For those of you who are relatively (or completely!) new to the game of backgammon and want to learn more, or if you just want to come out for some casual face-to-face play, then there is a CBC event just for you. The next session of this type is at 12:00pm on Sunday, August 28th at the Polaris Mall Food Court. The focus of these sessions will be a combination of no-pressure social play, chouettes (if desired), and some informal lessons learn some basic strategy. Bring your board (if you have one), and come play!
If there is enough interest, I would like to start offering a free beginners/intermediate tournament during this same time. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if this is something that you would like to participate in.
The next chouette that I can help host will be at 6:30PM on Tuesday, August 23rd at the Polaris Mall Food Court. Come on out for the chouette or even for some social play!
If anyone else wants to announce any meetups, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I can get the word out!
Heavy rains seemed to encourage people to come inside to play this month, as we had 13 players for the tournament on Sunday. At the end of it all, Jason Marshall ended up winning the main bracket final to take first place over Trevor Dierkes, who places second for the month. Third place was won for the third month in a row by Chris Yep, who won in the consolation bracket final over Jon Stephens.
Podium finishes by Trevor and Chris this month caused the top 3 in the Masters Points standings to tighten even further. Chris moves into second place overall, lurking only 40 points behind current leader, Mike Rezai. Trevor moves to within 44 of the top spot. Less than one tournament win’s worth of points now separate the top 3, making for a very interesting race! The full current Masters Points standings can be found here.
Thank you again to all who came out to play today – your participation is really appreciated. Congratulations as well to Jason, Trevor and Chris!
The next monthly tournament will be held on September 11th. See you then!
We had another great turnout of 12 players for our tournament this month! Those still in attendance by the end saw David Steinberg earn his first win of the year over Maron Cury. This was Maron’s first main event final, and an excellent result for him as well!
In the consolation final, Chris Yep earned third place over challenger Jon Stephens.
Looking at the Master’s Points standings, Chris’ result moves him into a tie for second place with Trevor Dierkes. Both are within a single tournament win of the points total of our current points leader, Mike Rezai. It’s shaping up to potentially be a tight stretch run to the end of the year!
Congratulations again to our top three for the month: David, Maron, and Chris!
Our next monthly tournament will be held on August 14th. See you then!
For the first time this year, we held a tournament with no first-time players! In spite of this, we had a strong attendance of 12 players at this month’s tournament.
This month’s winner is Jon Stephens, who notches his first tournament win of the year with a victory over Mary Hickey in the main bracket final. The consolation final had another pair of veterans squaring off, with Chris Yep coming out on top for a third place finish over Trevor Dierkes.
The pack continues to close up, with 2nd-6th place all gaining points on the current leader, Mike Rezai. Trevor has pulled to within 70 points of Mike, a gap which can be overcome with a single tournament victory. Chris lies just 101 points back. The full Masters Points standings can be found here.
Congratulations again to our top 3 finishers today – Jon, Mary, and Chris!
The next monthly tournament will be held on July 10th! See you then!
Another strong showing of 11 players were present for the May Monthly Tournament today – including another newcomer (to us, not to backgammon): Joe Calvaruso. This month, Trevor Dierkes came out on top for the first time this year by defeating Chris Yep in the Main Bracket final. The bounty on 4-in-a-row winner Mike Rezai was claimed today by Howard Shirey. Now eyes turn to Trevor – will he see enough success to see a bounty on his head next?
The consolation final was won by Howard Shirey over the aforementioned Joe Calvaruso, giving Howard a thrid-place result for the month.
The relative places of the top 5 players on the Master Points list did not change, but the spread of points closed up a little. Trevor’s win today puts him back within 100 points of Mike for the year. Chris Yep also pulled within 150 points of first place. The full Masters Points standings can be found here.
Congrats to our top 3 finishers today – Trevor, Chris, and Howard, and welcome again to Joe!
The next monthly tournament will be held on June 12th! See you then!
Today’s tournament was full of action, with a strong field of 13 players showing up today – including 2 new attendees – Luke Smith and Bob James! This makes 4 months in a row where we have had players playing with us for the first time.
Speaking of four months in a row – Mike Rezai officially marked wins for both March and April today. The first win came as Mike and Chris Yep completed the final match from the March tournament that was postponed for time constraints. The second came a few hours later as Mike defeated Carl Herold in the April tournament final. These wins earned Mike a total of 100 Masters Points on the day, giving him a grand total of 300 for the year!
To add a little bit of “incentive” for the rest of the field, I introduced a bounty on Mike – the first player to defeat Mike in a main bracket match would receive $20. No one was able to claim it today, so it will carry over to May where it will increase to $40!
In this month’s consolation final, our resident Giant, Mary Hickey, defeated Trever Dierkes to take third place.
Updated Masters Points standings can be found on the website here.
Congratulations to Mike, Carl, and Mary on their finishes, and welcome to our newcomers: Luke and Bob!
The next monthly tournament will be held one week later than normal on May 15th due to Mother’s Day. See you then!
Today’s tournament brought 11 players together, including one new participant to our ranks – Rob Brower! This month’s main bracket final saw Mike Rezai and Chris Yep square off, but the match has not been completed due to a lack of time. The current score is 8-3 in favor of Mike, and the match will be concluded at next month’s tournament.
The consolation final did complete within the allotted time, and in the end Trevor Dierkes won over Dave Rearick to take third place.
The Masters Points standings are up to date, with the exception of the 30 points due to the eventual winner of this month’s main final (10 for the match win, and 20 additional bonus points for first place). and can be found here.
Congrats to all of our top 3 finishers today – Mike, Chris, and Trevor, and welcome again to Rob!
The next monthly tournament will be held on April 10th! See you then!
We had another strong turnout for our club with 12 players coming out to play – this time including 2 newcomers: Maron Cury and Travis Weitthoff.
Mike Rezai notched his second Columbus tournament win in a row with a main bracket final win over David Rearick, who placed second for the month. The consolation final consisted of Jon Stephens and Maron Cury, resulting in a win for Jon who takes third place.
Updated Masters Points standings can be found on the website here.
Congratulations to Mike, David, and Jon on their finishes, and welcome to our newcomers: Maron and Travis!
The next monthly tournament will be held on March 13th. See you then!
I’ve recently acquired a couple of books for the club library:
- Another copy of “Backgammon for Winners” by Bill Robertie
- “Backgammon – The Action Game” by Prince Alexis Obolensky and Ted James
These are available now to borrow for club members!