Welcome to the

Australian Backgammon Federation


The Australian Backgammon Federation Inc (ABF) was formed in May 2013 to encourage the growth of backgammon in Australia and to represent Australian players, clubs and tournament organisers on the world stage.


The ABF is Incorporated in NSW and operates under the Department of Fair Trading Model constitution as a not-for-profit organisation. More details on the About page.


Welcome from the President


Dear Backgammoners,


Welcome to the Australian Backgammon Federation!

So I’d like to start this off by saying that we at the ABF are very passionate about backgammon and after many talks about how to start the ABF the right way, we have decided that now is the right time to get the ball rolling. Our aim is to unify backgammon players across the country and bring everyone together by working closely with each backgammon club to ensure the growth of the game we all love. The ABF will always be open and accountable to all of it’s members as it is the members that will make this possible. As a passionate backgammon player myself, I want nothing more than to see a fair and sustainable organisation taking charge to promote backgammon throughout Australia.


Some of the goals we have set are:


  • Working with all clubs and Tournament Directors throughout Australia to institute a national rating system
  • Work with club organisers to create an “Australian Backgammon Tour” with each state hosting at least one major live event per year
  • Work with other backgammon federations around the world on such things as rules and online tournaments such as the IBC
  • Hold AGMs to inform members how we’re doing and to elect the committee from nominations by members

I hope you will join us on this journey by becoming a member and having your say in the growth of the game we all love. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the committee.


  Mick Dyett, President


Press Release


1st August 2013 - ABF Launch


Member benefits


ABF membership will bring you:


  • reduced entry fees to ABF partner events
  • regular live and online tournament updates
  • eligibility for ABF national ranking
  • active participation in the development of backgammon in Australia

Associate Memberships available


If you reside outside of Australia but wish to stay in touch, you can become an Associate Member at no cost. Sign up via the Members page.


The ABF wants to hear from you


The ABF is here to serve you, the backgammon community. So we'd like to hear your ideas.


For example, how would you see a national rating system working ? Should it separate online from live play ? How do we rate round robin formats ?


You can contact us through our Contact page.


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KNOW IT COLD



Hello fellow backgammon players, my name is Mick Dyett. This column introduces our readers to a series of articles written to help those interested in developing a deeper understanding of the game.


My first article is called How to Lose at Backgammon (a lot tougher than just rolling bad dice), then we start our bootcamp with the opening rolls and their replies in money games.


Over the coming months, we will look at which plays have close candidates and how this information can be used to strengthen our match play. Aside from many other things we will cover gammon values and how they affect cube and checker play, dead cube versus live cube and just to drive people completely nuts, we will be doing a lot of work with early blitz reference positions. When I first started looking at this stuff it took me a week to sober up! It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but some idea is better than ignorance. It's the first step, and you build from there.


I enjoy studying the game just as much as I love to play and I feel privileged to be able to give something back to a game that has given so much to me. I called my column KNOW IT COLD - it's the road to vision.....


Until next time... Be happy :-)

Mick Dyett

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About the ABF


The Australian Backgammon Federation Inc is a not-for-profit Tier 2 association incorporated in New South Wales, Australia. The ABF currently operates under the model constitution, which can be downloaded from the Dept of Fair Trading website here.


ABN 80 591 465 905


The registered address of the association is:

5/21b Billyard Avenue

Elizabeth Bay

NSW 2011

Telephone: 0413 298 991

Email: treasurer@ausbgf.org.au


The Public Officer of the association is Nathan Collings.

Officials


President

A big warm hello to all Backgammon players.

I am honoured to act as president, and I look forward to working with the community and members to create a well structured and organised Backgammon community that will serve the needs of all those who love the game. I have been playing Backgammon for around thirty years and my love of the game has only grown. I believe to be happy, it goes a long way to surround yourself with people who share the same passion..........it works for me.

Yours Sincerely, Mick Dyett.

E-mail: president@ausbgf.org.au

Vice President

Bruce Parr has been a member of Newcastle Backgammon Club from 1989 to present.

Achievements:

1995& 2006 Newcastle Open Winner

2003 Captains Trophy Winner Top 8

2004 Captains Trophy Winner 2nd 8

2000&2007 Top 8 winner

2009 Presidents Trophy Winner

Committee Member of the Newcastle Club from 2010 to Present


I feel privileged to take the Vice President's position in the ABF. Backgammon is my passion and the aim of my dream is to have a successful Australian Backgammon Federation for all players concerned

E-mail: vicepresident@ausbgf.org.au

Treasurer/Public Officer

Nathan Collings has been playing backgammon casually most of his life, and has taken an interest in developing his game further. Originally from Perth, Nathan found the Sydney Backgammon Club, and decided it was the perfect platform to get more involved. With a background in Project Management & Finance, Nathan has readily volunteered to make a contribution.

E-mail: treasurer@ausbgf.org.au

Secretary

Virginia has been a member of the Newcastle Backgammon Club since 2003 in which time she has served the role of Secretary for some of those years. She has a belief that the continuation of live play should be supported and encouraged in Australian backgammon and has competed and placed well in many tournaments including the Newcastle, NSW, QLD and Australian Opens. She has a very competitive nature and love of the game, and maintaining the game's integrity is considered high importance.

E-mail: secretary@ausbgf.org.au

Committee members


Nick
Nick Begakis AO
President - Backgammon Association of South Australia (BASA)

Nick has been President of BASA since its formation in 1977 and elected annually, following the placing of an advertisement late in 1976, in the local daily newspaper to gauge interest. He has played in tournaments around the world and is a fiercely competitive player. BASA is the oldest functioning backgammon club in Australia, meets weekly, arranges monthly tournaments and organises three major Sunday Tournaments and has some 50 members. In "real life", Nick is in the confectionery industry as part owner of an Adelaide based business that distributes nationally.

E-mail: nick.begakis@ausbgf.org.au

Greg
Dr Greg Ash
President - ACT Backgammon

Greg was taught BG by his then fiancée (now wife) Aileen and first played Club BG at the old BAV venue in Batman Avenue. When he returned to Canberra in 1987, Greg realised there was a BG Club here too, so both Aileen and he started playing at the Shanty. The natural organiser in him kicked in and he started arranging regular tournaments and ladders - 25 years later and he is still doing it - this has involved 3 more changes in venue in that time. Has played backgammon online since about 1994 and has had some success in both local events and has won prize money from the tournaments arranged by David Escoffery and others.

E-mail: greg.ash@ausbgf.org.au

Robbie
Robby Solomon

I became a serious player in 1973 which coincided with my eldest brother Ike immigrating to Sydney from Los Angeles.

 

He had a thorough knowledge of the double cube and was a pretty fair player. Besides getting me to read Paul Magriel, we spent countless hours analysing & playing each other and other players.

 

I am an Eastern Suburbs Real Estate Agent and have been playing this great game ever since.

E-mail: robby.solomon@ausbgf.org.au

Darren
Darren O'Shaughnessy

Darren has been playing backgammon every day since 1994, and loves to drop in on clubs and tournaments around the world when possible including Liverpool, Tokyo, Illinois and the Nordic Open.

He has brought some of the game theory framework from backgammon into sports analytics, and currently works as a stats analyst / IT developer with sporting businesses from AFL clubs to GLORY kickboxing to mobile consumer applications.

He is passionate about growing the community of backgammon players in Australia.

E-mail: darren@rankingsoftware.com

The committee can be contacted via

E-mail: committee@ausbgf.org.au

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Information for Members


Membership of the Australian Backgammon Federation Inc is $10 per year.

 

If you are not resident in Australia but wish to stay in touch, you can become an Associate Member at no cost. Simply email your name and country of residence to secretary@ausbgf.org.au. Associate members have no voting rights.


Memberships run from 1st July to 30th June. New members joining between 1st January and 30th June will pay $5 for a half-year membership.



New members must submit a Membership Application Form which can be completed online or downloaded, printed and mailed with payment to:

Australian Backgammon Federation Inc

5/21b Billyard Avenue

Elizabeth Bay

NSW 2011

Payment can be made by Direct Deposit, Paypal or cheque. We prefer Direct Deposit due to the high fees Paypal impose on small transactions. Direct Deposit (eftpos) details:

Bank: NAB

BSB: 082 048

A/C: 839626033

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Adelaide


THE BACKGAMMON ASSOCIATION of SA


When: 6PM, every Tuesday.

Where: Caffe Amore at 162-170 Pulteney Street, Adelaide.


Check out their website at www.cafeamore.com.au.
Our host is Rob Del Luca.


Contact: Nick Begakis Phone: 0403 253 263 E-mail:nbegakis@bigbutton.com.au

Web: http://www.sydbg.uniq.com.au/adelaide.html

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Backgammon.Adelaide

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Brisbane


When: 6:30PM, every Wednesday.

Where: The Kookaburra Cafe, 280 Given Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064.

Cost: Free Social Play & $5 for Tournament Entry (last Wednesday of each month).

Contact: Alex Fernandes Phone: 0424640990​

Web: http://brisbanebackgammon.webs.com/

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Canberra



When: 7PM, every Monday.

Where: King O'Malley's Irish Pub, ​131 City Walk, Canberra City.

Contact: Greg Ash Phone: 0429 820 339 E-mail:gregash@netspeed.com.au

Web: http://home.netspeed.com.au/gregash/BG_ACT.html

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Gold Coast


When: 5:30PM, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Where: RSL Club Southport, 36 Scarborough St, Southport QLD 4215.

Contact: George Beyrouthi Phone: 0411 25 9526 E-mail:george_beyrouthi@hotmail.com


Beginners are very welcome - we'll help you learn the finer aspects of this fascinating game!

Social and cash tournaments for all skill levels are organised on demand.

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Hobart


When: 7:30PM, every Tuesday.

Where: Welcome Stranger Hotel, Corner Davey & Harrington Streets, Hobart (Opposite St Davids Park).

Contact: Sharyn Copp Phone: 0419 231 873 E-mail:sharyn.copp@gmail.com


The club welcomes any new players who wish to join (beginners and players of all standards). A round robin competition and social games can be found on club nights.

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Melbourne


When: 7:30PM, 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Where: The Arcadia Hotel, Corner Toorak Rd and Punt Rd, South Yarra.

Contact: David Kinston Phone: 0414 637999 E-mail:contactmelbg@gmail.com

Web: http://www.melbg.net

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Newcastle


When: 7PM, every 2nd Friday.

Where: Alder Park Bowling Club, Bridges Rd, New Lambton.

Cost: $5.

Contact: Robert Disney Phone: 02 49469222 E-mail:rwdiz@newcastlebackgammon.org

Web: http://www.newcastlebackgammon.org/index.html

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Online



Diane Iveson organises FIBS tournaments for Australian players. Entry is $25, 100% return. Tournaments are run monthly on demand. Current format is 8-player single elimination, 7 point matches. New website coming soon.




The Australian Backgammon League organises $10 and free ($5 membership required) online tournaments. Details on their website.


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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Perth


No regular meetings, but contact the ABF or Gerry Nugawela 0418 921919 if you're interested in playing backgammon in Perth.

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Australian Backgammon Clubs


Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Online Perth Sydney

Sydney


When: 12PM, 2nd Sunday of each month.

Where: Ryde Ex Services Club, 724 Victoria Rd, Ryde.

Cost: $25.

Contact: Mick Dyett Phone: 0497 286 149 E-mail:dyett_michael@yahoo.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sydney-Backgammon/400162870004488

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Events


2014 Australian Open

15/16 November 2014
Ryde Ex-Services Club, Sydney

Costea Ianculescu(l) with finalist Joanna Kerynia

Congratulations to Newcastle's Costea Ianculescu, 2014 Australian Backgammon Champion!


The Australian Open was played on November 15-16. It was a huge success with 44 players turning up from all parts of Australia, as well as a few international Players from the UK.


Full report, results and photos here.


Past


2014 Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament


Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Newcastle Open Champion Steve Roberts

It was a Queensland invasion at the Newcastle Open this year. Four of them made the long trip - Steve Roberts, Joanna Kerynia, Daphne Downs and Simon Woodhead. All four of them qualified for the knockout rounds after winning their respective round robins. Steve beat Simon, Joanna beat Daphne and after squeezing out last year's champ David Reitzin, Steve beat Joanna in a thriller. See more photos and read all the details from organiser Rob Disney at the NBC website.



NSW Open (Sydney)
31st May - 1st June 2014

Champion David Reitzin

A big congratulations to David Reitzin on being crowned the 2014 NSW Open Backgammon Champion !!! David beat the formidable Mick “The Monster” Dyett in the final and this means that David now holds both the NSW Open title & the Australian Open title, a massive effort!!! The full wrap up from Stephen Davy will follow in a few days + photos of the tournament. Thanks to all that took the time to come along and participate, it was a great tournament that was only possible because of those that continue to support our great game. Ben Phillips



The 2014 NSW Open Backgammon Championship
Round 4
Round 5
Final
Winner
Greg Mitchell Mick Dyett Mick Dyett David Reitzin
Mick Dyett
Alex Falon Kee Yio
Kee Yio
Arthur Ramer David Reitzin David Reitzin
David Reitzin
Syd Moore Syd Moore
Simon Woodhead

Australian Open (Sydney)
29-30/11, 1/12/13

Champion David Reitzin (l) with Mick Dyett

Congratulations to David Reitzin, 2013 Australian Open Backgammon Champion!


A large turnout resulted in a field of 96 filling quickly but causing the organisers a few headaches along the way.


It was decided the "Last 3" would play a round-robin series to decide the ultimate Champion. Here's how it panned out...


The final 12 players were in the money and with a chance at the Trophy:


The 2013 Australian Open Backgammon Championship
Round 4
Round 5
Final 3
Winner
Sean Ghodsi Shane McNally Marcus Johnson David Reitzin
Shane McNally
Ken Dalley Marcus Johnson
Marcus Johnson
David Reitzin David Reitzin David Reitzin
Mick Dyett
Simon Woodhead Simon Woodhead
Alex Ivanovski
Gerhardt Macor Robby Solomon Jim Giallussi
Robby Solomon
Jan Spillekom Jim Giallussi
Jim Giallussi

So we came to the final 6, where


Marcus Johnson (VIC) def. Shane McNally (SA) (13-11)

David Reitzin (NSW) def. Simon Woodhead (QLD) (13-1)

Jim Giallussi (NSW) def. Robby Solomon (NSW) (13-12 in double match point after being 9-12 down).


Marcus, David and Jim played in a 11-point round-robin with David winning both his matches to put him straight into the final. Jim and Marcus played off for the other spot in the final with Jim winning. Then in the final to 15, they agreed to play only to 11 and David won 11-0.


Photos and Steve Davy's report available here.


SA Spring Tournament
24/11/13

Congratulations to Shane McNally from John Bonomi (l). More pics and details soon.


IBC 3 Tournament

Australian team at-a-glance


The third International Backgammon Championship is an online tournament organised by the US, Japanese and French Backgammon Federations.

The tournament has attracted 275 players from 28 nations with each country nominating up to 16 players. The tournament is arranged into 16 brackets of 32 players. This ensures that nations who submit a full contingent of 16 players (like Australia) are guaranteed not to be drawn against each other in the early rounds. 12 lucky players in each bracket received byes to the second round. Match format is best-of-3 11 point matches.


10 November 2013 - Australia's run in IBC 3 came to an end today as our final hopes were dashed after the defeat of captain Malcolm Hutson and vice captain Alex Falon. While Malcolm went down like a lead balloon (1-11, 5-11), Alex put up a worthy fight, losing at triple-DMP (10-11, 11-10, 10-11). Bad luck everyone, let's hope we get a better run in the next tournament!

Steve Clarry   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (4-11, 4-11) to Ante Ledic (Croatia)

Drawsheet 1

Ian Dunstan   OUT

Round 1 - LOST (0-2) to Rumen Rasheev (Bulgaria)

Drawsheet 2

Mick Dyett   OUT

Round 1 WON (2-1) vs Peter Urbants (Austria)

Round 2 LOST (1-2) to Cihangir Cetinel (Turkey)

Drawsheet 3

Tim Hochgrebe   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - WON (11-5, 11-9) vs Rachel Rhodes (UK)

Round 3 - LOST (0-2) to Richard Munitz (US)

Drawsheet 4

Alex Falon   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - WON (2-1) vs Rosen Penchev (Bulgaria)

Round 3 - WON (2-1) vs Raj Jansari (UK)

Round 4 - LOST (10-11, 11-10, 10-11) to Sergey Chertkov (Russia)

Drawsheet 5

Brian Ramsey   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (1-2) to Daniel Zahariev (Bulgaria)

Drawsheet 6

Charles Embling   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (1-2) to Veszeli Katalin (Hungary)

Drawsheet 7

Gerry Nugawela   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (0-2) to Jacques Wehli (Switzerland)

Drawsheet 8

Darren O'Shaughnessy   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (11-3, 8-11, 6-11) to Frank Simon (Germany)

Drawsheet 9

Tony Walker   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - WON (2-1) vs Krzysztof Latuch (Poland)

Round 3 - WON (7-11, 11-6, 11-3) vs Peter Bennet (UK)

Round 4 - LOST (11-3, 10-11, 8-11) to Maya Peycheva (Bulgaria)

Drawsheet 10

Cynthia Belonogoff   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (1-2) to David Bognar (Hungary)

Drawsheet 11

David Reitzin   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (1-2) to Isaac Esses (Belgium)

Drawsheet 12

Kevin Jessup   OUT

Round 1 - WON (2-1) vs Arda Findikoglu (Turkey)

Round 2 - LOST (0-2) to Bruce Farquhar (Canada)

Drawsheet 13

Malcolm Hutson   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - WON (2-1) vs Gaz Owen (UK)

Round 3 - LOST (1-11, 5-11) to Michael Larsen (Denmark)

Drawsheet 14

Dave McAllister   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (1-2) to Eva Zizkova (Czech Republic)

Drawsheet 15

Peter Brown   OUT

Round 1 - BYE

Round 2 - LOST (0-2) to Eric Guedj (France)

Drawsheet 16


2013 Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament

1/9/13 Newcastle


Mick Dyett, successful defending champion.

Congratulations to Mick Dyett and runner-up David Reitzin

 

Report, Results and Photos at the Newcastle Backgammon Club

Angie Hambour Tournament

30/6/2013 Adelaide


2013 Angie Hambour Champion Allan Perry with Trophy

Congratulations to:

1st: Alan Perry

2nd: Gordon Neilson

3rd: Nick Begakis

Report, Results and Photos

2013 NSW Open


Congratulations to John Beeby (NSW) from Kevin Jessup (VIC)
Report, Results and Photos

Future


SA Open

Sunday 15 February
Details here.

SA Angie Hambour Tournament

Sunday 14 June

SA Spring Tournament

Sunday 29 November

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Contact


The Australian Backgammon Federation Inc can be contacted by:


E-mail: committee@ausbgf.org.au

Telephone: 0413 298 991 (Nathan Collings - Public Officer)

Mail: 5/21b Billyard Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011


The committee includes individual Office Bearers:


President: Mick Dyett

Vice President: Bruce Parr

Treasurer: Nathan Collings

Secretary: Virginia Jones


See the About page for more details.

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