We’ve been thinking hard and long about this one: another venue, another tournament format, etc. But in the end we see no other option. Sometimes, it’s just better to pass than to play on and risk a gammon.
So, for the first time since 2009, there will be no Leuven Open Backgammon this year. We hope that the 12th edition can and will take place in 2021, with the familiar ingredients that give the tournament its unique flavour.
Thank you for your understanding. Looking forward to better times when we can roll the dice together again.
Het zal niet verbazen dat het organisatiecomité besloten heeft om de 4 Cubes 2020 te annuleren. Er moeten nog 9 van de 10 matchen gespeeld worden, en in de huidige toestand is het ondenkbaar om deze wedstrijden in de nabije toekomst nog te laten plaatsvinden.
Uiteraard hopen we in 2021 deze competitie opnieuw op te starten, maar wanneer en in welke vorm kunnen we nu natuurlijk nog niet bepalen.
In deze bizarre tijden wensen we iedereen een goede gezondheid toe, en hopen dat iedereen zijn dagelijkse levenswandel op een zo normaal mogelijke wijze kan verder zetten.
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,
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).
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.
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…
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.
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 !
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.
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.