Biggest jump up by Bert Van Kerckhove (Ghent, from 1568 to 1589), knocking on the door of the top-3. Johan Huyck, another Ghent player, had a successful backgammon week too: +20. But the rating list is a zero-sum game, and this time, it was up to Michel Lamote (Brugge) to preserve the balance: -26. I’m sure he doesn’t mind, given his fresh BIC 2015 title, which he acquired Friday December 18 at Longchamp’s after two consecutive 13-point victories to runner-up Luc Palmans (Hasselt). Congratulations! The second match has been recorded and analyzed and will be made available in due time.