A New Monthly Tournament for Sydney.

2nd SUNDAY of the Month, February through to October

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 Australian Open and Masters Results

The Persian Rose Restaurant was host to the ABF endorsed Australian Open and Masters Backgammon Championships on the 3 and 4 November.

The Open had 36 players fighting for first place, with players coming from the Gold Coast, New Zealand, South Australia, Victoria and Canberra.

The format was Round Robins, with the winner from each group progressing through to the top 8 knockout.

The semi-finals saw Ian Dunstan take out Jan Spillekom while Gerhardt Macor disposed of Newcastle club mate, Mick Dyett.

Jan and Mick.

History was repeating as both Ian and Gerhardt played in last year’s final, a testament to the consistency and determination of both these fine players.
Ian was triumphant to take out the Open for a fourth time.

Congratulations to both Gerhardt and Ian for putting on such an exciting and well played match.

The Masters was played on Sunday and became a field of 18 players, with 14 first round Byes. The semi-finals saw Simon Woodhead beat fellow Queenslander Steve Roberts, while Peter Brown defeated Habib Shalala.

Steve and Habib.

The finals were a state of origin match with Queensland Simon taking on New South Welshman, Peter Brown. Both these players have a lot of experience and their match reflected this.

Peter Brown came up trumps and took first place. Congratulations to both for a fine performance.

There were 4 jackpot tournaments, with the winners of those being Terry Christodoulou, Simon Ustick, Adrian Marisescu and David Reitzen.
Chouettes were also played throughout the day.
All in all, everyone seemed to have a great time playing the greatest game of all.

Thanks, must go to Taeed, who organised the venue and a big thank you to both Sharne Dyett and Dr Greg Ash who played a major role on the front desk, making sure everything ran smoothly.

A big thank you to Zvi Bendavid who donated all trophies this year. Zvi has done this for many years. His very kind generosity allows 100% of all money to be returned in prize money.

And last but not least, I thank all players who participated for supporting the game we all love and making this event the success that it was.

Tournament Director

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.


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



2018 Auckland Backgammon Championship


Grant Hoffman (Nelson)                 1st Place
Paul Kellett (Auckland)                   2nd Place
Richard Theunissen (Auckland)    3rd Place
Jo Hodder (Auckland)                     Consolation Prize

A grueling Semi-Final & Final Match. The Auckland Players almost took down Grant….but in the end he was able to bring home the victory and take the Auckland Title & Trophy back to Nelson.

Congratulations to the WINNERS and congratulations to all of the participants in the 2018 Auckland BG Championship.

Melbourne Backgammon Club presents BACKGAMMON NIGHTS!

Join us at the Arcadia Hotel (corner Toorak Rd and Punt Rd, South Yarra) every Thursday evening, to play backgammon with people who love the game as much as you do!  Beginners, intermediate and expert players of all ages welcome. Coaching available.  $10 per player, optional side pools. All monies returned as prizes on the night.
Round robin play using the Swiss scoring format, guarantees at least 4 matches per player per night against players of similar skill levels, with minimal waiting between games. Our customised computerised scoring system on a big screen makes it easy to track your scores, games and opponents.  Have a bite at 6:30pm, play starts at 7:15pm and nishes around 10:30pm.

www.melbourne backgammonclub .com

2018 Newcastle Open Results

The Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament was played at Charlestown Bowling club on September 16 .

Martin Sagradian is the 2018 Newcastle Open Champion, following up on his 2018 NSW Open win. Martin defeated Arthur Ramer in a shortened final after both players agreed to split the money and play a game for the trophy. The Consolation was won by Newcastle’s Greg Mitchell over David Reitzen. Photos to follow.

24 players from Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra made up 6 round robins with all winners qualifying for the Championship knock out Final. Four of the 6 spots in the final went to Newcastle players but Alan Cathcart and Adrian Marisescu both fell just short, taking out the semi-finalist prizes.

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