Columbus Backgammon Club Resuming Live Play

Covid numbers in Ohio have been decreasing the last few months.  Social distancing and mask mandates have been lifted across the state.  It seems like it’s finally time to resume live play again!  So, the next tournament (this Sunday, July 11) will be a live tournament, the first live club tournament in 16 months.

Our usual live location (pre-Covid) was the Polaris Mall Food Court.  However, several club regulars told me that they would prefer an outdoor tournament for the first live tournament.  With this in mind I’ve reserved the West shelter house in Coffman Park in Dublin (5200 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin OH 43017).  There’s a chance of rain on Sunday, but the shelter house has a roof (with open sides) so we should stay dry.  There’s a bathroom right next to the shelter house.  The park and shelter house is also within walking distance of the air conditioned Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC), which you can visit if you have a break between matches.  There are restaurants a few miles away, but I suggest bringing your own food.  In case you don’t have time to bring food with you I’ll bring some snacks which you can buy from me at cost.  There is a vending machine (Pepsi products) and water fountain next to the shelter house bathroom.  The DCRC also has a vending machine with drinks and snacks (next to the Subway restaurant; the restaurant is closed, but the vending machine is still stocked).

Tournament details

Date: Sunday, July 11, noon start (I’ll get there sometime after 11:30 am)
Location: Coffman Park (West Shelter), 5200 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin OH 43017
Entry fee: $20 (or $10 for new players playing in their first official Columbus Backgammon Club tournament), 80% return
Optional side pools: $10 optional side pool, $20 optional side pool (new players typically don’t enter the side pools), 100% return on side pools

Note that there’s also an East shelter (the two shelter houses are separated by a playground).  The two shelter houses are close together so you should be able to find us.  The shelter houses have a small display board with a piece of paper indicating East and West.  There’s plenty of parking.  I did have to pay $60 to reserve this shelter house so I made this tournament 80% return on the main entry fees.  If we have a larger turnout than expected I’ll gladly increase the return.

For those who haven’t played in a live Columbus tournament in a while we do play with chess clocks to make sure that we finish on time.  The last match, for those fortunate enough to make it that far, will likely finish around 5:30 pm.  The clock time setting is enough to play at a reasonable pace.  I can help new players get used to playing with a clock.  Please bring a backgammon board and a clock if you have one.  We have extra clocks (and boards) if you don’t have one.

Link to park map: https://dublinohiousa.gov/dev/dev/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Coffman-Park-Map.pdf

June 13 Tournament Info

The second tournament of the season will be on Sunday, June 13. We will likely return to live play in July or August. Check back here for more details.

Zoom call for those interested: https://zoom.us/j/88002793925?pwd=Mm9TYUlkYUZadTZhR2pndlIzcVNSQT09

Manual entry: Meeting ID 880 0279 3925, Passcode 276536

Start time: Sunday, June 13, 12:00 (noon)

Playing location: Heroes 3 server

Tournament brackets link

May 16 Tournament Info

The first tournament of the new season will be on Sunday, May 16. We will likely return to live play in the next month or two (at an outdoor location for the first few months). Check back here for more details.

Zoom call for those interested: [Meeting ended]

Start time: Sunday, May 16, 12:00 (noon)

Playing location: Heroes 3 server

Tournament brackets link

April 25 Tournament Info

The final tournament of the “2020” season is scheduled for Sunday, April 25 on the Heroes 3 server.

Zoom call for those interested: [Meeting ended]

Start time: Sunday, April 25, 12:00 (noon)

Tournament location: Heroes 3 server

Tournament brackets link

April 11 Tournament Info

Zoom call for those interested: [Meeting ended]

Start time: Sunday, April 11, 12:00 (noon)

Playing location: Heroes 3 server

Tournament brackets link

March 28 Tournament Info

Zoom call for those interested: [Meeting ended]

Start time: Sunday, March 28, 12:00 (noon)

Playing location: Heroes 3 server

Tournament brackets link

March 14 Tournament Info

Zoom call for those interested: [Meeting ended]

Start time: Sunday, March 14, 12:00 (noon)

Playing location: Heroes 3 server

Tournament brackets link

February 28 Tournament Info

Zoom call for those interested: [Meeting ended]

Start time: Sunday, February 28, 12:00 (noon)

Playing location: Heroes 3 server

Tournament brackets link

February 7 Tournament Info

Zoom Call: [Meeting ended]

Playing Location: Heroes 3 (new server)

Tournament Brackets

Results:

Main 1st – Ryan Fogelman

Main 2nd – Mike Rezai

Consolation 1st – David Steinberg

Consolation 2nd – David Rearick

January 24 Tournament Info

Start Time: Noon

Playing Site: Backgammon Studio Heroes

Zoom Call: [Meeting ended]

Tournament Brackets: Click here

Final Results:

Main 1st: David Steinberg

Main 2nd: Joe Calvaruso

Consolation 1st: Chris Yep

Consolation 2nd: Jon Stephens