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, February 26th 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 jason@columbusbg.org if this is something that you would like to participate in.

Next Chouette Planned

The next chouette that I can help host will be at 6:30PM on Tuesday, February 21st 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!

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!

2016 CBC Player of the Year – Chris Yep

Now that the final tournament of the year is finished, the totals are in and Chris Yep has captured the CBC Player of the Year title for 2016! This is the second time that Chris has won the title, with the first being in 2012.

It was a title defined by consistency throughout the year, with Chris placing in the top 3 of nine tournaments. This effort was enough to overcome an impressive 4 straight tournament wins by Mike Rezai at the beginning of the year. During the summer months, it seemed to be turning into a 3-horse race with Chris, Mike, and Trevor Dierkes all within striking distance of each other. In the end, Chris ended up on top by a margin of 56 points.

Chris’ efforts have earned him an engraved doubling cube which will be presented to him early next year.

Congratulations, Chris, on a well fought campaign!

December 2016 Monthly Tournament Results

Even with the inclement weather the night before, a record-tying crowd of 14 players came out to play in the final monthly tournament of the year – including 2 new players to our ranks: Stu and Eric Cohen! Trevor Dierkes won in the main final over Stu Cohen to notch his second tournament victory of the year. In the consolation final, Jim Bougor won over Luke Smith to take third place.

The full tournament bracket for this month can be found here.

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

1st – Trevor Dierkes
2nd – Stu Cohen        (first time podium)
3rd – Jim Bourgor      (first time podium)

The next monthly tournament will be held on January 8th. See you next year!

November 2016 Tournament Results

13 players attended the tournament for this month. This time, we were honored to welcome a visitor from the Ohio State Backgammon Club in Akron – Ray Cifani. Edwin Jones won his first even tournament with us in a very exciting Main Bracket final over current Masters Points leader Chris Yep. Jim Weitthoff won an impressive 5 matches in a row to take third place in the Consolation bracket over fellow finalist Trevor Dierkes.

The full tournament bracket for this month can be found here.

In the Master’s Points race, Chris still hold onto the top spot by a margin of only 49 points over Mike Rezai. Next month will determine our champion for the year! The full 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 – Chris Yep
3rd – Jim Weitthoff

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

October 2016 Monthly Tournament Results

A total of 12 players attended this month’s tournament, including a pair of brothers playing with us for the first time – Dejan and Milen Mitusev. David Rearick was this month’s winner, who earned his victory with a finals win over current points leader Chris Yep. Mike Rezai kept the points race close by winning in the consolation final over Maron Cury.

The full tournament bracket for this month can be found here.

In the Master’s Points table, Chris currently occupies the top spot, but by a margin of only 16 points over Mike Rezai. The only other player that is still contending for the top spot is Trevor Dierkes, though that window of opportunity is closing fast. The full current Masters Points standings can be found here and in the attached file.

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

1st – David Rearick
2nd – Chris Yep
3rd – Mike Rezai

The next monthly tournament will be held on November 13th. See you then!

September 2016 Monthly Tournament Results

Chris Yep took the Masters Points lead in the standing with a victory in this month’s tournament, over a field of 10 players. Chris secured first place with a win against Edwin Jones, who was plying in his first main bracket final. In the consolation final, Jon Stephens took third place with a win over Mary Hickey.

Chris currently holds a lead of 30 points over Mike Rezai in second place on the Masters Points table. With only 3 tournaments left in the year, there is a lot of potential for movement. I would like to remind everyone, too, that the top 6 or 7 places can qualify to represent Columbus in the OVCC next year (which will be held here!), so there is plenty for all to compete for! The full 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 – Chris Yep
2nd – Edwin Jones
3rd – Jon Stephens

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