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 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.

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

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  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



Phil and Ralph

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.


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:

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 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.


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.