10th Leuven Backgammon Open, Sun 11 Nov 2018

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Leuven Monthly 6

There were 14 players this time, including two new players, Geert and Philip (from Duffel and Brussels respectively), which we’d like to welcome to our club.

For the first time, there was no squash games in the building, and we could even hear the dice rolling on the board! A very relaxing evening for all of us.

This concluded our matches for Spring, and the winner is Johan Segers.
Johan and Alain both had 67 points for Sprint, but since Johan already have a win against Alain, he was considered the overall winner for the season. Congratulations Johan!

On the second Sunday of December, Johan will play in the finals against Nader, the winner of Winter games, and the future winner of Autumn.

The next games are scheduled as follows:

  • Leuven Monthly 7: 23/09/2018
  • Leuven Monthly 8: 28/10/2018
  • Leuven Monthly 9: 25/11/2018
  • Finals: 09/12/2018
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The first ‘In de Congo’ open 2018

On Friday, May 11, we played in a nice, 100-year-old cafe in Tervuren, called ‘In de Congo’, and Rudy Bertels became the winner.


De Leuvense spelers nodigden Willem II van Oranje uit om een partijtje backgammon te spelen in het al meer dan 100 jaar oud cafeetje ‘In de Congo’ te Vossem. Ook al was het Afrikaans Museum in het nabijgelegen Tervuren nog niet heropend, waren er toch al oer geluiden te horen in het cafeetje. De OO H’s en de AA H’s rolden om de haverklap over de borden en de ogen gaven soms de uitdrukking van bitterheid en binnenpretjes. De Palm en Afrikaanse filterkoffie waren strategisch opgesteld. Maar na een tocht van bijna 200 km en goede nachtrust was het gorilla Rudi die met de allereerste In de Congo trofee ging lopen. Boeken waren er niet voor nodig, maar veel spelplezier des te meer. Het was leuk om ‘in de Congo’ te zijn. Rudi, Marc, Xtof, Paul-Willem II het zelfde volgend jaar!

  • Paul – Xtof: 0-1
  • Rudi – Henri: 0-1
  • Xtof – Henri: 1-0
  • Paul – Marc: 1-0
  • Rudi – Paul: 1- 0
  • Marc – Xtof: 0-1
  • Henri – Marc: 1-0
  • Xtof – Rudi: 0-1
  • Marc – Rudi: 0-1
  • Henri – Paul: 0-1
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Leuven Monthly 4

12 people showed up last Friday at the Leuven monthly 4. It was also the first round for the Spring season. Miguer, the cook of the Squash center, participate also at the tournament and had to play the first round against Toon. Surprisingly he won the game with a score of 12-0 which is a big performance against Toon who is one of the top player in Belgium. For the second a third round, Toon showed his best and won the 2 remaining games. After 2 rounds, 5 players out of the 12 had the maximum of points, Zsolt, Alain, Kristoffer, Ronny and Miguer. In the third round only Miguer lost his game and therefore we ended the tournament with 4 players having the maximum of points. When we look at the names, Zsolt, Alain & Kristoffer, we can say that Brussels was just too strong on that day. Ronny from Genk joined the victorious team.

See you next month!

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Leuven Monthly 3

8 players were present for the 3rd Leuven Monthly on Sunday 25 March. Nader K. Rad, with his 2 victories, ended at the first place of the Winter Season of the Leuven Club Championship 2018. By this, he secures the first spot in semi-finals in December.

A big thanks to Alain Chif, the most regular player in terms of participation, who came in Leuven on Sunday despite his participation to the Open Ghent on Saturday.

Next match will be on April 27 on a Friday this time, same location. This will be the Leuven Monthly 4, which is the first round of the Spring season of the Club Championship 2018. Everybody will have the chance to win this Spring season and be the second player selected for the semi-finals!

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Leuven Monthly 2

The second Leuven Monthly matches took place on 25th of February. Twelve players participated, and the first place was shared by Johan Segers and Nader K. Rad, who won all their three matches.

Next tournament: Sunday, March 25, 13:45, in Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele. See you there!

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Leuven Monthly 1 – Kick-off Club Championship 2018

Twelve players participated at Sunday’s Leuven Monthly 1. The tournament was also the start of the Club Championship 2018 mixing 7-point matches and 5-point matches. We had also the pleasure to welcome an old friend Toon Van Herreweghen. The first round of the Winter season has seen the victory of Nader who was the only one to win all his matches. Congratulation Nader!

Next tournament: Sunday, February 25, 13:45, in Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele. See you there!

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Henri Pollet is BCL Champion 2017

Henri Pollet (middle) defeated Johan Segers (left) in the final of the Leuven Club Championship 2017 on Friday, December 22, in Squash Club “De Vaart” (Wilsele). Earlier that evening, Johan had won from Kristoffer De Weert (right) in the semi-final. Kristoffer, who had won from Ronny Conaert in the small final, is holding two cups because he’s also the champion of 2016.

Besides the play-off for the Championship 2017, ten players competed in the Leuven Monthly 10. There were four winners: Metin Ates, Guy Van Middelem, Sonja Custers, and Christof Nuyttens. On the right, new player Jan Schamp is having a good time.

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Leuven Monthly 10, Friday, December 22, in “De Vaart”

This Friday, December 22, it’s time for Leuven Monthly 10. We play at the Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele. We start at the usual hour, 19:45.

That night, the four qualified players from the previous events will compete in the semi-finals and final of the Club Championship 2017 to determine the gold, silver and bronze medals. Even if you’re not among them, you can play a backgammon tournament too! And since its the time of year to buy presents, the prizes are all sponsored by the club.

Plan to join? Great! Please let us know in advance by Friday at 16h, by replying to this email or by letting Johan S know at +32 494 29 44 60.

Thank you for bringing your board and your clock if you have one. If you have any questions, just reply to this email.

We wish you a pleasant festive season and many jokers in the year to come!

Kind regards,
– Backgammon Club Leuven

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Serge Alard (and Guy Van Middelem) is first of 32 participants at the 9th Leuven Open

Individual tournament

Ranking after round 7 of 9th Leuven Open
No.  PNo.  Name                  Score WP    SB     PS  
  1.   13  Serge Alard            6.0  27.0  21.00  27.0
       20  Guy Van Middelem       6.0  24.0  20.00  21.0
  3.   15  Kristoffer De Weert    5.0  26.0  18.00  18.0
       14  Paul van Dijke         5.0  24.0  16.00  20.0
       12  Nader K. Rad           5.0  21.0  14.00  15.0
       22  Leonidas Sotiriadis    5.0  21.0  13.00  16.0
  7.   32  Johan Segers           4.0  30.0  13.00  19.0
        4  Johan Brisaert         4.0  27.0  14.00  19.0
       21  Luc Palmans            4.0  25.0  14.00  17.0
       31  Ronny Conaert          4.0  25.0  10.00  21.0
        6  Christof Nuyttens      4.0  24.5  13.00  11.0
        2  Henri Pollet           4.0  24.0  16.00  14.0
        8  Rudy Bertels           4.0  24.0  11.00  17.0
       23  Akbar Soltani          4.0  23.0  12.00  15.0
        5  Sonja Custers          4.0  20.5   8.00  10.0
 16.   29  Zsolt Tasnadi          3.0  31.0   9.00  16.0
       28  Michel Lamote          3.0  28.0  10.00  11.0
       26  Jalal Pourmousavi      3.0  26.0   9.00  17.0
       18  Dan Pascu              3.0  25.0   9.00  12.0
        7  Jan Wildiers           3.0  23.0   9.00  14.0
       25  Liliane Baptista       3.0  23.0   9.00  13.0
       27  Alain Chif             3.0  22.0   8.00  11.0
        3  Sassan Kachanian       3.0  21.0   6.00   8.0
       16  Mahir Yalçin           3.0  20.0   5.00  11.0
       17  Riza Yalçin            3.0  17.0   6.00   6.0
 26.   11  Paulus van Rooijen     2.0  31.0   9.00  13.0
       30  Dominique Segue        2.0  27.0   8.00  12.0
        1  Marc Van Haverbeke     2.0  26.0   5.00   9.0
       19  Metin Ates             2.0  25.0   4.00   5.0
       10  Odette Vanhorenbeek    2.0  18.0   3.00   3.0
 31.    9  Charly Gibuin          1.0  27.0   4.00   7.0
       24  Fakhri Soltani         1.0  23.0   2.00   7.0

Both Serge Alard and Guy Van Middelem scored 6 victories in 7 matches, and Guy won the mutual encounter. However, the tie-break rule fixed for the tournament was Buchholz, and so Serge came out on top. Congratulations to Serge!

For the detailed results per round, please consult the BGFed.be rating list (select “Leuven Open 2017” in the event menu).

Fonske challenge

For the Fonske challenge, there were three teams: Brugge, Brussels, and Leuven. For each team, the average number of points per player was calculated:

  1. Brugge: 4/7
  2. Leuven: 3.714/7
  3. Brussels: 3.5/7

A fine performance by the Brugge quartet: Michel Lamote, Guy Van Middelem, Paul van Dijke and Paulus van Rooijen. We hope you enjoyed the speculaas and the peperkoek.

Vesalius challenge

Only two players participated: Michel Lamote and Guy Van Middelem. Michel had the better PR: well played!

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