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Karen Davis wins 9 August 2017 tournament.

Congratulations to US Backgammon Federation president and executive director Dr. Karen Davis for winning this week’s (2017-08-09) tournament. Dr. Davis defeated Sandy Warriner in the finals. I (Leo), despite making huge blunders in my match with Albert Mestre, won the … Continue reading

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Leo wins 2 August 2017 tournament.

We again had 11 players in the tournament. I (Leo) won the main bracket; Jean Jacques was the runner-up. George and Gary split the consolation prize by agreement. We had more first-round matches than boards. As a result Ted Berman and … Continue reading

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Alec wins 26 July 2017 tournament.

We had 12 attendees this week (26 July 2017); 11 of us played in the tournament, which Alec won. Congratulations to Alec. Ted and George played the consolation bracket, but I don’t know who won, so will let you know next … Continue reading

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Albert Mestre won 19 July 2017 tournament.

Big thanks to Dan Baron for running the show last week in my absence. Albert Mestre won the 4-player tournament. I am disappointed by the low turnout. We had been having good attendance, so hopefully we can get back the … Continue reading

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Albert Mestre wins 12 July 2017 tournament.

Despite the torrential rains that I thought would keep almost everyone away from the Biltmore, we had 8 players in the tournament. Congratulations to Albert Mestre and Alec Izzo, the winner and runner-up respectively, and to George (whose last name … Continue reading

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Backgammon in Miami Beach on Mondays.

Ted Berman (ted@tedbermanllc.com, 305-205-7809) is hosting play in Miami Beach every Monday, starting on 24 July 2017. Show up at 6:30 PM, tournaments start at 7:00 PM. Play at: ITO Mojitos y Cafecitos Days Inn Hotel 7450 Ocean Terrace Miami Beach, … Continue reading

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Jose Luis wins 2017-07-05 tournament.

We had not seen Jose Luis Canavesi around for a while: he came, he saw, he conquered. Congratulations to Jose Luis and finalist Alec Izzo for wining and placing in the main bracket. Sandy Warriner and I (Leo) split the … Continue reading

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We play on 5 July.

Noting that the Independence Day holiday (July 4th) was the following week, some players on 28 June wondered if we were going to play on Wednesday 5 July 2017. We are playing as scheduled on Wednesday 5 July 2017.

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28 June tournament: Philippe, Chantal and Leo.

Philippe won the tournament on 28 June 2017, defeating newcomer Chantal in the finals. I (Leo) won the consolation. We seem to have a history of newcomers doing well in our tournaments. Congratulations to Chantal and Philippe. We had 11 … Continue reading

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Fun tournament on 21 June 2017.

We again this week tried the main plus consolation 5-point matches format. The feedback continues to be positive, so we’ll settle on this approach until we can figure out something better. We had a 10-player tournament (plus 2 folk who … Continue reading

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New tournament format working out OK.

We again played this week (14 June 2017) a 5-point main plus a consolation bracket tournament. As they say in the medical business, the patients tolerated the procedure well. So we will continue this format for a while given its … Continue reading

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Gary, Albert and Panos: main winner, main 2nd, and consolation winner of 7 June 2017 tournament.

The weather leading to, including and following last Wednesday was crummy–unless you are a farmer or gardener, of course. It had rained for several days in a row and Wednesday was no exception. In the middle of the afternoon, the … Continue reading

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Chris and Philippe split finals prize on 31 May 2017.

Chris Hammon and Philippe Salnave split the finals of the 2017-05-31 tournament. Congratulations to both. We again ran a bit late (I had nothing to do with it; I showed up on American time). Perhaps it was our having 12 … Continue reading

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Brett and Leo split tournament finals on 2017 May 24.

Newcomer Brett Smith and I (Leo) made it to the finals of the 8-player tournament. It was getting a bit late so we decided to split the prize and go home. We started play later than usual because I showed … Continue reading

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Daniel Baron and Sandy Warriner split finals on 17 May 2017.

We had a good turnout last night (17 May 2017). Three new players showed up; two were women. This means that our 9-player tournament had 3 women. Come on, who says that backgammon is a man’s game. Great to see … Continue reading

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Good news. Bad news. Plain news.

Let’s start with the bad news. Attendance has been low lately. When we restarted play last year, and for several months after, we had good turnouts (see the pictures on the main page). Lately, we have been getting small numbers … Continue reading

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Sandy Warriner wins 2 May 2017 tournament.

Congratulations to Sandy Warriner for winning last week’s tournament. She beat me in the finals. We had a 4-person double elimination tournament. Speaking of double-elimination tournaments, I like that format because each player is guaranteed to play at least two … Continue reading

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No tournament on 2017-02-22.

Was the rain the culprit? Don’t know. We had a small player turnout and did not have a tournament on 2017-02-22.

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Philippe wins 2017-02-15 tournament.

Philippe Salnave won the 2017-02-15 tournament, defeating Michael Stigall in the finals. We had 8 players in the tournament. Congratulations to Philippe and to Michael who reached the finals for the first time.

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Alec wins 2017-02-08 and 2017-02-15 tournaments.

Alec Izzo defeated Albert Mestre in the finals of both the 8th and 15th February 2015 tournaments. We had 9 players in both tournaments. Needless to say, congratulations times 2 to both Alec and Albert. So, with this post shot … Continue reading

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Panos and Leo split finals on 2017-01-25.

Congratulations to Panos for reaching the finals two weeks in a row. We had 6 players in the tournament. We had two women and faced the possibility of having an all-women final match, but the dice had other plans. Panos … Continue reading

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Philippe won 2017-01-18 tournament.

Philippe defeated Panos in the finals. We had 7 players in the tournament. Congratulations to Philippe for winning another tournament.

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Small turnout on 2017 January 4.

We had only four players this week. Actually, had five, but four played head-to-head. Can’t explain why the low number. Let’s hope we have a good tournament this week on the 11th.

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Taking end-of-year break. Play resumes on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

We are taking a short break. Will be back playing the first Wednesday of the year (4 January 2017). Join us then!

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Philippe Salnave wins 7 December 2016 tournament.

Congratulations to Philippe, who defeated Albert in the finals of a 6-person tournament.

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Georges Nader wins 30 November 2016 tournament.

We got back to playing after the Thanksgiving break. I did not get a chance to attend this week’s tournament (family matter took priority over backgammon). Georges Nader won the tournament . . . again. We had 10 players (would have … Continue reading

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We are NOT playing on Wednesday 23 November 2016 (Thanksgiving Eve).

We are not playing on Thanksgiving Eve, i.e., 23 November 2016. Enjoy the holiday with family and friends. There will be time for backgammon the following week.

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Emilio Tabraue wins 2016-11-16 tournament.

This was yet another time in which a newcomer who vini, vidi, vici [I may not have the proper grammatical Latin tense, but you get the idea]. Emilio Tabraue was it. Emilio beat Albert Mestres in the finals. Big congratulations to … Continue reading

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Georges Nader wins 2016-11-09 tournament.

Congratulations to Georges Nader for winning the 9 November 2016 tournament. Nothing else needs to be said. Georges is one of our top players.

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Albert Mestres wins 2016-10-26 tournament.

We are back indeed, as the pictures on the left of this post show. We had 9 players on Wednesday, 8 in the tournament. Albert Mestres (the paramedic) won the tournament. He beat Philippe in the finals, after coming back from … Continue reading

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We are back!

After taking an 18-month break, we are restarting play. Let’s get the show back on the road beginning the last Wednesday of this month, that is October 26, 2016. I will post additional comments later. Just wanted to get the … Continue reading

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We are taking a break from live play.

Because of personal (travel, family) reasons, I have not had a chance to attend our Wednesday gatherings at the Biltmore during the last three weeks. I am informed that during the last two weeks only one player showed up. Prior to … Continue reading

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Alec Izzo is our champion in 2014.

Congratulations to go to our 2014 champion Alec Izzo. Alec won the most tournaments throughout the year, besting runner-up Philippe Salnave. Note that Alec is an ABT 2014 ranked player (No. 153).  

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We are finished playing in 2014. Play resumes on 7 January 2015.

We are done playing in 2014. Let’s start playing again on Wednesday 7 January 2015.

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Georges Nader wins first tournament.

Georges Nader won the tournament on 15 October 2014. He beat Bob Howayeck in the finals. It looks like Georges is finally on a roll (he and Philippe split by agreement last week).

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Georges and Philippe split tournament.

Georges and Philippe split made it to the finals and split the win by agreement. So, we’ll award them each 1/2 standings point.

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Jeff Sternberg wins first “Formal” tournament.

On 1 October 2014 we had our first “Formal” tournament. No, nobody had to wear tuxes or evening gowns. We just got a little publicity for the tournament as a “formal” one–just a moniker to give the tournament a bit … Continue reading

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Alec Izzo won for the 7th time this year.

Alec Izzo defeated Georges Nader in the finals of the 17 September 2014 tournament. The match had some moments of great tension and drama. Alec continues to lead the pack, now with 7 wins.

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Bob Howayeck wins second tournament.

Bob Howayeck defeated Alec Izzo in the finals of the 10 September 2011 tournament. This was Bob’s second win.

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Vic does it again!

Vic defeated Georges in the finals of the 27 August tournament. Hey, I am starting to get the feeling that Vic can play big time. Congratulations due to Vic on his second win this year.

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Fish eats sharks! Guy Nottoli wins his first tournament of 2014.

Congratulations to Guy for winning last week’s [2014-08-20] tournament. Guy took on two certified sharks (Philippe and Georges) on his way to his first tournament victory of 2014. Guy also beat Jim, but I have not seen Jim play enough … Continue reading

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Vic Manetti wins 2014-08-13 tournament.

Vic defeated Pauline in the finals. This is Vic’s first tournament win.

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Rick Wolf wins again.

Rick Wolf has won this week’s (2014-08-06) tournament; that’s two in a row for Rick. Hey, maybe the guy can play backgammon. We were honored to have Dr. Karen Davis join us for the tournament. Dr. Davis is the chairman and treasurer … Continue reading

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Alexander Delgado wins tournament on his first visit.

Alex Delgado won this week’s tournament (9 July 2014). This is starting to be a “trend”. A new players shows up and wins a tournament.

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Bob Hawayeck wins 2 July 2014 tournament.

Congratulations to Bob for winning his first tournament. He defeated Philippe in the finals.

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Alec Izzo won this week’s tournament.

Alec defeated Vic in the finals of this week’s tournament. He now leads in the standings with 6 tournament win points.

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Rick Wolf wins first tournament.

Congratulations to Rick for winning his first tournament last week. Rick beat Philippe in the finals.

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Jose Luis wins again.

Jose Luis Canavesi won this week’s tournament, beating me in the finals. That was the first time I played against Jose Luis; he was terrific.

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Lance won this week’s tournament.

Lance beat Alec in the finals of this week’s tournament (21 May 2014). He is catching up to Alec on tournament points.

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Philippe Salnave won 14 May tournament.

Philippe did it again. Won the 14 May 2014 tournament.

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Newcomer Jose Luis Canavesi won 7 May 2013 tournament.

This is the second time this year that a newcomer won the weekly tournament. Congratulations to Jose Luis Canavesi who beat Rey Lopez in the finals.

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Philippe Salnave won 30 April tournament

Philippe won last week’s tournament. He beat me in the finals . . . what else would you expect? Alec still leads in the standings.

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Alec won 9 April Tournament; leads in standings.

The title of this post says it all . . . almost. Alec Izzo leads with 4 standing points. Check out the standings page.

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Lance wins 2 April 2014 tournament; ties with Alec for lead.

The title pretty much says it all. Lance beat Bob in the finals last week. Lance is now tied with Alec at 3 tournament wins apiece.

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Alec won this week; leads pack.

Alec won this week’s tournament. He is the current points leader.

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Philippe wins his 2nd.

We played 9-point matches last night instead of the usual 7-pointers.  We had a couple of newcomers, Todd and Bob. Philippe beat Alec in the finals in, by mutual agreement, a 7-point match. Check out the championship standings: Philippe, Lance and Alec have … Continue reading

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Neal Rosensweig veni, vidi, vici.

Newcomer Neal Rosensweig won this week’s tournament. Neal came back from the brink against me. By the way, this was the third week in row that I made it to the finals. . . and got beaten.

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Alec Izzo won 5 February 2014 tournament.

Alec beat me in the finals. Philippe had a great time watching me blunder throughout the match.

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Philippe won last night’s tournament.

Philippe beat me 7 to 0 in last night’s final match and won.

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Alec Izzo wins this week.

Alec defeated Rey in the finals of this week’s tournament; so, no threepeat for Lance.

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Lance wins again.

Lance Novak won our 2nd tournament.  Will he three-peat next week?

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Lance Novak wins first tournament of 2014.

We had a strong field last night with several players from Broward. Lance Novak won the tournament.

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First meeting of 2014 on Wednesday 8 January.

We are baaaaaack!  Hope to see everyone this Wednesday (8 January) when we resume play in the new year.

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Last meeting of 2013 on Wednesday 18 December.

I hope you can join us this Wednesday 18 December at the Biltmore for our last backgammon meeting of 2013. We will not play on Christmas or New Year’s Day, and will restart play in 2014 on Wednesday 8 January.

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2013 Florida State Backgammon Championship (October 17 to 20).

The 2013 Florida State Backgammon Championship will take place from October 17 to 20. Please see the brochure and entry form  at www.BackgammonProMotions.com. Hope to see many of you there.

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Standings are up to date.

So that Chris and Alec can get off my case for not updating the standing during the last couple of weeks, I got them done; so we are up to date. Philippe is still kicking everyone’s butt. If you have the … Continue reading

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Chris and Leo split 2013-04-24 tournament points.

As Alec and Philippe did a couple of weeks ago, Chris and I did not play the final match and split this week’s points by agreement. We had a small turnout, so the tournament only had 5 entrants. Going into … Continue reading

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Free Backgammon Lectures!

Before each weekly tournmant, we plan to have a lecture on a relevant backgammon topic.  The first lecture will take place on 24 April 2013.  Philippe was kind enough to volunteer for the first–and hopefully many other–lecture, in which he will … Continue reading

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David and Leo split 2013-04-10 tournament points.

As Alec and Philippe did a couple of weeks ago, David and I did not play the final match and split this week’s points by agreement. Surprisingly, we had a small turnout, so the tournament only had 5 entrants. Going … Continue reading

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Alec and Philippe split 2013-02-27 tournament points.

We ran a bit late last Wednesday.  The final match pitted Philippe and Alec.  Instead of duking it out, they agreed to split the match evenly.  Nice resolution, but that meant I had to figure out how to split the … Continue reading

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Standings are up to date, etc.

The standings table  is up to date.  Jacob won on January 30th, and I won last week (despite, as Alec pointed out, playing the worst backgammon he has seen me play since we met about 20 years ago). Please check the … Continue reading

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Philippe won 23 January Tournament.

Philippe Salnave won last week’s tournament. I did not get a chance to update the standings page; will do so later.

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Lance won this week’s tournament, etc., etc.

1. Lance Novack won last night’s tournament. I will post the points standings during the weekend. http://miamibackgammon.com/results-and-standings/ 2. We had several new folk join us last night. Great to meet y’all; hope you had a pleasant evening. Come back! 3. … Continue reading

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Alec Izzo is 2012 champion.

Congratulations to Alec who is our 2012 champ. He garnered the most tournament points for the year.

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Not playing on 26 December and 2 January. Restart play on 9 January.

Congratulations to Sebastian who won last night’s tournament.  I will calculate the final standing points for 2012 and post them this weekend to the website. We will not play the next two Wednesdays (26 December and 2 January), which happen … Continue reading

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If The 19th Hole is not available, go to The Cascade Grill.

During the last couple of weeks The 19th Hole has been having private events.  We have moved to The Cascade Grill, next to the pool.  Go behind the bar, to the well-lighted area next to the Bocci Ball court.

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Weekly tournaments started.

On September 19 September we played our first tournament.  Played seven-point matches.  Did not finish by closing time.  Marv and Lance finished the tournament a couple of weeks later. I think this is a good model.  We can start a … Continue reading

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Great to be playing again.

After several weeks of continuous play, it looks like we have found a permanent home at the Biltmore Hotel.  I really hope more new players show up. The atmosphere at the 19th Hole is great.  I think the staff appreciates our … Continue reading

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