World Backgammon Day - 21st March 2015

21st March is "World Backgammon Day" !!!

Celebrate the oldest game on the planet and enjoy it with your friends all around the world.  Play a few games live or online.  Organize meetings and events in your city and neighbourhood. Backgammon groups and clubs should organize special events and tournaments on that day.

Spread out the word and let everyone know the date of this worldwide event.

4th Munich Open 2015

The "4th Munich Open 2015" is announced !

From 14th to 17th of May 2015, players will compete to win this prestigious tournament, just like some of the best players in the world like Masayuki "Mochy" MOCHZUKI from Japan (2014) and his fellow countryman Michihito "Michi" KAGEYAMA (2013) did.

The new dates of this tournament will allow international players to hop over from London Open which takes place the week before, discover Munich and the beautiful Bavarian Alpine region during one of the best seasons of the year, and then eventually take the train over the Alps to Innsbruck for the Innsbruck Open (4-7 june 2015).

The venue, Hotel Vitalis**** is centrally located within the district of Schwabing with its vibrant nightlife (cafés, bars, restaurants) and is within walking distance to the Olympic Parc of Munich, the Olympic Tower and the BMW Museum. Public transportation is just across the street and will take you to any place.

Of course, you will enjoy a professionally organized tournament with all the equipment provided, the challenging T-Swiss format (3 lives + Ultimate Fight) and various side-events. The traditional "Free Beer Awards Ceremony" will close the event on Sunday evening.

Click here to register and download your personal brochure.

Start making travel plans and visit the Beer Capital of the world !


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Innsbruck Open 2015

Innsbruck is back on the circuit ! 

After exactly 10 years, WBA brings back the 2nd edition of the Innsbruck Open, to take place from 4th to 7th of June 2015.

Innsbruck is a charming city in Tyrol, in the Austrian Alps, yet easy to reach by plane, or car (Brenner Highway towards Germany and Italy) or train. The historic medieval city center is picturesque and within 2 minutes walking distance of the casino.

Casino Innsbruck and Hilton Hotel Innsbruck are both located in the same building in the center of Innsbruck and 2 blocks away from the central railway station. The tournament will take place within the premises of the casino, while Hilton will be our tournament hotel,offering a special "backgammon" rate.

The tournament will be held in the usual WBA T-Swiss format with 3 lives + Ultimate Fight (Last Chance). All matches will count towards the WBA Ranking and many side-events will be available. Of course, top-notch backgammon boards, dice, and clocks will be provided.

There will be extra benefits for players, especially for those who will join both events, Munich Open 2015 and Innsbruck Open 2015. For more information, please click here and don´t forget to download your personal brochure.

Come and join your backgammon friends in beautiful Innsbruck for a weekend of competition and fun in the Austrian Alps.


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German Masters 2015

International success at the 5th German Backgammon Masters in Berlin. 17 Nations were represented in Berlin and some of the top players were present, such as Giant Matt "Genius" Cohn-Geier (USA), Ralf Jonas (Germany) and World Champions 2013 from Ukraine, Vycheslav "Slava" Pryadkin.

Official results of the 4th German Backgammon Masters 2015 in Berlin:

Elite (42): 1st: Miika Lappalainen (Finland) also Side-Pool winner, 2nd: Frank Simon (Germany), 3rd: Vyacheslav Praydkin (Ukraine), 4th: Francesco Mauri (Italy), Winner Ultimate Fight: Pavel Zaoral (Czech Republic)
Leisure (14): 1st: Yannick Rudolph (Germany), 2nd: Marc Steyvers (Belgium), Winner Ultimate Fight: Lukas Jankovsky (Czech Republic)
Doubles (16): Thomas Kazemieh (Germany) & Reza Taufig (Afghanistan)
DMP-Challenge (32): Götz Hildsberg (Germany)
SpeedGammon (32): Pavel Zaoral (Czech Republic)
Super-Jackpot (4): Kimon Papachristopoulos (Greece)
Special Player Award: Mislav Kovacic (Croatia)
Special Player Award: Markus Klein (Germany)
WBA Player of the Year 2014: Michael Urban (Germany)
WBA Member of Honour: Tilman Söhnchen (Germany)

Congratulations to all winners and many thanks to all participants, the hosts, the sponsors and the helping hands.

The German Backgammon Masters will be back in Berlin 2016, even bigger than this year. Stay tuned for the news...


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T System on German Server

The T system, which is used by many clubs and Directors in the world is now available not only through the Turkish server, but also through a German server, accessible at:

Tournament Directors who have access with their login and password can choose either server to run their events.

Both servers contain the same software and setting options and offer the same features to all.



New Pipcounting Method Released

Axel Reichert, a software programmer and analytic backgammon player from Munich, has analyzed several pip-counting methods and developed a few of them for a more simple but efficient use during matches.

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The Chaos of the Dice - Falafel

In order to meet Falafel, the highest ranked backgammon player in the world, I took a Greyhound bus to Atlantic City, and then hopped a jitney to the Borgata Hotel. Falafel’s real name is Matvey Natanzon, but no one calls him that, not even his mother, who calls him Mike, the name that he adopted when they emigrated from Israel to Buffalo—one leg in a long journey that began in Soviet Russia. Now even Falafel calls himself Falafel...

Read the rest of the article, published in New York Times here.


Congratulations to all winners in Portugal !

WBA´s 9th Portuguese Open was held at the Riviera Hotel in Carcavelos, out of Lisbon, from 14th to 17th of August. 

Congratulations to Michihito "Michi" KAGEYAMA from Japan for a terrific performance of 9 victories and 1 defeat to take the title. Kudos to 2nd place Martin KAHN from France for a great result at his second international tournament participation ever. 3rd place went to Pedro MACHADO from Portugal and 4th to Alain BABILLON from France. Germany´s Tilman SÖHNCHEN was able to win the Ultimate Fight over his  fellow countryman Tobias HELLWAG.

The popular DMP-Challenge was won by Michael URBAN (Germany) while the SpeedGammon-Contest went to Ian MAC FARLANE from Brazil who had to beat French Franck STEPLER twice.

Ian MAC FARLANE and Ronald AMORIM from Brazil also took the Doubles title, winning the final over Leslie LOCKETT (USA) & Ed BENNETT (USA).

The Special Award went to Kazuko NUMAZAWA from Japan.

View the brackets here.

The next Portuguese Open will take place in August 2015, during the weekend after Monte-Carlo, probably from 13th to 16th of August. Expect some nice surprizes for the 10th Anniversary of the "Sunshine, Family & Fun Tournament" in Portugal and mark down the dates for your travel plans.



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Backgammon World Champ 2014

Akiko YAZAWA from Japan becomes the 39th World Backgammon Champion in 2014 ! She is the 3rd female player to win the title after Lee Genud (USA) and Katie Scalamandre (USA). 

Akiko won a nail-biting final against Douglas Mayfield (USA). It all went to an incredible DMP in the decisive set to 11 points.

Congratulations and Kudos to Doug as well !

EBGT VII Winners

Konstantinos Mitrelis (Greece) is the new Backgammon King in Europe !

During the Grand Finale of the prestigious "European Backgammon Tour - Season VII" end of July in Munich, "Kostas" was able to prevail in a very tough field of 18 pre-qualified competitors to take the European Backgammon Crown.

Season VII of the EBGT unified 11 tournaments in 10 different countries in Europe and 297 unique players from Europe and abroad.

The 18 qualified players represented 10 different nationalities. Among them, Backgammon Giants such as Masayuki "Mochy" Mochizuki (Japan), Michihito "Michi" Kageyama (Japan), Jürgen Orlowski (Germany), Ralf Jonas (Germany), and former EBGT-winner Mario Sequeira (Portugal). The complete results can be found here.

Konstantinos Mitrelis and runner-up Kamil Karaali (Turkey), performed both greatly and had to beat the best performers of the tournament, round for round to bring title, prize money and trophies back to their respective countries.

Congratulations !

Greece and Turkey have both the biggest (traditional) backgammon population in Europe. This victory will hopefully bring more players towards modern backgammon in the future.