Happy 2020

Dear backgammon friends,

First of all, from myself, and on behalf of BGFed.be, our federation, my
best wishes for

a splendid year 2020

Our desires, of course, include your best of luck with all sorts of doubles in the beginning of the game and mainly doubles 5 & 6 in the bear-off.

I hope (and I’m pretty sure) you can handle these throws valuably !

Please, take a (regular) look at our website, where you’ll find some nice recent films with both games from the BIC final 2019, analysis & commentary included (many thanks to Robin Bilderbeek).

Besides BIC & 4 Cubes, BGFed.be tournaments include :

Leuven Monthly (http://backgammon-leuven.be/), organized in de Squash Club de Vaart (Wilsele) on Sunday afternoons and Friday evenings

Brussels Friendly, organized in Tennis Club le Roseau (Uccle) on every 1st Friday evening of the month (starting with 03/01/20)   

Bigger day tournaments in Ghent (around March/April), in Brussels (the 1st of May) & in Leuven (around November)

The 5th international BMAB – BMS tournament in Ghent (presumably the last weekend of December)

We’ll meet on all these occasions and you can improve your rating (which changes every week).

Keep on rolling, — Guy Van Middelem

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BIC 2019 final Michel Lamote vs Paul van Dijke: match #2 on YouTube

Match #2 (Ghent, Dec 20, 2019) of the final of the Belgian Individual Championship 2019 between Michel Lamote and Paul van Dijke. With XG analysis and with live commentary by Geert Van der Stricht. Realisation: Rain
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BIC 2019 : Michel Lamote champion, Paul van Dijke runner-up

Michel Lamote (left) holding the trophy of the Belgian Individual Championship 2019 Backgammon. He and Paul van Dijke (right) played the final (best-of-three 13-point matches) on Tuesday December 17 and Friday December 20 in the playing room of the Backgammon Club Ghent. Michel won 2-0, admitting generously that the dice had not been against him. Congratulations to both for excellent play and great sportsmanship. It is the second time already that Michel conquers the title, his first victory dating from 2015. For Paul van Dijke, it is the second time already he’s the runner-up: in 2018, he had to concede to title to Johan Huyck. Better luck next year!
BGFed.be president Guy Van Middelem (right) handing the BIC 2019 trophy to winner Michel Lamote (left) on Friday, December 20, in Ghent.
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BIC 2019 final Michel Lamote vs Paul van Dijke: match #1 on YouTube

Match #1 in the BIC 2019 final between Michel Lamote and Paul van Dijke took place on Tuesday, December 17, in Ghent.

Robin “rain” Bilderbeek filmed and transcribed the match and produced the following great video. Enjoy!

Match #1 in the final of the Belgian Individual Championship Backgammon 2019 between Michel Lamote and Paul van Dijke.
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Leuven Monthly 2020: Mark Your Calendar

The Leuven Monthly tournament series continues in 2020 (of course). Here are the dates:

  • Winter => on Sunday (13:45) : 26/01 – 23/02 – 22/03
  • Spring  => on Friday (19:45) : 24/04 – 22/05 – 26/06
  • Autumn => on Sunday (13:45) : 27/09 – 18/10 – 22/11
  • Final : probably on Sunday 20/12

Venue: Sport & Squash Club de Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele.

Results: http://backgammon-leuven.be/

On the club’s website, you can also sign up for the club’s newsletter, so you receive our announcements (about one per month).

See you in 2020! — Henri, Johan, Nader

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General Assembly 06-Dec-2019: Minutes Available

The 8th general assembly of the BGFed.be npo took place in tennis club le Roseau, Uccle, on Friday, December 6, 2020, prior to the Brussels Friendly 95 tournament.

The minutes of the meeting are available on the page Federation.

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Sassan Kachanian and Alain Chif share the honours at Brussels Friendly 95

Immediately after the General Assembly of BGFed.be npo, organizer Guy Van Middelem welcomed 22 players at the 95th edition of the Brussels Friendly in tennis club le Roseau, Uccle.

Brussels Friendly 95 backgammon tournament on Friday, December 6, 2020, at le Roseau, Uccle. (picture GVdS)

In a very enjoyable atmosphere everybody played four 5-point-matches. Sassan Kachanian and Alain Chif were the only players who managed to win all their games. Five players (Itzhak Solsky, Kristoffer De Weert, Luc Palmans, Theo Sarmanidis & Mahir Yalçin) finished with 3 wins, and shared the third prize.

The Brussels Backgammon Club welcomed two new members for 2020 : Joya Capelluto and Rik Vos. They started winning some matches already.

Next tournaments: Leuven Monthly, on Sunday, December 15, at 13h45 in Squash club de Vaart, Wilsele; Brussels Friendly 96 on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 19h45 in tennis club le Roseau, Uccle.

Save the date for Brussels Friendly 100 on Friday, May 1, 2020. Celebrating backgammon, a whole day long.

— LP & GvM

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BIC 2019 Final

Design: Rain

The first set (13 points) will be played on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 19:00. The second and possibly third sets (also to 13 points) will be played on Friday, December 20, 2019, at 19:00.

Venue: K.A. Union-Sandeman, Kantienberg 5, 9000 Gent

Full results: BIC results 2019

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BGFed.be npo General Assembly

Dear backgammon friend, member of a BGFed.be backgammon club,

You’re kindly invited to the General Assembly of BGFed.be – 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.

Agenda

  • 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 BGFed.be championships (1-point, 5-point,…).
  • Varia

Please note : a) every individual member of a BGFed.be 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 BGFed.be

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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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