Chouettes Changing to Knockout/Jackpot Events

Mike Rezai has announced a change to the weekly Saturday backgammon schedule.  Instead of a Saturday noon chouette he will now try Saturday afternoon knockout (jackpot) events starting at 1:00 pm (note the time change).  The format for these Saturday afternoon (1:00 pm) events will be 11-point matches, single-elimination, $20 entry fee (95% return, with 5% kept to help fund the club).  Four players are expected for the first jackpot event.

The new events have been added to the upcoming events calendar on the website.

February 2018 Tournament Results

This month the US Backgammon Federation (USBGF) donated a side pool for current USBGF members.  The added money attracted a record 15 players, breaking the previous record (14 players) for a monthly tournament.  Two new players attended: John Baron and John SchraufnagelJon Stephens won first place in the Main bracket final over second place finisher, David Steinberg.  The Consolation final, Trevor Dierkes vs. Edwin Jones, was suspended (at the score 2-2 to 7) due to time constraints.  The match will resume next month.

The USBGF side pool was split between Stu Cohen and Edwin Jones with Edwin also earning the right to represent Columbus in the USBGF Inter-Club Championships, an online tournament with an estimated 22 entrants (one entrant per qualifying USBGF Prime Club) beginning on March 1.  Jason Marshall was presented with a cake and a gift certificate to Carol Joy Cole’s Backgammon Boutique as recognition for his work in growing the club to Prime Club status over the last six years.  Thanks, Jason!

Here is a list of the Inter-Club Championships entrants:

USBGF Inter-Club Championships Players
Club Entrant
Atlanta Northside Stuart Domeshek
Austin Nick Blasier
Backgammon by the Bay David Levy
Baltimore February 19, 2018
Beltway John Klein
Charlotte Jeb Horton
Chicago Bar Point February 18, 2018
Colorado Myra Gazvoda
Columbus Edwin Jones
Connecticut Al Theriault
Flint Area Dan Wittkopp
Gammon Associates Gus Contos
Hoosier Kevin Heacox
Houston George Morse
Las Vegas Joe Apicella
New England Rich Sweetman
New York City Lynn Ehrlich
Northern Virginia Gary Fries
Orange County February 17, 2018
South Florida Stacy Turner
St. Louis February 20, 2018
Twin Cities Jeff Spencer

You can see the USBGF report (including a picture of Edwin) of our tournament here: http://usbgf.org/edwin-jones-brings-home-the-added-money-in-columbus-prime-local-club-initiative/

You can follow Edwin’s progress in the Inter-Club Championships at this link: http://usbgf.org/trny/drawsheets/?trny=411

Wrapping up the final Consolation match from the January tournament, Mike Rezai defeated Maron Cury to finish in third place for January. As a result, Mike gained an additional 27 Masters Points for January.

The full tournament bracket for February can be found here.  The current Masters Points standings can be found here.  Additionally, the winner of the suspended Trevor Dierkes vs. Edwin Jones match will gain an extra 27 Masters Points when the Masters Points are updated next month.

Thank you to all who came out to play, welcome again to John Baron and John Schraufnagel, and congratulations to our winners:

1st – Jon Stephens
2nd – David Steinberg
3rd – Trevor Dierkes or Edwin Jones
USBGF Added Money: Stu Cohen and Edwin Jones
USBGF Inter-Club Championships Entrant: Edwin Jones

The next monthly tournament will be held on March 11.  See you then!

 

February 11 USBGF Added Money Tournament

The February 11 tournament will be a special tournament. While it’s one of the 12 regularly scheduled monthly tournaments this year, it’s also a unique tournament (see below).

February 11 Tournament Details

Entry fee: $20 (all players)
Registration: 11:30-12:00, play begins at 12:00
Three optional side pools available: $10, $20, USBGF added money side pool (approximately $100, depending on exact membership levels on February 11)

“Last Chance” event: As an experiment to try to provide additional playing opportunities for those who are eliminated early, I will try (if we have enough players) to arrange an experimental round-robin tournament ($12 entry fee, 100% return, prizes proportional to how many matches you win) for players who are eliminated from the main tournament before 3:00 pm. These extra matches don’t count toward Masters Points.

Now, for the unique aspect of this tournament:

The February 2018 tournament will have an additional added money pool (approximately $100, depending on exact membership levels on February 11) donated by the US Backgammon Federation (USBGF). This added money will be given to the USBGF member who advances farthest in the Main bracket (the Consolation bracket won’t be considered). Note that a split/tie side pool, while rare, is possible; in that case the money will still be split as normal. You are eliminated from contention for the added money after your first loss. Note that you must be a current USBGF member on February 11 to be eligible for the added money pool.

Additionally, the winner of the USBGF added money pool will also win an entry into the online USBGF Inter-Club Championships in March 2018. Since this entry to the Inter-Club Championships is a unique entry (each club can only submit one entry), if necessary we’ll use progression in the Consolation (whoever advances farthest in the Consolation bracket) as the first tiebreaker and a 1-point playoff match as the second tiebreaker in order to select Columbus’ Inter-Club Championships entrant. If the tied players wish, they can instead flip a coin or roll dice instead of using this second tiebreaker. The winner of the Inter-Club Championshps will win an entry into the ABT event of their choice (typical value: $200-500 if you play at the Open level). They will also be featured in an article in the USBGF PrimeTime magazine and have the finals match analyzed by an expert. Currently we expect the Inter-Club Championships to be a 21-player tournament (21 clubs, one player per club). See the end of this post for a listing of Inter-Club Championships entrants from each club.

If you wish, you may qualify for the added money USBGF side pool by signing up for a new USBGF membership or renewing an expired membership at the February tournament itself (before 12:00 noon)! I will collect money and entry forms and forward everything to the USBGF at the end of the tournament. I’ll bring blank USBGF membership forms with me to the tournament. If you wish to pay USBGF membership fees by check make checks payable to the “U.S. Backgammon Federation.”

Additional USBGF membership information

General USBGF membership details: http://usbgf.org/membership/
USBGF membership brochure: http://usbgf.org/members/brochure.pdf
USBGF’s “Getting the Most Out of Your New USBGF Membership” document: http://usbgf.org/members/benefits.pdf

Membership prices (annual):

Youth (age 25 or under): $15
Novice (less than 3 years of competitive play): $15
Basic: $35
Premium: $60 (or $150 for 3 years)

Here is the current list of entrants to the Inter-Club Championships (21 clubs):

USBGF Inter-Club Championships Players
Club Entrant
Atlanta Northside Stuart Domeshek
Austin Nick Blasier
Backgammon by the Bay David Levy
Beltway February 11, 2018
Charlotte Jeb Horton
Chicago Bar Point February 18, 2018
Colorado Myra Gazvoda
Columbus February 11, 2018
Connecticut Al Theriault
Flint Area Dan Wittkopp
Gammon Associates
Hoosier Kevin Heacox
Houston George Morse
Las Vegas Joe Apicella
New England Rich Sweetman
New York City Lynn Ehrlich
Northern Virginia Gary Fries
Orange County February 17, 2018
South Florida Stacy Turner
St. Louis February 20, 2018
Twin Cities Jeff Spencer

See everyone on February 11!

January 2018 Monthly Tournament Results

Despite the cold weather, 12 players attended the first tournament of the year, including one new player, Nick Cosentino.  When the dust settled, Trevor Dierkes came out on top, winning in the Main Bracket final over second place finisher, Stu Cohen.  Due to time constraints, the Consolation final was suspended with Mike Rezai leading Maron Cury 5-4 (to 7).  Their match will resume next month.

The full tournament bracket for January can be found here.  The current Masters Points standings can be found here.  Additionally, the winner of the suspended Mike Rezai vs. Maron Cury match will gain an extra 27 Masters Points when the Masters Points are updated next month.

Thank you again to all who came out to play, welcome again to Nick Cosentino, and congratulations to our top 3:

1st – Trevor Dierkes
2nd – Stu Cohen
3rd – Mike Rezai or Maron Cury

The next monthly tournament will be held on February 11th.  This is a special tournament with an extra side pool donated by the US Backgammon Federation (USBGF) exclusively for USBGF members.  Check back here for more details soon!

2017 CBC Player of the Year – Mike Rezai

It took until the last match of the last tournament of the year to determine our Player of the Year for 2017, but Mike Rezai lunged across the finish line with a 9-6 victory over second place Edwin Jones in the December Main Bracket final to take Player of the Year honors for the first time in the current incarnation of the Columbus Backgammon Club.

Mike maintained an impressive 66% winning percentage over a total of 47 matches, while winning 2 monthly tournaments, and coming in second 3 times. This gave him a total of 439 points for the year, and a margin of 49 points over second place. Mike lead for most of the year, only giving up the lead in October, when Edwin Jones jumped ahead briefly.

Mike will receive an engraved doubling cube which will be presented to him early next year in recognition of his achievement, and as a reminder to all of his opponents that he is the 2017 Player of the Year!

Congratulations, Mike!

December 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

10 players came out this month to watch the drama unfold as the player of the year was decided in the last tournament for 2017. It couldn’t have happened in a more exciting manner than if it had been planned, with Mike Rezai and Edwin Jones meeting in the Main bracket final to determine the winner for the month AND the year! In the end, Mike Rezai prevailed, winning Player of the Year honors, in an exciting match that was tied at 6-6 at one point.

In the consolation final, Maron Cury defeated David Rearick to win third place for the month and jump into fourth place overall in the Masters Points standings.

The full tournament bracket for this month can be found here and the current Masters Points standings can be found here.

 Thank you again to all who came out to play today, and congratulations as well to our top 3:

1st – Mike Rezai
2nd – Edwin Jones
3rd – Maron Cury

The next monthly tournament will be held on January 14th. See you then!

November 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

We had a group of 10 players this month, as well as a marching band (yes, really!), all there to see Maron Cury win his first tournament of the year in the Main Bracket final over current Masters Points leader Mike Rezai.

In the consolation final, Trevor Dierkes defeated Chris Yep to win third place and maintain pace with Mike Rezai in the Masters Points standings.

The top three places in the Masters Points race shuffled around a little bit, but it proves to be an exciting December tournament as they all ended November within 20 points of each other:

  1. Mike Rezai (369)
  2. Trevor Dierkes (356)
  3. Edwin Jones (350)

The full tournament bracket for this month can be found here and the current Masters Points standings can be found here.

 Thank you again to all who came out to play today, and congratulations as well to our top 3:

1st – Maron Cury
2nd – Mike Rezai
3rd – Trevor Dierkes

The next monthly tournament will be held on December 10th. See you then!

Chouette Schedule Change

Club member Mike Rezai has offered to take over hosting duties for the club chouettes, effective in November. In addition, he is increasing the frequency of the chouettes, resulting in a chouette every Tuesday evening at 6:30PM in our normal meeting place at the food court at Polaris Mall!

The new dates have been added to the upcoming events calendar on the website.

October 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

We had a total of 12 players come out to start the last quarter of the year, including one new visiting face to our club – Stan Eaton, who was in from the Beavercreek area. This month, the main bracket final was Edwin Jones and Joe Calvaruso. Edwin Jones came out on top to win his second tournament of the year. Joe’s result was his second runner-up of the year so far.

In the consolation final, Trevor Dierkes defeated Mike Rezai to win third place.

Edwin’s win catapults him into first place in the Masters Points race currently by 14 points over Mike Rezai. Trevor Dierkes continues to pace them both in third place, only 17 points behind Mike. Joe Calvaruso made up a lot of ground this month to move into 4th place overall. While it seems to be a 3-player race to the finish, mathematically, the top six in the standings are still alive to win Player of the Year:

  1. Edwin Jones
  2. Mike Rezai
  3. Trevor Dierkes
  4. Joe Calvaruso
  5. Dale Berlin
  6. Jon Stephens

The full tournament bracket for this month can be found here and the current Masters Points standings can be found here.

 Thank you again to all who came out to play today, and congratulations as well to our top 3:

1st – Edwin Jones
2nd – Joe Calvaruso
3rd – Trevor Dierkes

The next monthly tournament will be held on November 12th. See you then!

September 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

We bumped up against our current attendance record of 14 again this month, which was impressive as it was NFL opening weekend. This month, the main bracket final was Jason Marshall and Trevor Dierkes. Jason Marshall won, gaining his first tournament win of the year.

In the consolation final, Joe Calvaruso defeated Mike Rezai to win third place.

With these results, Trevor just edges past Edwin to take second place in the Masters Points standing by one point, and gains a little bit on current the leader, Mike Rezai, with just 3 tournaments left in the year.

The full tournament bracket for this month can be found here and the current Masters Points standings can be found here.

 Thank you again to all who came out to play today, and congratulations as well to our top 3:

1st – Jason Marshall
2nd – Trevor Dierkes
3rd – Joe Calvarso

The next monthly tournament will be held on October 8th. See you then!