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News Archive2021-06-11T10:57:24+10:00

News Archive

Grant’s Puzzles #214

September 16, 2021|

How should White play 51 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

WBIF World Teams Underway

September 14, 2021|

The WBIF Online Team Championship 2021 has now begun with 31 countries entered. See our WBIF page (link home page, top right) for the AusBGF team, competing countries, scheduled matches to watch, and results. Best of luck to Saeed, Simon, Hossein, Kevin, Craig and Mick!

C&C Signups Now Open

September 13, 2021|

The Sydney Backgammoners next Cheap and Cheerful tournament is now open. Entries close midnight September 27. See Tournaments for more information.

Newy Open 2021

September 12, 2021|

The Newcastle Backgammon Club’s Newy Open 2021 gets underway today. Good luck to all!

EBT Winner!

September 11, 2021|

Congratulations Craig Elfenbein (ACT), winner of the Eva Bitel Tournament main flight. In a best of three, Craig defeated Steve Quinn (VIC) in the first two matches. Well done to both on making the final.

Grant’s Puzzles #213

September 8, 2021|

How should White play 43 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Gant Hoffman

EBT Cons Winner

September 6, 2021|

Congratulations to Hossein Haydari, winner of the Eva Bitel Consolation Round and $50. Well done.

EBT Final

September 4, 2021|

Craig Elfenbein goes up against the mighty Steve Quinn. Best of 3 matches to 13 points. First match Sunday 5 Sept 2 pm; second match Saturday 11 Sept 2pm; and third (if needed) Sunday 12 Sept 2pm.

Grant’s Puzzles #212

September 1, 2021|

How should White play 43 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

WBIF Online Teams

September 1, 2021|

The WBIF (World Backgammon Internet Federation) Online Team Championship 2021 kicks off September 12. Click the link top right home page to see our AusBGF team members and participating countries.

EBT Semis Lineup

August 30, 2021|

Through to the semis (3×11) are: David Wells vs Craig Elfenbein; and Steve Quinn vs Grant Hoffman. If you would like to watch, keep an eye on the Watch Matches page. Steve and Grant (currently 1-1) will play their final match Wednesday 5pm.

Newy is Back

August 30, 2021|

Newcastle Backgammon Club is hosting the second Newy Tournament. Play begins September 12. FREE ENTRY with trophy. Single elimination. For more information, see our Tournaments page.

Grant’s Puzzles #211

August 25, 2021|

How should White play 53 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

New FB Group

August 25, 2021|

Thanks to Sam Siave of Christchurch NZ, we have a new FB group BONZA (BackgammOn, New Zealand, Australia – Anything Backgammon for downunder). Click on the Facebook icon top right on the AusBGF home page. Please join!

Sept LMS Signups Open

August 25, 2021|

September Last Man Standing Tournament signups are now open. See Tournaments for more info.

LMS Winners

August 23, 2021|

The Last Man Standing Tournament is over. The winner is Steve Clarry who collects $1140 and also wins the side pool ($490). Runner-up is Kevin Jessup ($570) and third place goes to Cristian Frisk ($190). Second in the side pool is Saeed ($210). Congratulations to all our winners.

EBT Newcomers Winner

August 23, 2021|

Congratulations to Ben Scarf, winner of the 2021 EBT Newcomers tournament. Ben defeated Mark Unger in the final 9-6.

EBT Update – Main

August 21, 2021|

Through to the quarter finals:

Quarterfinal 1 – Wells+, Frisk, Saeed, Zarnic
Quarterfinal 2 – Disney, Saab, McAllister, Quinn
Quarterfinal 3 – Elfenbein, Tuglu, Christodoulou, McCormack
Quarterfinal 4 – Marczak+, Kurrell, Golegolab+, Hoffman

The four QF winners go through to a best of three series to 11-points and then the final (best of three to 13-points).

Cheap & Cheerful Closing Soon

August 19, 2021|

Entries close on the 23rd of August for this cheeky little $10 tournament. The format is single elimination Swiss, so as in straight knock-out, you are guaranteed one 9 point match. Having said that, it could be a whole lot of fun for your $10. See Tournaments for more information.

Grant’s Puzzles #210

August 19, 2021|

How should White play 33 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

LMS Update

August 18, 2021|

Steve Clarry, Cristian and Kevin go to Round 7, with Kevin, at lowest points, scoring the bye. The winner of the Steve/Cristian match will meet Kevin in the final Round 8.

EBT Newcomers Update

August 18, 2021|

The newcomers brackets are now complete. The finals knockouts are:

Main Flight: Rick, Bella, Ben and Mark play to 9 points and Trophy.

Consolation: Paddy, Joshua, Liv and Thomas play to 7 points for honour but no glory.

Last Chance – Chloe, Matt, Georgia and Harry play to 5 points just for shiggles.

SydBG Marathon Winner

August 16, 2021|

Peter Kalyvas looks like a formidable opponent across the board when wearing the coveted Sydney Backgammoners Champion cap. Peter was the winner of the club’s marathon 48-week online tournament league.

LMS Update

August 15, 2021|

Just four players left in SydBG’s Last Man Standing, Round 6 – Clarry, Jessup, Quinn and Frisk. The nature of open-ended tournaments is that we can’t predict how many more rounds will be required. We can say that two or three players will proceed to Round 7, one of them being Steve Clarry. At this point we can also congratulate Steve Clarry and Saeed for coming first and second in the side pool respectively.

Watch & Learn

August 14, 2021|

We have a new web page WATCH & LEARN with a calendar detailing upcoming matches to watch. Please email your confirmed match date/time, who is playing (name and nic), which tournament, and where you will be playing to

Pattern Recognition

August 13, 2021|

Practice. Backgammon masters become masters through hours of rigorous practice. Regular consistent practice (combined with watching the experts and masters) is the only way to develop your pattern recognition skills to a high level. The way you practice is similarly important – it needs to be deliberate and challenging. Practice just outside of your comfort zone and force yourself to learn from experts and masters. This way you’ll see patterns emerging and develop a keener eye for patterns.

July Winner & Sept SBOT

August 12, 2021|

The July Sydney Online (SBOT) was won by Steve Nelson over Kevin Jessup. Steve also took first prize in the Side Pool and James Noble took second.

Signups for September Sydney Backgammoners Online Tournament (SBOT) are now open. Details here.

Grant’s Puzzles #209

August 12, 2021|

How should White play 61 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Listen Live

August 11, 2021|

President Greg Ash will be discussing backgammon on ABC Radio North Coast (NSW) with presenter Bruce Mackenzie tomorrow morning (Thursday) 6:45am(ish). Listen live

Do You?

August 10, 2021|

Championships Postponed

August 9, 2021|

You know you were expecting it… The Australian Championships have been postponed until December <sigh>.

AU vs NZ Final

August 7, 2021|

And the winner is… Paul Kellett (NZ) who defeated Carl Dell (NZ). Congratulations Paul and well done New Zealand. Grrrr!

The Chosen Ones

August 7, 2021|

The AusBGF team competing in the WBIF Online Team Championships is:

Saeed Nourmohammadi (SA)
Simon Ustick (VIC)
Hossein Haydari (SA)
Kevin Jessup (VIC)
Mick Dyett (NSW)
Craig Elfenbein, reserve (ACT)

The team will be in training over the next month. Play starts September 12. Keep an eye on the website for scheduled match times for your viewing pleasure.

Grant’s Puzzles #208

August 5, 2021|

How should White play 65 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

AU vs NZ Final

August 4, 2021|

Well… let’s say a NZ only final. Paul (Slijmbal) vs Carl (R1 dellboy). This Friday 6pm AEST. We’ll get ’em next time!

BG Background

August 2, 2021|

A nice backgammon background image for you.

EBT 2021 Underway

August 1, 2021|

The Eva Bitel Tournament is now underway with the Round Robin stage. See “Now Playing” on our home page for latest results.


July 30, 2021|

Sydney Backgammoners Online Tournament (SBOT) – After 48 weekly tournaments a Grand Champion has emerged. The title goes to Peter Kalyvas. Well done, Peter, and congratulations to anyone who stayed the distance.

Grant’s Puzzles #207

July 28, 2021|

How should White play 31 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

MelBG Back Aug 5

July 27, 2021|

Melbourne Backgammon will be re-opening carefully – starting Thursday 5th August 2021. For now, they have decided to meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month.

Did You Know…

July 27, 2021|

Bakelite is considered one of the best materials for checkers because it slides well and is very durable. Some players prefer the feel of Bakelite, and old Bakelite Backgammon sets are very collectable.

Grant’s Puzzles #206

July 21, 2021|

How should White play 52 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Prized Board

July 20, 2021|

Hossein Haydari has a number of backgammon boards, but one of his favourite is this beautiful hand-made Khatam board. Khatam is an ancient Persian technique of inlaying. It is a version of marquetry where art forms are made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, bone and metal creating precisely-cut intricate geometric patterns. This board is valued at around $700.

AU vs NZ Finals Begin

July 18, 2021|

After Stage 1 Round 6, Australia leads 117 matches to New Zealand’s 74. The top 16 from each side will now compete in the Stage 2 knock-out. Good luck to all!

Peter Kalyvas vs Tony Meyer
Habib Shalala vs Farid Farnia
Simon Ustick vs Archie Lamont
Tony Walker vs Carl Dell
Mick Dyett vs Peter Ware
Saeed Nourmohammadi vs Malcolm Forsyth
Michelle Taubman vs Simon Clark
Ben Scarf vs Tom Huber
Cindy Belonogoff vs Paul Kellett
Reece McLean vs James Noble
Breck McCormack vs Grant Hoffman
Jim Bean vs Ivo Zarnic
Elsa McNally vs Patrick Davey
David Kinston vs Murray Richards
Melinda Kelf vs Richard Theunissen
Hammon Mans vs Elie Sawma

Grant’s Puzzles #205

July 15, 2021|

How should White play 62 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Backgammon Dice

July 15, 2021|

Who would have thought there could be a cool backgammon song!

AU vs NZ Rd 5 Results

July 13, 2021|

99 wins, 2678 pts

New Zealand
60 wins, 1875 pts

Round 6 is the final round of the Swiss format. The next round will be the knockout stage, consisting of the top 16 from both sides.

2021 EBT

July 10, 2021|

The 2021 Eva Bitel Tournament will get underway August 1. Entries close July 31. Full details here.

June SBOT Results

July 8, 2021|

The winner of the June Sydney Backgammoners Online Tournament (SBOT) is Cristian Ghena-Frisk, who hails from Romania and is the secretary of their Backgammon Federation. He is a very regular player in these Aussie tournaments. Second was Steve Nelson and he plays from Hong Kong. Third was Cindy Belonogoff, from Western Australia. A broad geographical spread highlighting one of online play’s great advantages. Congratulations to all.

AU vs NZ Rd 4 Results

July 8, 2021|

81 wins, 1772 pts

New Zealand
46 wins, 1219 pts

Grant’s Puzzles #204

July 7, 2021|

How should White play 21 here?
See the solution.

Did You Know?

July 2, 2021|

The Catholic church didn’t approve of a lot of things back in the days. One such thing was Backgammon, which they banned during the sixteenth century. They ordered the boards to be burned, just like numerous books that they deemed unholy. Luckily, people managed to save the game from destruction by playing in secrecy.

Grant’s Puzzles #203

July 1, 2021|

How should White play 41 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Aussies vs NZ Round 1

June 26, 2021|

Round 1 results in the Australia vs New Zealand challenge – Australia wins 20 matches to NZ’s 12.

Pork Chops

June 25, 2021|

At Sydney Backgammoners you never know if you’ll go home with a tray of pork chops. We play backgammon, too.

Grant’s Puzzles #202

June 24, 2021|

How should White play 52 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Who Will Prevail?

June 23, 2021|

2021 Aussie-NZ Challenge, Round 1 underway.

Melbourne BG Live

June 22, 2021|

Melbourne Backgammon Club is back in action this Thursday June 24th (subject to COVID restrictions, as always). Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Sydney Open Winner

June 21, 2021|

The 2021 Sydney Open attracted 35 strong players including several from interstate. A very happy winner, Ron Shaked, is holding the coveted crystal cube trophy and wearing the Sydney Backgammoners Champions’ cap (see home page photo gallery). Below, Sydney Open Tournament Director Gary Stavrou (R) congratulates 2nd place winner Habib Shalala, with winner Ron Shaked looking on.

Who is Uey?

June 19, 2021|

Current Aussie #1 Simon Ustick with World #1 Mochi.

So Sociable, So Smart

June 17, 2021|

Grant’s Puzzles #201

June 17, 2021|

How should White play 53 here?
See the solution.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Grant’s Puzzles #200 Answer

June 11, 2021|

How should White play 43 here?
See the answer.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Happy Campers

June 10, 2021|

An unusually large SydBG club jackpot of $649 went off to a very happy Hammon Mans who also collected first prize of $90. Club champion David Reitzin is always supportive of our next generation of top players. I trust that is a V for victory sign Hammon is giving us!

Did You Know?

June 10, 2021|

The term ‘backgammon’, or more literally ‘back game’, is said to originate from the Middle English words ‘back’ and ‘gamen’, in reference to the counters that go back to the ‘bar’.

Grant’s Puzzles #200

June 9, 2021|

How should White play 43 here? The answer in a couple of days.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Giants of Backgammon

June 8, 2021|

Who are the top players in the world? Read about it here. Something to aspire to!

Who is Mochi?

June 7, 2021|

Watch this interesting interview with World #1 Masayuki Mochizuki, known as Mochi (pron: moh-chee).

Grant’s Puzzles #199 Answer

June 5, 2021|

How should White play 54 here?
See the answer.

Grant's Puzzles #199

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Grant’s Puzzles #199

June 2, 2021|

How should White play 54 here? The answer in a couple of days.

Grant's Puzzles #199

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

2021 NZ Championship Winners

May 31, 2021|

Paul Kellett (NZ) 1st Place
Chris Taylor (NZ) 2nd Place
Grant Hoffman (NZ) 3rd Place
Reza Nemati (NZ) Silver Plate Champion

Congratulations to all!

Breck on Deck

May 30, 2021|

Please join us in welcoming new Secretary Breck McCormack to the AusBGF committee. Breck was born in the United States and first learned backgammon from his grandfather. He lived in London for 3 years and spent 15 years in Hong Kong where he was the Managing Director of the sports marketing firm IMG. He now lives in Sydney (plays with SydBG) and is very happy to call Australia home. Welcome aboard, Breck!

Breck McCormack

Hutson def Kazaross

May 29, 2021|

Well done Malcolm Hutson, who defeated Giant Neil Kazaross 13-12 in Warp Gammon’s Esprit Teams consolation round. Mel also won her match yesterday with Neil 13-7. Team eVICtioners are hot!

Grant’s Puzzles #198 Answer

May 28, 2021|

How should White play 21 here?
See the answer.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

Watch Live

May 26, 2021|

Watch Mel (try to) play Giant Neil Kazaross this Friday 9am at Safe Harbor Games, Doubling Cube room, in Warp’s Esprit Teams consolation round. (chaffey vs NeilKaz)

Grant’s Puzzles #198

May 26, 2021|

How should White play 21 here? The answer in a few days.

Courtesy of Grant Hoffman

The Cube is Your Weapon!

May 25, 2021|

Great video for intermediates to experts that really drives it home… BE AGGRESSIVE!

April SBOT Winner

May 23, 2021|

The April Sydney Backgammoners Online Tournament was won by Hammon Mans over Saeed Nourmohammadi. Bill Marczak came third. Entry to the June tournament is now open.

WBGF Membership

May 19, 2021|

AusBGF is excited to announce that we have joined the World Backgammon Federation (WBGF). Not only are we supporting this dynamic group, they will be supporting us in growing backgammon within Australia, particularly in regard to bringing young people into the game. Exciting times ahead! Check out the WBGF announcement on their Facebook page.

Sydney-Bucharest Result

May 19, 2021|

The Sydney team prevailed over Bucharest 15-13. The internet, with a little help from Covid, has added an international dimension to such challenges. Congratulations Sydney Backgammoners!

Sydney-Bucharest Update

May 12, 2021|

As they enter their final round, Sydney leads Bucharest 12-11. Either club could win in this nail-biting finish.

Who is John Symon?

May 8, 2021|

AusBGF Treasurer and Public Officer John Symon contemplates ZenGammon last week. Hard work.

Who is David Reitzin?

May 7, 2021|

For those who wondered what one of Australia’s top players David Reitzin looks like, here he is playing with Mahnaz Rostami at Sydney Backgammoners.


Sydney-Bucharest Update

May 5, 2021|

Round two of the Sydney-Bucharest challenge has finished and Sydney leads 11-5.

2021 NZ Championship

May 2, 2021|

May 29/30 at Auckland Bridge Club. See Tournaments for more information.

VicBG makes Semis

April 30, 2021|

VicBG’s eVICtioners has made it through to the semi-finals of Warp Gammon’s annual teams event. Definitely the underdogs, we are next up against a team of US Champions, including several Giants (Steve Sax, Joe Russell, Alan Grunwald). Whatever the outcome, it’s an honour to play these champs. Pray for us! – Mel

SydBG Record Turnout

April 29, 2021|

Sydney Backgammoners had a record turnout of 26 at their weekly club meeting. Hammon Mans and Andre Marootians arm wrestle any disputes.

Sydney-Bucharest Underway

April 20, 2021|

Eight players representing each club will play four rounds of non-elimination Swiss. You can follow the tournament progress at Sydney Backgammoners.

VicBG Warp Esprit Team

April 14, 2021|

VicBG has entered team “eVICtioners” in Warp Gammon’s annual Esprit team event. With 12 international teams competing, after Stage 1 eVICtioners are in second place. Bring on Stage 2! Latest results

Sydney vs Bucharest

April 12, 2021|

Flush from their success as winners of the Australian Inter-Club Challenge, Sydney Backgammoners are going international with a challenge to the Bucharest Backgammon Club  – play begins 20 April. Where next? Is there a club on Mars? …Gary S. See the flyer.

2021 Interclub Challenge Results

April 10, 2021|

After six rounds of ups and downs, Sydney Backgammoners came out on top with 2139 points. Second place goes to NewyBG with 1897 points, and third place to MelbBG with 1770 points.

Feb SBOT Winner

April 10, 2021|

Congratulations Amir Golegolab, winner of the February Sydney Backgammoners Online Tournament (SBOT). Second place goes to John McAleenan and third place Steve Clarry.

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