Bray’s Learning Curve: An Anchor Question

Money Play. How should Red play 65?

8-13-18 Intermediate Position

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This sort of position often confuses even good players. Red was hoping to attack the White blot on his 4-pt but instead rolled this useless 65. How should he play it?

The instinctive reaction of the majority of my students when shown this position was to elect to hold the status quo with 8/3, 8/2. A few brave souls decided to risk a 3-shot and cleared the mid-point with 13/8, 13/7. This play has the merit of keeping those two checkers in play. About 10% chose the running play 21/10, exposing two blots. So which group was correct?

One of the things I stress to my students is that irrespective of how they conduct themselves in their day-to-day lives, when they play backgammon they have to be bold and fearless. That is easier said than done and it takes a long time to learn to adopt the correct persona over the backgammon board.

One of the best books for backgammon players was written 2,500 years ago! It is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, a Chinese army general. Backgammon is fundamentally a representation of war and many of Sun Tzu’s maxims apply as well today as when they were first written and browsing some of the quotes from the book will help anybody’s backgammon game.

Back to the position. 8/3, 8/2 buries two checkers (soldiers away from the field of battle are of no use) and does not improve Red’s position. 13/8, 13/7 is better but now the rear checkers are really stranded (a divided army fights inefficiently).

Red must make the bold play 21/10. This play follows the principles of war by engaging in a skirmish while you have superior forces (a stronger home board) and also follows the basic tenet of backgammon, “when ahead in the race, race”.

White’s sixes are duplicated and unless he manages to point on the Red blot in White’s home board, Red will have lots of counter play, including remaking the 4-pt anchor in some variations. The play forces White into a fight when he is not quite ready.

The XG rollout shows just how weak the two ‘do nothing’ plays are. In XG terms they are both triple blunders, precisely the type of mistake none of us can afford to make.

21/10 looks risky and we are taught to only give up anchors after long thought but here it should be very clear it is the right play following the right game plan. If White rolls 66 so be it, you will just know it is not your day!

Rollout Information from Extreme Gammon

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We are excited to announce a new online series by author Chris Bray. Visit the USBGF Facebook page every Monday to test your knowledge. Come back on Tuesday to see the answer and get sharp insight that you can apply to your game. Here is this week’s backgammon problem:

Money Play. How should Red play 65?

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Watch the Paul Magriel Tribute Video

Please enjoy the Paul Magriel Memorial – Tribute to the Father of Modern Backgammon by Robert Wachtel

Robert Wachtel

Robert Wachtel

The video was produced and funded by the Paul Magriel Memorial Committee including members Blake Fleetwood, Perry Gartner, Phil Simborg, and Mike Svobodny. A list of contributors may be found on paulmagriel.net/tribute-contributors. PayPal donations may be made to the account Perry@Brennerintl.com. Robert Wachtel (pictured) wrote and narrated the script. Daniel Barre of Realist Films was the videographer, editor, and director.

The video was conceived for and used in a condensed version at the Paul Magriel Memorial Tribute on July 31, 2018, during the Backgammon World Championship in Monte Carlo. A complete film of the entire Monte Carlo tribute will be available for viewing in September.

Many thanks to all for this wonderful memorial of the father of modern backgammon!

 

 

 

Bray’s Learning Curve: Early Game Dilemma

Money Play. How should Red play 31? 

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For this first column I am going start at the beginning of the game. This position is reached after Red opens with 31: 8/5, 6/5 and White responds with 32 which he has correctly played 24/22, 13/10. If your opponent opens with 31 it is very often correct to split the rear checkers as soon as possible. Red now has to play another 31.

Newcomers to the game will quite likely play 13/10, 6/5, unstacking the two heavy points and getting a good distribution of checkers. Unfortunately, this move and the more aggressive 24/21, 6/5 are both bad blunders. In backgammon there are errors (a mistake but not a huge one) and blunders, which are very bad mistakes and to be avoided if at all possible.

In the opening we try to do three things: make new points, unstack the heavy points (the mid-point and the 6-pt) and get the rear checkers moving. There is a fourth possibility when replying to the opening move and subsequently and that is to hit an opposing checker and send it to the bar. If your opponent opens with 32, played 24/21, 13/11, and you respond with 64 I am sure you will hit 24/14*.

What beginners often do not realise, because they have yet to learn the tactic, is that a hit in the home board can often be the correct play. It may seem counter-intuitive to give your opponent a direct shot at a home-board blot because if it is hit you lose a lot of ground in the race. However, that is negative thinking which is to be avoided whenever possible in backgammon.

The key to hitting in the opening phase of the game is that it takes away half (or sometimes all) of your opponent’s next roll as he must first enter his hit checker from the bar. He might return hit one of your checkers but unless he rolls a double he won’t be making any new points in his home or outer boards (he might make an anchor in your home board).

In the opening taking tempo (time) from your opponent is very important. If he is busy dealing with your threats he won’t have time to develop his own threats.

The correct answer to this week’s problem is 24/23, 6/3*. This move activates the rear checkers, unstacks a heavy point and puts your opponent on the bar – not bad for one simple play! On four of your opponent’s rolls (66, 55, 65 and 56) you will be delighted with the outcome. He will return hit you with sixteen rolls but that’s no disaster as he has no home board. With double 1s he will play bar/23, 6/5(2). He misses with the other fifteen rolls after which you will have a good advantage.

An expert will play 24/23, 6/3* here without even thinking but as a beginner you have to understand the reasoning and then make the play. Once you have learnt the technique it will become second nature.

If you extend this concept you will understand why after your opponent opens with 52, played 24/22, 13/8, and you respond with 64, the correct play (although only just) is 13/3*. In summary, the opening is largely about tempo.

–Chris Bray

Rollout Information from Extreme Gammon

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2nd Montreal Open — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

The 2nd Montreal Open, Sept 13 – 16, will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Montreal. Rooms are $165 CAN ($129 USD) per night and must be reserved by August 15. Call 866-633-8243 to book your space.

In addition to all ABT events, the Concordia Jackpot, the Hochelago Jackpot, the Mohawk Jackpot, the Iroquois Blitz, Jacques Cartier Pre-tourney and Champlain Quickies are scheduled. Chouette Tournament, Quebec Doubles and the Old Montreal Seniors round out the weekend.

$375 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive free one-year trial USBGF 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!

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.
Viking Classic,Sept 27-30, Renaissance, Bloomington MN, $375 added.
Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship, Oct 4-7, Circ Hotel, Hollywood, 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.

3rd Silicon Valley Backgammon Open — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

The
3rd Silicon Valley Open will be at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, August 31 – September 3. Rooms are $110 single or $130 double. Call 408-383-3700 and make your reservations by August 16 to secure this special rate. All ABT events are scheduled plus the 49ers Gold Rush, the Limited Jackpot, Older and Wiser vs. Young Guns, Blitzes, Doubles, and Ted Chee’s Bounty.

$375 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive free one-year trial USBGF 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!

Wisconsin State Backgammon Championship, August 24-25 Radisson, Madison WI, $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, Circ Hotel, Hollywood, 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 Intermediate Divisional XLV

Zarrir Abede Jr 2018

Congratulations to Zarrir Abede, Jr., winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLV. Zarrir defeated Tom Courts in the 13-point final. Stephanie Cochinos and James Timoney 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 Online Circuit Leaderboard.

Wisconsin State Backgammon Championships — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Madison Backgammon Club presents the Wisconsin State Backgammon Championships, August 23 – 26 at the Radisson Hotel Madison. Rooms are $104 per night if reserved by July 24. Call 608-215-4597 now. All ABT events, plus the Badger Classic, the Amateur Jackpot, Early Bird Jackpot, Doubles, 5-point blitzes and Quickies will keep you hopping. Full details available at http://madisonbg.com/index.php/wsbc.

$375 added money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before you go. All first-time Novice entrants at the tournament will receive free one-year trial USBGF 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!
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 Intermediate Divisional XLIV

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Congratulations to Keith Remels, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLIV. Keith defeated H.B. Drake in the 13-point final. Elizabeth Liberty and Shannon McKinney 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 Online Circuit Leaderboard.

USBGF April Monthly Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Alfred Mamlet, winner of the USBGF 2018 April Monthly Circuit. Alfred won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bob Stringer in the 17-point final match. Mario Savan and Martin Filipi finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match. See the Online Circuit Leader Board posting here.

USBGF Advanced Divisional LI

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Congratulations to GL Harvie, winner of the Advanced Divisional LI. GL defeated Jesse Anderson-Lehman in the 17-point final. Kerry Remp and Long Nguyen 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 latest standings: Leader Board.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XLIII

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Congratulations to H.B. Drake, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XLIII. H.B. defeated Michael Valliere in the 13-point final. Tom Courts and Ira Gardner 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 Online Circuit Leaderboard.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.