Friday, April 22, 2016

Sunday, June 19 Coventry Backgammon

Sunday, June 19 Coventry Backgammon 100 % Return - 9-point matches | Optional "Qualifier Round" 11:00 AM sharp | Entry fee $40, winners join 1:00 flight, no consolation | MAIN FLIGHT - ROUND ONE: 1:00 PM $80 entry fee $480-winner $160-consolation based on 8 entries Those losing round 2 are eliminated | AMATEUR SECTION: 1:00 PM $40 entry fee $160-1st, based on 4 entries | SECOND CHANCE: 3:00 PM $40 entry fee $160-1st, based on 4 entries | LAST CHANCE: 5:00 PM $40 entry fee $160-1st, based on 4 entries | Chouettes until 8 PM or later | Rob Roy's house, 3111 South Street Coventry Connecticut 06238 - 860 887-5052 | Park in driveway, my side of street, on Majus Drive | No Registration Fees - No Club Dues | FREE: Coffee - Donuts - Lunch - Refreshments | FREE: Parking - Internet - Pool Table - TV | Subscribe to our backgammon newsletter || Bookmark our backgammon blog

Monday, April 18, 2016

4th Connecticut State Backgammon Championships

Thurs. Oct 20. thru Sun. Oct 23, 2016. DoubleTree Hilton at Bradley Airport, 16 Ella Grasso Tnpk, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, 860 627-5171. Tournament Director is Ross Gordon || 203-521-7866 || Ross@ConnecticutBackgammon.com || http://www.ConnecticutBackgammon.com Part of the American Backgammon Tour, backgammon experts from across the nation are expected to compete.

ISO riders to New England Backgammon May 14

IN SEARCH OF..... A backgammon player for our trip to the New England Backgammon tournament on Saturday, May 14. You can jump into our car going to the tournament: we leave 10:00 AM from the Tolland Park & Ride, I-84 x-68, (near Dunkin Donuts) in Tolland Connecticut. From there it is 88 miles mostly on the Mass Pike. More details...

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Backgammon in Waterbury every Thursday 6:30 pm

Backgammon every Thursday 6:30 pm. at Pies & Pints Restaurant & Brewery, 25 Leavenworth Street (side street off of downtown green), I-84 exit 21, Waterbury Connecticut. Delicious Home-Crafted Beers, full bar. Delicious Pizza, and many other items on menu. || || Subscribe to Connecticut Backgammon Magazine by Email

The Dice Smile Upon Me

New England Backgammon Club Newsletter -- December 2015, by Alex Zamanian. The Dice Smile Upon MeAlex Zamanian won his first tournament of the year when he beat Tom O'Riordan in the finals of the November Bonus Tournament. Tom has now cashed in every tournament this season, he needs only a semi-final finish and a consolation win to "hit for the cycle". That's got to better than 5 first place wins, right Tom? Semi-finalists were Steve Cummings and David Bowen. The Consolation finals, played late into the evening was between Ahmet Bolat, a new player this year, and Tony Wuersch. Ahmet prevailed || || Attendance continued to be strong with 26 enthusiastic players showing up. It's fun playing with new players; hopefully the enthusiasm continues. || || December Tournament || Well, the busy holiday season is upon us, but you can set aside one day for a little backgammon action. Our next tournament is Saturday, December 12 at 12:00. Entry fees are $60 for Expert and $30 for Intermediate/Novice. As always, entering for Intermediate/Novice means you get half the normal prize money should you cash in the tournament. || || Please show up before noon to register. If you're going to be a little late, you can call my mobile, 781-354-6466, to reserve a spot. If for some reason I don't pick up, leave a message. I'll be sure to check my messages before we begin the draw. || || A $5 food credit is given with tournament entry. Before you leave, pay the tournament director for any food you ordered less $5. || || Points Race || No surprise, Tom O'Riordan still has a solid lead in the points race. He's followed by Alex Zamanian and Albert Steg. For full standings, see our website, www.nebackgammon.org . Some strong players currently out of the top 7, so I expect competition for the 7 playoff spots to be fierce throughout the year. Still anyone's game at this point. || || December Position || Score is tied 6-6 in a 7 point match. Red to play 2-1. || || Here's a play that easy to miss if you are on auto-pilot. Red has probably been hoping to make the 4 point for the last few rolls, and now he a chance to do it, so many players would jump at the opportunity. But there's another serious candidate -- clearing the 7 point with 7/6 7/5. || || The main problem with making the 4 is that it leaves several blot numbers next roll -- any 6 except for 6-6 and 6-1 will leave White a powerful 6 shot. Meanwhile, playing 7/6 7/5 means Red can never be forced to leave a blot next turn. Now it's true that if Red makes the 4 point and manages to clear the 7 without getting hit, he's better off than if leaves a persistent gap on the 4 point with 7/6 7/5. But notice that the position isn't always going to be super safe after making the 4 point and safely clearing the 7. If Red clears with 5-4 for instance, he leaves a very stripped position, where 6-5 and 5-4 will leave double shots. And if Red clears with 5-1, he has this awkward, dangerous structure where he's got 3 checkers on the 6 point and 2 on the 5 and 4 points. || || So clearing the 7 point immediately is wildly safer next roll and only somewhat more dangerous down the line, so it's the standout play here. || 7/6 7/5 || Subscribe to Connecticut Backgammon Magazine by Email

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New England Backgammon Club

Battle of the Toms in October 26 players competed in the October tournament, but no one could match the Toms! It was Tom O'Riordan over Tom Kunysz in the 13 point final match. Semi-finalists were a Daniel (Bluestone) and a Howard (Rosenthal). So apparently, Daniels and Howards are pretty good at this game too. The consolation tournament was won by David Bowen, who, after losing his first match in the main, went on to win 5 straight 5 point matches to bring home the gold (OK... green). The other consolation finalist was Albert Steg. November 14, 2015 Tournament November is our bonus points tournament with longer matches and more playoff points at stake. So don't miss this one! The (higher than usual) entry fees are $100 for Expert and $50 for Intermediate/Novice. As always, entering for Intermediate/Novice means you get half the normal prize money should you cash in the tournament. Please show up before noon to register. If you're going to be a little late, you can call my mobile, 781-354-6466, to reserve a spot. If for some reason I don't pick up, leave a message. I'll be sure to check my messages before we begin the draw. A $5 food credit is given with tournament entry. Before you leave, pay the tournament director for any food you ordered less $5. Points Race Tom O'Riordan and Albert Steg are currently 1 and 2 in the points race with many more tournaments to go. (So no counting chickens, guys!) For full standings, see our website: www.nebackgammon.org . Connecticut Happened We had a nice contingent go down for the 3rd Annual Connecticut Backgammon Championships. I'm sorry to report that for the first time, it was not won by an NEBC'er. There's always next year! However, Matt Reklaitis did take first in the Consolation round and he and I took 2nd in the doubles tournament which was a blast! Not to be outdone, Marty Storer took 1st in the 32 player Westport Warmup. And also I won the Ridgefield Open Blitz, a little side event of 5 point matches. Subscribe to Connecticut Backgammon Society by Email

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Connecticut Backgammon Championships

2014 Connecticut Backgammon Championships Last weekend was the 2nd Annual Connecticut State Backgammon Championships, proficiently run by our friend Ross Gordon and his team. A bunch of us went down and had a blast. I won't try to list everybody for fear of forgetting someone, but I will catalog the multitude of club members who placed in the tournaments. I'm happy to report that for the second year in a row, the Open division was won by an NEBC'er! This time it was Matt Reklaitis who defeated two time World Champion Bill Robertie (also no stranger to the club) in the finals. Other notable achievements by NEBC'ers -- Phyllis Seidel won the Fairfield Blitz beating out 27 other competitors in the multi-tier 5 point match tournament. In the Advanced bracket, Daniel Bluestone won the last chance tournament. In the Novice tournament, Bogdan Ianculescu took third place. Congrats to all the winners! Report courtesy Alex Zamanian of the New England Backgammon Club.