PrimeTime Backgammon, Mar-Jun

March – June Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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Just a few months into 2016, we barely have enough space in this issue to cover the burgeoning action on the U.S. backgammon scene. The first tournament of the year, the New York Metropolitan Open in January, was grander than ever, with ten of the top ten 2015 Giants in attendance.

The Metro Open featured two spectacular side events. The first was an inaugural challenge match between USA and the rest of the world. And who better to report on that elite competition than our correspondent Steve Sax, team member and Giant #9?

The second side event, the High Roller, drew gamblers from around the nation. Two of those fearless competitors, Bill Phipps and Stick, played a swingy match in which the question of whether to play for the gammon arose repeatedly. Using no less than ten positions from this match as examples, our resident analyst Paul Weaver explores the subtleties of this too-good-or-not theme.

Next on the calendar was the Texas Backgammon Championships in San Antonio in February. For anyone who missed that event or the show at its gala dinner, the 2016 American Hall of Fame honorees were Patrick Gibson, Tim Holland, Danny Kleinman, and Howard Markowitz. We include a transcript of the ceremony, and catch up with a couple of last year’s inductees with the conclusion of USBGF historian Robert Stoller’s interview with Kent Goulding and Michael Senkiewicz. Senkiewicz, the quintessential New York games player, hasn’t lost his touch — winning the New York Metro Championship (above) and finishing as finalist in the Liberty Cup Masters.

Next, Texas co-directors Bill Riles and Tara Mendicino share highlights of the San Antonio tournament, won by USBGF Board of Directors member Richard Munitz. The coveted Dual-Duel crown went to our own PrimeTime Backgammon editor (and Giant #12), Bob Wachtel, after a hard-fought final with Steve Sax.

But the younger generation is eager to make its mark. Brian Lonergan, an under-30 player from New Orleans, describes his determined effort to take his game to the top level. Another hopeful, Australia’s Cindy Belonogoff, gives us her perspective on the U.S. scene after a tour of major American tournaments and some fine results on the USBGF Online Circuit.

Others are pursuing regional fame. We present results of team tournaments in the heartland from Virginia to Illinois, and reprise the rise of the Columbus, Ohio backgammon club to USBGF Prime Club status under Jason Marshall’s leadership.

In other news, we describe USBGF Education Committee chairman Art Benjamin’s ongoing program of organizing backgammon social events at mathematics conferences.

This issue concludes with USBGF President Bill Riles’ column, updating the membership on new USBGF initiatives, including the recently launched online Federation Cup — a free tournament with cash prizes — and a new Newcomer/Novice initiative at Prime Tournaments. He shares his vision for the evolution of organized backgammon play in the U.S. and internationally.

 
Check out the live and online tournament rankings and master points, Prime Clubs, upcoming events, and Get in the Game!

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Jan-Feb

January – February Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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Wishing the whole backgammon community a happy new year, we kick off 2016’s first issue of PrimeTime Backgammon by announcing the induction of four new members to the American Backgammon Hall of Fame. The ceremony honoring these backgammon greats took place at the Texas Backgammon Championships in San Antonio on February 5, 2016. Bill Riles presented plaques to the inductees who are profiled in this issue, and Jeremy Bagai contributes an essay on the honorees.

In our first feature, we train the spotlight on two of last year’s Hall of Famers, as USBGF historian Robert Stoller presents a lively interview with Kent Goulding and Michael Senkiewicz: pioneers whose acute analysis of the game in the pre-bot era helped raise the level of professional play.

Next, we move from the distant past to the recent past. This issue includes lists of top performers in 2015 – including the ABT point list topped by Dorn Bishop, the USBGF cumulative Elo over the period from 2009-2015 headed by Joe Russell, the newly instituted USBGF National Master Point list for 2015 with Ray Fogerlund finishing first, and the USBGF 2015 Online Master Points Leaderboard headed by Jan Honza Černý from the Czech Republic.

All these champions! Can you become one too? Improve your game with Marty Storer, our Feature Editor for Annotated Matches. Next up in this issue: Marty analyzes 11 key positions from the USBGF Online Tournament of Champions final match, between Israel’s David Presser and Germany’s Frank Simon. David and Frank were among the 23 winners of 2014 USBGF online tournaments who qualified for a coveted slot in the event.

After doing your homework with Marty, relax and let your mind wander with tournament reports from our far-flung correspondents: Ray Fogerlund on the Seattle Backgammon Classic; Jake Jacobs on the Japan Open; and Sabri Büyüksoy on the 3rd Merit Open in Cyprus.

A craftsman, the saying goes, is only as good as his tools. It is 2016, and by now we all know how to use programs like XG, but how many of us can remember all the replies to the opening moves? The solution may lie with an app created by American expert Jeremy Bagai. Jeremy calls his app, which uses the efficient learning-technique of flashcards, “FlashBack.” But before we rush to buy the app, let’s read the reviews. Canadian Bruce Farquhar lets us do just that, ably assessing FlashBack’s features and promise.

But backgammon is played by people, so we move from mathematical apps to mathemagicians, profiling the extraordinary accomplishments of USBGF Board member Art Benjamin. The second “person of interest” we introduce to our readers is a Rip Van Winkle character: Cleveland’s Ray Cifani, who is attacking the game with fresh enthusiasm after a three-decade layoff!

This issue opens with USBGF President Bill Riles’ updates on the recent Board of Directors election and his thanks for the generous contributions of 32 Founding Sponsors, Prime Benefactors, and major donors – who contributed over $40,000 in 2015. Looking towards a bright 2016, Bill previews his plan to implement a 1000-member campaign.

 
Check out the live and online tournament rankings and master points, Prime Clubs, upcoming events, and Get in the Game!

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Nov-Dec

November-December 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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Halloween trick or treat is just behind us, but we’ve saved the real treat for this issue of PrimeTime Backgammon with an in-depth analysis of Marty Storer’s march to victory in Michigan — by none other than our USBGF Editor for Annotated Matches, Marty Storer himself. Marty won both the Championship division and the USBGF National Championship East, compiling a remarkable 17-1 win-loss record in those two events.

Continuing to profile the inaugural cohort of Hall of Fame inductees, we present abridged interviews of tournament directors par excellence Bill Davis and Carol Joy Cole, conducted by USBGF historian Robert Stoller.

Following the ABT circuit, Steve Sax reports on the LA Open, in which Cliff Pappas climbed to backgammon fame after two decades at the poker table. Ray Fogerlund sends news from the Vietor Cup, and Linda Rockwell provides a spooky, spoofy report on the Halloween-themed Illinois tournament. Our international correspondent, Sabri Büyüksoy, treats us with one of his signature photo essays, from a gala tournament held in the Republic of Georgia.

The backgammon literature is constantly growing — and being vetted. John O’Hagan does the honors this month with his review of Ed Rosenblum’s new book, Conquering Backgammon.

Online backgammon on the USBGF Circuit is a wonderful way to meet and play top players from around the world. In this issue I profile the Czech Republic’s Jan Cerny, who won the USBGF Circuit Monthly for July — and his fellow country “man,” 14-year old Martin Zizka, winner of the Advanced Divisional IX.

In his bi-monthly briefing of the membership on the Federation’s affairs, USBGF President Bill Riles gives us a glimpse of some of the great happenings planned for 2016.

 
Check out the live and online tournament rankings and master points, Prime Clubs, upcoming events, and Get in the Game!

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Sept-Oct

September-October 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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The September-October 2015 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon is now available. We apologize that its release is somewhat behind schedule, but we hope that you will agree it is well worth the wait. It includes coverage of one of the most elegant, luxurious events in the worldwide tournament calendar, the 40th anniversary edition of the Backgammon World Championship, held at the beachfront Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel in the richest (per capita) country in the world, Monaco.

 
The winner, Cihangir Çetinel, is the first Turkish player to claim the honor of World Champion; and the losing finalist was another Eastern European: the young Russian expert, Sergey Erokhin. Two other articles complete our coverage of this premier event. First, our editor and #8 Giant Bob Wachtel analyzes a few key positions from the final match; then Çetinel’s Turkish countryman, Sabri Büyüksoy, provides one of his signature essays, in which he profiles the new champion.

 
All this is not to say that nothing was happening domestically, with tournaments in Chicago in May and Michigan in July generating quite a buzz. On the way to winning the Markowitz Masters in Chicago, Giant #2, Michihito Kageyama (Michy) was paired with Giant #5 Matt Cohn-Geier. An epic match like this one is grist for the mill of USBGF Match Editor Marty Storer; and Marty does not disappoint, astutely analyzing ten key positions from the match. And in July it was Marty himself who took the spotlight, winning both the Michigan Summer Championship and the USBGF National Championship East!

 
Our tribute to the inaugural cohort of American Backgammon Hall of Fame honorees continues with USBGF Historian Robert Stoller’s interview of two-time world champion Bill Robertie who is featured on the cover. Bill is a gifted and prolific author, publisher, and promoter/director whose books have taught innumerable players both the basics and finer points of the game.

 
Each backgammon game begins with the opening; and in this issue expert Jeremy Bagai presents us, in an article entitled “Bagai’s Replies Surprise,” with a set of rules to make the choice of second-roll replies to opening moves foolproof. On another technical note, New Zealand’s Grant Hoffman shares a short cut, the “Rule of 8,” to facilitate over-the-board bearoff calculations of the 1296 possible two-roll dice combinations.

 
As the backgammon literature expands, players need extensive consumer reports to help keep up. In this issue Robert Stoller reviews Danish expert Marc Olsen’s new book, Backgammon: From Basics to Badass.
 

Online backgammon on the USBGF Circuit is a wonderful way to meet and test your skills against top players from around the world. The issue includes profiles of Dmitriy Obukhov and Walt Smith, winners of USBGF online tournaments, both of whom made the transition from chess to backgammon, as well as social player Genna Cowan. Supplementing his Hall-of-Fame duties, Robert Stoller gives us an insightful profile of Ed Sawyer, winner of the first USBGF Advanced Divisional.

 
USBGF President Bill Riles, in his message to the membership, urges members to participate in the upcoming election of directors and nominate qualified candidates for the American Backgammon Hall of Fame.

 
Check out the live and online tournament rankings and master points, Prime Clubs, upcoming events, and Get in the Game!

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PrimeTime Backgammon, July-Aug

July-August 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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Joe Russell, fresh from victories at the U.S. Open and the Atlanta Masters Jackpot, appears on the cover of our August 2015 issue. A spectacularly successful competitor, Joe won the World Championship (Monte Carlo) in 1989 and has consistently scored ABT titles over the years. He is a member of the USBGF Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the development of its collegiate program and master points system.

In our feature article, USBGF Editor and World Team member Bob Wachtel reports on this year’s Nordic Open, presenting material from the World vs. Denmark team event (Denmark won in a squeaker) and from the main draw itself. In his analysis, Bob weighs in on a controversy that divides both players and teachers: calculation or vision? Bob’s moral: check twice before you make the pretty play!

Our coverage of the inaugural cohort of American Backgammon Hall of Fame honorees continues with USBGF Historian Robert Stoller’s interview of all-time great, Malcolm Davis. Stoller, director of the Anchorage Backgammon Club, conceived and executed the idea of video interviews of Hall of Fame inductees and the induction
ceremony. Along with a generous helping
of lore, anecdote, and general backgammon wisdom, Malcolm provides us with a his- tory of the Dallas Backgammon League (a USBGF Prime Club, known locally as DBL!).

An important segment of this issue is devoted to the memory of leading members of our community who passed away recently. In homage to Herb Gurland, USBGF Match Editor Marty Storer analyzes a fascinating match he played with Herb at the New England Backgammon Club tournament in 2001. Then Paul Weaver provides a more formal obituary, including reflections of just a few of Herb’s many friends on his love of the game and unique sense of humor. We end with a fond remembrance of Elayne Feinstein, the fun and feisty director of local clubs in Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale and the Florida State Championships.

On the tournament front, Ray Fogerlund reports on the U.S. Open in April, and Sabri Büyüksoy presents a pictorially stunning report on the Russian Sport Backgammon Federation tournament in Sochi, Russia in May. I feature the highlights of the “player- friendly” event, the 7th Atlanta Spring Classic (April).

Online backgammon on the USBGF Circuit is a wonderful way to meet and test your skills against top players from around the world. In this issue I profile Argentina’s Fernando Neumark, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional IX.

USBGF President Bill Riles, in his message to the membership, appeals for support of the streaming, transcribing, and archiving of major tournament matches. He then briefs us on the progress of the USBGF’s latest initiatives.

Check out the live and online tournament rankings and master points, Prime Clubs, upcoming events, and Get in the Game!

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PrimeTime Backgammon, May-June

May-June 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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Saba Bejanishvili, the recent Atlanta Spring Classic champion, graces the cover of the May-June 2015 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon. Saba grew up in the Republic of Georgia, and came to the U.S. to study neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, He got seriously interested in backgammon in February 2013 when he purchased eXtreme Gammon software out of curiosity. Within one year he played in the 2014 Texas Backgammon Championships Dual-Duel event, defeating top players Matt Cohn-Geier and Petko Kostadinov on Performance Rating. His polite demeanor, discipline, and sportsmanship make him a role model for many aspiring backgammon players.

In our feature article, Marty Storer analyzes an exciting match between Saba and Mochy in the finals of the Dual-Duel event in 2014. Saba won on match score but Mochy’s PR carried the day.

There’s lots of interesting tournament news. Sabri Büyüksoy captures the Istavder tournament in Istanbul in February with 346 attendees from 16 countries in a wonderful photo montage. Our reporters cover the tournament beat. Ray Fogerlund reprises the DC Capital Classic Championships and Bob Wachtel shares news of the oldest running tournament in the US, the Vietor Cup.

Online backgammon on the USBGF Circuit is a wonderful way to meet and test your skills against top players from around the world. In this issue I profile three of our recent online winners: Masters Divisional winner Cüneyt Argun Genc (Turkey); Intermediate Division winner Deborah Ferolito (FL); and December 2014 Circuit winner John Gamalielson (WA). Winners of all 2014 online tournaments are competing in the USBGF Tournament of Champions.

In an age when cyberbullying is a growing source of concern, USBGF President Bill Riles shares his thoughts on the importance of treating players with respect and consideration, whether in person or in social media.

Check out the live and online tournament rankings and master points, Prime Clubs, upcoming events, and Get in the Game!

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Mar-Apr

March-Apil 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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We’re delighted with the positive response we’ve gotten to the USBGF bi-monthly PrimeTime Backgammon magazine. The electronic issue of the magazine is now available to all Premium and Youth members without charge. The print edition, at $25 a copy plus shipping, is increasingly in demand. If you’d like to subscribe to purchase a print version, sign up for automatic recurring purchase through our USBGF BG Shop and receive a 5 percent discount.

Victor Ashkenazi, the #11 ranked Giant of Backgammon, graces the cover of the March-April 2015 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon. Victor is off to a great start in 2015, leading in the newly-implemented USBGF Live Master Points System, with strong performances at both the New York Metro and the Texas Backgammon Championships, as well as the USBGF National Championship West. Having kept a low profile for years, Victor has emerged as one of backgammon’s superstars, winning a coveted place on the World Team in the Nordic Open’s 2014 event: The World vs. Denmark. In an insightful interview, Phil Simborg reveals the secrets behind Victor’s mastery.

In our feature article, Marty Storer analyzes an exciting final match between Bill Robertie (twice world champion and a recent Hall-of-Fame inductee) and fellow Bostonian Matt Reklaitis at the Connecticut State Championships last October.

Next, Stick, one of the world’s foremost opening experts, provides another fascinating column on first-roll responses. His subject this time: how to play 6-3 in response to an opening 5-4 split.

I hope you didn’t miss the American Backgammon Hall of Fame inaugural induction in San Antonio – but whether you made it or not, in this issue you’ll find heart-warming excerpts from the ceremony and a link to a video of the event.

The tournament scene has been action-packed of late, fueled by the launch of the USBGF Prime Tournament initiative (which provides added money in tournaments for USBGF members). We saw 128 entries to the NY Metro Mini-Match and 96 entries to the Texas USBGF Prime Tournament Freeroll! Our reporters cover the tournament beat. My article shows off the bright lights of the NY Metro; Ray Fogerlund reprises the Texas Backgammon Championships, with a special focus on the Dual Duel; and Steve Sax captures highlights of the California State Championships.

Backgammon is a game that attracts brilliant people and interesting personalities. Interviewing them is always a treat for me. In this issue I profile four of our recent online winners: Masters Divisional winners Frank Simon (Germany) and Igor Erovenko (currently leader of the USBGF Online Master Points race); Ralph Desimone, Advanced Divisional VI winner; and Harvey Gillis, winner of the November 2014 Circuit.

Putting a ribbon and bow on this issue, USBGF President Bill Riles brings us an update on the Federation’s recent membership growth.

Check out the live and online tournament rankings and master points, Prime Clubs, upcoming events, and Get in the Game!

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Jan-Feb

January-February 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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A special treat is in store for our readers. This issue features the inaugural American Backgammon Hall of Fame inductees — with snapshots of each of the 13 honorees, an insightful essay by Jeremy Bagai on the class, a description by Karen Davis of the process used to select these individuals, and plans going forward by Bill Riles, USBGF President and Executive Director.

Ted Chee, USBGF All-Time and 2014 Online Master Points winner was honored along with the Hall of Famers at the USBGF Awards dinner in San Antonio on January 30, 2015. He is featured in a report on the online master point leaders since the launch of the USBGF Online Tournament Circuit in the fall of 2012.

Ray Fogerlund, who won the coveted #1 spot on the American Backgammon Tour for 2014, is profiled by Karen Davis. A feature on Frank Raposa, #2 ABT winner for 2014, is reprinted with permission from his hometown Fitchburg, Massachusetts newspaper, the Sentinel & Enterprise.

Stick makes his debut as a regular columnist for PrimeTime Backgammon with his first article on common errors in the early game that result in significant match equity loss.

This issue also showcases Bill Phipps, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in an article by Iancho Hristov. Other player profiles by Karen Davis include: Jonah Seewald, 2014 USBGF Grand Champion; and Zdenìk Žižka from the Czech Republic, winner of the online Masters Divisional IV.

And there are tournament reports galore: the inaugural U.K. Open by Peter Bennet, the Japan Open by Jake Jacobs, and the 2nd Merit Open in Cyprus by Sabri Büyüksoy on the international scene, and the Illinois State by Linda Rockwell closer to home. The Kansas City Backgammon Club, formed a decade ago by Eric Barr, is thriving with the addition of Julius High and his popular Backgammon Study Group. It is the newest addition to the USBGF list of 15 Prime Clubs.

Finally, USBGF President Bill Riles brings us up to date on the Federation with the recent election of Board members Julius High and Michelle Steinberg. Make plans to attend 2015 Prime Tournaments including the upcoming D.C. Capital Classic, the Ohio State Championships, the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Atlanta Spring Classic, Chicago Open, Los Angeles Open, and the Michigan Summer Championships and take home added money exclusively for USBGF members!

Check out the live and online tournament rankings, and Get in the Game!

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PrimeTime Backgammon Magazine Indexes

Full list of magazines here

2010 SEP – OCT

  • Welcome to U.S. Backgammon Federation by Perry Gartner
  • To Double or Not to Double by Kit Woolsey
  • Mortal Combat in Michigan by Malcolm Davis
  • Lessons in Life and Backgammon: Sybil and Sandra Sha by Randee Simborg
  • UCLA Chess and Backgammon Club by Joe Russell
  • Interview With Bob Wachtel by Phil Simborg
  • USBGF Ratings Information by Patrick Gibson
  • Founding Sponsors: Spotlight on Patrick and Carla Gibson by Randee Simborg
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming ABT Tournaments
  • May-August Tournament Results
  • US Chess Federation–US Backgammon Federation

2010 NOV – DEC

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Thanks to Harvey Gillis
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • Book Recomendations by John O‘Hagan
  • A Mayfair Genius, Revisited by Mike Corbett
  • Al Tesoro Memorial Quiz By Karen Davis & Rochelle Hasson
  • Backgammon Meetup Comes to Ohio By Karen Davis
  • Ross Gordon: Creating a BG Community by Rochelle Hasson
  • Malcolm Davis: Backgammon Pioneer By Randee Simborg
  • USBGF Local Club Initiative
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Illinois State Backgammon Championship By Rochelle Hasson
  • ABT Upcoming Events
  • September-October Tournament Results

2011 JAN – FEB

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Art Benjamin to Join USBGF Board of Directors
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • The Free Drop by John O‘Hagan
  • Eight Days In Monte Carlo by Matt Cohn-Geier
  • Chuck Bower on Monte Carlo by Chuck Bower
  • I’d Like That Match To Go, Please by Richard Munitz
  • Alan and Joan Grunwald by Rochelle Hasson
  • Tips on Increasing Attendance at an ABT Event by Patrick Gibson
  • 2010 Cal State BG Cham-pionship by Steve Sax
  • Top-Ranked Players
  • USBGF Local Club Initiative by Justin Nunez
  • Founding Sponsors
  • USBGF Tournament of Stars
  • Upcoming Events
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Gear Depot

2011 MAR – APR

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gardtner
  • USBGF Annual Membership Meeting Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • BG: Decision Analysis For Success by Harvey Gillis
  • Charting The Best Play by Gus Contos
  • Off The Top Of My Head, Part I by Jake Jacobs
  • X Marks the Spot: 2011 NM BG Championship by Steve Sax
  • Seven Reasons You Should Teach Children BG by Phil Simborg
  • USBGF Reaches Out to College Students by Karen Davis
  • Top-Ranked ABT Players
  • Shoot for the Stars by Karen Davis
  • Ed Bennett: King Of The Mountain by Karen Davis
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Upcoming Events
  • National Club Team Championship by Justin Nunez
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson

2011 MAY – JUN

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Backgammon at MathFest 2011 by Karen Davis
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • Determining Proper Doubling Decisions in Races By Chuck Bower
  • UCLA Wins USBGF
  • Collegiate BG Championship by Karen Davis
  • Top-Ranked ABT Players
  • Shoot for the Stars by Karen Davis
  • Chuck Bower: From Astrophysics to Zeus by Adam Bennett
  • National Club Team Championship by Karen Davis
  • Founding Sponsors
  • 1st International Backgammon Championship
  • Upcoming Events
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson

2011 JUL – AUG

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • USBGF Monthly Lecture Series
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • Review: What’s Your Game Plan? Reviewed by John O’Hagan
  • My Dinner with Bourbaki by Danny Kleinman
  • Neil Kazaross: Hard Work Pays Off by Adam Bennett
  • The Nordic 2011: A Double Coming-Out Party by Robert Wachtel
  • ABT Top-ranked Players
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Chicago Bears Take Traveling Trophy Home by David Rubin
  • 2011 USBGF National Internet Championship by Joe Russell
  • Upcoming U.S. Events
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2011 SEP – OCT

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • USBGF Reaches 500-MemberMilestone
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • Cube Decision in Florida by Malcolm Davis
  • Let Me Count the Ways By Danny Kleinman
  • The Sun Shines on Malcolm Davis by Karen Davis
  • Backgammon for Life’s Challenges by Harvey Gillis
  • The World’s Revenge, Part 1 by Robert Wachtel
  • The Olympics of Backgammon by Karen Davis
  • The Leading USBGF Players by Barry Silliman
  • Help Develop the Next Generation
  • Collegiate Summer Championship by Phil Simborg
  • Founding Sponsors
  • 2011 USBGF National Internet Championship by Joe Russell
  • Upcoming U.S. Events
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2011 NOV – DEC

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Backgammon for the Young-at-Heart
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • Wactation: Shorthand for Recording Positions by Robert Wachtel
  • Michigan and Ohio State Battle It Out By Karen Davis
  • The World’s Revenge, Part 2 by Robert Wachtel
  • Stacking Up in Las Vegas by Justin Nunez
  • Sylvester and Rockwell Big Winners in Peoria by John O’Hagan
  • The Leading USBGF Players by Barry Silliman
  • Founding Sponsors
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • Upcoming U.S. Events
  • NY Open & USBGF Championship
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2012 JAN – FEB

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Annual Membership Meeting of the USBG
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • Mathematics and BG by Art Benjamin and Bob Koca
  • How Do You Stack Up Against the Giants? by Phil Simborg and Stick Rice
  • 2012 National Club Team Championship by Justin Nunez and Joe Russell
  • NY Open and USBGF Championship by Karen Davis
  • 2012 National Collegiate Championship by Joe Russell and Phil Simborg
  • Mellen and Nunez Join USBGF Board of Directors
  • USBGF Rating and Stats System: An Update by Richard Munitz
  • The Leading US Players by Barry Silliman
  • Founding Sponsors
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • Upcoming U.S. Events
  • 2011 USBGF Awards<
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2012 MAR – APR

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • USBGF Online Match Series
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • NIC Profile: Dorn Bishop by Bob Wachtel
  • Facelift for USBGF Facebook Page
  • NIC Profile: Svilen “Svilo” Todorov by Karen Davis
  • Stick Rice Backgammon Lesson
  • NIC Profile: Bruce Newberg by Karen Davis
  • NIC Profile: Joe Roth by Karen Davis
  • Upcoming U.S. Events
  • Pittsburgh Championships by Karen Davis
  • The Leading US Players by Barry Silliman
  • Founding Sponsors
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2012 MAY – JUN

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Annual Membership Meeting of the USBGF
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • BG at the University of South Carolina by Art Benjamin
  • Horton And Mattig Win Big At CSI by Bill Davis
  • My Ohio State Backgammon Recap by Stick Rice
  • Harvey Mudd College wins NCTC by Chuck Bower
  • Announcing the 2012 Inter-national BG Championship
  • 2013 Texas BG Championships by B Riles, T Mendicino, and P Gibson
  • Upcoming U.S. Events
  • An Explanation of the USBGF Leader Board by Barry Silliman
  • The Leading US Players by Barry Silliman
  • Founding Sponsors
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2012 JUL – AUG

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • USBGF Monthly Lecture Series
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • Review: What’s Your Game Plan? Reviewed by John O’Hagan
  • My Dinner With Bourbaki By Danny Kleinman
  • Neil Kazaross: Hard Work Pays Off by Adam Bennett
  • The Nordic 2011: A Double Coming-Out Party by Robert Wachtel
  • ABT Top-ranked Players
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Chicago Bears Take Traveling Trophy Home by David Rubin
  • 2011 USBGF National Internet Championship by Joe Russell
  • Upcoming U.S. Events
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2012 SEP – OCT

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Tournament of Stars in San Antonio
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • I Never do Well at Novi by Phil Simborg
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Scheduled Events
  • 2012 USBGF National Internet Championship by Joe Russell, Justin Nunez, and Tara Mendicino
  • The Leading US Players by Barry Silliman
  • Founding Sponsors
  • ABT Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot by Rochelle Hasson
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2012 NOV – DEC

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Upcoming USBGF Events
  • Starting Off Right by Mary Hickey
  • USBGF Monthly Online Circuit Tournaments By Karen Davis
  • USBGF Online Leader Board by Tara Mendicino
  • Desperado by Robert Wachtel
  • USBGF College March Mayhem by Michael Edge
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Scheduled Events
  • The Leading US Players by Barry Silliman
  • Founding Sponsors
  • The U.S. Backgammon Foundation
  • Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2013 JAN – FEB

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Upcoming USBGF Events
  • Five Important Tools to Excellent Checker Play by Phil Simborg
  • Ben Friesen, Collegiate Champion By Karen Davis
  • USBGF Online Leader Board by Tara Mendicino
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Scheduled Events
  • Nations Cup by Dorn G. Bishop
  • Kat Denison: USBGF National Internet Champion, Intermediate Division
  • The Leading U.S. Players by Barry Silliman
  • The American Team: Inter-national BG Championship by Tara Mendicino
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2013 MAR – APR

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Nowruz at the Smithsonian by Karen Davis
  • Lecture in Texas by Phil Simborg and Mochy
  • Scott Kelland By Karen Davis
  • Remember The Alamo! by Karen Davis
  • The Leading US Players by Barry Silliman
  • USBGF Online Leader Board by Tara Mendicino
  • Upcoming U.S. Backgammon Scheduled Events
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staf

2013 MAY – JUN

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • Annual Membership Meeting
  • Backgammon at the New MoMath by Karen Davis and Jason Lee
  • To Double or Not to Double by Kit Woolsey
  • John Klein: Student of the Game by Karen Davis
  • The Leading U.S. Players by Barry Silliman
  • Online Leader Board by Tara Mendicino
  • Upcoming Backgammon Scheduled Events
  • Alfred Mamlet: Winner of the January Online Circuit by Karen Davis
  • The Riviera in Winter by Bob Wachte
  • MindGamesCenter: A Re-view by Bob Wachtel
  • Friendly Tournaments: Ohio And Atlanta by Karen Davis
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2013 JUL – AUG

  • Update on the USBGF by Perry Gartner
  • USBGF Club Team Championship
  • Bruce Farquhar: Scottish Sportsman by Karen Davis
  • Opening 64 in a Seven-Point Match by D. Obukhov and P. Weaver
  • Jim Stutz Interview by Karen Davis
  • Change in USBGF Benefits and Dues by Perry Gartner
  • Michigan Summer BG Championships by Karen Davis
  • Twenty Questions With Robert E. Stoller by Phil Simborg
  • The Leading U.S. Players by Barry Silliman
  • Online Leader Board by Tara Mendicino
  • Upcoming Scheduled Backgammon Events
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Tournament Results
  • USBGF Volunteer Staff
  • USBGF Gear Depot
  • USBGF Board of Directors

2013 SEP – OCT

  • USBGF Third Anniversary By Perry Gartner and Karen Davis
  • Mochy 33rd Chicago Open By Marty Store
  • Playing From Behind By Phil Simborg
  • Cannes Summer Cup By Sabri Büyüksoy
  • Report From Monte Carlo By Bob Wachtel
  • Meet Slava Pryadkin By Martha Ghio
  • Adam Versaw By Karen Davis
  • Eva Zizkova By Karen Davis
  • Mario Savan By Karen Davis
  • Carolina Invitational By Karen Davis
  • The 3rd IBC By Tara Mendicino
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners By Tara Mendicino—Ots Coordinator
  • Bill Riles To Lead The USBGF By Karen Davis
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Live Leader Board By Barry Silliman—Ratings Editor
  • Online Leader Board By Tara Mendicino—Ots Coordinator
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2013 NOV – DEC

  • USBGF Master Points System By Richard Munitz and Joe Russell
  • President’s Membership Challenge Initiative By Bill Riles
  • Home Field Advantage By Bob Wachtel
  • Using The Opening Move To Figure Out A Reply By Mike Mannon
  • Gorgeous Georgia By Sabri Büyüksoy
  • When In Doubt By Phil Simborg
  • Charlie Raichle By Karen Davis
  • Gerard Jendras By Karen Davis
  • Kevin Helton By Karen Davis
  • Durham / Chapel Hill Club By Karen Davis
  • Illinois State Championships By Linda Rockwell
  • Ohio-Michigan Challenge By Karen Davis
  • Live Tournament Results In Illinois, Florida, And Connecticut
  • Online Circuit Winners Since January 2013 By Tara Mendicino
  • Natl Internet Championship By Tara Mendicino
  • Priorities and Plans For USBGF By Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Live Leader Board By Barry Silliman—Ratings Editor
  • Online Leader Board By Tara Mendicino
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2014 JAN – FEB

  • USA Versus Japan By Ben Friesen and Yuki Hiroki
  • Kauder Paradox By Ray Kershaw
  • How To Grow The Game By Ken Larsen
  • Inaugural USBGF Team Championship By Marty Storer
  • Cube Efficiency By Phil Simborg
  • Harvey Gillis By Karen Davis
  • Maya Peycheva By Karen Davis
  • Qualifying Prime Clubs By Karen Davis
  • Game On! No Gridlock At Capital Classic By Karen Davis
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners By Tara Mendicino
  • Volunteering By Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors By Karen Davis
  • Live Leader Board By Barry Silliman—Ratings Editor
  • Online Leader Board By Tara Mendicino
  • 2013 Final ABT Results
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2014 MAR – APR

  • Interview With Bill Riles By Phil Simborg
  • A Tip Of The Ten-Gallon Hat By Ray Fogerlund
  • Limiting Gammonish Volatility By Jason Pack
  • Backgammon In Cyprus By Sabri Büyüksoy
  • Istavder 6th Anniversary By Sabri Büyüksoy
  • Breaking The Anchor By Phil Simborg
  • Jamie Erin Rosen By Karen Davis
  • Gregory Kurrell By Karen Davis
  • Austin Backgammon Club By Karen Davis
  • California State Steve Sax
  • New York Metro Open By Karen Davis
  • Mochy Does It All Steve Sax
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Board Of Directors Election By Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors
  • USGBF Online Circuit By Karen Davis
  • Live Leader Board By Barry Silliman—Ratings Editor
  • Online Leader Board By Tara Mendicino
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2014 MAY – JUN

  • Mochy Versus Michy by Paul Weaver
  • How to give a Gammonish Recube by Jason Pack
  • Bearing in Lesson by Phil Simborg
  • Who is Saba? by Marty Storer
  • 2013 USBGF Club Team Championship by Bob Koca, Jason Lee and Frank Raposa
  • David Presser by Karen Davis
  • 2014 CSI by Bill Davis
  • 6th Atlanta Spring Classic by Ray Fogerlund
  • 20th Ohio State Backgammon Championships
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners by Tara Mendicino
  • Legal Moves for Tournament Play by Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Live Leader Board by Barry Silliman
  • Online Leadeer Board by Tara Mendicino
  • New Qualifying Prime Clubs
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2014 JUL – AUG

  • Giant Sorting by Jake Jacobs
  • Falafel vs. Matt Cohn-Geier 2014 Chicago Open by Paul Weaver
  • Denmark vs. The World: The Lineup by Iancho Hristov
  • Denmark vs. The World: The Back Story by Bob Wachtel
  • 26th Nordic Open: Backgammon at its Peak by Savri Büyüksoy
  • 2-2 Second Roll Study by Phil Simborg
  • In The Game Until The End, Volume ll by John O’Hagan
  • Michelle Steinberg by Karen Davis
  • Max Crosner by Karen Davis
  • 2014 Los Angeles Open by Steve Sax
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners by Tara Mendicino
  • What’s On The Drawing Board for The USBGF? by Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors by Karen Davis
  • Live Leaderboard byBarry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard byTara Mendicino
  • Beltway Backgammon Club by Karen Davis
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2014 SEP – OCT

  • John O’Hagan vs. Akiko Yazawa at Michigan by Paul Weaver
  • Genius and Grace in Monte Carlo by Jason Pack
  • Backgammon in the Shadow of Glamour nd Highrollers by Sabri Büyüksoy
  • Mochi’s PR 4.0 Club by Karen Davis and Paul Weaver
  • Tournament of Champions: Friesen vs. S&ooml;hnchen
  • Counting Pips by Phil Simborg
  • World Championship: Goals for the Future byPatti Rubin
  • World Championship: Continuity and Reinvigoration by Jason Pack
  • David Kettler by Karen Davis
  • Peter Toftsǿ by Karen Davis
  • Ted Chee by Karen Davis
  • Kansas City’s BG Study Group by Karen Davis
  • Michigan Championships by Paul Weaver
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners by Tara Mendicino
  • Exciting new Initiatives Slated for the USBGF by Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Live Leaderboard by Barry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2014 NOV – DEC

  • Petko vs. Saba: Battle of the PR’s by Marty Storer
  • Trabolt vs. Pryadkin Part 3: Seizing the Moment by Jason Pack
  • 2-Away, 4-Away by Phil Simborg
  • Tom Christnr and Jacob Atie by Karen Davis
  • Trina Litzenberger by Karen Davis
  • Bill Riles by Karen Davis
  • Ohio – Michigan Challenge by Karen Davis
  • Virginia – Maryland – D.C. by Karen Davis
  • 11th Carolina Invitational by Karen Davis
  • 2014 Capital Classic by Ray Fogerlund
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners by Tara Mendicino
  • My Perspective: Reflections and Vision by Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Live Leaderboard by Barry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2015 JAN – FEB

  • American Backgammon Hall of Fame Inductees by Jeremy Bagai, Karen Davis, and Bill Riles
  • Ray Fogerlund: ABT 2014 Player of the Year, Again by Karen Davis
  • USBGF Awards Online Master Point Leaders by Karen Davis
  • The Early Game: 64 Split, 52 by Stick
  • Jonah Seewald:2014 USBGF Grand Champion by Karen Davis.
  • The Inaugural U.K. Open by Peter Bennet
  • The Story of Bill Phipps by Iancho Hristov
  • Lots of Fish: The Japan Open by Jake Jacobs
  • Tough Middle-Game Play by Phil Simborg
  • The 2nd Merit Open by Sabri Böyöksoy
  • Fitchburg’s Kid is No.1 by Anne O’Connor, Correspondent for The Sentinel & Enterprise
  • Zednĕk Žižka by Karen Davis
  • Kansas City BG Club by Karen Davis
  • Qualifying Prime Clubs
  • Illinois State Championships by Linda Rockwell
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners
  • Happy New Year to the USBGF by Bill Riles
  • USBGF Board of Directors
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Live Leaderboard by Barry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard
  • Upcoming Tournaments

2015 MAR – APR

  • 2015 American Backgammon Hall of Fame Awards Dinner by Karen Davis & Bill Riles
  • The Early Game: 54 Split, 63 by Stick
  • Victor Ashkenazi: #11 Giant of Backgammon by Phil Simborg
  • The Great Conehead Match: Robertie vs Reklaiis by Martie Storer
  • The Marquis de SAT: 3rd Texas Backgammon Championship by Ray Fogerlund
  • Cube Vig by Phil Simborg
  • Ralph Desimone by Karen Davis
  • Igor Erovenko by Karen Davis
  • Frank Simon by Karen Davis
  • Harvey Gillis by Karen Davis
  • Qualifying Prime Clubs
  • New York Metropolitan Open by Karen Davis
  • Odis Does It Again: 2014 California State by Steve Sax
  • Live Tournaent Results
  • Online Circuit Winners
  • Upcoming Tournaments

 
2015 MAY – JUN

  • Mochy and Saba: Stepping Up To the Board by Marty Storer
  • Istavder 7th Anniversary Tournament by Sabri Buyuksoy
  • John Gamalielson by Karen Davis
  • Cuneyt Argun Genc by Karen Davis
  • Deborah Ferolito by Karen Davis
  • Early Game Strategy by Julius High
  • The Third Capital Classic by Ray Fogerlund
  • The 2014 Vietor Cup by Bob Wachtel
  • Qualifying Prime Clubs
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners
  • Beauty and the Beast by Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors by Bill Riles
  • Master Point Leaders by Rich Munitz
  • 2014 Online Tournament of Champions by Tara Mendicino
  • Live Leaderboard by Barry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard by Tara Mendicino

 
2015 JUL – AUG

  • Herb Gurland:A Match in Memoriam by Marty Storer
  • HOF: Abridged Interview with Malcolm Davis by Robert Stoller
  • Nordic Open 2015 by Bob Wachtel
  • U.S. Open Backgammon Championships by Ray Fogerlund
  • Backgammon Fever in Sochi, Russia by Sabri Böyöksoy
  • Running Pip Count byJulius High
  • Herb Gurland by Paul Weaver and Albert Steg
  • Elayne Feinstein by Karen Davis
  • Fernando Neumark by Karen Davis
  • Dallas Backgammon League by Malcolm Davis
  • 7th Atlanta Spring Classic by Karen Davis
  • Qualifying Prime Clubs by Tara Mendicino
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners
  • President’s Column by Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Master Point Leaders by Rich Munitz
  • 2014 Online Tournament of Champions
  • National Leaderboard by Barry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard by Tara Mendicino

 
2015 SEP – OCT

  • Hof: Abridged Interview With Bill Robertie. By Robert Stoller
  • Michy Vs. Matt Cohn-Geier: Markowitz Masters . By Marty Storer
  • Bagai’s Replies Surprise . By Jeremy Bagai
  • The Rule Of 8: How To Do 1296 Division Quickly & Accurately. By Grant Hoffman
  • Final Pressure: Çetinel Vs. Erokhin . By Bob Wachtel
  • East Meets West In Monte Carlo. By Karen Davis
  • Cihangir Çetinel: 2015 World Champion By Sabri Böyöksoy
  • Ed Sawyer By Robert Stoller
  • Genna Cowan By Karen Davis
  • Dmitriy Obukov By Karen Davis
  • Walt Smith By Karen Davis
  • 2015 Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships By Karen Davis
  • Qualifying Prime Clubs
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners
  • President’s Column By Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Master Point Leaders By Rich Munitz
  • National Leaderboard By Barry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard By Tara Mendicino

 
2015 NOV – DEC

  • Abridged interview with Bill Davis and Carol Joy Cole By Robert Stoller
  • Marty marches to Michigan milestone By Marty Storer
  • 2015 Vietor Cup by Ray Fogerlund
  • Georgian Open Gets Bigger In Downtown Batumi By Sabri Böyöksoy
  • The Natural : 2015 Los Angeles Open By Steve Sax
  • Jan Honza Černý By Karen Davis
  • Martin Zizka By Karen Davis
  • Illinois State Backgammon Championships By Linda Rockwell
  • Conquering Backgammon: The Path to Advanced Play By John O’Hagan
  • Qualifying Prime Clubs
  • Live Tournament results
  • Online circuit winners by Tara Mendicino
  • President’s column By Bill Riles
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Master point leaders By Rich Munitz
  • National Leaderboard By Barry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard By Tara Mendicino
  • Upcoming Tournaments

 
JAN – FEB 2016

  • 2016 American Backgammon Hall Of Fame Inductees by Bill Riles And Jeremy Bagai
  • Abridged Interview With Goulding And Senkiewicz by Robert Stoller
  • Presser Versus Simon: Final Of The 2014 Online Toc by Marty Storer And David Presser
  • One Man’s Meat by Jake Jacobs
  • 3rd Merit Open by Sabri Büyüksoy
  • Art Benjamin by Phil Simborg
  • Ray Cifani by Karen Davis
  • 2015 Seattle Backgammon Classic by Ray Fogerlund
  • Flashback App By Bagai: Backgammon Flashcards by Bruce J. Farquhar
  • Qualifying Prime Clubs
  • Live Tournament Results
  • Online Circuit Winners
  • Upcoming Tournaments
  • President’s Column By Bill Riles
  • Newest USBGF Directors
  • Founding Sponsors
  • Master Point Leaders By Rich Munitz
  • National Leaderboard By Barry Silliman
  • Online Leaderboard By Tara Mendicino

 

PrimeTime Backgammon, Nov-Dec

November-December 2014 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon 

By Karen Davis, Managing Editor

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Petko Kostadinov has emerged as the #6 ranked Giant of Backgammon — winning the International Backgammon Championship II in 2013 and the Tournament of Champions at the 2013 Chicago Open, joining the World Team for the 2014 Nordic Open, and most recently winning the Land of Lincoln Masters Jackpot in Illinois. In this issue Marty Storer, USBGF Editor for Annotated Matches, analyzes Petko’s 2014 Texas Championships Dual-Duel match with Saba Bejanishvili, where both played phenomenally, at under 3.0 PR. Petko and Saba then teamed up to win the 2014 USBGF Tournament of Stars, a doubles event for USBGF Founding Sponsors and Giants of Backgammon.

Jason Pack, recent winner of the UK Open and the 2014 Nordic Open Super Jackpot, and a finalist in the 2014 London Open Professionals’ Tournament, concludes his three-part series on the 2013 World Backgammon Championship match between Slava Pryadkin and Lars Trabolt, contrasting their aggressive and conservative cube strategies. Slava’s recube to 4 at 11-away/16-away, which XG++ deems a .109 blunder, was, as Jason explains, the tactic of a world champion — rewarded with a backgammon on a dramatic double-fives final roll.

Ray Fogerlund, current ABT-points leader, provides an in-person account of the DC Capital Classic. Karen Davis covers the 11th Carolina Invitational, and two regional events: the Ohio-Michigan Team Challenge and the Maryland-Virginia-DC Team Challenge.

This issue showcases two online tournament winners: Irina Litzenberger, winner of the May Circuit; and our own Bill Riles, winner of the June Circuit. Open and Advanced division winners of the 2013-2014 National Internet Championship, Jacob Atie and Tom Christner are profiled.

Finally, USBGF President Bill Riles brings us up to date on the Federation’s 2014 accomplishments, 2015 plans, and goals for the future of the organization. Planning and fund-raising for the Prime Tournament initiative are well underway, with Prime Benefactors contributing added money for USBGF-member players. The NY Metropolitan Open will kick off the Prime Tournament roster, followed quickly by the Texas Backgammon Championships, the D.C. Capital Classic, Ohio, and Atlanta. Make your plans to attend now!

Check out the live and online tournament rankings, and Get in the Game!
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