1st Nice Casino Ruhl Backgammon Open

Pictorial 3 - Trophies Ceremony

The trophies and prizes just before they were handed out.
Players enjoy food and drinks offered by Casino Ruhl.

WBF's Julietta Maffezzoli and Director Marco Fornasir

begin the Awards Ceremony.

WBF Tournament Director Marco Fornasir presents Casino Ruhl Director Jean-Charles Pitt with a special plaque in appreciation for hosting this inaugural backgammon tournament.
Director Fornasir also presented another plaque to Michel Serrero of the French Backgammon Federation in thanks for their support of this event.
Italy's Fabrizio Lo Surdo receives a backgammon board from WBF sponsor Afredo Sperti for winning the Sperti Trophy event.
For winning the Warm-Up event, Mochizuki Masayuki of Japan receives from Casino Director Jean-Charles Pitt a free weekend stay at Casino Ruhl's hotel for next year's second Nice Casino Ruhl Open.
Andranik Harutyunyan of Armenia (left in dark brown shirt) Winner of the Intermediate flight receives his trophy with other Intermediate winners.
WBF President Alberto da Pra with his trophy for Intermediate Runner-Up.
Espen Selbaek of Norway (second from left) with his plaque for winning the main of the Champion flight. To the left of Espen is Akaki Kikaleishvili of
Georgia, the Last Chance Winner, behind Espen and left to right from there are Lucas Surmeyan of Austria, Main Semi-Finalist, Michihito Kageyama of Japan, Consolation Winner, Florin Popa of Romania/Italy, Consolation Runner-Up, Sureyya Sertasi of Turkey with two trophies for being a Consolation Semi-Finalist and the Last Chance Runner-Up and finally Gurkan Gucer, also of Turkey, who was the other Main Semi-Finalist.
Here's another shot of Espen Selbaek celebrating his victory.
Mochizuki Masayuki of Japan with his trophy as Runner-Up in the Masters Main. Behind Masayuki is Artur Muradian of Armenia the Consolation Runner-Up and then to the right are Chris Ternel of the UK, Last Chance Winner and Asbjorn Arntzen of Norway a Masters Consolation Semi-Finalist and the Last Chance Runner-Up.

Proud Masters Main Winner Fausto Pescini of Italy

with Runner-Up Mochizuki Masayuki of Japan.

Seda Koc of Turkey (L) Winner of the Ladies Tournament with Runner-Up Conny Schoch of Switzerland (C) and Semi-Finalist Tanja Skånstrøm of Denmark. Missing is the other Semi-Finalist Jeanne Nanga of Cameroun who left early. This is the second consecutive Ladies Tournament win for Seda Koc - she also won the Ladies Tournament at the WBF's European Champions in Velden, Austria earlier this year (in May).



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