npo General Assembly

Dear backgammon friend, member of a backgammon club,

You’re kindly invited to the General Assembly of – Belgian Backgammon Federation – on Friday the 6th of December 2019 at 18.00 PM in Tennis Club ‘le Roseau’, 60, rue du Roseau – Rietweg at 1180 Brussels.

The Assembly will be followed by the Brussels Friendly 95 tournament at 19.45 PM.


  • Welcome drink & word by the President (Guy Van Middelem).
  • Financial report of the Treasurer (Alain Chif) : changes in the by-laws (address – reduction of board members) and legal publication, balance 2019, budget 2019, EUBGF fee, membership fees.
  • Report of the 4-Cubes committee (Luc Palmans, chairman) : report 2019 (format, teams, calendar ) ; project for 2020.
  • Report of the BIC committee (Kristoffer De Weert) : report 2019 (format, participants, calendar) ; project for 2020 (format, participants).
  • Report of the Selection committee 2018 (Johan Huyck) : report European / World Championships in Montenegro 2019 ; project for France 2020.
  • Report of the BMS-committee (Geert Van der Stricht) : report 2019 ; project for 2020.
  • Report of the Rating committee (Johan Segers) : report 2019 ; project for 2020.
  • Relation to the EUBGF (Guy Van Middelem) : report of the EUBGF Assembly in Montenegro 2019.
  • Club reports (Brugge – LVD ; Gent – BVK ; Brussels – GVM ; Leuven – HP). Organisation of championships (1-point, 5-point,…).
  • Varia

Please note : a) every individual member of a affiliated club is invited to the GA ; b) in the eventual case of voting : voting rights are per member (1 vote per club) and per founding member (1 vote per member).

Keep on rolling, — Guy Van Middelem, President

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Gent wins 4 Cubes 2019

With 5 victories out of 5 encounters, the team of Gent has convincingly conquered the 4 Cubes 2019. Runner-up was Leuven 2, who held the 4 Cubes for three consecutive years 2016-2018.

In total, six teams participated at the 2019 edition of Belgium’s backgammon inter-club competition in a single round-robin format. Their mutual results are summarized in the table below. Detailed rules and results are to be found in the Tournament book, compiled by tournament director Luc Palmans.

Final cross-table of the 4 Cubes 2019, Belgium’s backgammon inter-club competition

Rounds 4 and 5 took place on Sunday, October 27, in the beautiful surroundings of the Koninklijke Academie Union-Sandeman, home of the club of Gent.

Gent’s performance was a matter of skill, not luck. In the PR competition between Gent, Brugge and Leuven 2, they came out on top with a wide margin:

Final team PR ranking of the 4 Cubes 2019. Results based on 45 matches to 7 points per team

Thank you to all participants for their commitment and sportsmanship. We hope you enjoyed the competition and we look forward to the 2020 edition.

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The 11th Leuven Open Backgammon Championship

For the 11th time, we’re going to get together and enjoy a whole day of backgammon in Leuven Open!

Let’s mark our calendars: November 10th, 9:00 to 19:00, Brasserie De Abdijmolen.

More info and registration

Date: 10th November 2019
Location: Brasserie De Abdijmolen, Abdij van Park 4, 3001 Heverlee
Format: 7 rounds of 5-point matches, Swiss format, 10min bank time plus 12sec
Registration fee, including breakfast and lunch: €29 (not later than Nov
3rd), or €35 (cash payment at the event).

Looking forward to seeing you in the event!

Backgammon Club Leuven

Leuven Open 2019 trophies designed and produced by Waldo
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BIC 2019: Conclusion of group phase and start play-off

Dear backgammon friends,

Please find hereby the BIC 2019 results so far. We are nearly reaching the play-off phase.

Hoeylaerts Steven & Yalçin Mahir play a play-off the 15th of September for 1st place in group B D2. Winner of this play-off is qualified for the BIC 2019 play-off and goes to BIC 2020 D1. Loser of this play-off plays against Pino Maurits (ranked 2nd in D2 group A) to try to qualify for the BIC 2019 play-off and to go to BIC 2020 D1. 

Quarter-finals program

  1. Lamote free
  2. Segers against the winner of Pino – (loser of Hoeylaerts / Yalçin M.)
  3. van Dijke against Van Herreweghen (28/09 in Gent)
  4. Van Middelem against the winner of HoeylaertsYalçin M
Play-off of the Belgian Individual Championship 2019

Kind regards and don’t forget to “keep on rolling”,

— Kristoffer

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BIC 2019 – Deadline Completion Group Phase is Near

Just a little reminder to all participants of the Belgian Individual Championship 2019 that the deadline for completion of the group phase is getting closer. As stipulated in the rules, all matches are required to be finished by September 14, 2019.

Matches in Division 2A are already complete. In Divisions 1 and 2B, a few more matches need to be played.

At stake are spots in the quarter finals as well as promotion/demotion to/from Divisions 1 and 2.

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World Championship 2019 in Monte Carlo

From July 30 to August 4, follow your favourite players (among which two from Belgium) in Monte Carlo, Monaco, starting from the tournament website or via the online brackets. Good luck, Johan H. and Marc!

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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.


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Players from London, Berlin & Moscow joined Paris & 7 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, 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, 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 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

  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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