1st SpeedGammon Challenge, Mallorca 2018

What a great fun this was!

Franck Stepler (l.), Chiva Tafazzoli (m.), Jens Averkamp (r.)

9 nations were represented to play this new tournament and first of its kind ever, the “sunshine & beach” event taking place at the THB EL Cid Class Hotel**** on the beach in Playa de Palma, a few minutes away from the international airport and Palma de Mallorca with restaurants, bars, beach promenade, pools and wellness.

Congratulations to all winners:

Main Event:
Winner: Jens AVERKAMP (Germany), 2nd place: Franck STEPLER (France), 3rd place: Adrian NEDELCU (Austria), Ultimate Fighter Winner: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech Republic)

Warm-up: Allen TISH (USA)

Doubles: Pavel ZAORAL (Czech Republic) & Oliver PLAEHN (Germany)

Super-Jackpot: Sven RÜMCKER (Germany)

DMP-Challenge: Winner: Adrian NEDELCU (Austria), Finalist: Scarlett SERRERO (France)

Special Awards: Victor ASHKENAZI (USA), Wolfgang HERFET (Germany)

"Ricardo Malas" Traveler´s Trophy: Allen TISH (USA)

See you all next year at the "2nd Mallorca Challenge", from 26th to 29th of September 2019. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for the details.


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Paul Magriel passes away at age 71

Paul Magriel, aka X-22, passed away in Las Vegas on Monday, March 5th 2018. 

X will always be remembered as one of the greatest legends of the game, the godfather of modern backgammon and author of the backgammon bible called "Backgammon". His unforgotten achievements in backgammon and poker are plenty and many.

A great loss for backgammon. Rest In Peace, Paul!

tsystem operation ends

The WBA tournament management software, tsystem, has stopped online operation on March 1st, 2018

In the future, WBA will be using ftbgsystem as their tournament management software, which is a further development of tsystem, offering more features and being updated regularly.

The development and frequent updates of ftbgsystem require countless hours of work and manpower. This why the software is no longer free of charge.

For more information and enquiries, please visit www.ftbgsystem.com


4th Mindsports World Championships

4th Mindsports World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

A total prize-pool exceeding $200,000 spread around various games: chess, bridge, go, scrabble, e-sports and backgammon.

Various events will be held for the backgammon part, taking place during 3 days, 25th-27th August 2017. A traditional backgammon tournament, a modern backgammon tournament, a 1-point (DMP) Challenge, a Speedgammon Challenge, and a Double Consultation in Modern Backgammon.

Minimum overall guaranteed prize-pool: $6,000 and might go up to $12,000

Additional info and registration: http://msawc2017.com/backgammon/
Hotel bookings: http://msawc2017.com/hotels/

Come and discover Qatar and enjoy your favorite games!

XII. Portuguese Masters & "José Salema Memorial" 2017

A huge "thank you" to all the participants of the XII. Portuguese Open for making it once again a very special one, among friends and family in a relaxed and cool atmosphere.

This tournament is outstanding in the circuit for being the most relaxed holiday and backgammon tournament with lots of time for sightseeing, relaxing, socializing, dining and drinking and fun, on top of backgammon action and competition.

See you all next year for a very special edition of this tournament for which many have already signed up.

Mark your calendar for the week after Monaco to spend a cool week (or more) in sunny Portugal...

Official Results Portugal 2017:

  • Special Award (best assistant): Niusha Tafazzoli (D)
  • Special Award (youngest player): Viky Cerna (CZ)
  • Special Award (unluckiest player): Franck Stepler (F)
  • Chouette-King: Thibaud Thompson (CH)
  • DMP-Challenge (64): Eva Zizkova (CZ)
  • SpeedGammon-Challenge (64): Michel Serrero (F)
  • Super-Jackpot (16): Thomas Kristensen (DK)
  • Doubles Winners (16): Katalin & Zsuzsanna Veszeli (H)
  • SpeedGammon Jackpot (16): Tatsuya Tanaka (JP)
  • “José Salema Memorial” (32): Anna-Maria Zarb (CH)
  • Leisure 2nd: Sonia Pellegrini (I)
  • Leisure Winner: Luisa Sequeira (P)
  • Elite Ultimate Fight Winner: Pavel Zaoral (CZ)
  • Elite 3rd: Honza Cerny (CZ)
  • Elite 2nd: Zdenek Zizka (CZ)
  • Winner Portuguese Open 2017: Thomas Kristensen (DK)

Link to Leisure division: http://tsystem.world-backgammon-association.com/t/1177
Link to Elite division: http://tsystem.world-backgammon-association.com/t/1176

Congratulations to all and see you next year for the "special edition".



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World Backgammon Day - 21st March 2020

21st 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.