2018 Auckland Backgammon Championship

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Grant Hoffman (Nelson)                 1st Place
Paul Kellett (Auckland)                   2nd Place
Richard Theunissen (Auckland)    3rd Place
Jo Hodder (Auckland)                     Consolation Prize

A grueling Semi-Final & Final Match. The Auckland Players almost took down Grant….but in the end he was able to bring home the victory and take the Auckland Title & Trophy back to Nelson.

Congratulations to the WINNERS and congratulations to all of the participants in the 2018 Auckland BG Championship.

Melbourne Backgammon Club presents BACKGAMMON NIGHTS!

Join us at the Arcadia Hotel (corner Toorak Rd and Punt Rd, South Yarra) every Thursday evening, to play backgammon with people who love the game as much as you do!  Beginners, intermediate and expert players of all ages welcome. Coaching available.  $10 per player, optional side pools. All monies returned as prizes on the night.
Round robin play using the Swiss scoring format, guarantees at least 4 matches per player per night against players of similar skill levels, with minimal waiting between games. Our customised computerised scoring system on a big screen makes it easy to track your scores, games and opponents.  Have a bite at 6:30pm, play starts at 7:15pm and nishes around 10:30pm.

www.melbourne backgammonclub .com

2018 Newcastle Open Results

The Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament was played at Charlestown Bowling club on September 16 .

Martin Sagradian is the 2018 Newcastle Open Champion, following up on his 2018 NSW Open win. Martin defeated Arthur Ramer in a shortened final after both players agreed to split the money and play a game for the trophy. The Consolation was won by Newcastle’s Greg Mitchell over David Reitzen. Photos to follow.

24 players from Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra made up 6 round robins with all winners qualifying for the Championship knock out Final. Four of the 6 spots in the final went to Newcastle players but Alan Cathcart and Adrian Marisescu both fell just short, taking out the semi-finalist prizes.

Australian Backgammon Federation AGM November 3rd 2018

The ABF will hold its AGM on Saturday November 3rd at 8.30 am ( prior to the Australian Open ) at the Persian Rose Restaurant, Turramurra.  All positions are open for nominations (with seconders). Please send nominations or any other issues to John Symon at johnsymon2191@gmail.com by October 26th. Also please be advised that due to a sudden increase in work commitments, our Secretary, Gemma Purves has unfortunately had to resign. Carol Wakelin has accepted to fill the role until elections at the AGM.

AGENDA
1. Attendance and apologies.
2. Resignation of secretary
a) Formal thanks
b) Nomination of replacement secretary
3. Nomination of new board member ( s )
Vote if required.
4. President’s report
5.Treasurer’s report
6. Any other business
7. Date next AGM

Angie Harbour Memorial Tournament (South Australia)

The 2018 Angie Hambour Memorial Double Elimination Tournament took place on July 22nd in Adelaide.
This event is named in memory of Angie Hambour, one of our founding committee members back in 1977.

The log fire in the historic Metropolitan Hotel set the theme for an excellent day of backgammon starting at a chilly 8 am and the last player leaving at 7 pm.

We had a field of 16, and by mutual consent there were 16 buybacks offered into the first round. All 16 were taken up. The snag was that the buyback matches were to 5 points only. Five point matches have a way of producing tales of woe about leading 4-1 and losing.  Second round matches reverted back to the standard 9 point matches. Being a double elimination tournament meant that with the buyback option players had 3 lives. The prize pool was a respectable $1500

The only player to make it through unbeaten despite his tough draw was Saeed Nourmohammadi, defeating Jack Clark, Nick Papadopoulos, Hossein Haydari, Siegfried Pohlenz, Angelo Ali and Jim Piliouras in the grand final.
Jim fought hard to get to the grand final. With the buy back and the double elimination, he needed 9 matches to reach it, whereas Saeed only needed 5 matches.

Jim needed to win the next two matches against Saeed. It started well for him, winning the first 11-6, but he fell at the last hurdle, losing 12-0.

The scores, as it so often happens, didn’t tell the whole story.

Congratulations to the defending champion, Saeed Nourmohammadi for a very impressive effort, and also to Jim for his fine fighting effort.

The Consolation Tournament final was fought out between Jack Clark (so close again), and Shane McNally the winner.

 

 

2018 NSW Open Backgammon Championship

This year’s NSW open was run, for the first time, by the Sydney Backgammoners at the North Ryde RSL….and a great day was had by all !!

33 players including two from Victoria, one from South Australia, and several players from Newcastle  sat down to play in a modified Swiss tournament , which would have guaranteed all players five 7-point matches if ALL players had stayed until the end .…

14 of those players entered the optional value-added bonus pool with the total value of the “pot” going to the participating player who finished highest up the ladder at the end of the day – even if that player was not the overall tournament winner.

Play started on time at 9.30 and there were no matches that went over time. Gary’s devotion to trialling various time periods paid off and no players were penalised for exceeding the time limit OR for arriving late for their games – well done all .

After two matches we broke for lunch, resuming at 1.45 for the remaining 3 matches.

Martin Sagradian was the ultimate tournament winner with 521 points, claiming the both the $900 prize AND the $1400 bonus pool

Peter Brown , with 416 points, took 2ndplace .

George Avramides, in 3rd was very close behind with 414 points.

John Symon took 4th spot with 411 points .

Congratulations to all our winners , and indeed to all who took part .

A big “thank you” to Gary Stavrou for co-ordinating a very successful and enjoyable day .

The excellent facilities at the North Ryde RSL allowed the
match results to be constantly displayed on a large screen.

Winner, Martin Sagradian and 2nd Place, Peter Brown

and 3rd place, George Avramides.

The full final rankings are below but do not include any players who left early.

FINAL  RANKING

Sagradian Martin 521
Brown Peter 416
Avramides George 414
Symon John 411
Catusanu Edmond 408
Barnett Paul 404
Naderi Abbas 309
Reitzin David 308
Disney Robert 306
Shalala Habib 306
Macor Gerhardt 305
Jedrychowski Richard 304
Walker Tony 304
Dyett Mick 299
Dunstan Ian 299
Wakelin Carol 295
Shaked Ron 203
Bean Jim 201
Khorsandi Mehrdad 199
Haydari Hossein 196
Demehri Jamshid 195
Bitel Eva 195
Athari Taeed 194
Khorsandi Foad 193
Nejati Mohammad 192
Spillekom Jan 191
Taubman Michelle 89
Demehri Faraz 89
Li Simon Shui 72