May 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

The one week delay in our tournament this month didn’t prevent us from tying our standing record of 14 entrants for a monthly tournament! Those in attendance saw David Rearick best Mike Rezai in the Main bracket final – giving us our fifth different tournament winner in 5 months.

In the Consolation final, Sam Mitzutani won against Edwin Jones for his first podium spot in our club.

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 – David Rearick
2nd – Mike Rezai
3rd – Sam Mitzutani

Next month, the new Ikea store will be opening at Polaris the same weekend that our monthly tournament would be held. In light of the chaos this is bound to create in the area, and the fact that Father’s Day is on the 18th, I am opting to move the date for the June tournament to June 4th. See you then!

Open/Social Play Event

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, April 30th 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!

Ohio Valley Challenge Cup Weekend – Final Results

The Columbus Backgammon Club was pleased to host this year’s Ohio Valley Challenge Cup events during the weekend of April 22-23, 2017 at the Magnuson Grand Columbus North, in Columbus, Ohio.

Indianapolis secured the trophy for the second year in a row in a battle of Indiana teams that wasn’t truly decided until the final round of play. Akron lead all Ohio teams with a respectable 16-14 record. As far as individual honors, David Steinberg from Columbus was the only player to notch a perfect 5-0 record.

Indianapolis was represented by Sean Garber, Kevin Heacox, Jim Curtis, Mark Milkie, Scott Johnston, and Jeff Flowers.

Here are the final standings for this year’s OVCC:

Wins Losses
Indianapolis 20 10
Bloomington 17 13
Akron 16 14
Cincinnati 15 15
Columbus 14 16
Dayton 8 22

Here are the results for the “Day Before” Events:

“Day Before” Singles (29 Entrants):
1st – Jim Weitthoff (Columbus)
2nd – Butch Meese (Bloomington)
3rd – Kevin Heacox (Indianapolis)
4th – Jim Curtis (Indianapolis)

“Day Before” Doubles (15 teams):
1st – Mark Milkie/Jim Curtis (Indianapolis)
2nd – Mike Rezai/David Steinberg (Columbus)
3rd – Chris Yep/Mary Hickey (Columbus)
4th – Greg King/Ken Oxley (Dayton)

Thank you to all participating players and clubs for this very successful weekend! See you all next year in Dayton!

Ohio Valley Challenge Cup This Weekend

It’s almost here! The Ohio Valley Challenge Cup is this weekend here in Columbus. More information can be found on the event page here.

Remember that, while participation on Sunday is limited to the teams of the participating clubs, the events on Saturday are open to anyone!

Next Chouette Planned

The next chouette that I can help host will be at 6:30PM on Tuesday, April 18th 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 jason@columbusbg.org, and I can get the word out!

April 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

For the second month in a row we had 13 players come out to compete – including a new visiting player, Sam Mitzutani, who drove all the way from Lexington to play with us! Edwin Jones came out on top in the Main bracket final over Joe Calvaruso. This makes Edwin the first of the year with 2 main finals appearances.

In the Consolation final, Mike Rezai won against Stu Cohen to add to his Masters Points lead.

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, welcome again to Sam Mitzutani, and congratulations as well to our top 3:

1st – Edwin Jones
2nd – Joe Calvaruso
3rd – Mike Rezai

The next monthly tournament will be held on May 21st, moved by 1 week in observance of Mother’s Day. See you then!

March 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

Our last winter tournament of the year saw a strong field of 13 players come out to compete. In the end, Dale Berlin won first place in the Main Bracket final over second place finisher, Chris Yep. In the Consolation final, Joe Calvaruso defeated Mary Hickey to take third place, and his first podium finish with our club!

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 – Dale Berlin
2nd – Chris Yep
3rd – Joe Calvaruso

The next monthly tournament will be held on April 9th. See you then!

February 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

Even with the unseasonably warm weather that I thought would surely keep people away, we ended up with 10 players coming out to compete this month. Mike Rezai won first place this time around, winning in the Main Bracket final over second place finisher, David Rearick. In the Consolation final, Maron Cury defeated Edwin Jones to take third place.

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 – David Rearick
3rd – Maron Cury

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

January 2017 Monthly Tournament Results

The year kicked off strong with a field of 11 players showing up to get a start on the new season. Trevor Dierkes came out on top to win his second straight tournament, winning in the Main Bracket final over second place finisher, Edwin Jones. In the Consolation final, Jon Stephens defeated Maron Cury to take third place.

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

The first month with the “clocks required” rule went well, making sure we kept playing at a good pace. We finished by 5:00 today, and that was with a quarterfinal round with 2 very long matches.

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

1st – Trevor Dierkes
2nd – Edwin Jones
3rd – Jon Stephens

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

2016 Year in Review

As is a tradition for me, I like to look back at what has happened with the club over the past year, and share what I see as far as trends. We had another great year in 2016, and I thank everyone for their support and participation.

Here are some statistical comparisons to last year:

  • Our average monthly tournament attendance saw a strong increase this year of 1.75 over 2015, to 12.08 players per tournament.
  • The highest monthly tournament attendance this year was 14 – the same as last year – but the stronger overall attendance gives me hope that we can hit 16 this coming year.
  • We had a record number of unique participants at our monthly tournaments this year – 31 (up 12 from last year). This is a wonderful result in my eyes as it means that more and more people are able to find us.
  • Our attendance is chouettes held steady this year at an average of 4.5 per event. This was bolstered by some very strong attendance towards the end of the year – a trend that I hope continues.
  • Our average attendance at the 7 social/open play events was 4.1, which is down from 4.2 per event last year.

I look forward to 2017, and continued growth and success for our club. A notable event this year is that the club will be hosting of the Ohio Valley Challenge Cup (more information on that soon!). I wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!