Gent Open XVII, Feb 11, 2024: Asian stew, live stream, and trophies

Because it looked like we were going to have to move to another location for our backgammon exploits, we decided to have the Gent Open Backgammon tournament earlier in 2024 on February 11, announced as the last one in the current location.  In the meantime however, we heard good news: we can stay for at least another three years!

23 players showed up to compete in 3 categories. 6 masters, 10 intermediates, 6 beginners and 1 ‘hors catégorie’.

During the registration, players could enjoy ‘koffiekoeken’ to ensure enough energy for the first three rounds.

Tournament director Bert Van Kerckhove had the lucky bye in the first round, so he had time to help out Robin Bilderbeek to fix the YouTube live streaming.

Robin Bilderbeek doing a YouTube livestream

After 3 rounds, 3 players without a loss were Johan Brisaert, Lorenzo Pacini and Firat Tekil, followed by a pack of players with 2 points.  Winner of the last 2 editions, Michel Lamote scored only 1 victory.  Johan Segers, winner of the beginners last year and Alf Martin were the unlucky ones with 0 points.

Before round 4 took off, we had lunch break.  A very tasty Asian stew was provided by Alf and fresh soup by Liva. 

Excellent food.

After round 5 the ranking looked as follows:

Firat Tekil with 5 points, Csaba Daday, Lorenzo, Vincent Hubert and Bert with 4.

At this moment, both Johan Segers and Hubert Vertsraeten decided to leave the tournament early with a score of 1 point.

With still two more rounds to play, nothing is certain…

In round 6, Firat scored another victory, strengthening his lead.  Vincent Hubert also won a clash between intermediates and is now on 5 points.  Bert scored a win over Toon Van Herreweghen for a total of 5 points.  In the beginners category, Johan Brisaert won from Line Vandamme, arriving at 4 points, while his closest competitor, Riza Yalçin, remained at 3 points after losing from Ronny Conaert.

The final round then:

Bert Van Kerckhove playing Firat Tekil, live streamed on YouTube by Robin Bilderbeek.

As is often the case, the final round decides everything.

Firat’s dice were too strong for Bert as he scored his 7th victory of the day, ensuring a comfortable win of the intermediates category and leaving Bert stuck with 5 points. In the masters, Guy Van Middelem could still tie with 5 points if he could win from Johan Brisaert.  In that case he would win the trophy as Bert did not collect enough resistance points because of his ‘lucky’  bye in the first round.  Johan, who incidentally also beat Bert in round 2, took the point and secured winning the beginners category and kept Guy from winning the masters.

Guy Van Middelem playing Johan Brisaert

Bert, the highest ranked player in the masters category with 5 points, took the masters trophy.  Guy, Otto and Michel shared 2nd place with 4 points.

Firat, undefeated with 7 points took home the intermediates trophy. Csaba, Vincent and Lorenzo shared 2nd place with 5 points.

Johan Brisaert won the beginners category, trophy and backgammon book with 5 points.

A big thank you to all the players who participated.  A very big thank you to Robin Bilderbeek for the transcriptions and professional live streaming on YouTube, to Alf Martijn for the excellent catering, to Nick De Ruyck for general assistance, to Toon Van Herreweghen for the excellent ludite tournament software and to BGFed.be for the financial support.

Also a special thank you to Roos, Bob and Liva for tending the bar.

See you all next time!

Bert

Final ranking here: https://www.ludite.be/?andtourney_key=Nzo4MDBjMjU5Yi0zNGEwLTQ1NjktYTJjZi0wMGRiZTE2Mjk5ZWM%3D

YouTube live stream here:

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WBIF First Online Belgian Championship

Dear All,

On behalf of BGFed.be, I’m proud to announce the first Online Belgian Championship.

To take part, you will need a WBIF account (https://www.wbif.net), which is free of charge. Go to “Sign in for a Tourneys”, where you will find the “sign-in” registration. To know the rules and deadline, click on “Championship Belgium 2024”.

Games are played on Heroes (https://heroes.backgammonstudio.com/), which is also free of charge.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

I also propose that the three top players will represent Belgium at the WBIF Team World Cup next year.

Hope to see you all! Good dice,

Hubert Verstraeten

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Ghent Backgammon Open XVII: video

The Ghent Backgammon Open XVII on Sunday, February 11, 2024, was streamed live by Rain. The videos can be watched on Rain’s YouTube Channel:

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Live Backgammon in February

Club events

  • Brugge: every Thursday evening, Sports bar Extra Time, Nijverheidsstraat 113, 8310 Assebroek. Contact: Line Vandamme, linevandamme@gmail.com
  • Brussels: every Thursday evening at 18h15, at The Black Beard — La Barbe Noire, Lakensestraat 166 Rue de Laeken, Brussels 1000
  • Ghent: every Tuesday evening, at 19h, at Union-Sandeman, Kantienberg 5, 9000 Gent
  • Leuven: Sunday, Feb 18, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 26, Jun 9, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15, from 12:45, at Sport & Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele

Tournament

Looking ahead

  • 102nd Brussels Friendly, Sunday March 3, 2024, Tennis-Hockey-Bridge Club Orée, Drève des Brûlés 59, 1150 Brussels
  • Belgian Individual Championship 2024, Saturday and Sunday June 15-16, 2024, Tennis-Hockey-Bridge Club Orée, Drève des Brûlés 59, 1150 Brussels
  • Belgian Backgammon Beach Day II, Saturday September 14, 2024, Restaurant Villa Marie Joseph, Henri Jasparlaan 150, 8434 Westende
  • Leuven Backgammon Open XV, Sunday, November 10, 2024, Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele
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102nd Brussels Friendly Tournament, March 3, 2024, at l’Orée

Dear friends, Backgammon Players,

The Brussels BBBB Backgammon Club is delighted to invite you to its 102nd Brussels Friendly Tournament, which will take place at l’Orée, Drève des Brûlés 59, 1150 Brussels on Sunday 3 March 2024.  

New format, new tournament, 5 matches in 7 points! Winners will be rewarded.

Programme: Sunday, March 3, 2024, 10:00-20:00

  • 9:30–10:00 Registration
  • 10.15 sharp: First Dice Roll. 5 rounds Swiss System, 7 point matches, 14 min + 12 sec
  • Before 19.30h: PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

Participation: 8,- € per person (game room rental fees). Please bring your board, dice, clock and score board & be on time.

Registration absolutely required by sending an e-mail to chantal.lensen@skynet.be or guy.van.middelem@gmail.com

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Live Backgammon in 2024

Tournaments

  • Vlissingen Masters, Saturday and Sunday January 13-14, 2024, Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Arion, Boulevard Bankert 266, 4382AC Vlissingen, The Netherlands
  • Gent Backgammon Open XVII, Sunday February 11, 2024, Kantienberg 5, 9000 Ghent
  • 102nd Brussels Friendly, Sunday March 3, 2024, Tennis-Hockey-Bridge Club Orée, Drève des Brûlés 59, 1150 Brussels
  • Belgian Individual Championship 2024, Saturday and Sunday June 15-16, 2024, Tennis-Hockey-Bridge Club Orée, Drève des Brûlés 59, 1150 Brussels
  • Belgian Backgammon Beach Day II, Saturday September 14, 2024, Restaurant Villa Marie Joseph, Henri Jasparlaan 150, 8434 Westende
  • Leuven Backgammon Open XV, Sunday, November 10, 2024, Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele

Club events

  • Brugge: every Thursday evening, Sports bar Extra Time, Nijverheidsstraat 113, 8310 Assebroek. Contact: Line Vandamme, linevandamme@gmail.com
  • Brussels: every Thursday evening at 18h15, at The Black Beard — La Barbe Noire, Lakensestraat 166 Rue de Laeken, Brussels 1000
  • Ghent: every Tuesday evening, at 19h, at Union-Sandeman, Kantienberg 5, 9000 Gent
  • Leuven: Sunday, Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 26, Jun 9, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15, from 12:45, at Sport & Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele
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Belgian Individual Championship 2024 on June 15 & 16

The Belgian Individual Championship (BIC) 2024 takes place on Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16, 2024, at Tennis-Hockey-Bridge Club Orée, Drève des Brûlés 59, 1150 Brussels.

Swiss tournament format: 9 rounds of 9-point matches. Rounds 1 to 5 are played on Saturday, rounds 6 to 9 on Sunday.

Registration: 25 euro. The winner receives the BIC Trophy 2024.

Registration and information: Guy Van Middelem, 0476 41 86 88 or guy.van.middelem@gmail.com

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Gent Backgammon Open XVII on Sunday, February 11, 2024

Dear Backgammon friend,

I’d like to invite you to participate in the 17th edition of the Gent Open Backgammon tournament which will take place on Sunday February 11, 2024, from 10h to 23h.

This is a special edition in the sense that it will take place for the last time in the cellars of St. Peter’s Abbey on the Kantienberg 5, 9000 Gent. So for those who want to experience this again at our current playground, this is a unique opportunity.

Total number of participants is limited to 40. Only players that registered beforehand are certain of a seat.

Kind regards, — Bert Van Kerckhove

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Live Backgammon in December

Save the Union-Sandeman, venue of the Backgammon Club Ghent, and please sign the petition.

Club gatherings

  • Brugge: every Thursday evening, Sports bar Extra Time, Nijverheidsstraat 113, 8310 Assebroek. Contact: Line Vandamme, linevandamme@gmail.com
  • Brussels: every Thursday evening at 18h15, at The Black Beard — La Barbe Noire, Lakensestraat 166 Rue de Laeken, Brussels 1000
  • Ghent: every Tuesday evening, at 19h, at Union-Sandeman, Kantienberg 5, 9000 Gent
  • Leuven: Leuven Monthly on Sunday, December 17, from 12:45, at Sport & Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele

Looking ahead

  • Vlissingen Masters, Saturday and Sunday 13-14 January, 2024, Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Arion, Boulevard Bankert 266, 4382AC Vlissingen, The Netherlands.
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Save the Union-Sandeman, venue of the Backgammon Club Ghent

The K.A. Union-Sandeman vzw, a thriving bridge, billiards, and backgammon club, is being evicted from its premises by the city of Ghent after 42 years of rent. The city of Ghent promised to find a solution, but one has not yet been found. At the end of January 2024, the club will have to move out.

Please consider signing this petition to try and keep this venue as the meeting point of the Backgammon Club Ghent.

https://petitie.be/petitions/red-de-union-sandeman

Thank you for your support!

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