German Masters Munich 2016

Grüß Gott in München – Welcome to Munich!

Bavaria’s Capital welcomes you back for the second stop of the German Masters Series in 2016.

Munich is one of the nicest, cleanest and greenest cities in Germany and the World’s Beer Capital. It’s easy to reach by plane, train or car.

The Leonardo Arabella Hotel**** is well located, close to the Arabella District and the English Garden. Public transportation will take you to the city center and anywhere for sightseeing and/or other activities.

The MUNICH OPEN & MASTERS is part of the prestigious GERMAN MASTERS SERIES 2016 and part of the WBA Circuit 2016.

Every match of the OPEN and the MASTERS will count towards the German National Ranking. Additionally, every match of the MASTERS Elite will count towards the WBA Point Race 2016. The MUNICH OPEN, is a free entry tournament in a Single Elimination Format. The MUNICH MASTERS will be available in 2 divisions and feature WBA’s computerized T-Swiss System (3 lives + Ultimate Fight).

Various side-events are lined up (Quarter-entries, DMP-Challenge, Doubles, Mini-Jackpots).

Prior to the Main Event, a NATIONS TEAM CHALLENGE will take place on 16th and 17th of June.

10% of the Prize-Pool from the Masters Division will go in the yearly pool, which will be re-distributed at the Grand Finale of the GERMAN MASTERS SERIES. Top 2 players of each stop and additionally top 8 of the total ranking will qualify for the Grand Finale which takes place in Prague in November 2016, prior to the PRAGUE OPEN & MASTERS.

Make your travel plans right away, visit Munich, compete to win the prize-pool, the most unique trophy of the backgammon circuit and qualify for the GMS Grand Finale!

Register and announce your arrival here 

Attachments:

Download this file (GermanMastersMunich2016.pdf)Brochure German Masters Munich 2016[PDF File]915 kB

German Masters Köln 2016

Kölle Alaaf ! – Welcome to Cologne !

WBA is proud to welcome you back to the vibrant city of Köln for the second time, from 14th to 17th of July 2016, easy to reach by plane, train an car and only a short drive away from the Netherlands and Belgium.

The third stop of the German Masters Series in 2016 will be staged at the wonderfully located Leonardo Royal Am Stadtwald****, surrounded by a park with lakes and fountains.

The KÖLN OPEN & MASTERS is part of the prestigious GERMAN MASTERS SERIES 2016 and part of the WBA Circuit 2016.

Every match of the OPEN and the MASTERS will count towards the German National Ranking. Additionally, every match of the MASTERS Elite will count towards the WBA Point Race 2016.

The KÖLN OPEN, is a free entry tournament in a Single Elimination Format.

The KÖLN MASTERS will be available in 2 divisions and features WBA’s computerized T-Swiss System (3 lives + Ultimate
Fight).

Various side events are lined up (Quarter-entries, DMP-Challenge, Doubles, Mini-Jackpots). Prior to the Main Event, a TEAM CHALLENGE will take place on 14th and 15th of June with 300 € added.

10% of the Prize-Pool from the Masters Division will go into the yearly pool, which will be re-distributed at the Grand Finale of the GERMAN MASTERS SERIES. The top 2 players of each stop and the top 8 of the total ranking will qualify for the Grand Finale taking place in Prague in November 2016, prior to the PRAGUE OPEN & MASTERS. All players will be eligible to join the exciting “Pascha Nightclub Party” with free entrance, free drinks and adult entertainment.

Make your travel plans right away, visit Köln in the summer, meet your backgammon friends, compete to win the prize-pool, enjoy the party and qualify for the GMS Grand Finale!

Register and announce your arrival here.

 

Attachments:

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XI. Portuguese Open & Masters 2016

This year’s Portuguese Open will be marked as “Mario Sequeira Memorial”, the well-known international backgammon traveler from Portugal who sadly passed away in the past year. We will keep his memory alive by celebrating backgammon near his residence in Portugal.

The “sunshine, beach and family” event will take place for the 11th time in a row at the Riviera Hotel**** in Carcavelos with shops, restaurants, cafés and the beach nearby.

The Portuguese Open will be a free entry tournament on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the Portuguese Masters over the weekend.

Various side-events will be lined up and we´ll have “farewell”-drinks on the beach after the awards ceremony and the fingerfood on Sunday.

Come and enjoy the excellent food and wines, the warm sunshine, the sandy beaches and the inexpensive and lavish lifestyle, after the Monte Carlo tournaments, and enjoy as a contrast the relaxing “backgammon holidays” among friends and with your family.

Register and announce your arrival here.

 

Attachments:

Download this file (Portugal2016.pdf)Brochure XI. Portuguese Open & Masters 2016[PDF File]4254 kB

WBA is now BMAB Partner

WBA Events in 2016 are in accordance with BMAB Partnership Program.

Recording is allowed. Matches of the players wanting to be rated and ranked for BMAB will be accepted as such in accordance with the BMAB rules.

The tournaments in Munich, Köln, Portugal, Frankfurt and Prague will be BMAB labelled.

German Masters Series to take place in 2016

Great news for 2016 !

The German Masters Series will take place in the heart of Continental Europe, unifying 4 tournaments and a Grand Finale in 2016:

  • 18-21 February: German Masters Series: Berlin Open & Masters, Victor´s Residenz Hotel Am Friedrichshain
  • 16-19 June: German Masters Series: Munich Open & Masters, Leonardo-Arabella Hotel
  • 14-17 July: German Masters Series: Köln Open & Masters, Leonardo Hotel am Stadtwald
  • 30 September - 03 October: German Masters Series: Frankfurt Open & Masters, Holiday-Inn Hotel Airport North
  • Grand Finale: 24-25. November in Prague (Czech)

The best performers of each tournament, as well as the best performers of the Tour will meet in a Grand Finale to compete for the German Master 2016 title and substantial prizes.

Stay tuned for more information and mark your calendars right away !

WBA Ranking 2015

The top-performers of WBA 2015 are announced.

Among the 100 unique players in the Elite Division of the WBA tournaments, Backgammon Giant Tobias HELLWAG (Germany) scored the most points, followed by Francenso MAURI (Italy) and Markus KLEIN (Germany). 2014-winner Michael URBAN finished 5th place, after Pavel ZAORAL (Czech Republic).

Congratulations to all. The first 3 of the ranking will receive their special award at the German Masters in Berlin, from 18th to 21st of February 2016.

A new race will be on in 2016, featuring all stops of the German Masters Series (18-21 February in Berlin, 19-22 May in Munich, 14-17 July in Köln, 30 Sep - 03 Oct in Frankfurt), as well as the 11th Portuguese Open & Masters (03-7 August in Carcavelos) in August and the Prague Open & Masters (24-27 November).

Attachments:

Download this file (WBA Point Race 2015-20150831.pdf)WBA 2015 Final Ranking[pdf file]299 kB

German Masters Berlin 2016

Congratulations to Giant Tobias HELLWAG (Germany), winner of the German Masters Berlin 2016.

Official results:

Berlin Open: Winner: Rochus WEGENER (Germany), Finalist: Michael URBAN (Germany)

BERLIN MASTERS ELITE: Winner: Tobias HELLWAG (Germany), 2nd: Marcus REINHARD (Germany), 3rd.: Ruedi ALTERMATT (Switzerland), 4th: Markus KLEIN (Germany), Winner Ultimate Fight: Norbert WIEBUSCH (Germany)

BERLIN MASTERS LEISURE: Winner: Vitali OLCHANSKI (Russia/Germany), 2nd: Dr. Richard FIEGEN (Germany), 3rd: Mikael STENSTRUP (Denmark), 4th: Igor BAKUNOWIZKI (Russia/Germany)

DOUBLES: Winners: Frank DIMON (Germany ) & Peter HEITMÜLLER (Germany)

DMP-CHALLENGE: Winner: Ralf SUDBRAK (Germany), Finalist: Rochus WEGENER (Germany)

SPEEDGAMMON: Winner: Thibaud THOMPSON (Switzerland), Finalist: Jan CERNY (Czech)

SPECIAL AWARDS: Christina & Carter MATTIG (USA), Vicki CERNY (Czech), Thomas LÖW (Germany), Zdenek ZIZKA (Czech), Faruk KOCAER (Turkey)

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all participants !

See you all at the next stop in Munich and next year in Berlin !

Attachments:

Download this file (FO BG German Masters BERLIN_4.pdf)Brochure GMS Berlin 2016[PDF-File]962 kB

World Backgammon Day - 20th March 2016

20th March is "World Backgammon Day" !!!

Celebrate the oldest game on the planet and enjoy it with your friends all around the world.  Play a few games live or online.  Organize meetings and events in your city and neighbourhood. Backgammon groups and clubs should organize special events and tournaments on that day.

Spread out the word and let everyone know the date of this worldwide event.

1st Köln Open 2015

WBA wishes to thank all participants of the inaugural Köln Open, which took place from 3rd to 6th of July 2015.

Official results:

Elite Group: Winner: Marcus REINHARD (Germany), 2nd place: Michael HORCHLER (Germany), 3rd place: Ed BAARS (Netherlands), 4th place: Michael RAMSEY (Iran/USA), winner Ultimate Fight: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech Republic)

Leisure Group: Winner: Arthr BARTH (Germany), 2nd place: Marcel JOCHEM (Germany), 3rd place: Jochen KIEFFER (Germany)

Doubles winners: Tobias HELLWAG (Germany) & Andreas BÜNZ (Germany)

DMP-Challenge: Michael URBAN (Germany)

SpeedGammon: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech Republic)

Faster-Master Super-Jackpot: Kimon PAPACHRISTOPOULOS (Greece/Germany)

Special Award winners: Stevan HAMMOND (USA), Francesco MAURI (Italy), Mehmet ISMAIL (Turkey)

Congrats to all performaers and many thanks to our sponsors effect energy drinks and Pasche Nightclub.

See you all in Köln again next year. from 21st to 24th of July 2016 !

Attachments:

Download this file (KoelnOpen2015.pdf)Brochure Köln Open 2015[PDF File]2868 kB

2nd Innsbruck Open 2015

Congratulations to Leon DOREL (Romania), winner of the 2nd Innsbruck Open, who also wins a free hotel stay during the upcoming Köln Open. Kudos to finalist Peter BLACHIAN (Germany), as well as 3rd place Franceso MAURI (Italy) who takes the lead in the 2015 WBA Point Race, and to Michael URBAN (Germany) finishing 4th in Innsbruck.

Thanks to the particpants, the Hilton Innsbruck, and to Casino Innsbruck for their support.

Attachments:

Download this file (FolderInnsbruck2015.pdf)Brochure Innsbruck Open 2015[PDF File]5934 kB