Author Archives: Michel Lamote

BMS : Dirk Schiemann (GER) wins PR prize at 2nd Xmas Trophy.

Spurred on by Tournament Director Geert Van der Stricht, the 12 participants transcribed all thirty 9-point matches within 48 hours, an unprecedented achievement. Here are the results : The field consisted of 7 Belgian players, 3 Dutch players and two … Continue reading

Posted in BMS(BE) | Leave a comment

BMS : Marc Van Damme in grandmaster form!

Days before the last important BMS event of the year, the 2nd Xmas Trophy, Marc Van Damme en Geert Van der Stricht wrapped up another Master Series. They played, recorded and transcribed nine 9-point matches. Marc produced some high quality … Continue reading

Posted in BMS(BE) | Leave a comment

BMS : fine PR’s by Marc and Michel.

Marc Van Damme is currently the highest ranked player on the BMS Grading Table. Only spectacular improvement by his two closest pursuers, Geert Van der Stricht and myself, could pose a threat to Marc’s dominant position. Some cracks in Marc’s … Continue reading

Posted in BMS(BE) | Leave a comment

BMS : consistent progress at the top.

Recording your matches with a webcam (or otherwise), transcribing them in XG and afterwards studiously analysing your errors, is a very efficient and fun way to get ahead in backgammon. This is demonstrated by the significant progress made by those … Continue reading

Posted in BMS(BE) | Leave a comment

Paulus wins Speedgammon event in Dubrovnik!

64 players entered the Speedgammon event in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In Speedgammon, players get 2 minutes  thinking time with 10 seconds increment for a 5-point match. Paulus Van Rooijen (Brugge BC) was able to string 6 victories together, winning the final … Continue reading

Posted in Tournaments | Tagged | Leave a comment

BMS : Johan Huyck launches Belgium Speedgammon (+ video).

For many years, speedgammon has been a side event in international tournaments. At the 2017 Nordic Open, speedgammon even replaced the traditional Last Chance event. Also in Monte Carlo (the World Championship) and Reykjavik (the European Team Championship), speedgammon proved … Continue reading

Posted in BMS(BE) | Tagged | Leave a comment

BMS : great PR earns Marc Van Damme victory at Brussels BG Day.

Marc Van Damme is the only player in Belgium who currently holds a Master (Class 1) grading (< 4,75 PR). At the most recent Brussels Backgammon Day his performance over ten 5-point matches was almost exactly the same as his … Continue reading

Posted in Tournaments | Tagged | Leave a comment

BMS : revised Conditions of Play come into effect on 1 November 2017.

In an effort to facilitate participation and make procedures more transparent, BMS(BE) has revised the Conditions of Play ( = CoP). We asked Geert Van der Stricht what the revisions entail : Geert :  An important change is the fusion of … Continue reading

Posted in BMS(BE) | Leave a comment

BMS : signs of progress at the top.

Four of Belgium’s top-5 players finished another Master Series. With very encourageing results. Marc Van Damme (2) and Geert Van der Stricht (3) played, recorded and transcribed ten 15-point matches in the course of 2 months. The encounter ended in a 5-5 … Continue reading

Posted in BMS(BE) | Leave a comment

EUBTC 2017 : Did Belgium fail?

In Reykjavik last week, the Belgium Backgammon Team played 24 matches to 13 points against 6 other countries : Greece, Norway, France, Sweden, Gibraltar and Turkey. We only won 11 of those. That’s bad, right? Not quite. Let’s hear what … Continue reading

Posted in EUBGF, Tournaments | Tagged , | 3 Comments