The 11th Leuven Open Backgammon Championship

For the 11th time, we’re going to get together and enjoy a whole day of backgammon in Leuven Open!

Let’s mark our calendars: November 10th, 9:00 to 19:00, Brasserie De Abdijmolen.

More info and registration

Date: 10th November 2019
Location: Brasserie De Abdijmolen, Abdij van Park 4, 3001 Heverlee
Format: 7 rounds of 5-point matches, Swiss format, 10min bank time plus 12sec
Registration fee, including breakfast and lunch: €29 (not later than Nov
3rd), or €35 (cash payment at the event).

Looking forward to seeing you in the event!


Regards
Backgammon Club Leuven

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BIC 2019: Conclusion of group phase and start play-off

Dear backgammon friends,

Please find hereby the BIC 2019 results so far. We are nearly reaching the play-off phase.

Hoeylaerts Steven & Yalçin Mahir play a play-off the 15th of September for 1st place in group B D2. Winner of this play-off is qualified for the BIC 2019 play-off and goes to BIC 2020 D1. Loser of this play-off plays against Pino Maurits (ranked 2nd in D2 group A) to try to qualify for the BIC 2019 play-off and to go to BIC 2020 D1. 

Quarter-finals program

  1. Lamote free
  2. Segers against the winner of Pino – (loser of Hoeylaerts / Yalçin M.)
  3. van Dijke against Van Herreweghen (28/09 in Gent)
  4. Van Middelem against the winner of HoeylaertsYalçin M
Play-off of the Belgian Individual Championship 2019

Kind regards and don’t forget to “keep on rolling”,

— Kristoffer

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BIC 2019 – Deadline Completion Group Phase is Near

Just a little reminder to all participants of the Belgian Individual Championship 2019 that the deadline for completion of the group phase is getting closer. As stipulated in the rules, all matches are required to be finished by September 14, 2019.

Matches in Division 2A are already complete. In Divisions 1 and 2B, a few more matches need to be played.

At stake are spots in the quarter finals as well as promotion/demotion to/from Divisions 1 and 2.

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World Championship 2019 in Monte Carlo

From July 30 to August 4, follow your favourite players (among which two from Belgium) in Monte Carlo, Monaco, starting from the tournament website or via the online brackets. Good luck, Johan H. and Marc!

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Vlissingen Blitz Masters, Jan 4-5, 2020

Paulus van Rooijen celebrates his 60th birthday with two fast pace tournaments in two days.

  • Saturday, Jan 4, 2020: Rapidgammon, 7-point matches, 5 min. + 11 sec
  • Sunday, Jan 5, 2020: Speedgammon, 5-point matches, 2 min. + 10 sec.

More information on the flyer. Contact: pro@zeelandnet.nl

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BGFed.be represents Brussels in the European Intercity tournament in Paris

Players from London, Berlin & Moscow joined Paris & 7 BGFed.be members on Friday the 31st of May for the 3rd Intercity week-end. Great organizer Ibrahima Guillard welcomes everybody with drinks ‘à volonté’ and we enjoyed nice lunches & dinners. Except a few format bugs, the tourneys went smoothly in a (noteworthy) very friendly atmosphere.

In the Advanced Team tournament, BGFed.be team A (with Alain Chif, Michel Lamote, Marc Steyvers, Geert Van der Stricht and Guy Van Middelem) did well but lost narrowly from London (with some top stars) and Paris 2, finishing 3rd (Paris 2 won). Marc got 4 victories (out of 4), Geert 4 out of 5.

In the Intermediate Team tournament, BGFed.be team B (with Sonja Custers & Lorenzo Pacini) tied for 1st place but was ranked 2nd due to a tie-breaking rule. Well-done!

The Individual tournaments started on Saturday the 1st of June to finish next day on Sunday afternoon.

In the Intermediate series (16 players), Alain & Lorenzo qualified for the Main finals (top 8) but, next day, failed in the ¼ finals. But Sonja won a prize & medal by winning the Consolation finals.

At the Intercity tournament in Paris (May 2019), Sonja won the Consolation finals of the Intermediate series (16 players).

In the Advanced series (39 players), Michel & Guy had a good run on Saturday (Michel 4 victories out of 6, Guy 5), qualified also for the Main finals (top 8). Michel’s run stopped in the ¼ finals, but Guy went on to win two more matches an played the Main final, losing narrowly to Paris-player Arthur Menez. A big runner-up trophy was his due.

Guy played the main final of the advanced series (29 players). “Where in my house to put this trophy?”.

Thanks, Ibrahima, for a wonderful event. See you all back in London next year, hopefully with 10 BGFed.be members.

— GvM

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4 Cubes 2019 – Results Rounds 2 and 3

Rounds 2 and 3 of the 4 Cubes 2019, Belgium’s backgammon interclub competition, took place on Sunday, May 19, in the bridge rooms of Tennis Club Orée, Sint-Pieters-Woluwe. All six participating teams were present for a day packed with 7-point matches.

The team from Gent won both its encounters and is leading with 3/3. Next comes Leuven 1 with 2/3, followed by the four remaining teams (Brugge, Brussels 1, Brussels 2, and Leuven 2, the winner of the three previous editions) with 1/3.

For detailed results, please check out the Tournament Book.

Rounds 4 and 5 will be played on a single day and a single venue too, on a date and venue to be confirmed.

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Ghent Open XIV – Results

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Koninklijke Academie Union Sandeman, Ghent
  • Format: Swiss, 7 rounds, 7-point matches, with clock (Bronstein, 14 minutes + 12 seconds increment)
  • Tournament director: Bert Van Kerckhove
RESULTS

  1 Paulus van Rooijen     6/7   
  2 Paul van Dijke         5/7   
  3 Geert Van der Stricht  5/7    
  4 Johan Huyck            5/7    
  5 Luc Palmans            4/7    
  6 Marc Van Damme         4/7    
  7 Alain Chif             4/7    
  8 Johan Segers           4/7    
  9 Bert Van Kerckhove     4/7    
 10 Michel Lamote          3/7 
 11 Nick De Ruyck          3/7 
 12 Robin Bilderbeek       3/7 
 13 Ronny Conaert          3/7 
 14 Toon Van Herreweghen   2/7 
 15 Alf Martijn            1/7
Ghent Open XIV – Luc Palmans (winner “Beginners”), Paulus van Rooijen (winner “Advanced”), Alain Chif (winner “Intermediate”)
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Backgammon tournament in Uccle on Friday, May 3

Dear backgammon friends,

Under the auspices of BGFed.be, Cyrus Parastar organizes a backgammon evening on Friday the 3th of May at 19.45 hours.

Take care, the location is : Tennis Club ‘le Roseau’, rue du Roseau 60 – 1180 Brussels (Uccle – Ukkel). Very easy parking on site, we’ve played there once last year.

Results counting for the BGFed.be ranking. Please try to bring board and / or clock.

Contact and registration : Cyrus Parastar 0487/41.33.12  cyrus.namin@gmail.com

Hope you’ll enjoy that evening, keep on rolling, — Guy Van Middelem

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Lentekampioenschap Brisaert vs De Weert

Wat voorafging: nadat ik in de herst Kristoffer in zijn geboortedorp Kester in een millimeterspurt geklopt had met 5 – 4, waarna zijn vader prompt verhuisde naar een ander dorp, en ik daarna op een donkere winteravond aan de poorten van het kerkhof in Halle uitpakte met een 6 – 2 overwinning, de meestal rustige bewoners vandaar wat vibes gevend, ging ik voluit voor een 3 op 3.

Kristoffer & Johan in front of the Gravensteen, Ghent

De plaats die ik uitgekozen had is geliefd bij toeristen uit binnen- en buitenland: het Gravensteen in Gent. Mijn maliënkolder had ik thuisgelaten, ik dacht zijn verradelijke dubbels zo ook wel te kunnen ontwijken. Onder een lentezonnetje ging ik goed van start. Na 1 – 0 kwam ik op 2 – 0. Toen sloeg het om. Was het werkelijkheid of was het in mijn gedachten dat ik plots een ijselijke gil hoorde opstijgen vanuit de vergeetput? Als in een vertraagde film zag ik mijn tegenstreven zijn hand de cube in het bord leggen. Met een verbeten blik wachtte hij mijn antwoord af. Als een echte heldhaftige Brabantse Krijger nam ik de uitdaging en de cube aan. Ik zag me immers al 4 – 0 voorstaan, het afmaken, en met een achterwaartse salto luid jodelend de slotgracht induiken. Helaas, was het de geest van Jacob van Artevelde die een slechte nacht had gehad en verkoos zijn toorn op mij te laten neerdalen? Als in een kwade droom gebeurde het dat ik een gammon tegenkreeg: 2 – 4 voor mijn tegenspeler. Het werd effe zwart voor mijn ogen maar ik pepte mezelf moed in door te denken dat ik met twee winstspelletjes toch nog ging winnen. Het zat erin maar helaas ging ik uiteindelijk ten onder met te zware 2 – 5 cijfers. Proficiat aan Kristoffer, die nu 13 van onze 20 seizoenskampioenschappen gewonnen heeft.

Moraal van het verhaal: laat nooit je maliënkolder thuis als je in het Gravensteen backgammon gaat spelen.

Johan Brisaert

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