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

2019 Queensland Open Backgammon Championship

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.

The Inaugural Sydney Open Backgammon Tournament

The tournament was run on the 7th of April 2019 at the Canada Bay Club.

The amended double Swiss format ensured that everyone played 6 x seven point matches on the day, and a loss in the three round qualifying flight did not preclude any player from winning the tournament.The day was a resounding success with glowing reports from the participants.

Main Flight :

1st Paul Barnett – $600 and crystal doubling cube award,

 

2nd Arthur Ramer $300.

 

Consolation prize of $60 to the one-match winner with the highest score to David Reitzin.

 

3rd prize went to the Second Flight winner, Pat Halpin, who received $180.

 

Eva Bitel pocketing the $60 2nd flight consolation.

 

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.

Round-Up 2018

From Member Clubs

ACT Backgammon Club

2018 was a typical year at the ACT Backgammon Club – we have had 26 tournaments over that period, involving 19 separate players – as of early December 2018, 6 of the tournies are still to be completed (this is typical for our small Club). League leader was Tom Chrysostomou, Ratings leader was David Berry and Greg Ash entered the most tournaments.

Of course, being the BG Club of the Capital, our league is based on financial years… in 2017/18 there were 11 players with 25 or more tournaments, 14 with 5 or more and only 1 that played 2 or fewer – league points are based on 1 point per entry and two points per win, and you needed 80 points to make it into the top 8. Six players accumulated 100 in terms of combined match lengths.

At Christmas we usually have a bit of fun with a novelty tournament – last year it was roll three dice and play your best two (which wasn’t as disruptive as you would think) and this year it will be that you can deliberately misplay one roll per game… but not off the bar or bearing off.

We have a small back committed band of players – on any given night 6 to 8 of the “hard core” are there, and then some of the semi-regulars will come maybe once a month and others every 6 months or so – the result is that sometimes we have 6 players and sometimes 12 or more… but we always play great backgammon and revel in other’s misfortune…

Pay is at King O’Malleys in the City Bus Interchange every Monday night at 7pm or so, going till the pub kicks us out and usually finishing with a $2 chouette to mop up the tail…

Happy rolling into 2019 – Greg
gregash@netspeed.com.au

 

Castle Hill RSL Backgammon Club 2018

The normal play at Castle Hill RSL on Monday nights is without doubling cubes so the games are unsuitable for the ratings system, but we do play three doubling cube tournaments throughout the year, and in 2018 these are again hotly contested.

The first one was the Easter Tournament, played over 4 weeks from April 9th, and was won by Vahid Hazrati, no stranger to the place getters’ circle.

The last two doubling cube tournaments were played in July and October, and were both won by Abbas Naderi, someone who is even more of a regular in the place getters’ circle.

The hardest trophy to snag is the Les McEwen trophy, won by the player accumulating the most points throughout the whole year, and this year, showing amazing consistency all year was Roshanak Mojtehedi. A great result.

It was very pleasing to see Castle Hill RSL backgammon players entering mainstream tournaments like the NSW Open, the Newcastle Open, the Australian Open, and even the New Zealand Open.

Even more pleasing are the results being achieved, with several players reaching the rounds of 8, and in the Australian Open Jan Spillekom reaching the semi finals, knocked out by the eventual winner of the tournament.

Bring on 2019.

John Symon
johnsymon2191@gmail.com

 

Sydney Backgammoners

The Sydney Backgammoners are a group that started playing in their current format and location in January 2018 when we moved to the North Ryde Rsl.

After initially playing in a multi round robin format which worked, but was a bit cumbersome, Tournament Director Gary Stavrou engaged a computer programmer, and after much effort, a custom program was created for backgammon which used the “Stavrou Scoring System”
which not only pitted winners against winners, but top scorers against second-top scorers etc.

This program, which the developer is planning to commercially release, has been used by Sydney Backgammoners from June 2018, from which time match results have been forwarded to the ABF for rating.

Also during 2018 Sydney Backgammoners developed their website sydneybackgammoners.blogspot.com

The first major tournament under Gary’s stewardship was the very successful NSW open which held at North Ryde Rsl in July 2018 . This was run using the new software and it ran very smoothly.

Entries close on January 25 for our new, twice yearly, external (off-site) Swiss-style tournament which will give players the opportunity to play longer matches without time constraints

The group is also planning a new tournament, The Sydney Open Backgammon Tournament later in the year.

The group meets in the North Ryde Rsl at 6.30 every Wednesday and there are normally a few of us who meet at 5.30 in the bistro for an early dinner – please come and join us !!

Carol Wakelin
msmoth@internode.on.net

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