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CONGRATULATIONS to MARTY STORER,
our 2015 MICHIGAN SUMMER CHAMPION!

July 2-5: 40th Michigan Summer Backgammon Championships
Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, Novi, Michigan

Open Champ: Marty Storer ~ Intermediate: Steven Sherbel ~ Novice: Fran Miller

~ See Complete Results Here ~


Aug. 20th: Flint Third Thursday Bonus at Sharky's: Free entry into the
Carolina Invitational - ABT
, Charlotte, North Carolina (September 3-7).
September 27-28: 5th OHIO-MICHIGAN TEAM CHALLENGE
Hosted by Karen Davis and Susan-Jane Berson in Toledo, Ohio.
October 18th: 37th FLINT AREA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Holiday Inn, Flint, Michigan


Worldwide Tournament Schedule: Mark Your Calendar

Who are the best backgammon players in the world?
2013 GIANTS of Backgammon

A LA CARTE BACKGAMMON BOUTIQUE:
BACKGAMMON FROM BASICS TO BADASS, by Marc Brockmann Olsen


ABT on Facebook ~~~~~~ US Backgammon Federation



CAROL JOY COLE, Editor
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HIGHLIGHTS OF INTERNATIONAL BG NEWS


2015

RALPH STOWELL WINS 20th MINNESOTA OPEN - ABT
Steve Brown Wins Minnesota Masters / Complete Results

MARTY STORER WINS MICHIGAN SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP - ABT
Jason Pack is Michigan Master & Open Finalist / Complete Results

ARIZONA'S CLIFF PAPPAS WINS LOS ANGELES OPEN - ABT
Bob Wachtel Wins Super-32 / Complete Results

CALIFORNIA'S DORN BISHOP WINS CHICAGO OPEN - ABT
Akiko Wins Olympiad; Michy Wins Masters Jackpot / Complete Results

SABA BEJANISHVILI WINS ATLANTA SPRING CLASSIC - ABT
Joe Russell Wins Bob Wilensky Memorial Jackpot / Complete Results

CALIFORNIA'S JOE RUSSELL WINS U.S. OPEN - ABT IN LAS VEGAS
Malcolm Davis Wins Another Super Jackpot / Complete Results

NORWAY'S DAGFINN SNARHEIM WINS NORDIC OPEN
Copenhagen Draws 304 Players / Complete Results

MICHIGAN'S BILL CALTON WINS OHIO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - ABT
Frank Raposa Wins Ohio Masters / Complete Results

TAK MORIOKA WINS CENTRAL STATES INVITATIONAL - ABT
Yury Millman Wins Crystal Beaver / ABT Winners Are Honored / Complete Results

TOP 2014 PLAYER RAY FOGERLUND WINS CAPITAL CLASSIC - ABT
Julius High Wins Masters, Grant Schneider Wins Open Jackpot / Complete Results

CHUCK BOWER OF INDIANA WINS TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIP - ABT
Michihito Kageyama Wins Longhorn Masters Jackpot / Complete Results

USBGF CREATES AMERICAN BACKGAMMON HALL OF FAME
13 Players Inducted at the Hall of Fame Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

CARTER MATTIG DEFEATS FRANK TALBOT IN NEW YORK OPEN - ABT
Tuvya Felt of Memphis Wins Liberty Masters / Complete Results

IN MEMORIAM

Francis "Joe" Brown, St. Louis, Missouri
Brian Busfield, Bournemouth, England
David Cramer, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Elayne Feinstein, Baltimore, Maryland
Art Gillis, Saginaw, Michigan
Irving Gold, San Diego, California
Alan Greenwood, Bolton, England
Herb Gurland, Malden, Massachusetts
Bob Holyon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Barry McAdam, London, England
Omar Sharif, Cairo, Egypt
Mick Vacarey, Isle of Wight, England
Susan van der Heijden-Pillards, Holland

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

August 14-16, 2015: Wisconsin State Championships -ABT, Madison, Wisconsin
September 3-7, 2015: 12th Carolina Invitational-ABT, Charlotte, North Carolina
September 11-13, 2015: 3rd Annual Seattle Classic-ABT, Kirkland, Washington
October 2-4, 2015: Illinois State Championships-ABT, Peoria, Illinois
October 18, 2015: 37th Flint Area Club Championships, Flint Michigan


Plus REGULAR MONTHLY FEATURES

2015 INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (Daily updates)

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

GAMBITS (Backgammon news tidbits)

2015 WINNING IS MORE FUN!!! (Tournament results from around the world)

2015 FLINT GAMMON POINT STANDINGS (plus Weekly Winners)

2015 AMERICAN BACKGAMMON TOUR (Current Standings, ABT Events)

BACKGAMMON A LA CARTE (Alsaç, Boot Camp, Chris Bray, Hickey & Storer, Marc B. Olsen)


2015 FLINT AREA CLUB TOP 20
(Standings as of July 30th)*

(Win/Loss & Nemesis Reports here.)

*Michigan Summer Championships not included yet

01. Carol Joy Cole.....18.56
02. Richard Hunt.......17.64
03. Paul Farah.........16.95
04. John Carrico.......15.97
05. Jim Airgood........15.09
06. Paul Berg..........13.56
07. Steve Grob.........13.27
08. Greg Merriman......11.12
09. Rick Todd..........10.97
10. Frank Talbot........8.96
11. Troy Longman........8.20
12. Jeff Clark..........7.77
13. David Pagnier.......6.96
14. Judy Field..........5.38
15. Michelle Nassar.....5.07
16. Dmitriy Obukhov.....5.00
17. Bill Robertie.......5.00
18. Ben Friesen.........4.62
19. John Quinn..........4.16
20. Al Branham..........4.10

2015 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH...Points

JANUARY...Richard Hunt...6.36
FEBRUARY..John Carrico...4.37
MARCH.....Paul Farah.....6.73
APRIL.....Paul Berg......7.00
MAY.......Jim Airgood....8.37
JUNE......Greg Merriman..4.00


CONGRATULATIONS to DMITRIY OBUKHOV,
our 2015 Fleet Underwood Memorial Champion!

March 22nd: 32nd Fleet Underwood Memorial Tournament
Holiday Inn-Gatewood Centre, Flint, Michigan

Open Champ: Dmitriy Obukhov ~ Intermediate: Reggie Harvel ~ Novice: Norma Lunsford

OPEN (32)
1-DMITRIY OBUKHOV (Royal Oak)
2-John Quinn (Westland)
3/4-Dean Adamian (Canton) / Farhad Forudi (Euclid, Ohio)
5/6-Paul Farah (Flint) / Steven Sherbel (Birmingham)

INTERMEDIATE (29)
1-Reggie Harvel (Detroit)
2-Mike Clapsadle (Livonia)
3-Jeff Clark (Linden)
4/6-Dick Hunt (Swartz Creek) / Jim Lawrence (Clinton Twp.)
/ Nancy Takala (Royal Oak)

NOVICE (2)
1-Norma Lunsford (Macomb)

$300 was raised to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.


2014 FLINT AREA CLUB TOP 20

1st: John Carrico ~~ 2nd: Ben Friesen ~~ 3rd: Carol Joy Cole [Photo by Steve Grob]

(See Win/Loss & Nemesis Reports here.)

01. JOHN CARRICO.......34.38
02. Ben Friesen........30.62
03. Carol Joy Cole.....27.08
04. Jim Slomkoski......25.90
05. Paul Farah.........24.22
06. Harold Rex.........22.93
07. Rick Todd..........22.12
08. Jim Airgood........19.91
09. Paul Berg..........15.56
10. Steve Grob.........11.92
11. Michelle Nassar....11.23
12. Gary Tong..........10.77
13. Greg Merriman.......9.91
14. Jeff Clark..........9.82
15. Brad King...........9.29
16. Dion Hogan..........9.06
17. Richard Hunt........8.89
18. Gary Bauer..........8.32
19. Dirk Hogan..........8.25
20. Prince Barlow.......8.22

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
OCTOBER....JOHN CARRICO.......7.32
NOVEMBER...STEVE GROB.........4.41
DECEMBER...JOHN CARRICO.......4.16


September 28, 2014:
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 in Toledo, Ohio.


2013 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10

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


2012 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10

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


2011 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10

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


2010 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10

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


2009 FLINT AREA BG CLUB TOP 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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