WBA Ranking 2015

The top-performers of WBA 2015 are announced.

Among the 100 unique players in the Elite Division of the WBA tournaments, Backgammon Giant Tobias HELLWAG (Germany) scored the most points, followed by Francenso MAURI (Italy) and Markus KLEIN (Germany). 2014-winner Michael URBAN finished 5th place, after Pavel ZAORAL (Czech Republic).

Congratulations to all. The first 3 of the ranking will receive their special award at the German Masters in Berlin, from 18th to 21st of February 2016.

A new race will be on in 2016, featuring all stops of the German Masters Series (18-21 February in Berlin, 19-22 May in Munich, 21-24 July in Köln, 31 Sep - 03 Oct in Frankfurt), as well as the 11th Portuguese Open and more tournaments to be announced soon.


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1st Köln Open 2015

WBA wishes to thank all participants of the inaugural Köln Open, which took place from 3rd to 6th of July 2015.

Official results:

Elite Group: Winner: Marcus REINHARD (Germany), 2nd place: Michael HORCHLER (Germany), 3rd place: Ed BAARS (Netherlands), 4th place: Michael RAMSEY (Iran/USA), winner Ultimate Fight: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech Republic)

Leisure Group: Winner: Arthr BARTH (Germany), 2nd place: Marcel JOCHEM (Germany), 3rd place: Jochen KIEFFER (Germany)

Doubles winners: Tobias HELLWAG (Germany) & Andreas BÜNZ (Germany)

DMP-Challenge: Michael URBAN (Germany)

SpeedGammon: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech Republic)

Faster-Master Super-Jackpot: Kimon PAPACHRISTOPOULOS (Greece/Germany)

Special Award winners: Stevan HAMMOND (USA), Francesco MAURI (Italy), Mehmet ISMAIL (Turkey)

Congrats to all performaers and many thanks to our sponsors effect energy drinks and Pasche Nightclub.

See you all in Köln again next year. from 30th of June to 3rd of July 2016 !


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2nd Innsbruck Open 2015

Congratulations to Leon DOREL (Romania), winner of the 2nd Innsbruck Open, who also wins a free hotel stay during the upcoming Köln Open. Kudos to finalist Peter BLACHIAN (Germany), as well as 3rd place Franceso MAURI (Italy) who takes the lead in the 2015 WBA Point Race, and to Michael URBAN (Germany) finishing 4th in Innsbruck.

Thanks to the particpants, the Hilton Innsbruck, and to Casino Innsbruck for their support.


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4th Munich Open 2015

The "title" is back in Munich !

During the 4th "Munich Open" held from 14th to 17th of May 2015, Backgammon Giant Tobias HELLWAG (Germany) was able to bring back the title to Munich, after it was held for 2 consecutive years by Japanese Giants "Mochy" and "Michi".

In an exciting play-off, Tobias was able to defeat Tilman SÖHNCHEN (Germany) who finished 3rd place, and Raj JANSARI (UK) in the final.

Raj and Tobias were also able to win the Doubles as a team.

Complete results:

Elite: Winner: Tobias HELLWAG (Germany), 2nd: Raj JANSARI (UK), 3rd: Tilman SÖHNCHEN (Germany), 4th: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech), Winner Ultimate Fight: Rachel RHODES (UK)

Leisure: Winner: Margit ILLER (Austria), 2nd: Dr. Leopold DERCSALY (Austria), 3rd: Yan-Kit CHAN (China/UK), 4th: Mehdi MAFI (Iran)

Doubles: Winners: Tobias HELLWAG (Germany& Raj JANSARI (UK), Finalists: Rodica & Neculai DRAGANUTA (Romania)

DMP-Challenge: Winner: Rachel RHODES (UK), Finalist: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech)

SpeedGammon: Winner: Marion WEEBER (Germany), Finalist: Mehdi MAFI (Iran)

Special Awards: Yan-Kit CHAN (China/UK), Farhad ESKANDARI (Iran/South Africa), Gökay GÜLEC (Turkey), Pavel ZAORAL (Czech), CJ UTTLEY (UK)

Congrats to all winners and many thanks to all players for their attendance. 

Munich Open 2016 will take place from 19th to 22nd of May, in a new venue and with a new format. Stay tuned for the news....

World Backgammon Day - 20th March 2016

20th 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.

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: http://tsystem.world-backgammon-association.com

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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