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.
- 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.