Congratulations to Morteza Ghanei, winner of the Queensland Open from
Adrian Pitt. Tipsy Pig stars Craig Duffy and Rhys Osborne were the semi
finalists. A terrific performance by Morteza to best a field of 32 in
his first major tournament.
The 2020 Australian Speedgammon champion is Steve Roberts who somehow
managed to turn the DMP final game against Simon Woodhead. Which was ok
actually, because sometimes the dice gods do play nice with the dice…
The Queensland Masters title was taken from 2019 champ Michelle Taubman
by Simon Woodhead who could do no wrong against Craig Duffy, who, like
Morteza was playing in his first major tournament final.
Another first time winner was Chris Muir, winner of the Sunday
Tournament from Sasha Senica.
Thanks to all who came, and all who helped, especially Barbara Salomon
and Sharne Dyett for running the desk so efficiently, the Surfers
Paradise Surf Life Saving Club for accommodating us and a special
mention for the Newcastle contingent who braved the border crossing only
to return home empty handed! How often does that happen? A clean sweep
for the Tipsy Pig club here on the Gold Coast. Nice . Pics on FB:
Click on the red draw Sheet Link
The Final of the Newcastle Champion of Champions between Mick Dyett
(2019 NBC Club Champion) and Alastair Woods (2019 NEBA Newcastle open winner) will take place Friday 12/6/20 at 19.00AEST on GridGammon (beekind2me vs aliwoods).
Alastair beat Robert Disney 13/9 and Mick defeated recent LA Online Open winner, Tim Cross, 13/3 to make the Final.
Congratulations to Mick Dyett. He defeated Alastair Woods to become the 2020 the Newcastle Champion of Champions.
Congratulations also to the North East Backgammon Association on there win in the inaugural Novocastrian Challenge (10 Games to 6).
The final has just been run and the results are in – after 112 matches:
Congratulations to our top three. A great effort and a great Aussie result.
1st Place – Robert Disney (Newcastle)
2nd Place – Hossein Haydari (Adelaide)
3rd Place – Steve Clarry (Sydney)
Well done to all and thank you for taking part – your feedback on how this has gone is more than welcome – all comments taken on board!
Greg and AJ
IN LIGHT OF ADVICE FROM GOVERNMENT AND HEALTH AUTHORITIES RELATING TO SOCIAL DISTANCING, THE AUSTRALIAN BACKGAMMON FEDERATION INC FORMALLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL MEMBER CLUBS SUSPEND REGULAR FACE-TO-FACE CLUB MEETINGS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, PENDING UPDATED ADVICE.
As we roll into 2020 it seems that the Board of the Australian Backgammon Federation Inc can now move forward with more certainty. I would like to thank members for their patience during this process and thank and congratulate all who have put their hands up to fill the various Board positions. The full roster of Board members should be available via the website.
Firstly, we should acknowledge the tremendous sadness felt at the passing of Founding President, Eva Bitel. Her considerable efforts at getting us to share her vision for Australian backgammon have led us to where we are today, and provide an inspiration and springboard for efforts to move forward. In accepting the role of incoming President, I am fully aware of the big shoes I have to fill.
Thanks also to outgoing Board members for their work – in particular, I would like to single out Simon Woodhead who is going to be busy doing other BG things but is still willing to help out on the technical side. Simon was instrumental in getting us on board with our own version of the UK BGF ratings scheme and I firmly believe that this is our most significant achievement to date.
I have some ideas for the kind of things we as a national body should be doing to improve the lot of ordinary members and member clubs – I will be putting those thoughts to the Board, and once they have had an opportunity to dissect, embellish and refine those ideas, I would like to put those ideas out to the membership to see where you think the priorities for us should lie. We have a very modest budget, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t do some innovative things to promote backgammon.
I will be asking the Board to “meet” more often than it has in the past and I commit to making some communication from those meetings available to members in a timely fashion (this is not a criticism of past practice, more a reflection of the way I like to operate!).
Dr Greg Ash
31 January 2020