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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Bray’s Learning Curve: An Anchor Question

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Money Play. How should Red play 65? XGID=-B-BaCB-B—bB-c-c-d-Bb—:0:0:1:65:0:0:3:0:10 This sort of position often confuses even good players. Red was hoping to attack the White blot on his 4-pt but instead rolled this useless 65. How should he play it? The instinctive reaction of the majority of my students when shown this position was to elect […]

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Watch the Paul Magriel Tribute Video

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Please enjoy the Paul Magriel Memorial – Tribute to the Father of Modern Backgammon by Robert Wachtel The video was produced and funded by the Paul Magriel Memorial Committee including members Blake Fleetwood, Perry Gartner, Phil Simborg, and Mike Svobodny. A list of contributors may be found on paulmagriel.net/tribute-contributors. PayPal donations may be made to […]

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Bray’s Learning Curve: Early Game Dilemma

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Money Play. How should Red play 31?  XGID=-a-a-BD-B—dE—d-e—-B-:0:0:1:31:0:0:3:0:10 For this first column I am going start at the beginning of the game. This position is reached after Red opens with 31: 8/5, 6/5 and White responds with 32 which he has correctly played 24/22, 13/10. If your opponent opens with 31 it is very often […]

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XLI Winner

Congratulations to Mary Morse, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XLI online tournament. Mary defeated Tom Christner in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were PJ Macali and Manny Olszynko. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional LIV Winner

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Congratulations to Ed Bauder, winner of the Masters Divisional LIV online tournament. Ed defeated Jan Cerny in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Roberto Kenny Litzenberger 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 Advanced Divisional XXXVIII Winner

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Congratulations to Gary Oleson, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVIII online tournament. Gary defeated Faramarz Hashemi in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Ralf Priebe and Ray Cifani. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIX Winner

Congratulations to Mary Morse, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIX online tournament. Mary defeated Juan Jose Aguzzi in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Long Nguyen and Matthew Brown. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional LIII Winner

Congratulations to Adam Prager, winner of the Masters Divisional LIII online tournament. Adam defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Peter Wisniewski and Martin Zizka. 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 LII Winner

Congratulations to Kamil Karaali, winner of the Masters Divisional LII online tournament. Kamil defeated Jack LeProwse in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were James Schothorst and Jerry Gette. 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 Advanced Divisional XXXVI Winner

Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVI online tournament. Martin defeated Patricia Johnson in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Steve F. Kenney and Mario Savan. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional LI Winner

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Congratulations to Andrey Nesterov, winner of the Masters Divisional LI online tournament. Andrey defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Kamil Karaali and Pierre VIAU. 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 Third Director’s Cup Winner

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Congratulations to Ken Bame, winner of the Third USBGF Director’s Cup event. Ken defeated Steve Sax in the 19-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 17-point semi-final were Ray Bills and Joseph Russell. The Director’s Cup was open to all USBGF Premium, Youth, and Basic members and had a 128 player field.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVII Winner

Congratulations to Steven Waller, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXVII online tournament. Steven defeated Ralph Desimone in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Larry Brown and Martin Filipi. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional L Match Winner

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Congratulations to Steven Waller, winner of the Masters Divisional L online tournament. Steven defeated Art Benjamin in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Jerry Gette and James Schothorst. 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 XLIX Match Winner

Congratulations to Martin Zizka, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIX online tournament. Martin defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Leonida Zaloutskaya and Toby Tabet. 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 Advanced Divisional XXXV Winner

Congratulations to Martin Filipi, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXV online tournament. Martin defeated Kat Denison in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Ben Yam and David Alaghebandzadeh. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLVIII Match Winner

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Congratulations to Ted Chee, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVIII online tournament. Ted defeated Bob Azari in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Martin Zizka and Ray Bills. 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 Advanced Divisional XXXIV Winner

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Congratulations to James Allen, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIV online tournament. James defeated Rafael Luis Palazzo in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Long Nguyen and Rodolfo Urdiain. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLV Match Winner

Congratulations to Jeb Horton, winner of the Masters Divisional XLV. Jeb defeated Igor Krivokon in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Adam Prager and Joseph Russell. 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 XLVII Match Winner

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Congratulations to Art Benjamin, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVII. Art defeated Karen Davis in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Chris Trencher and Jeb Horton. 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 Advanced Divisional XXXIII Match Winner

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Congratulations to Mary Morse, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXIII online tournament. Mary defeated John Antaki in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Steven Waller and David Parks. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLVI Winner

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Congratulations to Kamil Karaali, winner of the Masters Divisional XLVI. Kamil defeated Andrew Selby in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Dmitriy Obukhov and Martin Zizka. 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 Advanced Divisional XXXII Winner

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Congratulations to Carl Blumenstein, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXXII online tournament. Carl defeated Genna Cowan in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were James Schothorst and Manny Olszynko. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Advanced Divisional XXVII Winner

Patrick Domico

Congratulations to Patrick Domico, winner of the USBGF Advanced Divisional XXVII online tournament. Patrick defeated Peggy Neubig in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Jerry Nussbaum and Gary Oleson. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLIII Winner

Congratulations to Karen Davis, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIII. Karen defeated Edward Bauder in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Cynthia Belonogoff and John Graas. 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 XLIV Winner

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Congratulations to Richard Munitz, winner of the Masters Divisional XLIV. Richard defeated Martin Zizka in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Andrew Selby and Olga Ivanova. 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 Advanced Divisional XXXI Winner

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Congratulations to Don Marek, winner of the Advanced Divisional XXXI . Don defeated Martin Filipi in the 17-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 15-point semi-final were Peggy Neubig and James Allen. The Advanced Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating between 1500.01 – 1649.99 at the time of registration.

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USBGF Masters Divisional XLI Winner

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Congratulations to Erwin Hom, winner of the Masters Divisional XLI.  Erwin defeated Mislav Kovačić in the 21-point final match. Finishing 3/4 in the 19-point semi-final were Igor Erovenko and Kristijan Čuljat. The Masters Divisional requires players have a Circuit Elo rating of 1650.00 or above at the time of registration.

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