Bray’s Learning Curve: An Early Conundrum

2020 - Beginners 35

Unlimited Games. How should Red play 21? XGID=—b–E-C—cEa–b-eb–A-A:0:0:1:21:0:0:3:0:10  It is ever so easy to play bar/24, 13/11 here without thinking. Sadly, that move is a blunder. Why? Red trails in the race White has the better home board It exposes Red to a possible blitz. It exposes Red on both sides of the board The […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CXXVIII

Irina Litzenberger

Congratulations to Irina Litzenberger, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CXXVIII. Irina defeated Scott Ward in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Jasper Watertor and Steve Hills. 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. […]

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Pick-A-Pro Jackpots

Pick-A-Pro Jakpots

Players can register for the next tournament by sending their $20 entry fee by Venmo to venmo@usbgf.org (in the note, include Pick-A-Pro Jackpot, email address, and GridGammon username) Each event will consist of an eight player bracket, 9 point matches, with the winner receiving a free one hour lesson from the backgammon pro of their choice (subject […]

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USBGF November Womens Monthly

Lynda-Clay_sm

Congratulations to Lynda Clay, winner of the USBGF November Womens Monthly. Lynda defeated Karen Davis in the 17-point final. Mary Morse and Bonnie Rogoff finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final round. The Womens Monthly tournament is open to all USBGF women. Entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about this tourney […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: When in doubt

Basic Beginners 25

Unlimited Games. How should Red play 41? XGID=—–aEaA–AdDa–c-e–A-BA:0:0:1:41:0:0:3:0:10   This game is in its infancy and the game plans for both players have yet to be defined. Red could elect to play a 1-4 back game with bar/21, 22/21 but it is too early to adopt a relatively negative game plan. Red has two very […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional XCVII

Bonnie_Rogoff 2019 Ohio

Congratulations to Bonnie Rogoff, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XCVII. Bonnie defeated Chris Coppa in the 13-point final. Denby Pettitt and Ted Cetola finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. For more information about this tourney […]

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Winter 2021 Issue, PrimeTime Backgammon

Winter 2021 Issue, PrimeTime Backgammon What an issue! The headline topic is the 2020 ABT Online! tour. Art Benjamin is the champion! His photo adorns our cover, and Karen Davis has a profile of our genial genius. There’s also an analysis of positions from his USBGF Summer Finale final against ABT Online! runner-up Brian Lonergan. […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional XCV

David Gillett 2021-IntDiv

Congratulations to David Gillett, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XCV. David defeated David Bowen in the 13-point final. Nestor Avila and Jason Aingorn finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. For more information about this tourney […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional XCVI

Ted Cetola 2021 IntDiv

Congratulations to Ted Cetola, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XCVI. Ted defeated Dan Pascu in the 13-point final. Jamie Lind and Janet Phoenix finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. For more information about this tourney […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional CIV

SteveWaller_ADV_ Div6

Congratulations to Steve Waller, winner of the Advanced Divisional CIV. Steve defeated Dennis Lutz in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Jeff Spencer and Fabian Melnik. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. For more information about this […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CXXVI

Congratulations to Eusebio Blasko, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CXXIV. Eusebio defeated Jerry Gette in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Jim Wallace and Jerry Unger. 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. […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Middle Game Thinking

2020 - Experts 34

Unlimited Games. How should Red play 42? XGID=–BaDaD—–BAa-bb-db-Bb–:1:1:1:42:0:0:3:0:10  This 42 is a very poor roll for Red. Every move weakens his position. Note however, that he owns the cube, so he has earned the right to play the game to the end whatever happens. The question is, can he afford to burn checkers by moving […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CXXVII

Steve Hills 2020 Masters

Congratulations to Steve Hills, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CXXVII. Steve defeated Roberto Litzenberger in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Tom Courts and John Graas. 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. […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Scary Double

2020 - Intermediates 34

Unlimited Games. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?   XGID=-BBcBBB-AA–e—-babA-b-AA:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10  It should be clear that Red has a huge double here, due to the volatility of the position. Not doubling would be a double blunder. Now the difficult part, should White take or drop? If Red hits the exposed checker which he does […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional XCIV

Nestor Avila 2020_rev

Congratulations to Nestor Avila, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XCIV. Nestor defeated Rina Modica in the 13-point final. Steve Peck and Vera Holley finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. For more information about this tourney […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Learning Match Play

2020 - Beginners 34

Unlimited Games. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take? Match Play. Red trails 0-1 to 3. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take? XGID=a-CB-CBa—A-A—cccbBb-A-:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10 Early on in one’s match playing career you learn the difference between playing unlimited games and playing matches. In match play the score dominates one’s thinking, particularly towards the […]

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USBGF October Womens Monthly

Mary Morse 2020 sm

Congratulations to Mary Morse, winner of the USBGF October Womens Monthly. Mary defeated Lynda Clay in the 17-point final. Anita Marholm and Kat Denison finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final round. The Womens Monthly tournament is open to all USBGF women. Entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about this tourney […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional CIII

Barry Gittleman 2020

Congratulations to Barry Gittleman, winner of the Advanced Divisional CIII. Barry defeated Ramin Shahabi in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Garrett Duquesne and Ali Shamsian. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. For more information about this […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional XCIII

Congratulations to David Bowen, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XCIII. David defeated Gary Nouskajian in the 13-point final. Dan Pascu and Attila Felsen finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. For more information about this tourney […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional XCII

Congratulations to Attila Felsen, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XCII. Attila defeated Vera Holley in the 13-point final. Joao Almeida and Jamie Lind finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. For more information about this tourney […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Connectivity-2

Basic Beginners 24

Unlimited Games. How should Red play 44? XGID=-a—-FbE—bD-a–bbbba—:0:0:1:44:0:0:3:0:10 Like an army, backgammon checkers work better when the soldiers are in communication with each other. In this position Red will be 31 pips ahead after the roll and all he wants to do is bring his checkers home safely. For once Falafel’s rule does not apply […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CXXIV

Frank DiMaggio_2020 Masters Div

Congratulations to Frank DiMaggio, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CXXIV. Frank defeated Irina Litzenberger in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Andrew Selby and Richard Griggs, Jr. 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 […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional CII

Dennis Lutz 2020_sm

Congratulations to Dennis Lutz, winner of the Advanced Divisional CII. Dennis defeated Kristian Mills in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were James Schothorst and Jerry Nussbaum. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. For more information about this […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CXXV

Peter Wisniewski- AdvDiv 17

Congratulations to Peter Wisniewski, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CXXV. Peter defeated Sol Sassoon in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Matthew Brown and James Schothorst. 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. […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Complex Containment

2020 - Experts 33

Unlimited Games. How should Red play 54? XGID=–aB-BB-C—-AAA–bcCbcbb-:2:-1:1:45:0:0:3:0:10 Once again, we look at the complex problem of containment. In this position Red has to balance making new points with an element of safety. White’s five-point home board means that Red cannot take many risks or he will lose a gammon. That means he cannot spread […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Match Play Enigma

2020 - Intermediates 33

Match Play. Red trails 2-3 to 5.  Should Red double? If doubled, should White take? XGID=–baBBB-B—bE–ab-db–a-B:0:0:1:00:2:3:0:5:10 If this was an unlimited game this would be a grossly premature double. However, the 3-away vs 2-away match score is a very different story indeed. Once the cube has been turned White’s gammons become irrelevant and, of course, […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XCIX

Max Levenstein Adv 2020-sm

Congratulations to Max Levenstein, winner of the Advanced Divisional XCIX. Max defeated Karl Sours in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Jeff Spencer and Kerry Remp. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. For more information about this […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CXXII

Jasper Watertor 2020

Congratulations to Jasper Watertor, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CXXII. Jasper defeated Andrew Selby in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Kevin Jones and Kiri Vala. 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. […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Time to go time?

2020 - Beginners 33

Unlimited Games. How should Red play 32? XGID=–B-bBC-D—bC–ac-dc—A-:0:0:1:32:0:0:3:0:10  This problem looks at the thorny issue of when to advance the last rear checker. Should the Red checker on the 24-pt start to run for home or should it be left out of harm’s way?  There are several factors that need to be considered, the race, […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional CXXIII

JanCerny

Congratulations to Jan Cerny, winner of the USBGF Masters Divisional CXXIII. Jan defeated Irina Litzenberger in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Steve Hills and Sourria Impraim Oglou. 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 […]

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