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Melbourne Backgammon Club

Yes – we’re back at last! We need helping hands to run the club.  Looking forward to a booming 2018.

Since you are reading this, you love backgammon like we do, so support the club!

Monthly Knockout Tournament and Chouette

Saturday evening, March 31st.

Details on the club website: www.melbournebackgammonclub.com

Regular Club Meets with tournament and chouette

Join us at the Arcadia Hotel in South Yarra.

Exciting tournament, good food and lots of fun.

Why not join us for dinner at 6.30?

Thursday April 5th and Thursday April 19th 2018

All welcome.

Refer to www.melbournebackgammonclub.com for updates

Persian Rose Doubles Tournament Report

Persian Rose Doubles Tournament Report

The Doubles Tournament was a huge success with every player keen for a repeat.  A big thank you goes to the Tournament Director, Taeed Athari, who was instrumental in making this tournament a reality.

Taeed put together a great tournament and he kindly provided his restaurant, The Persian Rose as the venue. Taeed and I would like to thank Zvi Bendavid for donating the trophies. Zvi has supported many backgammon tournaments by donating the trophies. This enables all entry fees to be returned as prize money.

Additional thanks go to Sharne Dyett who worked tirelessly on the front line making sure everything ran smoothly. Not only did she handle the administration side of things with great expertise, but when a player was short of a partner, she volunteered to enter the tournament to ensure a 16 team event. Having never played in a backgammon tournament before, Sharne rose to the occasion by teaming up with Hussein Haydari.

I would like to thank all the players who attended for supporting such a fun event, especially those who travelled long distances, Grant Hoffman from New Zealand, Simon Uey from Victoria and Hussein Haydari from Canberra.

It was always going to be very tough to win this Tournament due to the calibre of players attending. The first two rounds were nine point matches while the Semi-Finals and Final were 11 point matches. After two rounds we were at the Semi-Finals.

In the first Semi-Final; Gerhardt Macor and Lorenzo Caita-Mandra played Arthur Ramer and Julian Marroquin, while Richard Crawley-Boevey and Martin Sagradian versed Robbie Solomon and Ian Dunstan. Gerhardt and Lorenzo made it through as did Robbie and Ian. As fate would have it, Gerhardt and Ian played in the finals of the 2017 Australian Backgammon Championships, with Ian winning the title. That they met again in the finals of a tough doubles tournament is no accident, they are both very strong players. This time though they both have help. Robbie Solomon, one of the strongest players in Australia and Lorenzo, who may not have as much experience as Robbie, but is just as determined to win the tournament.

The match is a tight one, until Ian and Robbie take the advantage 10-6 Crawford. Gerhardt and Lorenzo win Crawford (making the score 10-7), and then Gerhardt gives an automatic double in the next game. Gerhardt plays for a blitz and it succeeds. Match and Championship win to Gerhardt and Lorenzo. Congratulations to both teams for getting to the finals and putting on a great show, not just in the finals but on the road to getting there.

The thing which is so interesting about a consulting Doubles Tournament is being able to hear the thought process of the players as they plan their moves and cube strategies.

We had a $50 knockout with eight players involved. The Final was played between Alex Falon and Simon Uey with Simon taking the win. Congratulations to both.

This Doubles Format proved to be very popular, and it is no surprise that players were making inquiries about organising another one, and we will. After all…we love the game.

Cheers,

Mick Dyett.

2017 AGM Results

ABF AGM minutes
9 a.m 11th November 2017
Persian Rose Restaurant, Turramurra

Attendance: Greg Ash, Eva Bitel, Taeed Athari, Mick Dyett, Gemma Purves, John Symon, Sharne Roxby, Martin Sagradian

1) Welcome

2) President’s report, Eva Bitel
EB welcomed attendees to meeting, and read out the following statement:
We are in good form, working well together, and we are here to promote and support the playing of backgammon in Australia
Thanks Gemma Purves and John Symon for work put in to get ABF onto a steady keel.
Seconded by Taeed Athari.

3) Treasurer’s report
JS stated the ABF currently has 31 individual members and 7 club memberships (this will have changed since the Australian Open).
Online banking has been set up. JS has supplied banking details to President and CoSec so that we can access accounts as required.

4) Secretary’s report
The website has been rebuilt. Thanks to Simon Woodhead for hosting the site for free and providing assistance going forward.
Social media groups are up and active. Facebook garners more activity/interest than twitter.

5) Any other business
Mailing list vs membership list.
Need to work out difference between members and mailing list. Set up to unsubscribe.
GA to follow up.

EB – Persian Rose Sponsorship.
Prize $ to go to highest placed member.

6) Result of elections (vote if required)
Eva Bitel was re-elected unanimously as board member and returning President
John Symon was re-elected unanimously as board member, and continues in role of Treasurer and Public Officer since resignation of John Hedge
Gemma Purves was re-elected unanimously as board member and returning Company Secretary
Simon Woodhead was elected unanimously as a new board member
Greg Ash was re-elected unanimously as board member
Mick Dyett was re-elected unanimously as board member
Taeed Athaari was re-elected unanimously as board member

Next meeting: TBA
Meeting closed.

Australian Open Results

 

The 2017 Australian Open was held over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of November at the Persian Rose Restaurant, sponsored by the Australian Backgammon Federation(ABF).

The format was a Double Elimination with 27 players competing. Competitors travelled from Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and New Zealand making it a truly representative Australian Open. The 2015 & 2016 defending champ Grant Hoffman from New Zealand travelled in the hope of being the only person to have won three years in a row.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Double Elimination format, a player has to lose twice before they are knocked out of the tournament. The first loss sends them to the losers bracket where they cannot lose another match in order to stay alive. The winner of the losers bracket plays the winner of the undefeated bracket and has to beat that player twice in order to win the whole thing. (Because the winner of the undefeated bracket has not lost his first match at that point).

In the first round of the competition Ian Dunstan lost to Gerhardt Macor, and as fate would dictate these two would meet up again in the finals. Ian won his way through to the finals in the defeated bracket while Gerhardt went through undefeated to the finals in the top bracket. The matches were 11 pointers. Ian eventually won both of these and claimed his third Australian Open title. I watched both these matches and both players gave it their all. Just getting to the finals is a feat in itself. I congratulate both Ian and Gerhardt for putting on a fine and exciting fight in the Quest to become the 2017 Aussie champ.

Special thanks are in order to those that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the event a success. Taeed Athari, an ongoing supporter of Australian Backgammon, generously offered his restaurant free of charge for the competition and donated 10% of all food and drink sales to be added to the prize money.

Thanks to Sharne Roxby and Greg Ash who ran the front desk and ensured the Open ran smoothly. And lastly a very big thanks to the ABF. This organisation is run by volunteers who devote their time and effort to provide an environment where the game may grow and bring joy to those who love it. The ABF donated $100 to the Tournament in the form of two $50 lucky door prizes. Finally, thanks to Zvi Bendavid for donating the trophies for the tournament.

Lastly a big thank you to all participants who supported this event, all the feedback from players was very positive. Everyone had a great time (regardless of the dice gods) and this makes the Tournament a great success. Look forward to seeing you all next year.

The Australian Backgammon Federations’s Australian Open Results

The prize money breakdown is as follows:

27 entrants, $120 entry fee.

Champion: Ian Dunstan

2nd place: Gerhardt Macor

3rd place:  Simon Ustich

4th place: Hossein Haydari Ahwazi

1st prize: $1600

2nd prize: $800

3rd/4th prize: $400 each

Additional bonus prize of $75 donated by Persian Rose Restaurant

Trophies for 1st and 2nd place donated by Zvi Bendavid

Tournament Director: Mick Dyett