P 40 Phil Simborg Australian International Invitational


Save the Date:  The P40/Simborg Aussie Invitational
WHEN:  January 20-27th, 2019
WHERE:  Melbourne, Australia
WHAT:  A week of chouettes, PaskoGammon, Tennis, Hearts, Gin Rummy, Table Tennis and a 2-day High Roller tournament on the 23rd and 24th.
MAIN EVENT:  P40/Simborg Aussie Invitational:  $A5,000 (about $3750 US) entry fee.  Winner will receive at least half the prize pool which will make this one of the larger payouts in the world.   There will be chouettes of all levels, night and day, at a private home available to all participants.
WHO:  Your hosts will be Phil Simborg and a highly professional staff, and Ralph Burd will handle local organization and lend his beautiful home for chouettes and special events.
ALSO:  The Aussie Millions Poker main event runs from January 15th and finishes February 4th and our main event will not conflict with the main poker events.
ALSO:  The Australian Open Tennis is going on at the same time and we can get you tickets to any session you like.  The finals will be on the 27th and we will have a special viewing and backgammon party.
ALSO:  If you want to stay and sightsee and continue playing backgammon, we will host a Superbowl party on February 4th (February 3rd in the US) along with more backgammon at Ralph’s.
FEES:  An administrative fee will be charged to cover hospitality, expenses, and special prizes, but there will be no rake from the entry fees.  The tournament organizer will make NO MONEY on this event.  All fees will go to cover expenses such as venue hire, tables, chairs, staff, etc.
SPONSORSHIP:  P40 Boards is sponsoring the event and will provide two very customized boards to go to the winners.  There will be a dozen other P40 boards to play on that can be purchased or we will run special side events for the boards.
MORE FUN:  There will be side pools, buy-backs (depending on the number of entrants), streaming and recording for those who want it, and plenty of time to sightsee and enjoy other activities.  And of course, chouettes and interlocking chouettes for all interested.
EVEN MORE FUN AND LODGING:   The Crown Casino, host of the Aussie Millions, provides a complete offering of casino games, and we have special prices for rooms for those who want to stay there.  In addition, we have special rates at a lovely, lower-priced hotel nearby.
REGISTRATION:  This is an invitational tournament and we are closing at 64 entrants.  We already have over 40 who have asked us to save them a spot.  If you would like to preregister and take priority once registration opens on August 27th please email Phil Simborg at pjsimborg@gmail.com.  Phil will then send you more details to confirm your registration. We will also provide you with hotel information and advice on reserving tennis tickets.
PRIVATE EVENT:  This is a private, invitational only event.  Our goal is to make this the most fun week of backgammon you will ever have, and this will happen because of a fantastic venue, great staff, and great people in attendance.
SOUTH PACIFIC BACKGAMMON COMMUNITY:  We invite the entire South Pacific backgammon community to participate with us.  Ralph Burd will be back in Australia August 3rd and would love to talk with all interested in supporting and/or participating.  Please email Ralph at ralphburd@me.com.

WE’LL SEE YOU IN MELBOURNE!

Sincerely,

Phil and Ralph

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

Melbourne Backgammon News

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.

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