XII. Portuguese Masters & "José Salema Memorial" 2017

Come to Portugal - Play Backgammon - Enjoy Holidays

This year’s Portuguese Open will be marked as “José Salema Memorial”, the well-known international backgammon traveler, high-roller and casino-lover from Portugal who sadly passed away in the past year. José contributed to the Portuguese Open to take place many years ago. 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 12th time in a row at the Riviera Hotel**** in Carcavelos with shops, restaurants, cafés and the beach nearby.

The very loose schedule will allow vacation on the beach, extensive social dinners with friends, daily Chouette action by the pool and sightseeing trips in the morning.

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

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.

Make sure to reserve your room quickly since the hotel is always quickly sold out in August.

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World Backgammon Day - 20th March 2018

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.

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.

New Pipcounting Method Released

Axel Reichert, a software programmer and analytic backgammon player from Munich, has analyzed several pip-counting methods and developed a few of them for a more simple but efficient use during matches.

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SassanGammon

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 !

The Chaos of the Dice - Falafel

In order to meet Falafel, the highest ranked backgammon player in the world, I took a Greyhound bus to Atlantic City, and then hopped a jitney to the Borgata Hotel. Falafel’s real name is Matvey Natanzon, but no one calls him that, not even his mother, who calls him Mike, the name that he adopted when they emigrated from Israel to Buffalo—one leg in a long journey that began in Soviet Russia. Now even Falafel calls himself Falafel...

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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.