2014 International Mediterranean
Open Backgammon Championship

Tournament Director Arda Findikoglu informs us that the countdown has started for the World Backgammon Federation (WBF) Turkey`s next annual international championship, the 2014 International Mediterranean Open Backgammon Championship which will be held in Antalya, the sunny southern coast city of Turkey from April 25 to 27, 2014.

"This is the third step of the WBF`s 2014 Golden Circuit. In this giant championship of nine different flights, we will be honoured to welcome you and some 100 other players from a long list of countries, including several well-known backgammon masters," Director Arda Findikoglu told GammonLife.com.

The event takes place in a new venue this year, the 5-star Harrington Park Resort which is located right on the world-famous Konyaalti Beach of Antalya. It is one of the most luxurious hotels of the city and has a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea.

For more detailed information please visit www.wbfturkey.com

Schumacher's Backgammon Buddy
Hopes 'Schumi" Will Eventually Wake Up

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone thinks F1 legend Michael Schumacher will eventually wake up.

Schumacher had a skiing accident on December 29 2014 and has been in a coma for about eight weeks now. News about the 45-year-old, seven-time F1 champion's condition and prospects is mainly speculative as few official reports have come out of the hospital in Grenoble, France

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Claude Landry Wins Montreal
Invitational Backgammon Tournament

by Director Garry Kallos

The first Montreal Invitational Backgammon Tournament held at Trophy's Resto-Bar on Sunday May 19th was a resounding success with 33 participants in three classes. The tournament attracted a dozen players who had never experienced tournament backgammon before.

The winners were:

Open: 20 participants; 1st Claude Landry, 2nd Frank Cheichi, 3-4th Patrick St-Laurent, Robert Lessard - Consolation: 1st Claude Forget, 2nd Mourad Wahba, 3-4th Francois Ethier, Daniel Dorinbaum

Intermediate: 8 participants; 1st Jean-Francois Grondin, 2nd Reginald Proulx - Consolation: 1st Marie-Claude Grondin, 2nd Denise Berkowitz

Novice: 5 participants; 1st Marc Proulx, 2nd Sylvain Brassard

From left to right: Open Winner Claude Landry, Tournament
Director Garry Kallos and Open Runner-up Frank Cheichi.

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South-East London Cops Caught
Playing Backgammon On Duty

Seven members of a neighbourhood policing team, responsible for the Mottingham and Chislehurst North ward in Bromley, South-East London have either resigned or have been fired after being caught on hidden cameras by Scotland Yard playing backgammon and poker when they should have been out patrolling the streets.

The police officers slacked off in other ways as well, such as by watching TV, polishing golf clubs and doing personal errands - they even claimed thousands of extra pounds in overtime hours.

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Man Creates Havoc with Backgammon Case

at Gas Station in Circleville, Ohio

A Circleville, Ohio man caused panic at a Speedway gas station when he left an old backgammon board next to a gasoline pump and then went on his way. Police believe that Christopher Hoover acted suspiciouly and the bomb squad was called in. Hoover was later traced through the credit card he gassed up with, and was arrested and charged with inducing panic.

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Backgammon Introduced to Cafes in Japan

Would you like some backgammon with your coffee? An increasing number of cafes are experimenting with new menu items--board games such as shogi, chess and backgammon--and young people are embracing the chance to casually compete against other board game fans with great gusto.

Backgammon on the Rock

The Gibraltar Institute of Backgammon have announced its formation. The G.I.B.'s primary aim is to promote the game of Backgammon in Gibraltar with a view to holding regular Tournaments in Gibraltar with participation from both Gibraltar and International players alike.

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Takumitsu Suzuki of Japan
2011 World Backgammon Champion

Takumitsu Suzuki of Japan (L) the 2011 World Backgammon Champion

with Tsuyoshi Minakami (R) who with teammates Daisuke Katagami

and Masahiko Nasu won the three-player World
Championships Team Tournament.
Photo provided by Masayuki Mochizuki.

MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Takumitsu Suzuki of Japan became the 2011 World Backgammon Champion this week defeating Fabio Gullotta of Italy 25 to 6 in the final 25-point match of the 36th World Backgammon Championship held from July 15 to 23, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

A total of 138 players participated in the top Championship flight, while 31 played in the Intermediate category and another 25 in the Beginner flight for a total attendance of 191 players from around the world.

Suzuki won in the semi-finals against his fellow countryman and the current #1 Giant of Backgammon, Masayuki Mochizuki, who was aiming to become a two-time World Champion having won this prestigious title in 2009.

Paul Weaver of the USA, the current #25 Giant of Backgammon, was the other semi-finalist, and was eliminated by Gullotta. Just before the semi-finals most of the worldwide backgammon community was expecting that Mochizuki and Weaver would dispute the title.

Pictured above with Suzuki is Tsuyoshi Minakami, who with teammates Daisuke Katagami and Masahiko Nasu, won the World Championship 3-player Team Tournament for Japan. A total of 34 teams participated in the side event.

By the way, Daisuke Katagami is a famous professional Shogi (Japanese Chess) player and according to Masayuki Mochizuki, the news of the Japanese winning in Monte Carlo was published in Yomiuri, the biggest-selling newspaper in Japan with close to 9.5 million copies sold daily. Yes, that is not an error, potentially 9.5 million people in Japan have read about Japan’s success at the World Championships of Backgammon, which is likely to attract many new players to our game in that country.

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Maintaining Respect

Ben Franklin said this about respect: “Reputations are like fine china. Both are easily broken and never well-mended.” In backgammon too, if you break up a vital asset, you may never have a chance to recover it:
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More Online Games & Poker

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GNUbg Tutorial GNUBG Tutorial Returns to GammonLife.com
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The GNU backgammon tutorial by Robert-Jan Veldhuizen is back up on GammonLife. The three-part article on how to use this free world-class software had been removed due to maintenance of the GNUbg.org site. Read the tutorial, download the software and start improving your game today at the following link:

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