Leuven Monthly and Club Championship 2023: Mark Your Calendar

Congratulations to Toon Van Herreweghen, Club Champion 2022 (report), and thank you to all participants of the Leuven Monthly events of 2022. We hope you had a great time!

In 2023, we will continue the tournament series and the club championship in essentially the same format. Except for the Summer months, we play each 3rd Sunday of the month in the Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele. We kick off the year exceptionally on January 8 already, in view of the Vlissingen Masters on January 14-15. This gives the following dates for 2023:

  • January 8 (attention: 2nd Sunday)
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17 (play-off club championship)

Please arrive at 12:45, so we can make the pairing and start playing at 13:00. No registration required. Free entry. Matches between BGFed.be members will count for the national rating list.

In addition, the 14th Leuven Open will take place on Sunday, November 12. Mark your calendar!

We wish you relaxing holidays and we look forward to rolling the dice again in 2023!

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Leuven Open winner and Club Champion: Toon’s double 2022 title

In the knock-out stage of the Club Championship 2022, four players met each other for semi-finals and finals to determine the top-3. These were Dan Pascu (Winter champion), Johan Segers (Spring and Autumn champion), and Toon Van Herreweghen and Henri Pollet, in view of their spot in the overall club championship ranking. All matches were to be played to 9 points.

In the semi-final between Dan and Johan, it was Johan who took a quick lead with 5-0. But despite advancing to 7-4, he had to let Dan come back to 7-7. In the final game, an early (mandatory) cube was given, and Dan won, to secure the first spot in the final. In the other semi-final, Toon defeated Henri. This meant that the final was to be played between Dan and Toon, while Henri and Johan would fight for the third place. In the final, it was now Dan how took a quick 5-0 lead, but Toon who made a come-back. He eventually won the match and thus the championship title, just over a month after winning the Leuven Open. Congratulations, Toon — and thanks also for the efficient administration! In the other match, Henri won and completed the top-3.

The Club Championship 2022 podium (left to right): Henri Pollet (3), Johan Segers (4), Toon Van Herreweghen (1), Dan Pascu (2).

Besides these matches, a regular Leuven Monthly took place too, with nine participants. The Soccer WC2022 final at 16h meant that some players left early to watch the match and cheer for their favourite team. Nevertheless, some fun and interesting backgammon action took place in the familiar venue of the Squash Club De Vaart in Wilsele.

In 2023, the Leuven Monthly and Club Championship tournament series starts again, in the familiar format. Normally, we play each third Sunday of the month. In January, however, we play exceptionally already on Sunday, January 8, an view of the Vlissingen Masters tournament on January 14-15.

We wish you happy holidays and we look forward to resume live backgammon action in 2023!

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Leuven Monthly, Sun Dec 18, at 10:15

The last Leuven Monthly tournament of 2022 will take place on Sunday, December 18, in Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele. To allow soccer fans to watch the World Cup final, we will start earlier than usual, at 10:15 already. Please arrive on time, so we can make the pairings and start rolling.

As usual, the tournament will consist of five 5-point matches, with doubling cube and clock. Free entry, no registration required. Results of matches between BGFed.be members will be included in the national rating list.

At the same time, the knock-out stage of the Club Championship 2022 will be held. Dan Pascu, Henri Pollet, Johan Segers and Toon Van Herreweghen will play semi-finals and final (9-point matches) to determine the top-3.

After New Year, the Leuven Monthly and Club Championship will reboot on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at the usual hour (12:45) in De Vaart.

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13th Leuven Open 2022: Toon Wins for the Third Time

On a cold but sunny day, 22 players came together for the 13th Leuven Open on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at the historical site of the Abdijmolen near the Abdij van Park, Heverlee. Following tradition, the tournament format consisted of 7 rounds of 5-point matches, players being paired according to their number of victories — the so-called Swiss system, as implemented in the free ludite software.

De Abdijmolen in Heverlee on Sunday morning (HP)

Toon Van Herreweghen not only administered the tournament but he also won all 7 matches, coming out on top. This is the third time he wins the Leuven Open (previous victories date from 2009 and 2014), and he is thereby the second player to do so — Michel Lamote won in 2011, 2012 and 2018. Besides the traditional coffee/tee mug made for the occasion, Toon won a free entry for the next edition of the tournament, which will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2023.

Leuven Open 2022 podium: Alain Chif (2nd), Toon Van Herreweghen (1nd), Riza Yalçin (3rd)

Toon was followed by a group of four players with 5 victories in 7 matches: Alain Chif, Riza Yalçin, Johan Segers and Dan Pascu. These four players were ranked according to their Resistance Points (RP): the RP of a player is defined as the sum of the scores of the players against whom he or she has played. By this criterion, Alain was ranked second and Riza was ranked third. Both won a coffee mug too, and Alain gets a 50% discount for the next Leuven Open. Congratulations to both too!

Full results of the 13th Leuven Open 2022. Score = Number of victories out of 7 matches. RP = Resistance Points (sum of opponents’ scores). NS = Neustadtl (sum of defeated opponents’ scores). TR = Tournament Rating (Elo rating within the tournament).

In the traditional Fonske challenge between the clubs of Brussels and Leuven, it was Leuven who won a slight majority of interclub matches: Leuven v Brussels 23-21.

Following another tradition, players dancing with a 66 against a 1-point board – the infamous Devil’s Dance – were rewarded for their bad luck with a bottle of Leffe. By the end of the day, most of the 18 bottles had found an owner.

The Leuven Backgammon club is associated to BGFed.be, the Belgian Backgammon Federation, whose financial support is gratefully acknowledged. All participants were BGFed.be member and their match results were registered in the national rating list. The complete match results can be found in that list by selecting Leuven Open as event in the menu on the right.

Thank you to everybody for a great day. The 14th Leuven Open is planned on Sunday, November 12, 2023. Mark your calendar!

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Leuven Monthly, Sunday October 16

All backgammon aficionados are welcome on Sunday October 16 at 12:45 in Squash Club De Vaart (Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele) for the next Leuven Monthly tournament. We will play five rounds of 5-point matches, with doubling cube and clock. No registration required, free entry. Matches of BGFed.be members will count for the national rating list.

The tournament is the second stage of the Autumn season of the 2022 Leuven Club Championship. At stake: a spot in the knock-out stage, to be played on Sunday, December 18, which will start exceptionally in the morning at 10:15 already.

Our calendar for November and December:

  • 13th Leuven Open: Sunday, November 13, at 9:30, in the Abdijmolen, Heverlee. Info and registration
  • Leuven Monthly: Sunday, November 20, at 12:45, in Squash Club De Vaart, Wilsele.
  • Leuven Monthly: Sunday, December 18, at 10:15, in Squash Club De Vaart, Wilsele.
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BGFed.be General Assembly and Leuven Monthly on Sunday, 18 September 2022

After the Summer break, we resume the Leuven Monthly series on Sunday, 18 September 2022 in Sport & Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele, from 13:00 to approximately 18:30. As usual, we will play five 5-point matches, with doubling cube and clock.

Everybody welcome. Free entry. No registration needed. Just arrive on time (12:45), so we can make the pairings.

The tournament will be preceded by the General Assembly of the BGFed.be, the Belgian Backgammon Federation, at 11:00, also in De Vaart. Between the assembly and the tournament there will be time for lunch.

The September tournament is the first of three events in the Autumn season of our 2022 Club Championship. The winner of the Autumn season secures a spot in knock-out stage to be played on December 18.

PS: 13th Leuven Open on Sunday, 13 November 2022.

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13th Leuven Open on Sunday, 13 Nov 2022

All is set for the next edition of our yearly tournament, on Sunday, 13 November 2022, in the Abdijmolen, Heverlee.

Info and registration.

Registration deadline, including payment of registration fee: Monday, 7 November. Max 32 participants.

List of participants

Mark your calendar and register now!

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Club Championship 2022 Halfway Through

On Sunday June 19, the 6th Leuven Monthly 2022 tournament was held in our favourite venue, Sport and Squash Club De Vaart in Wilsele. Michel L. demonstrated his skills convincingly by winning all five matches.

The event marked the end of Spring Season of the Club Championship 2022. In view of his results in April, May and June, Johan S. joins Winter Champion Dan P. by securing the second spot in the semi-finals to be played on December 18. The third ticket will go to the winner of the Autumn season (September 18, October 16, November 20), while the fourth spot is reserved for the leader of the overall ranking, apart from those players already qualified. Curious where you’re standing? Then check out the complete ranking.

In July and August, the Leuven Monthly tournaments take a Summer break, but it is not unlikely that we will still organize something. Please keep on eye on this website, or, even more conveniently, subscribe to our newsletter by filling out the little form in the menu on the right-hand side of this page.

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Leuven Monthly, Sunday, June 19

The third Sunday of June 2022 is the 19th, and that means: Leuven Monthly backgammon tournament at the Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele.

Please arrive at 12:45 so we can make the pairings and start rolling at 13:00. We play five rounds of 5-point matches with doubling cube and clock. The ludite tournament software guarantees that everybody can play until the end, whether you win or lose.

Free entry. No registration needed. Please bring your board and clock if you have one, but no worries if you don’t.

Everybody welcome. Matches played between members of the Belgian Backgammon Federation BGFed.be (10 euro per year, registration possible at the start of the tournament) count for the national rating list.

Who will secure the second spot in the semi-finals of the Leuven Club Championship 2022? In the Spring Season, Johan S. is leading with 10 points, but Firat and Sebastien are following closely with 8 points, and even Alf (7 points) could make a come-back. [Full ranking.] Let’s play for it!

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Leuven Monthly, Sunday, May 22 — New Date

The May 2022 edition of the Leuven Monthly series will be played not on Sunday May 15 as announced originally but one week later, on Sunday May 22.

The reason for the change of date is the City Triatlon Leuven taking place on May 15 and passing by the Kolonel Begaultlaan. Our venue, the Squash Club De Vaart will be impossible to reach by car. Parking in the neighbourhood will be a nightmare. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this last-minute change of plans.

We play from 13h to 18h30 in Squash Club De Vaart, Kolonel Begaultlaan 15, 3012 Wilsele. Please arrive at 12h45 at the latest, so we can prepare the pairings and start on time.

We play five rounds of 5-point matches, with doubling cube and clock. No problem if you have never played with a clock before, we’ll be happy to explain you how it works.

The tournament is open to all players. There is no registration fee.

Results of matches played between members of the Belgian Backgammon Federation BGFed.be (10 euro per year, registration possible at the start of the tournament) will be registered into the national rating list.

The tournament is the second one out of three of the Spring Season of the Club Championship 2022. At stake is a spot in the semi-finals in December.

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