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WSBC

Labor Day weekend was a blast. The Wisconsin state Backgammon Championships, featuring the Modified Swiss Format, drew many of the nation's top backgammon players.

Congratulations to:

  • Jeff Nitschke, who went 10-1 to dominate the strong Open field
  • Madison's own Vadim Nuniyants, who at 9-1 did the same in the Advanced field.
  • Odis Chenault who won the Badger Classic,
  • father/son team Stepan and Vadim Nuniyants for claiming the Doubles,
  • and another Madisonian, Steve Reuschlein for winning the Amateur Jackpot.


Madison players did quite well in the tournament overall - Bruce Russell and Alex Gerding (we claim him now) both made it to the semifinals of the Badger Classic. Adam Bennett won the Blitz playoffs. Nancy Elliott and Lee Pflugrad came up one round short of placing in the Advanced and Keene Marin and Bruce Russell stayed alive through 8 of the 11 Rounds in the Open. Well done!

Looking forward, the results from the WSBC really tightened up the two way race for first place in the club standings. Keene still trails Brad, but only by 0.15 points. The middle of the pack is also very tight. 4th and 11th place are separated by less than 8 points. Remember that your position at the end of the year sets your seeding in next year's Douse Cup.

 

Early summer awesomeness

Two amazing things have happened at the Madison Backgammon Club in the last couple of months.

First, Ilia Guzei did more than just claim the Mr. June title. He won 12 tournament matches in a row, won three tournaments in a row and finished runner up on July 5th. If he were a mere mortal, the odds of that happening are 4095 to 1 against. Given who it is, though, I classify it as merely “unlikely.” Congratulations, Ilia!

Also, and only slightly less incredible, we have identified the undefeated player in this year’s Douse Cup 17pt Tournament. He defeated Matt, Bruce, Stan and Keene to make it to the top of the A-side. He awaits a winner on the B-side, who will have to beat him twice to stop the run. Your leader in 17pt matches so far this year is Lee Pflugrad. Congratulations, Lee!

 

May 3rd Update

We had 13 players this week. Everyone was glad to see Sam Pottle back in Madison and Ilia Guzei returning to tournament action. Reigning club champion Brad Andersen won the tournament defeating Lee Pflugard 5-0 in the final. Keene Marin took the consolation besting Roy Akbar 5-1 in the consolation final.

 

March 29 Fifth Tuesday Doubles

This week we continued our experiment with optional events on the non-tournament Tuesday with a doubles event.  Four teams entered the event, which was played in a round robin format, 7 point matches,  clocked.  The team of Keene Marin & Lee Pflugrad won the event, winning all 3 matches. Everyone enjoyed the concept of a doubles competition so we are thinking about offering other opportunities for doubles play.

Our regular 1st and 3rd Tuesday tournament is next up on the agenda and the following Tuesday, April 11, will be the beginning of this years Douse Cup play.  If you have not already, contact Bill Minser – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – to register for the cup. Entry fee is $10 with an option $10 side pool.

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Update for 3/15/11

Bill Minser announced the results of the recent vote prior to the meeting.  A free tournament entry for first timers was approved.  The proposal to extend the final match to seven points did not pass.  The proposal to award club points for the Wisconsin State Championship was approved.  Among the various funding options that were included on the ballot a $10 entry fee for the Douse Cup was the leading  vote getter.

There was a smaller than normal turn out for the tournament with eight entrants. William Womack defeated Keene Marin in the finals of the main, aided by some big doubles in the last game were he was trailing 2 away 1 away post Crawford. Alan Gold defeated Brad Andersen in the consolation final.

Douse Cup will be starting April 12.  This year there is a $10 entry fee and optional $10 side pool.  Matches are 17 points and the tournament is double elimination.  Contact Bill Minser, bill@ madisonbg.com if you are interested in playing.

 
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