Happy Holidays

WBA wishes Happy Holidays to all backgammon lovers and their families and friends.

We look forward to an exciting 2015.

We will kick off in February with the German Masters in Berlin (19th - 22nd), we will celebrate the World Backgammon Day on March 21st, hold the Munich Open in May (14th-17th), inaugurate the Köln Open in July (2nd to 5th) and welcome you to the 10th Anniversary of the Portuguese Open in August (13th-16th). There will be more events and news coming up.

Stay tuned and come back for the exciting announcements.


German Masters 2015

The most international competition in Germany has been moved to the Capital city of Berlin! 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Capital stages the German Masters.

Berlin is a fantastic, vibrant and historical destination, easy to reach by plane, train or car. The city has the biggest and most active backgammon community in Germany.

The Victor’s Residenz Hotel**** is centrally located, in Berlin’s new “Mitte”-district, close to Alexanderplatz and the historical buildings. Public transportation will take you quickly anywhere for sightseeing and/or other activities.

A special Backgammon Rate of 85€/night Single and 95€/night Double has been arranged. Rooms are limited and the deadline for booking is January 22nd.

The GERMAN MASTERS is part of the prestigious WBA circuit in 2015. Every match of the Elite Group will count for the WBA Point Race, and for the German National Ranking.

2 Divisions will be available and various side-events are lined up (DMP-Challenge, Doubles, Mini-Jackpots). WBA’s computerized T-Swiss System (triple elimination + Ultimate Fight) will be played in both main divisions.

Start making travel plans, book your room reservation quickly (rooms are limited) and visit Berlin, the Backgammon Capital of Germany.

Click here to learn all about the event.

Register now and announce your arrival here.


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Congratulations to all winners in Portugal !

WBA´s 9th Portuguese Open was held at the Riviera Hotel in Carcavelos, out of Lisbon, from 14th to 17th of August. 

Congratulations to Michihito "Michi" KAGEYAMA from Japan for a terrific performance of 9 victories and 1 defeat to take the title. Kudos to 2nd place Martin KAHN from France for a great result at his second international tournament participation ever. 3rd place went to Pedro MACHADO from Portugal and 4th to Alain BABILLON from France. Germany´s Tilman SÖHNCHEN was able to win the Ultimate Fight over his  fellow countryman Tobias HELLWAG.

The popular DMP-Challenge was won by Michael URBAN (Germany) while the SpeedGammon-Contest went to Ian MAC FARLANE from Brazil who had to beat French Franck STEPLER twice.

Ian MAC FARLANE and Ronald AMORIM from Brazil also took the Doubles title, winning the final over Leslie LOCKETT (USA) & Ed BENNETT (USA).

The Special Award went to Kazuko NUMAZAWA from Japan.

View the brackets here.

The next Portuguese Open will take place in August 2015, during the weekend after Monte-Carlo, probably from 13th to 16th of August. Expect some nice surprizes for the 10th Anniversary of the "Sunshine, Family & Fun Tournament" in Portugal and mark down the dates for your travel plans.



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Backgammon World Champ 2014

Akiko YAZAWA from Japan becomes the 39th World Backgammon Champion in 2014 ! She is the 3rd female player to win the title after Lee Genud (USA) and Katie Scalamandre (USA). 

Akiko won a nail-biting final against Douglas Mayfield (USA). It all went to an incredible DMP in the decisive set to 11 points.

Congratulations and Kudos to Doug as well !

EBGT VII Winners

Konstantinos Mitrelis (Greece) is the new Backgammon King in Europe !

During the Grand Finale of the prestigious "European Backgammon Tour - Season VII" end of July in Munich, "Kostas" was able to prevail in a very tough field of 18 pre-qualified competitors to take the European Backgammon Crown.

Season VII of the EBGT unified 11 tournaments in 10 different countries in Europe and 297 unique players from Europe and abroad.

The 18 qualified players represented 10 different nationalities. Among them, Backgammon Giants such as Masayuki "Mochy" Mochizuki (Japan), Michihito "Michi" Kageyama (Japan), Jürgen Orlowski (Germany), Ralf Jonas (Germany), and former EBGT-winner Mario Sequeira (Portugal). The complete results can be found here.

Konstantinos Mitrelis and runner-up Kamil Karaali (Turkey), performed both greatly and had to beat the best performers of the tournament, round for round to bring title, prize money and trophies back to their respective countries.

Congratulations !

Greece and Turkey have both the biggest (traditional) backgammon population in Europe. This victory will hopefully bring more players towards modern backgammon in the future.

Mochy wins 3rd Munich Open 2014

For the second consecutive year, the Japanese backgammon players conquered Munich!

After Michihito "Michi" Kageyama  in 2013, his fellow countryman, World Champion and current No. 1 Backgammon Giant, Masayuki "Mochy" Mochizuki came all the way from Tokyo to win the 3rd Munich Backgammon Open in July 2014, along with the very unique trophy, representing the World´s Beer Capital. Congratulations Mochy !

Kudos also to all other winners: 2nd place: Thomas Dettler (Germany), 3rd place: Michel Lamote (Belgium), 4th place: Rune Faerevag (Norway), Winner Ultimate Fight: Hilmi Göchan (Turkey), Doubles Winners: Ricardo Malas (Lebanon/Spain) & Kimon Papachristopoulos (Greece/Germany), Warm-up winner: Yasar Gözel (Turkey), Speedgammon Winner: Jan Strastna (Czech Republich), DMP Winner: Chiva Tafazzoli (Iran/Germany), as well as the special award winners: Yuki Hiroki (Japan), Tobias Hellwag (Germany), Ricardo Malas (Lebanon/Spain).

Thanks to all participants and see you all at the 4th Munich Open in 2015. Will 3 be a charm for Japan or will you take the crown in Munich?



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T System on German Server

The T system, which is used by many clubs and Directors in the world is now available not only through the Turkish server, but also through a German server, accessible at: http://tsystem.world-backgammon-association.com

Tournament Directors who have access with their login and password can choose either server to run their events.

Both servers contain the same software and setting options and offer the same features to all.



General Rules updated - November 2013

The number of breaks during a match has been changed.

Breaks are now added to the time bank of each player when a clock is in use. Clocks are NOT to be stopped during the breaks and the time will be running on the player on break. Please check General Rules section for the updates.


So everyone knows backgammon, played with 2 dice. But who knows and enjoys SassanGammon, the variation played with 3 dice?

One die is rolled by each player for the toss. The winner of the toss plays the opening roll. From there onwards, a player rolls with 3 dice and his opponent takes away 1 die, leaving him the 2 others to play.

Exception: When a player has a checker or more on the bar, he rolls with 2 dice and plays them.

Try it, you´ll love it !

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...