PrimeTime BG Spring 2020

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The Spring issue is our first after the untimely death in February of the great Falafel. He is memorialized with a cover photo, as well as reminiscences from friends and over-the-board rivals: Jake Jacobs, Michihito Kageyama, Arkadiy Tsinis, and Bob Wachtel. His warm heart and friendship, not to mention his first-rate play and commentary, will […]

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PrimeTime BG Winter 2020

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Our Winter issue features 2019 ABT Champion Frank Raposa, two ways: with a fine cover photo, and an article by Karen Davis and Marty Storer, not only recapping the Michigan tournament but also featuring Frank’s play as the winner over finalist Phil Simborg. The other feature articles are also intriguing: Bill Riles recaps November’s Cyprus […]

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PrimeTime BG Fall 2019

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Our current issue has some of everything. Our feature articles are led by Bill Riles’s deep, entertaining, and detailed story of Jonah Seewald’s roller-coaster ride to victory this year in San Antonio. Wilcox Snellings returns to our pages to recap the Monte Carlo World Championship: his experiences and reminiscences, plus fantastic analysis of positions from […]

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Anita Marholm wins Womens Monthly for August!

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Congratulations to Anita Marholm for winning the USBGF Womens Monthly Online Circuit Event for August. Anita defeated Eva Zizkova in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the event was Leyla Zaloutskaya and Kat Denison. The Women’s Circuit Monthly is a regular event on the USBGF Online Circuit that is open to any female USBGF […]

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PrimeTime BG Summer 2019

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The Summer issue makes for great warm-weather reading! We all want to know where the action is and who has been winning. And who better to provide those vital updates but our road-warrior President and Executive Director, Karen Davis? Just back from the 4th Merit Open Grand Prix and World Team Championships in the tiny […]

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PrimeTime BG Spring 2019

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The Spring issue is chock full of fine content. We have interviews: Steve Sax, the great and popular player recently inducted into the Backgammon Hall of Fame at the Texas Championships, tells us of his life and times with the help of our historian Bob Stoller. Bob also interviews our latest corporate sponsor, Gammon Guys: […]

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PrimeTime BG Winter 2019

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Our Winter issue is one of our very best. We have great feature articles: a brilliant analysis of the 2018 Michi­gan Masters final (Mamlet vs. O’Laughlin) from top players, theoreticians, and authors Nack Ballard and Paul Weaver; an interview of Tournament of Champions winner Adam Prager (by Karen Davis) along with analysis of his final […]

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PrimeTime BG Fall 2018

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Fall 2018 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Marty Storer, Managing Editor Our Fall issue is loaded with great content. It recaps the Michigan Summer Championships (by Managing Editor Marty Storer, including analysis of the Talbot-Woolsey BMAB tournament final), and the 43rd Backgammon World Championship (by World Championship staff member, PrimeTime publisher, and USBGF Board member […]

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PrimeTime BG Summer 2018

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Summer 2018 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Marty Storer, Managing Editor This issue, like our last, celebrates the great Paul Magriel. In her President’s column, entitled “Lessons from Magriel,” Karen Davis writes of her long acquaintance with him as his competitor and his student. She shares valuable tips from lessons taken in 1994-95. As if […]

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PrimeTime BG Spring 2018

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Spring 2018 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Marty Storer, Managing Editor In this issue we celebrate Paul Magriel, backgammon’s great pioneer, who died untimely on March 5 to our bitter loss. Besides many photos, tributes, and reminiscences, we have a recap of his life and times from USBGF Historian Bob Stoller. Our Summer issue will […]

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PrimeTime BG Winter 2018

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Winter 2018 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Marty Storer, Managing Editor In this issue we look back on 2017, and turn an eye to the future. One of last year’s biggest events was the 5th Merit Open International, held in Cyprus in November. Blake Fleetwood’s article showcases that mega-tourney, and the big win by Chicago’s […]

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PrimeTime BG Fall 2017

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Summer 2017 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Marty Storer, Deputy Managing Editor We have some great content to share with you in this issue. Joe Russell, Chairman of the USBGF Board of Directors, kicks it off with an explanation of the Federation’s newly ratified 2018 Tournament Rules. Then President Karen Davis presents the USBGF’s current […]

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PrimeTime BG Summer 2017

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Summer 2017 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Marty Storer, Deputy Managing Editor Three new American Backgammon Tour (ABT) tournaments kicked off in the first half of 2017: (1) the Boston Open in February; (2) the Viking Classic in Bloomington, Minnesota in March; and (3) the Cherry Blossom Championship in Dulles, Virginia (Washington, D.C. area) in […]

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PrimeTime BG Spring 2017

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Spring 2017 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Marty Storer, Deputy Managing Editor The induction of new members into he American Backgammon Hall of Fame is one of those events that our community looks forward to and enjoys. We are pleased, in this Spring issue of the magazine, to offer a transcript of the speeches made […]

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Simborg Video Lesson: Splitting for Beginners

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Simborg Video Lesson: Splitting for Beginners Featured content exclusively for USBGF Premium, Youth, & Basic Members.

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Simborg Video Lesson: Basic Numbers and Odds for Beginners

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Simborg Video Lesson: Basic Numbers and Odds for Beginners Featured content exclusively for USBGF Premium, Youth, & Basic Members.

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Delta Airlines Discount for Tournament Travel!

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We have negotiated a Delta Airline travel discount to backgammon tournament attendees in 2017. Blake Fleetwood has graciously organized this exclusive deal for the USBGF.

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PrimeTime BG Winter 2017

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Winter 2017 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor The biggest tournament of 2016 was the 4th Merit Open in Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus – with almost 500 entrants. The Merit had it all – high stakes events, added sponsorship money, a beautiful locale, 24/7 service and hospitality, parties and other festivities galore […]

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USBGF Tournament Rules

USBGF Board of Directors Approves Tournament Rules USBGF Tournament Rules Approved by U.S. Backgammon Federation Board of Directors September 22, 2016.

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PrimeTime Backgammon Fall 2016

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Fall 2016 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor The high point of the backgammon year is always the World Championships in Monte Carlo – and this year’s finale, pitting Sweden’s two-time World Champion Jörgen Granstedt against the USA’s own former World Champion Joe Russell, was a thriller. A member of the World […]

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Backgammon is WAR by Julius High

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Julius High — member of the USBGF Board of Directors, outstanding player, and all around nice guy — presents an enlightening and entertaining seminar on “Backgammon is War”. ‘Commander’ High uses military terminology and strategies to define, illustrate, and emphasize fundamental backgammon principles. The presentation will intrigue children, instruct less experienced players, and provide all […]

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PrimeTime Backgammon Summer

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Summer 2016 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor Looking for beach reading? Take along the summer PrimeTime Backgammon! With our shift to quarterly publication, this issue is filled with even more great tournament reports, player profiles, news, and analytic articles designed to take your game to the next level. We kick off […]

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Mar-Jun

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March – June Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor Just a few months into 2016, we barely have enough space in this issue to cover the burgeoning action on the U.S. backgammon scene. The first tournament of the year, the New York Metropolitan Open in January, was grander than ever, with ten […]

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Jan-Feb

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January – February Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor Wishing the whole backgammon community a happy new year, we kick off 2016’s first issue of PrimeTime Backgammon by announcing the induction of four new members to the American Backgammon Hall of Fame. The ceremony honoring these backgammon greats took place at the […]

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Nov-Dec

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November-December 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor Halloween trick or treat is just behind us, but we’ve saved the real treat for this issue of PrimeTime Backgammon with an in-depth analysis of Marty Storer’s march to victory in Michigan — by none other than our USBGF Editor for Annotated Matches, Marty […]

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Notice of Annual 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 Monday, December 28, 2015 and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, January 4, 2016. An e-mail including […]

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PrimeTime Backgammon, Sept-Oct

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September-October 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor The September-October 2015 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon is now available. We apologize that its release is somewhat behind schedule, but we hope that you will agree it is well worth the wait. It includes coverage of one of the most elegant, luxurious events in […]

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PrimeTime Backgammon, July-Aug

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July-August 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor Joe Russell, fresh from victories at the U.S. Open and the Atlanta Masters Jackpot, appears on the cover of our August 2015 issue. A spectacularly successful competitor, Joe won the World Championship (Monte Carlo) in 1989 and has consistently scored ABT titles over the […]

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PrimeTime Backgammon, May-June

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May-June 2015 Issue of PrimeTime Backgammon By Karen Davis, Managing Editor Saba Bejanishvili, the recent Atlanta Spring Classic champion, graces the cover of the May-June 2015 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon. Saba grew up in the Republic of Georgia, and came to the U.S. to study neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, […]

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Simborg Video Lesson: Doubling Window by John and Phil

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Doubling Window by John O’Hagan and Phil Simborg, USBGF Teaching Pro. Enjoy!

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