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CONGRATULATIONS TO BILL CALTON,
OUR 2014 FLEET UNDERWOOD CHAMPION!
(Scroll down for complete results and photos.)

May 15th: Flint Club Third Thursday Bonus at Sharky's Sports Bar.
Added Prize: Free entry into the Los Angeles Open - ABT
Los Angeles, California (June 20-22, 2014)
May 18th: Plymouth Club Sunday Special Tournament at 12 noon.
Bailey's Pub and Grille in Canton, Michigan.
Contact Dean Adamian for details: 734-981-5706.
June 19th: Flint Club Third Thursday Bonus at Sharky's Sports Bar.
Added Prize: Free entry into the Los Angeles Open - ABT
Los Angeles, California (June 20-22, 2014)
July 3-6: 39th MICHIGAN SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS - ABT
Sheraton Detroit Novi, in Novi, Michigan

31st Fleet Underwood Memorial & Benefit for the Food Bank
Holiday Inn, Flint, Michigan

March 9, 2014


Open Champ: Bill Calton ~ Intermediate: J. A. Miller ~ Novice Champ: Michael Dzikowski

OPEN (31)
1-BILL CALTON (Harper Woods)
2-Dmitriy Obukhov (Royal Oak)
3-Felix Yen (Chicago, IL)
4/6-Joe Miller (Akron, OH) /
Jim Slomkoski (Lansing) / Jack Takala (Ann Arbor)

INTERMEDIATE (22)
1-J. A. Miller (Chicago, IL)
2-Reggie Harvel (Detroit)
3-Stewart Kelman (Southfield)
4/6-Fred Ishac (Northville) / Troy Longman (Kenockee Twp.)
/ Mark Van Poucker (Harper Woods)

NOVICE (6)
1-Michael Dzikowski (Livonia)
2-Daniel Posen (Oak Park)

$300 was raised for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF INTERNATIONAL BG NEWS


2014

MARC B. OLSEN WINS 26th NORDIC OPEN
Over 370 Players Compete in Copenhagen / Complete Results

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

FRANK RAPOSA DEFEATS CJC IN OHIO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - ABT
Garry Kallos Wins Ohio Masters Jackpot / Complete Results

RORY PASCAR WINS CSI: CENTRAL STATES INVITATIONAL - ABT
David Todd Wins Crystal Beaver Masters Jackpot / Complete Results

MOCHY WINS 3 TROPHIES AT TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIPS - ABT
Alfred Mamlet Wins Masters Jackpot / Complete Results

MATT REKLAITIS DEFEATS FRANK TALBOT TO WIN NEW YORK OPEN - ABT
Sasha Bennett Wins Another Masters Jackpot / Complete Results

2013

KENJI SHIMODAIRA WINS JAPAN OPEN TWO YEARS IN A ROW!
Kiyokazu Nishikawa Wins Super Jackpot / Complete Results

EAT SUSHI WITH KENJI ~ WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU WILL MEET
Jake Jacobs Reports on the 19th Japan Open in Tokyo

JACK TAKALA IS FLINT'S 35th CLUB CHAMPION
52 Players Compete in Flint / Results & Photos

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

MALCOLM DAVIS WINS TWICE AT FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - ABT
Rod Covlin Wins Three Trophies / Complete Results

ALEX ZAMANIAN WINS 1ST CONNECTICUT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - ABT
Newcomer Sasha Bennett Wins Yankee Masters / Complete Results

MICHIGAN'S GREG MERRIMAN WINS 1st CAPITAL CLASSIC - ABT
Malcolm Davis Wins Another Masters Jackpot / Complete Results

DANA NAZARIAN & STEPAN NUNIYANTS WIN BIG IN LAS VEGAS - ABT
Las Vegas Open Draws 180 International Players / Complete Results

RAY FOGERLUND WINS CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - ABT
Dana Nazarian Wins Super 32 Jackpot / Complete Results

JEFF BURDSALL WINS SUNSHINE STATE CLASSIC - ABT
Stacy Turner Wins Florida Masters / Complete Results

BULGARIA'S MAYA PEYCHEVA WINS CYPRUS OPEN - EBGT
Maya is the First Woman to Win the Cyprus Title / Complete Results

CHICAGO'S NEIL KAZAROSS IS ABT PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2013
Neil Tops the ABT for the 6th Time / Complete ABT Standings for 2013

IN MEMORIAM

Daniel J. Bryant, Mishawaka, Indiana
Jack Kissane, Delmar, New York
Claude Lambert, Mougins, France
Peter Mallen, Atlanta, Georgia
Tsuyoshi "Minack" Minakami, Sapporo, Japan
Veronica Mooney, San Carlos, Mexico
Bob Parmley, Ashington, England
Matt Surecki, Istanbul, Turkey

UPCOMING TOURNAMENT ADS

April 4-6, 2014: Atlanta Spring Classic - ABT, Atlanta, Georgia
April 23-27, 2014: U.S. Open - ABT, Las Vegas, Nevada
May 22-26, 2014: 34th Chicago Open - ABT, Rosemont, Illinois
June 20-22, 2014: Los Angeles Open - ABT, Los Angeles, California


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 (Backgammon Boot Camp, Chris Bray, Hickey & Storer, Kershaw, Magriel and more)


2014 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 20 (thru April 17th)

(See Win/Loss & Nemesis Reports here.)

01. John Carrico.......16.13
02. Jim Slomkoski......13.08
03. Harold Rex..........6.67
04. Carol Joy Cole......6.30
05. Rick Todd...........6.28
06. Paul Farah..........5.86
07. Jim Airgood.........5.72
08. Prince Barlow.......5.64
09. Bill Calton.........5.00
10. Ben Friesen.........4.82
11. Greg Merriman.......4.66
12. Paul Berg...........4.51
13. Brad King...........4.33
14. Steve Grob..........4.16
15. Gary Tong...........3.50
16. Jeff Clark..........3.40
17. Al Branham..........
3.05
18. J.A. Miller.........3.00
19. Linda Pohly.........2.87
20. Dmitriy Obukhov.....2.82

2014 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH...POINTS

JANUARY....HAROLD REX.........4.57
FEBRUARY...JIM SLOMKOSKI......6.24
MARCH......PRINCE BARLOW......5.48


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