Don’t miss the 9th Atlanta Spring Classic May 18-21 at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

Atlanta Northside Backgammon presents the 9th Atlanta Spring Classic  May 18 – 21, 2017. Make your reservation at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel by 5:00 pm on May 6 to secure the $95 rate. Call 888-627-7046. All ABT events are scheduled, along with the Robert Wilensky Memorial, the Atlanta Cup, Doubles, Seniors, Jackpots, and Mini-Matches.

All Novice entrants 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. Come to Atlanta for great backgammon and friendly southern hospitality!

$500 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go or at the tournament.

In addition to the Atlanta Spring Classic the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
U.S. Open, Apr. 26-30, 2017, CHANGE OF HOTEL, Rio, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added
Wisconsin State Championship, Radisson Hotel, Madison WI July 21-23, $750 added.
Silicon Valley, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added
Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added
Florida State, Westin, Fort Lauderdale FL with $500 added Oct 6-8
Connecticut, Oct. 19-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added
Las Vegas Open,  Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added

JANUARY 2017 ONLINE CIRCUIT

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Congratulations to Igor Erovenko, winner of the January 2017 monthly circuit. Igor won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bruce Newberg in the 17-point final match. Jack LeProwse and David Kettler finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF Masters Divisional XLIII Winner

Congratulations to Karen Davis, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIII. Karen defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Cynthia Belonogoff and John Graas.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

Karen Davis, winner of July Online Circuit

USBGF Masters Divisional XLIV Winner

Congratulations to Richard Munitz, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIV. Richard defeated Martin Zizka in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Andrew Selby and Olga Ivanova.

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 Advanced Divisional XXXI Winner

Congratulations to Don Marek, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXXI . Don defeated Martin Filipi in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Peggy Neubig and James Allen. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLI Winner

Congratulations to Erwin Hom, winner of the Masters Divisional XLI.  Erwin defeated Mislav Kovačić in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Igor Erovenko and Kristijan Čuljat.

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 Masters Divisional XLII Winner

Congratulations to Bill Riles, winner of the Masters Divisional XLII. Bill defeated Ken Bame in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Jalil Khalili and John Graas. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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Don’t miss the U.S. Open Backgammon Championships at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel April 26-30  — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Nevada Backgammon Association will host the U.S. Open Backgammon Championships, April 26-30, 2017, at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel. Reserve your room by March 25 to secure the $89 rate. Call (888) 746- 6955. This ABT tournament will include Championship and Intermediate divisions, all of which have a Main Flight, Consolation and Last Chance. Side events are the Super and Limited Jackpots, Doubles and Seniors, along with the Blitz and Mini-Matches. Don’t miss the Calcutta Auction on Thursday at 11:00 am! Register now at Nevada Backgammon Association. $1000 additional money for USBGF members is available, so join or renew before you go. All Novice entrants 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.

In addition to the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added.
Atlanta Spring Classic, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added.
Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added.
Silicon Valley Open, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
Las Vegas Open,  Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXIX Winner

Congratulations to James Schothorst, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXVIII. James defeated Kamil Karaali in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Jerry Nussbaum and Martin Filipi. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXX Winner

Congratulations to Alessandro Pettini, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXVIII. Alessandro defeated Brian Hoeft in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Long Nguyen and Jason Marshall. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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Don’t miss the Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship, April 6-9 at Marriott Dulles Airport Marriott — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The new and exciting ABT Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship is set for April 6 – 9 at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport Hotel. Make your reservations by calling 1.800.228.9290 and mentioning Cherry Blossom Backgammon to secure the $109 daily rate plus taxes before March 14th. This ABT tournament includes Championship, Advanced and Novice flights, as well as the Cherry Blossom Jackpot, George Washington Masters Jackpot, and Abraham Lincoln Limited Jackpot. There is also  the Hall of States / Embassy Row Team Challenge with 3 players from same state or non-US country, the Senior Senators / Young Politicos, and the Alfred Mamlet Newcomers Freeroll.

The Tournament of Stars pairs USBGF Founding Sponsors with Giants of Backgammon and noteworthy players. A USBGF Blitz event will run throughout. The BMAB-USA Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, starting at 10:30 am — spaces are limited to 16 so let us know if you plan to play. On Sunday Victor Ashkenazi vs. Marty Storer will play a Teaching Match with commentary by Mochy Mochizuki. Jackpots and a Tavla Tournament – Middle Eastern Rules — will wrap up the tournament on Sunday. Come and enjoy all the fun! 

$1000 additional money for USBGF members is available, so join or renew before you go or at the tournament.

Tournament sponsor P-40 is providing a P-40 board to the Championship winner and will have an exhibit booth to demonstrate how to design a personalized backgammon board. Win a board in a P-40 Jackpot!

Donors are providing prizes for Advanced and Novice winners and a surprise tournament favor for all entrants! A silent auction will be held to raise funds for the U.S. Backgammon Foundation to support backgammon educational activities. Donated items to this 501c3 organization are tax-deductible.

You’ll love the beautiful trophies and chances to take home a Washington D.C. souvenir! Coveted free passes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture are available for Friday April 7 at 3 pm. Guests and novices should plan to catch the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday morning. A hospitality desk will help with arrangements.

A special event for novices is a private dinner with #1 Giant of Backgammon Masayuki (Mochy) Mochizuki on Saturday at 5 PM. All Novice entrants 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.

Backgammon Learning Center bootcamps will be offered on Wednesday April 5 from 1-5 pm and 7-11 pm.

Full details on the all the fun activities are at http://cherryblossombackgammon.com/brochure.pdf. Send a deposit to save your place in space-limited events.

In addition to the Cherry Blossom, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Viking Classic, March 9-12, 2017, at the Raddison Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added money.
U.S. Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30 – Jul 3, 2017, at the Sheraton Novi, MI with $1000 added money.
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
•Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
•Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

USBGF Masters Divisional XL Winner

Congratulations to Jalil Khalili , winner of the Masters Divisional XL. Jalil defeated Chris Trencher in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Edward Bauder and John Graas. 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 Advanced Divisional XXVIII

Congratulations to Peter Swartwout, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXVIII. Peter defeated Ron Lewis in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Kat Denison 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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Don’t miss the inaugural Viking Classic at Mall of America, March 9-12, Radisson Blu — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Twin Cities Backgammon Club will host the Midwest’s newest backgammon tournament, the Viking Classic, March 9 – 12 at the Radisson Blu, Mall of America in Minneapolis. Make your reservation by Feb 20 to secure the $139 rate. Call 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the Backgammon Club rate. ABT events include the Viking Novice, the Odin Open and the Thor Advanced. Check the requirements for the Grand Crystal Beaver XVIII, Longship Jackpot and Viking Funeral. Last chance (Valhalla) for Open and Advanced gives everyone another opportunity. The Gammon Stuff Board tournament is scheduled, with every entrant getting a Viking cube and the winner earns a hand-crafted FTH board. Sign up now for this exciting new tournament. http://www.vikingbackgammonclassic.com/schedule.html

$500 additional prize money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before or at the tournament.

Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

In addition to the Viking Classic, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Boston Open, Feb. 23-26, 2017, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor with $500 added.
Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added.
U.S. Open, Apr. 26-30, 2017, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, Sheraton, Atlanta, GA with $500 added
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added.
Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added.
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added.
•Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
•Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.

USBGF Masters Divisional XXXIX

Congratulations to Mislav Kovačić, winner of the Masters Divisional XXXIX. Mislav defeated Olga Ivanova in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Nino Martincevic and Karen Davis. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.Mislav Kovacic_rev_2016 Feb

USBGF December Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Jack Cohen, winner of the December 2016 Online Circuit. Jack won this single elimination tournament by defeating Berkant Bilgi in the 17-point final match. Jeff Proctor and Kerry Remp finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

Delta Airlines Discount for Tournament Travel!

We have negotiated a Delta Airline travel discount to backgammon tournament attendees in 2017. Blake Fleetwood has graciously organized this exclusive deal for the USBGF.
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November Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Olga Ivanova, winner of the USBGF 2016 November Monthly Circuit. Olga won this single elimination tournament by defeating John Gamalielson in the 17-point final match. Andreas Graf and David Rennie finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

Joe Russell Elected Chairman of USBGF; Karen Davis as President and Executive Director

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At its annual organizational meeting on January 26, 2017, the U.S. Backgammon Federation Board of Directors elected the following officers for 2017: Joseph Russell, Chairman; Karen Davis, President and Executive Director; Dorn Bishop, Vice-Chairman and Secretary; and Bill Riles, Treasurer. In assuming office as Chairman, Joe Russell thanked Bill Riles for his three years of service as President and Executive Director, noting the growth in membership over his tenure, the acquisition of the American Backgammon Tour, and the launch in 2015 of the American Backgammon Hall of Fame. In addition to his duties as Treasurer, Mr. Riles will direct the USBGF-ABT integration effort.
Joe Russell is well-known and highly regarded in the backgammon community both nationally and internationally. He won the World Backgammon Championship in 1989, and was finalist in 2016. He is praised not only for his exceptional talent over the board, but for his generosity of spirit, sound judgment, and creativity. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the founding of the U. S. Backgammon Federation in 2009.
In electing Karen Davis as President and Executive Director, Mr. Russell noted that the USBGF is in the hands of an exceptional leader with two decades prior experience heading a major philanthropy. She has been a driving force behind the evolution of the USBGF serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2010 and well-known to the membership and the backgammon community for her leadership, inclusiveness, and integrity.
Regards and best wishes,

Karen Davis
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

USBGF Masters Divisional XXXVIII

Congratulations to Igor Erovenko, winner of the Masters Divisional XXXVIII. Igor defeated Tim Boyd-Wilson in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Ergin Bayrak and Jalil Khalili. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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Don’t miss the 5th Texas Backgammon Championships! $1000 Added Money for USBGF Members!

The 5th Texas Backgammon Championships will be held at the Menger Hotel from February 2nd through 5th, 2017. Reserve your room before January 20th to guarantee the $117 per night group rate. 

The USBGF Awards Dinner, including awards to be presented to top American Backgammon Tour players for 2016 and the 2017 American Backgammon Hall of Fame Inductions, will take place on Friday, February 3rd. 

State-of-the-art dual live match streams will be ongoing from the start of the tournament and offered to viewers on USBGF Broadcast 1 and USBGF Broadcast 2. Simultaneous viewing of both live streams is available at Twitch – USBGF Broadcast 2.

Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Federation and a free 6-month trial membership from individual donors. Encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. Be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the 5th Texas Backgammon Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Boston Open, Feb. 23-26, Hyatt Regency, Boston Harbor, MA with $500 added
Viking Classic, Mar. 9-12, 2017, Radisson Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added
Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added
Cherry Blossom, Apr. 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added
U.S. Open, Apr. 26-30, 2017, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, Sheraton, Atlanta, GA with $500 added
Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added
Michigan Summer Championships, June 30-July 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added
Silicon Valley, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added
Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added
Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added
Las Vegas Open,  Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added
California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added

Cordially,

Bill Riles
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXIV

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Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXIV. Martin won by defeating David Parks in the 13-point final match. Eric Stippler and Carlos Pulido finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final match. 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 XXXVII

Congratulations to Igor Erovenko, winner of the Masters Divisional XXXVII. Igor defeated Kristijan Čuljat in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Edward Bauder and Ira Siegler. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.IgorErovenko_jh

October 2016 Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Scott Ward, winner of the USBGF 2016 October Monthly Circuit. Scott won this single elimination tournament by defeating Martin Filipi in the 17-point final match. Igor Erovenko and Antoinette-Marie Williams finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF Federation Cup

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The first USBGF Federation Cup tournament has been a terrific success, with Jeb Horton winning after overcoming David Kettler in a nail-biting final match of 21-20. Finishing 3/4 were Peter Wisniewski and Peggy Neubig. Congratulations to all who entered.

This free entry tournament is open to all USBGF members – including Premium, Youth, and Basic members and both U.S. and international members, who must win a 32-player qualifier bracket in order to obtain a place in the Playoff. The format consists of 17 point matches in the opening rounds. The single-elimination playoffs match lengths increase to 19 points in the semi-final and 21 points in the Federation Cup final.

2016 Online Master Point Leaders

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Congratulations to the 2016 USBGF Online Master Point top twenty on the USBGF Online Circuit! Igor Erovenko, Mislav Kovačić, and Zdenek Zizka claimed the first three spots.
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Elo ratings and USBGF Online Master Points are updated continuously, so follow your ranking.
Master points are acquired by winning matches and placing in events. Details on the master point system are available on the website. USBFG Master Point System
If you play in ABT tournaments or the USBGF Online Circuit, make a New Year’s resolution to move up in the master point lists in 2017! Get in the Game!

2016 USBGF Master Point Leaders

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Congratulations to the 2016 USBGF National Master Point top twenty! Not surprisingly, streaking Ed O’Laughlin finished in first place followed by Victor Ashkenazi and Jack Edelson. The All-time USBGF National Master Points Leader Board based on ABT events since 2009 is headed by Ray Fogerlund, Ed O’Laughlin, and Neil Kazaross.
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Check out the Leader Board under the Ratings tab on the website National Master Points & Elo Rating Leaderboard. Ratings are updated after drawsheets for each ABT tournament Main divisions and Masters/Limited Jackpot events are entered. Like the USBGF Facebook site Facebook.com/usbgf to be notified when a new ABT tournament is entered.

Elo ratings and USBGF Online Master Points are updated continuously, so follow your ranking.
Master points are acquired by winning matches and placing in events. Details on the master point system are available on the website USBFG Master Point System
If you play in ABT tournaments or the USBGF Online Circuit, make a New Year’s resolution to move up in the master point lists in 2017! Get in the Game!

USBGF Acquires the American Backgammon Tour

The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the American Backgammon Tour (ABT) from founder Bill Davis effective January 1, 2017.

The ABT – founded, organized, and managed by Bill Davis – has been an American backgammon institution since 1993. The USBGF is honored to be entrusted with the continuing distinction of the ABT and sustaining its historical legacy and significance to the game.

As in other mind sports and games, the USBGF believes it is critical to our mission — ” … advancing the awareness, participation, education and enjoyment of the skill-based game of backgammon.” – that a national organization takes the lead in increasing visibility, attracting new players, and enhancing the tournament experience. The addition of the ABT to the USBGF complement of resources and activities is an important development. The acquisition allows us to offer a richer integrated array of information, resources, and activities for all backgammon players. 

The USBGF looks forward to working with our members, the ABT tournament directors, and all players to continue and to enhance this significant component of the game. We expect 2017 to be a transition year with little change for the ABT. Bill Davis will work with the USBGF to continue providing his ABT Facebook posts of positions, information, humor, and insight. Moving forward, with input from players and directors, we will continue ABT enhancements to provide more services and assistance to directors and players – including director resources, scheduling, tournament certification, and recruitment for tournaments in new cities. We can better attract new directors by sharing our common experiences, data, and resources to make their jobs easier.

The 2016 ABT winners will be recognized with the presentation of their awards at the USBGF Awards Dinner at the 2017 Texas Backgammon Championships in San Antonio on February 3. Various USBGF Awards and the new American Backgammon Hall of Fame inductions will also be announced at that time.

Regards and best wishes,

Bill Riles
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

USBGF GammonSite Membership Promotion

The USBGF is offering a new Premium membership promotion through February 28, 2017 including a one-year GammonSite account with their USBGF membership. We will make the promotion available to all new and/or renewing Premium members who have acted since November 20, 2016.

GammonSite is an excellent backgammon server developed and operated by Xavier and Michelle Dufaure de Citres, the developers of the eXtreme Gammon software. Individuals can establish accounts on GammonSite and begin play immediately. GammonSite is an approved server for playing USBGF Online Circuit tournament matches. Feedback from USBGF members on Online Circuit matches previously played on GammonSite has been most positive. 

Members eligible for this USBGF membership GammonSite promotion include new Premium members, existing Premium members who renew or extend their memberships, and Founding Sponsors. Eligible members can go to the GammonSite website to register for their one-year membership — a USBGF membership tab is present. Existing GammonSite members can redeem their membership from Gammonsite members.

We hope this promotion accomplishes several objectives. The USBGF always seeks new members to grow and promote backgammon. The promotion provides USBGF members an introduction to an excellent backgammon server, directly associated with eXtreme Gammon software, which promises much improved customer service and outstanding features and graphics. The promotion allows all members to immediately establish an account and begin play.

Join the USBGF now, or renew your membership now, to take advantage of this unique opportunity provided by the USBGF and GammonSite. One may join the USBGF on-line usbgf.org/membership/join/ or contact any USBGF Board of Directors member for information and assistance.

Additionally, every USBGF member, including those not eligible for this one-year free GammonSite membership promotion, may obtain a special USBGF discounted GammonSite membership on their own at the USBGF tab at GammonSite.

The USBGF would like to express our appreciation to GameSite 2000 Ltd. for their cooperation and contribution in making this membership promotion and membership discount available to our members.

Important Note: The USBGF Online Circuit tournament system utilizes a single username per member. Members playing on more than one approved server should match their usernames as closely as possible on each server to facilitate player and opponent recognition. Please observe this request to minimize unnecessary complications.

Happy new year to you and your families!

Regards and best wishes,

Bill Riles
President and Executive Director
U.S. Backgammon Federation

Mark your calendar — Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship — April 6-9, 2017 — Marriott Dulles Airport

An exciting new ABT tournament — the Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship — will be held April 6-9, 2017 at the Marriott Dulles Airport in the Washington DC metropolitan area at the special rate of $109 plus taxes. We do hope you will mark your calendar now and make plans to attend. It will be professionally directed by Bill Riles, co-director of the Texas Backgammon Championships and President/Executive Director of the U.S. Backgammon Federation, assisted by experienced national tournament directors Barry Silliman, Robin and Jeb Horton, and Jason Lee.

Washington DC is a great tourist destination, and we are delighted to have obtained exclusive passes for 20 people to visit The National Museum of African American History & Culture on Friday April 7 at 3 pm. These tickets are unavailable to the general public, and will be made available to players and their guests on a first-come, first-serve basis so let us know right away if you want to attend. Our hospitality desk at the tournament, staffed by Larry Brown will also be available throughout the tournament to make arrangements for you and your guests to visit some of the many other Washington museums and monuments. 

There’s a jam-packed tournament schedule to fit the interests of every player. On Thursday April 6, there’s a BMAB qualifying event for grandmaster/master designated status directed by Jeb Horton (limited to the first 20 registrants). The Cherry Blossom Jackpot ($3000 entry fee in honor of the 3000 cherry trees donated to Washington DC by the mayor of Tokyo) starts at Noon on Thursday — limited to 16 registrants which are almost filled, so reserve now. George Washington Masters Jackpot ($500 entry) and Abraham Lincoln Limited Jackpot ($250) have two start times — one Thursday evening and one Friday afternoon. The fun continues with the Hall of States/Embassy Row team event (3 players from same state or non-US country) on Friday evening. The Main Championship and Advanced Divisions get underway Saturday morning with the Novice division starting Saturday afternoon to enable Novice players and guests to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Saturday morning. Senior Senators vs. Young Politicos event and USBGF Blitzes will start on Thursday with continuous entries. A Newcomer’s Freeroll on Saturday evening for first-time ABT players, and a Tavla Persian-style backgammon event and Jackpots on Sunday provide more opportunities to take home prize money for those out of the Main events.

You won’t want to miss the $1000 added money and the P-40 backgammon board provided by our P-40 sponsor awarded to the Championship winner, plus much more. So come and bring the family for a great visit to the Nation’s Capital. The special room rate ($109 plus taxes) is available 3 days before and 3 days after the tournament. So register now to secure your hotel room at the Marriott Dulles Airport. Print and submit the tournament registration form with a deposit to let us know you are coming and reserve space in limited registration events. Check out the Cherry Blossom brochure and Like the DCMetroBackgammon Facebook page to keep updated about details.

We look forward to hosting you as the cherry blossoms spring into bloom in Washington!