Red Beavers reach quarter finals at WBGF Team Championship 2020

Headed by team captain Johan Huyck, the Red Beavers Alain Chif, Michel Lamote, Johan Segers and Geert Van der Stricht drove to the Grand Casino of Forges-les-Eaux (France) to participate at the 2020 edition of the WBGF Team Championship, January 7-9. Their ambition: to do better than in Budva (Montenegro, April 2019), where Belgium was eliminated by Denmark in the quarter finals.

The Red Beavers 2020 in the playing room in the Grand Casino in Forges-les-Eaux (France), at the WBGF Team Championship, January 7-9.

There were 17 countries divided in three groups. Belgium was in group B, together with Czechia, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia, and Germany. Victories against Cyprus and Russia and draws against Turkey and Germany were sufficient to reach the 2nd place in group B and a spot in the quarter final, in which Belgium met…

Belgium vs Denmark at the start of the quarter finals of the WBGF Team Championship in the Grand Casino of Forges-les-Eaux, France, January 8, 2020.

… Denmark again. Michel and Johan S. lost their matches relatively quickly, but Geert and Johan H. were close to winning theirs, raising hopes for a team consultation tie-breaker. But the Danish players, which are among the world’s strongest, proved hard to beat, and at the end, the Danes prevailed on every board. They went on to win the championship, before Greece (2nd) and France (3rd).

Belgium continued to defeat Austria but lose from the UK, ending 6th, one place better than in 2019.

The 2021 edition will take place in Trier, Germany. Can we do better still?

Pictures and results:


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Vlissingen Masters Rapid and Speed

At the occasion of 60th birthday, Paul van Rooijen organised a great backgammon weekend in the Arion hotel at the waterfront of his home town, Vlissingen, on 4 and 5 January 2020.

There were two tournaments, in Swiss format, with finals between the top-2 to determine the winner:

  • A Rapidgammon tournament on Saturday: 7-point matches, Bronstein timing with 5 minutes for the match plus 11 seconds per move;
  • A Speedgammon tournament on Sunday: 5-point matches, Bronstein timing with 2 minutes for the match plus 10 seconds per move.

The tournaments also counted as the Belgian and Dutch rapid and speed championships, with BGFed.be offering the belgian trophies. Congratulations to the winners, Geert Van der Stricht (rapid) and Toon Van Herrweghen (speed). Toon also won the Open Championship of the speedgammon tournament.

Organiser Paul van Rooijen addressing his guests at his 60th-birthday-party-and-backgammon-weekend in the Arion hotel in Vlissingen, January 4-5, 2020. Picture by Frank Viergever.

Paul’s friend Frank Viergever took some beautiful pictures: http://www.frankviergever.nl/VBM20/index.html

On Saturday evening, Paul invited all his guests to a fantastic dinner. Thank you, Paul!

Results Rapidgammon (40 players)

  • Open Champion: Paul van Koningshoven, Runner-up: Marcus Reinhard
  • Champion of The Netherlands: Paul van Koningshoven, Runner-up: Misja Alma
  • Champion of Belgium: Geert Van der Stricht, Runner-up: Johan Segers
  • Ladies Prize: Tansu Alper, Runner-up: Eileen Mulvany
  • Best Irish Player: Tom Schnittger, Runner-up: Eileen Mulvany

Results Speedgammon (28 players)

  • Results Speedgammon (28 players):
  • Open Champion: Toon Van Herreweghen
  • Champion of The Netherlands: Ed Baars
  • Champion of Belgium: Toon Van Herreweghen
  • Ladies Prize: Claudia Göhnert
  • Best Irish Player: Eileen Mulvany
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Happy 2020

Dear backgammon friends,

First of all, from myself, and on behalf of BGFed.be, our federation, my
best wishes for

a splendid year 2020

Our desires, of course, include your best of luck with all sorts of doubles in the beginning of the game and mainly doubles 5 & 6 in the bear-off.

I hope (and I’m pretty sure) you can handle these throws valuably !

Please, take a (regular) look at our website, where you’ll find some nice recent films with both games from the BIC final 2019, analysis & commentary included (many thanks to Robin Bilderbeek).

Besides BIC & 4 Cubes, BGFed.be tournaments include :

Leuven Monthly (http://backgammon-leuven.be/), organized in de Squash Club de Vaart (Wilsele) on Sunday afternoons and Friday evenings

Brussels Friendly, organized in Tennis Club le Roseau (Uccle) on every 1st Friday evening of the month (starting with 03/01/20)   

Bigger day tournaments in Ghent (around March/April), in Brussels (the 1st of May) & in Leuven (around November)

The 5th international BMAB – BMS tournament in Ghent (presumably the last weekend of December)

We’ll meet on all these occasions and you can improve your rating (which changes every week).

Keep on rolling, — Guy Van Middelem

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BIC 2019 final Michel Lamote vs Paul van Dijke: match #2 on YouTube

Match #2 (Ghent, Dec 20, 2019) of the final of the Belgian Individual Championship 2019 between Michel Lamote and Paul van Dijke. With XG analysis and with live commentary by Geert Van der Stricht. Realisation: Rain
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BIC 2019 : Michel Lamote champion, Paul van Dijke runner-up

Michel Lamote (left) holding the trophy of the Belgian Individual Championship 2019 Backgammon. He and Paul van Dijke (right) played the final (best-of-three 13-point matches) on Tuesday December 17 and Friday December 20 in the playing room of the Backgammon Club Ghent. Michel won 2-0, admitting generously that the dice had not been against him. Congratulations to both for excellent play and great sportsmanship. It is the second time already that Michel conquers the title, his first victory dating from 2015. For Paul van Dijke, it is the second time already he’s the runner-up: in 2018, he had to concede to title to Johan Huyck. Better luck next year!
BGFed.be president Guy Van Middelem (right) handing the BIC 2019 trophy to winner Michel Lamote (left) on Friday, December 20, in Ghent.
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BIC 2019 final Michel Lamote vs Paul van Dijke: match #1 on YouTube

Match #1 in the BIC 2019 final between Michel Lamote and Paul van Dijke took place on Tuesday, December 17, in Ghent.

Robin “rain” Bilderbeek filmed and transcribed the match and produced the following great video. Enjoy!

Match #1 in the final of the Belgian Individual Championship Backgammon 2019 between Michel Lamote and Paul van Dijke.
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Leuven Monthly 2020: Mark Your Calendar

The Leuven Monthly tournament series continues in 2020 (of course). Here are the dates:

  • Winter => on Sunday (13:45) : 26/01 – 23/02 – 22/03
  • Spring  => on Friday (19:45) : 24/04 – 22/05 – 26/06
  • Autumn => on Sunday (13:45) : 27/09 – 18/10 – 22/11
  • Final : probably on Sunday 20/12

Venue: Sport & Squash Club de Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele.

Results: http://backgammon-leuven.be/

On the club’s website, you can also sign up for the club’s newsletter, so you receive our announcements (about one per month).

See you in 2020! — Henri, Johan, Nader

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General Assembly 06-Dec-2019: Minutes Available

The 8th general assembly of the BGFed.be npo took place in tennis club le Roseau, Uccle, on Friday, December 6, 2020, prior to the Brussels Friendly 95 tournament.

The minutes of the meeting are available on the page Federation.

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Sassan Kachanian and Alain Chif share the honours at Brussels Friendly 95

Immediately after the General Assembly of BGFed.be npo, organizer Guy Van Middelem welcomed 22 players at the 95th edition of the Brussels Friendly in tennis club le Roseau, Uccle.

Brussels Friendly 95 backgammon tournament on Friday, December 6, 2020, at le Roseau, Uccle. (picture GVdS)

In a very enjoyable atmosphere everybody played four 5-point-matches. Sassan Kachanian and Alain Chif were the only players who managed to win all their games. Five players (Itzhak Solsky, Kristoffer De Weert, Luc Palmans, Theo Sarmanidis & Mahir Yalçin) finished with 3 wins, and shared the third prize.

The Brussels Backgammon Club welcomed two new members for 2020 : Joya Capelluto and Rik Vos. They started winning some matches already.

Next tournaments: Leuven Monthly, on Sunday, December 15, at 13h45 in Squash club de Vaart, Wilsele; Brussels Friendly 96 on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 19h45 in tennis club le Roseau, Uccle.

Save the date for Brussels Friendly 100 on Friday, May 1, 2020. Celebrating backgammon, a whole day long.

— LP & GvM

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BIC 2019 Final

Design: Rain

The first set (13 points) will be played on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 19:00. The second and possibly third sets (also to 13 points) will be played on Friday, December 20, 2019, at 19:00.

Venue: K.A. Union-Sandeman, Kantienberg 5, 9000 Gent

Full results: BIC results 2019

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