USBGF Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Backgammon Federation is concerned for the health and safety of the backgammon community in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus throughout the U.S. Backgammon is by nature a mind-sport with close personal interaction and sharing of backgammon equipment. As such, tournaments pose special risks for contracting COVID-19. Backgammon players constantly weigh […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional LXXV

Sharooz Moreh 2020

Congratulations to Shahrooz Moreh, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LXXV. Shahrooz defeated Harvey Jordan in the 13-point final match. Finishing 3/4 were Timothy Dugan and Keith Remels. Registration is open to all USBGF Premium, Youth, and Basic members who have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 or lower at the time of registration. To see […]

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USBGF Masters Divisional C

2019 John_Manning

Congratulations to John Manning, winner of the Masters Divisional C Online Circuit Event. John defeated Erwin Hom in the 21-point final. Finishing 3/4 were Roberto Litzenberger and Ruben Sineriz. Registration is open to all USBGF Premium, Youth, and Basic members and requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above, at the time […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional LXX

2018 Parks David

Congratulations to David Parks, winner of USBGF Advanced Divisional LXX. David defeated Dennis Lutz in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 were Patricia Johnson and James Schothorst. Registration is open to all USBGF Premium, Youth, and Basic members who have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration. See the […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Early Aggression

Basic Beginners 14

Money Game. How should Red play 31 XGID=-a-a-BD-B—dE—d-e—-B-:0:0:1:31:0:0:3:0:10 Red has opened with 31 (8/5, 6/5) and White has split her rear checkers with her responding 52. How should Red now play 31? Beginners know it is good both to split the rear checkers and create builders for new points and so they choose either 24/21, […]

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USBGF February Womens Monthly

2015 Belonogoff Cynthia

Congratulations to Cynthia Belonogoff who defeated Ama White Owl Khan and won the 17-point final of the USBGF Womens Monthly for February. Finishing 3/4 were Christa Solovey and Elizabeth Liberty. Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and all registered female members of the USBGF are eligible to enter this tournament. For more information […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Complex Double

2020 - Experts 23

Money Play. Should Red double? If doubled should White take? XGID=aB-Ba-CB-a–cBb—-cBbaaAA:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10  White has five blots and a fan at the wrong moment could easily result in the loss of a gammon. Crucially White does not have an anchor. All of this indicates that Red should be doubling despite being on the bar himself. What about […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional LXXIV

Ali Shamsian_2020

Congratulations to Ali Shamsian, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LXXIV. Ali defeated Konstantin Keresteliev in the 13-point final. Sharooz Moreh and Vera Holley finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. See the current online tournament ratings […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Containment Problem

2020 - Intermediates 23

Money Play. How should Red play 52? XGID=–aBBBBB—–AB-A—–A-h-:1:1:1:52:0:0:3:0:10 The bots have taught us a lot about containment. Before the early 1990s we really weren’t very good at containing hit checkers! Breaking primes to hit is seldom correct and that is the case here. With such superb outer board coverage Red should not hit with 7/2*. […]

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USBGF January Womens

2020 Leyla Zaloutskaya

Congratulations to Leyla Zaloutskaya, winner of the January Womens Monthly. Leyla defeated Antoinette-Marie Williams in the 17 point final. Elizabeth Liberty and Ama White Owl Khan finished 3/4 in the 15 point semi-final round. The Womens Monthly tournament is open to all USBGF ladies. Entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. See the latest […]

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Advanced Divisional LXXIX

Intermediate Div XIII

Congratulations to Fabian Melnik, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXXIX. Fabian defeated Anthony Elliot in the 17-point final. David Staggs and Giancarlo Ratto finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 and 1649.99 at the time of registration. See current online standings: Leader Board.

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Bear-off Problem

2020 - Beginners 23

Money Play. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take? XGID=-DA——————c-a–:1:1:1:00:0:0:3:0:10 When we study bear-off doubling we learn about ‘roll’ positions. A 3-roll vs 3-roll position with no misses is double/pass because the taking side has only just over 21% winning chances. We then learn to adjust for the actual position in front of us. […]

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Womens Monthly for December 2019

Christa Solovey Int 2019

Congratulations to Christa Solovey, winner of the December 2019 Womens Monthly. Christa defeated Anita Marholm in the 17 point final. Mary Morse and Eva Zizkova finished 3/4 in the 15 point semi-final round. The Womens Monthly tournament is open to all USBGF ladies. Entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. See the latest online […]

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Auto-recurring Membership Payment and Dues

This is to announce a new auto-recurring payment option for individuals joining or renewing their membership in the U.S. Backgammon Federation. This option will be effective March 1, 2020 on the USBGF website. The new USBGF dues structure will be effective at the same time. Dues for those selecting the auto-recurring payment option are a […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Match Play Influence

Basic Beginners 13

 Money Play. How should Red play 42? Match Play. Red leads 1-0 to 3. How should Red play 42? Both players have opened with a 52, played 24/22, 13/8. How should Red now play 42? The choices are simple: (a) 24/20, 22/20 or (b) 8/4, 6/4. For money it is close but that extra checker […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional LXXIII

Richard Casten_Int Div 2020_sm

Congratulations to Richard Casten, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LXXIII. Richard defeated Calin Popescu in the 13-point final. Anna Popp and Vera Holley finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. See the current online tournament ratings […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional LXXVIII

Giancarlo Ratto

Congratulations to Giancarlo Ratto, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXXVIII. Giancarlo defeated David Staggs in the 17-point final. Fabian Melnik and Devid Parks 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 standings: Leader Board.

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Small Doubles

2020 - Experts 22

Money Play. How should Red play 11? XGID=-abaBBC-C–B-A—–bcdb-B-:1:-1:1:11:0:0:3:0:10 Note: For this and all future articles where the players are not specifically named Black will have a male persona and White will have a female persona. Small doubles nearly always generate a lot of possible move and hence are difficult to play. Add the complexity of […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: A Question of Strategy

2020 - Intermediates 22

Money Play. How should Red play 51? XGID=-aB–BDB-A–bBb—ccBbaa–:0:0:1:51:0:0:3:0:10 The two blots in White’s home board give Red the licence to make a bold play. The question is what is the right game plan? Red can attempt a blitz by hitting on the ace-point or play to prime White’s rear checker. For the blitz Red can […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional LXXII

LibertyBJ_3 IntDiv

Congratulations to Elizabeth Liberty, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LXXII. Elizabeth defeated Calin Popescu in the 13-point final. Harvey Jordan and Anna Popp finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. See the current online tournament ratings […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Run or Prime

2019 - Beginners 22

Money Play. How should Red play 64? XGID=aB-BBBD-A—b—-bbccB-b–:1:-1:1:64:0:0:1:0:10 A simple question: do you close the home board or run out with one checker to avoid crashing with small numbers on subsequent rolls? After 8/2, 6/2 Red is a favourite, just, to roll a 5 or a 6 next turn and solve the problems of the […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Third Roll Conundrum

Basic Beginners 12

Money Play. How should Red play 64? XGID=-a—-EBBa–eD—c-e—-B-:0:0:1:64:0:0:1:0:10  This position arose last week in a consultation match between France and Rumania in the World Team Championships in Forges Les Eaux, France. Remarkably, the top five players in France managed to agree on the wrong play. You cannot learn all the correct third roll moves because […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: The Principle of Separation

2019 - Experts 21

Money Play. How should Red play 66? XGID=—cBBCBB—-B—–A-abbgA:1:-1:1:66:0:0:3:0:10 Whenever you roll a double it is always worth taking some extra time to think about how to play it as there will be multiple options. The double sixes in this week’s problem is a good demonstration of that principle. For the rollout I had to look […]

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USBGF Intermediate Divisional LXXI

Karl Sours IntDiv 2019

Congratulations to Karl Sours, winner of the Intermediate Divisional LXII. Karl defeated Ali Shamsian in the 13-point final. Calin Popescu and Russell Kennedy finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final. The Intermediate Divisional requires players to have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 and lower at the time of registration. See the current online tournament ratings […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Avoiding Contact

2019 - Intermediates 21

Money Play. How should Red play 44?   XGID=—-a-EbE—dCB–b-cba—-:0:0:1:44:0:0:3:0:10   This is an apparently simple position and many will make the reflex move 14/10(2), 8/4(2)*. However, that is completely the wrong game plan and any move other than the right one is a triple blunder or worse! Red will be 36 pips up after the […]

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Update on USBGF Local Club Initiative — Added Money!

The U.S. Backgammon Federation 2019-2020 Local Club Initiative (LCI) is off to a great start! The U.S. Backgammon Federation provides $5 per USBGF member to a prize pool for an annual local club tournament. The USBGF member who wins or goes the furthest is eligible to receive the added money. In addition the winner receives […]

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USBGF National Championship Prize Fund

The U.S. Backgammon Federation is pleased to announce the launch of the USBGF National Championship Prize Fund created by a generous gift from an anonymous donor. The Fund will receive $10,000 annually to provide added money to the USBGF National Championship event and 8 regional qualifiers. The 2020 USBGF National Championship will be held in […]

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USBGF November Womens Monthly

2015 Belonogoff Cynthia

Congratulations to Cynthia Belonogoff, winner of the 2019 November Womens Monthly tournament. Cynthia defeated Eva Zizkova in the 17- point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the semi-final were Leyla Zaloutskaya and Bonnie Rogoff. All registered female members of the USBGF are eligible to enter this tournament. Entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Early Game Decision

2019 - Beginners 21

Money Play. How should Red play 62? XGID=-b–B-D-B—dE—c-ca–bB-:0:0:1:62:0:0:3:0:10 It is early in the game and Red has an awkward 62 to play. It can be played (a) 24/16 (b) 13/11, 13/7 or (c) 13/5. 24/16 gets a rear checker moving but there is no duplication of numbers in the move and it puts no pressure […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional LXXVII

kara_schultz_AdvDiv

Congratulations to Kara Schultz, winner of the Advanced Divisional LXXVII. Kara defeated Cynthia Belonogoff in the 17-point final. David Parks 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 standings: Leader Board.

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