Eva Bitel. May She Rest In Peace.

The Australian Backgammon community today lost one of its hardest working and dedicated advocates with the death of Eva Bitel.

Eva and her late husband Ivor have been an integral part of Backgammon in Australia for over 40 years and both did all they could to promote the game and attract new players to a game they were both passionate about.

At the time of her passing, Eva had just recently retired as President of the Australian Backgammon Federation, which had enjoyed a revival under her stewardship .

She will be sadly missed by not only the backgammon family, the medical fraternity that she had been an active member of, and the bridge community, but also by so many others from all walks of life who came in contact with this wonderful warm, caring, intelligent, fierce and funny lady.

Our lives are richer for having known her.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday 17th of December at 2.30pm  in the Camellia Chapel at  Macquarie Park Cemetery  and Crematorium, corner of Delhi and Plassey Roads, North Ryde

The 2019 Newcastle Open

 

 

 

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.

2020 Melbourne Backgammon International

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 NIAGARA INVITATIONALS June 6-9

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

Congratulations to the Backgammon Association of South Australia

The Backgammon Association of SA celebrates 42 years of successful
operation.

Congratulations to all concerned from the board of the Australian Backgammon Federation. 42 years is a great achievement.

Every month starting in March 2019, and for the following 8 months, on the
2nd Tuesday of each month, one round of “the 42nd Tournament” will take
place. So financial club members need do nothing more than turn up at 6:00pm at Caffe Amore on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from March 2019 to October 2019 and enter (with $5) to participate.

A New Monthly Tournament for Sydney.

PERSIAN ROSE MONTHLY TOURNAMENT
2nd SUNDAY of the Month, February through to October
ENTRY FEE: $50

All entry fees will be returned in prize money.
Persian Rose Backgammon Club will be hosting a monthly tournament. The format will be knockout with byes. Registration will be 9:30am with play starting at 10am. Players who are knocked out of the tournament will be able to participate in either chouettes or jackpot tournaments. Optional side pools will be available for the main tournament.
Any enquiries please contact the Tournament Director Taeed
Athari. Ph: 0418207708 or Email taeed.athari@gmail.com

2018 AGM Minutes for the Australian Backgammon Federation

3rd November 2018 at 8.30 am at The Persian Rose Restaurant Turramurra

Board Attendees: Eva Bitel (President)
John Symon (Treasurer & Public Officer)
Taeed Athari
Simon Woodhead
Mick Dyett
Greg Ash

General Member Attendees;

David Kinston
Gary Stavrou
David Reitzin
Ian Dunstan
George Avrimedes
Simon Ustick
Carol Wakelin (Acting Secretary)

The meeting opened with the acceptance of the minutes of the previous AGM at 9 am on the 11th of November 2017 at the Persian Rose Restaurant in Turramurra.

The acceptance was moved by Taeed Athari and seconded by John Symon.

It was noted that the previous secretary, Gemma Purves, had resigned and a suggestion was made by the President that a note of thanks for her service be sent to her.

Eva Bitel undertook to action this.

The President’s report listed the achievements of the Board over the last year including endorsing the NSW and Australian Opens, and getting the National Ratings up and running. The President thanked the sub-committee members Greg Ash, Simon Woodhead, Ian Dunstan for their great work.

The Treasurer’s report advised that we now have $3345 in the bank, an increase of $394.80 from last year.

It also advised that we currently have 8 member clubs and 39 individual financial members.

Eva Bitel thanked John Symon for his work and welcomed the general members to the meeting.

All Board member positions were then declared vacant and nominations were called for.

Eva Bitel was nominated for President by John Symon and seconded by Taeed Athari.

Greg Ash was nominated for Vice President by Simon Woodhead and seconded by Ian Dunstan.

Carol Wakelin was nominated for Secretary and a position on the Board by Eva Bitel and seconded by Taeed Athari.

Mick Dyett was nominated for a position on the Board by Eva Bitel and seconded by Taeed Athari.

David Kinston was nominated for a position on the Board by Gary Stavrou and seconded by Ian Dunstan.

All of these nominations were accepted.

There was some discussion as to how many Board members are allowed.

Greg Ash undertook to check the constitution and advise the Board.

David Kinston suggested that all States should have a representative on the Board.

Simon Woodhead felt that sub committees in the States with improved communication between the sub committees and the Federation were a better solution.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Eva Bitel had received a call from an unknown person asking if the Federation was offering lessons.

Gary Stavrou felt that this was a matter for the individual clubs rather than the Federation.

Mick Dyett mentioned that Grant Hoffmans’ Backgammon Learning Centre was good, but that the cost would probably be prohibitive for absolute beginners.

He also suggested that perhaps there could be some basic information on the website.

Ian Dunstan and Mick Dyett have offered lessons in the past and participants have only come two or three times.

Eva Bitel had had an enquiry about multiyear membership – this was not deemed feasible at this stage as convincing people to join for 1 year is hard enough. John Symon and Simon Woodhead concurred that this was too hard.

Eva Bitel asked Mick Dyett if he felt that the ABF could add any further value to today’s tournament. Mick did not feel that they could.
Gary Stavrou suggested that only ABF members should be able to view their position on the national ratings – all non members should have their names redacted until they were financial.
The ratings system has 170 names but only 39 are financial .

Simon Woodhead said that this is not possible with the current program we are using for the ratings and we cannot make this change as it will affect other data.

General consensus was that local clubs should be doing more to encourage their members to join and push the benefits of having their rating and access to more backgammon news in the future.

Local clubs to ask members if they mind their contact information being given to the federation to share more information on benefits and backgammon in general.
Simon Ustick was happy to do this.

John Symon will write to the member clubs requestion member contact details.

Simon Woodhead suggested each local club could write a small report every month to go on the ABF website. He would also like to resurrect the Australian National Championships

David Kingston requested clarification on the format of this.

Gary Stavrou suggested that Sydney Backgammoners run the NSW Open at North Ryde RSL in 2019.

Taeed Athari opposed this as using the Persian Rose does not involve any cost to the ABF, and historically the tournament has been held at the Persian Rose Restaurant.

Gary reiterated that if his proposal is successful, there will be no cost to the ABF, it will be fully funded by Sydney Backgammoners.

David Reitzin suggested using the Top Ryde RSL venue if they offered a free room, but Gary Stavrou declined to run the tournament in any other venue except the North Ryde RSL.

It was agreed that both Gary and Taeed should make submissions for consideration by the Board and that this would be discussed in more detail at another meeting within the next 3 months.

Submissions need to be delivered to the President by November 30th 2018 to be considered.

The meeting closed at 9.23 am.

ADDENDUM.  Due to an omission during the AGM, Taeed Athari was nominated for a position on the Board by John Symon and seconded by Eva Bitel on November 5th 2018, and was accepted by the board on November 7th, 2018.

 

Satelite Tournaments for Melbourne $1000 Event

David Kinston of the Melbourne Backgammon Club is arranging several Thursday night tournaments with an entry fee of $125 with 8 man fields, the winner getting $1000 to cover the entry fee into the Melbourne Backgammon Club Championship event (winners will have to chip in the $100 hospitality fee) in January 2019.

Information  about the event is available on the Australian Backgammon Federation web site at   https://ausbgf.org.au/home/events/   or contact David Kinston at dkinston@gmail.com