New USBGF Teaching Video

Check out the latest USBGF Teaching Video by Phil Simborg! Subject: End Cubes. Featured content exclusively for USBGF Premium, Novice, & Basic Members. You can see the full list of over 200 USBGF Teaching Videos here: Video Lessons.

You’ll need to be logged into the website as a member to access the video. Log in using your username and password. If you don’t remember your username, let us know at
info@usbgf.org. If you don’t remember your password, you can have your password resent to you from the upper right hand portion of the Home Page. You can then go to your profile in the membership tab and change it to something easy to remember. If you’re not a member or your membership has expired, please join or renew.

For Novice members, we highly recommend you check out an article in the Learn/Novices tab by Steve Sax, Backgammon is as Easy as 1-2-3. Steve makes it seem easy by noting the priorities are to make a point, hit the opponent, or escape a back checker, and if it’s not possible to do any of those, prepare to do so on the next roll!

USBGF Masters Divisional XLIX Match Winner

Congratulations to Martin Zizka, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIX online tournament.

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

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Leonida Zaloutskaya and Toby Tabet.
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 Live Streaming Sponsor — Backgammon World Championship in Monte Carlo 

 
The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) is pleased to announce that it is a Live Streaming Sponsor of the 42nd Backgammon World Championship. It has acquired a new state-of-the-art computer laptop to provide quality streaming of matches between the world’s Giants of Backgammon and elite players. This new capability will reach thousands of viewers on Twitch. It provides an opportunity for players at all levels to enjoy watching the finest level of play, and to improve their game by studying the matches of the best of the best under intense competitive pressure.

The use of the new streaming capability will be kicked off this summer July 30-August 6 at the 42nd Backgammon World Championships. More details on the USBGF streaming sponsorship is available here. As an example, Live Stream 1 on Twitch can be viewed here.
 
The new enhanced streaming capability will also be made available to select USBGF Prime Tournaments on an on-going basis.
 
We hope those enjoying the streaming will show their appreciation by donating to the U.S. Backgammon Foundation Streaming Fund PayPal account donations@usbgf.org, as well as by joining the U.S. Backgammon Federation or renewing membership.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXV Winner

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

Martin defeated Kat Denison in the 17-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Ben Yam and David Alaghebandzadeh.

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 XLVIII Match Winner

Congratulations to Ted Chee, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVIII online tournament.

Ted defeated Bob Azari in the 21-point final match.

Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Martin Zizka and Ray Bills.

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USBGF April 2017 Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Jan Cerny, winner of the USBGF 2017 April Monthly Circuit. Jan won this single elimination tournament by defeating Grant Schneider in the 17-point final match. Lynn Ehrlich and Faramarz Hashemi finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXVIII

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Congratulations to Pierre Viau, winner of the Intermediate Divisional XXVIII. Pierre defeated Michael Agranoff in the 13-point final. Joost Van Schijindel and Jaime Obregon 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.

Wisconsin State Championships July 21-23, 2017 — $750 Added Money for USBGF members!

Wisconsin Backgammon Club, is hosting the 15th Wisconsin State Championships, July 21 – 23, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Madison. Call the hotel (608) 833-0110 for reservations. This ABT tournament features the Badger Classic, Amateur Jackpot, Doubles, 5-pt Blitzes and 1-point Quickies, as well as Early Birds.

$750 additional money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew your membership before you go. Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-time one-year introductory Novice membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Come to Madison to experience the best of the Midwest and, of course, the best of backgammon!

In addition to the Wisconsin State Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
Montreal Open, September 15 – 17, 2017, at the Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport, with $500 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sept. 22-24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn-East, Denver, Colorado, with $500 added.
Florida State, October 5-8, 2017, at the Westin, Fort Lauderdale, FL with $500 added.
Connecticut State, Oct. 20-22, 2017, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
California State Championship, Dec 1 – 3, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.

Cordially,

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

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXVI

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Congratulations to Oscar Quiroz, winner of the USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXVI. Oscar won this single elimination tournament by defeating James Schothorst in the 13-point final match. Brian Holmes and Barbara McIntyre finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final match.

The USBGF Intermediate Divisional is a single-elimination tournament, requiring players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 or lower at the time of registration.

Draft USBGF Tournament Rules Posted for Public Comment

Proposed 2018 Rules
Proposed 2018 Rules Options
What Changed
Standards of Ethical Practice
 
The U.S. Backgammon Federation is inviting comments on proposed revised Tournament Rules. This revision was developed in close collaboration with a newly-established USBGF Tournament Directors Advisory Committee including Jeb Horton (chair), Ken Bame, Ted Chee, Carol Joy Cole, Patrick Gibson, April Kennedy, Troy Longman, and Kathy Weiner. We are extremely heartened that the Committee has unanimously supported the draft revised Rules as the initial proposal for a final Rules set slated for implementation in 2018. Please send comments by July 31 to rules@usbgf.org

This revision is in response to the comments and suggestions which the USBGF has received since the October 2016 Rules were issued for testing in 2017. The new draft Rules have been condensed to three pages. They will be accompanied by a Guide to the Rules that provides more details and rules covering situations that arise in rare instances. Information on how the new proposed rules differ from the 2016 USBGF Rules, see What Changed.
 
The USBGF Rules set includes use of the Legal Moves rule, but gives tournament directors the option of electing to use a “Responsible Moves” rule by announcing it in advance. The Rules include the “dice landing on checker” legal roll rule, but tournament directors have the option of announcing in advance that they will limit legal rolls to those landing flat on the board surface. Please review the proposed 2018 Rules Options document.
 
As indicated, these draft Rules are being posted for public comment over a 30-day period. Once the public feedback has been reviewed and any final changes incorporated, the final Rules will be submitted to the membership for ratification.
 
We would particularly like to thank Jeb Horton, chair of the USBGF Tournament Directors Advisory Committee and its members, for ensuring that concerns of tournament directors were addressed in the revision. We also thank tournament directors and players who tested the 2016 USBGF Rules and provided us with the benefit of their experience.
 
Finally, we extend our appreciation to Richard Munitz, Frank Talbot, and Neil Kazaross on the 2017 USBGF Rules Committee, who have led the work in synthesizing and assessing the merits of the extensive comments received from players and directors, as well as preparing the draft Rules for consideration by the USBGF Board and membership.
 
A widely-adopted, uniform set of rules will help promote fairness and consistency, reduce complexity and confusion, and provide greater comparability of statistical results across tournament experiences. We look forward to finalizing the Rules for use in 2018. Longer term we will be working with the international backgammon community to further the game we all love.

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

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIV Winner

Congratulations to James Allen, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIV online tournament.

James defeated Rafael Luis Palazzo in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Long Nguyen and Rodolfo Urdiain.

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 XLV Match Winner

Congratulations to Jeb Horton, winner of the Masters Divisional XLV. Jeb defeated Igor Krivokon in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Adam Prager and Joseph Russell.
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 XLVII Match Winner

Congratulations to Art Benjamin, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVII. Art defeated Karen Davis in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Chris Trencher and Jeb Horton.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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March Online Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to William Lonergan, winner of the USBGF 2017 March Monthly Circuit. William won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bruce Farquhar in the 17-point final match. Edward Bauder and Jerry Unger finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

42nd Michigan Summer Championships June 30-July 3, 2017 — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Flint Area Backgammon Club presents the Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships on June 30 – July 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Novi, Michigan. Call (248) 349-4000 or e-mail Christian at Christian to reserve your room by June 16 for best choice at the special $99 rate.

Start off with the Elite One-Day BMAB (USA) and Thursday Evening Warm-Up. All ABT events are scheduled along with the Michigan Masters and USBGF National Championship – East. The Michigan Charity Blitz, Last Chance Blitz, Talbot’s Newcomer Free Roll Jackpot, Sandy Kaplan’s Senior Special, Prince Barlow’s Junior Jackpot, as well as Sunday Firecrackers and Detroit Quickies will keep you hopping.

$1000 added money is available for USBGF members — split among the USBGF National Championship East ($500), Michigan Charity Blitz ($400), and Novice division ($100).   Join/renew online or at the tournament.. All first-time Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free introductory one-year trial membership. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.

Get up early for the lecture by Phil Simborg and John O’Hagan on Sunday morning.

Flint Area’s new sponsor, P-40 Backgammon, will award an $825 customized board to the 2017 Michigan Open Champion. Could you even consider missing this spectacular event? Check details at Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships

In addition to the Michigan Summer Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Wisconsin State Championship, at the Radisson Hotel, Madison WI July 21-23, $750 added.
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
Montreal Open, September 15 – 17, 2017, Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport, with $500 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn-East, Denver, Colorado, with $500 added.
Florida State Backgammon, Oct. 5-8, 2017 at the Westin, Fort Lauderdale, FL with $500 added.
Connecticut State, 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, 2017, at the Hilton LAX with $1000 added.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIII Match Winner

Congratulations to Mary Morse, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIII online tournament.
Mary defeated John Antaki in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Steven Waller and David Parks.
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 XLVI Winner

Congratulations to Kamil Karaali, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVI. Kamil defeated Andrew Selby in the 21-point final match.
Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Dmitriy Obukhov and Martin Zizka.
The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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37th Chicago Open May 25-29 — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

Book your room for the Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holiday Inn & Suites at O’Hare Airport Hotel, Rosemont, IL. Call 800-972-2494 before May 17 for the $106 group rate. The action begins on Thursday with the Backgammon Olympiad, followed by the Faster Master on Friday. Limited Jackpots and Seniors liven things up before the Markowitz Masters Qualifier, with Doubles and the Taki Board Tournament right behind. The winner of the Open will compete against the winner of the Intermediate for a customized P-40 board.

The U.S Backgammon Federation is donating $1000 added money to the 1-Point Quickie event for USBGF members. Join/renew online or at the tournament.

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 Chicago Open, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30 – Jul 3, 2017, at the Sheraton Novi, MI with $1000 added money.
Wisconsin State Championship, at the Radisson Hotel, Madison WI July 21-23, $750 added.
Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Sept 1 – 4, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, with $750 added money.
•Montreal Open, September 15 – 17, 2017, Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport, with $500 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn-East, Denver, Colorado, with $500 added.
•Florida State, Westin, Fort Lauderdale, FL 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.

USBGF February Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Adam Prager, winner of the USBGF 2017 February Monthly Circuit. Adam won this single elimination tournament by defeating PJ Macali in the 17-point final match. John Gamalielson and James Schothorst finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXII Winner

Congratulations to Carl Blumenstein, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXII online tournament.
Carl defeated Genna Cowan in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were James Schothorst and Manny Olszynko.
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 XXVII Winner

Congratulations to Patrick Domico, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXVII online tournament.
Patrick defeated Peggy Neubig in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Jerry Nussbaum and Gary Oleson.
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 Intermediate Divisional XXV

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Congratulations to James Schothorst, winner of the USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXV. James defeated Rudolpho Urdiain in the 13-point final. Stuart Cohen and Nick Saverino 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.

Don’t miss the 37th Chicago Open May 25-29 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at O’Hare Airport Hotel — $1000 Added Money for USBGF members!

There’s still time to book your room for the 37th Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, which will be at the Holiday Inn & Suites at O’Hare Airport Hotel, Rosemont, IL. Call 800-972-2494 before May 17 for the $106 group rate. The action begins on Thursday with the Backgammon Olympiad, followed by the Faster Master on Friday. Limited Jackpots and Seniors liven things up before the Markowitz Masters Qualifier, with Doubles and the Taki Board Tournament right behind.

Don’t miss the Calcutta Auction Saturday before the ABT Open, Intermediate and Novice events begin. Sunday’s Proficiency Test and Michy Michihito’s review of it on Monday wind up a busy but satisfying weekend.

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.

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

In addition to the Chicago Open, the USBGF is offering added money for members at upcoming ABT tournaments:
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
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
Montreal Open, September 15-17, Marriott Courtyard, Montreal Airport with $500 added.
Colorado State Championships, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added
Florida State, Westin, Fort Lauderdale FL with $500 added Oct 6-8
Connecticut State Backgammon Championships, Oct. 190-22, 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

Membership Vote – USBGF By-Laws – Cast your vote no later than 11:59 PM EDT Monday, May 15!

The USBGF Board of Directors proposes a revision to the existing By-Laws to permit the Chairman to vote on all matters before the Board. Specifically, the USBGF Board of Directors recommends revising the existing By-Laws of the organization to allow for the Chairman of the Board to cast a vote on all motions, and to require approval by at least a majority of voting Board members. Under the current By-Laws, the Chairman may cast a vote only in the event of a tie.

To vote, you must go to: usbgf.org/polls/by-laws/. You must first, as a member, log into the USBGF website to vote. Links on the ballot page will allow your review and consideration of the existing By-Laws and the proposed revised By-Laws.

The Board recommends your approval of the By-Laws revisions. Technical questions on registration and/or voting should be directed to Tara Mendicino. Questions or comments on the By-Laws can be posted on the USBGF forum on this website (we will monitor it frequently) or directed to me, Karen Davis.

Regards and best wishes,
Karen Davis
President and Executive Director

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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