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November 2018 Monthly Tournament Results

Preliminary Report:

12 Players

1st – Maron Cury
2nd – Loren McCumber
3rd – Stu Cohen

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

Look for more information later.

October 2018 Monthly Tournament Results

Wrapping up the September tournament, David Steinberg defeated Trevor Dierkes to win the Consolation and finish in 3rd place. The Masters Points for September have been adjusted to reflect David’s Consolation win. (David gained an additional 27 Masters Points from what was previously reported.)

13 players attended the October tournament. Maron Cury won the event, defeating Dale Berlin in the Main Bracket final. In the Consolation final Jon Stephens defeated Edwin Jones to continue his excellent results for the year.

With two tournaments remaining in the year Jon Stephens (364 points) has a 73-point lead over Mike Rezai (291 points) in the annual standings. Several other players are close behind Mike. But there’s more to play for than just the top spot! Each year Columbus sends a team to the Ohio Valley Challenge Cup (OVCC). Clubs are supposed to send (invite) players based on their annual standings. So the top 6 or 7 players (depending on whether the event uses 6-player or 7-player teams) at the end of the year automatically qualify for Columbus’ OVCC team. The event will be in Cincinnati this year, probably in March or April (date to be determined). Columbus won in 2015 and 2018. I’d love for Columbus to win for the second year in a row!

The full tournament bracket for October 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 winners:

1st – Maron Cury
2nd – Dale Berlin
3rd – Jon Stephens

The next tournament will be held on November 11.

September 2018 Monthly Tournament Results

Our September tournament was held on September 9. 12 players attended, including one new player, Frank Bresky. Dale Berlin won the event, defeating Jon Stephens in the Main Bracket final. This is Dale’s second tournament win of the year. Jon’s second place finish was enough to vault him into the lead in the annual standings with three tournaments remaining.

In the Consolation, David Steinberg and Trevor Dierkes made the finals. Due to time constraints, however, they will play their match next month.

The full tournament bracket for September 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 Frank Bresky, and congratulations to our winners:

1st – Dale Berlin
2nd – Jon Stephens
3rd – David Steinberg or Trevor Dierkes

The next tournament will be held on October 14.

Saturday Jackpots Changing to Round-Robin Events

Mike Rezai has announced a change to his Saturday afternoon backgammon schedule. Instead of single-elimination Jackpot/Knockout events he now plans on holding round-robin events (every player plays a match against every other player). These will be at 1:00 pm most Saturdays (an hour later than the traditional 12:00 start time for Sunday tournaments). For new players, these round-robin events are extra events in addition to our regular monthly tournaments.

Dates: Every Saturday (except when we have a regular monthly tournament the next day) at 1:00 pm
Format: Round-Robin, 5-point or 7-point matches (depending on the number of players)
Entry Fee: $20, 100% return (a small donation is possible; ask Mike for details)

An optional $20 side pool is available for interested players.

The first few round-robin events have been added to the upcoming events calendar on the website.

August 2018 Monthly Tournament Results

A large crowd of 13 players played in this month’s tournament, including Loren McCumber. Loren is new to the Columbus Backgammon Club, though he played in the Greater Columbus Backgammon Club from the 2001-2006 era.

Jon Stephens won four matches in a row to win his second tournament of the year, defeating second place finisher Edwin Jones in the Main Bracket final. In the Consolation final, shortened due to time constraints, Mike Rezai defeated Chris Yep to win third place.

Mike Rezai still leads the annual standings, but Jon’s tournament win pushes him into second place just 9 points behind Mike. With 4 tournaments remaining this year, the top 4 players are all within 50 points of each other. Several more players also still have realistic chances of finishing atop the annual standings. There’s a good chance that the 2018 Player of the Year will come down to the final tournament of the year on December 9!

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, welcome again to Loren McCumber, and congratulations to our winners:

1st – Jon Stephens
2nd – Edwin Jones
3rd – Mike Rezai

The next tournament will be held on September 9.

July 2018 Monthly Tournament Results

Nine players made it out to Polaris Mall on a very hot day. In the end Mike Rezai won his second tournament of the year, defeating second place finisher Chris Yep in the Main Bracket final. In the Consolation final Jon Stephens defeated Dale Berlin to win third place.

With five tournaments remaining in the year it’s a tight race in the annual standings. With his latest win Mike Rezai has now jumped ahead of Trevor Dierkes by 5 points, but several other players are close behind.

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 winners:

1st – Mike Rezai
2nd – Chris Yep
3rd – Jon Stephens

The next tournament will be held on August 12 (the usual 2nd Sunday of the month).

Backgammon Beginners

Are you a backgammon beginner? If you are new to the game or tournaments in general, we have an event for you! This summer I’m planning on hosting a few beginner-level events. There is no cost to join these events. The first such event will be Tuesday, June 26 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Feel free to stop by anytime you want during this 3-hour window; you don’t have to arrive at 6:00 pm or leave at 9:00 pm.

The focus of these events will include casual play, basic strategy discussions, informal lessons, etc. I’ll also discuss general backgammon rules and tournament rules, etc. if there’s interest.

Look for a “Columbus Backgammon Club” sign on one of the tables.

Our normal playing location is at the Food Court at Polaris Mall near the Upper Level parking lot entrance near Dick’s Sporting Goods/Field & Stream. We’re in the corner near the doors connecting the food court to the parking lot. See the “Our Home” section on the right sidebar of this webpage for more details.

June 2018 Monthly Tournament Results

12 players played in this month’s tournament. Chris Yep won four matches in a row to win his second tournament of the year, defeating second place finisher Trevor Dierkes in the Main Bracket final. In the Consolation final Edwin Jones defeated Mike Rezai to win third place.

In the annual standings Trevor Dierkes, with three top-3 finishes in 2018, leads the field with 202 Masters Points, but six players are within 80 Masters Points (which can be made up in a single tournament), so there’s still a lot of play left for Player of the Year!

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 winners:

1st – Chris Yep
2nd – Trevor Dierkes
3rd – Edwin Jones

The next tournament will be held on July 1, a week earlier than usual, in order to avoid conflicting with the popular Michigan Summer Championships held over the July 5-8 weekend.

May 2018 Monthly Tournament Results

We had a nice turnout of 13 players at this month’s tournament. Mike Rezai won four matches in a row to win his first tournament of the year, defeating second place finisher Stu Cohen in the Main Bracket final. In the Consolation final Jason Marshall defeated David Rearick to win third place.

In the annual standings Trevor Dierkes continues to lead the field with 152 Masters Points, but it’s a tight race at the top. The next 10 players are all within 80 Masters Points! In our five tournaments this year we’ve had five different winners. It’s still a wide open race for Player of the Year!

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 and congratulations to our winners:

1st – Mike Rezai
2nd – Stu Cohen
3rd – Jason Marshall

The next tournament will be held on June 10 (the usual 2nd Sunday of the month), a short three weeks after the May 20 tournament. The next tournament after that will also be a short three weeks later on July 1 in order to avoid conflicting with the popular Michigan Summer Championships held over the July 4th weekend (July 5-8 this year).

Columbus Wins the OVCC!

On April 29 our Columbus team of 7 players traveled to the Dayton area and won the Ohio Valley Challenge Cup (OVCC). Congratulations to the winning team members: Mike Rezai, Edwin Jones, Trevor Dierkes, Maron Cury, Joe Calvaruso, Dale Berlin, and David Rearick. Special congratulations to Edwin Jones who finished with a 4-1 record and Joe Calvaruso who finished with a 5-0 record, though as we won by a single point over 3 other teams, every match victory was crucial to our team win!

Final team standings:

Wins Losses
Columbus 20 15
Cincinnati 19 16
Indianapolis 19 16
Bloomington 19 16
Dayton 17 18
Akron 11 24

Front: Chris Yep (non-playing), Joe Calvaruso, David Rearick
Back: Mike Rezai, Dale Berlin, Maron Cury, Trevor Dierkes, Edwin Jones