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.

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...

Read the rest of the article, published in New York Times here.

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.

Continue Reading

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.




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 !

Selected Matches from the EUROPEAN PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS

We have recorded 5 matches, including the final match. You can download them as .txt files and analyze them with ExtremeGammon or GNU or Snowie.

  • The final match between Tobias Hellwag (Germany) and Michihito "michi" Kageyama (Japan)
  • The match between Fuat Erdag (Turkey) and Michihito "michi" Kageyama (Japan)
  • The match between Fuat Erdag (Turkey) and Eli Roymi (Israel)
  • The final match of the European Doubles Championships between Matvey "Falafel" Natanzon (Israel) & Burak Gören (Turkey) vs. Oguz User (Turkey) & Hilmi Göchan (Turkey)
  • The match between Matvey "Falafel" Natanzon (Israel) and Engin Öngel (Turkey/UK)

Many thanks to Fuat Erdag and Yancho Hristov for providing the files. Enjoy the study !

Download under Media > Selected Matches

EBGT VII (2013)

The 7th consecutive year of the "European Backgammon Tour" will mark a new era: more stops, more countries, more players, a new unified format !!!!

Direct stop winner and Point Race top-performers will form a field of 19 to 25 pre-qualified players, competing  will compete in a Grand Finale for a prize-pool of 19,000 € to 25,000€ cash.

The Grand Finale of EBGT 2013 will take place from 21st to 23rd of July 2014 in Munich, right after the Munich Open. The new date and new makes it easier to access and places during a time when many have holidays. It allows international players to experience a Backgammon Summer, starting in Munich, followed by Cannes, Monaco and Portugal, back to back during one month.

At the first stop (5th Istavder Anniversary Tournament) in Istanbul, Parviz ROKH (Iran) emerged victorious and is the first qualified player of the ongoing EBGT. Congratulations to Ralf JONAS (Germany) for winning the Nordic Open 2013 and qualifying himself for the Grand Finale of EBGT 2013. Kudos to backgammon Giant Masayuki MOCHIZUKI "Mochy" (Japan) for qualifying by winning the European Pro Championship 2013. After 4 years of absence on the backgammon scene, Joel SCHIFF (Israel) makes a terrific comeback to win the Vienna Open 2013. Congratulations! Another backgammon Giant from Japan, Michihito KAGEYAMA "Michi", qualifies for the Grand Finale by taking the option after his victory at the 2nd Munich Open. Congratulations to Jürgen ORLOWSKI (Germany) for winning the Portuguese Open and taking the lead in the EBGT Point Race. Kare ARONSSON from Sweden qualifies directly for the Grand Finale by winning the Swedish Open 2013. Congrats! Tilman SÖHNCHEN (Germany) wins the 1st Gibraltar Open and qualifies for the EBGT Grand Finale 2013. Congratulations! Maya PEYCHEVA (Bulgaria) qualifies by winning the 6th Cyprus Open and will join the Grand Finale 2013. Well done and congrats!

The current Point Race can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BykmRFJYqcWyUGZLTjc3REdiSDA/edit

For more info, please check the official EBGT website.

2nd German Masters (EBGT VII)

The most international competition in Germany was back in Munich. Over 15 nations were represented at the 2nd German Masters to compete for points, qualification and victory at the last stop of the European backgammon Tour 2013.

Charis Christidis from Greece came in victorious over Petri Pietilä from Finland, who has started in an incredible way and seemed for long time to be unstoppable. Christidis had to play and beat Pietilä twice in a row at the end to take the victory. Congratulations also to thrid place, Götz Hildsberg from Germany, who made his appearance back on the tournament scene, as well as 4th place, Michel Lamote from Belgium.

The winner of the Leisure Group was Laurence Sinitzky from France. Her first attendance beyond the Novice Group led to her first victory over second place, Airat Mitchin from Russia.

Winners of the Doubles: Frank Simon (Germany) & Götz Hildsberg (Germany) over Rune Farevag (Norway) & Marion Weeber (Germany)

Speedgammon winner: Frank Simon (Germany), Finalist: Kamil Karaali (Turkey)

Winner of the Chouette tournament: Christian Plenz (Germany), 2nd place: Marcel Büker (Germany)

Winner of DMP-Challenge: Kamil Karaali (Turkey), Finalist: Chiva Tafazzoli (Iran/Germany)

Special awards went to: Zoltan Kovacs (Hungary), Fernando Braconi (Italy), Nodar Gagua (Georgia/Russia) and Konstantinos Efthymiadis (Greece)

Congratulations to all !