20 players competed in the Open division for our big bonus points event in November. Alex Zamanian ended up winning his second tournament of the season when he beat long-term member Doug Roberts in the finals. Doug is a very strong player who doesn't make it out from Amherst very often, but he happened to be in town for our November tournament. Hopefully we'll see more of him and his lovely wife Wanda in the future. Semi-finalists were Eric Wicklund and Paul A. Caracciolo. In the finals of the consolation round, it was Albert Steg over Tom O'Riordan, who's back after a year-long break (welcome back Tom!).
Doug Brings Home the Bacon
In our 13-player Intermediate tournament (still going strong!), Doug Bacon beat Evo Ivanov in the final round. The consolation final was contested between Dale Libkin and Robert Brennan where Dale prevailed.
Minor Intermediate Tournament Change
Because November (as well as May) is the tournament where we play longer matches for higher entry fees/prize money, the tournaments did tend to drag on a bit. We understand that most newer or casual players don't want to spend all day and evening playing BG, so we're going to scrap the bonus-points aspect of the Intermediate tournament in the future. It will just be a normal tournament with the $30 entry fee and regular length matches. We'll keep the Open tournament "bonus points'ed up" however.
(Also, players may always, by mutual agreement, shorten matches if desired.)
Playoff Points RaceBit of a gap opening up, but we're just getting started. Alex Zamanian holds the top spot in the points race over second place Albert Steg. Marty Storer, Eric Wicklund, Paul A. Caracciolo, Mark Rigel and Doug Roberts round out the current top 7. For full standings, see our website, www.nebackgammon.org .
Full List of Past ChampionsWe managed to put together a list of ALL past NEBC Champions starting with the 1975/76 season! Special thanks to Bill Robertie who combed through his records to fill out the early years and to Matt Reklaitis who compiled all the available information and put it online. You can check it out here:
Our next tournament is SUNDAY, December 10th at 12:00 at Frank's Steakhouse -- 2310 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.
Entry fees are $60 for the Open division and $30 for the Intermediate/Novice division.
Please show up around noon to register. We like to do the draw promptly at 12:15. If you're going to be a little later than 12:15, you can call or text (text preferred) my mobile, 781-354-6466, to reserve a spot. And let me know what division you want to play in. 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.
Douglas C. Roberts