Results Brussels Friendly 99

Dear backgammon friends and/or Backgammon Club Brussels members,

For the first time since 3 months, we played live backgammon again with Brussels Friendly 99 on Friday the 3rd of July, 16 participants.

Guy won 4 out of 4. Chantal, Ithzak, Johan B. & Kristoffer follow with 3 victories.

Please, take a look at the July standings, after 4 rounds of the Brussels Friendly 2020 Championship ; note the performances from Alf & Johan B. (2x), Almira, Liliane & Lizbeth.

Next round : Brussels Friendly 100, on the 7th of August. The Championship (11 rounds) is extended till February or March 2021.

Keep on rolling,
kind regards,
Guy

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BIC 2020 continuation

Dear backgammon friends and/or BGFed.be BIC 2020 participants,

For the first time since +/- 4 months, we played live backgammon again with Brussels Friendly 99 on Friday the 3rd of July. With 16 participants and all the respect needed due to the strict Horeca-conditions security measures.

So, we can continue BIC 2020 again. Deadlines have been postponed for about 3-4 months. Expectation is to finish the D1 round-robin in December and the D2 groups A & B in September. Then the D2 group C can play till December. The BIC 2020 play-offs will be played from January till the end of March 2021.

Thanks for making the needed appointments, enjoy rolling,
kind regards,
Guy

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Tournaments etc. postponed/cancelled (2)

Due to the measures to limit the propagation of the COVID-19 virus, the following live backgammon activities are postponed or cancelled:

  • Leuven Monthly (Friday, April 24)
  • 4 Cubes rounds 2 & 3 (Sunday, April 26)
  • Brussels Friendly 100 (Friday, May 1)

As soon as we have more information about the meeting possibilities, the BIC competition will be rescheduled. By now, our expectation is to postpone all matches by +/- 3 months (for ex. the D2 qualifying round-robin to be finished in June will be rescheduled till September).

Online matches still valid for the rating list (see earlier post).

Take care of yourself and those around you.

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Online matches temporarily valid for rating list

Because of the current restrictions to limit the propogation of the corona virus, live backgammon events are currently impossible.

For as long as the restrictions are in force, it is therefore allowed and even encouraged to register the results of online matches for the BGFed.be rating list. Currently, this possibility is granted for matches played up to and including April 19.

Conditions

  • Both players need to agree beforehand that the match will count for the rating.
  • A maximum of 50 match points per player per week can be registered. Weeks start on Mondays.
  • As before, only results of matches between BGFed.be members can be registered. See the rating list for current members.

As far as the online environment permits, players are encouraged to simulate the circumstances of live play:

  • Hide the pipcount.
  • No computer analysis (PR) visible during the match.
  • Use of clock, for instance 2 minutes per match plus 12 seconds per move.

How to communicate your results

The match winner communicates the result to the rating responsible of his or her club:

  • Brugge: Line Vandamme
  • Brussels: Guy Van Middelem
  • Gent: Bert Van Kerckhove
  • Leuven: Johan Segers

Results need to be communicated within a week. Please indicate clearly:

date, match length, winner, loser, website/app/platform

Have fun, and keep on rolling clicking.

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Tournaments etc. postponed/cancelled

Because of the recent measures by the Belgian federal government to limit the propagation of the corona virus, all BGFed.be backgammon tournaments and evenings are cancelled up to and including Friday, April 3, 2020. This includes:

  • 4 Cubes Leuven derby (Friday, March 13)
  • Ghent Open (Saturday, March 21)
  • Leuven Monthly (Sunday, March 22)
  • Brussels Friendly (Friday, April 3)

We will keep you posted when the events will be rescheduled.

Take care of yourself and those around you.

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Results Brussels Friendly 98

Dear backgammon friends and/or Backgammon Club Brussels members,

Brussels Friendly 98 was played on Friday the 6th of March 2020, with 14 participants and the win for Dan Pascu with 4 victories. Congratulations !

Impression of the Brussels Friendly 98 backgammon tournament at Tennis Club le Roseau, Uccle, on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Picture: LP)

We welcomed one new member : Catherine Bogaert (from Lille, France) and wish her all the successes she deserves. She recently won a beautiful Hector Saxe backgammon board in a national tournament in Paris, wow !  

Kristoffer De Weert, Luc Palmans & (again, in February too) Vincent Hubert follow with 3 victories.

Please, take a look at the March standings (pdf), after 3 rounds of the Brussels Friendly 2020 Championship ; note the performances from Liliane Baptista (2x), Catherine, Chantal Lensen & Sabrina Vastapane.

Next round : Brussels Friendly 99, on the 3rd of April.

Ghent organises his annual Open on Saturday the 21st of March.

Leuven organises his BG Leuven Monthly on Sunday the 22nd of March at 13.45 hours in ‘de Vaart’.

Save the date : BF 100 on Friday the 1st of May at 09.30 hours (breakfast & lunch included in the 25,- € registration fee). 9 rounds of 5-point matches. Already registered : Almira Bucan, Catherine Bogaert, Theo Sarmanidis, Guy Van Middelem.

Keep on rolling, kind regards, — Guy

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Rating list: update delayed due to technical problem

As you may have noticed, the rating list is showing the situation of a few weeks ago. The website has moved recently to a new server, but there’s been a technical issue. We’re working on the problem. In the meantime, sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

(Update March 2.) We’ve found and solved the problem now. The rating list is up-to-date again, with match results included up to February 26. Feel free to check. Should anything be missing, please let me know. Thanks once more for you understanding, — Johan S.

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Gibraltar Open 2020: Mochy v Sebastian Wilkinson

Robin ‘Rain’ Bilderbeek and Michel Lamote have edited the video of the commentated match between Mochy and Sebastian Wilkinson, with among others additional XG analysis of interesting situations. Great stuff!

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Gent Open Backgammon XV

Gent Open Backgammon

Zaterdag 21 maart 2020

Toernooi formaat

Zwitsers, 7 ronden, matches tot 7 punten met klok.
Klok: 14 minuten + 12 seconden per zet, Bronstein.

Masters, intermediate en beginners samen in 1 tabel, Zwitsers syteem.

Programma

10u00 – 10u45 registratie en loting
11u00 – 17u00 eerste 4 matches
na 4 ronden 1 uur pauze
18u00 – 23u00 laatste 3 matches
23u00 prijsuitreiking

Lokatie

K.A. Club Union Sandeman
Kantienberg 5
9000 Gent
België

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Last roll double clinches Brussels 4 Cubes 2020 derby

On Friday the 21st of February, in a nearly crowded tennis club ‘le Roseau’ (admittedly most of the members more interested by the football game on TV), both Brussels teams started their 4 Cubes campaign 2020 playing against each other. Brussels 1 transferred Paul van Dijke and Guy Van Middelem from Brugge, Brussels 2 welcomed newcomer Itzhak Solsky ; both teams eager to win the 4 Cubes for the Backgammon Club Brussels for the 1st time in history.

Mahir Yalçin and Alain Chif (respectively captain of Brussels 2 & 1) organised the draw for the 1st round (as the previous years, each round with 3 matches to 7-points) and they meet, Mahir emerged. Brussels 2 led 2-1 (9 encounters, first to 5 victories wins the match) with Paul crushing Riza Yalçin (BRU 2) and Itzhak winning a 4-cube last game against Guy, who missed the victory-shot at the far end.

The 2nd round saw Brussels 1 level the score to 3-3 when Guy beat Riza, Kristoffer De Weert (BRU 1) outplayed Mahir but devilish Itzhak blew Paul away.

The 3rd round was as tight as one could possibly imagine, that makes these 4 Cubes encounters so special. First, Paul had his share of luck against Mahir, Brussels 1 leading 4-3 in the overall score. Then, Alain, in front by 5 – 3 (remember, to 7), lost a double gammon against Riza, the encounter score was 4-4. Everything depended on Kristoffer & Itzhak. 0 – 2 , then 4 – 2, then 4 – 4, then 6 – 4 in favour of BRU 1.

In the Crawford game, Itzhak fought back from a nearly lost position to make it 6 – 5, DMP to come, drama at each move ! In the bear-off, the very, very, very last dice throw was a needed double 4-4 for Itzhak. What a climax for Brussels 2 and a big disappointment for Brussels 1.

That’s mind sports, folks, the atmosphere was splendid.

Keep on rolling, Guy

Alain Chif – Mahir Yalçin 0 – 1
Guy Van Middelem – Itzhak Solsky 0 – 1
Paul van Dijke – Riza Yalçin 1 – 0

Guy Van Middelem – Riza Yalçin 1 – 0
Kristoffer De Weert – Mahir Yalçin 1 – 0
Paul van Dijke – Itzhak Solsky 0 – 1

Paul van Dijke – Mahir Yalçin 1 – 0
Alain Chif – Riza Yalçin 0 – 1
Kristoffer De Weert – Itzhak Solsky 0 – 1

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