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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New format at Leuven Monthly 1 on Friday, January 27, at Café Sport

We’re looking forward to meeting you at the Leuven Monthly 1, on Friday, January 27, at 19:45 in Café Sport, Martelarenplein 13, 3000 Leuven.

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

The pairings will be made in advance, which means less waiting between rounds. To help us make the pairings, we need to you to register in advance by Friday, January 27, 19:00. You can participate at all three rounds or just at the first two rounds. Participation is free for BCL members and €2 for non-members.

Please be there at 19:45. We start playing at 20:00.

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

Registration and contact: Johan Segers, BackgammonClubLeuven@gmail.com, +32 494 294460

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Leuven Monthly replaces 4th Friday

In December 2016, we launched a survey to know more about your preferences. Thirty-eight people responded, which we think is great. Thank you to all who participated! We analyzed the responses, did some brainstorming, and finally came up with some ideas to change the 4th Friday to respond better to your preferences. The Leuven Monthly was born! We also changed the format of the Club Championship, giving higher winning chances to less regular players.

Survey results

We listened carefully to what you had to say. The doubling cube and the clock are greeted favourably by the large majority. Some like 5-point matches, some like 7-point matches, and some others prefer even (much) longer matches. Friday is a good evening for many people, but the weekend is convenient for many people too, in particular Sunday. Prize money is not that important to most people, but good company and some serious gaming definitely are. Four hours is good duration of an event, preferrably not much longer, certainly not in the evening.

Leuven Monthly

We continue to meet once per month, but we are more flexible about the date. Some months we play on Friday evenings, some other months on Sunday afternoons. Please see the Leuven Monthly page for the dates and the venues.

As for the match length, we’re mixing things up too: each tournament will comprise two 7-point matches and one 5-point match. Moreover, the pairings will be done in advance, so you’ll know your opponents when you arrive and you will have to wait less in between matches. In return, we just ask that you register in advance: just write or call or click the link in the invitation emails. It’s as simple as that.

Club Championship 2017

The Club Championship was ready for a revamp too. We’ve now divided the year in three seasons: Winter, Spring and Autumn. (In the Summer, we’ll relax and play free matches or  a good old chouette instead.) Just winning a single season is already sufficient to make you qualify for the semi-finals in December. The fourth semi-final ticket goes to the best player on the general ranking list, next to the three seasons’ winners. For details, please check out the Club Championship 2017 page.

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Kristoffer De Weert is Leuven’s Club Champion 2016

Only Alain Chif or Nader K. Rad could threaten Kristoffer De Weert’s comfortable lead. But as neither of the three players was present at our December 23 club evening, Kristoffer is Leuven’s Club Champion 2016. Congratulations!

Final results Leuven’s Club Championship 2016

To avoid parking problems because of late night shopping in Leuven, we played in the Squash Club De Vaart in Wilsele. It was great to be at our former venue again, and we felt very welcome.

Welcome finally to new player Jasmin, a colleague of Marc. The dice did not smile at him, but we hope he still had good fun. Better luck next time!

Results Leuven's 4th Friday, December 23, 2016
No.   Name                 R1    R2    R3    R4    Score
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  1.  Guy Van Middelem     3b1   1w0   4b1   6b1    3
      Marc Van Haverbeke   2w1   5b1   6w0   3b1    3
      Johan Segers         4w1   2b1   1b1   5w0    3
  4.  Henri Pollet         5w0   4b1   2w1   1w0    2
  5.  Metin Ates           6b0   3w0   5w0   2b1    1
  6.  Jasmin Skuhan        1b0   6w0   3b0   4w0    0
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4th Friday, December 23, in Squash Club De Vaart, Wilsele

Our next Fourth Friday tournament takes place on

Friday, December 23
19:45 pairings
20:00 start first round

Because of Late Night Shopping in Leuven, finding a parking spot in or near the center will be nearly impossible. This is why we play exceptionally at our former venue:

Sport & Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele.

Coming from the E314 highway, the easiest route is to take exit 20 Wilsele-Kessel-Lo and then take the N19 in the direction of Leuven. Cross the water at the first occasion and you will be on the Kolonel Begaultlaan.

Route description coming from the E314, exit “Wilsele Kessel-Lo”

Tournament format: Swiss, 4 rounds, 5-point matches, with clock

Registration fee: €2 (free for BCL members)

The tournament is also stage 12 out of 12 of our Club Championship 2016. Who will succeed Guy Van Middelem, winner of 2015?

On behalf of the Backgammon Club Leuven vzw,

BackgammonClubLeuven@gmail.com
+32 494 29 44 60 (Johan)

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Three Players in Contention for the 2016 Championship Title With One Round To Go

Because of a Late Night Shopping event in the Leuven city centre, parking space was extremely scarse. After searching for half an hour, Eric, Sonja and Christof could not find a place to park their cars and had to return home. Those who did find a spot reported very long searching times too. Thank you to all players who made the effort to join the tournament, whether successful or not.

Welcome to new player Guido. He’s been playing backgammon for a long time, with a friend who passed away one year ago. We hope he enjoyed the evening and the company.

In the 2016 Championship, three players are still in contention for the title: Kristoffer (66 points), Alain (58 points), and Nader (52 points). The race will come to a finish at the 12th and final round, on Friday, December 23, in Café Sport, at 19:45. See you there!

No.  PNo.  Name                 R1    R2    R3    R4    Score
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  1.    1  Alain Chif           7w0   6b1   4w1   3b1    3
        7  Maurits Pino         1b1   3w1   8b1   2w0    3
  3.    2  Nader K. Rad         8b1   8w0   3b0   7b1    2
        3  Kristoffer De Weert  6w1   7b0   2w1   1w0    2
        4  Guido Joris          8b0   8w1   1b0   +      2
        8  Dan Pascu            2w0   4b0   6w1   8w1    2
        8  Metin Ates           4w1   2b1   7w0   8b0    2
  8.    6  Gery Vermaut         3b0   1w0   8b0   -      0
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