Marc Van Damme is Spring Champion 2017

After the Leuven Monthly 4, 5, 6 tournaments (April, May, June), both Marc Van Damme and Henri Pollet ended at 55 points and each had defeated the other in a 7-point match. A perfect tie. To decide upon the winner of the Spring Season, they played a 1-point match, which Marc won. Marc therefore secures the 2nd spot, after Winter Champion Alain Chif, in the semi-finals to be played on Friday, December 22. Congratulations!

The 3rd spot in the semi-finals will go to the winner of the Autumn Season (Sep-Oct-Nov), and the 4th spot to the player with the highest ranking overall.

Next tournaments:

  • Sunday, September 24, in Squash Club De Vaart
  • Sunday, October 22, in Squash Club De Vaart
  • Friday, November 24, venue to be determined
  • Friday, December 22, venue to be determined
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Leuven Monthly 6, Friday, June 23, 19:45, at the Borrestaminee

Looking for some live games of backgammon? Welcome at the Leuven Monthly 6, on Friday, June 23, at 19:45, at the Borrestaminee, Wijnenberg 2, 3360 Bierbeek (map). You can park your car at the large, free public parking of CC De Borre. To find us, enter the building and go upstairs to the Borrestaminee, which is the cafetaria of the CC De Borre.

We will play three rounds. Rounds 1 and 2 will be 7-point matches, and round 3 will be a 5-point match.

First time you participate? Great! Welcome already at 19:00, so that we can meet, talk and have a drink before the heat of the dice battles.

To help us make the pairings, we kindly ask you to register in advance by Friday, 18:00. Please do say by writing or calling to Johan at +32 (0)494 29 44 60 or BackgammonClubLeuven@gmail.com.

The tournament is also the third of three tournaments of the Spring season of the renewed Club Championship 2017. Even winning one season is already sufficient to make you qualify for the play-off in December.

Format: two 7-point matches and one 5-point match, with clock and cube

Registration: free for BCL members and €2 for non-members

Thank you for bringing your board and your clock if you have one.

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Club activities 2017

The dates for the club activities of the second half of 2017 are more or less fixed: http://backgammon-leuven.be/leuven-monthly/

Please mark your calendar!

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Veni vidi vici

Eight players showed up at the Squash club De Vaart in Wilsele on Sunday afternoon, April 23, for the Leuven Monthly 4, which was the first round of the Spring season of the Club Championship 2017. Recall that Alain won the first season and is already qualified for the semi-final in December. As in March, Michel Lamote came all the way from Bruges to play with us. We were also happy to welcome two new players from Antwerp, Riza Yalçin and his son Mahir. In the first round, Riza, after quite an interesting match, defeated Michel. He won also in the second round against Henri, and for the third and final round, Riza had to face his son Mahir. With this third victory, Riza was the only player who won all his matches and was therefore the winner of the Leuven Monthly 4. Congratulations!!

Thank you to all participants for coming and we hope to see you all next month, Sunday May 28, at the Squash club De Vaart.

— MVH

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Leuven Monthly 4, Sun Apr 23, 13:45, at Squash Club de Vaart, Wilsele

The Leuven Monthly 4 tournament takes place on Sunday, April 23, 13:45 at the Sport and Squash Club de Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele (map).

Format: match play, three rounds (7-7-5), with clock. Pairings are done in advance, so please register by Saturday, April 22, 19:00 via BackgammonClubLeuven@gmail.com or +32 (0)494 29 44 60 (Johan). Registration: free for BCLeuven members, €2 for non-members.

The tournament is also stage 1 of the Spring Season of the Leuven Club Championship 2017.

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Mutual result breaks tie for title Winter Season 2017: Alain Chif secures first spot in semi-finals

The laureates of the Winter Season 2017, from left to right: Marc Van Damme (2nd), Alain Chif (1st), and Ronny Conaert (3rd). Picture taken at the terrace of the Squash Club De Vaart (Wilsele).

For the first time in its history, the Leuven Club Championship took place on a Sunday. This decision was taken according to the wishes expressed by several people during the survey we launched in December last year. The event gathered more than 12 people and attracted players like Michel Lamote (Bruges), Johan Brisaert (Brussels) and Metin Ates (Brussels), who normally cannot come on a Friday.

At the start of the tournament, four players were still in the runing to win the Winter Season of the Leuven Club Championship 2017: Alain Chif (49p), Marc Van Damme (49p), Ronny Conaert (47p) and Guy Van Middelem (40p). The random pairing led to interesting matches between these four players, who were drawn to play among each other but also to some other strong players like Michel or Kristoffer.

After two rounds, Alain and Marc VD were still tied. Unfortunately, Ronny and Guy were not in the running anymore, as they both lost one match. In the third and final round, both Alain and Marc VD lost their match and ended up both with 71 points. According to the rules, we had to look at their mutual result. During the Leuven Monthly 2 in February, Alain won a match against Marc VD. Thanks to this victory, Alain was been declared the winner of the Winter season and is therefore also the first to be qualified for the semi-finals in December. Congratulations!

Thank you to all the participants who joined us during a sunny Sunday afternoon. We are looking forward to see you all for the Spring season, starting with the Leuven Monthly 4 on Sunday, April 23, in Squash Club De Vaart (Wilsele).

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Leuven Monthly 3, Sun Mar 26, 13:45, at Squash Club de Vaart, Wilsele

The Leuven Monthly 3 tournament takes place on Sunday, March 26, 13:45 at the Sport and Squash Club de Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele (map).

Format: match play, three rounds (7-7-5), with clock. Pairings are done in advance, so please register by Saturday, March 25, 19:00 via BackgammonClubLeuven@gmail.com or +32 (0)494 29 44 60 (Johan). Registration: free for BCLeuven members, €2 for non-members.

The tournament is also stage 3 of the Winter Season of the Leuven Club Championship 2017.

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Leuven Monthly 2, Fri Feb 24, at the Borrestaminee

The Leuven Monthly 2 tournament takes place on Friday, February 24, 19:45 at a new venue: the Borrestaminee, Wijnenberg, 3360 Bierbeek (map). The Borrestaminee is the cafetaria of the Cultuurcentrum De Borre. You can park for free on the public parking in front of the CC De Borre. Once you enter the building through the main entrance, take the stairs on your right to the first floor.

Registration: free for BCLeuven members, €2 for non-members. To register, please write or call Johan Segers at BackgammonClubLeuven@gmail.com or +32 (0)494 29 44 60, not later than 19:00.

Format: match play, three rounds (7-7-5), with clock. Pairings are done in advance.

The tournament is also stage 2 of the Winter Season of the Leuven Club Championship 2017.

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Venue for Feb 17 (4 Cubes) and Feb 24 (Leuven Monthly 2): Borrestaminee, Bierbeek

On Friday February 17 (4 Cubes, Leuven 1 vs Leuven 2) and Friday February 24 (Leuven Monthly 2), we will not play in Café Sport as previously announced, since there has been a double booking. Instead, we will come together in the cafeteria of CC De Borre in Bierbeek:

Borrestaminee, Wijnenberg 2, 3360 Bierbeek

CC De Borre has a large public parking. Once you’ve entered the building through the main entrance, take the stairs on your right to the first floor.

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Leuven Monthly 1 – Kick-off Club Championship 2017

Ten players participated at yesterday’s Leuven Monthly 1. The tournament was also the start of the Club Championship 2017. Mixing 7-point matches and 5-point matches, we hope to strike a good balance between serious gaming and social interaction. We started a little after 8 PM and by 11:30 PM, the tournament was finished.

The results are to be found via the link ‘Club Championship 2017’ in the menu. Congratulations to new players Eric Debus and Marc Vandamme who won most or even all of their matches.

Next tournament: Friday, February 24, in Café Sport. See you there!

— Johan

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