2017 Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament
Sunday, September 17th, 2017.
CHARLESTOWN BOWLING CLUB, Lincoln
9:30a.m., Draw at 10.00a.m.
NB: All details dependant on final number of
The 2017 Newcastle Open will be conducted under the following system,
Qualifying rounds: Round Robins. Up to 8 groups.
Three and four player groups 7 point matches. Five and over player groups 5
All round robin winners qualify for the Final rounds.
1 point for a win. Tiebreakers: points SCORED, points AGAINST, head to head.
Main Tournament Final Rounds: Up to 8 player
knockout. 7-7-9 points
Consolation Tournament: 3 point knockout for ALL players not qualifying
for the Final Knockout. Players will be ranked on qualifying finishes with byes
allocated, as required, to highest placed players.
Entry fees: $35 basic entry.
Financial Newcastle Backgammon Club Members (as of 30/6/17) $30.
NBC will contribute $5 per financial member to Member’s entries.**
As the Newcastle Backgammon
Club is not affiliated with the ABF, no other discounts are offered.
Bonus Pool: $20 (not compulsory).
Prize Money: Total prize pool for the Main
Tournament = Total Number of Players x 30.
Total prize pool for the Consolation Tournament = Total Number of Players x 5
Prize money paid Main: 1st-4th, Consolation 1st-2nd.
Trophies: Main 1st-2nd and Consolation winner.
Bonus Pool: The Bonus pool will be won by the
highest finishing member of the Pool in the Main Bracket.
The Pool will be shared amongst those finishing at the same level if both the
Winner and second in the tournament are not members of the Pool.
It will revert to players in the Consolation Tournament if none of the 8 players
in the Main are members of the Bonus Pool.
All games to be played in the tournament room, no
To Enter: Email – Robert Disney at: firstname.lastname@example.org
with subject of Newcastle Open
Phone Enquiries- (+61 2) 49469222 OR 0410494692
All payments to be made on the day.
Please notify any cancellations ASAP.
Lunches will be available through the Bistro on the club
**Value added amount mentioned made available from
Newcastle Backgammon Club reserves.
NB: Charlestown Bowling Club is not train
friendly. Best travel option is by car.
The entrance to the CBC car park is off Ferris Street but MUST be
approached from the Bowling Club side of Ferris Street. If you approach from the
football oval side you have to drive around the block to get to the other side.
If coming from the north, through Charlestown on the highway, turn at the lights
at the end of the football oval onto Lincoln Street and bear right onto Ferris
towards Charlestown Square. If approaching from the south on the highway,
Lincoln St is on your left between the Rotary Park and the football oval.
If approaching from the back of Charlestown Square, which is Canberra St but
turns into Patricia Avenue at the back of the Bowling Club, turn off Patricia
onto Lincoln at the roundabout, go past the CBC main entrance and turn left onto
Ferris towards Charlestown Square.
The parking lot entrance is about 30m from the turn.
Anyone that is willing to make the trip by train would
have to alight at Cardiff station and bus/cab to Charlestown (6km trip) but
beware of the 10am
2016 Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament
Sunday September 18th.
CHARLESTOWN BOWLING CLUB,
Lincoln St, Charlestown.
Eva Bitel and Simon Woodhead
Woodhead of the Gold Coast is the 2016 Newcastle Open winner which was held
in the Lincoln Room at Charlestown Bowling Club on Sunday, September 18th.
Simon defeated Sydney stalwart Eva Bitel by 9 points to 5 in a final which
looked to be all going Eva's way when she went 4-0 up early. Simon however
worked away at the deficit to win his fourth Newcastle Open title, the last
being in 2004.
The semi-finalists were both from Newcastle, Tony Walker and Greg Mitchell.
Making up the final 8 were Alex Ivanovski, Robert Disney, Gerhardt Macor and
The Consolation tournament, a 3 point knockout, run for the first time this
year, was taken out by Newcastle Club Captain Bruce Parr over Bevan Disney.
17 players contested the Consolation.
years Open attracted 29 players from around NSW
and Queensland. Chris Wood revisited from down south and first time entrants
Lorenzo Mandra, Martin Sagradian, Mark Catusanu and Edmond Catusanu joining all
the "usual suspects". Also amongst the first timers was new Newcastle player Gus
Burgess whilst Gin Jones was a surprise entrant.
thanks to the Charlestown Bowling Club, the new home for the NBC, for their
support in hosting the event. Also to Michelle Taubman, Bruce Parr and Sharne
Roxby for their contributions at the desk.
Charlestown Bowling Club
Presentation to Winner Simon Woodhead
Eva and Simon
Presentation to Eva Bitel
Semi Finalist Greg Mitchell
Semi Finalist Tony Walker
Consolation Winner Bruce Parr
Consolation Runner-up Bevan Disney
2015 Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament
Played on Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Club Kotara, Howell St, Kotara.
In the round robin qualifying Robert Disney won the group of 3, Alex Ivanovski and Michelle Taubman both won through with 3 wins each and Tony Walker, Tal and Jan won the other heats with 2 wins on countback.
The draw for the Final bracket was made from "the hat" with Michelle and Alex drawing the byes and Jan (7) defeating Robert (3) and Tal vs Tony. Tal and Tony were locked at 5-5 and Tal cubed to make it DMP. Tal had 4 men left (2 on the 6 and 2 on the 1 point) against Tony's 1 on the 4pt and 1 on the 1pt. Tal's 4-2 roll he correctly played from the 6 and Tony's 3-1 roll opened the door for a roll that saw the crowd go wild...a 3-3!!
From there, Jan defeated Alex 7-2 in the semi with Tal making it a brace of Walker family conquests by beating Michelle (Tony's sister) also 7-2.
Sadly for Jan, after winning the first game of the Final to take a 1-0 lead the Tal buzzsaw kicked into gear and 1-0 became 1-9 six games later.
Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you to everyone that attended.
The First Creek wine prize was won by Shaun Harding. The $20 side tournament was won by Gerhardt Macor from John Symon.
Thanks go to both Club Kotara for accommodating the tournament in the Down Under Bar and First Creek wines for their support.
The Final Score
Presentation to Winner Tal Sade by Robert Disney
The runner up, Jan Spillekom
Semi Finalist, Michelle Taubman
Semi Finalist, Alex Ivanovski
THE 3-3 finisher!
First Creek Wines prize. Thanks to First Creek!
2014 Newcastle Open Backgammon Tournament
Played on Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Kotara Sports and Recreation Club, Howell St, Kotara.
Steve Roberts, 2014 Newcastle Open Champion
Queensland's Steve Roberts is the 2014 Newcastle Open Backgammon
Tournament Champion by defeating Joanna Kerynia, also of Queensland, in this
The 2014 tournament, the 31st running, was a mixture of old,
current and new players, 34 in all, and contained a couple of firsts.
We welcomed first time players George Peterson from Bathurst,
Mehmet Tuglu from the Central Coast, Melinda Kelf (Port Macquarie), Daphne Downs
of Cairns and local player Adrian Marisescu.
Chris Wood and Joanna Kerynia returned for 2nd time appearances.
Returning from long spells away from the tournament were the aforementioned
Steve Roberts, Darren O'Shaughnessy from Melbourne, Sydney's Charlie Brown and
the one and only Jim Bardakos (Newcastle).
As to the "firsts".
Of the five debutants, three of them made the final 8 (all have online
The Newcastle Members Bonus Prize was not awarded because no one from the Club
made the final 8. It was decided that the prize will jackpot to next year, so
(financial) members will be in line for a share of $200 in 2015.
The Final had to be moved. The last 8 started around 2.40pm as a 7-9-9 knockout
but the final was not ready to start until around 6.30. With the Bowling club
closing at 7 it was off to Mick Dyett's for the Final to be played.
The players were divided into 8 round robins, six groups of 4
and two of 5 to play the qualifying round. Six players went into the last 8
unbeaten (David, Steve R, Simon, Melinda, Joanna and George).
The final pairings for the 8 player knockout were:
David Reitzin vs Daphne Downs
Steve Roberts vs Simon Woodhead
Melinda Kelf vs Steve Clarry
Joanna Kerynia vs George Peterson
Most of the quarters were tight matches.
Unfortunately for George, Joanna was on a roll winning 7-0. Dave beat Daphne
7-5, Steve R overcame Simon 7-6 (having rolled boxcars to win the Crawford game
needing at least a 5-5) and Melinda was victorious 7-6 over Steve C.
The Semis were Melinda against Joanna and Steve R
against David. Joanna continued, on winning 9-5 to knockout the last of the
first timers and Steve made it past David, who was a finalist last year.
So, the 2 finalists and an "audience" of 8 or 9 were
off to the Dyett residence in a convoy of cars for the decider.
Joanna flew the gates, taking a cube and gammoning
the game to lead 4-0 and stretched it to 5-0 before Steve got on the board. Not
one to refuse a cube, Joanna took in the next 2 games losing both for the score
to go to 5-4.
In the 5th game, Joanna took the cube and shortly after was able to challenge
Steve to go for match, with a recube, which he declined. 7-4 Joanna.
Joanna gave herself every chance in the next 2 games taking up Steve's cube
challenges but falling in both. 8-7 Steve
The 7th game went right down to the wire, Joanna needing a double anything to
get to double match point but the dice failed to respond and Steve took the
Steve took away the $600 winners prize as well as the Bonus pool (20 players
entered) of $400. Joanna collected $300 for her efforts.
Congratulations to both players on a great Final match.
Of the couple of side tournaments played, winners
were Dave Bower and Michelle Taubman. Michelle also picked up the raffle prize.
Thank you to all who came to the Tournament, we hope to see you again next year.
Thanks also to the Kotara Bowling and Recreation Club for the use of their
premises. The "Down under" Bar is a great room for our event. Also to First
Creek Wines for their continued support.
Joanna Kerynia, 2014 Finalist
Preparing for battle, Steve and Joanna
Semi Final, Joanna and Melinda
Semi Final Steve and David
Quarter Final, Joanna and George
Quarter Final, Steve and Simon
Quarter Final, Daphne and David
Quarter Final, Melinda and Steve
Crowd Shot!! Defending Champion, Mick Dyett
Another crowd shot. Thanks to all who came!!
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