) & Cliff Pappas (USA).
WORLD FEDERATION CUP (32): 1-Konstantinos Metrelis (Greece), 2-Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden).
LADIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (16): 1-Laura Monaco (Italy), 2-Antoinette Williams (USA).
SPEEDGAMMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (64): 1-Konstantinos Mitrelis (Greece), 2-Cihangir Çetinel (Turkey).
JUNIORS TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Iva Natchkebia (Georgia), 2-Thomas Décultot (France).
BELAIR WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (33 teams): 1-Italians: Giorgio Castellano / Fabrizio Lo Surdo / Laura Monaco, 2-Swiss: Nicolas Deloche / Bernard Morel / Rolf Vetsch.
SHOGI TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Kota Fujiwara.
MOCHY’S PROFICIENCY TEST: 1-Doug Mayfield (USA).

5th Monte Carlo Backgammon Open

MONTE CARLO BACKGAMMON OPEN, August 2-3, 2015; Monte Carlo, Monaco
  Preliminary results from chicagopoint.com

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MONTE CARLO OPEN (64): 1-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), 2-Sean Williams (England), 3/4-Karen Davis (USA) / Axel Stemark (Denmark); 1C-Kazuhiko Yotsushika (Japan), 2C-Doug Mayfield (USA).

MONTE CARLO INTERMEDIATE (44): 1-Michael Urban (Germany), 2-Gus Contos (USA), 3/4-Paul Fredheim (Australia) / Edmond Mezini (Italy); 1C-Valery Mikhaylets (Russia), 2C-Airat Metshin (Russia).

Minnesota Open Backgammon Championships

MINNESOTA OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, July 24-26, 2015; Bloomington, Minnesota
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (16): 1-Ralph Stowell (MN), 2-Jim Pokela (MN); 1C-David Rockwell (IL), 2C-Yury Millman (MN); 1LC-Jeff Spencer (MN).
INTERMEDIATE (27): 1-Steve Binenstock (MN), 2-Ron Kompelien (MN); 1C-Gregg Trunnell (MN), 2C-Steve Waller (MN); 1LC-Tom Magne (MN).
2ND ANNUAL GOPHER CLASSIC (24): 1-Cinda King (IL), 2-Joe Briggs (MN); 1C-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2C-Paul Baraz (CA).
MASTERS JACKPOT (8): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Jack Edelson (WI).
DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Cinda King (IL) & Ed Ziesche (MN), 2-Paul Baraz (CA) & Bob Schumacher (MN).
MINI-MATCH (16): 1-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica), 2-Jack Edelson (WI).

40th Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships

40th MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, July 2 – 5, 2015; Novi, Michigan
  From chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (70): 1-Marty Storer (NH), 2-Jason Pack (NY), 3-David Rockwell (IL), 4/5-Georges Nader (FL) / Dan Smith (MI); 1C-Phil Simborg (IL), 2C-Ed O’Laughlin (VA), 3C/4C-Gary Bauer (NJ) / Nick Mourtos (Canada).
INTERMEDIATE (68): 1-Steven Sherbel (MI), 2-Ross Gordon (CT), 3-Walt Smith (MI), 4/5-Peter Swartwout (PA) / Chen-Fu Yu (MD); 1C-Omar Shah (Canada), 2C-Joe Feldman (MI), 3C/4C-Reggie Harvel (MI) / Stewart Pemberton (FL).
NOVICE (13): 1-Fran Miller (OH), 2-Andy Fazekas (CT); 1C-Frank Ramia (FL); 1LC-Greg Smith (WV).
MICHIGAN MASTERS (32): 1-Jason Pack (NY), 2-Gary Bauer (NJ), 3/4-Brent Cohen (PA) / Jose Farca (Mexico).
SANDY KAPLAN’S SENIOR SPECIAL (32): 1-Gary Fritzsche (MI), 2-Emil Mortuk (MI), 3/4-Ben Elliott (NC) / Joseph Jemal (NJ).
PRINCE BARLOW’S JUNIOR JACKPOT (32): 1-James Worley (MO), 2-Georges Nader (FL), 3/4-Irina Litzenberger (VA) / Keene Marin (WI).
MICHIGAN CHARITY BLITZ (80): 1-Sam Mizutani (Japan), 2-Steve Grund (PA).
USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – EAST (128): 1-Marty Storer (NH), 2-Mike Rezai ((OH), 3/4-Emil Mortuk (MI) / Dan Wittkopp (MI).
FRANK TALBOT’S NEWCOMER FREEROLL (32): 1-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2-Philippe Salnave (FL).
OPEN DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Di Di & Xiaoya JI (GA), 2-Ben Friesen (MI) & Greg Merriman (MI), 3/4-Bill Davis (IL) & Tak Morioka (IL) / Keene Marin (WI) & Vadim Nuniyants (WI).
LIMITED DOUBLES (12 teams): 1-Nick Blasier (TX) & Dan Wittkopp (MI), 2-Bob Hickey (OH) & Walt Smith (MI).
FIRECRACKER OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Matt Reklaitis (MA).
FIRECRACKER LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Bill Toth (MI), 2-Peggy Neubig (NJ).
SUNDAY TROPHY OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Ronald Loero (Venezuela).
SUNDAY TROPHY LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Peggy Neubig (NJ), 2-Joseph Jemal (NJ).
$20 DETROIT QUICKIE (32): 1-Philippe Salnave (FL), 2-Jack Edelson (WI).
$10 DETROIT QUICKIE (32): 1-David Shaerf (MI), 2-Lorenzo Morales (MI).
$50 WEDNESDAY WARM-UP (30): 1-Bill Robertie (MA), 2-Karen Davis (DC), 3/4-Greg Merriman (MI) / David Rockwell (IL).
$30 WEDNESDAY WARM-UP (24): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Steve Grob (MI), 3/4-John Quinn (MI) / Brian Vance (MI).
$20 WEDNESDAY WARM-UP (7): 1-Jenna Longman (MI), 2-Fred Ishac (MI).
$50 AFTER TOURNAMENT (10): 1-Eric Hiner (MN), 2/3-Harry Tokatlian (MI) / Kit Woolsey (CA).
$20 AFTER TOURNAMENT (10): 1-Michelle Steinberg (NJ), 2/3-Jim Kennis (MI) / Jenna Longman (MI).

Los Angeles Open Backgammon Tournament

LOS ANGELES OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT, June 5 – 7, 2015; Los Angeles, California
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (63): 1-Cliff Pappas (AZ), 2-Ed Rosenblum (NM), 3-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 4/5-Ted Chee (CA) / Doug Mayfield (CA); 1C-Clarine, 2C-Joe Russell (CA), 3C/4C-Neil Kazaross (IL) / Alfred Mamlet (MD).
ADVANCED (46): 1-John Skratulia (CA), 2-Paul Baraz (CA); 1C-Pete Mostoufi (CA), 2C-Paul Mangone (CA), 3C/4C-Larry Andersen (CA) / Tom Fahland (CA).
LIMITED (7): 1-Aram Aramyan (CA), 2-Robert Firring (CA); 1C-Tom McGraw (CA).
SUPER-32 (32): 1-Bob Wachtel (CA), 2-Karen Davis (DC), 3/4-Nick Maffeo (CA) / Jim Pasko (NV).
PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR (29): 1-Pete Mostoufi (CA), 2-Mario Savan, 3/4-Alain Azoulay (CA) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA).
BLITZ (48): 1-Theodore Kirit (NV), 2-Harvey Gillis (AZ).
SENIORS (64): 1-Georges Nader (FL), 2-Larry Liebster (NV).
DMP-USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (96): 1-Greg Merriman (MI), 2-Ted Chee (CA).
DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Carter Mattig (IL) & Lindsay Mattig (CA), 2-Howard Markowitz (NV) & Herb Roman (IL).

35th Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament & Olympiad

35th CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT & OLYMPIAD, May 21-25, 2015; Rosemont, Illinois
Results from chicagopoint.com

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OPEN (55): 1-Dorn Bishop (CA), 2/7-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA) / Carol Joy Cole (MI) / Di Di (GA) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan) / Neil Kazaross (IL) / Chris Knapp (Canada).
INTERMEDIATE (25): 1-David Hanold (IL), 2-Charles Haley (IN); 1C-LEW Webber (VA), 2C-Max Levenstein (IL); 1LC-Ron Williamson (TX).
NOVICE (5): 1-Ongun Alsac (AZ), 2-David Ostrow (GA).
BACKGAMMON OLYMPIAD (14): 1-Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2-Petko Kostadinov (SC), 3/4-Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan).
MARKOWITZ MASTERS (16): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Kostas Mitrelis (Greece).
FASTER MASTERS (16): 1-Cliff Pappas (AZ), 2-Neil Kazaross (IL).
LIMITED JACKPOT (24): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Greg Adamavich (WI), 3-Zach Tabak (WI).
SENIORS (32): 1-Chris Knapp (Canada), 2-Allen Tish (IL).
1-POINT QUICKIES (64): 1-Ron Williamson (TX), 2-Nora Luna Righter (IL).
DOUBLES (15 teams): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA) & Karen Davis (DC), 2-Bill Funchion (IL) & Don Marek (IL).
THE BLITZ (16): 1-Max Levenstein (IL), 2-Sabri Büyüksoy (Turkey).
TAKI BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Di Di (GA), 2-Jeb Horton (NC).
UNLUCKY DICE (8): 1/2-Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Boris Dekhtyar (NY).
$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Tak Morioka (IL).
$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Yamin Yamin (IL).
$200 JACKPOT (4): 1-Howard Markowitz (NV).
BACKGAMMON PROFICIENCY TEST #5: 1-Gerry Tansey (MO), scoring 37 out of 50.
AFTER TOURNEY TOURNEY (24): 1/3-Paul Baraz (CA) / Howard Markowitz (NV) / Paul Weaver (AL).

Atlanta Spring Backgammon Classic

ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC
April 30-May 3, 2015; Atlanta, Georgia
Results from chicagopoint.com

2015 Atlanta Open
CHAMPIONSHIP (35): 1-Saba Bejanishvili (GA), 2-Di Di (GA); 1C-Brian Lonergan (LA), 2C-Georges Nader (FL); 1LC-DennisCulpepper (VA).
INTERMEDIATE (27): 1-Peter Roubicek (GA), 2-Ken Indart (MD); 1C-Bob Howayeck (FL), 2C-Frank Dama (FL); 1LC-Adrian Costa (GA).
ROBERT WILENSKY MEMORIAL MASTERS (16): 1-Joe Russell (CA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV).
ATLANTA CUP JACKPOT (16): 1-Carl Sorg (GA), 2-Joseph Jemal (NJ).
DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Karen Davis (DC) & Joe Russell (CA), 2-Alan Epstein (GA) & Harry Georgiou (GA).
MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica), 2-Michelle Steinberg (NJ).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Stuart Thomson (GA), 2-Jim Hickey (GA), 3/4-Frank Dama (FL) / Stacy Turner (FL).
MICRO BLITZ (32): 1-Joe Nolan (TN), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI).
THURSDAY WARM-UP (19): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA), 2-Milton Gonzales (Costa Rica).
USBGF FREE ROLL (38): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA), 2-Jim Hickey (GA), 3/4-Frank Dama (FL) / Joseph Jemal (NJ).

US Open Backgammon Championships

U.S. OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS April 15-19, 2015; Las Vegas, Nevada
Results from chicagopoint.com

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CHAMPIONSHIP (66+22 rebuys): 1-Joe Russell (CA), 2-Stacy Turner (FL), 3/4-Jeb Horton (NC) / Bill Riles (TX); 1C-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2C-Tom Wheeler (TX), 3C/4C-Pete Anderson (WA) / Malcolm Davis (TX); 1LC-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2LC-Max Mowzoon (AZ).
INTERMEDIATE (65+19 rebuys): 1-Dennis McFarlin (NV), 2-Proctor Ritchie (AZ), 3/4-Patty Geoffroy (MA) / Kevin McDonough (AZ); 1C-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2C-Gary Stern (NV), 3C/4C-Larry Liebster (NV) / Pete Mostoufi (CA); 1LC-Ron Genter (NV), 2LC-Peter Yanakis (NV).
BEGINNERS (6): 1-Garry Boltjes (NV), 2-Elena Evans (TX).
SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Malcolm Davis (TX), 2-Gregg Cattanach (GA).
LIMITED JACKPOT (30): 1-Mark Andrus (CA), 2-Georges Nader (FL), 3/4-Nick Blasier (TX) / Ronald Loero (Venezuela).
SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Cliff Pappas (AZ), 2-Dave Williams (NV), 3/4-Randi Sachar (NY) / Phil Simborg (IL).
SENIORS OVERFLOW (8): 1-Frank Talbot (MI).
DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (23 teams): 1-Frank & Monica Talbot (MI), 2-Craig Anderson (IL) & Jim Forbes (WY).
BLITZ (64): 1-Brian Hoeft (NV), 2-Jona Alexander (NV).
MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Marcelo Di Filippo (Argentina), 2-Joe Russell (CA).
$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (32): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Julius High (KS).
$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT (4): 1-Jose Franco (Brazil).
AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Jose Franco (Brazil), 2-Jeb Horton (NC).

Ohio State Backgammon Championships

OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS, March 27 – 29, 2015; Cleveland, Ohio
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OPEN (25): 1-Bill Calton (MI), 2-David Rockwell (IL); 1C-Nick Mourtos (Canada), 2C-Carter Mattig (IL).
ADVANCED (41): 1-Bruce Ballance (PA), 2-Faris Gabbara (MI); 1C-Steve Grund (PA), 2C-Paul Laubner (MD).
NOVICE (3): 1-Jeanette De Oliveira (Canada), 2-Charlene Britton (OH).
OHIO MASTERS (9): 1-Frank Raposa (VA), 2-Frank Talbot (MI).
AMATEUR JACKPOT (15): 1-Ray Cifani (OH), 2-John McDonald (Canada).
BLITZ (40): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).
QUICKIES (16): 1-Ross Gordon (CT).
DOUBLES (9 teams): 1-Bill Calton (MI) & Mike Clapsadle (MI), 2-Patty Geoffroy (MA) & Chris Knapp (Canada).
PRE-TOURNAMENT WARM-UP (12): 1-Karen Davis (DC), 2-Farhan Forudi (OH).

CSI: Backgammon / Central States Invitational

CSI:BACKGAMMON/CENTRAL STATES INVITATIONAL, March 13 – 15, 2015; Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
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CHAMPIONSHIP (52): 1-Tak Morioka (IL), 2-Gerry Tansey (MO), 3/4-Keene Marin (WI) / Bruce Russell (WI); 1C-Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2C-Neil Kazaross (IL); 1LC-Frank Raposa (VA).
ADVANCED (37): 1-Eric Barr (MO), 2-Shlomo Karbal (IL), 3/4-Steve Hairgrove (IL) / Roger Hickman (IL); 1C-Zach Tabac (WI), 2C-Serge Bondar (IL); 1LC-David Nosik (IL).
LIMITED (12): 1-Ken Torrens (IL), 2-Melvin Smith (IL); 1LC-Paulette Duong (IL).
GRAND CRYSTAL BEAVER XVII (16): 1-Yury Millman (MN), 2-Steve Blanchard (IL).
14th BATTLE OF THE SEXES (32 men & 16 women): 1-Michelle Steinberg (NJ), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4- Nancy Elliott (WI) / Neil Kazaross (IL).
CENTRAL STATES DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Bill Funchion (IL) & Don Marek (IL), 2-Kathleen Davis (MO) & Nancy Elliott (WI).
1-POINT QUICKIE TOURAMENT (64): 1-Herb Roman (IL), 2-Faddoul Khoury (IL).
MICROBLITZ (40): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
TAKI BAKELITE BACKGAMMON BOARD FUNDRAISER (16): 1-Michael Ginat (CO), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).
LIAR’S DICE: 1-Yury Millman (MN).
JIGSAW-GAMMON DOUBLES (9): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV) & Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY).
CHICAGO BAR POINT CLUB RACCOON RUMBLE. Open (19): 1-Allen Tish (IL), 2-Chris Scott (IL); 1C-David Rockwell (IL). Intermediate (8): 1-Sue Will (IL), 2-Cinda King (IL); 1C-Amy Trudeau (IL).
ABT PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2014: 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Frank Raposa (VA), 3-Matt Reklaitis (MA).ec
$1,500 was raised for the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago.