9th Proficiency Test – Round 4 @ JBL U25 camp

This year’s U25 summer camp for young gammon players was held in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture from August 14th to 18th. On the 4th day of the camp, the Ashikaga Open was held with feverish excitement.

On the first day of the camp, a challenge to the “9th Backgammon Proficiency Test” was imposed on the applicants as part of the skill enhancement menu. The tests are used as teaching materials every year at the U25 camp, and this is the sixth consecutive year. In this way, the Japanese Backgammon League (JBL) young support program “U25” includes training camps, hosting U25 championships and hot new players’ tournaments, support for dispatching to overseas tournaments, and international student championships. They perform a wide range of activities such as support. For the U25 program, please see the following links.

As a result, Meijo, who got 39 points last year (#7 overall in the world), got 38 points this year! This score is currently ranked 3rd out of 88 players, and it has become one of the world’s top results by surpassing the scores of many famous players. However, it is no longer surprising to those who know his abilities.

The scores for the eight examinees were as follows.

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 38 1437 Kentaro Meijo Japan
2 33 2302 H. K. Japan
3 23 3546 Shoichi Tsunetsugu Japan
4 22 3457 Yui Osaki Japan
4 22 3872 (Anonymous) Japan
6 21 4282 Yamato Takahashi Japan
7 16 4989 M. K. Japan
8 15 4328 (Anonymous) Japan
Total 8 Ave. 23.8 Ave. 3527

You can see the results for all 88 people here.

9th Proficiency Test – Round 3 @ 44th World Championship

On Thursday, August 1st – the third day of the 44th Backgammon World Championship, our 9th “Backgammon Proficiency Test” was presented by Hideaki Ueda, who joined our test production team from this year and the current JBL(Japanese Backgammon League) Bansei tournament champion.

This is the sixth consecutive year that it has been held, and so it has become a popular event. A total of 28 players, including Jorgen Granstedt (Sweden, the three-time World Champion), Marc Olsen (Denmark, #1 in the 7th test), Zdenek Zizka (Czech, #1 in the 5th test), took part in it.

As the result, Zdenek Zizka (Czech) is on top with 39 correct answers (out of 50), followed by Aurelien Bonnet (France) and Jorgen Granstedt (Sweden).

Now, we have some good news :)
Fabrizio Lo Surdo (Italy), who enjoyed our proficiency test for the first time, won the 3rd place in the main championship. Congratulations!!
Just started playing backgammon, Takayuki Moriuchi (Japan) won the Juniors tournament. We are looking forward to how he grows from now on, yeah!!

The results of 28 players are as below:

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 39 1659 Zdenek Zizka Czech
2 34 2416 Aurelien Bonnet France
3 33 2251 Jorgen Granstedt Sweden
4 32 2495 S. W. UK
4 32 2700 George Klitsas Greece
6 31 2095 Thorsten Hoyer Germany
6 31 2257 G. C. Italy
8 30 2221 Marc Olsen Denmark
8 30 2416 (Anonymous) Iran
10 29 2574 Toshiyuki Moriuchi Japan
10 29 3519 Malis Sergiu Romania
12 28 3018 Stephan Hartmann Germany
13 27 3186 Fabio Cultrera Italy
13 27 3516 Chris Trencher USA
15 23 3506 J. M. Australia
15 23 4690 M. E. Belgium
17 22 3714 Fabrizio Lo Surdo Italy
17 22 3768 Phil Simborg USA
19 21 3532 Didisheim Patrick Switzerland
20 20 4046 Ralf Sudbrak Germany
21 19 3706 A. H. Iraq
21 19 4597 Lorenzo Rusconi Italy
21 19 4823 D. T. UK
24 18 4700 Bogdan Constantinoiu Romania
25 17 5094 Michael Ramsey USA
26 15 5477 A. F. UK
27 13 4510 Y Norway
27 13 6037 Takayuki Moriuchi Japan
Total 28 Ave. 24.9 Ave. 3519

You can see the overall results of the 9th test as of now here.
Thank you very much for joining us!

9th Proficiency Test – Round 2 @ 39th Chicago Open

On Sunday, May 26th, the fourth day of the 39th Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament, Giants #2 Michihito “Michy” Kageyama presented the newest version of our “Backgammon Proficiency Test”. He also offered a comprehensive review to its participants on the following day.

We have held the proficiency test in Chicago for six years consecutively since 2014. The previous articles are here:

The number of participants of this year was 35, and more than half are repeat participants.

As the result, Gerry Tansey is on top with 38 correct answers (out of 50), followed by Chuck Bower.

All of their scores are as below:

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 38 1651 Gerry Tansey USA
2 35 2217 Chuck Bower USA
3 33 2235 Albert Steg USA
4 29 2544 Justin Nowell USA
5 28 2760 Frank Talbot USA
6 26 3186 Dennis Culpepper USA
6 26 3414 David Todd USA
8 25 3392 Allen Tish USA
9 24 3393 (Anonymous) USA
9 24 5088 Butch Meese USA
11 23 3387 D. D. USA
11 23 3659 (Anonymous) Canada
11 23 3729 D. K. USA
11 23 4336 S. R. USA
15 22 3464 David Winn USA
15 22 3613 (Anonymous) USA
15 22 3637 John Craig Anderson South Africa
15 22 4057 D. J. J. USA
15 22 4772 Mike Clapsadle USA
20 21 3506 S. B. USA
21 20 3889 Steve Hairgrove USA
21 20 4185 (Anonymous) USA
23 19 4836 Richard Stubbe USA
23 19 5606 Joe Briggs USA
25 18 4732 Karen Davis USA
25 18 4787 Paul Mangone USA
25 18 4839 Rick Silberman USA
25 18 5181 Apollo Lammers USA
29 17 4585 Jeb Horton USA
30 16 4307 Jeffrey Spencer USA
30 16 4402 Roberto Gaui Brazil
30 16 4441 Jesus Ibarra USA
30 16 4448 Charles Haley USA
30 16 5917 Danny Lynch USA
35 14 7094 Sharon Lefferts USA
Total 35 Ave. 22.1 Ave. 4057

You can see the overall results of the 9th test as of now here.

Thank you for joining us! :)