EUBTC Gibraltar : Belgium fails to qualify for Final Four.

In a tie-break with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the UK, Belgium could not win sufficient 1-point matches to reach the Final Four.

Currently, Sweden and Denmark are playing 1-point matches to see who will join Austria, Germany and Italy in the Final Four.

 

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EUBTC Gibraltar : Belgium loses to UK 2-3 and becomes joined 4rth.

With 19 victories, Belgium will have to play a 5-team play-off to decide who qualifies for the Final Four.

Results :

Marc Van Damme v Gaz Owen 1-0

Michel Lamote v Raj Jansaari 1-0

Geert Van der Stricht v Sebastian Wilkinson 0-1

Johan Huyck v Tim Cross 0-1

Guy Van Middelem v Eric McAlpine 0-1

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EUBTC Gibraltar : 4-1 victory against Turkey keeps Red Devils in title race.

Results :

Marc Van Damme v Kader Turk 1-0

Michel Lamote v Gural Bulut 0-1

Geert Van der Stricht v Arda Findikoglu 1-0

Johan Huyck v Gökhan Günes 1-0

Guy Van Middelem v Fatih Simer 1-0

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EUBTC Gibraltar : Belgium lose against Germany 2-3…

The results :

Marc Van Damme v Dirk Schiemann 0-1

Michel Lamote v Tobias Hellwag 1-0

Geert Van der Stricht v Jürgen Orlowski 0-1

Johan Huyck v Volker Sonnabend 0-1

Guy Van Middelem v Andreas Hoffman 1-0

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EUBTC Gibraltar : Red Beavers beat Denmark 3-2 in Round 4.

After Day 1 (four rounds played) Belgium have won their third victory of the day. With three rounds to play, a spot in the Final Four is within reach.

Walter Meuwis was the Player of the Day with 4 out of 4.

The results :

Marc Van Damme v Thomas Kristensen 1-0

Michel Lamote v Thomas Myhr 0-1

Geert Van dder Stricht v Steen Gronbech 1-0

Johan Huyck v Karsten Bredahl 0-1

Walter Meuwis v Peter Friberg 1-0

Round 5 is scheduled for 10 am tomorrow. Opponent will most likely be Germany, who lead the pack.

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EUBTC Gibraltar : Red Beavers beat Norway 3-2 in Round 3.

The Belgium Backgammon team beat current European champions Norway in thriller.

The results :

Michel Lamote v Dagfinn Snarheim 1-0

Geert Van der Stricht v Hans Liby 0-1

Johan Huyck v Sandre Rike 1-0

Guy Van Middelem v Rune Faerewag 0-1

Walter Meuwis v Kim Nordberg 1-0

With 8 victories and 5 losses, Belgium remains in contention for a Final Four spot.

Round 4 will be played after the World Cup semi-final between Belgium and France.

 

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EUBTC Gibraltar : Belgium loses to Italy 2-3.

The results :

Marc Van Damme v Daniel Tudose 0-1

Michel Lamote v Giorgio Castellano 1-0

Geert Van der Stricht v Edmond Mezini 0-1

Johan Huyck v Fabrizio Lo Surdo 0-1

Walter Meuwis v Laura Monaco 1-0

Round 3 will be played at 6 pm. Guy Van Middelem will take the place of Marc Van Damme.

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EUBTC Gibraltar : Red Beavers defeat Sweden in Round 1.

Results :

Marc Van Damme v Thomas Tenland 0-1

Michel Lamote v Kim Westerlundh 1-0

Geert Van der Stricht v Johan Bynell 0-1

Johan Huyck v Conny Eriksson 1-0

Walter Meuwis v Sven Olav Norén 1-0

Round 2 : Belgium v Italy.

The match between Michel Lamote and Girogio Castellano can be watched live on : Gibraltar backgammon.com.

 

 

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Red Beavers are off to Gibraltar for EUBTC.

After valiant campaigns in Hungary (2015), Denmark (2016) and Iceland (2017), the Belgium Backgammon Team will compete in the 2018 European Backgammon Team Championship in Gibraltar with 6 of our best players.

Due to the fortuitous scheduling of the event in early July, the complete top-5 of the BMS Grading Table will represent Belgium at this high-level event.  Only Johan Segers (ranked 6) will be absent due to an overlapping family holiday. Fortunately Guy Van Middelem was able to make himself available to complete the team, notwithstanding loads of other responsibilities and commitments.

The event consists of 7 rounds. In each round, 5 Belgian players will each play a 13-point match against 5 players from another country. After 7 rounds, the four highest ranked countries will play in a Final Four knock-out phase.

This is the Belgium Team : 1) Marc Van Damme 2) Michel Lamote 3) Geert Van der Stricht 4) Johan Huyck 5) Walter Meuwis 6) Guy Van Middelem.

The playing schedule : on Tuesday 10 July four rounds will be played (11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, and 9 pm) and on Wednesday 11 July rounds 5 to 7 are scheduled (10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm).

The Final Four will play semi-finals on Thursday 12 July at 10 am and the final at 3 pm.

Needless to say that this is an extremely demanding and challenging format staged in a prestigious international arena.  Our players will have to find their best form in three to four 13-point matches a day and be able to hold their nerve under pressure-cooker conditions. Not only skill, but focus and stamina will be required to achieve success. Nobody can afford to play casually, since all 35 matches (or more…) of Belgium’s Best will be recorded and open for scrutiny.

Could 2018 be our year?

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4 Cubes 2018 : Round 3 complete

The 4 Cubes is Belgium’s backgammon interclub competition. This year, six teams are competing for the trophy. All enounters up to round 3 have now been played, and Leuven Cubers 2, winner of the competition in 2016 and 2017, is the only team that remains undefeated. Full details in the tournament book.

After a summer break, rounds 4 and 5 will be played in September to November. It would be fantastic if all encounters of the fifth and final round could be played on the same time and location, for instance on Friday, November 16, in Brussels, for a thrilling final !

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