International Backgammon Tournament Results 2016

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2016 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    2016

Updated: August 30, 2016

UKBT: LONDON OPEN BACKGAMMON 2016
August 27-29, 2016; London, England

LONDON OPEN (65): 1-Jon Barnes, 2-Mike Williams; 1LC-Mathew Fisher, 2LC-Steve Carder.

PROFESSIONALS' TOURNAMENT (40): 1-Aref Alipour, 2-Dod Davies; 1LC-Raj Jansari, 2LC-Julian Minwalla.

SUPER JACKPOT (17): 1-Antonio Sgambato, 2-Vaidas Budrys.

DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Mark Calderbank & Andy Marshall, 2-David Brown & Sebastian Wilkinson.

SPEED GAMMON (48): 1-Jason Pack (USA), 2-Matthew Fisher.


ABT - 14th WISCONSIN STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
August 19-21, 2016; Madison, Wisconsin

OPEN (30): 1-Jack Edelson (WI), 2-Tim Mabee (IL); 1C-Faddoul Khoury (IL), 2C-David Todd (MO); 1LC-David Rockwell (IL).

ADVANCED (31): 1-Patrick Domico (IN), 2-Matt Johnson (WI); 1C-Simon Kennedy-Rose (IL), 2C-John Always (AZ); 1LC-Steve Waller (MN).

NOVICE (2): 1-John Halvorsen (WI).

BADGER CLASSIC (16): 1-Jack Edelson (WI), 2-Ed O'Laughlin (VA).

AMATEUR CLASSIC (16): 1-Kevin Heacox (IN), 2-Simon Kennedy-Rose (IL).

DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Beth Martinson (WI) & Bill Minser (WI), 2-Steve Brown (MN) & Simon Kennedy-Rose (IL).

BLITZ (64): 1/2-Yury Millman (MN) / Ed O'Laughlin (VA).

QUICKIES (16): 1-Jeff Nitschke (MN), 2-Steve Brown (MN).

FASHIONABLY EARLY BIRD JACKPOT (12): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2/3-Paul Mangone (CA) / Keene Marin (WI).

EARLY BIRD JACKPOT #1 (16): 1-James Worley (MO), 2-Steve Brown (MN).
EARLY BIRD JACKPOT #2 (8): 1/2-Carol Joy Cole (MI) / Simon Kennedy-Rose (IL).

AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Ed O'Laughlin (VA).


WBF - 1st CAPPADOCIA OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP-TBT
August 19-21, 2016; Nevsehir, Turkey

OPEN (49): 1-Adullah Sorgüven, 2-Burak Çulhaci, 3/4-Dinçer Günes / Berkant Bilgi; 1C-Martin Barkwill (England), 2C-Cengiz Dindar (Cyprus); 1LC-Cemalettin Erisen, 2LC-Luca Martino (Italy).

ELITE CLUB SPECIAL (16): 1-Adullah Sorgüven, 2-Cemalettin Erisen.

CAPPADOCIA DOUBLES (22 teams): 1-Arda Findikoglu & Ulrich Tamm (Germany), 2-Meral Ceylan & Burak Çulhaci, 3/4-Emrullah Cosar & Erol Özsoy / Cemalettin Erisen & Cemalettin Karakütük.

869BG SPEEDGAMMON (32): 1-Yasar Gözel, 2-Tolga Özkale, 3/4-Martin Barkwill (England) / Fuat Gümüslüol.

1-POINTER (128): 1-Cengiz Dindar (Cyprus), 2-Resul Uygur, 3/4-Abdullah Sorgüven / Hikmet Tunç.

SUPER JACKPOT "MERIT SATELLITE" (16): 1-Luca Martino (Italy), 2-Cemalettin Karakütük.

SWING (35): 1-Erol Özsoy, 2-Cemalettin Karakütük, 3-Kader Turk (Turkey/France), 4-Jacob Markussen (Denmark).

WARM-UP (43): 1-Cengiz Dindar (Cyprus), 2-Berkant Bilgi, 3/4-Jacob Markussen (Denmark) / Kanan Hasanzade (Azerbaijan).

BG4BG JACKPOTS (4x8 players): winners: Luca Martino (Italy), Deniz Kizibora (Cyprus), Yashar Fathi (Iran), Cumhur Bektüre.


ABT - 1st SILICON VALLEY BACKGAMMON OPEN
August 5-7, 2016; San Jose, California

OPEN (45): 1-Dana Nazarian (CA), 2-Marv Porten (CA); 1C-Steve Sax (CA), 2C-Mark Antranikian (CA), 3C/4C-Cheryl Andersen (CA) / Gus Contos (CA).

ADVANCED (32): 1-Cathal Murray (CA), 2-Jerry Nussbaum (CA); 1C-Jesse Jestadt (CA), 2C-Michaela Olsen (CA).

NOVICE (6): 1-Brian Andersen (CA), 2-Dirk Olsen (CA); 1C-Ghada Ashoo (CA).

49ER GOLD RUSH MASTERS (31): 1-Doug Mayfield (CA), 2-Odis Chenault (CA), 3/4-Ted Chee (CA) / Dana Nazarian (CA).

LIMITED JACKPOT (21): 1-Jesse Jestadt (CA), 2-Mark Ferrin (OR), 3/4-Nick Dale (OR) / Zim Kraja (CA).

DMP (64): 1-Karam Ashoo (CA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4-Ted Chee (CA) / Carol Joy Cole (MI).

DOUBLES (8): 1-Bob Glass (CA) & Steve Sax (CA), 2-Chris Knapp (MA) & Gary Koscielny (NY).

BLITZ (64): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Ted Chee (CA).

OLDER & WISER (24): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Karen Davis (DC).

YOUNG GUNS (16): 1-Scotty Kelland (CT), 2-Ted Chee (CA).

OLDER & WISER VS YOUNG GUNS PLAYOFF: 1-Kit Woolsey (CA).


WBA - 11th PORTUGUESE BACKGAMMON OPEN
August 3-7, 2016; Carcavelos, Portugal

MARIO SEQUEIRA MEMORIAL OPEN (32): 1-Tobias Hellwag (Germany), 2-Christine Mochon (France).

MASTERS ELITE (20): 1-Michihito Kageyama (Japan), 2-Tatsuya Tanaka (Japan), 3-Pedro Fonseca Matos (Portugal), 4-Vincent De Nardi (France); Ultimate Fight: 1-Ricardo Malas (Lebanon/Spain), 2-Ed O'Laughlin (USA).

LEISURE GROUP (9): 1-Luisa Sequeira (Portugal), 2-Tomohiro Shimada (Japan), 3-Laurence Sinitzky (France).

DOUBLES CONSULTING (8): 1-Martin-Frédéric Kahn (France) & Chi Minh Nguyen (France), 2-Alain Babillon (France) & Yves Negre (France).

SPEEDGAMMON CHALLENGE (8): 1-Sassan Kachanian (Iran/Belgium).

DMP-CHALLENGE (16): 1-Philippe Vouhé (France).

SPECIAL AWARD: Anna-Maria Zarb (Switzerland).

SPECIAL MENTIONS: Sonia Pellegrini (Italy), Niusha Victoria Tafazzoli (Germany), Thomas Tenland (Sweden).


41st BACKGAMMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
July 26-31, 2016; Monte Carlo, Monaco

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (144): 1-Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden), 2-Joseph Russell (USA), 3-Tatsuya Tanaka (Japan), 4/5-Ed O'Laughlin (USA) / Victor Petersen (Norway), 6/8-Conny Ericksson (Sweden) / Philippe Lecomte (France) / Slava Pryadkin (Ukraine); 1C-Arkadiy Tsinis (USA), 2C-Lawrence Powell (England), 3C/4C-Ary Nogueira (Brazil) / Felix Ziva (Israel); 1LC-Alain Babillon (France), 2LC-Stepan Nuniyants (USA).

INTERMEDIATE (47): 1-Stephen Chidwick (England), 2-Lasse Danielsen (Denmark), 3-Walter Thesing (Germany), 4/5-Juliya Gromenkova (Russia) / Tim Lawless (USA); 1C-Marianne Husum (Norway), 2C-Laura Monaco (Italy), 3C/4C-Helmut Jeske (Germany) / Halil Tulan (Turkey/Switzerland); 1LC-Lise Nielsen (Denmark), 2LC-Farokh Moazed (Sweden).

BEGINNERS (15): 1-Joan Grunwald (USA), 2-Michael Bang (Denmark); 1C-Vaibhav Saxena (India), 2C-Shanee Bor (USA); 1LC-Philip Jameson (Australia), 2LC-Lucinda Holland (England).

SUPER JACKPOT (42): 1-Peter Jes Thomsen (Denmark), 2-Götz Hildsberg (Germany), 3/4-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Kimon Papachristopoulos (Greece/Germany).

SPEEDGAMMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (64): 1-Stepan Nuniyants (USA), 2-Mikael Vardanyan (Russia), 3/4-Didier Assaraf (France) / Sergey Erokhin (Russia).

SENIORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (128): 1-Johan Moazed (Sweden), 2-Robert Lindbom (Sweden), 3/4-David Brown (England) / Stepan Nuniyants (USA).

DOUBLES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (32 teams): 1-Jürgen Orlowski (Germany) & Bernhard Winkelhaus (Germany), 2-Annalisa Agosti (Italy) & Laura Monaco (Italy), 3/4-Halil Tulan (Turkey/Switzerland) & Ulrich Tamm (Germany) / Alex Lehmann (USA) & Peter Jes Thomsen (Denmark).

LADIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (16): 1-Cecilia Sparke (England), 2-Juliya Gromenkova (Russia).

MONTE CARLO WORLD FEDERATION CUP (16): 1-Robert Lindbom (Sweden), 2-Alan Grunwald (USA).

JUNIORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (11): 1-David Broomfield (England), 2-Evan Sarno (USA).

1-POINT WORLD VICTIMS MEMORIAL (128): 1-Vaibhav Saxena (India), 2-Roman Korber (Austria). 1800 euros were raised for the victims of the attack in Nice.

BELAIR TEAM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (34 teams): 1-Swimmers: Sergey Erokhin (Russia) / Juliya Gromenkova (Russia) / Jürgen Orlowski (Germany), 2-Evolution: Cihangir Çetinel (Turkey) / Yan Kit Chan (England) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan).

SHOGI TOURNAMENT: 1-Kota Fujiwara (Japan), 2-Toshiya Nishii (Japan).

MOCHY'S PROFICIENCY EXAM (22): 1-Falafel Natazon (Israel/USA) - 40, 2-Steen Grønbech (Denmark) - 37, 3-Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden) - 35.


6th MONTE CARLO BACKGAMMON OPEN
July 24-25, 2016; Monte Carlo, Monaco

MONTE CARLO OPEN (62): 1-Ron Rubin (USA), 2-Chris Rogers (England), 3/4-Johan Bynell (Sweden) / Peter Jes Thomsen (Denmark); 1C-Raul Timerman (Argentina), 2C-Jacek Wojciechowski (Poland).

MONTE CARLO INTERMEDIATE (30): 1-Didier Assaraf (France), 2-Martin de Bruin (USA/Spain), 3/4-Frédéric Andrieu (France) / Martha Ghio (USA); 1C-Florin Popa (Italy), 2C-Havard Hafskjuld (Norway).


ABT - 21st MINNESOTA OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 22-24, 2016; Bloomington, Minnesota

OPEN (21): 1-Jack Edelson (WI), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN); 1C-Jerry Kressin (MN), 2C-Steve Brown (MN); 1LC-Sean Garber (IN).

INTERMEDIATE (27): 1-Zachary Tabak (WI), 2-Gregg Trunnell (MN); 1C-Lucien Cravens (MN), 2C-Jeff Spencer (MN); 1LC-Michael Mesich (MN).

NOVICE (6): 1-Nathan Bouma (MN), 2-Apollo Lammers (MN).

3rd ANNUAL GOPHER CLASSIC (25): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN); 1C-Art Moore (CA).

MASTERS JACKPOT (8): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Steve Brown (MN).

DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Lucien Cravens (MN) & John Pirner (MN), 2-April Kennedy (MN) & Michael Mesich (MN).

BLITZ (16): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Jeff Nitschke (MN).

ULTIMATE MINI-MATCH (32): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-Jeff Spencer (MN).


STÉPHANE CIPRE BACKGAMMON TOURNOI
July 22-23, 2016; Monte Carlo, Monaco

OPEN (47): 1-Zoran Maric (France), 2-Giorgio Castellano (Italy), 3/4-Souhail Atie (France) / Serge Rived (France); 1C-Daniel Tudose (Italy), 2C-Martha Ghio (USA), 3C/4C-Olivier Décultot (France) / Phil Simborg (USA).

DOUBLE CONSULTATION (4 teams): 1-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) & Phil Simborg (USA), 2-Mr & Mrs. Pawel Bielewicz (Sweden).

"P-40 BOARD" 1-POINT TOURNOI (32): 1-Patti Rubin (USA).


ABT - 41st MICHIGAN SUMMER BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 1-4, 2016; Novi, Michigan

OPEN (84): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 3-Frank Raposa (VA), 4/5-Saba Bejanishvili (GA) / Barry Silliman (MD); 1C-John O'Hagan (IN), 2C-Herb Roman (IL), 3C/4C-Dion Hogan (MI) / Roberto Litzenberger (VA).

INTERMEDIATE (73): 1-Mike Rezai (OH), 2-Marcy Kossar (MD), 3-Rick Wedge (Canada), 4/5-Jim Airgood (MI) / Bob Stoller (AK); 1C-John Herron (MI), 2C-Sue Will (IL), 3C/4C-Irina Litzenberger (VA) / Christopher Shanava (IL).

NOVICE (11): 1-Tony Zimbalatti (MI), 2-Bridget McCrudden (Canada); 1C-Daniel Posen (MI); 1LC-Christa Solovey (MI).

MICHIGAN MASTERS (32): 1-John Klein (MD), 2-Di Di (GA), 3/4-Drew Giovanis (NV) / Mike Senkiewicz (NY).

SANDY KAPLAN'S SENIOR SPECIAL (64): 1-Mike Vasilatos (OH), 2-Steve Hast (PA), 3/4-Farhad Forudi (OH) / Herb Roman (IL).

PRINCE BARLOW'S JUNIOR JACKPOT (32): 1-Nick Blasier (TX), 2-Mike Clapsadle (MI), 3/4-Ben Friesen (MI) / Keene Marin (WI).

USBGF PRIME CHARITY BLITZ (128): 1-Jon Vietor (CA), 2-Gary Margosian (MI). $340 was raised for the Flint Water Fund of the United Way.

USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - EAST (128): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2-Di Di (GA). $100 Side Pool: Nick Blasier (TX), $50 Side Pool: John Quinn (MI).

FRANK TALBOT'S NEWCOMER FREEROLL (26): 1-Dan Dabney (IN), 2-Christa Solovey (MI).

OPEN DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Joe Feldman (MI) & Steve Sax (CA), 2-Gary Fritzsche (MI) & Rick Schuman (MI), 3/4-Brent Cohen (PA) & Neil Kazaross (IL) / Eric Hiner (MN) & Yury Millman (MN).

LIMITED DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Dave McKenzie (KS) & Karla McKenzie (KS), 2-Fred Ishac (MI) & Walt Smith (MI).

FIRECRACKER OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Greg Merriman (MI).
FIRECRACKER LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Patrick Domico (IN), 2-Eric Stevens (FL).

MONDAY TROPHY OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Saba Bejanishvili (GA).
MONDAY TROPHY LIMITED JACKPOT (16): 1-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL), 2-Mike Clapsadle (MI).

$20 DETROIT QUICKIE (32): 1-Dave Kozak (Canada), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV).

BACKGAMMON MASTER SERIES (USA) #3 (16): Top 4-0 match records: 1/3-Faris Gabbara (MI) / Paul Weaver (AL) / Kit Woolsey (CA). Top PR scores: 1-John O'Hagan - 2.45, 2-Kit Woolsey - 2.65.

$50 THURSDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Chris Knapp (MA), 2-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 3/4-Steve Brown (MN) / Emil Mortuk (MI).
$30 THURSDAY WARM-UP (32): 1-Roberto Litzenberger (VA), 2-Dave Williams (NV), 3/4-Mike Clapsadle (MI) / John Claybourne (MI).
$20 THURSDAY WARM-UP (8): 1-Ross Gordon (CT), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA), 3-Fred Ishac (MI).

$50 AFTER TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Jon Vietor (CA), 2/3-Dorn Bishop (CA) / Nick Blasier (TX).
$20 AFTER TOURNAMENT (10): 1-Marcy Kossar (MD), 2/3-John Quinn (MI) / Tony Zimbalatti (MI).


UKBT: 6th BLACKPOOL IMPERIAL BACKGAMMON CUP - BBT
June 17-19, 2016; Blackpool, England

OPEN (64): 1-Saul Brody, 2-Brian Lever, 3/4-Joe Derry / Gaz Owen, 5/8-Paul Barwick / Martin Barkwill / Mick Butterfield / C.J. Uttley; 1LC-George Hall, 2LC-David Dennis.

FYLDE TROPHY (48): 1-Lee Gorton, 2-Pedro Roca, 3/4-Tim Line / Alex Polden.

BG4BG CHARITY TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Frank Fleming, 2-Bob Slater, 3/4-Paul Barwick / Saul Brody.

SUPER JACKPOT: 1-Saul Brody.

NACKGAMMON #1: 1-Anna Price, 2-Ana Mancino.
NACKGAMMON #2: 1-George Hall, 2-Rachel Rhodes.

2-PT MINI-MATCH: 1-Kevin Jones, 2-Steve Lee.

DOUBLES: 1-Andy Marshall & Alex Polden, 2-Rob Perry & Dave Pritchard.

FRIDAY FREEROLL (46): 1-Simon Jones, 2-Anna Clarke, 3/4-Pedro Roca / Jim Wong.

SATURDAY SWISS (64): 1/4-Joe Dery / Brian Lever / Andy Marshall / Rachel Rhodes.

POKER: 1-Adam Stocks.

£1,000 was raised for the Guide Dog Association.


ABT - LOS ANGELES OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
June 10-12, 2016; Los Angeles, California

OPEN (56): 1-Paul Baraz (CA), 2-George Haskour (CA), 3-Alan Martin (CA), 4/5-Alfred Mamlet (MD) / Vadim Nuniyants (WA); 1C-Steve Sax (CA), 2C-Ken Bame (CA), 3C/4C-Art Benjamin (CA) / Drew Giovanis (NV).

ADVANCED (41): 1-Lynn Lusk (CO), 2-Charles Toots (CA); 1C-Ray Spehar (CA), 2C-Erwin Hom (CA), 3C/4C-Paul Mangone (CA) / Andy Plat (CA).

LIMITED (9): 1-Inigo Gatus (CA), 2-David Atwood (CA); 1C-Melanie Goldman (NV).

SUPER-32 (31): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2-Ted Chee (CA), 3/4-Dorn Bishop (CA) / Alfred Mamlet (MD).

PAUL DINGWELL AMATEUR JACKPOT (29): 1-Frank Ley (CA), 2-Josh Racko (CA), 3/4-Ergin Bayrak (CA) / Joe Nolan (TN).

SENIORS I (32): 1/2-Art Benjamin (CA) / Ed Rosenblum (NM), 3/4-Lynn Lusk (CO) / Dennis Stone (CA).
SENIORS II (16): 1/3-Elena Evans (TX) / Ed Rosenblum (NM) / Ray Spehar (CA).

BLITZ (56): 1-Joe Nolan (TN), 2-Allen Tish (CA).

DMP-USBGF PRIME TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Stepan Nuniyants (WA), 2-Mark Antranikian (CA).

DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Cliff Pappas (AZ) & Jim Wark (TX), 2-Nash Jost (CA) & Peter Wisniewski (CA).

$100 JACKPOT (8): 1-Herb Roman (IL).


ABT - 36th CHICAGO OPEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
May 26-30, 2016; Rosemont, Illinois

3rd WORLD BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (16): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), 3/4-Michihito Kageyama (Japan) / Frank Talbot (MI).

OPEN (53): 1-Chris Knapp (MA), 2-Nick Blasier (TX), 3/6-Steve Brown (MN) / Neil Kazaross (IL) / Faddoul Khoury (IL) / Ronald Loero (Venezuela).

INTERMEDIATE (41): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2/5-John Snellings (Costa Rica) / Mike Clapsadle (MI) / Uriel Mazal (Uruguay/USA) / Alex Owen (IL).

NOVICE (10): 1-Brad LaPratt (IL), 2-Tim Koppang (IL); 1C-Roger Brandt (IL).

MARKOWITZ MASTERS (8): 1-John O'Hagan (IN), 2-Michihito Kageyama (Japan).

FASTER MASTERS (8): 1-Takayuki Hino (Japan), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan).

LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Simon Kennedy Rose (IL), 2-Greg Adamavich (WI).

LIMITED JACKPOT OVERFLOW (8): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada).

OPEN UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE: 1-Bob Stringer (CA).

INTERMEDIATE UNLUCKY DICE LAST CHANCE: 1-Cinda King (IL).

DOUBLES (24 teams): 1-Kate Elmore (GA) & Christopher Shanava (IL), 2-Craig Anderson (IL) & Tak Morioka (IL), 3-Bill Bartholomay (IL) & Beth Whitney (MI).

SENIORS (32): 1-John O-Hagan (IN), 2-Bill Riles (TX).

QUICKIES (128): 1-Nick Blasier (TX), 2-Steve Blanchard (IL), 3/4-Roberto Litzenberger (VA) / David Zakrajsek (IN).

TAKI-BOARD TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Steve Brown (MN), 2-Julius High (KS).

$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT #1: 1-Bill Calton (MI), 2-April Kennedy (MN).
$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT #2: 1-Keene Marin (WI), 2-Herb Roman (IL).

MOCHY'S 6th PROFICIENCY TEST (30): Bill Calton (MI) & Dennis Culpepper (VA) tied for first with top scores of 35 out of 50 correct answers.

AFTER TOURNEY TOURNEY (32): 1-Takayuki Hino (Japan), 2-Dennis Culpepper (VA).


ABT - 4th CAPITAL CLASSIC BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 20-22, 2016; Sterling, Virginia

OPEN (32): 1-Jack Edelson (WI), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ), 3/4-Donny Lomuto (NY) / John O'Hagan (IN); 1C-Philippe Salnave (FL), 2C-David Rockwell (IL); 1LC-Paul Weaver (AL).

ADVANCED (25): 1-Marcy Kossar (MD), 2-Alia Azamat (NJ), 3/4-Majid Jahanbani (VA) / Philip Lerman (DC); 1C-Michael Valliere (PA), 2C-Daniel Peters (VA); 1LC-Ben Elliott (NC).

NOVICE (5): 1-Larry Doyle (DC), 2-Nick Saverino (VA).

MASTERS JACKPOT (16): 1-Tuvya Felt (TN), 2-Ed O'Laughlin (VA).

OPEN JACKPOT (16): 1-Alan Grunwald (NJ), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA).

INTERMEDIATE JACKPOT (8): 1-Igor Baburov (NY), 2-Chen-Fu Yu (MD).

DOUBLES (13 teams): 1-Ronald Loero (Venezuela) & LEW Webber (VA), 2-Julius High (KS) & Tony Wuersch (RI).

MOCHY'S QUIZ (9): John Klein (MD) & John O'Hagan (IN) tied for first with high scores of 39.


UKBT: UK BACKGAMMON OPEN
May 20-22, 2016; Coventry, England

MASTERS FLIGHT (79): 1-Richard Furborough, 2-Costin Constantinescu, 3-Lee Gorton, 4-Gaz Owen, 5/6-Brian Lever / Mardi Ohannessian, 7/8-Vaidas Budrys (Lithuania) / Sabrina Milling (Denmark).

ADVANCED (42): 1-Mike Murton, 2-Ingrid Sonnabend (Germany), 3-Emad Salib, 4-Mike Williams, 5/6-Irv Czechowicz / C.J. Uttley, 7/8-Rick Hurst / Karina Langhoff de Thurah (Denmark).

SUPER JACKPOT (24): 1-Volker Sonnabend (Germany), 2-Sebastian Wilkinson, 3/4-Mark Dixon / Ivan Tiberius.

CONSULTATION DOUBLES (16 teams): 1-Romolo Mudu & Antonio Sgambato, 2-Julian Fetterlein & Simonetta Herrera.

SPEED GAMMON (64): 1-Simonetta Herrera, 2-Simon Barget.

ARENA CUP MASTERS (68): 1-Simon Morecroft, 2-Simon Barget, 3/4-Martin Barkwill / Florin Sabau.

ARENA CUP ADVANCED (31): 1-Donna Sherred, 2-Anna Clarke, 3/4-David Dennis / Jamie MacPherson.

WARM UP (54): 1-Sean Clennell, 2-Mardi Ohannessian, 3/4-Steve Carder / Brian Lever.

SATURDAY SOCIAL SWISS (8): 1-Su Lim, 2-Tony Foster.

SUNDAY SOCIAL SWISS (4): 1-Luke Owen, 2-Andrew Pinkus.

BRITISH BACKGAMMON AWARDS 2016:
British Player of the Year: Raj Jansari
Tournament Director of the Year: Rick Janowski
Board Designer of the Year: Geoffrey Parker
Most Significant Contributor of the Year: Julia Hayward
Most Courteous Player of the Year: Julian Minwalla
Chairman's Award for Outstanding Contribution: Tim Cross
International Player of the Year: Akiko Yazawa (Japan)


8th GERMAN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP
May 13-16, 2016; Frankfurt-Sulzbach, Germany

CHAMPIONSHIP (64): 1-Minh Nguyen (France), 2-Andreas Hofmann, 3/4-Dirk Leinberger / Michael Urban; 1C-Ingo Mohr, 2C-Jürgen Schettler, 3C/4C-Nesip Temizkan / Jürgen Orlowski; 1LC-Christoph Wagener, 2LC-Jerzy Behnke.

INTERMEDIATE (42): 1-Bernd Schmidt, 2-Wolfgang Henze, 3/4-Christian Andresen / Fred Brendler; 1C-Sebastian Müller, 2C-Toni Savio; 1LC-Frank Ott, 2LC-Klaus Evers.

BEGINNERS (24): 1-Harold Kock, 2-Diana Srdjanov, 3-Andrea Dörnemann; 1LC-Nelu Merce.

CONSULTING DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Götz Hildsberg & Kimon Papachristopoulos, 2-Cyrus Afchani & Marcus Reinhard.

SUPERJACKPOT (16): 1-Sakis Lagopatis, 2-Peter van de Bruck.

LADIES CUP (26): 1-Corinna Blaschke.

LIONS KICK-OFF (48): 1-Igor Kaplanski, 2-Andreas Hofmann, 3/4-Stephan Hartmann / Ralf Sudbrak.

WARM-UP (128): 1/2-Alain Babillon (France) / Marcel Büker.


FMT - 11th CYPRUS BACKGAMMON OPEN
May 6-8, 2016; Nicosia, North Cyprus

OPEN (88): 1-Stéphane Tremet (France), 2-Kemal Erdem (Turkey), 3-Ali Çetin Belene (Turkey), 4-Murat Murat (Greece), 5/8-Fuat Erdag (Turkey) / Tunç Onan (Turkey) / Masoud Farvareshi (Iran) / Berkant Bilge (Turkey); 1LC-Adnan Kuzu (Turkey), 2LC-Nachman Fridman (Israel).

DOUBLES CONSULTATION (64 teams): 1-Götz Hildsberg (Germany) & Juergen Orlowski (Germany), 2-Fuat Erdag (Turkey) & Ilhan Koç (Turkey).

SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Maya Peycheva (Bulgaria), 2-Shimon Kagan (Israel).

1-POINTER (64): 1-Deniz Kizilbora (North Cyprus).

JACKPOT WINNERS (4x8): Nodar Gagua (Georgia), Serdar Ozkaya (Turkey), Serkan Calisir (Turkey), Ismail Yildiz (Turkey), Handan Erdag (Turkey), Deniz Kizilbora (Turkey), Gavriel Menasherov (Israel).

SPECIAL PLAYER AWARDS: Vecdi Kalyoncu (Turkey), Masoud Farvareshi (Iran), Tunç Onan (Turkey).

€10,000 FREEROLL PASHA CUP (21): 1-Oktay Lokbas (Turkey), 2-Ricardo Malas (Spain), 3/4-Mustafa Yilmaz (Turkey), Tunç Onan (Turkey).


23rd OUI-SEN BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
May 3-5, 2016; Tokyo, Japan

CHAMPIONSHIP (39): 1-Hisayasu Kato, 2-Gou Maruyama, 3-Kazuki Yokota, 4-Yasuo Mishima, 5/6-Masahiko Nasu / Takeo Takizawa.

INTERMEDIATE (38): 1-Yu Date, 2-Yuki Takada, 3/4-Kouichi Koizumi / Yuta Yoshimi.

BEGINNER (25): 1-Aya Ogura, 2-Kenta Shigekichi.

ELEMENTARY CHILDREN (6): 1-Chihiro Eguchi, 2-Masaki Nakagawa, 3-Rikuro Maeda.

DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Kanade Kubota & Toshiyuki Moriuchi, 2-Takayuki Hino & Kazuki Yokota.

SUPER JACKPOT (8): 1-Kazuya Nagai, 2-Michihito Kageyama.

MASTERS / over 50 (11): 1-Shunzi Terao, 2-Masaaki Isobe.

QUEEN LADIES CUP (8): 1-Kaoruko Kisuno, 2-Tatsuko Mochizuki.


ABT - ATLANTA SPRING BACKGAMMON CLASSIC
April 28-May 1, 2016; Atlanta, Georgia

CHAMPIONSHIP (25): 1-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 2-Stacy Turner (FL); 1C-Vadim Musaelyan (NC), 2C-Jeb Horton (NC); 1LC-Brian Lonergan (LA).

INTERMEDIATE (20): 1-Judy Field (MI), 2-Homer Hector (GA); 1C-Dennis Lutz (GA), 2C-Charles Edwards (GA); 1LC-Jeremy Moulton (GA).

NOVICE (4): 1-Michael Wilson (GA), 2-Sean Montgomery (TN).

ROBERT WILENSKY MEMORIAL MASTERS (10): 1-Saba Bejanishvili (GA), 2-Sean Garber (IN).

ATLANTA CUP AMATEUR JACKPOT (11): 1-Stuart Domeshek (GA), 2-Joe Nolan (TN).

DOUBLES (14 teams): 1-Adrian Costa (GA) & Forrest Faulk (GA), 2-Sam Ahmed (CA) & Samra Hadden (GA).

MINI-MATCH (32): 1-Alan Epstein (GA), 2-Adrian Costa (GA).

SENIORS TOURNAMENT (32): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Ben Elliott (NC).

OVERFLOW SENIORS TOURNAMENT: 1-Jim Hickey (NC), 2-Alan Epstein (GA).

THURSDAY WARM-UP (15): 1-Stacy Turner (FL), 2-Vadim Musaelyan (NC); 1C-Carl Sorg (GA).

AFTER TOURNAMENT (8): 1/2-Ben Friesen (MI) / Samra Hadden (GA).


WBF - 1ST WORLDWIDE BACKGAMMON TROPHY - GEORGIA & WORLDWIDE TEAM CHALLENGE
April 27-May 1, 2016; Tbilisi, Georgia

MASTER FLIGHT (169): 1-Agamir Gevorkyan (Russia), 2-Petko Kostadinov (Bulgaria/USA), 3-Suren Karatorosyan (Armenia), 4-Artur Muradyan (Armenia), 5-Fabrizio Lo Surdo (Italy), 6-Yoshiyuki Nakamura (Japan), 7-Sebastian Wilkinson (England), 8-Mamuka Asatiani (Georgia); 1LC- Jemal Chachua (Georgia), 2LC-Christopher Rogers (England); Ladies Prize - Akiko Yazawa (Japan).

INTERMEDIATE (33): 1-Baglat Rapava (Russia), 2-Valico Toreli (Georgia), 3-Simon Morecroft (England), 4-Vagif Zaidov (Azerbaijan), 5-Gagik Harutyunyan (Armenia); 1LC-Juliya Gromenkova (Russia), 2LC-Tigran Ohanyan (Armenia); Ladies Prize-Juliya Gromenkova (Russia).

TEAM CHALLENGE (15 teams): 1-UK I: Captain Raj Jansari, Lawrence Powell, Chris Rogers, Leo Waters, Sebastian Wilkinson; Reserve player: Yan Kit Chan, 2-Russia I: Captain Sergey Erokhin, Alexey Askurava, Agamir Gevorkyan, Alexander Khandin, Mikael Vardanyan; Reserve players: Timur Azizov, Sergey Petukhov, 3-Russia II: Captain Yaroslav Guzev, Konstantin Bartach, Sergey Alenin, Atsamaz Arsagov, Timur Bulekbaev, Aleksandr Solodukhin; Reserve player: Yaroslav Gusev.

MASTER DOUBLES (36 teams): 1-Jürgen Orlowski (Germany) & Bernhard-Ludwig Winkelhaus (Germany), 2-Tim Line (England) & Leo Waters (England), 3/4-Alexander Chanturidze (Georgia) & David Tevdoradze (Georgia) / Burak Çulhaci (Turkey) & Gökhan Kazandag (Turkey).

SUPER-JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Alexander Khandin (Russia), 2-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan).
SUPER-JACKPOT #2 (16): 1-Konstantinos Mitrelis (Greece), 2-Shimon Kagan (Israel).

LADIES TOURNAMENT (11): 1-Cecilia Sparke (England), 2-Alla Margaryan (Armenia), 3/4-Su Shin Lim (England) / Annalisa Agosti (Italy).

ONE-POINT MATCH (64): 1-Lars Trabolt (Denmark), 2-Ricardo Malas (Lebanon/Spain).


CNB - 16th BACKGAMMON TORNEO CITTÀ DI JESOLO
April 22-25, 2016; Jesolo, Italy

CHAMPIONSHIP (46): 1-Carlo Melzi, 2-Fabrizio Lo Surdo, 3/4-Sergio Fragiacomo / Thomas Köb (Austria), 5/8-Marc Steyvers (Spain) / Roman Korber (Austria) / Florin Popa / Bruno Fanan.

INTERMEDIATE (31): 1-Antonio Anelli, 2-Carlo Lina, 3/4-Paola Aiello / Rolf Hauswirth (Switzerland); 1C-Sonia Pellegrini, 2C-Gianfranca Pasciu.

MARIO SEQUEIRA MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT (56): 1-Fabrizio Lo Surdo, 2-Fabio Bigaglia.

TEAM EVENT (12 teams): 1-Dario de Toffoli / Fausto Pescini / Daniel Scheidiger, 2-Francesco Mauri / Alessandro Pettini / Daniele Rotondo.

DOUBLE CONSULTING (28): 1-Sassan Kachanian (Iran/Belgium) & Leonardo Proni, 2-Franco Candeo & Francesco Mauri.

TORNEO SPEEDGAMMON (32): 1-Sergio Fragiacomo, 2-Luca Martino.

OPEN HOTEL ATLANTICO (32): 1-Nodar Gagua (Georgia/Russia), 2-Giorgio Castellano.

LADIES TOURNAMENT (12): 1-Marianne Farraj (Lebanon/Austria).

WARM-UP (32): 1-Thomas Köb (Austria).

SWING TOURNAMENT (24): 1-Daniel Tudose, 2-Fabio Cappelletti.

ONE-POINT (16): 1-Edgardo Bianco.

EDDY'S QUIZ: 1-Florin Popa.


WBF - 1ST INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT FOR JOURNALISTS
April 21-25, 2016; Tskaltubo, Georgia

MASTER FLIGHT (43): 1-Bob Wachtel (USA), 2-Kakhaber Gelashvili (Georgia), 3/4-Jason Pack (USA) / Ilia Nikachadze (Georgia); 1C-Marco Fornasir (Italy), 2C-Tigran Avetisyan (Armenia), 3C/4C-Eduard Mirijanyan (Armenia) / David Tevzadze (Georgia); 1LC-Beka Chkhaidze (Georgia), 2LC-Tornike Kverenchkhiladze (Georgia); Ladies Prize - Tamara Sadradze (Georgia).


ABT - U.S. OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 13-17, 2016; Las Vegas, Nevada

CHAMPIONSHIP (74+28 rebuys): 1-Kit Woolsey (CA), 2-Gary Bauer (NJ), 3/4-Mark Ferrin (OR) / Jim Pasko (NV); 1C-Ken Bame (CA), 2C-Tom Wheeler (TX), 3C/4C-Mark Antranikian (CA) / Alfredo Unes (Brazil); 1LC-Joe Russell (CA), 2LC-Philippe Salnave (FL).

INTERMEDIATE (70+28 rebuys): 1-Ahmet Bolat (MA), 2-Jeff Whitelaw (NV), 3/4-Burt Goldstein (NM) / David Taniguchi (CA); 1C-Joe Miller (OH), 2C-Treena Bouque (CA), 3C/4C-Vlad Eydelman (IL) / Tim Lawless (OH); 1LC-Joe Apicella (NV), 2LC-Paul Franks (NV).

BEGINNERS (4): 1-David Klausa (CO).

SUPER JACKPOT (16): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2-Stick Rice (OH).

LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Ken Bame (CA), 2-Paul Baraz (CA), 3/4-Stacy Turner (FL) / Alfredo Unes (Brazil).

BEGINNERS JACKPOT (3): 1-Diane Kropelnitski (MI).

SENIORS TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Joe Apicella (NV), 2-Pedro Carvalho (Brazil), 3/4-Mark Antranikian (CA) / Salomon Zonana (Mexico).

DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (16 teams): 1-Cliff Pappas (AZ) & Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2-Conny Eriksson (Sweden) & Marie Gustafsson (Sweden).

BLITZ (200): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Hideo Tateno (CA).

MINI-MATCH (64): 1-Steve Diano (NV), 2-Paul Baraz (CA).

$100 SATURDAY JACKPOT (32): 1-Salomon Zonana (Mexico), 2-Paul Baraz (CA).

AFTER TOURNAMENT TOURNAMENT (31): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Kit Woolsey (CA).


WBF - 28th EUROPEAN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP & 15th VELDEN OPEN
March 30-April 3, 2016; Velden, Austria

MASTER FLIGHT (23): 1-Ciprian Radulescu (Romania), 2-Gerhard Stoll (Italy), 3-Florin Popa (Romania/Italy), 4-Michail Proukakis (Greece), 5-Roberto Georgi (Italy); 1LC-Kakhaber Natchkebia (Georgia), 2LC-Ingo Mohr (Germany); Ladies Prize: Akiko Yazawa (Japan).

INTERMEDIATE (26): 1-Francesco Oliva (Italy), 2-Ioan Ciobanu (Romania), 3-Elfriede Fritz Winkler (Austria), 4-Marianne Farraj (Lebanon/Austria), 5-Zeljko Mesarek (Croatia); 1LC-Heimo Löbler (Austria), 2LC-Maurizio Fidora (Italy); Ladies Prize: Elfriede Fritz Winkler (Austria).

SUPER JACKPOT (4): 1-Peter Raugust (Germany), 2-Cumhur Bektüre (Turkey).

THE BEST PLAY THE BEST (2): 1-Roman Korber (Austria).

LADIES TOURNAMENT (4): 1-Laurence Sinitzky (France), 2-Marianne Farraj (Lebanon/Austria).

WARM-UP (9+26)): 1-Ingo Mohr (Germany), 2-Helmut Gerdenits (Austria).

869BG TROPHY (11+20): 1-Laurence Sinitzky (France), 2-Iaon Ciobanu (Romania).

ONE-POINT MATCH (64): 1-Peter Urbantschitsch (Austria), 2-Neculai Draganuta (Romania).

13th EUROPEAN DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP (11 teams): 1-Ingo Mohr (Germany) & Svetlana Mohr (Ukraine), 2-Arda Findikoglu (Turkey) & Tunç Hamarat (Turkey/Austria).


28th NORDIC OPEN BACKGAMMON
March 23-28, 2016; Copenhagen, Denmark

CHAMPIONSHIP (103): 1-Raj Jansari (England), 2-Michael Weile (DK), 3/4-Ed O'Laughlin (USA) / Volker Sonnabend (Germany), 5/8-Jon Barnes (England) / Peter Christiansen (DK) / Bjørn Inge Lorentzen (Norway) / Konstantinos Mitrelis (Greece); 1LC-Sampo Niskanen (Finland), 2LC-André Larsen (Norway).

ADVANCED (77): 1-Thomas Kokholm (DK), 2-Klaus Switon (DK), 3/4-Eva Zizková (Czech Republic) / Peter Toftsø (DK), 5/8-Jan Petersen (DK) / Lorenzo Rusconi (Italy) / Cato Fordham (England) / Jesper Jensen (DK); 1LC-Vadim Michagin (DK), 2LC-Christian Skjæran (DK).

INTERMEDIATE (79): 1-Wolfgang Henze (Gemany), 2-Sigrid Seyrling (Austria), 3/4-Anni Bech Nielsen (DK) / Margrethe Louise Pedersen (DK); 1LC-Kevin El Hmoud (DK), 2LC-Rain Bilderbeek (The Netherlands).

BEGINNER (29): 1-Frederik Mikkelsen (DK), 2-Jan Villumsen (DK), 3/4-Mads Gaston Bjørn-Nielsen (DK) vs Sami Kosha (DK); 1LC-Joaquim Marques Nielsen (DK), 2LC-Rodolfo Patricio (Portugal).

CONSULTATION DOUBLES (65 teams): 1-André Larsen (Norway) & Jon Kristian Røyset (Norway), 2-Konrad Fröschl (Sweden) & Kåre Aronsson (Sweden), 3/4-Götz Hildsberg (Germany) & Kimon Papadopoulos (Germany) / Niels Skov Larsen (DK) & Tommy Larsen (DK).

MIXED DOUBLES (52 teams): 1-Sabine Hildebrandt (Germany) & Thomas Kazemieh (Germany), 2-Anita Marholm (Norway) & Dagfinn Snarheim (Norway).

LADIES TOURNAMENT (49): 1-Pernille Andersen (DK), 2-Ingrid Sonnabend (Germany), 3/4-Lene Espersen (DK) / Marianne Petersen (DK).

SPEED GAMMON (128): 1-Klaus Switon (DK), 2-Jan Cerny (Czech Republic), 3/4-Paul Gilbertson (England) / Eric McAlpine (England), 5/8-Marinos Hindkjær (DK) / Carter Mattig (USA) / Carlo Melzi (Italy) / Klaus Switon (DK).

TMP TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Saban Simsek (DK), 2-Jan Larsen (DK).

XG MASTERS (9): 1-Thomas Kristensen (DK), 2-Mike "Falafel" Natanzon (Israel/USA).

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT (7): 1-Sissel Mohr Poulsen (Denmark).

DAILY TOURNAMENT (Saturday) (32): 1-Zdenek Zizka (Czech Republic), 2-Henrik Hansen (DK), 3/4-Tage Mellgren (DK) / Ole Michael Nielsen (DK).

TEAM TOURNAMENT (28 teams): 1-Germany: Martin Birkhahn, Maik Stiebler & Norbert Wiebusch, 2-Renseriet (Denmark): Martin Foldager, Reza Jamali & Peter Lego.

WARM UP (78): 1-Axel Stemark (DK), 2-Thibaud Thompson (Switzerland), 3/4-Morten Marx (DK) / Nissim Murciano (Israel).

SUPER JACKPOT (32): 1-Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden), 2-Götz Hildsberg (Germany), 3/4-Tore Fredriksen (Norway) / Jason Pack (USA).

DENMARK VS THE WORLD: The World Team won 25-19.
1-The World Team: Captain Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan), Tore Fredriksen (Norway), Jörgen Granstedt (Sweden), Michihito Kageyama (Japan), Mike "Falafel" Natanzon (Israel/USA), Jürgen Orlowski (Germany), Thomas Ronn (Sweden), Akiko Yazawa (Japan), Zdenek Zizka (Czech Republic).
2-Denmark Team: Captain Michael Weile & Theil Rasmussen, Peter Friberg, Thomas Kristensen, Michael "Mik" Larsen, Sander Lylloff, Thomas Myhr, Freddie Noer, Lars Trabolt.

DANISH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lars Nielsen.

HONORARY AWARD: Louisa Dahlin Friberg.

FAIR PLAY PRIZE: Zdenek Zizka (Czech Republic).


ABT - 22nd ANNUAL OHIO STATE BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 18-20, 2016; Cleveland, Ohio

OPEN (38): 1-Sean Garber (IN), 2-David Todd (MO); 1C-Marty Storer (NH), 2C-Frank Raposa (VA).

ADVANCED (43): 1-Bruce Ballance (PA), 2-Amy Trudeau (IL); 1C-Reggie Harvel (MI), 2C-David Zakrajsek (IN).

NOVICE (12): 1-Andy Fazekas (CT), 2-Donna Davenport (OH); 1C-Linda Bradley (NC).

OHIO MASTERS (16): 1-Jacob "Stick" Rice (OH), 2-Dion Hogan (MI).

AMATEUR JACKPOT (16): 1-Mike Rezai (OH), 2-Mike Vasilatos (OH).

DOUBLES (13 teams): 1-Chris Knapp (MA) & Patty Knapp (MA), 2-Bruce Ballance (PA) & Pete Townsend (PA).

MICRO BLITZ (64): 1-David Zakrajsek (IN), 2-Frank Raposa (VA).

QUICKIES (32): 1-Brian Vance (MI), 2-Ross Gordon (CT).

THURSDAY WARM-UP (16): 1-Farhad Forudi (OH), 2-Ben Elliott (NC).


1st NATIONS BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
March 4-6, 2016; Saint-Paul de Vence, France

NATIONS TOURNAMENT (11 teams): 1-North of France Team: Christophe Guicheteau / Michel Serrero / Scarlett Serrero / Franck Stepler, 2-South of France Team: Stéphane Benessiano / Pierre Gondran / Alexis Vincent / Philippe Vouhé.

MASTERS (37): 1-Chris Rogers (England), 2-Lawrence Powell (England), 3/4-Edmond Mezini (Italy) / Vincenzo Riceputi (Italy); 1C-David Brown (England), 2C-Stéphane Benessiano (France), 3C/4C-Massimiliano Cettolin (Italy) / Alexis Vincent (France).

INTERMEDIATE (16): 1-Arthur Wright (England), 2-Valentin Otetea (France); 1C-Milton Gonzalez (Costa Rica), 2-Christophe Guicheteau (France).

BEGINNERS (4): 1-Gabriela Salgado Gonzalez (Costa Rica), 2-Federico Riceputi (Italy).

SAINT-PAUL'S ARTY TOURNAMENT (16): 1-Andy Bell (England), 2-Myke Wignall (England).


FMT - ISTAVDER 8th ANNIVERSARY BACKGAMMON TOURNAMENT
February 26-28, 2016; Istanbul, Turkey

CHAMPIONSHIP (400): 1-Amin Shahvalizade (Iran), 2-Hüseyin Özdag (Turkey), 3-Rosen Peychev (Bulgaria), 4-Cihangir Çetinel (Turkey), 5-Kamil Karaali (Turkey), 6-Hakan Kahyaoglu (Turkey), 7-Omid Yaghoobi (Iran), 8-Berkant Bilgi (Turkey); 1C-Burak Peker (Turkey), 2C-Roman Korber (Austria); 1LC-Deniz Çirpan (Turkey), 2LC-Alexander Kikalishvili (Georgia).

8th TURKISH CONSULTATION DOUBLES #1 (64): 1-Selahattin Hacioglu (Turkey) & Salih Yener (Turkey), 2-Arzu Akincioglu (Turkey) & Yalkin Erk (Turkey).
8th TURKISH CONSULTATION DOUBLES #2 (64): 1-Can Biyiklioglu (Turkey) & Mehmet Ali Erten (Germany), 2-Amir Eshraghi (Iran) & Ebrahim Eshraghi (Iran).

SPEEDGAMMON (64): 1-Fatih Bellice (Turkey), 2-Aykut Uzel (Turkey).

TEAM CHALLENGE (32 Teams): 1-Murat Cengiz (Turkey), Ibrahim Terzi (Turkey), Murat Kayaturk (Turkey).

ONE POINT #1: (64) Hasan Yargan (Turkey).
ONE POINT #2: (64) Ozan Gundogdu (Turkey).
ONE POINT #3: (64) Bülent Isildar (Turkey).
ONE POINT #4: (64) Roman Gvenetadze (Georgia).

SUPER JACKPOT #1: (16) Murat Ibrahimoglu (Turkey).
SUPER JACKPOT #2: (16) Abdullah Ser (Turkey).
SUPER JACKPOT #3: (16) Murat Kapikiran (Turkey).

JACKPOT WINNERS (5x8): Bahattin Uzunoglu (Turkey), Amir Eshraghi (Iran), Necmettin Saltkaya (Northern Cyprus), Kian Ghodsi (Iran), Dogan Sunar (Turkey).

SPECIAL PLAYER AWARDS: Serkan Calisir (Turkey), Marcel Buker (Germany), Kamran Sharifi (Iran), Sefik Mancilikcilar (Switzerland), Ceren Kosdemir (Turkey).


ABT - 2016 SUNSHINE STATE BACKGAMMON CLASSIC
February 19-21, 2016; Clearwater, Florida

OPEN (10): 1-Bob Carpenter (FL), 2-Eric Barr (KS); 1C-Leon Marini (NJ).

INTERMEDIATE (27): 1-Michael Valliere (PA), 2-Jerry Ungar (FL); 1LC-Eric Stevens (FL).

NOVICE (6): 1-Marcus Klebe (FL), 2-Juan Erazo (FL).

GULF COAST DOUBLES (8 teams): 1-Doug Johnson (FL) & Roland Leutert (FL).

MICRO BLITZ (8): 1-Bob Wright (FL).

AFTER-TOURNEY TOURNAMENT (8): 1-Michael Valliere (PA).


1st GIBRALTAR BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP
February 10-14, 2016; Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

CHAMPIONSHIP (165): 1-Jürgen Orlowski (Germany), 2-Peer Röwer (Germany), 3/4-Thomas Myhr (Denmark) / Martin-Frédéric Kahn (France), 5/8-Leon Dorel (Romania) / Sergey Erokhin (Russia) / Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Sebastian Wilkinson (England); 1C-Steen Haff (Denmark), 2C-Aref Alipour (Iran/England), 3C/4C-Fabrizio Lo Surdo (Italy) / Georges Grünbaum (Switzerland).

INTERMEDIATE (51): 1-Florin Sabau (Romania), 2-Andrea Chen (Italy), 3/4-Karina Langhoff de Thurah (Denmark) / Kazuko Numazawa (Japan); 1C-Airat Metshin (Russia), 2C-Morten Knudsen (Denmark).

SUPER JACKPOT (32): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (USA), 2-Pavel Bielewicz (Poland/Sweden).

SPEED TOURNAMENT (128): 1-Aron Tendler (Sweden), 2-Vincent De Nardi (France), 3/4-Magnus Koraen (Sweden) / Martin Birkhahn (Germany), 5/8-Carter Mattig (USA) / Zoran Maric (France) / Ann Maibritt Ehlers (Denmark) / Youssef Azari (Denmark).

CONSULTATION DOUBLES (64 teams): 1-Aref Alipour (Iran/England) & Eric McAlpine (England), 2-Michael "Mik" Larsen (Denmark) & Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 3/4-Tue Rasmussen (Denmark) & Hallur Sævarsson (Iceland) / Takis Chatzelis (Greece) & Konstantinos Mitrelis (Greece).

FAIR PLAY PRIZE: Christian Andresen (Belgium) / Sylvia Wist (Germany).

LADIES PRIZE: Maya Peycheva (Bulgaria).


ABT - 4th TEXAS BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 4-7, 2016; San Antonio, Texas

CHAMPIONSHIP (68+26 rebuys): 1-Richard Munitz (NY), 2-Gary Fries (VA), 3/4-Julius High (KS) / David Kettler (TX); 1C-Ronald Loero (Venezuela), 2C-Michael Neagu (Canada), 3C/4C-Gus Contos (CA) / Barry Power (TX); 1LC-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2LC-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ).

ADVANCED (40+8 rebuys): 1-Philip Rousselle (TX), 2-Lloyd Jerauld (TX); 1C-Cem Aslan (TX), 2C-Robert Urquhart (TX), 3C/4C-Dave McKenzie (KS) / Rose Sheedy (IN); 1LC-Mario Savan (CA).

LIMITED (21): 1-Linda Bradley (NC), 2-Scott Butki (TX); 1C-Rebecca Lively (TX), 2C-Kathy Quentan (TX); 1LC-Paula Pipes (TX).

DUAL-DUEL TOURNAMENT (8): 1-PR Winner Bob Wachtel (CA), 2-Score Winner Steve Sax (CA).

LONGHORN CLASSIC MASTERS JACKPOT (25+6): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2-Al Hodis (NV), 3/4-Steve Sax (CA) / Bob Wachtel (CA).

ALAMO CLASSIC LIMITED JACKPOT (28+4): 1-Jonah Seewald (CO), 2-Gary Fries (VA), 3/4-Eric Hiner (MN) / Ronald Loero (Venezuela).

TEXAS CLASSIC ADVANCED JACKPOT (8): 1-April Kennedy (MN), 2-Robert Orth (TX).

USBGF TOURNAMENT OF STARS (17 teams): 1-Harvey Gillis (AZ) & Petko Kostadinos (SC), 2-Gus Contos (CA) & Richard Munitz (NY).

USBGF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WEST (96): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV), 2-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ).

USBGF $1,000 PRIME TOURNAMENT FREE ROLL (64): 1-Mario Savan (CA), 2-Eric Hiner (MN).

$1,000 SURPRISE FREE ROLL (32): 1-John Bird (TX), 2-Irina Litzenberger (VA).

SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1/2-Julius High (KS) / Albert Steg (MA).
SENIORS OVERFLOW (32): 1-Ira Hessel (TX), 2-David Taniguchi (CA).

SPEEDGAMMON #1 (32): 1-Ronald Loero (Venezuela), 2-Scott Ward (TX).
SPEEDGAMMON #2 (16): 1-Michael Neagu (Canada), 2-David Taniguchi (CA).

$100 SUNDAY JACKPOT (8): 1/2-Odis Chenault (CA) / Herb Roman (IL).

ULTIMATE BACKGAMMON PACKAGE (16): 1-Alia Azamat (NJ), 2-William McHone (TX).

AMERICAN BACKGAMMON HALL OF FAME: 2016 Inductees - Patrick Gibson (CA), Danny Kleinman (CA), Howard Markowitz (NV) and Tim Holland (deceased).


TBT - 2016 ISTANBUL OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP
January 15-17, 2016; Istanbul, Turkey

CHAMPIONSHIP (95): 1-Naim Onur Tezmen, 2-Masoud Aghdam (Iran), 3/4-Ali Necdet Akbayrak / Tunc Hamarat; 1C-Huseyin Cetintas, 2C-Emrullah Cosar, 3C/4C-Martin Barkwill (England) / Cengiz Ergin; 1LC-Mehmet Ali Akpolat, 2LC-Fatih Seven.

LADIES PRIZE (7): 1-Marianne Farraj (Lebanon/Austria), 2-Nesrin Becerici.

ELITE CLUB SPECIAL PRIZE (29): 1-Huseyin Cetintas, 2-Ali Necdet Akbayrak.

DOUBLES CONSULTATION (44 pairs): 1-Serkan Koc & Suzan Koc, 2-Shimon Kagan (Israel) & Ricardo Malas (Spain), 3/4-Roohollah Amiri Andy (Iran) & Jalil Khalili (Iran) / Burak Culhaci & Tuncay Yazici.

"RICHARD LUKAS MEMORIAL" WARM-UP (77): 1-Jalil Khalili (Iran), 2-K. Zafer Akbiyik, 3/4-Martin Sagradian (Ukraine) / Gultekin Uygur.

869BG SPEEDGAMMON (64): 1-Ismail Bilgili, 2-Yasar Gozel, 3/4-Levent Erim / Marianne Farraj (Lebanon/Austria).

SWING (59): 1-Kerim Bilge, 2-Shimon Kagan (Israel).

BGTV PROFICIENCY TEST (21): 1-Martin Barkwill (England), 2-Cumhur Bekture.

1-POINTER (128): 1-Fouad Farraj (Lebanon), 2-Taner Ucarer, 3/4-Gural Bulut / Ysar Gozel.

BG4BG JACKPOTS (8x8): Winners - Fatih Seven, Sergey Kolpashchikov (Russia/Turkey), Gural Bulut, Rusen Ali Soylu, Tim Line (England), Walter Busato (Italy), Alexey Askurava (Russia).


ABT - 9th NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BACKGAMMON OPEN
January 6-10, 2016; Jersey City, New Jersey

CHAMPIONSHIP (70+16 rebuys): 1-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 2-Frank DiMaggio (NY), 3/4-Neil Kazaross (IL) / Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan); 1C-Ben Friesen (MI), 2C-Rory Pascar (IL), 3C/4C-Tobias Hellwag (Germany) / Jeb Horton (NC); 1LC-Frank Talbot (MI), 2LC-Brent Cohen (PA).

INTERMEDIATE (66+18 rebuys): 1-Jordan Schwitzer (NY), 2-Michael Shmuely (NY), 3/4-Bruce Ballance (PA) / Canan Aktas (NY); 1C-Kevin Walsh (NJ), 2C-Chen-Fu Yu (MD), 3C/4C-Marcy Kossar (MD) / Ruben Martirosyan (NY); 1LC-Michael Robinson (NY), 2LC-Cloyd Laporte (NY).

ADVANCED BEGINNER (26): 1-Frank Echols (NJ), 2-Lisa Pelaez (NY); 1C-Jenna Longman (MI), 2C-Alia Azamat (NJ); 1LC-Howard Linnemann-Schmidt (NY).

BEGINNER (18): 1-Troy Longman II (MI), 2-Chris Coppa (NY); 1C-Dan Schechner (NY); 1LC-Andrew Lin (WA).

LIBERTY CUP MASTERS (32): 1-John Klein (MD), 2-Mike Senkiewicz (NY), 3/4-Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Julian Schulman (NY).

LIMITED JACKPOT (32): 1-Bill Finneran (MD), 2-Jay Karns (NY), 3/4-Leon Marini (NJ) / Eric Stevens (FL).

LIMITED JACKPOT OVERFLOW (18): 1-Antoinette Williams (NY), 2-Michael Valliere (PA).

2-POINT MINI-MATCH (128): 1-Ed O'Laughlin (VA), 2-Albert Steg (MA), 3/4-Larry Shiller (CT) / Tony Wuersch (RI).

BLITZ (160): 1-Albert Steg (MA), 2-Gary Koscielny (NY).

NEW YORK DOUBLES (32 teams): 1-Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) & Steve Sax (CA), 2-Petko Kostadinov (SC) & Akiko Yazawa (Japan).

SENIORS TOURNAMENT (64): 1-Bill Finneran (MD), 2-Frank Talbot (MI), 3/4-Fran Goldfarb (NY) / Cloyd Laporte (NY).

SENIORS OVERFLOW TOURNAMENT (16): 1/2-Doug Huch (NJ) / Alan Steffen (NY).

$500 JACKPOT (4): 1-Ray Fogerlund (NV).

$100 JACKPOT #1 (8): 1-Carol Joy Cole (MI), 2-Sergiy Rybiy (NY).
$100 JACKPOT #2 (8): 1-Pete Anderson (WA), 2-Boris Dekhtyar (NY).

USA vs THE WORLD: 1-World Team: Tobias Hellwag (Germany) / Michihito Kageyama (Japan) / Thomas Kristensen (Denmark) / Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) / Akiko Yazawa (Japan), 2-USA Team: Victor Ashkenazi (NJ) / Matt Cohn-Geier (CA) / Neil Kazaross (IL) / Petko Kostadinov (SC) / Mike "Falafel" Natanzon (USA) / Steve Sax (CA). The World Team edged Team USA with points scored in multiple events. Team USA edged the World Team in PR including final consultation match: 3.08 vs 3.33.

HIGH ROLLER EVENT (20): 1-Mike "Falafel" Natanzon (USA), 2-Matt Cohn-Geier (CA).