New USBGF Corporate Sponsor Gammon Guys Donates Artgammon Board for ABT Novice Winners and Offers Product Discounts to USBGF Members!

We’re delighted to let you know that the USBGF has a new corporate sponsor — Gammon Guys! We express our appreciation for their generous support with special thanks to their leadership Ed Corey, Ross Gordon, and Andrew Fazekas.

Gammon Guys has offered to provide a free luxury travel-size Artgammon backgammon board set (including matching cups, scoreboard, cube, and precision dice) to be awarded to the Novice division winner in all 2019 ABT tournaments with 10 or more Novice entrants in 2018. A custom luxury travel board has a value of $500.00 +shipping.

The Artgammon brand is all hand made by Ufuk Bozkurt, a wonderful Turkish craftsman who resides in Istanbul, Turkey. Ufuk’s boards are noted for their luxury, playability, beauty and durability.

In addition Gammon Guys will extend a 10% discount on Gammon Guys products to all current USBGF members. USBGF members may use the code USBGF in the discount coupon area at checkout.

Gammon Guys will also produce a customized USBGF board with USBGF logo and name which will be listed for sale in the USBGF website BG Shop.

USBGF Corporate Sponsor Criteria

If you are interested in becoming a USBGF corporate sponsor, please contact Karen Davis, Karen@usbgf. 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.

Proposed 2019 USBGF Rules Changes

The USBGF Rules Committee seeks public comment on a draft revision of the USBGF Tournament Rules, intended to take effect in 2019. This 30-day public comment period ends on July 18. You may email comments to rules@usbgf.org.

Proposed 2019 Rules: Proposed Rules effective 2019
Proposed 2019 changes relative to 2018 (marked up: Proposed Public Comment markup
Hover the mouse over highlighted text in the marked-up MS-Word document, to view comments that explain the rationale for each change.

The USBGF Tournament Rules have been in universal use for only 5 months, so it is too early to consider wholesale rule changes. Therefore, this year’s review has very limited scope. Specifically, there are only two kinds of changes being considered:

1) Clarifications. (No change to intent.) The goal is to clarify existing intent, remove ambiguity, or to state something explicitly that was stated only in the Ruling Guide, or that was generally presumed to be true.

2) Fixes due to misunderstandings. (Changes to intent.) These are changes to rules that were written as-is into the 2018 Rules last year only because a misunderstanding took place. Had that misunderstanding not occurred at that time, the rule would not have been written as it was.

All comments and suggestions for changes are welcome, but any that fall outside of the narrow scope defined above will be added to the growing list of notes for consideration in next year’s Rules review.

There are only two proposed rule changes that fall into category 2:
Picture taking: Eliminate the rule prohibiting picture taking in Clocks Preferred events when players agree not to use a clock.

Headphones: A player can no longer deny their opponent’s wish to use headphones, but must appeal to the Director who can review the facts and make an exception based on the particular circumstance.

Cordially,

Joe Russell
Chairman, Board of Directors
and
Richard Munitz
Chairman, Rules and Ethics Committee
U.S. Backgammon Federation

43rd Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Flint Area Backgammon Club invites you to the 43rd Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships at the Sheraton Detroit Novi from July 5 – 8. The room rate is $99 ($85 for Monday) if booked by June 20. Call Christian at 248-349-4897 for reservations. All main ABT events are scheduled, along with the Michigan Masters, the Open Doubles, Limited Doubles, Sandy Kaplan’s Seniors Special and Prince Barlow’s Junior Jackpot. The Michigan Summer Freeze-Out, Charity Blitz, and Frank Talbot’s Newcomer Free-Roll will keep you busy until the Firecrackers and Trophy Jackpots. BMAB (USA) event is set for Wednesday July 4 , so come early! Attend the Calcutta Auction and don’t miss the “Counting Magic” lecture by Art Benjamin and Phil Simborg. $500 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and 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.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.
Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $375 added
3rd Silicon Valley Open, August 31-Sept 3, Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose, CA, $375 added.
2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13-16, Hampton Inn, Montreal, Canada, $375 added.
Viking Classic,Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, The Element, Fort Lauderdale, FL $375 added.
Colorado State Championship, Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Oct 18-21, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

USBGF Los Angeles Open — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

It’s not too late to make plans to go to the Los Angeles Open, from June 22 – 24, at the Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Airport. They will take walk-ins. If you are playing in either the championship or intermediate jackpot, you must be in the playing room by Noon on Friday, June 22. If you are playing in the ABT Championship or Advanced, you must be in the playing room by 5:00pm on Friday. If you are playing Novice only, you should be in the room by 10:00am on Saturday, June 23rd.

For those of you who cannot make it to Los Angeles, there will be live streaming on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24. Register on Voice of Backgammon website for email notifications. Streaming can be found at: Voice of Backgammon.

All ABT events will be held, plus the Super 32 Jackpot, the Paul Dingwell Amateur Jackpot, Doubles, Seniors, and DMP events. The USBGF National Championship West competition runs throughout. A special event for novice players has TWO $50 prizes, given by the Backgammon Learning Center. Calcutta Auction is Friday night with Joe Russell as the auctioneer. Saturday’s FREE lecture by Michihito Kageyama (World #2) and Phil Simborg will start your day at 8:30am together with a light breakfast. $400 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and 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.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
Michigan Summer Championships, July 5-8 Sheraton Detroit Novi with $500 added.
Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $375 added
3rd Silicon Valley Open, August 31-Sept 3, Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose, CA, $375 added.
2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13-16, Hampton Inn, Montreal, Canada, $375 added.
Viking Classic,Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, The Element, Fort Lauderdale, FL $375 added.
Colorado State Championship, Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Oct 18-21, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

USBGF Advanced Divisional L

JimWallace

Congratulations to Jim Wallace, winner of the Advanced Divisional L. Jim defeated Dale Smith in the 17-point final. Jesse Anderson-Lehman and Genna Cowan 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.

See current online ratings at Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLII

takeru

Congratulations to Takeru Susa, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLII. Takeru defeated H. B. Drake in the 13-point final. Zarir Abede, Jr. and Timothy Dugan 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.
See current ratings at the Online Circuit Leaderboard.

June 9 – Brass City 2nd Annual Summer Regional Tournament (USBGF Added Money)

The Brass City Backgammon Club is pleased to announce that the US Backgammon Federation (USBGF) will provide added money to its 2nd Annual Summer Regional Tournament, June 9, 2018.

Location: 
Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department
65 Tucker Hill Road
Middlebury, CT
Registration: 10:00 AM                               Entry: $60 ($15 side pool)
Start: 11:00AM
Double-elimination format, 9-pt. matches / 9-pt. final (7-pt. matches in the consolation bracket) — all players are guaranteed at least two matches

•  $60.00 entry fee / optional $15.00 side pool

•  100% return (main and side pool) with $60.00 additional prize money added (courtesy of Brass City Backgammon)

•  Side events include a special board blitz (win a beautiful travel board, courtesy of Gammon Guys) and 5-point blitzes that will run throughout the day.

•  $15.00 hospitality fee includes a luncheon buffet (soda & water provided; you may bring your own beer or wine)

•  Registration begins at 10 AM – tournament begins promptly at 11 AM!

•  Trophies for first, second, and third place

•  This event will be played in accord with USBGF rules and will be a clocked event

•  Please bring your own board (and clock if you have one)

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new event to our 2018 Summer Regional Tournament! During the day, we will be having a “Board Blitz” tourney. For just a $25.00 entry fee, eight players will compete for a beautiful new Brass City Backgammon travel board (a $450.00 value), courtesy of Gammon Guys.

For More Information:
Al Cantitio, al@brasscitybackgammon.com

This is part of the USBGF Added Money Local Club Initiative. The winner of the added money (USBGF member) will *also* win an entry into the free-roll inter-club Championships in March 2019. The winner of that online event will win an entry into the ABT event of their choice. They will *also* be featured in an article in the PrimeTme magazine and have the finals match analyzed by an expert.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLVIII

Congratulations to Gary Zelmanovics, , winner of the Advanced Divisional XLVIII. Gary defeated Ray Cifani in the 17-point final. Dennis Lutz and Richard Stubbe 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 Intermediate Divisional XLI

GL Harvie_2018_sm

Congratulations to GL Harvie, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLI. GL defeated George Morse in the 13-point final. Ted Cetola and Konstantin Keresteliev 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 XLIX

Ken Indart_int_div-2017

Congratulations to Ken Indart, winner of the Advanced Divisional XLIX. Ken defeated Jim Wallace in the 17-point final. David Richardson and Steven Waller 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.

LCI Club Championships FINALS MATCH – Live Streaming

Gerry Tansey

Gerry Tansey

Gus Contos

Gus Contos

Well, it is here… (drum roll please)

Thursday, May 10 8PM Eastern Time

St. Louis (Gerry Tansey on Left) vs Gammon Associates (Gus Contos)

This match will be live streamed by the St. Louis Club on their YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVB3sp3y4ewXGuJVMScbjzg

Played on GridGammon

Come cheer on your club representatives. The winner of this match gets a free entry to the ABT event of their choice, coverage in a PrimeTime article a nifty certificate for their wall and the admiration of the members of all 22 participating Prime Clubs.
The finals match will also be analyzed by USBGF Expert Marty Storer.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS LCI TOURNAMENT SUCH A SUCCESS!!!

 

USBGF Advanced Divisional XLVI

Richard-Griggs-jr

Congratulations to Richard Griggs, Jr, winner of the Advanced Divisional XLVII. Richard defeated David Parks in the 17-point final. Manny Olszynko and John Antaki 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 Advanced Divisional XLVII

Irina Litzenberger

Congratulations to Irina Litzenberger, winner of the Advanced Divisional XLVII. Irina defeated Mario Savan in the 17-point final. David Parks and Jim Wallace 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.

38th Chicago Open — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The

38th Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament
will be from May 24 – 28 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Chicago/O’Hare. Rooms are $109 per night if reserved by May 14, so call 800-972-2494 or 847-954-8600 now to get the tournament rate. All ABT events are scheduled, plus the exciting USA vs Japan team event, the Faster Masters, Markowitz Masters, the Taki Board Tournament, Seniors Tournament, Blitz, and Unlucky Dice. There’s the Calcutta Auction and a Proficiency test, later reviewed by ‘Mochy’ Masayuki and ‘Michy’ Kageyama. Details at: http://www.chicagoopenbg.com/index-2.html

$500 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and 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.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!

Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, July 5-8 Sheraton Detroit Novi with $500 added.
Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $375 added
3rd Silicon Valley Open, August 31-Sept 3, Courtyard by Marriott, San Jose, CA, $375 added.
2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13-16, Hampton Inn, Montreal, Canada, $375 added.
Viking Classic, Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, The Element, Fort Lauderdale, FL $375 added.
•Colorado State Championship Oct 11-14, Holiday Inn East, Denver, $250 added.
6th Connecticut State Championship, Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT, $375 added.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XL

Denby Pettitt 2

Congratulations to Denby Pettitt, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XL. Denby defeated H.B. Drake in the 13-point final. Takeru Susa and Jim Young 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 February Monthly Circuit

H Gillis Nov2014 circuit

Congratulations to Harvey Gillis, winner of the USBGF 2018 February Monthly Circuit. Harvey won this single elimination tournament by defeating Steven Carey in the 17-point final match. Chris Krisilas and Andrew Hunter finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

St. Louis vs South FLorida – IT IS ON!!

Gerry Tansey

Gerry Tansey

Stacy Turner

Stacy Turner

Semi-Final Match in the LCI Inter-Club Championships!

Sunday April 22, 2018

8:00 AM Eastern Time

GridGammon

Come cheer on your club representatives in this semi-final match!

 

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIX

jeffrey cunningham 2018_sm

Congratulations to Jeffrey Cunningham, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXXIX. Jeffrey defeated G. L. Harvie in the 13-point final. Jesse Anderson-Lehman and H.B. Drake 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.

And then there were FOUR – Meet the USBGF Inter-Club Championships Semifinalists!

Gus Contos

Gerry Tansey

Gerry Tansey

Lynn Erlich

Lynn Erlich

Stacy Turner

Stacy Turner

Gus Contos

Gus Contos

Who will make it to the finals????

Semifinal Matches…

 

South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner)

vs

St. Louis Backgammon (Gerry Tansey)

 

New York City Backgammon (Lynn Ehrlich)

vs

Gammon Associates (Gus Contos)

 

When the matches are scheduled we will pass it along here…

 

[The Inter-Club Championships is an online USBGF tournament for the representatives of Local Prime Clubs who participated in the Local Club Initiative added USBGF money events at their local clubs. The winner of the Inter-Club Championships will win a free entry into the ABT event of their choice, get a snazzy certificate and will be featured in PrimeTime magazine. The finals match will be analyzed by BG Master Marty Storer.]

Chicago vs St. Louis – IT IS ON BABY!!

David Stein

David Stein

Gerry Tansey

Gerry Tansey

Chicago Bar Point (David Stein)
vs
St. Louis Backgammon (Gerry Tansey)

Quarter-Final match in the LCI Inter-Club Championships

Monday April 9

SafeHarborGames

7:30 PM Central

 

Come and cheer on your club representatives!!

 

January 2018 Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Michael Neagu, winner of the USBGF 2018 January Monthly Circuit. Michael won this single elimination tournament by defeating Grant Schneider in the 17-point final match. Laurence Sinitzky and Karen Davis finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here

Austin vs New York City – IT IS ON!!

Nick Blasier

Nick Blasier

Lynn Erlich

Sunday April 8 – 10:00AM  Eastern

GridGammon

 

Austin Backgammon (Nick Blasier) takes on New York City Backgammon (Lynn Ehrlich) in this Quarter Final match in the USBGF Local Club Initiative Inter-Club Championships!

Come cheer on your representative!

 

[The Inter-Club Championships is an online USBGF tournament for the representatives of Local Prime Clubs who participated in the Local Club Initiative added USBGF money events at their local clubs.  The winner of the Inter-Club Championships will win a free entry into the ABT event of their choice, get a snazzy certificate and will be featured in PrimeTime magazine.  The finals match will be analyzed by BG Master Marty Storer.]

Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship May 10-13 — Enjoy the Convenience of Registering Online!

The Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship will be held May 10 – 13. It is featuring online registration — you can choose to pay by credit card in advance, mail in a check, or pay by cash at the door all by registering for the tournament online. Choose whichever is most convenient for you — but do reserve now!

The tournament is directed by a first rate tournament staff team headed by Barry Silliman, long-time director of the Beltway Backgammon Club, assisted by Hall-of-Famer Kent Goulding, Ben Friesen, Julius High, Jeb, Robin, and Paul Horton; Andy Lindeberg will stream key matches throughout,

The Cherry Blossom will be held at a new venue this year — the exquisite Hyatt Regency Dulles, Herndon, VA. The $117 plus taxes special room rate is valid from May 10 – 13 when reserved by April 15 so act now to reserve online or call 1.888.421.1442. Space is limited so don’t delay!

Check the brochure and website for more details on all the terrific events. All ABT events are scheduled, plus jackpots galore including the Cherry Blossom Jackpot, George Washington Masters, Abraham Lincoln Open, Thomas Jefferson Limited, and Novice Jackpot. There’s a Hall of States/Embassy Row event for 3-player teams from the same state or country outside the U.S. The winner of the Senior Senators event plays off against the winner of the Young Politicos event. Beautiful trophies await!

Jeb Horton will direct a BMAB-USA event starting Wednesday evening May 9 at 6:30 pm and ending at 1 pm on Thursday May 10. Enter and gain points in four 11-point rounds toward grandmaster/master designation.

The USBGF Tournament of Stars invitational doubles event pairs Founding Sponsors with Giants, Backgammon Grandmasters, and ABT champions. Become a Founding Sponsor or upgrade to join in the fun!

The USBGF National Championship East has a free first entry for USBGF members with a beautiful FTH board prize to the winner; the winner will play against the winner of the USBGF National Championship West at the LA Open in June for the USBGF Grand Championship,

Marty Storer and Steve Sax, Backgammon Grandmasters will provide a teaching match on Sunday morning. A special Mother’s Day event on Sunday May 13 is set for all women players with flowers and cash to the winner.

There’s over $2500 added money and prizes including $500 from the U.S. Backgammon Federation for USBGF members, an FTH Board valued at $925, $1000 added money donated to a BluffGammon event, and $200 in the Alfred Mamlet Newcomer’s FreeRoll. USBGF members also receive a discounted registration fee. So join or renew your USBGF membership before you go.

All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a Bill Robertie book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial USBGF membership. Two-time world champion Robertie will speak at a Novice buffet dinner Saturday evening — so reserve your tickets when you register. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
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.
38th Chicago Open, May 24-28, 2018 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @O’Hare International Airport, Rosemont, IL with $500 added.
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, July 5-8 Sheraton Detroit Novi with $500 added.

USBGF Inter-Club Championships April 4 Status

We have completed the first 2 rounds of action and we only have 2 remaining matches to play in round 3.

http://usbgf.org/trny/drawsheets/?trny=411

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Round 4 – SemiFinals

South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner)

Gammon Associates (Gus Contos)

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Round 3 Matches

Chicago Bar Point (David Stein)
vs
St. Louis Backgammon (Gerry Tansey)

Austin Backgammon (Nick Blasier)
vs
New York City Backgammon (Lynn Ehrlich)

South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner) defeated Baltimore Backgammon (Ken Indart)
Gammon Associates (Gus Contos) defeated Backgammon By The Bay (David Levy)

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Round #2 Matches

New York City Backgammon (Lynn Ehrlich) defeated Flint Backgammon Club (Dan Wittkopp)

South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner) defeated Charlotte Backgammon (Jeb Horton)

Baltimore Backgammon (Ken Indart) defeated Twin Cities (Jeff Spencer)

Gammon Associates (Gus Contos) defeated Orange County Backgammon Club (Patrick Keene)

Backgammon By The Bay (David Levy) defeated Las Vegas Backgammon (Joe Apicella)

Chicago Bar Point (David Stein) defeated Colorado Backgammon (Myra Gazvoda)

St. Louis Backgammon (Gerry Tansey) defeated Houston Backgammon (George Morse)

Austin Backgammon (Nick Blasier) defeated Columbus Backgammon (Edwin Jones)

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Round 1 Matches:

Twin Cities Backgammon (Jeff Spencer) defeated New England Backgammon Club (Rich Sweetman)

South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner) defeated Northern Virginia Backgammon Club (Gary Fries)

Orange County Backgammon Club (Patrick Keene) defeated Hoosier Backgammon Club (Kevin Heacox)

Flint Backgammon Club (Dan Wittkopp) defeated Beltway Backgammon Club (John Klein)

Austin Backgammon (Nick Blasier)nblasier defeated Atlanta Northside Backgammon (Stuart Domeshek)

Chicago Bar Point (David Stein) defeated Connecticut Backgammon Club (Al Theriault)

Backgammon By The Bay (David Levy)BYE
Las Vegas Backgammon (Joe Apicella)BYE
Houston Backgammon (George Morse)BYE
St. Louis Backgammon (Gerry Tansey)BYE
Colorado Backgammon (Myra Gazvoda)BYE
Baltimore Backgammon (Ken Indart)BYE
Charlotte Backgammon (Jeb Horton)BYE
Gammon Associates (Gus Contos)BYE
New York City Backgammon (Lynn Ehrlich)BYE
Columbus Backgammon (Edwin Jones)BYE

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIII

David Richardson INT DIV38

Congratulations to David Richardson, winner of the USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXXIII. David defeated Elizabeth Liberty in the 13-point final. Max McCauley and Konstantin Keresteliev 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. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

Portlandia Backgammon Classic results

Mark Danburg-Wyld reports the results of the Portlandia Backgammon Classic, held on March 24-25 2018, in Portland OR

Ken Bame_Steve Sax
Championship (15): 1 – Ken Bame (CA), 2 – Steve Sax (CA), 1C – Michael Guida (OR), 2C – Nick Dale (OR), LC – Martin D’Alexander (OR)
Intermediate (17): 1 – Kevin McDonough (AZ), 2 – Steve Colmer (WA), 1C – Yves Balit (BC), 2C – Oggie Beremski (OR), LC – Joe Hutchinson (WA)
Mini Matches (24): 1 – Bryan Adams (OR)

Ken Bame, winner, received USBGF added money and will represent Portland in the USBGF Prime Club Championship online tournament.

Atlanta Spring Classic — $250 Added Money for USBGF members!

Atlanta Northside Backgammon Club presents the Atlanta Spring Classic from April 26 – 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn, College Park, GA. Reservations are $98 if made by April 5 so call 404-766-0303 to secure that rate. All ABT division events are scheduled, along with the Robert Wilensky Memorial Masters Jackpot, Atlanta Cup, Speedgammon, Doubles, Seniors Tournament, Jackpots and Mini-Matches. Arrive early for the Thursday Warm-Up.

$250 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and 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.

Also make a note of upcoming 2018 ABT tournaments with added money for USBGF members. Join now and be eligible for over $8000 in added money throughout the year!
U.S. Open, April 11-15, Flamingo, Las Vegas NV with $500 added.
Cherry Blossom Championship, May 10-13, Hyatt at Dulles Airport with $500 added.
38th Chicago Open, May 24-28, 2018 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @O’Hare International Airport, Rosemont, IL with $500 added
Los Angeles Open, June 22-24, Hilton LAX with $500 added.
Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, July 5-8 Sheraton Detroit Novi with $500 added.

Houston vs St. Louis – IT IS ON!!

Gerry Tansey

Gerry Tansey

George Morse

George Morse

Houston Backgammon (George Morse)
takes on
St. Louis Backgammon (Gerry Tansey)

Sunday 3/25/18 at 12 noon Central time
on GridGammon

Come and cheer on your local club representatives in this round 2 match in the Inter-Club Championships!!

Backgammon By The Bay vs Gammon Associates – IT IS ON!!

Gus Contos

Gus Contos

David Levy

David Levy

A true West-Coast throw down!

Backgammon By The Bay (David Levy) takes on 
Gammon Associates (Gus Contos)

Thursday March 22, 4PM Eastern on GridGammon

Come cheer on your local club representatives in this *Quarter-Final* match in the USBGF Inter-Club Championships!!

DAVID STEIN – USBGF Player Profile

David Stein

David Stein

I first learned to play backgammon in Law School at the University of Chicago, where I was lucky enough to have Dorn Bishop in my class.  He was delighted to teach us the game so that we could help pay his tuition.

Then a couple of years ago I started playing online where I ran into Phil Simborg and once we realized we both lived in Chicago he invited me to the weekly chou.  After I discovered how woefully unprepared I was to play in that game he became my teacher.

I also started attending the weekly Chicago Bar Point which is deftly and elegantly orchestrated by our director Amy Trudeau.  At the club and attending partially in 2016 I gained a few points and ended the year in 33rd place, 2017 on the other hand I ended the year in 5thplace making the team for the Illinois Challenge Cup.

I have attended a few ABT tournaments, but still have yet to cash.  I would have to say that Phil is a great part responsible for my progress in the game but also playing in a chou a couple times a week with the likes of David Rockwell, Herb Roman and Carter Mattig has also been quite a lesson.

And for the past year I was unbelievably fortunate to have been a student of the late, great Paul Magriel.  I know that Paul’s passing has been a great loss to backgammon, but I would like to say, for those people lucky enough to have known him, it was a greater personal loss.  Paul, you will be missed.

Points of Interest:

Home Club: BAR POINT CLUB (http://www.chicagopoint.com/bpc.html)

USBGF Nemesis  (no USBGF wins): Faddoul Khoury

USBGF Plaything  (no USBGF losses):  Howard Markowitz

 

[This is the next in a series of 22 Player Profiles for the USBGF representatives of their local clubs in the USBGF Inter-Club Championships. We will be posting one profile per day throughout the course of the tournament as a way of recognizing the USBGF players and promoting their local clubs.]