Jörgen Granstedt Becomes the First Three-Time World Champion of Backgammon

Jörgen Granstedt of Sweden and Joseph Russell of the USA, both former World Champions of Backgammon, battled it out for the 2016 Main competition in Monte Carlo on July 31, 2016 with Granstedt emerging as the victor to become the first three-time winner of the coveted title!

Three-Time World Backgammon Champ Jörgen Granstedt of Sweden

It was the 41st World Backgammon Championship held from July 26 to 31, 2016 and was attended by more than 200 players from around the world.


The final was a 13-point match which Granstedt led 7-0 after Game 6. Russell made a valiant comeback and was losing only 8-6 at the end of Game 11 but Granstedt held on in the see-saw mêlée that ensued to win the match 13-9 in Game 16.

Granstedt was the World Champion of Backgammon in 1999 and 2001 while Joseph Russell was the World Champion in 1989.

In third, fourth and fifth place in the Main flight, respectively, were Tatsuya Tanaka of Japan, Ed O’Laughlin of the USA and Victor Petersen of Norway, while Stephen Chidwick of England won the Intermediate division and Joan Grunwald of the USA taking the Beginners title.

Forty-two players competed in the Super Jackpot tournament that was won by Peter Jes Thomsen of Denmark, the 1993 World Champion.


The total of participants was 144 players in the main Championship flight, 47 in the Intermediate and 15 in the Beginners.

The World Championship is held annually at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The full list of World Champions can be seen here.


New MERIT-WBF Backgammon Tournament
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Merit International hotels and the Worldwide Backgammon Federation (WBF) are partnering again to bring you a new backgammon tournament to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia this December.

The 1st MERIT Open Dubrovnik Grand Prix International Backgammon Championship will be held from December 14 to 18, 2016 at the luxurious RIXOS Libertas Hotel located in Dubrovnik, the enchanted coastal city of Croatia located on the Adriatic Sea.

MERIT will be donating €25,000 of added prize money which will be distributed among the various flights and categories of the competition.

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"Please don`t hesitate to contact us with any questions or for more information, says Tournament Director Arda Findikoglu of WBF Turkey.


Asia's Biggest Backgammon Touranment

October 8 to 10 in Tokyo, Japan

The Japan Open is the biggest backgammon tournament in Asia and the 22nd edition of this international event will take place in Tokyo, Japan again this fall.

The tournament will happen October 8 to 10, 2016 at the Shidax Hall in Shibuya district of Tokyo, the busiest area of the city of Tokyo, with access to lots of shopping, sightseeing, and nightlife, etc.

The night before the event you can join the other players in the traditional party night and enjoy magnificent food including the best Sushi, accompanied by your special guide, Kenji Shimodaira.

Tournament Director Masayuki Mochizuki says, "Our tournaments have a high standard of playing conditions, with the first-round matches to 15 points. The boards and clocks will be supplied by the Japan Backgammon League (JBL) and some of the most important matches will be streamed via UStream to the whole world!"

For complete details and the schedule for this great backgammon tournament, please visit the Facebook page of the 22nd Japan Open and please note that there is also a Public Group page on Facebook for this annual event, under the name "Japan Open".


4th Merit Open International Backgammon Tournament in Northern Cyprus this November

The 4th Merit Open International Backgammon Tournament organized by the Worldwide Backgammon Federation's branch in Turkey (WBF-Turkey) will take place at the Merit Park Hotel and Casino in the town of Kyrenia, in Northern Cyprus from November 2 to 6, 2016.

The schedule, and all the details about this international competition, hotels, side events and special activities such as the Welcome Cocktail Party and the Farewell Gala and Awards Ceremony, can be found at http://www.wbfturkey.org/ or on the Facebook page of WBF-Türkiye.


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Athanasios Katsios of Greece wins
2014 Merit Open Backgammon Masters

Athanasios Katsios of Greece won the Worldwide Backgammon Federation's 2nd Merit Open Masters competition this past weekend in North Cyprus, emerging victorious over a field of 235 international players.

The Masters flight was the main event of the annual Merit Open International Backgammon Championship held from October 29 to November 2, 2014 in Kyrenia, North Cyprus.

The Merit Open Championships held several other competitions at the venue, including a 71-player Intermediate flight, Ladies Tournament, Super Jackpot and more.

The German team of Volker Sonnabend and Rainer Witt won the Doubles Championship over a total of 104 teams.

This tournament was organized by WBF Turkey and the tournament directors were Marco Fornasir, WBF General Secretary, and Arda Findikoglu, WBF Turkey President.

WBF Turkey President Arda Findikoglu (L) with Merit Open
Masters Champion Athanasios Katsios of Greece.

(Photo posted by Costas Chiotinis on FaceBook.)


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Pamela Anderson Inaugurates Animal Charity
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Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson held a backgammon tournament on the French Riviera to launch her new animal welfare foundation and it was attended by Masayuki Mochizuki (Mochi) of Japan the current world's #1 Giant of Backgammon.

Mike Svobodny, Matvey "Falafel" Natanzon, Sander Lylloff and other top tournament players from the international backgammon circuit also participated.

Pamela's 18-year-old son, Brandon Lee, was the youngest competitor at the tournament and reached the top four.

The backgammon event took place during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival from May 14 to May 25, 2014 and was used to launch the Pamela Anderson Foundation.

At one stage in the event, Ms. Anderson revealed accounts of sexual abuse when she was a young child and how she found solace in nature and animals.

Above a scene from the tournament room where you can see Pamela chatting with Mochi and an opponent as they play backgammon.

CNN Entertainment has two articles on this news, one about the revelation of the sex abuse and another article a few days later reporting that the Mounties in Canada will check Pamela Anderson's sex abuse allegations.


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South-East London Cops Caught
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Seven members of a neighbourhood policing team, responsible for the Mottingham and Chislehurst North ward in Bromley, South-East London have either resigned or have been fired after being caught on hidden cameras by Scotland Yard playing backgammon and poker when they should have been out patrolling the streets.

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Claude Landry Wins Montreal
Invitational Backgammon Tournament

by Director Garry Kallos


The first Montreal Invitational Backgammon Tournament held at Trophy's Resto-Bar on Sunday May 19th was a resounding success with 33 participants in three classes. The tournament attracted a dozen players who had never experienced tournament backgammon before.

The winners were:

Open: 20 participants; 1st Claude Landry, 2nd Frank Cheichi, 3-4th Patrick St-Laurent, Robert Lessard - Consolation: 1st Claude Forget, 2nd Mourad Wahba, 3-4th Francois Ethier, Daniel Dorinbaum

Intermediate: 8 participants; 1st Jean-Francois Grondin, 2nd Reginald Proulx - Consolation: 1st Marie-Claude Grondin, 2nd Denise Berkowitz

Novice: 5 participants; 1st Marc Proulx, 2nd Sylvain Brassard

From left to right: Open Winner Claude Landry, Tournament
Director Garry Kallos and Open Runner-up Frank Cheichi.


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Takumitsu Suzuki of Japan
2011 World Backgammon Champion

Takumitsu Suzuki of Japan (L) the 2011 World Backgammon Champion

with Tsuyoshi Minakami (R) who with teammates Daisuke Katagami

and Masahiko Nasu won the three-player World
Championships Team Tournament.
Photo provided by Masayuki Mochizuki.

MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Takumitsu Suzuki of Japan became the 2011 World Backgammon Champion this week defeating Fabio Gullotta of Italy 25 to 6 in the final 25-point match of the 36th World Backgammon Championship held from July 15 to 23, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.


A total of 138 players participated in the top Championship flight, while 31 played in the Intermediate category and another 25 in the Beginner flight for a total attendance of 191 players from around the world.


Suzuki won in the semi-finals against his fellow countryman and the current #1 Giant of Backgammon, Masayuki Mochizuki, who was aiming to become a two-time World Champion having won this prestigious title in 2009.


Paul Weaver of the USA, the current #25 Giant of Backgammon, was the other semi-finalist, and was eliminated by Gullotta. Just before the semi-finals most of the worldwide backgammon community was expecting that Mochizuki and Weaver would dispute the title.


Pictured above with Suzuki is Tsuyoshi Minakami, who with teammates Daisuke Katagami and Masahiko Nasu, won the World Championship 3-player Team Tournament for Japan. A total of 34 teams participated in the side event.


By the way, Daisuke Katagami is a famous professional Shogi (Japanese Chess) player and according to Masayuki Mochizuki, the news of the Japanese winning in Monte Carlo was published in Yomiuri, the biggest-selling newspaper in Japan with close to 9.5 million copies sold daily. Yes, that is not an error, potentially 9.5 million people in Japan have read about Japan’s success at the World Championships of Backgammon, which is likely to attract many new players to our game in that country.


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The GNU backgammon tutorial by Robert-Jan Veldhuizen is back up on GammonLife. The three-part article on how to use this free world-class software had been removed due to maintenance of the GNUbg.org site. Read the tutorial, download the software and start improving your game today at the following link:

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