2016 USBGF National Master Point Leaders

The race is nearing the finish line! Check out the 2016 USBGF National Master Point leaders based on matches won and placing in Main and major Jackpot events at National tournaments at National Master Points 11-10-2016. Leading going into the Las Vegas Open Nov 16-20 is Ed O’Laughlin, followed by Victor Ashkenazi and Jack Edelson.

USBGF Masters Divisional XXXIII

Congratulations to Jalil Khalili , winner of the Masters Divisional XXXIII. Jalil defeated Igor Erovenko in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Mislav Kovačić and Karen Davis. 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 XXXII

 

Congratulations to Jan Cerny, winner of the Masters Divisional XXXII. Jan defeated David Kettler in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Eva Zizkova and Michael Ginat. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating 0f 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF2016 August Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Bruce Farquhar, winner of the USBGF 2016 August Monthly Circuit. Bruce won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bill Riles in the 17-point final match. Igor Erovenko and David Kettler finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

USBGF 2016 June Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Martin Zizka, winner of the USBGF 2016 June Monthly Circuit. Martin won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bruce Newberg in the 17-point final match. Don Marek and Mislav Kovacic finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

Masters Divisional XXXV

Congratulations to Bill Riles, winner of the Masters Divisional XXXV. Bill defeated Ergin Bayrak in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Mislav Kovačić and Eusebio Blasco. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating 0f 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.Bill Riles

USBGF Masters Divisional XXXIV

Congratulations to Joseph Russell, winner of the Masters Divisional XXXIV. Joseph defeated Nick Blasier in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Adam Prager and Jalil Khalili. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating 0f 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXIV

Congratulations to Rodryk Schoenfeld, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXIV. Rodryk defeated Kamil Karaali in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Andrew Hunter and Jay Robinson. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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Notice of Annual USBGF Board of Directors Election

In accordance with the By-Laws, as cited below, this e-mail provides notice of our annual Board of Directors election which will be held this year, via our e-voting system, with a voting window beginning at 12:01 a.m. EST Thursday, November 17, 2016 and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, November 28, 2016.  An e-mail including specific voting instructions, with links to the ballot and to candidate information, will be forwarded to members immediately prior to the beginning of the voting period.

“Elections shall be scheduled and overseen by the Governance and Nominations Committee with the assistance of the Executive Director and other officers as needed. Members shall be entitled to cast up to one vote for each vacancy. However, no Member may cast more than one vote for any candidate on his/her ballot. The Board shall provide reasonable notice of the date range for voting, at least fourteen (14) calendar days in advance, through publication on the Federation’s internet website and, to the extent practicable, through other methods reasonably calculated to provide notice to the Federation’s Members. There shall be a period of at least seven (7) days for voting. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes, up to the number of vacancies, and named on at least 50% of the ballots cast will be elected. The seat numbers listed as being up for election on the ballot shall be in descending order of the time remaining on their respective terms and will be sequentially assigned to elected candidates in descending order of the number of votes received. If not all the seats are filled in the initial round of elections, then there will be a runoff between the “x” number of candidates receiving the most votes (but not elected), where “x” is equal to twice the number of remaining seats on the Board to be filled in the election, provided that a candidate must have received votes from at least 5% of the ballots cast in the initial round to be eligible for the runoff. In the event of ties for the last remaining slot(s) on a runoff ballot, each of the candidates in the tie will be placed on the runoff ballot. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes, up to the remaining number of vacancies, and named on at least 50% of the ballots cast will be elected.”

We look forward to considerable membership participation in the accomplishment of another successful Board of Directors election.

Regards and best wishes in this holiday season,
Bill Riles
President and Executive Director

2016 California State December 2-4 at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles with $1000 Added Money for USBGF Members!

The California State Championships will be held at the Hilton LAX from December 2nd – 4th. Reservations must be made no later than November 18th, 2016 to guarantee the group rate of $135 per night. To reserve, call Direct: 310.410.4000 or Toll Free:1.800.HILTONS use the group code CBC.  The Super-32 and Paul Dingwell Amateur will begin on Friday evening.  The main event will be double elimination with the finalists playing a single match to determine the champion.  Both the Open and Super-32 will be clocks mandatory.  There will be side-events galore; Seniors, Doubles, Blitzes, Quickies and Jackpots.  This tournament is video friendly.  Hospitality will be provided mornings along with snacks later in the day.  $900 in Prime Tournament added prize money is up for grabs for USBGF members in the DMP event. Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation, and a free 6-month trial membership to the U.S. Backgammon Federation from individual donors, with $100 added money to the Novice winner. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. So be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.
In addition to the California State, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Las Vegas Open>, November 16-20, 2016, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Backgammon Championship, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX with $1000 added money.
Viking Classic March 9-12, 2017, at the Raddison Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added money.
• Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.
• US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
• Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
• Los Angeles Open, June 2-4, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
• Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.
• Silicon Valley, August 18-20 at the Marriott Courtyard, San Jose CA with $750, added money

Nomination of Candidates for Board of Directors Election — UPDATE

Nomination of Candidates for Board of Directors Election — UPDATE

Patrick Gibson has reconsidered and today informed the USBGF that he will not be standing for re-election to the Board of Directors. Consequently, there will be one open seat in the upcoming election and at least one new Board member. Thus, it is all the more important that we have other nominees and, ultimately, candidates for the Board of Directors. 

We need members who want to make a difference and who will bring ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to the USBGF Board. So, please consider yourself, your friends, and your acquaintances who may fill those needs. We would also like to thank Patrick for the many years of valuable service he has generously given to the USBGF. Though leaving the Board, he will retain some of the duties he has so ably executed over the year.

As prescribed within the By-Laws, the Board herein announces that members may nominate candidates, including themselves, for election to the Board of Directors. Nominees must be members of the USBGF — a list of current members of the USBGF may be viewed at Membership List. The Board asks members to please limit their nominees to candidates who have expressed a willingness to serve and to contribute to the Board. Nominations must be submitted to nominations@usbgf.org before 12:00 midnight EDT, Sunday, October 30, 2016.

Following the nominations process, the Governance and Nominations Committee of the Board, to be appointed by the President/Executive Director, will review the candidates and may suggest to the Board five recommended candidates for election. The Board may choose to recommend these candidates, to recommend other candidates, or to not recommend candidates. Candidates not recommended by the Board may opt to remove their name from the ballot. Otherwise, all candidates will be on the ballot.

The Board of Directors election will follow the nominations and recommendation processes. Five seats will be up for election this year. Each member may cast a ballot for up to five candidates. All candidates, incumbent or otherwise, run ‘at-large’ (not for specific seats) with the five candidates receiving the most votes being elected — there are certain other qualifications outlined in the By-Laws. Our e-voting process will again be utilized. The seats/Board members up for election this year include:

Seat #1 — Karen Davis
Seat #2 — VACANT
Seat #3 — Richard Munitz
Seat #4 — Neil Kazaross
Seat #5 — Dorn Bishop

Four incumbents have announced they will stand for re-election. They have served well, fill significant roles on the Board, are a pleasure for me to work with, and wish to continue their service; however, other potential candidates should not be discouraged.  It is always crucial for the continued success of the organization that viable, qualified, willing candidates be nominated by the membership. Fresh ideas, new faces, and enthusiasm are desirable also. It is the task of the membership to balance these factors and choose among all candidates.

Thank you.
Regards and best wishes.
Bill Riles
President and Executive Director

New, Reduced Price on Print PrimeTime Backgammon

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Want a print subscription to the stunning PrimeTime Backgammon magazine starting with the Fall issue that features coverage of the Backgammon World Championships? For only $20 each quarter plus shipping, you can have a hard copy to pore over, study the positions, and enjoy the tournament news and photos. Order now and give your game a boost with expert analysis by grandmasters, giants, and leading theoreticians.

2016 Las Vegas Open at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino November 16 – 20 with $1000 Added Money for USBGF Members!

The Las Vegas Open will be held at the Flamingo Hotel from November 16th – 20th. Reservations must be made no later than Saturday, October 15, 2016 to guarantee the group rate of $99 per night (plus tax and a $20 per night resort fee). To reserve, call (888) 373-9855.

The Super Jackpot and Limited Jackpot round of 32 begins Wednesday. The main event starts Thursday. Re-entries into the main event are allowed and encouraged. Blitz tournaments will be held every day. Stay on Sunday for the after-tournament tournament.

$1,000 in Prime Tournament added prize money is up for grabs for USBGF members. Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation, and a free 6-month trial membership to the U.S. Backgammon Federation from individual donors. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try. So be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the Las Vegas Open, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Illinois State Championships, October 14-16 2016 at the Travelodge Peoria, IL, with $750 added money
4th Connecticut Championships, October 20-23, 2016, at the Windsor Locks, with $750 added money.
California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Backgammon Championship, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX, with $1000 added money.
Viking Classic,, March 9-12, 2017, at the Raddison Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added money.
• Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, 2017 at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.
• US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
• Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
• Los Angeles Open, June 2-4, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
• Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, 2017, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.
• Silicon Valley, August 18-20 at the Marriott Courtyard, San Jose CA with $750, added money

Nomination of Candidates for Board of Directors Election

Nomination of Candidates for Board of Directors Election

As prescribed within the By-Laws, the Board herein announces that members may nominate candidates, including themselves, for election to the Board of Directors. Nominees must be members of the USBGF — a list of current members of the USBGF may be viewed at Membership List. The Board asks members to please limit their nominees to candidates who have expressed a willingness to serve and to contribute to the Board. Nominations must be submitted to nominations@usbgf.org before 12:00 midnight EDT, Sunday, October 30, 2016.

Following the nominations process, the Governance and Nominations Committee of the Board, to be appointed by the President/Executive Director, will review the candidates and may suggest to the Board five recommended candidates for election. The Board may choose to recommend these candidates, to recommend other candidates, or to not recommend candidates. Candidates not recommended by the Board may opt to remove their name from the ballot. Otherwise, all candidates will be on the ballot.

The Board of Directors election will follow the nominations and recommendation processes. Five seats will be up for election this year. Each member may cast a ballot for up to five candidates. All candidates, incumbent or otherwise, run ‘at-large’ (not for specific seats) with the five candidates receiving the most votes being elected — there are certain other qualifications outlined in the By-Laws. Our e-voting process will again be utilized. The seats/Board members up for election this year include:

Seat #1 — Karen Davis
Seat #2 — Patrick Gibson
Seat #3 — Richard Munitz
Seat #4 — Neil Kazaross
Seat #5 — Dorn Bishop

All five incumbents have announced they will stand for re-election. All have served well, fill significant roles on the Board, are a pleasure for me to work with, and wish to continue their service; however, other potential candidates should not be discouraged. It is always crucial for the continued success of the organization that viable, qualified, willing candidates be nominated by the membership. Fresh ideas, new faces, and enthusiasm are desirable also. It is the task of the membership to balance these factors and choose among all candidates.

Thank you.
Regards and best wishes.
Bill Riles
President and Executive Director

USBGF Tournament Rules for Live and Online Play

Immediate Implementation Recommended

USBGF Tournament Rules

Bill Riles, USBGF President and Executive Director:

It has long been my personal objective, and has become an objective of the USBGF, to establish a common set of rules for play throughout the United States. We have achieved that goal. We think it requisite that players experience consistent rules at all tournaments. We trust that all players and tournament directors share this goal and will join us in this step forward for organized backgammon in the United States.

I think it critically important for the growth and promotion of the game that everyone plays by a single set of rules. No single set of rules will ever completely satisfy anyone or everyone — each of us will have to make some compromises to satisfy our own preferences. I have. I fully endorse the decision of the USBGF Board of Directors.

We will listen to constructive input, however, players and directors should first use and experience the new rules before forming opinions and reaching conclusions. We don’t assume the rules are perfect or comprehensive in every potentiality, however, they represent, in our opinion, best practice in all areas of play and direction. We will assess member and director feedback; and will periodically review, and potentially amend, the rules as appropriate.

Dorn Bishop, Member USBGF Board of Directors and Chairman USBGF Rules and Ethics Committee:

On September 22, 2016, the USBGF Board of Directors unanimously adopted its first set of comprehensive Tournament Rules for live and online play in all USBGF events. A complete copy of the Rules can be found here: USBGF Tournament Rules.

The Rules represent a significant milestone for our organization and we encourage their prompt implementation at all levels of play. The Rules strive to strike a balance between the importance of tradition and generally-accepted practices, and the value of moving the game forward to reflect the advent of game clocks and other features of the modern era.

Several features of the new Rules are worthy of note, including the following:
• USBGF endorsement for game clocks and the use of two dice instead of four for all tournament matches;
• Allowing dice landing on checkers to constitute a valid roll, a development that will both accelerate the completion of matches and will protect the player rolling in his or her home board from otherwise lost game clock time;
• Approval of a “legal moves” rule for all tournament play, in a slightly modified format from the “legal moves” rule first adopted by the Board in 2014;
• Separate rules to address distinct aspects of online tournament play;
• Specific provisions to address errors in game clock management, scoring, and the shuffling of checkers.

We hope you will agree that these Rules constitute a very comprehensive, clear, and equitable set of tournament rules. They draw upon the best features of previous rule sets, including those of other countries’ backgammon federations, and address additional factual situations. At the same time, no set of rules can account for every possible situation, nor should they. Ultimate responsibility for handling specific factual situations must rest in the sound discretion of tournament directors, and these Rules repeatedly emphasize that important principle. The Board of Directors will periodically review these Tournament Rules, and welcomes feedback from its members and tournament directors based on your experience with these Rules at future events.

USBGF Board of Directors:

Finally, the Board wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation to Rules & Ethics Committee Chairman Dorn Bishop and the other members of his committee – Patrick Gibson, Neil Kazaross, Kit Woolsey, and Chuck Bower – for their hard work during the past two years in helping to bring this significant project to fruition.

Cordially,

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

USBGF June Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Alfred Mamlet, winner of the USBGF 2016 June Monthly Circuit. Alfred won this single elimination tournament by defeating Igor Erovenko in the 17-point final match. Ben Yam and Ted Chee finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

2016 Connecticut State Backgammon Championships to be held October 20-23 at the Double Tree in Windsor Locks with $750 added money!

The 4th Connecticut Championships will be held October 20-23 at the Double Tree in Windsor Locks. Call (860)-627-5171 by September 20 to be guaranteed a room at the special $104 a night rate. The weekend begins with a warmup tournament and chouette at the hotel starting at 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Friday afternoon will have blitz and jackpot action as a prelude to the Masters and Doubles events on Friday night. $750 will be added to the prize pool for USBGF members. Individual donors are contributing six month USBGF memberships to all Novice entrants. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournaments play to give it a try. So be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the Connecticut Championship, the USBGF is offering added money for members at: • Colorado State Championships, September 23-25, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, Denver with $500 added money.
Florida State & BMAB, September 29-October 2 at the Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL , with $500 added money.
Las Vegas Open, November 16-20, 2016, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
•California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Championships, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX with $1000 added money.
Viking Classic, March 9-12, 2017, at the Raddison Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added money.
• Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.
• US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
• Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
• Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
• Los Angeles Open, June 9-11, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
• Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, 2017, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.

“Spooktacular” 2016 Illinois State Championships to be held October 14-16 in Peoria with $750 added money!

The goons and goblins will be onsite at the Illinois State Backgammon Championships October 14-16 at the Peoria Travelodge. Call (309)686-8000 and mention “backgammon” by October 1 to be guaranteed a room at the special $72 a night rate, including free breakfast. Special reserved tables in the playing room will be available for the 32 Giants of Backgammon. The action starts at high noon on Friday with the 32 player Prairie Classic – only a few openings are left! The Land of Lincoln Masters event and the Lincoln-Douglas Doubles begin Friday evening; Peoria Quickes will be held all weekend. Side events start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday for early risers; Halloween costume contest and a fundraiser for Haiti will be held on Saturday before main event begins. The USBGF is donating $675 added money to the Mid-state Microblitz, along with book prizes and $75 added money to the Novice event. Individual donors are contributing six month USBGF memberships to all Novice entrants. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournaments play to give it a try. So be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the Illinois State Championship, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Colorado State Championships, September 23-25, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, Denver with $500 added money.
Florida State & BMAB, September 29-October 2 at the Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL , with $500 added money.
4th Connecticut Championships, October 20-23, 2016, Windsor Locks, with $750 added money.
Las Vegas Open, November 16-20, 2016, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
•California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Championships, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX with $1000 added money.
Viking Classic, March 9-12, 2017, at the Raddison Blu, Bloomington, MN with $500 added money.
•Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.• US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
• Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
• Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
• Los Angeles Open, June 9-11, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
• Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, 2017, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.

U.S. Backgammon Federation Announces P-40 Corporate Sponsorship

The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) announced today that P-40, the American maker of quality backgammon and other game products, has become a corporate sponsor. As a fundraising incentive program, P-40 has generously agreed to donate P-40 products to all new and upgrading USBGF Founding Sponsors including customized USBGF boards, carry bags, custom-embossed checkers, doubling cubes, and dice. Additionally, P-40 will donate custom USBGF boards to the annual USBGF National East and West tournament champions.

In announcing this relationship, Bill Riles, President and Executive Director, said: “We’re delighted to provide these wonderful benefits to our members and to our new Founding Sponsors through this relationship with P-40. P-40 is becoming known for providing quality customized boards and equipment at reasonable costs. Their additional interest in and support for the game through the USBGF is most generous and greatly appreciated.”

P-40 is excited about the opportunity to support the USBGF and its membership. Their goal is to help grow the game by getting more members for the organization and in turn increase play. The feedback they have gotten to date has been very positive and responses of those who have P-40 boards have been helpful and productive in creating custom precision boards for backgammon players and enthusiasts. We are pleased with the relationship between P-40 and the USBGF and plan to continue innovating better products for all players.

Founding Sponsors of the U.S. Backgammon Federation receive membership benefits and an invitation to participate in the USBGF Tournament of Stars annual event. P-40 will donate the following merchandise to all new (and upgrading) Founding Sponsors:

Diamond Founding Sponsor ($6400, lifetime membership) — P-40 Custom Board
USBGF logo on the board denoting Diamond Sponsorship
Customized Doubling Cube with P-40 dice

Platinum Founding Sponsor ($3200, lifetime membership) — Custom embossed checkers with initials and USBGF logo; selection of colors

Gold Founding Sponsor ($1600, lifetime membership) — Doubling Cube including P-40 dice and Doubling Chouette Cubes; with initials and USBGF logo

Silver Founding Sponsor ($800, 10 years membership) — Doubling Cube including P-40 dice; with initials and USBGF logo

Bronze Founding Sponsor ($400, 5 years membership) — Doubling Cube including P-40 dice; with initials and USBGF logo

The USBGF and P-40 are additionally exploring other sponsorship opportunities and also the potential of making USBGF customized P-40 products available to USBGF members through our BG Shop at discounted prices. Announcements will be forthcoming as appropriate.

U.S. Backgammon Federation Announces P-40 Corporate Sponsorship

The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) announced today that P-40, the American maker of quality backgammon and other game products, has become a corporate sponsor. As a fundraising incentive program, P-40 has generously agreed to donate P-40 products to all new and upgrading USBGF Founding Sponsors including customized USBGF boards, carry bags, custom-embossed checkers, doubling cubes, and dice. Additionally, P-40 will donate custom USBGF boards to the annual USBGF National East and West tournament champions.

In announcing this relationship, Bill Riles, President and Executive Director, said: “We’re delighted to provide these wonderful benefits to our members and to our new Founding Sponsors through this relationship with P-40. P-40 is becoming known for providing quality customized boards and equipment at reasonable costs. Their additional interest in and support for the game through the USBGF is most generous and greatly appreciated.”

P-40 is excited about the opportunity to support the USBGF and its membership. Their goal is to help grow the game by getting more members for the organization and in turn increase play. The feedback they have gotten to date has been very positive and responses of those who have P-40 boards have been helpful and productive in creating custom precision boards for backgammon players and enthusiasts. We are pleased with the relationship between P-40 and the USBGF and plan to continue innovating better products for all players.

Founding Sponsors of the U.S. Backgammon Federation receive membership benefits and an invitation to participate in the USBGF Tournament of Stars annual event. P-40 will donate the following merchandise to all new (and upgrading) Founding Sponsors:

Diamond Founding Sponsor ($6400, lifetime membership) — P-40 Custom Board
USBGF logo on the board denoting Diamond Sponsorship
Customized Doubling Cube with P-40 dice

Platinum Founding Sponsor ($3200, lifetime membership) — Custom embossed checkers with initials and USBGF logo; selection of colors

Gold Founding Sponsor ($1600, lifetime membership) — Doubling Cube including P-40 dice and Doubling Chouette Cubes; with initials and USBGF logo

Silver Founding Sponsor ($800, 10 years membership) — Doubling Cube including P-40 dice; with initials and USBGF logo

Bronze Founding Sponsor ($400, 5 years membership) — Doubling Cube including P-40 dice; with initials and USBGF logo

The USBGF and P-40 are additionally exploring other sponsorship opportunities and also the potential of making USBGF customized P-40 products available to USBGF members through our BG Shop at discounted prices. Announcements will be forthcoming as appropriate.

The USBGF and P-40 are additionally exploring other sponsorship opportunities and also the potential of making USBGF customized P-40 products available to USBGF members through our BG Shop at discounted prices. Announcements will be forthcoming as appropriate.

The U.S. Backgammon Federation is a not-for-profit membership organization devoted to advancing the awareness, participation, education and enjoyment of the skill-based game of backgammon.

Cordially,

Karen Davis
Chairman, Board of Directors

Don’t miss the 2016 Florida State Championship & BMAB Event held from September 29 – October 2 with $500 money added!

The 2016 Florida State Backgammon Championship & BMAB will be held September 29- October 2 at the Marriott North in Fort Lauderdale. The hotel is offering us a special group rate of $99.00. The rate is only guaranteed until September 8th, so don’t delay. Jeb Horton will be directing a BMAB – USA event on Thursday, September 29 from 11 am to 7 pm – only one space remains so notify Karen@usbgf.com immediately if you want to participate. Once full, we will add interested players to a waiting list in order of response. The USBGF Blitz begins early at noon on Thursday and continues through Saturday with a playoff Saturday evening. Friday will be filled with special events including Neal’s Fuhgeddaboudit DMP. The Chouette Challenge will begin Friday evening. The Saturday dinner break will include a free buffet dinner for all paying players. When everything is done on Sunday afternoon, it isn’t done yet. Stick around for the After-Tournament Tournament. The U.S. Backgammon Foundation is providing book prizes and individual donors are contributing six-month USBGF memberships to all Novice entrants. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournaments play to give it a try. So be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the Florida State Championship, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
4th Seattle Backgammon Classic, September 9-11, 2016, at the Red Lion, WA, with $500 added money.
Colorado State Championships, September 23-25, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, Denver with $500 added money.
Illinois State Championships, October 14-16 2016 at the Travelodge Peoria, IL, with $750 added money.
4th Connecticut Championships, October 20-23, 2016, at the Windsor Locks, with $750 added money.
Las Vegas Open>, November 16-20, 2016, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Backgammon Championship, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX, with $1000 added money.
•Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
•Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.
•US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
•Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
•Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, 2017, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.

For online players, the USBGF is currently sponsoring the online USBGF Federation Cup with a $1,000 cash prize pool provided by our Prime Benefactor sponsors. Free entry 32-entrant Federation Cup Qualifiers are now being held on a rolling basis. Winners will play in a USBGF Federation Cup Playoff in the Fall. Members who lose their match have up to two free re-entries. So sign up now and have 3 chances to win a place in the Federation Cup Playoff for fun, fame, and fortune!

USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXIII

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Congratulations to Shannon McKinley, winner of the USBGF Intermediate Divisional XXIII. Shannon won this single elimination tournament by defeating Carlos Pulido in the 13-point final match. Martin Filipi and Nick Saverino finished 3/4 in the 11-point semi-final match.
The USBGF Intermediate Divisional is a single-elimination tournament of 16 players, requiring players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1500.00 or lower at the time of registration.

USBGF June 2016 Monthly Circuit

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Congratulations to Martin Zizka, winner of the USBGF 2016 June Monthly Circuit. Martin won this single elimination tournament by defeating Bruce Newberg in the 17-point final match. Don Marek and Mislav Kovacic finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

Don’t Miss the 2016 Colorado State Championships September 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza with $500 money added!

The Colorado State Championships will be held September 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center. Make your reservation by September 9th to be guaranteed a room at the special $115 a night rate. Breakfast for two is available for another $10. The action will start on Friday afternoon with warm-up jackpots. The Continental Divide masters event and the Royal Gorge will begin on Friday evening. Qualifiers will be offered Friday afternoon. The main event will be run as double-elimination with progressive consolation. The U.S. Backgammon Foundation is providing book prizes and individuals donors are contributing six month USBGF memberships to all Novice entrants. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournaments play to give it a try. So be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the Colorado State Championships, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
13th Carolina Invitational, September 1-5, 2016, at the Courtyard by Marriott, Charlotte, NC, with $750 added money.
4th Seattle Backgammon Classic, September 9-11, 2016, at the Red Lion, WA, with $500 added money.
Florida State, September 30-October 2 at the Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL, with $500 added money.
Illinois State Championships, October 14-16 2016 at the Travelodge Peoria, IL, with $750 added money.
4th Connecticut Championships, October 20-23, 2016, at the Windsor Locks, with $750 added money.
Las Vegas Open>, November 16-20, 2016, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Backgammon Championship, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX, with $1000 added money.•Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
•Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.
•US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
•Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
•Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, 2017, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.
For online players, the USBGF is currently sponsoring the online USBGF Federation Cup with a $1,000 cash prize pool provided by our Prime Benefactor sponsors. Free entry 32-entrant Federation Cup qualifiers are now being held on a rolling basis. Winners will play in a USBGF Federation Cup Playoff in the Fall. Members who lose their match have up to two free re-entries. So sign up now and have 3 chances to win a place in the Federation Cup Playoff for fun, fame, and fortune!

USBGF Advanced Divisional XXII

Congratulations to Bruce Farquhar, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXII. Bruce defeated Martin Stemberka in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Erwin Hom and Kat Denison. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.FarquharBruce - 2013_rev_kd

2016 Federation Cup Qualifier 11

Congratulations to Richard Munitz, winner of the 2016 Federation Cup Qualifier 11. Richard defeated Michael Klein in the 17-point final. Eva Zizkova and Svilen Todorov finished 3/4 in the 17-point semi-final.
The USBGF Federation Cup is a free entry tournament for all USBGF members – including Premium, Youth, and Basic members and both U.S. and international members. It is one of the biggest and most exciting online tournaments of the year and features an excellent prize pool. The first place winner of the Federation Cup Playoff will receive $500, second place $250, and third/fourth $125. To obtain a place in the Playoff, players must win a 32-player qualifier bracket. Twelve qualifiers have been held so far and another 4 are expected to be filled over the summer with the Playoff kicking off in November. Members who lose their match have up to two free re-entries. So sign up now and have 3 chances to win a place in the Federation Cup Playoff for fun, fame, and fortune!
Those who have qualified to date include: Antoinette-Marie Williams, Bill Riles, Bruce Farquhar, Cynthia Belonogoff, David Giorgadze, David Kettler, John Klein, Marv Porten, Narvey Goldman and Peggy Neubig in addition to the most recent winner Richard Munitz.2016 Rich Munitz_Texas

2016 Federation Cup Qualifier 10

Congratulations to Peggy Neubig, winner of the 2016 Federation Cup Qualifier 10. Peggy defeated Barry Silliman in the 17-point final. Secil Baysal and Jan Cerny finished 3/4 in the 17-point semi-final.
The USBGF Federation Cup is a free entry tournament for all USBGF members – including Premium, Youth, and Basic members and both U.S. and international members. It is one of the biggest and most exciting online tournaments of the year and features an excellent prize pool. The first place winner of the Federation Cup Playoff will receive $500, second place $250, and third/fourth $125. To obtain a place in the Playoff, players must win a 32-player qualifier bracket. Twelve qualifiers have been held so far and another 4 are expected to be filled over the summer with the Playoff kicking off in November. Members who lose their match have up to two free re-entries. So sign up now and have 3 chances to win a place in the Federation Cup Playoff for fun, fame, and fortune!
Those who have qualified to date include: Antoinette-Marie Williams, Bill Riles, Bruce Farquhar, Cynthia Belonogoff, David Giorgadze, David Kettler, John Klein, Marv Porten and Narvey Goldman in addition to the most recent winner Peggy Neubig.Peggy Neubig

Don’t Miss the 4th Annual Seattle Backgammon Classic, September 9th – 11th with $500 money added!

The Puget Sound Backgammon Club and the Ballard Backgammon Club are presenting the 4th Seattle Backgammon Classic to be held on September 9th – 11th. The Tournament will be held at Red Lion Hotel, One South Grady Way, Renton WA. Hospitality will be provided in the morning as well as snacks during the day. The main event uses a modified double elimination format plus lots of side events including 8 person blitzes. There will be 100% return on entry fees and side pools along with $500 added money for USBGF members. The U.S. Backgammon Foundation is providing book prizes and individuals donors are contributing six month USBGF memberships to all Novice entrants. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournaments play to give it a try. So be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go.

In addition to the Seattle Backgammon Classic, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Wisconsin Championships, August 19-21, 2016, at the Radisson, Madison, WI, with $500 added money.
13th Carolina Invitational, September 1-5, 2016, at the Courtyard by Marriott, Charlotte, NC, with $750 added money.
Colorado State Championships, September 23-25, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, Denver with $500 added money.
Florida State, September 30-October 2 at the Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL, with $500 added money.
Illinois State Championships, October 14-16 2016 at the Travelodge Peoria, IL, with $750 added money.
4th Connecticut Championships, October 20-23, 2016, at the Windsor Locks, with $750 added money.
Las Vegas Open, November 16-20, 2016, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
5th Texas Backgammon Championship, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX, with $1000 added money.
•Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
•Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.
•US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
•Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
•Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, 2017, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.
For online players, the USBGF is currently sponsoring the online USBGF Federation Cup with a $1,000 cash prize pool provided by our Prime Benefactor sponsors. Free entry 32-entrant Federation Cup qualifiers are now being held on a rolling basis. Winners will play in a USBGF Federation Cup Playoff in the Fall. Members who lose their match have up to two free re-entries. So sign up now and have 3 chances to win a place in the Federation Cup Playoff for fun, fame, and fortune!

USBGF May Online Circuit

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Congratulations to Peter Toftsoe, winner of the USBGF 2016 May Online Monthly Circuit. Peter won this single elimination tournament by defeating Richard Munitz in the 17-point final match. Mislav Kovacic and Bob Stringer finished 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final match.

Carolina Invitational, September 1st – 5th at the Courtyard with $750 money added!

The Carolina Invitational will be held September 1st – 5th at the Courtyard by Marriott, Charlotte. Play begins on Thursday with the Faster Masters, Early Bird Jackpots and USBGF Prime Jackpots. $500 will be added for the benefit of USBGF members to Open Jackpots and $250 to Limited Jackpots. These Jackpots will continue all weekend, so be sure you are eligible by joining or renewing your membership before you go. A second masters event, the Queen City Cup and doubles begin on Friday. The three-day main event beginning Saturday will use the Southern Swiss format. When everything is done, it isn’t done yet. An after-Tourney Tourney will be held on Monday afternoon. The U.S. Backgammon Foundation is providing book prizes and individuals donors are contributing six-month USBGF memberships to all Novice entrants. Do encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournaments play to give it a try.

In addition to the Carolina Invitational, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
Wisconsin Championships, August 19-21, 2016, at the Radisson, Madison, WI, with $500 added money.
4th Seattle Backgammon Classic, September 9-11, 2016, at the Red Lion, WA, with $500 added money.
Colorado State Championships, September 23-25, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, Denver with $500 added money.
Florida State, September 30-October 2 at the Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL, with $500 added money.
Illinois State Championships, October 14-16 2016 at the Travelodge Peoria, IL, with $750 added money.
4th Connecticut Championships, October 20-23, 2016, at the Windsor Locks, with $750 added money.
Las Vegas Open>, November 16-20, 2016, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
California State, December 2-4, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA, with $1000 added money.
•New York Metro Open, January 4-8. 2017, at the Hyatt Hotel, Jersey City, NJ, with $1000 added money.
•5th Texas Backgammon Championships, February 2-5, 2017, at the Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX, with $1000 added money.
•Ohio State Championships, March 23-25, 2017, at the Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added money.
•Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, at the Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added money.
•US Open, April 26-30, 2017, at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, with $1000 added money.
•Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton, Atlanta, GA, with $500 added money.
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, at the Holliday Inn, Rosemont, IL, with $1000 added money.
•Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships, June 30-July 3, 2017, at the Sheraton, Novi MI, with $1000 added money.

For online players, the USBGF is currently sponsoring the online USBGF Federation Cup with a $1,000 cash prize pool provided by our Prime Benefactor sponsors. Free entry 32-entrant Federation Cup qualifiers are now being held on a rolling basis. Winners will play in a USBGF Federation Cup Playoff in the Fall. Members who lose their match have up to two free re-entries. So sign up now and have 3 chances to win a place in the Federation Cup Playoff for fun, fame, and fortune!

2016 Federation Cup Qualifier 9

Congratulations to Narvey Goldman, winner of the 2016 Federation Cup Qualifier 9. Narvey defeated Jason Lee in the 17-point final. Igor Erovenko and Forrest Faulk finished 3/4 in the 17-point semi-final.

The USBGF Federation Cup is a free entry tournament for all USBGF members – including Premium, Youth, and Basic members and both U.S. and international members. It is one of the biggest and most exciting online tournaments of the year and features an excellent prize pool. The first place winner of the Federation Cup Playoff will receive $500, second place $250, and third/fourth $125. To obtain a place in the Playoff, players must win a 32-player qualifier bracket. Twelve qualifiers have been held so far and another 4 are expected to be filled over the summer with the Playoff kicking off in November. Members who lose their match have up to two free re-entries. So sign up now and have 3 chances to win a place in the Federation Cup Playoff for fun, fame, and fortune!

Those who have qualified to date include: Antoinette-Marie Williams, Bill Riles, Bruce Farquhar, Cynthia Belonogoff, David Giorgadze, David Kettler, John Klein, and Marv Porten, in addition to the most recent winner Narvey Goldman. narvey