Kansas City Added Money Event November 18

Greetings to the Kansas City Backgammon World!

Just a reminder that THIS COMING SATURDAY, November 18, 2017 at 11:30 am will be our Kansas City Backgammon FREE Double  Points Tournament. Please remember that in the main flight, we will be playing 9 point matches and 7 points in the consolation matches.  This is a no entry fee tournament, but will be for DOUBLE points in the club standings.  You are guaranteed at least two matches.  Also, if you have a backgammon board, please bring one with you.

The tournament will be held at:

The Fox & the Hound
10428 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS 66212

Please support the venue by getting a meal there sometime during the day.  They have lots of variety on the menu and below is the link for your review.

http://foxandhound.com/locations/overland-park/

The tournament will start at 11:30 a.m. so please be sure to get there beforehand as we will start promptly and want everyone situated in advance.  But if you are running a little late, please call my cell phone at 913.706.1125 and let us know and we will do our best to hold a bye spot for you.  However, at 11:30 a.m. promptly, I will be turning off my phone and penalty points will be applied in your match 10 minutes after we start.

We will play 9 point matches in the main round (2 hour time limit) and 7 point matches in the consolation round (1.5 hour time limit).  The winner will receive a trophy, and anyone who wins at least one match will earn double the amount of master points normally awarded on Wednesday nights.

Please RSVP since we currently have 8 tables reserved, but if we need more, I want to give them as much advance notice as possible.

If you’ve been to any of our tournaments recently than there shouldn’t be any surprises on rules, but a few notes:

>   We will play legal moves, meaning if either player notices that an illegal move has been made, then it should be corrected before the next move is made

>  Dice that land fully on a checker are considered valid rolls

>  Clocks may be used if both players agree or the director assigns one.  If no clock is used, the match will have a time limit: 2 hours for 9 points, 90 minutes for 7 points, and 75 minutes for 5 points.

As another reminder, we have our weekly backgammon club tournament tomorrow night at 6:30pm at Fox & the Hound in Overland Park … please come join the fun!

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Thanks,

Eric (816-237-8089)
and
Kathleen (913-706-1125)

 

Dan Wittkopp brings home the Added Money in Flint

Flint Area Club Championships – Results

USBGF member Dan Wittkopp will be representing Flint in the USBGF free-roll ABT entry tournament on March 1, 2018!!

November 12, 2017, Flint Michigan

OPEN (32)
1-MICHAEL KURTZ (Sterling Heights)
2-Dan Wittkopp (Traverse City) (<<<USBGF winner!!)
3-John Quinn (Westland)
4/6-Jim Airgood (Swartz Creek) / Gary Fritzsche
(Ypsilanti) / Greg Merriman (Ann Arbor)

INTERMEDIATE (24)
1-Duane Salinas (Grand Rapids)
2-Ray Cifani (Westlake, Ohio)
3/4-John Baron (Ohio) / Darryl Newsom (Clinton Twp)
5/6-Paul Bortell (Plymouth) / Jim Lawrence (Clinton Twp)

NOVICE (3)
1-Norma Lunsford (Macomb)
2-Zack Fejeran (Milford)

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Myra Gazvoda brings home the cash in Colorado Local Club Prime Initiative

Congratulations to Myra Gazvoda for winning the Colorado Local Club Prime Initiative tournament on November 12!

Myra joined the USBGF on 3 days before the event as was glad she did, as she took home the USBGF added cash as well as now representing Colorado in the on-line inter-club championship in March 2018. The winner of that will get a free entry into the ABT tournament of their choice.

Go Myra!

USBGF Added Money for Winner of Colorado Fall Classic Backgammon Tournament November 12 + Compete for Free ABT Entry for Inter-Club Champion!

We’re pleased to announce that the U.S Backgammon Federation will provide added money to the Colorado Fall Classic Backgammon Tournament of $5 per USBGF member. The event will take place at Mickey’s Top Sirloin — 6950 N. Broadway Denver, CO 80221 on Sunday, November 12 with registration at 11 am and play commencing at Noon.

The added money prize pool will be based on all USBGF members who play in the event regardless of primary club affiliation as well as Colorado club members who belong to the USBGF but are unable to attend. You do not have to be a USBGF member to play, but do to be eligible for the added money. You may join or renew your USBGF membership online as well as at the event.

The winners of USBGF Local Club Prime Tournaments will compete in an online USBGF Online Club Championship event with a great prize — a free entry to an ABT tournament of the winner’s choice! This online tournament of winners of the club competitions will begin on March 1. To be eligible for added money and free ABT entry, players must have an active USBGF membership. If you have any questions please contact USBGF Membership Director Ray Bills.

Check out the USBGF Event Calendar listing of upcoming USBGF Local Club Prime tournaments and ABT tournaments.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XL

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Congratulations to Jaime Obregon, winner of the Advanced Divisional XL. Jaime defeated Michael Clapsadle in the 17-point final. James Allen and Richard Griggs, Jr. finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final.
The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99, at the time of registration.

USBGF Added Money for Winner of 39th Flint Area Club Championships November 12 + Compete for Free ABT Entry for Inter-Club Champion!

We’re pleased to announce that the U.S Backgammon Federation will provide added money to the Flint Annual Club Championships of $5 per USBGF member. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Centre, off Hill Road & U.S. 23, exit 90, Flint, Michigan on Sunday November 12 with registration 10-11:45 am and play commencing at Noon.

The added money prize pool will be based on all USBGF members who play in the event regardless of primary club affiliation as well as Flint club members who belong to the USBGF but are unable to attend. You do not have to be a USBGF member to play, but do to be eligible for the added money. You may join or renew your USBGF membership online as well as at the event.

The winners of USBGF Local Club Prime Tournaments will compete in the USBGF Online Club Championship event with a great prize — a free entry to an ABT tournament of the winner’s choice! This online tournament of winners of the club competitions will begin on March 1. To be eligible for added money and free ABT entry, players must have an active USBGF membership. If you have any questions please contact USBGF Membership Director Ray Bills

Check out the USBGF event calendar, with listings of upcoming USBGF Local Club Prime tournaments and ABT tournaments.

USBGF Masters Divisional LV

Karen Davis

Congratulations to Karen Davis, winner of the Masters Divisional LV. Karen defeated Igor Erovenko in the 21-point final. Andrew Selby and Ray Bills finished 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final. The Masters Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above, at the time of registration.

For the current ratings, visit theOnline Leaderboard

USBGF August Monthly Circuit

Kevin Jones 2017

Congratulations to Kevin Jones, winner of the USBGF 2017 August Monthly Circuit. Kevin won this single elimination tournament by defeating Willam Lonergan in the 17-point final match. Don Marek and Joseph Russell finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

Notice of Annual USBGF Board of Directors Election

This is to provide notice of our upcoming annual Board of Directors election which will be held this year, via our e-voting system, with a voting window beginning at 12:01 a.m. EST Monday, November 20, 2017 and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, December 3, 2017. Nominations have now closed, and the Governance and Nominations is verifying nominated candidates’ willingness to serve and compiling brief statements from the candidates. An e-mail including specific voting instructions, with links to the ballot and to candidate information, will be forwarded to members immediately prior to the beginning of the voting period.

Our by-laws state: “Elections shall be scheduled and overseen by the Governance and Nominations Committee with the assistance of the Executive Director and other officers as needed. Members shall be entitled to cast up to one vote for each vacancy. However, no Member may cast more than one vote for any candidate on his/her ballot. The Board shall provide reasonable notice of the date range for voting, at least fourteen (14) calendar days in advance, through publication on the Federation’s internet website and, to the extent practicable, through other methods reasonably calculated to provide notice to the Federation’s Members. There shall be a period of at least seven (7) days for voting. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes, up to the number of vacancies, and named on at least 50% of the ballots cast will be elected. The seat numbers listed as being up for election on the ballot shall be in descending order of the time remaining on their respective terms and will be sequentially assigned to elected candidates in descending order of the number of votes received. If not all the seats are filled in the initial round of elections, then there will be a runoff between the “x” number of candidates receiving the most votes (but not elected), where “x” is equal to twice the number of remaining seats on the Board to be filled in the election, provided that a candidate must have received votes from at least 5% of the ballots cast in the initial round to be eligible for the runoff. In the event of ties for the last remaining slot(s) on a runoff ballot, each of the candidates in the tie will be placed on the runoff ballot. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes, up to the remaining number of vacancies, and named on at least 50% of the ballots cast will be elected.”

We thank all who have nominated an excellent slate of candidates for the five positions that are up for election, and encourage all members to participate in the Board of Directors election.

Las Vegas Open — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Nevada Backgammon Association will host the Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the Flamingo Hotel. To secure reservations, call the hotel at (888) 373-9855. All ABT events plus the Super Jackpot, Limited Jackpot, Doubles, and Seniors flights are set. Blitzes and Mini Matches and the Calcutta Auction are also scheduled, along with the Simborg/Holm lecture on Saturday. $1000 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and first-time Novice entrants will receive a free one-time trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Pre-registration deadline is November 10, 2017, so see http://www.nvbg.com/entry2017lasvegasopen.html and don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting weekend.

Also make a note of upcoming ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members:

California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Backgammon Championship, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX, with $1000 added money.
Boston Open, February 22-25, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Logan, Boston, MA with $375 added
•Ohio State, March 16-18, Marriott, Cleveland, OH with $375 added
•U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added
•Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 added
•Cherry Blossom Championship, May 13-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIII

Congratulations to Michele Barone, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXIII. Michele won by defeating Frank Koenen in the 13-point final match. Coming in 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final were Elizabeth Liberty and Garrett Duquesne.

The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

USBGF Added Money for Local Club Winner + Free ABT Entry for Inter-Club Champion!

We’re pleased to announce that the U.S Backgammon Federation will provide added money to an annual backgammon club tournament sponsored by a USBGF Affiliated Local Club of $5 per USBGF member (a minimum of 10 USBGF members is required). This added money can be attached to a currently planned local club tournament or a new event — with the added money serving as a sidepool for USBGF members.

The winners of local club annual tournaments will compete in an online USBGF Online Club Championship event with a great prize — a free entry to an ABT tournament of the winner’s choice! This online tournament of winners of the club competitions would begin around March 1. To be eligible for added money and free ABT entry, players must have an active USBGF membership. Club directors should contact me if they are planning to participate.

Check out the USBGF Event calendar listing of upcoming local club and ABT tournaments. If you would like your your local club listed, please send information to Information USBGF.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXII

Congratulations to Timothy Jaxon, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXII. Tim defeated Elizabeth Liberty in the 13-point final. Brian Holmes and Michele Barone finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVIII Winner

Congratulations to Gary Oleson, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVIII online tournament.

Gary defeated Faramarz Hashemi in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Ralf Priebe and Ray Cifani.

The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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Connecticut State Championship — $750 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Connecticut State Backgammon Championship will be held Oct. 19-22 at the Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT. Call Carol Catrini at the hotel 860-627-5171 x 7189 for the $129 daily rate. All main event ABT flights are scheduled along with the Orange Open Jackpot, Mystic Masters Qualifier, Milford Masters, Danbury Doubles, plus Fairfield Blitzes and the Quinnipiac Quicky.

$750 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a one-time free trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. For full information and registration see Connecticut State Backgammon. New England in the Fall is the place to be, so come to Connecticut for the best of the best!

In addition to the Connecticut State Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the $99 by 10/15 Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California State Championship, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.
NY Metro, Jan 18 – 21, 2018, with $500 added.
Texas Backgammon Championship, Feb 1 – 4, 2018, with $500 added.

USBGF 2017 Tournament of Champions

Martin Filipi

Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the 2017 Tournament of Champions. Martin bested Alfred Mamlet in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 were Jack Le Prowse and Peter Wisniewski in the 19-point semi-final.

This is a single elimination tournament limited to those players who have won a tournament during the USBGF 2016 Online Circuit season. View the Online Circuit Leaderboard here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIX Winner

Congratulations to Mary Morse, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIX online tournament.

Mary defeated Juan Jose Aguzzi in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Long Nguyen and Matthew Brown.

Mary.MorseThe Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

USBGF Masters Divisional LIII Winner

Congratulations to Adam Prager, winner of the Masters Divisional LIII online tournament.
Adam defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Peter Wisniewski and Martin Zizka.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF July Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Martin Zizka, winner of the USBGF July Monthly Circuit. Martin won this single elimination tournament by defeating Ralph Desimone in the 17-point final match. Pierre Viau and William Lonergan finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

USBGF May Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Igor Erovenko, winner of the USBGF 2017 May Monthly Circuit. Igor won this single elimination tournament by defeating Pierre Viau in the 17-point final match. Toby Tabet and Larry Orman finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

See the Online Circuit Leader Board postings here.

Florida State Championship — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

Sun and fun are awaiting you in South Florida, so Come on down! The Florida State, October 5-8, 2017, is set for the Westin Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Everything is A-Okay after the hurricane and ready for a great time in the Sunshine State. Rooms are $109 a night. Make your reservations by calling 800-228-9290 and asking for the Florida Backgammon Championship Room Block. This ABT tournament features the Shark Open, Panther Advanced, and Social Play. The Gator Open Jackpot and the Flamingo Limited Jackpot begin the festivities with the added excitement of the famous Neal’s Fuhgeddaboudit DMP and the World Cup Chouette Challenge.
$500 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and first-time novice entrants will receive a free one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Florida State Backgammon.
 
In addition to the Florida State Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Connecticut State, Oct. 20-22, 2017, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the $99 by 10/15 Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California State Championship, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.
NY Metro, Jan 18 – 21, 2018, at Hyatt On the Hudson, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added,

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXX

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Congratulations (again) to Joost Van Schijndel, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXX. Joost defeated Jaime Obregon in the 13-point final. Oscar Quiroz and Kevin Jones finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXI

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Congratulations to Joost Van Schijndel, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXI. Joost defeated Shannon McKinney in the 13-point final. Oscar Quiros and Karl Sours finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration to enter the tournament.

USBGF Masters Divisional LII Winner

Congratulations to Kamil Karaali, winner of the Masters Divisional LII online tournament.

Kamil defeated Jack LeProwse in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were James Schothorst and Jerry Gette.

The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

Kamil Karaali

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVI Winner

Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVI online tournament.

Martin defeated Patricia Johnson in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Steve F. Kenney and Mario Savan.

Martin FilipiThe Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

USBGF June Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Jan Cerny, winner of the USBGF 2017 June Monthly Circuit. Jan won this single elimination tournament by defeating Eusebio Blasco in the 17-point final match. Ralph DeSimone and Scott Ward finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

USBGF Masters Divisional LI Winner

Congratulations to Andrey Nesterov, winner of the Masters Divisional LI online tournament.

Andrey defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Kamil Karaali and Pierre VIAU.

The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

Andrey Nesterov

Three New USBGF Corporate Sponsors — See How You Can Benefit!

 We’re delighted to let you know that the USBGF has three new corporate sponsors: Gammon Stuff, Cook Travel, and GameSite 2000. These corporate sponsors bring significant benefits to USBGF members – please check them out!
 
We express our appreciation to these generous sponsors and their leaders – John Pirner, CEO of Gammon Stuff, distributor of FTH backgammon equipment; Nick and Blake Fleetwood with Cook Travel; and Xavier and Michelle Dufaure de Citres, creator of GameSite2000 and its popular products eXtreme Gammon, XG Mobile, and Gammon Site backgammon server. Criteria for corporate sponsorship are shown below. Please contact Karen@usbgf.org if your organization would like to become a USBGF corporate sponsor.
 
Gammon Stuff
 
Gammon Stuff has offered to provide a free FTH backgammon board set (including cups, cube, precision dice, and travel bag) to all ABT tournaments in 2018 with 100 or more entrants in 2017 (plus the Viking Classic in his home state of Minnesota). 
 
Two options for award of the backgammon set prize are currently under consideration for discussion with ABT directors:
·         USBGF added money side event – backgammon board set would be added to the “prize pool” for the USBGF added money side event; must be USBGF member to win board and added money
·         A separate FTH/USBGF backgammon board set jackpot side event with the board as a prize and cash second place prize.

FTH will also produce a customized USBGF board with USBGF logo and name which will be listed for sale in the USBGF website BG Shop.
 
Cook Travel
 
USBGF member Blake Fleetwood and his son Nick Fleetwood have arranged airline travel discounts for USBGF members of 2-5% on economy tickets and 10-30% on business/first-class tickets on Delta and American domestic flights. 
 
These discounts are not just for traveling to ABT tournaments or USBGF events. Cook Travel has enabled us to offer airfare discounts for other travel as well. For international tickets costing more than $800, the savings will vary between 10-30%. These discounts are on Turkish Airlines, Delta, American, and Lufthansa.

Cook Travel has been around for more than 40 years and specializes in discounted first and business class travel. Cook has been recommended by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and was an affiliate of American Express for 20 years before becoming independent.
 
GammonSite 2000 ltd
 
GammonSite 2000 ltd is the maker of eXtreme Gammon and XG Mobile software and hosts the GammonSite backgammon server. GammonSite 2000 provides a 20% discount to USBGF Premium members for first-time purchase of XG (off list price of $59.95) and $14 annual fee for use of the GammonSite server (discounted from list price of $20) for all USBGF members.
 
Geoffrey Parker Games
 
These sponsors join Geoffrey Parker Games. which provides doubling cubes to USBGF Prime Benefactors who support our added money initiative for Prime Tournaments. They also provide a Championship prize backgammon board at select ABT tournaments.
 
Founding Sponsors receive a doubling cube specially designed by Lawrence Sonné at Backgammon Elegance

The USBGF has ended is corporate sponsor relationship with P-40.
 
USBGF Corporate Sponsor Criteria

Criteria for USBGF corporate sponsorship include:
Company/organization corporate sponsor is recognized as providing quality products/services
Owners, directors, officers, and management have good reputation/standing in the community
The sponsor does not require an exclusive relationship with the USBGF
The sponsor provides a significant benefit to the USBGF, ABT tournaments, and/or members
These include discounts on goods and services or provision of free goods/services such as backgammon equipment, software, publications, or airline travel/hotel accommodations.

USBGF Members Ratify Tournament Rules

I’m delighted to let you know that USBGF members have ratified the 2018 Tournament Rules with 81% voting in favor of adoption. As the Board agreed, these are now the official USBGF Tournament Rules, and will be required for use at all tournaments on the American Backgammon Tour beginning in 2018, with a limited set of rules options available to tournament directors who provide advance notice. The Rules may also be used by tournament directors at their option in 2017. The Rules are recommended for use by all clubs and players in the USA. Links to the pertinent documents are below:
 
  USBGF 2018 Tournament Rules
  2018 Tournament Rules Options
  Public Comment Summary
 
We especially appreciate the partnership of the USBGF Tournament Advisory Committee chaired by Jeb Horton and including Ken Bame, Ted Chee, Carol Joy Cole, Dennis Culpepper, Patrick Gibson, April Kennedy, Troy Longman, and Kathy Weiner. Their feedback and assistance were critical in putting forward a revised Rules set that has proven to be acceptable to the backgammon community.

Obviously, no set of rules for tournament backgammon can possibly be developed such that every person will like every rule. However, the open and transparent process including a 30-day period of public comment and ratification by the members has gone a long way to achieving acceptance and legitimacy as a community consensus rule set.
 
We are committed to continuing to engage directors and players, with an open mind, regarding potential future revisions to these Rules. We will monitor the effectiveness and difficulties of various rules and consider adjustments based on the evidence. Let us know what is working and what is not, along with any other suggestions you may have. The goal is to make tournament backgammon manageable for the directors and enjoyable for the players. Together, we have taken a major step in that direction.
 
Thank you to everyone who voted and contributed ideas that helped shape this decision and to those who worked diligently to see that all ideas were carefully considered..
 
Best regards,

Joseph Russell
Chairman, Board of Directors
U.S. Backgammon Federation

Colorado State Championships — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Colorado Backgammon Association is sponsoring the Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, at the Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO. Rooms are $109 (king) or $119 (2 queens). Make your reservations early by phone (303) 371-9498 or online Holiday Inn-East Reservations. Register for the ABT events, as well as the side events: Continental Divide, Royal Gorge, Doubles, Quickie Knockout and Blitz. Don’t miss the auction on Saturday morning. $500 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. All Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and first-time Novices will receive an introductory free one-year membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Join us for exciting backgammon in the Mile High City. Details at Colorado State Championships.

In addition to the Colorado State Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:

Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
Montreal Open, September 15 – 17, 2017, at the Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport, with $500 added.
Florida State, October 5-8, 2017, at the Westin, Fort Lauderdale, FL with $500 added.
Connecticut State, Oct. 20-22, 2017, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California State Championship, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.