The Twin Cities Backgammon Club will host the Midwest’s newest backgammon tournament, the Viking Classic, March 9 – 12 at the Radisson Blu, Mall of America in Minneapolis. Make your reservation by Feb 20 to secure the $139 rate. Call 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the Backgammon Club rate. ABT events include the Viking Novice, the Odin Open and the Thor Advanced. Check the requirements for the Grand Crystal Beaver XVIII, Longship Jackpot and Viking Funeral. Last chance (Valhalla) for Open and Advanced gives everyone another opportunity. The Gammon Stuff Board tournament is scheduled, with every entrant getting a Viking cube and the winner earns a hand-crafted FTH board. Sign up now for this exciting new tournament. http://www.vikingbackgammonclassic.com/schedule.html
$500 additional prize money is available for USBGF members, so join or renew before or at the tournament.
Novice entrants will receive a book prize from the U.S. Backgammon Foundation and a free one-year trial membership. Encourage local club players and family members who are new to tournament play to give it a try.
In addition to the Viking Classic, the USBGF is offering added money for members at:
•Boston Open, Feb. 23-26, 2017, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor with $500 added.
•Ohio State Championships, Mar. 23-25, 2017, Cleveland Marriott Airport with $750 added.
•Cherry Blossom, April 6-9, Marriott Washington Dulles Airport with $1000 added.
•U.S. Open, Apr. 26-30, 2017, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•Atlanta, May 18-21, 2017, Sheraton, Atlanta, GA with $500 added
•Chicago Open, May 25-29, 2017, Holiday Inn, Rosemont, IL with $1000 added.
•Michigan Summer Championships, Jun. 30-Jul. 3, Sheraton, Novi, MI with $1000 added.
•Silicon Valley Backgammon Open, Aug. 31-Sep. 4, Marriott Courtyard, San Jose, CA with $750 added.
•Colorado, Sep. 22-24, Holiday Inn-East, Denver, CO with $500 added.
•Connecticut, Oct. 20-22, Doubletree Hilton, Windsor, CT with $750 added.
•Las Vegas Open, Nov. 15-19, Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV with $1000 added.
•California, Dec. 1-3, Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA with $1,000 added.