March 20 Update – USBGF Inter-Club Championships

Brackets can be found here:

http://usbgf.org/trny/drawsheets/?trny=411
Round 1 Matches – Complete!

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

 

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)

Houston Backgammon (George Morse)
vs Sunday, 3/25/18, at 12 noon Central time, on GridGammon
St. Louis Backgammon (Gerry Tansey)

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

Columbus Backgammon (Edwin Jones)
vs
Austin Backgammon (Nick Blasier)
Round 3 Matches

South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner) defeated Baltimore Backgammon (Ken Indart)

Backgammon By The Bay David Levy
vs Thursday March 22, 4PM Eastern on GridGammon
Gammon Associates Gus Contos

New York City Backgammon (Lynn Ehrlich)

 

Round 4 – SemiFinals

South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner)

GARY FRIES – USBGF Player Profile

Gary Fries

Gary Fries

Gary Fries has been on fire of late, winning the Northern Virginia Backgammon Player of Year for the last four years competing against a Beltway powerhouse that includes Ed O’Laughlin, Frank Raposa, Bill Finneran, Bahman Zandi, and Karen Davis, among others. He won the Open event with 86 entrants at the Nordic Open in 2014 as well as the Warm Up tournament with 90 entrants. He won the Pittsburgh ABT Championship in 2010 and the International Cup in Las Vegas in 2004.  He finished second in Texas Championship in 2016, and second in Wisconsin in 2003.

Now retired, when not playing backgammon, he umpires Little League, conducts wine tastings, golfs, and enjoys gourmet meals and a nice bottle of wine with his wife Stephanie.

Points of Interest:

Home Club: NORTHERN VIRGINIA BACKGAMMON CLUB (https://sites.google.com/site/novabackgammon/)

ABT Nemesis  (no ABT wins): Karen Davis and 18 others tied at 0-1

ABT Plaything  (no ABT losses):  Victor Ashkenazi

[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.]

Elite 8 Match Baltimore (Ken Indart) vs South Florida (Stacy Turner) – IT IS ON!!

Ken Indart

Ken Indart

Stacy Turner

Stacy Turner

South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner)
vs
Baltimore Backgammon (Ken Indart)

Sunday March 18 8pm EDT on GridGammon

Come cheer your club representatives onward to the final 4!

[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.]

DAN WITTKOPP – USBGF Player Profile

Dan Wittkopp

Dan Wittkopp

I learned to play while living in Costa Rica from 2008-20013 when I had the good fortune to play in a regular chouette with a group of native Spanish speaking players including Antonio Ortega.  In those sessions I received two lesson, backgammon and Spanish.

I now live in Traverse City, Michigan which is a 3 hour + drive from Flint.  I try to get there to play a few times a year.  This year I am planning on playing in the ABT tournaments in Chicago, Novi and Flint.

My best results in ABT tournaments were:

1st in Advanced Division in Madison ABT 2015

Limited Doubles winner with partner Nick Blasier in Michigan ABT 2015

Thank you and USBGF for supporting the local club championships and organizing the tournament.

 

Interesting Points:

Home Club: FLINT AREA BACKGAMMON CLUB (http://www.flintbg.com/index.html)

USBGF Nemesis  (no USBGF wins): Patty Knapp

USBGF Plaything  (no USBGF losses):  Patrick Gibson

[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.]

Las Vegas vs Backgammon By The Bay – IT IS ON!!

David Levy

David Levy

Joe Apicella

Joe Apicella

Round 2 of the USBGF Inter-Club Championships

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

Monday March 19, 1PM Pacific Time

Gridgammon

Come watch and cheer on your club reps in this West Coast throw-down!

[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.]

KEVIN HEACOX – USBGF Player Profile

Kevin Heacox

Kevin Heacox

I took up backgammon in the 70’s, after playing chess for a while, because if you lose at chess, how do you shift the blame? Drifted away and came back to my local club in the late 2000’s. My first ABT event was Peoria in 2012, where I won the consolation bracket of the Prairie Classic. Since then ABT success has been thin on the ground, a Last Chance here, an Amateur Jackpot there, my ABT record is 64-62. My Larsen/Silliman rating is 487. I do OK at my local club, though. My amusing backgammon anecdotes are unfortunately too embarrassing to share publicly.

From his club director Sean Garber:

Kevin is retired. He is an avid disc golf player and baseball fan. He is also a promoter of backgammon. Kevin will volunteer to do just about anything for a new player.

Points of Interest:

Home Club: HOOSIER BACKGAMMON CLUB (https://www.meetup.com/Hoosier-Backgammon-Club/)

USBGF Nemesis  (no USBGF wins): Max Levenstein

USBGF Plaything  (no USBGF losses):  Steve Hairgrove

[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.]

Twin Cities vs Baltimore – OH YEAH, IT IS ON!!!

Ken Indart

Ken Indart

Jeff Spencer

Jeff Spencer

Twin Cites Backgammon (Jeff Spencer, aka Bingo)

Baltimore Backgammon (Ken Indart)

Wednesday March 14, 8PM Eastern

Gridgammon: Spencemeiste vs JetGuy

 

Come cheer on your local club representative in the round 2 match of the USBGF Inter-Club Championships!

[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.]

 

March 12 Update – USBGF Inter-Club Championships

The brackets can be seen here:

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

Round 1 Complete

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

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAVID LEVY – USBGF Player Profile

David Levy

David Levy

David began playing tournament backgammon in San Francisco in the late 1970s and became a Senior Master in the Pacific Backgammon Association. More recently he was Backgammon by the Bay Player of the Year for 2003, 2007, and 2016. He actively collects books on gaming, including more than 100 backgammon books. A highlight is a rare copy of Edmond Hoyle’s Short Treatise on the Game of Backgammon (1743), the first instructional book on the game. He also has several dozen books from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries on trictrac, a French game played on a backgammon board.

David has been researching and writing about the publications of Edmond Hoyle for the past decade. His blog has 125 essays about all aspects of gaming literature generally and Hoyle specifically. Backgammon players may be interested in “Eighteenth Century Backgammon Literature.”

He has also written Soumille, named for the most important trictrac author, a neural net program that plays trictrac and is a Bronze Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League.

Points of Interest:

Home Club:  Backgamon By The Bay (BGBB) http://www.siliconvalleyopenbg.com/bgbb.html

USBGF Nemesis  (no USBGF wins): Jeremy Bagai

USBGF Plaything  (no USBGF losses): Ted Chee!!

[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.]

MYRA GAZVODA USBGF Player Profile

Myra is representing the Colorada Backgammon Club in the Inter-Club Championships.  She graciously shared the following about herself and backgammon.

I lived to play games when I was young and had played backgammon a couple times. Forward 30 years and I started playing online on a site called “play65” (I have no clue what compelled me), I got a virus in my computer. My tech guy fixed it and said it was from “play65”. I thought, hmmmm, there must be people who play live, so I googled it and found the Colorado Backgammon Club! That was 2009 and I’ve been playing regularly ever since. I really like to play and find it interesting that people who have played for many years and are excellent players continue to learn and grow since there is a lot to the game. I also married a backgammon player, Ed Gazvoda, who plays with Colorado Backgammon Club too.

 

Points of Interest:

Home Club: COLORADO BACKGAMMON CLUB (http://coloradobackgammon.com/)

USBGF Nemesis  (no USBGF wins): Michelle Martinez

USBGF Plaything  (no USBGF losses): Parker McClure

[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.]

Chicago Bar Point vs Connecticut – IT IS ON!

Al Theriault

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David Stein

David Stein

Round 1 of the USBGF Inter-Club Championships

Chicago Bar Point Club (David Stein)

Connecticut Backgammon Club (Al Theriault)

Monday March 12, 6pm Eastern

Safe Harbor Games – USBGF room

Come watch the match live on Safe Harbor Games or watch for live updates on Facebook!

[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.]

JEFF SPENCER – USBGF Player Profile

Jeff Spencer

Jeff Spencer

Known to those closest to him as “evil incarnate”, he is as clever as the devil but twice as pretty. This Minnesota homegrown prince of darkness recently deployed his dark arts and 45 years of backgammon training to win the advanced division of the 2017 Wisconsin State Championships. He was part of the Minnesota wave that took Wisconsin by storm. Taking Jeff’s lead, the Twin Cites Backgammon Club placed first in every event at that tournament. This cherubic-looking fiend also had a good showing at the first Viking Backgammon Classic in 2017, winning the Gammon Stuff board event and cashing in two others. He brings his trophy board to the club each week, just to taunt them.

Despite his ruthlessness over the board, his angelic side wins out when it comes to pitching in to help. He has served as a substitute director for the MN local Monday Night Backgammon as well as authoring and leading beginner lessons.  He loves the social aspect of the game and working with newcomers. Recently when we had several new faces show up at our club and he organized a 50-cent full-consulting chouette.  Experienced players came in and out over the course of the evening and a good time was had by all.

In the early 90’s Jeff, along with Ray Bills, built a small backgammon club in Rochester, MN. They still meet on Tuesday nights — affectionately known as “the toughest $2 chouette in the world”. During that time Jeff was doing a side gig as a clown for kid’s birthday parties. One day Jeff — still in makeup and costume as “Bingo” — came to the chouette which was played in a restaurant/bar among other diners. The place was packed, with lots of kids pointing and giggling at Bingo playing a game nearby.  At one critical point Jeff missed a triple shot and yelled out “F*********”, pounding the table with his fists.  When one of the players tried to calm him down by saying c’mon Spence, think of the kids, Spence stood up on a chair and yelled to the room “F*** the kids!”

Watch out for this one . . . you have been warned!

Points of Interest:

Home Club: TWIN CITIES BACKGAMMON CLUB

Website: http://www.twincitiesbackgammon.org/

USBGF Nemesis (never won): Ray Bills, as in the person making this post! :-)

USBGF Plaything (never lost): Judy Field

[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.]

U.S. Open Backgammon Championships — $500 Added Money for USBGF members!

The Nevada Backgammon Association presents the U.S. Open Backgammon Championships at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, April 11 – 15, 2018. Call 888-373-9855 by March 12 to secure the $75 rate, except for Friday and Saturday, when rooms are $139. All ABT events are scheduled, along with Super and Limited Jackpots, Doubles, Seniors, Blitz and Mini Matches, and the Calcutta Auction. Don’t miss Carter’s 50th Birthday Bash set for 6:00 PM Thursday. Details at http://nvbg.com/

$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!
24th Ohio State, March 16-18. Cleveland Marriott Airport Hotel. $500 added
Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 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.

Stuart Domeshek – USBGF Player Profile

Stuart Domeshek

Stuart Domeshek

Stu learned to play backgammon while in college and quickly became a competitive player in the Atlanta backgammon scene in the late 1970’s. His time in the US Navy after college (nuclear fast attack submarine officer) and civilian career in technical sales and commercial/business leadership roles kept him away from the game for the next 2+ decades. However, he re-emerged on the Atlanta backgammon scene about 6 years ago, consistently finishing in the top 5 player point count. Stu is a Bronze Level USBGF Sponsor since 2014 and has played in several ABT events including the Texas Backgammon Championships, Cherry Blossom Championship and Carolina Invitational Backgammon Championships.

Stu was the Atlanta Cup Champion during the Atlanta Spring Classic for 2016 and 2017. As the Atlanta backgammon champion for 2017, he looks forward to proudly representing the Atlanta Northside Backgammon Club in the USBGF Inter-Club Championships!
Points of Interest:

Home Club: ATLANTA NORTHSIDE BACKGAMMON CLUB

Website: http://northsidebg.org/

USBGF Nemesis (never won): Vadim Musaelyan

USBGF Plaything (never lost): Rollow Mickle

[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.]

Friday March 9 Status of the USBGF Inter-Club Championships

Brackets can be viewed here:

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

 

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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) defeated Atlanta Northside Backgammon (Stuart Domeshek)

Chicago Bar Point (David Stein)
vs Monday March 12, 6PM SafeHarborGames USBGF room
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

 

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Round #2 Matches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Round 3 Matches

New York City Backgammon (Lynn Ehrlich)

Gerry Tansey – USBGF Pʟᴀʏᴇʀ Pʀᴏꜰɪʟᴇ

Gerry Tansey

Gerry Tansey

[This is the first 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.]

Although Gerry Tansey has been the Player of the Year in St. Louis for three straight years, he has never won an ABT main event.  Oh sure, he did win the 2017 Backgammon Olympiad and the 2013 Land of Lincoln Masters.  He’s also finished 2nd in a couple of main events, and he’s been among the top ten scorers in the world on Mochy’s Proficiency Test.  But.  Not.  One.  ABT.  Win.

It’s almost as though he’s trying not to win.  Case in point:  Gerry chose to start out the 2015 Chicago Open by winning his first seven matches.  He then proceeded to lose his next four matches to finish out of the money.  To commemorate this epic collapse, Gerry bought the backgammon board that he uses to this day.  Really, who does that?

When he’s not playing backgammon on Tuesday nights, Gerry likes to play trivia…on Tuesday nights…in the same bar.  He doesn’t take a prize in that contest either, even though he does often outscore the rest of the bar.  We think he’s allergic to money.

Points of Interest:

Home Club: St. Louis Backgammon Club (http://www.stlgammon.com/)

Winner 2013 Lincoln Masters at the Illinois State Championships

USBGF Nemesis  (no USBGF wins): Rory Pascar

USBGF Plaything  (no USBGF losses): John O’Hagan

Northern Virginia vs South Florida – IT IS ON!!

2014 Stacy Turnergary fries

Northern Virginia Backgammon Club (Gary Fries)[photo facing left] will be taking on South Florida Backgammon Club (Stacy Turner) in a round 1 match of the Local Club Initiative Inter-Club Championships!

When: March 8, 2017 at 4PM Eastern

Where: Safe Harbor Games (USBGF Room)

Come and cheer on your local club representatives!

Paul Magriel – July 1, 1946 – March 5, 2018

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The author of the “Bible” of Backgammon, Paul Magriel, passed away at his home in Las Vegas Monday afternoon March 5, 2018. His name has been synonymous with backgammon since the publication of his groundbreaking book Backgammon in 1976, which is still viewed as backgammon’s leading text.The original backgammon celebrity, he helped popularize the game. He was inducted into the American Backgammon Hall of Fame in 2015. He won the World Championship in the Bahamas in 1978 and was voted to the 32 Giants of Backgammon list eight consecutive times from its inception.
We extend our condolences to his family, many friends, and those in the backgammon community who admired and learned from his work. He will be deeply missed.

24th Ohio State Backgammon Championships — $375 Added Money for USBGF members!

Don’t miss the Ohio State Backgammon Championship, set for March 16-18 at the Cleveland Marriott Airport. Rooms are $99 a night if reserved by March 8. Call 800-627-7468 directly. Schedule includes the Ohio State Masters and the Amateur Jackpot as well as the Doubles Event and all ABT events. Calcutta Auction and lecture by Phil Simborg are on Saturday morning. See Ohio State Backgammon Club website for details.

$375 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
Atlanta Spring Classic, Hilton, College Park, GA April 26-29 with $250 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.

2017 December Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Igor Erovenko, winner of the USBGF 2017 December Monthly Circuit. Igor won this single elimination tournament by defeating Peter Wisniewski in the 17-point final match. Long Nguyen and Alfred Mamlet finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.
See the Online Circuit Leader Board postings at here.

Flint Area vs Beltway IT IS ON!!

John Klein

John Klein

Dan Wittkopp

Dan Wittkopp

Beltway Backgammon (John Klein on left) takes on Flint Area Backgammon (Dan Wittkopp) in round 1 of the Inter-Club Championships.

When: March 6 at 8PM Eastern time on GridGammon

Come cheer your club representatives on gridgammon gandydancer vs 66fromthebar or look for updates and possible streaming of the match on facebook.

Atlanta Northside vs Austin IT IS ON!!

Stuart Domeshek (left)

Stuart Domeshek (left)

Nick Blasier

Nick Blasier

 

Atlanta Northside (Stuart Domeshek) takes on Austin (Nick Blasier)  in this round 1 match of the Local Club Initiative Inter-Club Championships!

When: Saturday March 10 at 6PM Eastern time

Where: GridGammon (golddolphins vs nblasier)

 

Come and watch the match live in GridGammon and monitor USBGF Facebook for possible live streaming for those without GridGammon access.

 

Twin Cities vs New England – IT IS ON!

spence

Jeff Spencer

Rich Sweetman

Rich Sweetman

 

Tuesday March 6 at 9PM Eastern on GridGammon

Come cheer your local representative in this round 1 match of the Inter-club Championships.

Those of you with GG accounts can come watch the match directly (Spencemiester vs SweetRolls) and if possible I will live stream it on Facebook as well.

Inter-Club Championships Posted!!

Dates/Times/Location posted when known…

Round #1 Matches

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

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

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

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

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

Atlanta Northside Backgammon (Stuart Domeshek)
vs
Austin Backgammon (Nick Blasier)

 

Round 1 BYEs

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

 

Round #2 Matches

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

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

Socrates knew a thing or two – OLM the USBGF Member Benefit you never heard of!

“what is the meaning of life?”

“When do you leave your anchor?”

“On the Final Roll do you double from 2 away 4 away with 2 on the deuce?”

Questions that would do Socrates proud.  The Socratic Method – Question, Answer, Debate, Learn!

[The is MSA (Member Services Announcement) #1, the first in a series of articles covering USBGF membership benefits]

One of the best kept secret USBGF Membership Benefits is the OLM (OnLine Match), as described by OLM Moderator Jason Lee:

I’m the moderator of the USBGF OLM, which has been in action since 2012.  The USBGF Members play a match against Neil Kazaross, at the pace of one move per day.  There is a vote each day on the move to make.  Think of the OLM as a giant consulting match — Neil Kazaross vs. the collective mind of the USBGF Members.

I have an email mailing list where people can get an update when a new position is posted for voting.  I try to put up a new position every day — occasionally days slip by without a vote, but lately I’ve been pretty on top of it.

One does not need to be on the mailing list to vote.  To vote, you could just go to the USBGF site, and look in the middle under “What’s New” — you can see a link that says “USBGF OLM” and then a date.  If you click on that, it brings you to the most recent posting.  Each posting will give the previous day’s position, a rollout, and the voting results.  Then I have expert commentary, currently written by Grant Hoffman and Steve Sax (formerly by Marty Storer and Mary Hickey).  After that, Neil has his position that he has to play, and gives his commentary.  Finally at the bottom, there’s a position to vote on, with a box to type in your move.  One must be a USBGF Member and be logged into the site with their USBGF credentials to vote.  I receive all the votes, tabulate them, and the move with the most votes is what is actually played by the USBGF Members.  I tabulate the results, get the commentary from my expert panel, get Neil’s move and commentary, and start all over again.

When I make the post each day, I send out that email to inform people that there is a new vote in the offing.

On each day’s posting, there is a place at the bottom where people can comment on the play, offering their opinions and generally discussing the move at hand.

On average, about 30 people vote each day.  The mailing list currently numbers around 80… not everybody participates every single day.

I think the OLM has value to players of all skill level.  There are a number of of Open level players who participate regularly, along with plenty of Intermediate and Beginners.  I think the skill level of the participating players varies widely.  In spite of that diversity of skill level, the USBGF Members, as a collective mind, play at a World Class level.

JLee  usbgf.olm.editor@gmail.com

 

The OLM alone makes USBGF membership worthwhile to me.”  S.T. 2/27/18

The Local Club Initiative Inter-Club Championships. Is. The. Bomb.

Oh Yeah – It’s ON Baby!

Super Bowl – Yawn, Olympics been-there-done-that..

Twenty-two Clubs from across the country played local events with added USBGF money to select representatives to compete in the first annual Inter-Club Championships.  This online tournament will start on March 5 and will be followed closely by the members of the respective clubs via Facebook updates and live streaming.  Look for this space for details on the specific matches as they are scheduled.

Club Representatives: Flint-Dan Wittkopp, Colorado-Myra Gazvoda, BGBB-David Levy, Houston-George Morse, Austin-Nick Blasier, New England-Rich Sweetman, Minnesota-Jeff Spencer, Las Vegas-Joe Apicella, Connecticut-Al Theriault, New York City-Lynn Ehrlich, Indiana-Kevin Heacox, Atlanta Northside-Stuart Domeshek, Orange County-Patrick Keene, Charlotte-Jeb Horton, Northern Virginia-Gary Fries, South Florida-Stacy Turner, Beltway Backgammon-John Klein, Gammon Associates-Gus Contos, Columbus OH-Edwin Jones, Chicago Bar Point-David Stein, Baltimore BG-Ken Indart, St. Louis-Gerry Tansey

The winner of this event is awarded a free entry into the ABT event of their choice, a fancy certificate for their wall, a feature in PrimeTime magazine, the finals match analyzed by Marty Storer and finally – glory for their club and the envy of all!

2018 Boston Open brackets

The 2018 Boston Open is being played this week end. Brackets for the Masters, Open and Advanced divisions can be found at: http://www.bgbrackets.com/tourney.php?tournid=10882

Chen fu Yu and Ken Indart take home the prizes in the Baltimore Local Club Initiative USBGF added money event!

chen ken-indart

Congratulations to Chen (seated on left) who took home the cash and Ken (closeup) who took home the entry into the inter-club championships at the 3rd Monday Baltimore club tournament on Feb 19.

Ken will represent the Baltimore Club in the USBGF Online Club Championships in March with a chance to win an entry into the ABT event of his choice as well as bringing the Baltimore club glory!

http://www.baltimorebackgammonclub.com/

Vic Morawski Director

443-401-0837

vmorawski@juno.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 2018. 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.

Neither snow nor freezing rain could keep Gerry Tansey from the added money in St. Louis!

Gerry

The weather last night here was horrible!!

Congratulations to Gerry Tansey for winning the St. Louis Local Club Prime Initiative added money on Tuesday February 20!
In addition to winning the USBGF added money Gerry will now represent St.Louis in the on-line inter-club championship in March 2018.   The winner of that will get a free entry into the ABT tournament of their choice.

For more information on St. Louis BG events, contact Jana Bohr <jansuz@att.net>

For more information about the Prime Local Club Initiative, contact Ray Bills at RayBills1959@gmail.com

 

Bloomington/Normal Club (added USBGF money) event Monday Feb 26

Ride-the-Nine

503 N Prospect Rd # 304

Bloomington, IL 61704-7723

(309) 662-1009

 

Registration at 5:45
Tournament at 6:00
Entry $5.50

Michael Flohr, Director; MFlohr0925@frontier.com 309- 662-7967

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 2018. 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.