Wrapping up the Vlissingen Blitz Masters International Backgammon Tournament that took place January 14-15, 2023, in the Fletcher Hotel, Vlissingen (NL).
10 different nationalities were present.
Live stream replays and final with XG analysis and commentary by Michel Lamote
Final between Christian Sørensen (left) and Bert Van Kerckhove, with XG analysis and commentary by Michel Lamote: https://youtu.be/z4djhgNDtFM
Recording, transcription, and editing: Robin Bilderbeek, aka Rain.
- Winner: Christian Sørensen (Netherlands)
- Finalist: Bert Van Kerckhove (Belgium)
- Semifinalists: Peter van Rooij (Netherlands), Jürgen Schettler (Germany)
- Quarterfinalists: Pim van Haastert (Netherlands), Ed Baars (Netherlands), Rogier van Gemert (Netherlands), Claudia Göhnert (Netherlands)
- Winners: Marcel Büker & Marcus Reinhard (Germany)
- Finalists: Sander Weysters & Maurits Pino (Netherlands)
- Winner: Pierre Viau (France)
- 2nd place: Ray Joenoes (Netherlands)
- 3rd place: Arthur Wright (United Kingdom)
- 4th place: Michel Lamote (Belgium)
Many thanks to:
- Belgium Backgammon Federation: https://bgfed.be/ for their support
- RainBG: https://www.youtube.com/@RainBG for live streaming and live transcription
- Michel Lamote for his masterful commentary on the final of this tournament: https://youtu.be/z4djhgNDtFM
- Fletcher Arion-Vlissingen: https://www.fletcherhotelvlissingen.nl for their hospitality
- Royal Dutch Chess Federation: https://www.schaakbond.nl for their excellent Swiss pairing program: https://www.schaakbond.nl/swissmaster
- The participants for their fighting spirit, their sporting attitude and the trust they have placed in me.
I hope to see all of you in 2024 at the weekend of January 13-14.
Sneak preview of some ideas:
- a Master group (maximum 32 players) and an Amateur group (maximum 24 players)
- Program for both groups:
- Day 1: Qualification 5 rounds Swiss system (9 points)
- Day 2: [a] Playoff of best 8 (11 points) or [b] Consulting Doubles / Speedgammon for who is eliminated from [a] or [b]
— Paulus van Rooijen