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Congratulations to our Flint Club Champion JOHN QUINN!
October 19, 2014

Open Champ: John Quinn ~ Intermediate: Amber McLean ~ Novice Champ: Tony Zimbalatti

OPEN (31)
1-JOHN QUINN (Westland)
2-Dion Hogan (Westland)
3-John Carrico (Flint)
4/6-Gary Fritzsche Ypsilanti) /
Emil Mortuk (St. Clair Shores) / Dan Smith (Berkley)

INTERMEDIATE (16)
1-Amber McLean (Rochester Hills)
2-Carl Bommarito (Harper Woods)
3-Jenna Longman (Saginaw)
4/5-Paul Bortell (Plymouth) / Michelle Nassar (Metamora)

NOVICE (8)
1-Tony Zimbalatti (Novi)
2-Daniel Posen (Oak Park)


November 20th: Flint Club Third Thursday Bonus at Sharky's Sports Bar.
Added Prize: Free entry into the California State Championship - ABT
Los Angeles, California (December 5-7, 2014)
December 18th: Flint Club Third Thursday Bonus at Sharky's Sports Bar.
Added Prize: Free deposit for the New York Open - ABT
Jersey City, New Jersey (January 8-11, 2015)
December 26th: Flint Club Holiday Party & Weekly Tournament
on FRIDAY at Sharky's Sports Bar, Burton, Michigan

Worldwide Tournament Schedule: Mark Your Calendar

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A LA CARTE BACKGAMMON BOUTIQUE:
IN THE GAME UNTIL THE END, Volume II, by Robert Wachtel, 2014


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HIGHLIGHTS OF INTERNATIONAL BG NEWS


2014

CHICAGO'S TAK MORIOKA WINS ILLINOIS STATE TITLE - ABT
Petko Wins Land of Lincoln Masters Jackpot / Complete Results

MICHIGAN WINS OHIO-MICHIGAN CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT
Michigan Wins 4th Year in a Row / See photo results below.

2014 HAT TRICK: RAY FOGERLUND WINS CAPITAL CLASSIC - ABT
Ray Splits Masters Jackpot With Ed O'Laughlin / Complete Results

OREGON'S MARK FERRIN WINS SEATTLE CLASSIC - ABT
John Gamalielson Wins the Super Jackpot / Complete Results

DON FAIX WINS CAROLINA INVITATIONAL - ABT
Frank Raposa & Bill Riles Win Two Masters Events / Complete Results

WORLD CHAMPION AKIKO YAZAWA WINS MIRACULOUS TIE-BREAKER
USA's Doug Mayfield is Monte Carlo Finalist / Complete Results

VIRGINIA DIRECTOR ED O'LAUGHLIN WINS IN WISCONSIN - ABT
Julius High Wins the Badger Classic / Complete Results

DAVID ROCKWELL OF ILLINOIS WINS MINNESOTA OPEN - ABT
David Presser Wins His First Masters Title / Complete Results

GARY BAUER WINS MICHIGAN SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP - ABT
Michigan Sponsor Dion Hogan Wins Masters Title / Complete Results

RAY FOGERLUND STILL HOT, WINS LOS ANGELES OPEN - ABT
Odis Chenault Wins Super-32 Jackpot / Complete Results

FRANK RAPOSA WINS CHICAGO OPEN - ABT, ZARRINNAM WINS MASTERS
Saba Bejanishvili Wins World Tournament of Champions / Complete Results

RAY FOGERLUND WINS U.S. OPEN (ABT) IN LAS VEGAS
Malcolm Davis Wins Super Jackpot / Complete Results

JULIUS HIGH SCORES HAT TRICK IN ATLANTA SPRING CLASSIC - ABT
Michigan's Frank Talbot Wins Wilensky Masters / Complete Results and Photos

THE WIND OF CHANGE by CHRIS BRAY
Mary Hickey Recommends Chris Bray's 7th Book

IN MEMORIAM

Allan Bass Jr, Brentwood, Tennessee
Jerry & Joann Feinstein, Skokie, Illinois
Janice Gillen, Simi Valley, California
Don Hatt, Isle of Man, Great Britain
Jerry Padova, Newport, New Hampshire
Liz Perry, Dublin, Ireland
Robert Rosen, Short Hills, New Jersey
Connie Tipton, Altoona, Pennsylvania
Arnold Zousmer, Rancho Santa Fe, California

UPCOMING TOURNAMENT ADS

October 19, 2014: 36th Flint Area Club Championships, Flint, Michigan
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ctober 23-26, 2014: Florida State Championships - ABT, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014: 2nd Connecticut State Championships - ABT, Hartford, Connecticut
November 19-23, 2014: Las Vegas Open - ABT, Las Vegas, Nevada
December 5-7, 2014: California State Championship - ABT, Los Angeles, California
January 8-11, 2015: 8th New York Metropolitan Open - ABT, Jersey City, New Jersey


Plus REGULAR MONTHLY FEATURES

2014 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (Daily updates)

FEEDBACK-GAMMON (Letters-to-the-Editor)

GAMBITS (Backgammon news tidbits)

2014 WINNING IS MORE FUN!!! (Tournament results from around the world)

2014 FLINT GAMMON POINT STANDINGS (plus Weekly Winners)

2014 AMERICAN BACKGAMMON TOUR (Current Standings, ABT Events)

BACKGAMMON A LA CARTE (Alsaç, Backgammon Boot Camp, Chris Bray, Hickey & Storer, Kershaw, Magriel and more)


2014 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 20 (thru Oct. 19th)

(See Win/Loss & Nemesis Reports here.)

01. John Carrico.......29.39
02. Jim Slomkoski......25.32
03. Ben Friesen........24.80
04. Carol Joy Cole.....22.35
05. Harold Rex.........21.01
06. Paul Farah.........19.81
07. Rick Todd..........19.48
08. Jim Airgood........16.01
09. Paul Berg..........11.28
10. Gary Tong..........10.29
11. Jeff Clark..........9.50
12. Michelle Nassar.....9.49
13. Dion Hogan..........9.06
14. Brad King...........9.05
15. Gary Bauer..........8.32
16. Prince Barlow.......8.22
17. Ray Fogerlund.......7.67
18. Greg Merriman.......7.51
19. Dirk Hogan..........
7.05
20. Al Branham..........6.75

2014 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH...POINTS

JANUARY....HAROLD REX.........4.57
FEBRUARY...JIM SLOMKOSKI......6.24
MARCH......PRINCE BARLOW......5.48
APRIL......JOHN CARRICO.......4.24
MAY........HAROLD REX.........5.16
JUNE.......BEN FRIESEN........4.32
JULY.......GARY BAUER.........8.32
AUGUST.....CAROL JOY COLE.....4.24
SEPTEMBER..DIRK HOGAN.........4.24


Captain CJC won the final deciding match against Ohio, so Michigan
retains the Ohio-Michigan Challenge Trophy, 4th year in a row.
Final score after 64 round-robin matches: Michigan - 33, Ohio - 31.



Michigan Team - Front row: Carol Joy Cole, Jim Slomkoski, Harold Rex;
Back row: Dion Hogan, Bill Calton, Paul Berg, Dmitriy Obukhov, Ben Friesen
[Photo courtesy of Karen Davis]
Ohio Team - Captain Joe Miller, Karen Davis, Farhad Forudi, Mary Hickey,
Alireza Saatchi, Howard Shirey, Mike Vasilatos, Christopher Yep

Mary Hickey & Jim Slomkoski split the Side Pool with top records of 6-2.
They were also awarded USBGF Premium memberships.
Bill Calton & Joe Miller Split the Warm-Up Tournament.
Hosted by Karen Davis and Susan-Jane Berson.


2013 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 20 (Final Standings)

01. Ben Friesen........32.75
02. Paul Farah.........31.43
03. Carol Joy Cole.....29.60
04. Jim Slomkoski......23.18
05. Jim Airgood........22.75
06. Rick Todd..........22.43
07. Steve Grob.........22.40
08. Harold Rex.........21.04
09. John Carrico.......19.77
10. Paul Berg..........17.12
11. Judy Field.........15.20
12. Rod Covlin.........12.06
13. Gary Tong..........10.90
14. Linda Pohly........10.88
15. Michelle Nassar....10.21
16. Jeff Clark..........8.86
17. Brad King...........8.50
18. Dean Adamian........8.14
19. Greg Merriman.......7.92
20. Al Branham..........7.48

2013 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH...POINTS

JANUARY....GREG MERRIMAN......4.00
FEBRUARY...CAROL JOY COLE.....4.41
MARCH......BEN FRIESEN........6.08
APRIL......DEAN ADAMIAN/CJC...5.00
MAY........PAUL FARAH.........6.32
JUNE.......STEVE GROB.........4.67
JULY.......ROD COVLIN........12.06
AUGUST.....JOHN CARRICO.......5.00
SEPTEMBER..PAUL FARAH.........6.92
OCTOBER....JACK TAKALA........5.00
NOVEMBER...JIM AIRGOOD........4.83
DECEMBER...JIM SLOMKOSKI......4.16


2012 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 20 (Final Standings)

01. Ben Friesen........32.11
02. Paul Farah.........27.58
03. Carol Joy Cole.....26.24
04. John Carrico.......25.31
05. Rick Todd..........24.93
06. Paul Berg..........21.21
07. Jim Slomkoski......20.46
08. Steve Grob.........19.78
09. Harold Rex.........14.87
10. Brad King..........13.03
11. Jeff Clark.........12.39
12. Gary Tong..........11.94
13. Michelle Nassar....11.86
14. Phil Simborg.......10.82
15. John Quinn.........10.57
16. Rhonda Masterson...10.16
17. Steve Sherbel.......9.85
18. Richard Hunt........8.99
19. Al Branham..........8.41
20. Dan Wittkopp........8.00

2012 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH...POINTS

JANUARY....PAUL FARAH.........5.34
FEBRUARY...JOHN CARRICO.......4.67
MARCH......BEN FRIESEN........5.06
APRIL......STEVE GROB.........6.33
MAY........PAUL FARAH.........5.00
JUNE.......BRAD KING..........4.00
JULY.......PHIL SIMBORG......10.82
AUGUST.....BEN FRIESEN........4.41
SEPTEMBER..HAROLD REX.........4.75
OCTOBER....JOHN QUINN.........5.00
NOVEMBER...RHONDA MASTERSON...4.67
DECEMBER...PAUL FARAH.........4.08



2011 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 20 (Final Standings)

(See Win/Loss & Nemesis Reports here.)

01. CAROL JOY COLE.....33.53
02. Paul Farah.........32.06
03. John Carrico.......25.98
04. Rick Todd..........25.46
05. Paul Berg..........23.39
06. Steve Grob.........22.90
07. Ben Friesen........21.52
08. Harold Rex.........13.40
09. Frank Talbot.......12.56
10. Judy Field.........12.32
11. Jim Airgood........10.91
12. Jeff Clark.........10.22
13. Dean Adamian.......10.00
14. Jim Slomkoski.......9.99
15. Dick Hunt...........9.34
16. Brad King...........9.27
17. Ray Fogerlund.......9.12
18. Art Gillis..........8.26
19. Linda Pohly.........7.78
20. Gary Bauer..........7.50

2011 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH...POINTS

JANUARY.....PAUL BERG.........4.12
FEBRUARY....STEVE GROB........4.00
MARCH.......CAROL JOY COLE....6.14
APRIL.......FARHAD FORUDI.....4.00
MAY.........FRANK TALBOT......4.75
JUNE........PAUL FARAH........9.53
JULY........RAY FOGERLUND.....8.48
AUGUST......CAROL JOY COLE....6.33
SEPTEMBER...JUDY FIELD........6.91
OCTOBER.....DEAN ADAMIAN......5.00
NOVEMBER....RICK TODD.........6.08
DECEMBER....JOHN CARRICO......6.24


2010 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 20 (Final Standings)

01. CAROL JOY COLE.....34.18
02. Paul Berg..........31.45
03. Rick Todd..........31.09
04. John Carrico.......25.62
05. Paul Farah.........25.56
06. Frank Talbot.......20.30
07. Art Gillis.........17.95
08. David Pagnier......17.47
09. Richard Hunt.......15.13
10. Jim Slomkoski......12.69
11. Greg Merriman......11.52
12. Brad King..........10.98
13. Kit Woolsey........10.98
14. Dirk Hogan.........10.20
15. Jeff Clark.........10.03
16. Harold Rex..........9.64
17. Gary Tong...........8.30
18. Larry Yudin.........8.24
19. Michelle Nassar.....7.67
20. Judy Field..........7.59

2010 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH...POINTS

JANUARY.....GREG MERRIMAN.....4.00
FEBRUARY....GREG MERRIMAN.....4.00
MARCH.......FRANK TALBOT......6.34
APRIL.......CAROL JOY COLE....5.08
MAY.........JOHN CARRICO......4.37
JUNE........JEFF CLARK........6.33
JULY........KIT WOOLSEY......10.98
AUGUST......CAROL JOY COLE....6.37
SEPTEMBER...CAROL JOY COLE....4.42
OCTOBER.....PAUL BERG.........7.25
NOVEMBER....JOHN CARRICO......4.37
DECEMBER....JACK TAKALA.......4.00


2009 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10 (Final Standings)

01. CAROL JOY COLE.....33.82
02. Jeff Clark.........28.32
03. Paul Berg..........26.56
04. John Carrico.......23.28
05. Greg Merriman......23.27
06. Paul Farah.........19.04
07. Art Gillis.........18.50
08. Richard Hunt.......18.16
09. Brad King..........17.85
10. Jim Airgood........17.43


2008 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10 (Final Standings)

01. JIM SLOMKOSKI.......32.90
02. Carol Joy Cole......28.75
03. Paul Berg...........27.37
04. John Carrico........22.89
05. Rick Todd...........22.08
06. Miriam Bureson......16.64
07. Brad King...........14.98
08. Gary Fritzsche......14.78
09. Greg Merriman.......13.26
10. Jim Airgood.........12.74

2007 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10 (Final Standings)

01. DAN KIURSKI......39.65
02. Frank Talbot.....26.63
03. Paul Berg........24.94
04. John Carrico.....23.92
05. Rick Todd........21.28
06. Jim Slomkoski....20.31
07. Carol Joy Cole...19.95
08. Greg Merriman....18.79
09. Brad King........18.57
10. Miriam Bureson...14.23


2006 FLINT AREA CLUB TOP 10 (Final Standings):

01. GARY FRITZSCHE...35.01
02. Greg Merriman....34.00
03. Paul Berg........26.50
04. Frank Talbot.....25.98
05. Carol Joy Cole...23.95
06. John Carrico.....23.36
07. Rick Todd........22.00
08. Dan Kiurski......15.90
09. Dave Brotherton..15.24
10. Jim Slomkoski....13.88

2005 FLINT AREA CLUB TOP 10 (Final Standings)

01. JIM SLOMKOSKI.....29.62
02. Paul Berg.........28.64
03. Carol Joy Cole....28.05
04. John Carrico......25.79
05. Frank Talbot......22.31
06. Greg Merriman.....20.04
07. Dan Kiurski.......19.94
08. Dave Brotherton...18.33
09. Brad King.........15.77
10. Gary Fritzsche....14.48


2004 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10 (Final Standings)

01. FRANK TALBOT......40.97
02. Greg Merriman.....36.98
03. John Carrico......35.05
04. Dave Brotherton...21.91
05. Paul Berg.........21.18
06. Art Gillis........20.49
07. Carol Joy Cole....20.37
08. Jim Slomkoski.....18.19
09. Gary Fritzsche....17.34
10. Walt Smith........16.92


2003 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10 (Final Standings)

01. FRANK TALBOT......34.13
02. Paul Berg.........33.40
03. Carol Falk........23.44
04. Dave Brotherton...22.33
05. Rick Todd.........21.23
06. Jim Slomkoski.....20.20
07. Carol Joy Cole....20.07
08. Dan Kiurski.......19.29
09. Len Dangremond....18.64
10. John Carrico......18.33


2002 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP TEN (Final Standings)

01. RICK TODD.........35.23
02. John Carrico......33.33
03. Jim Price.........29.23
04. Greg Merriman.....24.12
05. Len Dangremond....18.58
06. Jim Slomkoski.....18.43
07. Carol Joy Cole....17.66
08. Jeff Clark........17.37
09. Carol Falk........15.86
10. Gary Fritzsche....14.95


2001 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP TEN (Final Standings)

01. RICK TODD.........33.30
02. Jim Slomkoski.....27.38
03. Len Dangremond....22.11
04. Gary Fritzsche....20.43
05. Dan Kiurski.......19.80
06. Paul Berg.........19.39
07. Carol Joy Cole....17.93
08. Frank Talbot......16.61
09. Dave Brotherton...14.84
10. John Carrico......14.58


2000 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP TEN (Final Standings)

01. PAUL BERG.........41.74
02. Jim Slomkoski ....26.63
03. Rick Todd.........24.97
04. Dave Brotherton...24.31
05. John Carrico......22.31
06. Carol Joy Cole....22.02
07. Jim Price.........17.31
08. Art Gillis........16.75
09. Troy Longman......15.51
10. John Salomon......14.61

1999 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP TEN (Final Standings)

01. JOHN CARRICO......30.30
02. Paul Berg.........29.45
03. Rick Todd.........25.51
04. Carol Joy Cole....24.45
05. Jim Slomkoski.....22.33
06. Art Gillis........21.13
07. Dave Brotherton...19.45
08. Maurice Barie.....18.34
09. Judy Field........14.94
10. John Salomon......13.85