German Masters 2015

International success at the 5th German Backgammon Masters in Berlin. 17 Nations were represented in Berlin and some of the top players were present, such as Giant Matt "Genius" Cohn-Geier (USA), Ralf Jonas (Germany) and World Champions 2013 from Ukraine, Vycheslav "Slava" Pryadkin.

Official results of the 4th German Backgammon Masters 2015 in Berlin:

Elite (42): 1st: Miika Lappalainen (Finland) also Side-Pool winner, 2nd: Frank Simon (Germany), 3rd: Vyacheslav Praydkin (Ukraine), 4th: Francesco Mauri (Italy), Winner Ultimate Fight: Pavel Zaoral (Czech Republic)
Leisure (14): 1st: Yannick Rudolph (Germany), 2nd: Marc Steyvers (Belgium), Winner Ultimate Fight: Lukas Jankovsky (Czech Republic)
Doubles (16): Thomas Kazemieh (Germany) & Reza Taufig (Afghanistan)
DMP-Challenge (32): Götz Hildsberg (Germany)
SpeedGammon (32): Pavel Zaoral (Czech Republic)
Super-Jackpot (4): Kimon Papachristopoulos (Greece)
Special Player Award: Mislav Kovacic (Croatia)
Special Player Award: Markus Klein (Germany)
WBA Player of the Year 2014: Michael Urban (Germany)
WBA Member of Honour: Tilman Söhnchen (Germany)

Congratulations to all winners and many thanks to all participants, the hosts, the sponsors and the helping hands.

The German Backgammon Masters will be back in Berlin 2016, even bigger than this year. Stay tuned for the news...


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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.

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.

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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:

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 !


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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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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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 !

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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.