CHERRY BLOSSOM CHAMPIONSHIP, April 6-9, 2017; Dulles, Virginia –
Results from

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CHAMPIONSHIP(64): 1-Joe Russell (CA), 2-Tobias Hellwag (Germany), 3- Bahman Zandi (MD), 4/5 – Victor Ashkenazi (NJ)/John O’Hagan (IN). Consolation: 1-Antoinette-Marie Williams (NY), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), 3C/4C Steve Brown (MN), Brent Cohen (PA)
ADVANCED(50): 1-Liam Henry (Canada), 2-Scotty Kelland (CT), 3-Marcy Kossar (MD), 4/5 Judy Field (MI), Jay Karns (NY), 1C-Omar Shah (Canada), 2C-Gary Koscielny (NY), 3/4C – Steve Kenney (NC), Tom Rebelo (Canada).
NOVICE (23): 1-Chris Chapin (DC), 2-Michael Rosen (NY), 1C-Vinson Blanton (VA), 2C Sabin Bokus (DC).
CHERRY BLOSSOM JACKPOT (8): 1-Steve Sax (CA), 2-Kit Woolsey (CA), 3/4-Saba Benjanishvili (GA)/ Victor Askkenazi (NJ). PR Winner Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan)
GEORGE WASHINGTON MASTERS JACKPOT (32): 1-Ken Bame (CA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4- Sean Garber (IN)/ Chris Trencher(NY).
ABRAHAM LINCOLN LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Bob Hathaway (VA), 2-Tom Rebelo (Canada), 3/4- Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA), Phil Lerman (DC).
NOVICE JACKPOT (8): 1-Vinson Blanton (VA); 2-Jamie Rosen (NY).
SENIOR SENATORS / YOUNG POLITICOS (48 = 32): Playoffs: 1-Kent Goulding (MD), 2-Rory Pascar (IL). Senior Senators (60-up): 1-Kent Goulding (MD), 2/3-Peggy Neubig (NJ) / Chen-Fu Yu (MD); Young Politicos (under 60): 1/2-Rory Pascar (IL).
USBGF BLITZ (80): 1-John O’Hagan (IN), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA).
USBGF TOURNAMENT OF STARS (16 Teams): 1-Patty Knapp (MA) & Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Jamie Rosen (NY) & Phil Simborg (IL).
HALL OF STATES / EMBASSY ROW TEAM CHALLENGE (11 teams): 1/2 split – Sugar Daddies (MD): Kent Goulding, John Klein & Bill Finneran / Wizards of Odds (CA): Joe Russell, Jim Pasko & Paul Baraz.
TAVLA (8): 1-Mustafa Sayid (VA); 2-Stephen Saad (NC)
ALFRED MAMLET NEWCOMERS’ FREE ROLL (13): 1-Dan Renzi (PA), 2-Sabin Bokus (DC), 3/4-Steve Shindler (NY) / Joe Urso (VA).
BMAB (USA) #5 (10): 1/2 tie – Steve Brown (MN) / Vladi Gudgenov (NC). PR winner: John Klein (MD) – 3.77.
$20 JACKPOT #1 (8): Jay Karns (NY)
$20 JACKPOT #2 (8): James Hallamayer (VA)
$20 JACKPOT #3 (8): Victor Morawski (MD)
$50 JACKPOT #1 (8): Larry Brown (VA)
$50 JACKPOT #2 (8): Stuart Domeshek (GA)
$50 JACKPOT #3 (8) Herb Roman (IL)


  1. Sabin Bokus Sabin Bokus says:

    Hello all,

    Sabin Bokus here; very pleased newcomer to backgammon! This was my first tournament, but it will not be my last.

    I cannot say enough about the way in which the directors organized and ran things. I am an ex-chess player and TD myself, so I know first-hand how hard it is to sucessfully run an event of this nature. Many thanks to Jason Lee, the Director of my Novice Division, and thank you so much to Karen, Barry, Bill, Larry, and the rest of the Organizers/TDs, who made my first tournament experience a great one! Thank you all for showing me the ropes!

    I hope you will be prepared for next year, because you will have many more folks there once they hear about how wonderful it was, and in that way, I intend to make your job harder!

    Let’s see if we can make that happen!

    Thank you so much again!


    Sabin Bokus

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