WBA´s 2014 News

2013 is over and we had a great year. Welcome 2014!

WBA´s success story, the prestigious "European Backgammon Tour" will go through changes in this year. The successful partnership with the Turkish organisation Istavder has come to an end and the EBGT will take a break in 2014 to come back stronger, bigger and better in the future and become the flagship and benchmark of all Tours in Europe. The Grand Finale of EBGT VII (2013 season) has been moved to Munich in July (better location, better date).

WBA tournaments in 2014 will be stand-alone events with no deduction of the prize-pool, attracting players back who can´t make time to participate at all or most of the stops. A Masterpoint system will be in place to allow a ranking with a special trophy for the top places.

WBA will introduce a new tournament variation of the ft-system, the "ftswiss". This improvement will allow not only 3 lives, but additionally an "Ultimate Fight" (formerly known as Last Chance) on the Sunday. FTSwiss is a challenging format, preventing match-dumping and allowing better and more accurate scheduling of events with even more playing experience for the participants.

WBA will cooperate and communicate more tightly than ever with various and serious bodies and groups worldwide and take another big step towards the unification of the game.

Join us to enjoy the oldest game on the planet and do your share to help us making it bigger...

2nd Vienna Open 2014

Congratulations to the winners in Vienna:

Winner of Elite Group: Sassan KACHANIAN (Iran), 2nd place: Walter MEUWIS (Belgium), 3rd place: Thomas KÖB (Austria), 4th place: Hartmut SCHULER (Germany), Winner of Ultimate Fight: Michel LAMOTE (Belgium)

Winner of Leisure Group: Murat MURAT (Greece), 2nd place:Helmut GERDENITS (Austria), 3rd place: Peter URBANTSCHITSCH (Austria)

Special Awards: Ulla BOG HANSEN (Denmark), Zorik PEZESHKIAN (Iran)

Thanks to our hosts and partners, the Montesino Card Casino in Vienna and to all participants of the tournament. See you soon again !

Attachments:

Download this file (BrochureViennaOpen2014.pdf)Brochure Vienna 2014[PDF File]1772 kB

3rd Munich Open 2014

Munich is proud to welcome you back for the 3rd time on an international tournament in the summer, this time, followed by the Grand Finale of the prestigious "European Backgammon Tour 2013" (EBGT VII).

Munich is easy to reach by plane, train or car and close to Austia, Switzerland, Italy, Czech and Hungary. Public transportation and shuttle busses are available between the airport and the central train station. Taxi from the central train station to the venue is less than 15€.

The Vitalis Hotel**** is the venue and centrally located, in the lively district of Schwabing and close to the olympic parc. Cafés, bars abd restaurants of all kind are within walking distance to the hotel. Special rates of 85€/night single and 95€/night double, including breakfast and internet have been arranged for players.

The MUNICH OPEN is a World Backgammon Association (WBA) event, ensuring the highest class of tournaments with the most up-to-date rules, the best professional equipment provided, and the most competitive and challenging format.

Every match of the Elite Group division will count for the WBA Point Race ranking list 2014. Like all other WBA tournaments, all divisions will enjoy the new and improved FT-Swiss Format (out after 3 losses in a Swiss format) and an Ultimate Fight (Last Chance) on Sunday.

This event will count towards the German National Ranking. Selected matches will be recorded and streamed over the internet.

Various side-events are lined up: DMP-Challenge, Doubles, Jackpots, SpeedGammon, Warm-up, etc. 

Start making travel plans to compete against your backgammon friends from all over the world and enjoy the beer Capital of the world in the summer.

Register for this tournament in the "Events" section of this page and announce your arrival.

Attachments:

Download this file (FO BG München Open 2014_2.pdf)Brochure Munich Open 2014[PDF File]1329 kB

9th Portuguese Open 2014

The PORTUGUESE OPEN is back for the 9th consecutive year. The perfect combination of sunshine holidays and backgammon will welcome internationalplayers from 14th to 17th of August 2014 in Carcavelos, just a hop away from Portugal´s Capital Lisbon, with its wonderful sunny beaches, the excellent food and wine and the comfortable hotel.

The RIVIERA Hotel **** is, once again, the venue for this "classic" of the European tournaments. A Special "backgammon rate" of 95€/night (Single or Double), including breakfast has been arranged.

The PORTUGUESE OPEN is a World Backgammon Association (WBA) event, ensuring the highest class of tournaments with the most up-to-date rules, the best professional equipment provided, and the most competitive and challenging format.

Every match of the Elite Group division will count for the WBA Point Race ranking list 2014. Like all other WBA tournaments, all divisions will enjoy the new and improved FT-Swiss Format (out after 3 losses in a Swiss format) and an Ultimate Fight (Last Chance) on Sunday.

Various side-events are lined up: DMP-Challenge, Doubles, Jackpots, SpeedGammon, etc. 

Start making travel plans to compete against your backgammon friends from all over the world and enjoy the sunshine-tournament of the year, right after Munich, Cannes and Monaco.

Register for this tournament in the "Events" section of this page and announce your arrival.

Attachments:

Download this file (portugalBPF3.pdf)Brochure Portugal 2014[PDF File]3581 kB

World Backgammon Day - 21st March 2015

21st 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.