German Masters Frankfurt 2016

WBA is proud to welcome you to the last stop of the German Masters Series 2016 and to celebrate the German Reunification Day, from 30th of September until 3rdof October in the heart of Germany, in Frankfurt/Main.

Frankfurt is the financial hub of Germany with the biggest airport of the country nearby. It’s easy to reach by car, train or plane.

The fourth and last stop of the German Masters Series in 2016 will be staged at Holiday Inn Airport North, just a few miles away from the airport. The FRANKFURT OPEN & MASTERS is 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 FRANKFURT OPEN, is a free entry tournament in a Single Elimination Format. The FRANKFURT 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
Friday and Saturday. 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.

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

Register here to save your spot.


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Jörgen Granstedt is 3rd time World Champion

Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden) just became backgammon World Champion a few minutes ago, defeating another former World Champion from 1989, Joe Russell (USA).

Joe, undefeated until the finals, had to face Jörgen, who after his loss in the main bracket, had to win 9 matches in a row and beat Joe twice to take the title.

Jörgen Granstedt is the only person winning the title in Monte-Carlo three times (1999, 2001 and 2016).

Congratulations !


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).


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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 !


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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 !


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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.


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4th Munich Open 2015

The "title" is back in Munich !

During the 4th "Munich Open" held from 14th to 17th of May 2015, Backgammon Giant Tobias HELLWAG (Germany) was able to bring back the title to Munich, after it was held for 2 consecutive years by Japanese Giants "Mochy" and "Michi".

In an exciting play-off, Tobias was able to defeat Tilman SÖHNCHEN (Germany) who finished 3rd place, and Raj JANSARI (UK) in the final.

Raj and Tobias were also able to win the Doubles as a team.

Complete results:

Elite: Winner: Tobias HELLWAG (Germany), 2nd: Raj JANSARI (UK), 3rd: Tilman SÖHNCHEN (Germany), 4th: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech), Winner Ultimate Fight: Rachel RHODES (UK)

Leisure: Winner: Margit ILLER (Austria), 2nd: Dr. Leopold DERCSALY (Austria), 3rd: Yan-Kit CHAN (China/UK), 4th: Mehdi MAFI (Iran)

Doubles: Winners: Tobias HELLWAG (Germany& Raj JANSARI (UK), Finalists: Rodica & Neculai DRAGANUTA (Romania)

DMP-Challenge: Winner: Rachel RHODES (UK), Finalist: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech)

SpeedGammon: Winner: Marion WEEBER (Germany), Finalist: Mehdi MAFI (Iran)

Special Awards: Yan-Kit CHAN (China/UK), Farhad ESKANDARI (Iran/South Africa), Gökay GÜLEC (Turkey), Pavel ZAORAL (Czech), CJ UTTLEY (UK)

Congrats to all winners and many thanks to all players for their attendance. 

Munich Open 2016 will take place from 19th to 22nd of May, in a new venue and with a new format. Stay tuned for the news....