Change to the ABT Status of Some Tournaments

EDIT 9/21/2020:  The Texas Backgammon Championships and the U.S. Backgammon Federation have reached an agreement to reinstate the tournament on the American Backgammon Tour.  Read our joint statement.

We want to make our members aware that the U.S. Backgammon Federation made the difficult decision to withdraw American Backgammon Tour (ABT) status from several tournaments. This change impacts tournaments held in Boston, Connecticut, and Texas.

Our decision was not personal or related to politics.  We had disagreements on how our business relationships could go forward productively as partners.  As time went on, we concluded that our disagreements were increasingly difficult to overcome.  Our relationships had become painfully antagonistic.  So, rather than continue in an unproductive relationship, we decided that the best option was for both parties to go their separate ways.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly or without considerable deliberation and attempts to retain these tournaments on the tour.  We wish Ross Gordon continued success with his tournaments, and we wish Bill Riles and Tara Mendicino success with their tournament and Ace Point Backgammon.

Our mission is to grow backgammon, and we are highly focused on bringing new players into the game. We are making sizable investments that will lead to player growth, including developing a new website, creating play and education opportunities for new players, enhancing support for ABT tournaments, and providing quality play experiences for our members. We will continue to work tirelessly in this effort, including providing expanded and exciting tournament options in diverse locations on the ABT tour.

We realize that this status change leaves temporary gaps on the ABT tour that will need to be filled.  We ask that you are patient with us while we fill those gaps.


  1. gary oleson says:

    that’s the way to grow BG! not!!! I don’t go to tourneys for points. What are they really worth? What is the heart of the matter? $$$? I t think that a poll of membership should be taken.

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