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2024 Newcastle Open
Sunday, August 18th , 2024

Club Charlestown, Lincoln St, Charlestown.

Registration from 9:15am., Draw at 9:50am. Start 10am


NB: All details dependant on final number of players.

The 2024 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 point matches.

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 7/7/24) $30.
NBC will contribute $5 per financial member to Member’s entries.**

Bonus Pool: $20 and /or $50 (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.  Trophy: Main winner.
Australian Backgammon Federation Rating points for all Main Tournament and Consolation games.

Bonus Pool: The Bonus pools ($20 and $50) will be won by the highest finishing member of the respective 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 exceptions.

To Enter: Email – Robert Disney at: pacnet7@bigpond.com  or  rwdiz@newcastlebackgammon.org with subject of  Newcastle Open

Phone Enquiries-  02 49469222 OR 0410494692
All payments to be made on the day. CASH ONLY, NO EFTPOS available
Please notify any cancellations ASAP.

Lunches will be available through the Bistro on the club premises.

**Value added amount mentioned made available from Newcastle Backgammon Club reserves.

NB: Club Charlestown 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 who is willing to make the trip by train would have to alight at Cardiff station and bus/cab to Charlestown (6km trip) but be wary of the 10am start.             





Compete for the title of the Open Championships, or play in the Masters with the best of the best or simply lay low and play the social Round Robins. No matter what your preference is, we have days and games for you

🎲 WHEN: 23rd to 25th August 2024

🎲 WHERE: Mermaid Waters Hotel, Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast

🎲 WANT TO KNOW MORE? Check out the full event info at https://gcbgc.com.au/qld-championships-2024/

🎲 REGISTER NOW at https://register2024.gcbgc.com.au

We can't wait to see you there!

🗨 Tournament Director: Steve Roberts


The website for the 2024 Australian Backgammon Championships on

8-10 November is now live:  https://bglog.org/2024-bg-champs.html

Notable changes from last year:

- Open format has evolved to a double elimination with progressive

consolation - you can lose in the round of 16 and still win the

tournament. Rebuys really hurt the scheduling last year, so this year

there will be no rebuys.

- Andy Liepins has kindly agreed to run a BMAB tournament on Friday

for a maximum of 12 players.

- Jackpots have been added for players knocked out of the Open who

don't want to enter the Masters or Speedgammon.

- Details of the accommodation deal are on the website - 10% discount

for players attending.



2023 Australian  Open Results

Sofitel Broadbeach, Qld


All results from money rounds:
Open (128):
Champion - Ben Phillips
Finalist - Grant Hoffman
Semi-finalists - Ken Vaughan, Vincent Turner
Quarter-finalists - Shane McNally, Martin Pikler, Mick Dyett, Damien Ingwersen
Last Chance (16):
Winner - Robert Disney
Finalist - Gene Elder
Semi-finalists - Elsa McNally, Mackenzie Little
Masters (31):
Champion - Warwick Mirzikinian
Finalist - Tino Lechich
Semi-finalists - Grant Hoffman, Peter Brown
Speedgammon (63):
Champion - Ben Phillips
Finalist - Mick Dyett
Semi-finalists - Michel George, Darren O'Shaughnessy
Doubles (18):
Champions - "Dahmed" Damien Ingwersen/Ahmed Moustafa
Finalists - "Holy Rollers" Ben Phillips/Steve Davy
Semi-finalists - "Stone Cold Rollers" Malcolm Hutson/Steve Nelson and "Manjamba" Daniel Pedrecal/Adam Makda
(Doubles tournaments are not rated)
2 Point Blitz (16):
Winner - Morteza Ghanei
Finalist - Daniel Pedrecal
Sunday Special (32):
Winner - Riley Holtmann
Finalist - Trudi Hemetsberger
Semi-finalists - Gyliane Carver/Elsa McNally
Fun facts:
87 players attended the weekend
421 tournament matches were played in 3 days
Most matches played by one player - 22 (Mick Dyett)
Most matches won - 16 from 18 (Ben Phillips)
Most points won/lost 138/22 (Ben Phillips)


Other Australian and International Tournaments via the Australian Backgammon Federation page at https://ausbgf.org.au/home/events/


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