Sunday, January 31, 2016

April 3, Sunday - Coventry Backgammon Open

Sunday, April 3 || COVENTRY BACKGAMMON OPEN || 100 % Return - Free Refreshments || Register 12-12:45 pm || $100 entry fee, cash only, at site || Optional side-pool $40 || Cash Prizes $600 winner, $200 consolation || (based on 8) more per entries || Knockout: Those knocked out in first round proceed in separate flight for consolation prize. All those losing round 2 and after are eliminated || First round draw 1:00 pm. Call 860 887-5052 if late. Website for details || Clocks are placed on games delaying tournament || Round 2 should begin 4:00 pm at latest, round 3 by 7:00 pm. at the latest. Rounds may begin earlier || Tournament Location: Rob Roy's home, 3111 South Street, Coventry Connecticut 06238 || MAP || Please park in my driveway or on my side of street. More parking on Majus Drive, right side only || || http://youtu.be/diYzGb86_DU || Click above video to tour our new center. We fit 24 players easily.

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

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

3rd Connecticut Backgammon Championships

Thurs. Oct 29. thru Sun. Nov. 1, 2015. 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.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.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Howard Rosenthal - New England Champion

Howard Rosenthal New 2013/2014 NEBC Champion! || Congrats to Howard Rosenthal who finished out his season by beating Tony Wuersch in the finals of the 2013/2014 NEBC Championship Playoffs. This is Howard's first championship, though for the past few years he has come very close. So remember to congratulate (and be in awe of his backgammon abilities) next time you see him. || Semi-finalists in the playoffs were Herb Gurland and Roger Rosenthal. First round also-rans were Steve Cummings, Eric Wicklund and Alex Zamanian. There's always next season everybody! || Chic Takes June - Dan Chicoine absolutely obliterated Alex Zamanian in the finals of the 16 player June tournament. I mean it was a whooping. 13-5. Not even close. Woof. (Happy Dan?) :) :) || Semi finalists were Albert Steg and new member John Clayton. Herb Gurland won the consolation tournament over Tom O'Riordan. || Also welcome new member Richard Shebak. Lots of new faces this year. Hope to see you guys next season! || Hartford Anyone? - Our friend Ross Gordon asks if the NEBC would be interested in a summer face off with the Connecticut club in or around Hartford. Probably several tournaments in a day-long affair where the events are qualifiers for Ross's big national tournament in October. || Anyways, I think it'd be fun and worth doing if there's a enough interest from NEBC members. So if there's a decent chance you would be interested in such an event, send me an email. No obligation if you do say you're interested, I'm just trying to get a rough gauge. || Next Season - Our 2014-2015 season will start up in September. We'll post on our website, www.nebackgammon.org when we work out the early tournament dates with the Dockside. Also, a newsletter will go out a week before the first tournament. See you all then, and happy rolling in the meantime!