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August 2019 Monthly Tournament Results

11 players attended the April tournament. Chris Yep won the tournament, his fifth tournament win of the year, defeating Jon Stephens in the Main Bracket final. John Baron won the Consolation, defeating Edwin Jones in the Consolation final.

As a reminder, there’s still a lot to play for this season. In early 2020 we’ll send a team to the Ohio Valley Challenge Cup (OVCC). The top 6 or 7 Columbus players will qualify for the Columbus team. I’d like to see Columbus bring the OVCC trophy back to Columbus next year!

The full tournament bracket for August can be found here. The current Masters Points standings can be found here. Thank you again to all who came out to play and congratulations to our August winners:

1st – Chris Yep
2nd/3rd – Jon Stephens
2nd/3rd – John Baron
4th – Edwin Jones

July 2019 Monthly Tournament Results

11 players attended the July tournament. Chris Yep won the event, defeating David Steinberg in the Main Bracket final. This was Chris’ fourth tournament win and David’s third Main Bracket runner-up finish this year. In the Consolation final Joe Calvaruso defeated Jon Stephens.

The full tournament bracket for July can be found here. The current Masters Points standings can be found here.

Thank you again to all who came out to play and congratulations to our July winners:

1st – Chris Yep
2nd/3rd – David Steinberg
2nd/3rd – Joe Calvaruso
4th – Jon Stephens

June 2019 Monthly Tournament Results

Our June tournament had a cozy 8-player field. Jon Stephens won three matches in a row to win the tournament, defeating Maron Cury in the Main Bracket final. In the Consolation final Trevor Dierkes defeated Joe Calvaruso.

At the halfway point of the year Chris Yep (294 points) leads the annual standings. Maron Cury (229 points) and Trevor Dierkes (210 points) are close behind. Several other players are also within striking distance.

The full tournament bracket for June can be found here. The current Masters Points standings can be found here.

Thank you again to all who came out to play and congratulations to our June winners:

1st – Jon Stephens
2nd/3rd – Maron Cury
2nd/3rd – Trevor Dierkes
4th – Joe Calvaruso

May 2019 Monthly Tournament Results

10 players attended our May tournament. Chris Yep won the event, defeating Trevor Dierkes in the Main Bracket final. In the Consolation final Edwin Jones defeated Dale Berlin. We also welcomed a new player, Andy Kennedy.

The full tournament bracket for May can be found here. The current Masters Points standings can be found here. Thank you again to all who came out to play, welcome again to Andy Kennedy, and congratulations to our May winners:

1st – Chris Yep
2nd/3rd – Trevor Dierkes
2nd/3rd – Edwin Jones
4th – Dale Berlin

April 2019 Monthly Tournament Results

14 players attended the April tournament. Chris Yep won four matches in a row to win the tournament, defeating David Rearick in the Main Bracket final. Maron Cury continued his excellent results (9-1 over the last two months) by winning the Consolation, defeating Trevor Dierkes in the Consolation final.

The full tournament bracket for April can be found here.  The current Masters Points standings can be found here. Thank you again to all who came out to play and congratulations to our April winners:

1st – Chris Yep
2nd/3rd – David Rearick
2nd/3rd – Maron Cury
4th – Trevor Dierkes

Ohio Valley Challenge Cup (OVCC)

The Ohio Valley Challenge Cup is this weekend (March 30-31) in the Cincinnati area.

For full details, see the February 7 post on this website.

Schedule
Saturday 12:00 pm – Singles (individual) competition
Saturday 6:30 pm – Doubles competition
Sunday 11:00 am – Team competition

Columbus team:

  1. Trevor Dierkes
  2. Maron Cury
  3. Edwin Jones
  4. Chris Yep
  5. Stu Cohen
  6. David Steinberg
  7. Joe Calvaruso

Final team standings

WinsLosses
Bloomington1810
Columbus1612
Indianapolis1315
Cincinnati1315
Dayton1018

You can read Sean Garber’s full OVCC report at this link: https://www.meetup.com/Hoosier-Backgammon-Club/pages/28712947/2018_Ohio_Valley_Challenge_Cup/

March 2019 Monthly Tournament Results

13 players attended the March tournament.  Maron Cury won four matches in a row to win the tournament, defeating Chris Yep in the Main Bracket final.  In the Consolation final Jon Stephens defeated Joe Calvaruso.  With his win Maron moved to second in the annual points race just behind Chris, who is now in first.

The full tournament bracket for March can be found here.  The current Masters Points standings can be found here.  Thank you again to all who came out to play and congratulations to our March winners:

1st – Maron Cury
2nd/3rd – Chris Yep
2nd/3rd – Jon Stephens
4th – Joe Calvaruso

The next tournament will be held on April 14.

February 2019 Monthly Tournament Results

The February tournament was a special tournament with the US Backgammon Federation (USBGF) donating $165 as an added money pool for USBGF members.  The added money attracted a large field of 21 players, shattering our previous attendance record of 15 players (which was set in February 2018 at another USBGF added money tournament).  The field included two first-time players, Meral Plosch and Peter Swartwout (from Pittsburgh).  We also welcomed back two Cleveland-area players, John Baron and Ray Cifani.

The tournament was won by Trevor Dierkes, who beat David Steinberg in the Main Bracket final.  In the Consolation final Peter Swartwout defeated Brendan Leal.  The USBGF added money, awarded to the USBGF player advancing farthest in the Main bracket, was won by David Steinberg.  In addition, David won an entry into the USBGF Online Club Championship tournament, which begins in March.  The winner of the USBGF Online Club Championship receives a free entry into any ABT tournament.

In the annual standings, David Steinberg, on the strength of two Main Runner-Up finishes this year, is now in the lead with 100 points.

The full tournament bracket for February can be found here.  The current Masters Points standings can be found here.  Thank you again to all who came out to play, welcome again to Meral Plosch and Peter Swartwout, and congratulations to our February winners:

1st – Trevor Dierkes
2nd/3rd – David Steinberg
2nd/3rd – Peter Swartwout
4th – Brendan Leal
USBGF Added Money – David Steinberg

The next tournament will be held March 10.

February 10 USBGF Added Money Tournament

The February 10 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 10 Tournament Details

Entry fee: $20 (all players, including first-time players)
Registration: 11:30-12:00, play begins at 12:00
Three optional side pools available (100% return): $10, $20, USBGF added money side pool ($135 guaranteed, to be increased if new/lapsed players buy USBGF memberships or if non-Ohio players attend the tournament)

Format: Single-elimination with Modified Consolation

Main: 7 point matches (9-point final), losing finalist doesn’t drop to the Consolation
Consolation: 5-point matches (7-point final)
Prizes (100% return): Main 1st (40% of prize pool), Main 2nd (25% of prize pool), Consolation 1st (25% of prize pool), Consolation 2nd (10% of prize pool)

If we have more than 16 players, some of the rounds may be shortened to give us more of a chance to finish the tournament by 6:00 pm. The Main Round of 32 matches will decrease to 5 points. The Consolation final will decrease to 5 points. The Main Round of 16 matches may also decrease to 5 points.

Note that while the Columbus Backgammon Club offers a $10 discount for players in their first “regular” tournament, this discount doesn’t apply to this “special” tournament. However, first-time players in February will still receive a $10 discount at their first “regular” tournament (which could be in March 2019 for example).

Now, for the unique aspect of this tournament:

The February 2019 tournament will have an additional added money pool (at least $135) 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 be split as we normally do for side pools. You are eliminated from contention for the added money after your first loss. Note that you must be a current USBGF member on February 10 to be eligible for the added money pool.

Additionally, the winner of the USBGF added money pool will also win an entry into the USBGF Online Club Championship in March 2019. Since this entry to the USBGF Online Club Championship 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 short playoff match (likely a 3-point match) as the second tiebreaker in order to select Columbus’ USBGF Online Club Championship 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). Last year 22 clubs participated (one player per club) in the USBGF Online Club Championship.

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)