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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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.




So everyone knows backgammon, played with 2 dice. But who knows and enjoys SassanGammon, the variation played with 3 dice?

One die is rolled by each player for the toss. The winner of the toss plays the opening roll. From there onwards, a player rolls with 3 dice and his opponent takes away 1 die, leaving him the 2 others to play.

Exception: When a player has a checker or more on the bar, he rolls with 2 dice and plays them.

Try it, you´ll love it !

Selected Matches from the EUROPEAN PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS

We have recorded 5 matches, including the final match. You can download them as .txt files and analyze them with ExtremeGammon or GNU or Snowie.

  • The final match between Tobias Hellwag (Germany) and Michihito "michi" Kageyama (Japan)
  • The match between Fuat Erdag (Turkey) and Michihito "michi" Kageyama (Japan)
  • The match between Fuat Erdag (Turkey) and Eli Roymi (Israel)
  • The final match of the European Doubles Championships between Matvey "Falafel" Natanzon (Israel) & Burak Gören (Turkey) vs. Oguz User (Turkey) & Hilmi Göchan (Turkey)
  • The match between Matvey "Falafel" Natanzon (Israel) and Engin Öngel (Turkey/UK)

Many thanks to Fuat Erdag and Yancho Hristov for providing the files. Enjoy the study !

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EBGT VII (2013)

The 7th consecutive year of the "European Backgammon Tour" will mark a new era: more stops, more countries, more players, a new unified format !!!!

Direct stop winner and Point Race top-performers will form a field of 19 to 25 pre-qualified players, competing  will compete in a Grand Finale for a prize-pool of 19,000 € to 25,000€ cash.

The Grand Finale of EBGT 2013 will take place from 21st to 23rd of July 2014 in Munich, right after the Munich Open. The new date and new makes it easier to access and places during a time when many have holidays. It allows international players to experience a Backgammon Summer, starting in Munich, followed by Cannes, Monaco and Portugal, back to back during one month.

At the first stop (5th Istavder Anniversary Tournament) in Istanbul, Parviz ROKH (Iran) emerged victorious and is the first qualified player of the ongoing EBGT. Congratulations to Ralf JONAS (Germany) for winning the Nordic Open 2013 and qualifying himself for the Grand Finale of EBGT 2013. Kudos to backgammon Giant Masayuki MOCHIZUKI "Mochy" (Japan) for qualifying by winning the European Pro Championship 2013. After 4 years of absence on the backgammon scene, Joel SCHIFF (Israel) makes a terrific comeback to win the Vienna Open 2013. Congratulations! Another backgammon Giant from Japan, Michihito KAGEYAMA "Michi", qualifies for the Grand Finale by taking the option after his victory at the 2nd Munich Open. Congratulations to Jürgen ORLOWSKI (Germany) for winning the Portuguese Open and taking the lead in the EBGT Point Race. Kare ARONSSON from Sweden qualifies directly for the Grand Finale by winning the Swedish Open 2013. Congrats! Tilman SÖHNCHEN (Germany) wins the 1st Gibraltar Open and qualifies for the EBGT Grand Finale 2013. Congratulations! Maya PEYCHEVA (Bulgaria) qualifies by winning the 6th Cyprus Open and will join the Grand Finale 2013. Well done and congrats!

The current Point Race can be viewed here:

For more info, please check the official EBGT website.

2nd German Masters (EBGT VII)

The most international competition in Germany was back in Munich. Over 15 nations were represented at the 2nd German Masters to compete for points, qualification and victory at the last stop of the European backgammon Tour 2013.

Charis Christidis from Greece came in victorious over Petri Pietilä from Finland, who has started in an incredible way and seemed for long time to be unstoppable. Christidis had to play and beat Pietilä twice in a row at the end to take the victory. Congratulations also to thrid place, Götz Hildsberg from Germany, who made his appearance back on the tournament scene, as well as 4th place, Michel Lamote from Belgium.

The winner of the Leisure Group was Laurence Sinitzky from France. Her first attendance beyond the Novice Group led to her first victory over second place, Airat Mitchin from Russia.

Winners of the Doubles: Frank Simon (Germany) & Götz Hildsberg (Germany) over Rune Farevag (Norway) & Marion Weeber (Germany)

Speedgammon winner: Frank Simon (Germany), Finalist: Kamil Karaali (Turkey)

Winner of the Chouette tournament: Christian Plenz (Germany), 2nd place: Marcel Büker (Germany)

Winner of DMP-Challenge: Kamil Karaali (Turkey), Finalist: Chiva Tafazzoli (Iran/Germany)

Special awards went to: Zoltan Kovacs (Hungary), Fernando Braconi (Italy), Nodar Gagua (Georgia/Russia) and Konstantinos Efthymiadis (Greece)

Congratulations to all !


General Rules updated - Junary 2024

The number of breaks during a match has been changed.

Breaks are now added to the time bank of each player when a clock is in use. Clocks are NOT to be stopped during the breaks and the time will be running on the player on break. Please check General Rules section for the updates.

Changes have been made in the section of rolling dice and cube action in situations with and without cube.