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!

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!