Hassman Has the Goods. Steven Hassman took the 9 player Intermediate tournament when he defeated Jeff Arredondo in the final round. It was Duncan Noyes over Brian Bunnell in the consolation round.
The points race is starting to take some shape. Alex Zamanian has a decent size lead for 1st over 2nd place Marty Storer and 3rd place Mark Rigel. We're just getting started though. Plenty of time to find a place in the top 7 and qualify for the playoffs. For full standings, see our website: www.nebackgammon.org .
November is the big one! It features slightly longer matches and bigger entry fees and prize money. Many more playoff points are at stake as you get double bonus points for placing in the top 4 in the main and the top 2 in the consolation round. You can visit http://www.nebackgammon.org/
The tournament is happening on Sunday, November 12th at 12:00.
Entry fees are $100 for the Open division and $50 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.
Rules Change In order to keep our club casual and be more in line with the national backgammon scene, we are moving to Legal Moves. Which means both players are obligated to point out any illegal plays even if it's to their detriment. And plays must be corrected even after the dice are picked up.
Spectators should not point out illegal plays, as it is solely the responsibility of the players to notice and point out illegal plays. In fact, spectators should say nothing that could conceivably affect play, including asking the score or mentioning the position of the cube. The occasional minor infraction is of course understandable, especially with newer players, but multiple blatant infractions may result in disqualification or a barring.
But if you see something fishy and suspect malfeasance, tell the tournament director.
A full list of the rules we play by are here: http://www.chicagopoint.com/
Note that 4.8 ILLEGAL MOVES is no longer in effect due to the above rule change.
Information Needed on History of the Club
We're compiling a list of past club champions to put on the website. We've filled it out pretty well. The most recent champion that's missing is from the 2002/2003 season. Does anyone have past newsletters or records that can shed light on that season? For what it's worth, the playoff participants were:
1. Alex Zamanian
2. Brad Mampe
3. Herb Gurland
4. Eddie Abou-Zeid
5. Marty Storer
6. Howard Rosenthal
7. Marcus Hermansen
It wasn't Marty, and I don't think it wasn't Howard, because I'm pretty sure he won for the first time in 2014. I suspect it was me, but I'd like confirmation. The earliest win we have for me is 2009, and I thought I had won once before then.
We're also missing 97/98 and 93/94. I think we have everyone else since 90/91!
Anyways, if you can help track this down, contact me.
Also, we'd be interested in stories from way back. And do you know when and how the club started? Let us know!
USBGFWe are trying qualify as a USBGF affiliated Prime Club, which would result in some added money for our December monthly. Help us reach our goal by becoming a USBGF member today. http://usbgf.org/ for details.
See you all this Sunday!!