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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4 Cubes 2019 – Rounds 2 and 3

De datum voor de volgende 2 ronden van de 4 Cubes lag al een tijdje vast (19 mei). Hier zijn de andere details.

Zondag, 19 mei 2019 in Tennis Club Orée, Verbrandendreef 9, 1150 Sint-Pieters-Woluwe.

09u30: deuren open; ontvangst met gratis koffiekoek. We kunnen de twee grote bridgespeelzalen gebruiken en kunnen in alle rust onze matchen spelen. Drank zelf te betalen. Er kan overdag gegeten worden; de keuken zal open zijn.

10u00: start tweede ronde

  • Leuven II – Brussels II
  • Gent – Leuven I
  • Brussels I – Brugge

ca 14u30 (ten laatste 15u00) start derde ronde. Teams die al klaar zijn met de tweede ronde kunnen eerder beginnen.

  • Brugge – Brussels II
  • Leuven I – Brussels I
  • Leuven II – Gent

ca 18u30-19u00 einde

Gelieve voldoende materiaal mee te brengen (borden, klokken). Neem eventueel contact op met de andere teamkapiteins (of met mij) om iets af te spreken.

Gent, Brugge en Leuven II spelen niet tegen mekaar in de tweede ronde. Iedereen moet dus zijn filmmateriaal mee hebben.

Vriendelijke groeten,

Luc Palmans

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Annotated, commented video of Michel Lamote’s final of the Merit Montenegro 2019 on YouTube

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be for Michel Lamote, at least this time. The final between him and Bakar Matikashvili (Georgia) of the 4th Merit Open International Backgammon Championship played on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Hotel Splendid, Budva, Montenegro, could be followed on livestream on Youtube, with insightful live commentaries. Robin Bilderbeek has now added XG computer analysis to that video, and you can watch it here:

Thank you, Robin, for this great piece of work!

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Michel Lamote in the final of the 4th Merit Open in Montenegro

Today at 14:00, Michel Lamote will play the final of the Main Tournament of the 4th Merit Open in Budva, Montenegro, against Bakar Matikashvili (Georgia). If Michel wins the 17 point match, he will have to win a second one, to 9 points, since Bakar has not yet been defeated while Michel has reached the final from the 2nd Chance. There’s a good chance the match will be live-streamed on YouTube, at the Merit Backgammon Tournament channel. Good luck, Michel!

More information on the tournament’s Facebook page.

4th Merit Open Montenegro Grand Prix Brackets

Master Main 1/4
https://bit.ly/2Iceews

Master Main 2/4
https://bit.ly/2P1SFPy

Master Main 3/4
https://bit.ly/2U6dJpb

Master Main 4/4
https://bit.ly/2Ici8W4

Masters 2nd Chance 1/5
https://bit.ly/2Kt4xLV

Masters 2nd Chance 2/5
https://bit.ly/2P7t3AP

Masters 2nd Chance 3/5
https://bit.ly/2X7ErzF

Masters 2nd Chance 4/5
https://bit.ly/2UaBFYy

Masters 2nd Chance (final sheet) 5/5
https://bit.ly/2X6wPx1

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BMS: Red Beavers off to Montenegro with good PR’s under their belt.

In preparation for the WBGF World Team Championship (8-10 April), Belgium’s four highest ranked players sparred in the Montenegro Challenge. Marc Van Damme, Geert Van der Stricht, Johan Huyck and Michel Lamote played six 13-pointers against each other in a round robin for a total of eighteen matches each. Here is how they did:

PR Geert (18 x 13). Scores 10/18.

Geert Van der Stricht won the Montenegro Challenge in convincing fashion with this excellent performance.

After years of persistent study, weekly practice and in-depth analysing, Geert has made it to the top of the BMS Grading Table with a PR of 4,34 (600 EP). Fantastic achievement!

PR Marc (18 x 13). Scores 11/18.

Marc Van Damme won most matches, but came in second for the PR prize (which was what this Montenegro Challenge was all about). Still, this is a solid performance, more than good enough to compete confidently with the best in the world.

PR Michel (18 x 13). Scores 5/18.

Coming out of hibernation, I could not find my best form and have to be satisfied with this average PR… Hopefully I can lift my game a bit in Montenegro…

PR Johan (18 x 13). Scores 10/18.

Johan would have loved to play below-5, but made just one or two errors too many. Looks like Belgium will soon have a confident quartet of below-5 players.

Team PR (36 x 13).

We had set it as our goal to play collectively below 4,5 PR, but narrowly missed the mark.

The WBGF World Team Championship starts on Monday 8 April and will be played over three days in Budva, Montenegro. 27 countries have entered, with Japan, Denmark, Germany and the USA as the teams to beat. Belgium will be represented by a team of six “Red Beavers”: the four players mentioned above together with Johan Segers and Guy Van Middelem. Also Paulus Van Rooijen and Paul Van Dijke will be present, but sadly they could not find enough teammates to form a team for the Netherlands. They will compete in the 4th Merit Open Montenegro Grand Prix, however, which starts on Wednesday 10 April and finishes on Sunday 14 April.

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