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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.