Membership fees for BGFed and BIC in 2020

Thanks for being members of in 2019; we hope you’ve had a great year and enjoyed the backgammon events.

If you’d like to stay a member in 2020 (or become a new member), a membership fee of €10 needs to be paid to the BGFed. Membership is necessary for players wishing to participate in 4 Cubes 2020 or BIC 2020, and the ratings of members will be stored in BGFed’s database.

Like previous years, an extra €10 is necessary for playing in BIC. Therefore, the total membership fee is:

  • Only membership in for 2010: €10
  • Membership in and participating in BIC 2010: €20

The amount can be paid to:

Backgammon Club Leuven
BE84 7360 4493 9659

We appreciate it if you could make the payment by 31st of December 2019, so that we can transfer the total amount to the federation on time.

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2019’s Leuven Monthly Finals

The finalists of Leuven Monthly played against each other on 15th of December, and Johan Segers became the champion of 2019. Congratulations Johan!

The following are the highest ranking players of Leuven Monthly games in 2019:

  1. Johan S.
  2. Alain
  3. Dan
  4. Toon

Looking forward to seeing you in 2020’s Leuven Monthly games.

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Leuven Monthly 9

There were 10 players in Leuven Monthly 9, and at the end, Nader and Dan gained the highest scores by winning all their matches. With a total score of 83, Dan became the champion of autumn Leuven Monthly games.

The semi-final games will be played by

  • Alain, champion of winter
  • Johan S., champion of spring
  • Dan, champion of autumn
  • Toon, the person with the highest score (174) who’s not among the session champions

The highest score belongs to Alain (175). As a result, he can choose his opponent for the semi-final.

All final matches are 9-point.

So, this concludes our Leuven Monthly games in 2019, with participation of 21 players. Congratulations to Alain for gaining the highest overall score.

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11th Leuven Backgammon Open 2019: Sun, Beer, and Lots of Chocolate

On a crisp sunny Autumn day, 24 people choose not to spend their day outdoors but to play some backgammon instead. On Sunday, November 10, they were to play a tight schedule of 7 rounds of 5-point matches, competing for the exquisite cube trophies that were designed especially for the occasion by Flemish 3D printing artist Waldo. The beautiful surroundings of the Brasserie Abdijmolen at Heverlee’s Park Abbey provided the splendid background of the 11th edition of Leuven’s yearly tournament.

In 84 matches, the notorious devil’s dance — 66 from the bar against a one-point board — occurred no less than 15 times. The unlucky dancers were rewarded for their misfortune with a bottle of Leffe.

Three teams joined the Fonske challenge: Brugge (4 players), Brussels (9 players) and Leuven (11 players). The players from Brugge won 16 out of 24 matches against players of other teams, thereby scoring the highest winning percentage, earning them a box of chocolates. Leuven won the highest number of inter-team matches, 22 out of 48; another box of chocolates.

The ladies’ prize went to Odette Vanhorenbeek, with 4 victories in 7 matches. Still more chocolate.

In the main tournament, three players tied for the first place with 6 victories in 7 matches: Michel Lamote (winner in 2011, 2012, and 2018), Toon Van Herreweghen (winner in 2009 and 2014), and Johan Segers. As announced at the start of the tournament, the first rule to break the tie at the top was to be the mutual result. As Michel had defeated Johan, who had defeated Toon, who had defeated Michel, this rule was unhelpful. The second tie-break rule, fixed in advance as well, was to be the Buchholz rule, defined as the sum of the opponent’s scores. Here, Johan came out on top, before Michel and Toon.

Ranking after round 7 of 11th Leuven Backgammon Open 2019
No.    Name                       Score WP  SB    
  1.   Johan Segers                6    33  27 
       Michel Lamote               6    32  26 
       Toon Van Herreweghen        6    31  25 
  4.   Alain Chif                  5    28  18 
  5.   Guy Van Middelem            4    32  14 
       Sassan Kachanian            4    28  12 
       Luc Palmans                 4    28  12 
       Itzhak Solsky               4    28  11 
       Robin Bilderbeek            4    27  12 
       Paulus van Rooijen          4    26  12 
       Odette Vanhorenbeek         4    26  12 
       Nader K. Rad                4    23  10 
       Henri Pollet                4    22   8 
 14.   Kristoffer De Weert         3    25   9 
       Riza Yalçin                 3    22   6 
       Lisbeth Elias               3    20   6 
       Jean-Charles Gibouin        3    19   5 
 18.   Rudy Bertels                2    21   3 
       Johan Brisaert              2    20   5 
       Mahir Yalçin                2    20   4 
       Nadia Falise                2    20   4 
       Sonja Custers               2    20   3 
       Liliane Baptista            2    19   4 
 24.   Albert De Weert             1    18   2 
 WP = Weerstandspunten = Sum of opponent's scores
 SB = Sonneborn-Berger = Sum of scores of defeated opponents

Hereby, Johan joins the list of winners of the Leuven Open:

2009 – Toon Van Herreweghen
2010 – Patrick De Wilde
2011 – Michel Lamote
2012 – Michel Lamote
2013 – Patrick De Wilde
2014 – Toon Van Herreweghen
2015 – Johan Brisaert
2016 – Hadi Ghayoumi
2017 – Serge Alard
2018 – Michel Lamote
2019 – Johan Segers


Photos by Luc Palmans


Thank you to all participants. We hope you had a great day. Looking forward already to the 12th edition!

On behalf of the Backgammon Club Leuven,
Henri, Johan, Nader

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Leuven Monthly 8

7 players were at the 8th Leuven Monthly on 20th of October to play three 7-point matches. Alain and Dan got the perfect score of 30.

The next and last Leuven Monthly of 2019 will be on 24th of November. Also don’t forget the annual Leuven Open Championship on 10th of October.

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Leuven Monthly 7

8 players got together on 22nd of September to play in Leuven Monthly 7; the first games in Autumn. After 3 rounds of 7-point matches, Luc Palmans and Johan Brisaert won with the perfect score 0f 30.

Looking forward to seeing you in Leuven Monthly 8, on Sunday, 20th of October.

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Registrations are open for the 11th Leuven Open

It’s time again to get together and enjoy a whole day of backgammon in Leuven Open!

Registrations are open for the 11th Leuven Open. You can find more information and a register here.

Looking forward to seeing you in Leuven Open, on November 10th, 2019.

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The second ‘In De Congo’ open 2019

For the second time, we had a fun and friendly thournament in De Congo. We got together on Saturday 13 July 2019: Johan, Rudy, Xtof, Charly, Jan, Odette, Guy, Paul, Dan, and Henri.

Our Scottish friend, Bill, joined us to support Paul, and also brought a bottle of Whiskey as a prize for the winner!

It was a nice and friendly environement, and besides the games, we had snacks and drinks. We each placed €10 for drinks, and there was €30 left at the end of the day, which will be used for extra prizes for Leuven Open.

This year’s winner was Dan Pascu with 5 wins out of 5 games; congratulations Dan!


In second place was Xtof with 4 wins out of 5. He received a champagne bottle sponsored by Paul. Jan also sponsored a delicious product from Leuven for the last player.

See you next year in De Congo.

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Leuven Monthly 6

Ten players enjoyed Leuven Monthly 6 on 28th of June, which concludes our spring season.

The winner of this event, as well as the Sprint season, is Johan. He will play against Alain (champion of the winter season) and other champions at the end of the year.

The next Leuven Monthly is on Sunday, 22nd of September. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Leuven Monthly 5

Leuven Monthly 5 was held by 12 players on May 24th. Johan S. and Luc shared the first place with the perfect score of 27.

The next Leuven Monthly is scheduled for Friday, June 28. It will be the last game in Spring and will reveal the season’s champion. At the moment, Luc with a score of 54 is on top of the list for Sprint, followed by Johan S. (47 points) and Alain (40 points).

Looking forward to seeing you on June 28!

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