To be held on November 2nd 2019. Format will be modified Swiss.
More information as it comes to hand.
To be held on November 2nd 2019. Format will be modified Swiss.
More information as it comes to hand.
The 2019 Newcastle Open had a “back to the future” feel after the two finalists were decided on Sunday, September 15th.
25 players lined up at Club Charlestown’s Patricia Room to contest the Open, divided into 7 round robin groups of 3 (playing 9 point matches) and a group of 4 (to 7 points). Whilst the large amount of 3 player groups is not ideal (as there are always 7 players “sitting out”), it does make it easy to decided the final 8 as all group winners went through to the knockout final.
Visiting players included Simon Woodhead (Qld), Greg Ash and David
Berry(Canberra) and amongst the Sydney players to attend were Taeed Athari, from the Persian Rose at Turramurra and Carol Wakelin and Ben Phillips who were able to attend after recent overseas trips. Kyle Rhoades played his first tournament after recently becoming a member of NBC and Chris Belton graced us with his presence after a 7 year absence.
To say Newcastle was well represented in the Final would be an understatement. 7 of the 8 positions was filled by locals with the odd man out being Ben Phillips who was looking to repeat his 2017 Championship win. Unfortunately for Ben he was drawn against Mick Dyett in the first round of the knockout and went out 7-2.
The Final came down to a clash of previous Newcastle Open winners, Dave Bower and Robert Disney. Whilst both being previous winners it had been a long time between drinks as Dave had won the 1994 edition and Robert, as the Honour Roll page shows, won the inaugural tournament in 1984!!
The match was evenly fought as the lead chopped and changed until it got to 5-5. Dave needed to avoid a double 4 or double 5 to save a gammon but the 4’s appeared and then his match point game backgame was thwarted by a timely 6-6 to end Robert’s 35 year win drought of Newcastle Open.
The Consolation Tournament, for those who didn’t make the Final, was won by Simon Woodhead (a slight payback for Michelle and Greg’s victories at the Queensland Championships last month) over David Berry.
Newcastle Backgammon Club would like to thank all those who travelled to play this year, Club Charlestown for their hosting of the event and the Australian Backgammon Federation for sponsorship of the Trophies.
While the wind blew down south, the weather was cool but sunny on the
Gold Coast for the 2019 Queensland Backgammon Championships held at the
Surfers Paradise SLSC on the Gold Coast.
44 players attended over the weekend, plus 4 novices. Half a dozen
players were stranded in Sydney and Canberra due to the extreme weather.
This took many top contenders out of the equation, including the likes
of Ian Dunstan, Jim Bean and John Symon.
Friday night saw around 25 players turn up, eager for a go at
Speedgammon. We expected to fill a total field of 16, or maybe 32 in
this tournament, but on Friday alone we filled 32. So Speedgammon
quickly became a 64 field. We also ran two satellites for the Masters,
won by Peter Brown and Steve Roberts.
Saturday arrived and the rest of the field turned up and the Open was
quickly under way, filling up by early afternoon. The Masters was held
to a field of 16, with Speedgammon still popular and the Last Chance
tournament now taking entries. Backgammon was played well into the
evening with rounds progressing in all tournaments.
On Sunday, we had a few spots left in the Speedgammon and Last Chance
which the perennial desperadoes soon filled. So we came to the money
rounds and the tension in the room heightened as people gathered around
to watch the lucky/skilful few battle it out for the major prizes.
Incredibly (well, it was all planned this way of course!) we were dead
on time, with all 4 finals under way at the same time, and all
completing shortly after the advertised time of 6PM.
The Open quarter finals saw Steve Clarry defeat Hossein Haydari, Simon
Ustick was incredibly lucky to overcome partner Maricar, who should
probably file for immediate divorce after what Simon did to her! In the
bottom half, Melbourne’s Steve Quinn overcame Barry Ross, and Taeed
Athari from the Persian Rose pipped Bill Marczak to the post in a
marathon. It was to be Melbourne’s final when Uey beat Steve Clarry and
Steve Quinn beat Taeed. Congratulations to Steve Quinn who showed not
only skill but serious stamina after 3 days of playing.
The Masters was limited to 16 players and was keenly fought at every
round. Ivo Zarnic from New Zealand made it to a semi-final date with
Newcastle’s Michelle Taubman who had dismissed Peter Sun and Steve
Roberts (both past Australian champions!) as if they were novices. The
bottom half of the draw saw one of the match-ups of the weekend with
young experts Martin Sagradian and Hossein Haydari caught in a
down-to-the-wire battle that Hossein eventually won. Michelle was not to
be denied, it was destined to be her weekend. In a see-saw battle that
could have gone either way for much of the match, Michelle kept her
cool, playing superbly to claim her title of Queensland Masters
Champion. A well deserved reward for all her hard work behind the scenes
as well as over the table.
The success of the weekend was the Speedgammon tournament, which filled
64 places and everyone took to like ducks to water. People who’ve never
played with clocks, let alone under the pressures of speedgammon
settings, just couldn’t get enough. I hope we’ll be seeing speedgammon
events appear in other tournaments around the country. The top 32 of the
draw had been played on Friday, with Adelaide’s Shane McNally and the
Gold Coast’s Vince Turner reaching the semi. Shane beat Vince sometime
during Saturday, allowing Vince a last chance to re-enter – he bought in
at position 58. Then won all the way through again, beating Simon
Woodhead (aaarggh!) in the semi for another match-up with Shane but this
time in the final. It was to be Vince’s day, he was truly inVincible at
The Last Chance tournament sent another trophy Newcastle’s way for Greg
Mitchell who patiently waited while we caught the tournament up. Dave
Berry from Canberra eventually won through to the final but Greg’s
patience was rewarded with the winners trophy.
Four lovely ladies turned up for the Novice tournament, with Olga
Sagradian winning from local Miranda Miranda on countback in a
The major prize in the raffle was won by local Zoe Anghel Richmond, who
also had a good run in the Open, winning her first two rounds. She now
has Michy’s excellent new backgammon books to cement her game in solid
Thanks to everyone who came, especially thanks to those who booked and
were denied by the weather. Next year – bigger and better! Thanks to our
venue sponsor the Surfer Paradise SLSC Nippers, to our trophy sponsor
George Beyreuthi from FS Securities and to Barb, Margie, Denise and
Maria for their tireless and invaluable work on the desk. Thanks to
Taeed Athari for bringing his wonderful Persian Rose boards all the way
up from Sydney, as did Rob Disney with the Newcastle boards. Special
thanks also to Moya Holmes of the Nippers, who liaised with the venue
and made sure that everything ran smoothly for us. None of this would
have happened without all of you – we sincerely thank you 🙂
You can see completed draw sheets by clicking on the tournament names
Keep following the facebook page for pics from this year and updates for
next year: https://www.facebook.com/groups/357307341547212/
Until next year, happy rolling from Steve Roberts and Simon Woodhead
August 2019, Gold Coast, Queensland
AND THE WINNERS ARE
James Noble (NZ) 1st Place
Cedric Marchant (NZ) 2nd Place
Grant Hoffman (NZ) 3rd Place
Tony Marquette (NZ) Plate Champion
Want to thank James for keeping the NZ BG Championship Trophy in New Zealand & in Auckland.
James had a clean sheet. Did not lose any Matches as he powered his way to 1st place.
Congratulations to the WINNERS and congratulations to all of the participants in the 2019 New Zealand BG Championship. It was a really fun Tournament.
The tournament was played on June 1st and 2nd and was a progressive double elimination format. Each participant needed to lose twice to be knocked out. There was an undefeated winner bracket and a second chance bracket. As players lost a match they dropped into the corresponding draw in the second chance bracket.
The tournament attracted 25 starters including most of Australia’s best players, travelling from as far as the Gold Coast, NSW South Coast, Newcastle and all parts of Sydney.
After many 9-point matches and nearly 2 days of playing, Peter Brown won the tournament undefeated. He played Arthur Ramer in the finals, while John Symon and Steve Clary came 3 rd and 4 th respectively.
The undefeated champ, The worthy runner up,
Peter Brown Arthur Ramer
Semi finalists, John Symon and Steve Clary
On the Sunday there was a $300 jackpot tournament with 8 players participating.
Semi-finalists were Taeed Athari v Zvi Bendavid and Mick Dyett v Simon Woodhead. Taeed and Mick were finalists, choosing to split the winnings.
The day was both warm outside and inside as there were smiles all round. A great comradery between the players with many battles, laughter and post mortems.
As director, I would like to thank everyone who participated, contributed to or
supported the tournament and made it such a success, in particular Taeed Athari for his on going generosity in allowing the tournament to be played at his venue at no cost, Sharne Dyett for organising the desk, and the ABF for sponsoring the trophies,
The 2019 Angie Hambour Memorial Double Elimination Backgammon Tournament will be held on July 7th 2019.
There will also be a Free Unlimited Consolation Tournament.
The venue is the Metropolitan Hotel in Adelaide. For full information please click here.
After the very successful 2019 Sydney Open Backgammon Tournament, the director, Gary Stavrou will launch the inaugural Spring 2019 Sydney Open Backgammon Tournament on October the 6th. The event will again be held at the Canada Bay Club.
For full information click on the Events Link
Just a quick early update for Melbounre 2020.
The major difference between the inaugural event in 2019 and this one will be:
Registration will open in June.
Official Independent Tournament Manager with extensive gaming and event experience
No streaming glitches
Added event $20k high rollers
Same $5k & $1k event
Same welcome, ambiance and family feel.
Full update early June – just awaiting to confirm Aussie Millions Poker Schedule. We know it concludes on Jan 24th but to ensure no confusion we await their schedule, we are likely to run from the last week aprox in Jan with a week of chouettes and casual play leading up into our even officially opening.
And we will always do our best to accommodate requests and suggestions
The USA 2019 Backgammon Calendar in case you are in that part of the world at the right time, and the flyer for the 2019 Niagara Invitationals.
JUNE 6-9, 2019
THE NIAGARA INVITATIONALS!!!
CASH, CHECK OR CHARGE FOR PRE-REG!
We have an AWESOME addition to Thursdays Schedule
U.S./CANADIAN NIAGARA FALLS DAY TRIP
AN EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR!
Only 15 Seats Available, So Reserve Today!
Book before May 1st and get $10 off!
ENJOY ALL THE SPLENDOR OF NIAGARA FALLS
From the U.S. and from Canada!
SEE THE FALLS FROM EVERY ANGLE
close up, from across the river, 100 feet below and atop a tower
A 6 HOUR PRIVATE TOUR THU, JUNE 6, 2019
We will leave after breakfast, have lunch in Niagara and be back in time for a quick nap, dinner and prepare for the Pre-Tourney Games! DON’T MISS OUT!!!!!
A FULL DAY-TRIP TOUR OF THE FALLS!!
If your going to travel for the weekend, you might as well SEE THE PLACE!
Go Sightseeing First… THEN play.
Reserve Your Seat Today!
Book before May 1st and get $10 off
And Don’t Forget the Rest of The 2019 ABT Calendar:
APR 25-28…..*ABT: ATLANTA SPRING CLASSIC, CROWNE PLAZA, ATLANTA, GA..404/590-2021
MAY 9-12……*ABT: CHERRY BLOSSOM CHAMPIONSHIP, HYATT, HERNDON, VA….917/488-5364
MAY 23-27…..*ABT: 39th CHICAGO OPEN, HOLIDAY INN, ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS.617/699-9100
JUN 6-9…..*ABT: NIAGARA INVITATIONAL,
BUFFALO MARRIOTT, AMHERST,NY.203/521-7866
JUN 6-9…….*ABT: LOS ANGELES OPEN, HILTON LAX, LOS ANGELES, CA……310/422-1646
JUL 4-7……..ABT: 44th MICHIGAN SUMMER CHAMPS, SHERATON, NOVI, MI….810/232-9731
AUG 15-18……ABT: WISCONSIN STATE CHAMPS, RADISSON, MADISON, WI……608/215-4597
AUG 29-SEP 2..*ABT: 3rd VIKING CLASSIC, DOUBLETREE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN….612/703-3211
SEP 19-22……ABT: WILD WEST SHOOTOUT, EMBASSY SUITES, DENVER, CO…..303/356-3679
OCT 10-13…..*ABT: SUNNY FLORIDA, DALMAR HOTEL, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL…917/488-5364
OCT 24-27……ABT: CSBC–NEW ENGLAND, TOWER SQUARE, SPRINGFIELD, MA….203/521-7866
NOV 13-17……ABT: 2019 LAS VEGAS OPEN, GOLDEN NUGGET, LAS VEGAS, NV..702/218-8238
DEC 5-8……..ABT: CALIFORNIA STATE, HILTON LAX, LOS ANGELES, CA……310/422-1646
JAN 9-12…….ABT: 13th NEW YORK OPEN, HYATT REGENCY, JERSEY CITY, NJ.408/529-6769
JAN 30-FEB 2…ABT: TEXAS/USBGF AWARDS, GUNTER HOTEL, SAN ANTONIO, TX..281/703-9304
FEB 13-16……ABT: 4TH BOSTON OPEN, HYATT REGENCY BOSTON HARBOR, MA…203/52
Announcing the 2019 Queensland Open Backgammon Championship
including Masters, Beginners and the inaugural
Australian Speedgammon Championship
Date: 9-11 August 2019
Place: Surfers Paradise Surf Club, Gold Coast, Queensland
Click on the Events Page for all the details.
Another of the not-to-be-missed events on the Australian backgammon calendar.