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2015 INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Events in reverse chronological order compiled by Carol Joy Cole

1998    1999    2000    2001    2002    2003    2004    2005    2006
2007    2008    2009    2010    2011    2012    2013    2014    2015

Updated: May 26, 2015

ABT - 35th CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT & OLYMPIAD
May 21-25, 2015; Rosemont, Illinois

OPEN (55): 1-Dorn Bishop (CA), 2/7-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA) / Carol Joy Cole (MI) / Di Di (GA) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan) / Neil Kazaross (IL) / Chris Knapp (Canada).

INTERMEDIATE (25): 1-David Hanold (IL), 2-Charles Haley (IN); 1C-LEW Webber (VA), 2C-Max Levenstein (IL); 1LC-Ron Williamson (TX).

NOVICE (5): 1-Ongun Alsac (AZ), 2-David Ostrow (GA).

BACKGAMMON OLYMPIAD (14): 1-Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2-Petko Kostadinov (SC), 3/4-Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan).

MARKOWITZ MASTERS (16): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Kostas Mitrelis (Greece).

FASTER MASTERS (16): 1/2-Neil Kazaross (IL) or Cliff Pappas (AZ).

LIMITED JACKPOT (24): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Greg Adamavich (WI), 3-Zach Tabak (WI).

SENIORS (32): 1-Chris Knapp (Canada), 2-Allen Tish (IL).

1-POINT QUICKIES (64): 1-Ron Williamson (TX), 2-Nora Luna Righter (IL).

DOUBLES (15 teams): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA) & Karen Davis (DC), 2-Bill Funchion (IL) & Don Marek (IL).

THE BLITZ (16): 1-Max Levenstein (IL), 2-Sabri Büyüksoy (Turkey).

TAKI BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Di Di (GA), 2-Jeb Horton (NC).

UNLUCKY DICE (8): 1/2-Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Boris Dekhtyar (NY).

$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Tak Morioka (IL).
$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Yamin Yamin (IL).

$200 JACKPOT (4): 1-Howard Markowitz (NV).

BACKGAMMON PROFICIENCY TEST #5: 1-Gerry Tansey (MO), scoring 37 out of 50.

AFTER TOURNEY TOURNEY (24 ): 1/3-Paul Baraz (CA) / Howard Markowitz (NV) / Paul Weaver (AL).


BACKGAMMON LONDON OPEN 2015
May 8-10, 2015; London, England

LONDON OPEN (115): 1-Tim Line, 2-Kenroy Brown, 3/4-Andrew Gibson / Theodoros Dimakis (Greece).

PROFESSIONAL TOURNAMENT (49): 1-Aref Alipour, 2-Sean Casey (Ireland), 3/4-Lawrence Powell / Stuart Mann.

HIPPODROME CUP (41): 1-James Newman, 2-Paul Fredheim (Australia), 3/4-Tim Line / Sean Clennell.

SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Simon Barget, 2-Andy Bell.

DOUBLES (14 teams): 1-Theodoros Dimakis (Greece) & Elias Kritikos (Greece).

LONDON SHIELD (45): 1-Alex Polden, 2-Pawel Piotr Jozwiak (Poland).

SPEED GAMMON (32): 1-Geoff Oliver, 2-Wayne Felton.


FMT - 9th CYPRUS OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
May 8-10, 2015; Nicosia, Cyprus

OPEN (73): 1-Artur Muradian (Armenia), 2-Neculai Draganuta (Romania), 3-Fuat Erdag (Turkey), 4-Tobias Hellwag (Germany), 5-Erkul Sen (Turkey), 6-Boris Mamporia (Georgia); 1LC-Kakhaber Natchkebia (Georgia), 2LC-Refik Vural (Turkey), 3LC/4LC-Ercan Akin (Turkey) / Onur Vurur (Turkey).

INTERMEDIATE (9): 1-Niyazi Ünlütürk (Cyprus), 2-Sedat Biçakci (Turkey); 1LC-Ugur Taskan (Turkey).

BEGINNERS (6): 1-Yesim Akyildiz (Turkey), 2-Gülden Kaya (Turkey).

€10,000 FREEROLL PASHA CUP (32) : 1-Handan Erdag (Turkey), 2-Metin Çubuk (Turkey), 3/4-Umut Sari (Turkey), 3/4-Ilker Göçhan (Turkey).

DOUBLES CONSULTATION (32 teams): 1-Neculai Draganuta (Romania) & Rodica Draganuta (Romania), 2-Tobias Hellwag (Germany) & Aykut Uzel (Turkey), 3/4-Ilker Gochan (Turkey) & Kamil Karaali (Turkey), 3/4-Fuat Erdag (Turkey) & Umut Sari (Turkey).

ONE-POINTER (64): 1-Gündüz Günes (Turkey), 2-Murat Cengiz (Turkey).

JACKPOT WINNERS (4x8): Yavuz Genç (Turkey), Dursun Çetin (Turkey), Hamza Nar (Turkey), Ufuk Aksak (Turkey).

SUPER JACKPOT (8) : 1-Vincenzo Riceputi (Italy), 2-Abdullah Ser (Turkey).

AFTER TOURNAMENT (27+5): 1/2 Fatih Bellici (Turkey) / Gavriel Menasherov (Israel).

SPECIAL PLAYER AWARDS: Murat Cengiz (Turkey), Kakhaber Natchkebia (Georgia), Mario Sequeira (Portugal).


SOCHI INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CUP
May 6-10, 2015; Sochi, Russia

OPEN (46): 1-Jürgen Orlowski (Germany), 2-Jan Jacobowitz (Germany), 3/7-Alexander Khandin (Russia) / Garik Lagvilava (Abkhazia) / Atsamaz Arsagov (Russia) / Yaroslav Gusev (Russia) / Nail Arzuhanov (Russia); 1LC-Michael Larsen (Denmark), 2LC-Arda Findikoglu (Turkey), 3LC/4LC-Sergey Chertkov (Russia) / Bagrat Rapava (Russia).

INTERMEDIATE (20): 1-Joni Khvichiya (Georgia), 2-Roman Lazarashvili (Russia); 1LC-Andrey Malikov (Ukraine), 2LC-Nikita Ljashenko (Russia).

SUPER JACKPOT (8): 1-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), 2-Michihito Kageyama (Japan).

DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Jürgen Orlowski (Germany) & Maik Stiebler (Germany), 2-Aleksei Askurava (Russia) & Sergey Alenin (Russia).

WARM-UP (64): 1-Timur Bulekbaev (Russia), 2-Sergey Alenin (Russia).

LADIES TOURNAMENT (10): 1-Olga Komarova (Russia), 2-Julia Gromenkova (Russia).

ONE-POINT TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Adail Dinmammadov (Azerbaijan), 2-Arda Findikoglu (Turkey).

REST OF THE WORLD CHALLENGE VS TEAM RUSSIA: Rest of the World Team: Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Avetis Rostomyan (Armenia) / Arda Findikoglu (Turkey) / Razi Bobrov (Israel) / Sabri Büyüksoy (Turkey) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan) / Ashot Vardapetyan (Armenia) / Michael Larsen (Denmark) / Thomas Fuglheim (Denmark) / Adail Dinmamedov (Azerbaijan) / Maik Stiebler (Germany) / Götz Hildsberg (Germany). The World Team won 9-3.


22nd OUI-SEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
May 3-5, 2015; Tokyo, Japan

CHAMPIONSHIP (33): 1-Michihito Kageyama, 2-Masahiko Nasu, 3-Kazuya Nagai, 4-Yuriko Kondo, 5-Tatsuya Tanaka.

INTERMEDIATE (34): 1-Masato Nagao, 2-Yuji Sumi 3-Masato Taketani.

BEGINNER (28): 1-Yutaka Kanno, 2-Yuuta Seki.

ELEMENTARY CHILDREN (5): 1-Chihiro Kanno, 2-Masaki Nakagawa.

DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Kaori & Takesi Inuzuka, 2-Yuki Inuzuka & Satoshi Kubota.

SUPER JACKPOT (8): 1-Kenji Shimodaira, 2-Tomoki Yoshino.

MASTERS / over 50 (12): 1-Seiji Kawabata, 2-Masaaki Isobe.

QUEEN LADIES CUP (8): 1-Mayumi Kanno, 2-Yumi Iwago.


ABT - 7th ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC
April 30-May 3, 2015; Atlanta, Georgia

CHAMPIONSHIP (35): 1-Saba Bejanishvili (GA), 2-Di Di (GA); 1C-Brian Lonergan (LA), 2C-Georges Nader (FL); 1LC-Dennis Culpepper (VA).

INTERMEDIATE (27): 1-Peter Roubicek (GA), 2-Ken Indart (MD); 1C-Bob Howayeck (FL), 2C-Frank Dama (FL); 1LC-Adrian Costa (GA).

ROBERT WILENSKY MEMORIAL MASTERS (16): 1-Joe Russell (CA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV).

ATLANTA CUP JACKPOT (16): 1-Carl Sorg (GA), 2-Joseph Jemal (NJ).

DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Karen Davis (DC) & Joe Russell (CA), 2-Alan Epstein (GA) & Harry Georgiou (GA).

MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica), 2-Michelle Steinberg (NJ).

SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Stuart Thomson (GA), 2-Jim Hickey (GA), 3/4-Frank Dama (FL) / Stacy Turner (FL).

MICRO BLITZ (32): 1-Joe Nolan (TN), 2-Carol Joy Cole (MI).

THURSDAY WARM-UP (19): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA), 2-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica).

USBGF FREE ROLL (38): 1-Dennis Culpepper (VA), 2-Jim Hickey (GA), 3/4-Frank Dama (FL) / Joseph Jemal (NJ).


CNB - 15th BACKGAMMON TORNEO CITTÀ DI JESOLO
April 30-May 3, 2015; Jesolo, Italy

CHAMPIONSHIP (47): 1-Werner Schmucki (Austria), 2-Tunc Hamarat (Turkey), 3/4-Daniele Rotondo / Edmond Mezini, 5/8-Marcel Liechti (Switzerland) / Dino Visentin / Giovanna La Falce / Marco Solazzo.

INTERMEDIATE (33): 1-Laurence Sinitzky (France), 2-Zeyko Mesarek (Croatia), 3/4-Paola Aiello / Crista Groll (Austria); Rita Grupioni, 2C-Sonia Pellegrini, 3C/4C-Franco Candeo / Jacques Wehli (Switzerland).

BEGINNERS (8): 1-Federico Riceputi, 2-Yanou Plesec (Slovenia).

TORNEO OPEN ATLANTICO (50): 1-Carlo Melzi, 2-Claus Weissbarth (Germany).

TEAM EVENT (12 teams): 1-Martin Birkhahn (Germany / Damian Plesec (Slovenia) / Vincenzo Riceputi, 2-Giovanna La Falce / Stefano Selvi / Daniel Tudose.

DOUBLES CONSULTING (24 teams): 1-Marcel Liechti (Switzerland) & Daniel Scheidiger (Switzerland), 2-Annalisa Agosti & Giorgio Castellano.

TORNEO SPEEDGAMMON (32): 1-Kader Turk (France), 2-Werner Schmucki (Austria).

SWING TOURNAMENT (20): 1-Christian Liebe-Harkort (England), 2-Martin Birkhahn (Germany).

ONE POINT (32): 1-Fausto Pescini.

TORNEO UISP (32): 1-Gabriele Cornacchini.

GOODBYE JESOLO (32): 1-Myke Wignall (England), 2-Claus Weissbarth (Germany).

PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Laurence Sinitzky (France).


TBT - MEDITERRANEAN OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP-WBF
April 24-26, 2015; Antalya, Turkey

CHAMPIONSHIP (66): 1-Emin Sendil, 2-Erhan Yenisen, 3/4-Kakhaber Natchkebia (Georgia) / Barbaros Erim; 1C-Adam Prager (Israel), 2C-Gokay Gokkaya, 3C/4C-Serkan Koç / Burak Culhaci; 1LC-Yasar Gozel, 2LC-Murat Hazir, 3LC/4LC-Babur Eren / Scarlett Serrero (France).

ELITE CLUB SPECIAL PRIZE (15): 1-Barbaros Erim, 2-Ulrich Tamm (Germany).

DOUBLES CONSULTATION (31 teams): 1-Murat Hazir & Gokhan Kazandag, 2-Mert & Murat Ozyilmaz, 3/4-Mehmet Ali Akpolat & Babur Eren / Sahin Timurcan & Gultekin Uygur.

WARM-UP (57): 1-Sahin Timurcan, 2-Franck Stepler (France), 3/4-Adam Prager (Israel) / Ulrich Tamm (Germany).

869BG TROPHY (56): 1-Adam Prager (Israel), 2-Pierre Zakia (France), 3/4-Yasar Gozel / Cumhur Bekture.

SWING (36): 1-Gokhan Kazandag, 2-Ibrahim Sahin, 3/4-Hakan Aksu / Cengiz Ergin.

1-POINTER (128): 1-Cumhur Bekture, 2-Babur Eren, 3/4-Shimon Kagan (Israel) / Marco Fornasir (Italy).

MERIT SATELLITE #1 (16): 1-Ulrich Tamm (Germany), 2-Masoud Aghdam (Iran).
MERIT SATELLITE #2 (16): 1-Niyazi Katirci, 2-Yasar Gozel.

LADIES PRIZE (6): 1-Gul Sendil, 2-Scarlett Serrero (France).

BG4BG (48): Winners - Mehmet Ali Akpolat, Ayhan Okcular (twice), Shimon Kagan (Israel), Resul Uygur, Mehmet Ersoy.


ABT - U.S. OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 15-19, 2015; Las Vegas, Nevada

CHAMPIONSHIP (66+22 rebuys): 1-Joe Russell (CA), 2-Stacy Turner (FL), 3/4-Jeb Horton (NC) / Bill Riles (TX); 1C-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2C-Tom Wheeler (TX), 3C/4C-Pete Anderson (WA) / Malcolm Davis (TX); 1LC-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2LC-Max Mowzoon (AZ).

INTERMEDIATE (65+19 rebuys): 1-Dennis McFarlin (NV), 2-Proctor Ritchie (AZ), 3/4-Patty Geoffroy (MA) / Kevin McDonough (AZ); 1C-Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY), 2C-Gary Stern (NV), 3C/4C-Larry Liebster (NV) / Pete Mostoufi (CA); 1LC-Ron Genter (NV), 2LC-Peter Yanakis (NV).

BEGINNERS (6): 1-Garry Boltjes (NV), 2-Elena Evans (TX).

SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Malcolm Davis (TX), 2-Gregg Cattanach (GA).

LIMITED JACKPOT (30): 1-Mark Andrus (CA), 2-Georges Nader (FL), 3/4-Nick Blasier (TX) / Ronald Loero (Venezuela).

SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Cliff Pappas (AZ), 2-Dave Williams (NV), 3/4-Randi Sachar (NY) / Phil Simborg (IL).

SENIORS OVERFLOW (8): 1-Frank Talbot (MI).

DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (23 teams): 1-Frank & Monica Talbot (MI), 2-Craig Anderson (IL) & Jim Forbes (WY).

BLITZ (64): 1-Brian Hoeft (NV), 2-Jona Alexander (NV).

MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Marcelo Di Filippo (Argentina), 2-Joe Russell (CA).

$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (32): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Julius High (KS).

$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT (4): 1-Jose Franco (Brazil).

AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Jose Franco (Brazil), 2-Jeb Horton (NC).


WBF - 27th EUROPEAN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP & 14th VELDEN OPEN
April 8-12, 2015; Velden, Austria

MASTERS (29): 1-Roman Korber (Austria), 2-Neculai Draganuta (Romania), 3-Peter Blachian (Germany), 4-Daniel Tudose (Romania/Italy), 5-Vincenzo Riceputi (Italy), 6-Arda Findikoglu (Turkey), 7/8-Pavel Zaoral (Czech Republic) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan); 1LC-Serkan Koc (Turkey), 2LC-Akiko Yazawa (Japan). Ladies Prize: Akiko Yazawa (Japan).

INTERMEDIATE (27): 1-Mahmoud Taha (Egypt/Austria), 2-Marius-Cornelius Veres (Romania), 3-Tunc Hamarat (Turkey), 4-Peter Urbantschitsch (Austria), 5-Ingrid Sonnabend (Germany), 6-Salvatore Cacciatore (Italy), 7/8-Giuseppe Ricciardi (Italy) / Vera Toifl (Austria); 1LC-Kader Turk (Turkey/France), 2LC-Helmut Gerdenits (Austria). Ladies Prize: Ingrid Sonnabend (Germany).

12th EUROPEAN DOUBLES CONSULTING (9 teams): 1-Neculai Draganuta (Romania) & Dorel Leon (Romania), 2-Akiko Yazawa & Self (Japan).

SUPER JACKPOT (8): 1-Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2-Affan Basak (Turkey).

WARM-UP (36): 1-Tilman Söhnchen (Germany), 2-Florin Popa (Romania/Italy), 3/4-Volker Sonnabend (Germany) / Mario Sequeira (Portugal).

869BG TROPHY (31): 1-Helmut Gerdenits (Austria), 2-Daniel Tudose (Romania/Italy), 3/4-Peter Urbantschitsch (Austria) / Volker Sonnabend (Germany).

LADIES TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Ingrid Sonnabend (Germany), 2-Laurence Sinitzky (France).

PRESIDENT'S ONE-POINT TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Kader Turk (Turkey/France), 2-Abdullah Sorgüven (Turkey).


27th NORDIC OPEN BACKGAMMON
April 2-6, 2015; Copenhagen, Denmark

CHAMPIONSHIP (87): 1-Dagfinn Snarheim (Norway), 2-Roman Korber (Austria), 3/4-Florin Popa (Italy) / Michel Lamote (Belgium), 5/8-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Matt Reklaitis (USA) / Thomas Kristensen (Denmark) / Jørgen Mohr Poulsen (DK); 1LC-Jon Kristian Røyset (Norway), 2LC-Norbert Wiebusch (Germany).

ADVANCED (76): 1-Simon Imo Coban (DK), 2-Poul Rasmussen (DK), 3/4-Daniel Andersen (DK) / Klaus Switon (DK), 5/8-Tommy Larsen (DK) / Tansel Dogan (Turkey) / Linda Sjörin (Sweden) / Frédéric Andrieu (France); 1LC-Flemming Storgaard (DK), 2LC-Cecilia Spark (Great Britain).

INTERMEDIATE (77): 1-Matthias Oscarsson (Sweden), 2-Kevin El Hmoud (DK), 3/4-Emma Axling (Sweden) / Brian Neerup Jensen (DK), 5/8-Tim Berglund (DK) / Yan Kit Chan (England) / Kenneth Olesen (DK) / Annelie Skoglund (Sweden); 1LC-Clement Breum (DK), 2LC-Keld Dyrmose (DK).

BEGINNERS (64): 1-Casper Nancke (DK), 2-Jette Breitenstein (DK), 3/4-Heidi Munk Andersen (DK) / Martin Bank (DK); 1C-Hikmatullah Saf (DK), 2C-Henrik Iversen (DK).

OPEN (86): 1-Morten Marx (DK), 2-Henrik Løber (DK), 3/4-Michael Nielsen (DK) / Vincenzo Riceputi (Italy), 5/8-Jan Petersen (DK) / Andreas Becher (DK) / Peter Lego (DK) / Jerker Sandberg (DK).

SPEEDGAMMON (128): 1-Miika Lappalainen (Finland), 2-Tage Mellgren (DK), 3/4-Peter Bennet (England) / Hans Liby (Norway), 5/8-Franck Stepler (France) / Costin Constantinescu (Romania) / Bjornar Kristoffersen (Norway) / Jes Ostermann-Pedersen (DK).

SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Konrad Fröschl (Sweden), 2-Giorgio Castellano (Italy).

LADIES TOURNAMENT (53): 1-Jette Holm Rosenqvist (DK), 2-Cornelia Cleman (Germany).

JUNIORS TOURNAMENT: ??

WARM-UP (68): 1-Axel Stemark (DK), 2-Torben Sterup (DK).

ALL TMP TOURNAMENT: 1-Mogens Jørgen Dreier (DK), 2-Niels Skov Larsen (DK).

CONSULTATION DOUBLES (42 teams): 1-Tansel Dogan (Turkey) & Ali Kamis (Turkey), 2-Poul Lindberg (DK) & Kedde Mathiesen (DK), 3/4-Delia Popa (Italy) & Florin Popa (Italy) / Michel Lamote (Belgium) & Walter Meuwis (Belgium).

CONSULTATION MIXED DOUBLES (33 teams): 1-Scarlett Serrero (France) & Franck Stepler (France), 2-Martin Foldager (DK) & Tia Nielsen (DK), 3/4-Thomas Delbage (Sweden) & Elle Wagstrom (Sweden) / Marianne Husum (Norway) & Jon Kristian Røyset (Norway).

TEAM TOURNAMENT (23 teams): 1-Great Americans: Petko Kostadinov (USA) / Carter Mattig (USA) / Sabrina Milling Petersen (DK) / Matt Reklaitis (USA), 2-Järnt Arning: Janne Bergström / Konrad Fröschl / Michael Löfblad (Sweden).

DENMARK VS THE WORLD: Denmark came from behind to defeat the World Team, 27-24.

1-Denmark Team: Mads Peter Andersen, Peter Friberg, Thomas Kristensen, Michael "Mik" Larsen, Sander Lylloff, Christian Munk-Christensen, Thomas Myhr, Marc B. Olsen.
2-World Team: Captain Michihito Kageyama (Japan), Victor Ashkenazi (USA), Raj Jansari (England), Petko Kostadinov (USA), Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), Bob Wachtel (USA), Akiko Yazawa (Japan).

HONORARY AWARD: Louisa Dahlin Friberg (DK).

FAIR PLAY PRIZE: Michael Weile (DK).

PRIZE OF HONOR: Sabrina Milling (DK) and Sean Wiliams (England).

DANISH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Michael Nielsen.


TBGT - 1st BURSA BACKGAMMON OPEN
March 28-29, 2015; Bursa, Turkey

CHAMPIONSHIP (150): 1-Recep Ali Beyaz (Turkey), 2-Erhan Yenisen (Turkey), 3-Ilker Göçhan (Turkey), 4-Yigit Göçhan (Turkey), 5-Ulvi Cangazi (Turkey), 6-Tuhan Topkaç (Turkey); 1LC-Olcay Lökbas(Turkey), 2LC-Murat Murat (Greece).

DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Gundüz Gunes (Turkey) & Yüksel Sen (Turkey), 2-Ulvi Cangazi (Turkey) & Ahmet Kamil Baykalogullari (Turkey).

ONE POINT (64) : 1-Veysel Kalfa (Turkey).

SUPER JACKPOT #1: (16): Ercan Akin (Turkey).
SUPER JACKPOT #2: (16): Ufuk Aksak (Turkey).

SPECIAL PLAYER AWARDS: Deniz Kizilbora (Cyprus), Mert Göçhan (Turkey), Adnan Kara (Turkey).


ABT - 21st OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 27-29, 2015; Cleveland, Ohio

OPEN (25): 1-Bill Calton (MI), 2-David Rockwell (IL); 1C-Nick Mourtos (Canada), 2C-Carter Mattig (IL).

ADVANCED (41): 1-Bruce Ballance (PA), 2-Faris Gabbara (MI); 1C-Steve Grund (PA), 2C-Paul Laubner (MD).

NOVICE (3): 1-Jeanette De Oliveira (Canada), 2-Charlene Britton (OH).

OHIO MASTERS (9): 1-Frank Raposa (VA), 2-Frank Talbot (MI).

AMATEUR JACKPOT (15): 1-Ray Cifani (OH), 2-John McDonald (Canada).

BLITZ (40): 1-Phil Simborg (IL), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).

QUICKIES (16): 1-Ross Gordon (CT).

DOUBLES (9 teams): 1-Bill Calton (MI) & Mike Clapsadle (MI), 2-Patty Geoffroy (MA) & Chris Knapp (Canada).

PRE-TOURNAMENT WARM-UP (12): 1-Karen Davis (DC), 2-Farhan Forudi (OH).


ABT - CSI: BACKGAMMON / CENTRAL STATES INVITATIONAL
March 13-15, 2015; Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

CHAMPIONSHIP (52): 1-Tak Morioka (IL), 2-Gerry Tansey (MO), 3/4-Keene Marin (WI) / Bruce Russell (WI); 1C-Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2C-Neil Kazaross (IL); 1LC-Frank Raposa (VA).

ADVANCED (37): 1-Eric Barr (MO), 2-Shlomo Karbal (IL), 3/4-Steve Hairgrove (IL) / Roger Hickman (IL); 1C-Zach Tabak (WI), 2C-Serge Bondar (IL); 1LC-David Nosik (IL).

LIMITED (12): 1-Ken Torrens (IL), 2-Melvin Smith (IL); 1LC-Paulette Duong (IL).

GRAND CRYSTAL BEAVER XVII (16): 1-Yury Millman (MN), 2-Steve Blanchard (IL).

14th BATTLE OF THE SEXES (32 men & 16 women): 1-Michelle Steinberg (NJ), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4-Nancy Elliott (WI) / Neil Kazaross (IL).

CENTRAL STATES DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Bill Funchion (IL) & Don Marek (IL), 2-Kathleen Davis (MO) & Nancy Elliott (WI).

1-POINT QUICKIE TOURAMENT (64): 1-Herb Roman (IL), 2-Faddoul Khoury (IL).

MICROBLITZ (40): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).

TAKI BAKELITE BACKGAMMON BOARD FUNDRAISER (16): 1-Michael Ginat (CO), 2-Phil Simborg (IL).

LIAR'S DICE: 1-Yury Millman (MN).

JIGSAW-GAMMON DOUBLES (9 teams): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV) & Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY).

BAR POINT CLUB RACCOON RUMBLE: Open (19): 1-Allen Tish (IL), 2-Chris Scott (IL); 1C-David Rockwell (IL). Intermediate (8): 1-Sue Will (IL), 2-Cinda King (IL); 1C-Amy Trudeau (IL).

ABT PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2014: 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Frank Raposa (VA), 3-Matt Reklaitis (MA).

$1,520 was raised for the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago.


2015 OSAKA BACKGAMMON OPEN
March 7-8, 2015; Osaka, Japan

OPEN (51): 1-Hironobu Yazawa, 2-Toshikazu Kitajima; Consolation A-Masaharu Shomura, B-Yuriko Kondo, C-Lito Frondoso (Philippines), D-Megumi Ishii, E-Kazuya Nagai.

BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE Day 1: 1-Takashi Yamakawa, 1C-Yumi Iwago; Day 2: 1-Kyosuka Tokura, 1C-Ryo Shibutani.

NANIWA CUP (16): 1-Hiromi Tamura.

SUPER JACKPOT (8): 1-Yuri Nakamura.

OSAKA 20TH ANNIVERSARY MATCH Day 1 winner: Masaharu Shomura, Yuriko Kondo, Shinya Ue; Day 2 winner: Yuji Ogura, Junichi Tanaka, Issei Kitazawa.

QUIZ CONTEST: 1-Poem Nishimura, 9 out of 10 correct answers.


4th NORTH CYPRUS OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP & HIGH ROLLER
March 3-8, 2015; Kyrenia, North Cyprus

CHAMPIONSHIP (110): 1-Timur Bulekbaev (Russia), 2-Levan Kareli (Georgia), 3/4-Christopher Rogers (England) / Ferat Gündogan (Germany); 1C-Avertis Rostomyan (Armenia), 2-Alaattin Özaltun (Turkey), 3/4-Konrad Fröschl (Sweden) / Nodar Gagua (Georgia/Russia); 1LC-Soinguli Amirov (Georgia), 2-Khachik Melikyan (Armenia).

INTERMEDIATE (18): 1-Alexander Chanturidze (Georgia/Russia), 2-Josefin Bichler (Germany).

HIGH ROLLER TOURNAMENT (10): 1-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), 2-Razi Bobrov (Israel).

DOUBLES (49 teams): 1-Volker Sonnabend (Germany) & Rainer Witt (Germany), 2-Götz Hildsberg (Germany) & Andreas Humke (Germany) / 3/4-Affan Basak (Turkey) & Sabri Büyüksoy (Turkey) / Shimon Kagan (Israel) & Meir Mordochey (Israel).

SUPER JACKPOT (24): 1-Juergen Orlowski (Germany), 2-Doug Mayfield (USA).

1-POINTER #1 (32): 1-Avraham Eytan (Israel).
1-POINTER #2 (16): 1-Carter Mattig (USA).

KICK-OFF (256): 1-Florin Popa (Italy), 2-Bob Wachtel (USA), 3/4-Dennis Culpepper (USA) / Juergen Orlowski (Germany).


ABT - SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
February 27-March 1, 2015; Tampa, Florida

OPEN (16): 1-Grant Schneider (VA), 2-Georges Nader (FL); 1LC-Karen Davis (DC).

INTERMEDIATE (25): 1-Bob Howayeck (FL), 2-Patty Geoffroy (MA); 1LC-Steve Edlis (FL).

NOVICE (4): 1-Marion Roland (FL), 2-Marcus Klebe (FL).

MASTERS: (5): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Karen Davis (DC).

MICRO BLITZ (16): 1/2-Farhad Forudi (OH) / Stacy Turner (FL).

GULF COAST DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Patty Geoffroy (MA) & Chris Knapp (Canada), 2-Bob Howayeck (FL) & Rick Wolf (FL).

RODI ROLL OFF FOR NOVICES (2): 1-Marion Roland (FL).

AFTER-TOURNEY (10): 1-Farhad Forudi (OH), 2-Roland Leutert (FL).


3rd CANNES WINTER BACKGAMMON CUP
February 26-March 1, 2015; Cannes, France

MASTER (19): 1-Minh Nguyen (France), 2-Fabrizio Losurdo (Italy), 3/4-Olivier Décultot (France) / Yves Nègre (France); 1LC-Arda Findikoglu (Turkey).

INTERMEDIATE (15): 1-Grégoire Sergent (France), 2-Laurence Sinitzky (France), 3/4-Patricia Rey (Monaco) / Valérie Touvet (France); 1LC-Patrick Martel (France).

SUPER JACKPOT (8): 1-Yves Nègre (France).

DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Bruno Plagnol & Michel Serrero (France), 2-Yves Nègre & Philippe Vouhé (France).

SPEEDGAMMON (16): 1-Arda Findikoglu (Turkey).

ONE-POINTER (32): 1-Philippe Vouhé, 2-Scarlett Serrero (France).

CANNES CUP WINNER (Summer 2014 & Winter 2015 Cup): Vincenzo Riceputi (Italy).


ABT - 3rd CAPITAL CLASSIC BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 20-22, 2015; Herndon, Virginia

OPEN (34): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Bill Finneran (MD), 3-Sam Ahmed (CA); 1C-Richard Munitz (NY), 2C-John Klein (MD).

ADVANCED (43): 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Norman Perlmutter (NY); 1C-LEW Webber (VA), 2C-Paul Laubner (MD), 3C/4C-Elayne Feinstein (MD) / Leyla Zaloutskaya (NY).

NOVICE (8): 1-Alia Azamat (NJ), 2-Jin Hu (CT), 3-Nick Saverino (MD).

MASTERS JACKPOT (12): 1-Julius High (KS), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3-Ed O'Laughlin (VA).

OPEN JACKPOT (20): 1-Grant Schneider (VA), 2-Carter Mattig (IL), 3/4-Carol Joy Cole (MI) / Michael Edge (SC).

INTERMEDIATE JACKPOT (20): 1-Feliks Goykhman (NJ), 2-Larry Brown (VA), 3/4-Irina Litzenberger (VA) / Bill Wilner (MD).

$500 FREE ROLL! (96): 1-Ken Indart (MD), 2-Mel Leifer (MD), 3-Ray Zamani (MD).

DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Bob & Eva Koca (MD), 2-Mark Donaldson (MN) & Kim Messina (MD), 3/4-Larry Cecchetti (MD) & Ray Zamani (MD) / Bill Davis (IL) & Elayne Feinstein (MD).

USBGF BLITZ (48): 1-LEW Webber (VA), 2-Dima Dragomeretskiy (NY).


FMT - ISTAVDER 7th ANNIVERSARY BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
February 20-22, 2015; Istanbul, Turkey

CHAMPIONSHIP (346): 1-Amir Eshraghi (Iran), 2-Cihangir Cetinel (Turkey), 3-Boris Mamporia (Georgia), 4-Salih Yener (Turkey), 5-Irfan Mizrakci (Turkey), 6-Aref Alipour (Iran), 7-Mustafa Altuntas (Turkey), 8-Recep Ali Beyaz (Turkey); 1C-Artur Muradian (Armenia), 2C-Murat Cengiz (Turkey); 1LC-Fatih Bellice (Turkey), 2LC-Deniz Çirpan (Turkey).

7th TURKISH CONSULTATION DOUBLES #1 (64): 1-Boris Mamporia (Georgia) & Sergey Demojan (Armenia), 2-Marcel Geist (Germany) & Rainer Witt (Germany).

SPEEDGAMMON (64): 1-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan).

SPEEDGAMMON (64): 1-Yalkin Erk (Turkey).

TEAM CHALLENGE (32 Teams): 1-Team Sakura: Lemi Tu-men (Turkey) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan) / Yan Kit Chan (UK).

ONE POINT #1: 1- Deniz Kizilbora (Cyprus).
ONE POINT #2: 1- Vladimer Kharkhela (Georgia).

SUPER JACKPOT #1: (16): Ersin Narman (Turkey).
SUPER JACKPOT #2: (16): Burhan Yilmazer (Turkey).

MINI-JACKPOT #1: (16): Tunç Onan (Turkey).
MINI-JACKPOT #2: (16): Maya Peycheva (Bulgaria).
MINI-JACKPOT #3: (16): Murat Yavuz (Turkey).
MINI-JACKPOT #4: (16): Ali Kurt (Greece).
MINI-JACKPOT #5: (16): Murat Kapikiran (Turkey).

SPECIAL PLAYER AWARDS: Gokay Gulec (Turkey), Kadri Almac (Turkey), Yan Kit Chan (UK), Armin Hedayati (Iran), Aghaba Khalidov (Azerbaijan).


WBA: 4th GERMAN BACKGAMMON MASTERS
February 19-22, 2015; Berlin, Germany

ELITE: (42): 1-Miika Lappalainen (Finland), 2-Frank Simon (Germany), 3-Vyacheslav Pryadkin (Ukraine), 4-Francesco Mauri (Italy); Ultimate Fighter Winner: Pavel Zaoral (Czech Republic).

LEISURE GROUP (14): 1-Yannick Rudolph (Germany), 2-Marc Steyvers (Belgium); Ultimate Fighter Winner: Lukas Jankovsky (Czech Republic).

DOUBLES (16): 1-Thomas Kazemieh (Germany) & Reza Taufig (Afghanistan).

DMP-CHALLENGE (32): 1-Götz Hildsberg (Germany).

SPEEDGAMMON (32): 1-Pavel Zaoral (Czech Republic).

SUPER-JACKPOT (4): 1-Kimon Papachristopoulos (Greece/Germany).

SPECIAL PLAYER AWARDS: Markus Klein (Germany), Mislav Kovacic (Croatia).

WBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Michael Urban (Germany).


ABT - 3rd TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
January 29-February 1, 2015; San Antonio, Texas

CHAMPIONSHIP (87): 1-Chuck Bower (IN), 2-Phil Simborg (IL), 3/4-Joe Freedman (NM) / Dennis Culpepper (VA); Consolation winners: Neil Deutsch (NY) / Gary Fries (VA) / Adrian Rios (TX) / Jonah Seewald (CO); Last Chance winners: Kent Goulding (MD) / Albert Steg (MA).

ADVANCED (48):1-Kathleen Davis (KS), 2-Martin Golman (TX); 1C-Jackie Seiders-Smart (TX), 2C-Bob Urquhart (TX); 1LC-Lynn Lusk (CO), 2LC-Patti Rubin (NV).

LIMITED (15): 1-Rebecca Lively (TX); 1C-Allen Michie (TX); 1LC-Mary Kay Lively (TX).

LONGHORN CLASSIC MASTERS JACKPOT (36): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Doug Mayfield (CA), 3/4-Malcolm Davis (TX) / Raj Jansari (England).

ALAMO CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Jonah Seewald (CO), 2-Joe Freedman (NM), 3/4-David Rennie (CA) / Howard Markowitz (NV).

TEXAS CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (10): 1-Peggy Neubig (NJ), 2-Marcy Kossar (MD).

DUAL-DUEL (8): 1-Matt Cohn Geier (CA), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan).

USBGF TOURNAMENT OF STARS DOUBLES (24 teams): 1-Richard Munitz (NY) & Justin Nunez (CA), 2-David Kettler (TX) & Phil Simborg (IL), 3-Karen Davis (DC) & Kit Woolsey (CA).

USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-WEST (128): 1-Gary Fries (VA), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ).

USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT FREEROLL (96): Winners: Sam Ahmed (CA) / Clarine (CA) / Karen Davis (DC).

SPEEDGAMMON (64): 1-Jeb Horton (NC), 2-Peter Bennet (England), 3/4-Peter Wisniewski (CA) / Michael Zakrajsek (TX).

SENIORS (96): Winners: Dennis Culpepper (VA) / Herb Roman (IL) / John Bird (TX) / Ray Fogerlund (NV).

ULTIMATE BACKGAMMON PACKAGE (19): 1-Alan Pruce (VA), 2-Claudia Brown (TX).


BACKGAMMON & POKER ON BOARD XII EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE TOURNEY
January 18-25, 2015; Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Maarten

OPEN (40+144 rebuys): 1-Robert Lindbom (Sweden), 2-Ramiz Abi-Akar (IL).

CAPTAIN'S TOURNEY (40): 1-Butch Meese (IN), 2-Konrad Fröschl (Austria).

CARIBBEAN JACKPOT (8): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Konrad Fröschl (Austria).

POKER TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Chris Knapp (Canada), 2-Steve Hast (PA), 3-Amy Trudeau (IL).


TBT - 2015 ISTANBUL OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP-WBF
January 16-18, 2015; Istanbul, Turkey

CHAMPIONSHIP (120): 1-Cihangir Çetinel, 2-John Wright (England), 3/4-Andrii Nesterov (Ukraine) / Emin Sendil; 1C-Cengiz Ergin, 2C-Mehmet Polat, 3C/4C-Yavuz Kaleli / Serkan Koç; 1LC-Martin Barkwill (England), 2LC-Kurtulus Aydin, 3LC/4LC-Marco Fornasir (Italy) / Ali Ihsan Ulugergerli.

ELITE CLUB SPECIAL PRIZE (32): 1-Cengiz Ergin, 2-Hakan Aksu.

"RICHARD LUKAS MEMORIAL" WARM-UP (96): 1-Giorgos Kleitsas (Greece), 2-Ali Ihsan Ulugergerli, 3/4-Shimon Kagan (Israel) / Tunç Sokmener.

869BG CUP (100): 1-Cuneyt Agun Genç, 2-Murat Ozyilmaz, 3/4-Kerim Bilge / Erol Ozsoy.

SWING (48): 1-Cumhur Bekture, 2-Umit Bata, 3-Kemal Okal, 4-Shimon Kagan (Israel).

ISTANBUL DOUBLES (54 teams): 1-Ibrahim Karaca & Murat Murat (Greece), 2-Hakan Aksu & Tunç Sokmener, 3/4-Omer Akgul & Nil Ergin / Feza Diyarbekir & Balamir Yasa.

1-POINTER (128): 1-Yasar Gozel, 2-Nesrin Becerici, 3/4-Erol Ozsoy / Faruk Perkin.

LADIES PRIZE (14): 1-Maya Peycheva (Bulgaria), 2-Lisya Eskinazi.

BGTV PROFICIENCY CONTEST (22): 1-Murat Hazir, 2-Peter Ghaussy (Germany).

BG4BG JACKPOTS (8x8): Winners - John Wright (England), Maya Peycheva (Bulgaria), Giorgos Kleitsas (Greece), Cumhur Bekture, Ayhan Okçukar, Peter Ghaussy (Germany), Zehra Aydin, Yasin Cagri Karaca.


ABT - 8th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN
January 8-11, 2015; Jersey City, New Jersey

CHAMPIONSHIP (49+17 rebuys): 1-Carter Mattig (IL), 2-Frank Talbot (MI), 3/4-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Jim Stutz (CT); 1C-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 2C-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 3C/4C-Julius High (KS) / Donny Lomuto (NY); 1LC-Jack Edelson (WI), 2LC-Petko Kostadinov (SC).

INTERMEDIATE (53+11 rebuys): 1-Feliks Goykhman (NJ), 2-Donald Gabbai (VA), 3/4-Ghazi Al-Kinani (VA) / Cloyd LaPorte (NY); 1C-Marcy Kossar (MD), 2C-Robert Sisselman (NJ), 3C/4C-Kevin Walsh (NJ) / Cengiz Yakut (PA); 1LC-Peggy Neubig (NJ), 2LC-Rick Wolf (FL).

ADVANCED BEGINNER (17): 1-C.J. Uttley (England), 2-Konstantin Keresteliev (NY), 3-Stefan Andreev (NY), 4-Jin Hu (CT).

BEGINNER (17): 1-Igor Baburov (NY), 2-Barry Retzkin (NJ), 3-Anna DiFlorio (NJ), 4-Ina Donath (NY).

LIBERTY CUP MASTERS (32): 1-Tuvya Felt (TN), 2-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA), 3/4-Bill Phipps (NY) / Victor Ashkenazi (NJ).

LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Eric Stevens (CT), 2-Philippe Salnave (FL), 3/4-Feliks Goykhman (NJ) / Tony Wuersch (MA).

$20 BLITZ (64): 1-Gary Koscielny (NY), 2-Rachel Rhodes (England).

$50 BLITZ (16): 1-Fernando Neumark (Argentina), 2-Peggy Neubig (NJ).

$20 MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Tony Wuersch (MA), 2-Herb Roman (IL), 3/4-Jason Pack (USA/England) / Tuvya Felt (TN).

SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Tom Coash (CT), 3/4-Donald Gabbai (VA) / Gary Zelmanovics (NJ).

NEW YORK DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Jim Kennis (NY) & Robert Regan (NY), 2-Jeff Acierno (NJ) & Steve Keats (NY).