Thursday, July 5, 2018

July 14, Sat., Connecticut Yankee Open Chess Tournament

July 14, Saturday

 

2018 Connecticut Yankee Open

USCF-Rated Chess Tournament

Guaranteed Cash Prizes:

$160-1st  $80-2nd

Entry Fee: $30 cash only

Register at site only: 10 - 10:15 am

Round One 10:30 am. Rds 2, 3 asap

3 Rounds Swiss, G/60 - 5 sec. delay

One section - Accelerated Pairings

Quick and Regular Rating  USCF TLA

 

Mill Brook Place

1267 Main Street

Coventry Connecticut

Across from historic "Bidwell Tavern"

860 986-8372

Above is Rob's cellphone at site.
860 742-5562 is landline for Rob.

ConnecticutChess@Gmail.com

 

Coventry Chess Club hosts a

USCF-Rated Tournament every month.

https://sites.google.com/site/coventrychess/

 

 

Further info at our website above

 

 

 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Backgammon in Middlebury Conn - June 9 Saturday

JUST ADDED!

We're excited to announce that we've added a new event to our 2018 Summer Regional Tournament! During the day, we will be having a "Board Blitz" tourney. For just a $25.00 entry fee, eight players will compete for a beautiful new Brass City Backgammon travel board (a $450.00 value), courtesy of Gammon Guys.

 
 
Here are the tournament details:
 
• Double-elimination format, 9-pt. matches / 9-pt. final (7-pt. matches in the consolation bracket) — all players are guaranteed at least two matches!

• $60.00 entry fee with optional $15.00 side pool

• 100% return (main and side pool) with $60.00 additional prize money added (courtesy of Brass City Backgammon)

• $15.00 hospitality fee includes a luncheon buffet (soda & water provided; you may bring your own beer or wine)

• Registration begins at 10 AM - tournament begins promptly at 11 AM!

• Trophies for first, second, and third place

• This event will be played in accordance with USBGF rules and is a clocked event

• Please bring your own board (and clock if you have one)

 
More info can be found on the tournament page at the Brass City Backgammonwebsite.
 
See you there!
 
Cordially,
Al Cantito & Jim Sisti
Brass City Backgammon

 

 

 
 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Game of the Week, by Alan Lasser

 The latest preview of the upcoming world championship match was at the fantastically strong 2018 Norway Chess tournament.  In this game our man was clearly outplayed.  The champion exploits the Black pawn weaknesses, the backward d-pawn that appears on the board around move twenty and the isolated b-pawn.  By move 45 the endgame looks bad, but Caruana plays it out for another thirty moves.  The late resignation suggests that the championship match won’t be plagued by short draws. 
 
GM Magnus Carlsen-GM Fabiano Caruana
5/28/18 2018 
Norway Chess
1.e4 e5 
3.d3 c6 
 
 
 
 
 
 
77.a7 1-0
 
 
[Event "2018 Norway Chess"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.05.28"]
[Round "1"]
[White "GM Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "GM Fabiano Caruana"]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "2822"]
[ECO "C24"]
[WhiteElo "2843"]
 
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 a5 8.c3
Nbd7 9.exd5 cxd5 10.O-O O-O 11.Re1 Re8 12.Nf1 b5 13.a4 b4 14.cxb4 axb4 15.Ne3
Bb7 16.d4 e4 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Rxe5 19.Qd4 Re7 20.Rac1 Rd7 21.Red1 h6
22.Rc5 Ra5 23.Rxa5 Qxa5 24.h3 Kh7 25.Rc1 Rc7 $6 { +0.60/25 } ( 25...Ba8
{ 0.00/22 } 26.Nf5
{ 26. Rc8 Qa6 27. Rb8 Bb7 28. Qxb4 Rc7 29. Rd8 Rc1+ 30. Kh2 Qe2 31. Nd1 Bc6
32. Qb8 Rxd1 33. Bxd1 Qxd1 = Stockfish } 26...Rc7 27.Rxc7
{ 27. Rd1 Bb7 28. Qe5 Qb6 29. Ne3 Qc5 30. Qd4 Qd6 31. Nf5 Qf4 32. Ne3 Qd6 =
Stockfish } 27...Qxc7 28.Ne3 Qc1+ 29.Kh2 Kg8 30.Nc2 Qg5 31.Nxb4 Bb7 32.Kg1
Kh7 33.Nc2 Qc1+ 34.Kh2 Qf4+ 35.Kg1 Qc1+ ) ( 25...Qa6 26.Rd1 Qd6 27.a5 Rc7
28.Bxd5 Bxd5 29.Nxd5 Qxd5 30.Qxd5 Nxd5 31.Rxd5 Rc1+ 32.Kh2 b3 33.Rb5 Ra1
{ = Stockfish } ) 26.Rxc7 Qxc7 27.Qxb4 Qc1+ 28.Bd1 Ba6 29.Qd4 Be2 30.Kh2 Bxd1

 

31.Nxd1 Qc7+ $6 { +1.19/25 } ( 31...Qa1 { +0.53/25 } 32.Ne3
{ 32. g3 h5 33. Kg2 Qb1 34. Ne3 Qa2 35. g4 hxg4 36. hxg4 Kg8 37. Kh2 Kh7
38. Kg1 Qb1+ 39. Kg2 Qa2 40. Qd1 Qxb2 41. g5 d4 42. Nc4 Qa2 43. Qxd4 Nh5
44. Qxe4+ g6 45. Nd6 Qd2 46. Nxf7 +2.09 Stockfish } 32...Kg8 33.Qb4 Qc1
34.Qc3 Qa1 35.Qd4 h5 36.Nxd5 Nxd5 37.Qxd5 Qxa4 38.Qd8+ Kh7 39.Qe7 Kg8 40.b4 )
( 31...Qc2 32.Kg1 Qb1 33.b4 e3 34.fxe3 Ne4 35.b5 Qc2 36.Qxd5 Nd2 37.Qh5 Qxa4
38.Qf5+ Kg8 39.Qc8+ Kh7 40.Qc1 Ne4 41.Qb1 f5 42.b6 Nd6 43.Nc3 Qa5 44.Ne2 Qd2
45.Ng3 Qxe3+ 46.Kh2 Qe5 47.b7 Nxb7 48.Qxb7 f4 49.Ne4 f3+ 50.Ng3 fxg2 51.Kxg2
Qd4 { +1.80 Stockfish } ) 32.Kg1 Qc1 33.b4 e3 34.fxe3 Ne4 35.Qxd5 Nd2 36.Qf5+
Kh8 37.Qg4 f5 38.Qe2 Ne4 39.Qe1 Qa1 $2 { +2.47/24 } ( 39...Qb1 { +1.34/24 }
40.a5 Kh7
{ 40...Qa1 41. Qf1 Qa4 42. a6 Nd6 43. Nc3 Qxb4 44. Qa1 Nc8 45. Ne2 Qe7
+4.43 Stockfish } 41.h4 g6 ) ( 39...Qc6 40.a5 Qc4 41.Nf2 Nc3 42.Qd2 Qxb4
43.a6 Qb1+ 44.Kh2 Qb8+ 45.g3 Nb5 { +3.53 Stockfish } ) 40.a5 Nd6 $6
{ +3.02/25 } ( 40...h5 { +2.57/25 } 41.b5
{ 41. Qf1 Qa4 42. Qc4+ Kh7 43. Qd5 Nf6 44. Qxf5+ Kh8 45. Qc8+ Kh7 46. Nc3
Qxb4 47. a6 +4.81 Stockfish } 41...Nd6 42.b6 Nb7 43.Qe2 Qxa5 44.Qxh5+ Kg8
45.Qe8+ Kh7 46.Qd7 Qxb6 47.Qxf5+ Kg8 48.Qd5+ Kh8 49.Qh5+ Kg8 50.Qe8+ Kh7
51.Qe4+ Kg8 52.Nc3 Nd8 53.Nd5 Qd6 54.Qe8+ Kh7 55.Nf4 Qb6 56.Qe4+ ) 41.Qd2 Nc4
42.Qd4 Qc1 43.Kf1 $6 { +2.52/24 } ( 43.Kf2 { +3.10/23 } 43...Qc2+ 44.Ke1 Qb3
45.Qc3
{ 45. a6 Qxb4+ 46. Nc3 Kh7 47. a7 Qa5 48. Qxc4 Qxa7 49. Kf2 Qe7 50. Ne2 g6
51. Qc6   +6.88  Stockfish } 45...Qa2 46.Kf1 Kg8 47.Qd3 Ne5 48.Qxf5 Qd2
49.Qe6+ Kh7 50.Qxe5 Qxd1+ 51.Kf2 Qd2+ 52.Kf3 Qd1+ 53.Ke4 Qe2 54.Qf5+ Kh8
55.Qc8+ Kh7 56.Qg4 Qc4+ 57.Ke5 Qb5+ 58.Kd6 Qa6+ 59.Kc5 Qa7+ 60.Kd5 Qb7+
61.Kc4 Qa6+ 62.Kc3 Qc6+ 63.Kd3 ) 43...Nxe3+ 44.Qxe3 Qxd1+ 45.Kf2 Qc2+ 46.Kg3
g5 $6 { +4.15/22 } ( 46...Kh7 { +2.52/23 } 47.Kh2
{ 47. a6 h5 48. a7 Qc7+ 49. Kf2 Qb7 50. Kg1 h4 51. Qc5 Qe4 52. Kh2 Qf4+ 53.
Kh1 Qe4 54. b5 g6 55. b6 Kh6 56. Qa5 Qd4 57. a8=Q Qd1+ 58. Kh2 Qd6+ 59. Kg1
Qd4+ 60. Kf1 Qd3+ 61. Kf2 Qd4+ 62. Ke2 Qc4+ 63. Kd2 Qd4+ 64. Kc2 Qc4+ 65. Qc3 Qe2+ 66. Qd2+ Qxd2+ 67. Kxd2 Kh7 68. Qa7+ Kh6 69. b7   +25.80   Stockfish
} 47...Qc7+ 48.Kg1 Qd6 49.Qc5 Qf6 50.Kh2 f4 51.Qd5 f3 52.gxf3 Qa6 53.h4 Kh8
54.Kg3 Qg6+ 55.Kh3 Qa6 56.Qd8+ Kh7 57.Qb6 Qe2 58.Kg3 Qe5+ 59.Kg4 h5+ 60.Kh3
Qd5 61.Kg2 Qa2+ 62.Kg3 Qa3 ) ( 46...Qb2 47.Qc5 f4+ 48.Kf3 Qa3+ 49.Kxf4 Kh7
50.Qc4 h5 51.a6 h4 52.b5 Qg3+ 53.Kf5 Qxg2 54.Qxh4+ Kg8 55.Ke5
{ +11.59   Stockfish } ) 47.Qe5+ $6 { +3.09/24 } ( 47.Kh2 { +4.15/22 }
47...Qc7+ 48.Kh1
{ 48. Kg1 f4 49. Qd4+ Kh7 50. a6 Qc1+ 51. Kh2 Qc2 52. Qb6 Qa2 53. b5 Qa3
54. Qb7+ Kg6 55. Qe4+ Kf6 56. Qf3  +53.64  Stockfish } 48...Qg7 49.Qe6 Qa1+
50.Kh2 g4 51.Qxh6+ Kg8 52.Qg6+ Kh8 53.Qxf5 gxh3 54.Qxh3+
{ +52.93   Stockfish } ) 47...Kh7 48.Kh2 f4 49.Qd5 Qa4 $2 { +8.92/21 } ( 
49...Qe2 { +2.62/21 } 50.Qf3 Qc4 51.Qb7+ Kg6 52.Qb6+ ) ( 49...Qc7 50.Qc5
{ +27.72   Stockfish } ) 50.Qf7+ Kh8 51.Qg6 $2 { +4.53/27 } ( 51.Qf6+
{ +8.74/24 } 51...Kh7 52.a6 g4 53.hxg4 Qa2 54.b5 Qf2 55.Qe7+ Kg6 56.b6 Qg3+
{ not 56...Qb6 57. a7 Qa6 58. Qe4+ Kf6 59. a8=Q Qxa8 60. Qxa8 Ke5 61. Qb8+
Ke4 62. Qd6 Ke3 63. Qd5 f3 64. gxf3 Ke2 65. Qd4 h5 66. gxh5 Kf1 67. Qe5 Kf2
68. Qe4 Kf1 69. Kg3 Kg1 70. Qe1# } 57.Kg1 f3 58.Qe4+ Kg7 59.Qxf3
{ and now 59...Qd6 60. Qc3+ Kg6 61. b7 h5 62. gxh5+ Kf5 63. Qc8+ Kg5 64.
Qg8+ Kf5 65. Qg6+ Qxg6 66. hxg6 Kxg6 67. b8=Q Kf7 68. a7 Ke6 69. a8=Q Kf5
70. Qf3+ Ke6 71. Qe8+ Kd6 72. Qfc6# } ) 51...Qxb4 52.Qxh6+ Kg8 53.Qxg5+ Kh7
54.Qh5+ Kg7 55.Qg5+ Kh7 56.h4 Qd6 $2 { +16.14/24 } ( 56...f3 { +4.35/22 }
57.gxf3 Qb8+ 58.Kh3 Qc8+ 59.Kg3
{ 59. Qg4 Qa6 60. Qe4+ Kg8 61. Qe8+ Kh7 62. Qe7+ Kh6 63. Qg5+ Kh7 64. h5
Qf1+ 65. Qg2 Qc1 66. Qg6+ Kh8 67. Qe8+ Kh7 68. Qf7+ Kh8 69. Qf6+ Kh7 70.
Qf5+ Kg7 71. Qe5+ Kf7 72. Kg4   +132.10   Stockfish } ) 57.Qh5+ $6
{ +5.25/23 } ( 57.h5 { +16.14/24 } 57...f3+ 58.g3 f2 59.Qg6+ Kh8 60.Qxd6 f1=Q
61.Qe5+ Kh7 62.Qe4+
{ 62. h6 Qf2+ 63. Kh3 Qf1+ 64. Kg4 Qd1+ 65. Kg5 Qd8+ 66. Kf4 Kxh6 67. Qe6+
Kh7 68. Qh3+ Kg7 69. Qg4+ Kf7 70. Qf5+ Ke8 71. Qh5+ Kd7 72. Qd5+ Kc7 73.
Qxd8+ Kxd8 74. g4 Kd7 75. g5 Kc6 76. Ke4 Kb5 77. g6 Kxa5 78. g7 Kb4 79. g8=Q Kc5 80. Qd5+ Kb6 81. Qd6+ Ka7 82. Qb4 Ka6 83. Kd5 Ka7 84. Kc6 Ka8 85.
Qb7# } 62...Kg8 63.h6 Qd1 64.Qg6+ Kf8 65.Qg7+ Ke8 ) 57...Kg7 58.Qg5+ Kh7 $2
{ +16.42/23 } ( 58...Kf7 { +5.40/23 } 59.h5 Qd4 60.Qf5+ Ke7 61.a6 f3 62.a7
fxg2 63.Kxg2 Qd2+ 64.Kh3 Qe3+ 65.Kh4 Qe1+ 66.Kg5 Qc1+ 67.Kg6 Qc6+ 68.Kg7 Qg2+
69.Qg6 Qf3 70.a8=Q Qxa8 71.Qf7+ Kd6 72.Qf8+ { mate on move 85   Stockfish } )
59.h5 f3+ 60.g3 f2 61.Qg6+ Kh8 62.Qxd6 f1=Q 63.Qh6+ Kg8 64.Qe6+ Kh8 65.Qe3 $6 { +6.64/22 } ( 65.Qe5+ { +14.88/25 }
65...Kh7 66.Qe4+ Kg8 67.h6 Qf2+ 68.Kh3 Qf1+ 69.Kg4
{ 69. Kh4 Qf6+ 70. Kg4 Qa6 71. Qe7 Qc4+ 72. Kh5 Qd4 73. Qg7+ Qxg7 74. hxg7
Kxg7 75. Kg4 Kf7 76. a6 Kf6 77. a7 Ke5 78. a8=Q Kd6 79. Qa5 Kd7 80. Qc5 Ke6
81. Kg5 Kf7 82. Qd5+ Kf8 83. Qd7 Kg8 84. Kg6 Kf8 85. Qf7# } 69...Qd1+ 70.Kf5
) ( 65.Qe8+ Kh7 66.Qe4+ Kg8 67.h6 Qd1 68.Qg6+ Kf8 69.Qg7+ Ke8 70.Qe5+ Kd8
71.h7 Qc2+ 72.Kg1 Qd1+ { not 72...Qh7 73.Qb8 Ke7 74.Qb7 winning the queen }
73.Kf2 Qc2+ 74.Kf3 Qd1+ 75.Kf4 Qd2+ 76.Kg4 Qd1+ 77.Kg5 Qc1+ 78.Qf4 Qc5+
79.Kh4 Qe7+ 80.Qg5 { it's mate on move 88 } ) 65...Qb5 66.Qc3+ Kh7 67.g4 Qd5
$4 { #21/20 } ( 67...Qe2+ { +6.42/23 } 68.Kg3 Qe7 69.Qd3+ Kg7 70.a6 Qc7+
71.Kh3 Qc1 72.Qf3 Qa1 73.h6+ Kg6 74.Qe4+ Kxh6 75.Qe3+ Kg6 76.a7 Qh1+ 77.Kg3
Qc6 78.Qd3+ Kg7 79.Qa3 Qa8 80.Qb2+ Kf7 81.Qb8
{ Stockfish says White mates on move 93. } ) 68.Qc7+ Kg8 69.Kg3 $6
{ +5.92/22 } ( 69.Qc8+ { #17/27 } 69...Kg7 70.h6+ Kxh6 71.Qh8+ Kg6 72.Qh5+
Qxh5+ 73.gxh5+ Kxh5 74.a6 Kg4 75.a7 Kf5 76.a8=Q Ke5 77.Qd8 Ke6 78.Kg2 Ke5
79.Kf3 Ke6 80.Kf4 Kf7 81.Qd7+ Kf6 82.Qe8 Kg7 83.Kf5 Kh7 84.Kf6 Kh6 85.Qg6# )
69...Qe6 70.Qd8+ $6 { +5.74/21 } ( 70.Qc5 { +6.69/21 } 70...Qe1+ 71.Kf4 Qd2+
72.Ke4 Qe1+ 73.Kf5 Qd2 74.Qe5
{ 74. Kg6 Qd3+ 75. Kh6 Qh7+ 76. Kg5 Qg7+ 77. Kh4 Qa1 78. h6 Qe1+ 79. Kg5
Qd1 80. Qc6 Qd2+ 81. Kh5 Qe2 82. Qd5+ Kf8 83. Qd7 Qe6 84. Qg7+ Ke8 85. Qg6+
Kf8 86. Qf5+ Ke7 87. Qxe6+ Kxe6 88. h7 Kd5 89. h8=Q Kc4 90. a6 Kd3 91. a7 Kc4 92. a8=Q Kc5 93. Qa5+ Kd6 94. Qhd8+ Kc6 95. Qad5# }
74...Kf7 75.Qf6+ ) 70...Kh7 $2 { +15.67/22 } ( 70...Kf7 { +5.74/21 } 71.Qd3
Qe5+ 72.Kf3
{ 72. Kh3 Qa1 73. h6 Qh1+ 74. Kg3 Qg1+ 75. Kf4 Qc1+ 76. Ke5 Qc7+ 77. Qd6
Qc3+ 78. Kf4 Qc1+ 79. Kf5 Qb1+ 80. Kg5 Qb5+ 81. Kh4 Qe2 82. Qd7+ Kf6 83.
g5+ Kg6 84. Qg7+ Kf5 85. Qf6+ Ke4 86. Qe7+ Kf3 87. Qxe2+ Kxe2 88. h7 Kd2 89. a6 Kc1 90. a7 Kd2 91. a8=Q Ke3 92. h8=Q Ke2 93. Qe4+ Kd1 94. Qa1+ Kd2
95. Qae1# } 72...Qh2 73.Qc4+ ) 71.Qd3+ Kh8 72.a6 Qe5+ 73.Kh3 Qa1 74.Qd8+ Kh7
75.Qe7+ Kh6 76.Qe3+ Kh7 77.a7 1-0
 



 

 
 
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June 23

2018 Coventry Summer Open

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

June 3, Sunday, New England Backgammon Tournament

Zamanian Takes May
In the 18-player May tournament, Alex Zamanian came out on top, beating John Leonard in the 15 point final match. Semi-finalists were Albert Steg and Howard Rosenthal, while it was Daniel Bluestone over Jeremy Kornwitz in the Consolation finals. 

Dale the Real Deal!
It was a small field of 4 players in the Intermediate division, where the competitors played a round robin tournament. Dale Libkin took 1st and Steve Boggess 2nd. 

2017/2018 Playoffs
The playoff tournament for the title of NEBC Champion is underway! Here's the current situation:



The finals between Alex Zamanian and either Jeremy Kornwitz or Albert Steg will very likely be played at the June tournament, so come and cheer on the competitors!

June Tournament
Our next tournament will be played on SundayJune 3rd at 12:00. Entry fees are $60 for the Open division and $30 for the Intermediate division.

We'll be awarding 15 playoff points for next season to every entrant regardless of results. So it's a great opportunity to get a jump on the next points race!

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.

Intermediate Division Players --
We started off really strong this season with 16 entrants in September, but the attendance sort of dwindled over the months to only 4 in May. If you have suggestions for how we can better encourage attendance, let me and Albert Steg (asteg@mindspring.com) know. Would a separate points race be a big draw? Different tournament format? Longer/shorter matches? Higher/lower entry fees? Or anything else on your mind, let us know, we're open to reworking anything or everything if it will encourage a consistent, healthy tournament for newer and casual players!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

June 9 - Backgammon Championships Middlebury Connecticut

JUST ADDED!

We're excited to announce that we've added a new event to our 2018 Summer Regional Tournament! During the day, we will be having a "Board Blitz" tourney. For just a $25.00 entry fee, eight players will compete for a beautiful new Brass City Backgammon travel board (a $450.00 value), courtesy of Gammon Guys.

 
 
Here are the tournament details:
 
• Double-elimination format, 9-pt. matches / 9-pt. final (7-pt. matches in the consolation bracket) — all players are guaranteed at least two matches!

• $60.00 entry fee with optional $15.00 side pool

• 100% return (main and side pool) with $60.00 additional prize money added (courtesy of Brass City Backgammon)

• $15.00 hospitality fee includes a luncheon buffet (soda & water provided; you may bring your own beer or wine)

• Registration begins at 10 AM - tournament begins promptly at 11 AM!

• Trophies for first, second, and third place

• This event will be played in accordance with USBGF rules and is a clocked event

• Please bring your own board (and clock if you have one)

 
More info can be found on the tournament page at the Brass City Backgammonwebsite.
 
See you there!
 
Cordially,
Al Cantito & Jim Sisti
Brass City Backgammon

 

 

 
 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

JUNE 9 - BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT - MIDDLEBURY CT

•  Double-elimination format, 9-pt. matches / 9-pt. final (7-pt. matches in the consolation bracket) — all players are guaranteed at least two matches

•  $60.00 entry fee / optional $15.00 side pool

•  100% return (main and side pool) with $60.00 additional prize money added (courtesy of Brass City Backgammon)

•  $15.00 hospitality fee includes a luncheon buffet (soda & water provided; you may bring your own beer or wine)

•  Registration begins at 10 AM - tournament begins promptly at 11 AM

•  Trophies for first, second, and third place

•  This event will be played in accord with USBGF rules and will be a clocked event

•  Please bring your own board (and clock if you have one)

 

 

 
 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Phil Simborg re: Headphones during play

Some tournaments have restrictions against people wearing headphones or earbuds while playing because they think it is possible to cheat (hear recordings or get voice messages) or because they think it is rude.

I have strong feelings about rules like this and I shared them on a backgammon forum, and for my Facebook friends, I would also like to share my thoughts with you. If enough of us feel the same way, I believe we can influence tournament directors and Federations that make rules to have reasonable rules:

"We must start with the premise that people are not cheating and have rules based on that. If we don't allow headphones because someone might get information that can help them, that is not a valid reason to prevent headphones or earbuds. If we have reason to believe someone is a cheater or might be getting help, then that should be called to the TD's attention and he can take appropriate action.

Let's apply this reasoning to every other rule. It is quite possible to cheat while rolling the dice, change the dice or have a board with magnets. So should we not allow people to use their own board and dice? Should we have designated rollers for the players (or use electronic dice provided by the TD) in order to prevent the possibility of cheating? How much fun would the game be that way?

It is possible to move the checkers illegally. Should we prevent players from moving their own checkers?

Again, we must assume honesty but keep our eyes open in case foul play is suspected, and if and when we catch a cheater, or someone who consistently bends the rules or is unsportsmanlike, then we must take very strong action (which has NOT been done nearly enough in the past) to expel the player and suspend his playing rights in any tournament for a significant period of time. Serious penalties and public embarrassment is, in itself, a major deterrent to bad behavior.

Now that I hope I have convinced you that the cheating argument should be off the table, what other arguments are there against headphones?

Some say it is not polite, or it prevents your opponent from hearing you. First, why does your opponent ever need to hear you except between games when you confirm the score? Second, it is far less polite than jabbering, singing, humming, shaking your dice excessively, and playing in a noisy room where the norm is for everyone to talk loudly even while important matches are going on. So maybe headphones doesn't meet your particular values, but who are you to set the values for someone else. I think it is rude to wear a loud shirt when you play. It distracts me. Should I be able to make you take off your shirt?

Let's have rules that are needed to help make the game fairer and more enjoyable, and not worry about making up rules that restrict people's reasonable freedom and enjoyment of the tournament experience.

Back to the cheating. Yes, with the rules we have there is the risk that occasionally someone may get away with cheating by wearing headphones or manipulating the dice or whatever. And if we ever got to the point where it happened often, then we would have to take stronger measures (as they had to do in tournament Bridge). Fortunately, we are not anywhere near there in Backgammon and fortunately, even with our current rules, alert players and directors are savvy enough to catch most bad actors."

Phil Simborg

 

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