7th Proficiency Test – Round 3 @ 42nd World Championship

During the 42nd Backgammon World Championship, Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki (Giants #1 2015-2016) presented our 7th “Backgammon Proficiency Test” on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017.

A total of 35 players were present at the exam, and the number was larger than last year.
In addition to Falafel (USA, Giants #4), the defending champion of the 6th exam, the world’s leading players such as Jorgen Granstedt (Sweden, the first 3-time World Champion), Steen Gronbech (Denmark, Giants #14), Zdenek Zizka (Czech, who got the highest score in the 5th exam) went in for it.

What a surprise! Marc Olsen (Sweden, Giants #40) marked an incredibly high score of 44/50. Steen Gronbech and Falafel also did remarkably well, but their scores were 6 points behind Marc Olsen’s. Zdenek Zizka was ranked 4th with 37/50, and Jorgen Granstedt followed.

Currently, Marc Olsen stands in first place in terms of both the number of right answers and the total error rate (equity loss) among all of the attendees. You can see the overall results of the 7th exam as of now here.

The results for 35 players are as below:

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 44 675 Marc Olsen Denmark
2 38 1142 Steen Gronbech Denmark
2 38 1537 Falafel USA
4 37 1522 Zdenek Zizka Czech
5 36 1467 Jorgen Granstedt Sweden
6 33 1968 Shahab Ghodsi Norway
7 31 1794 (Anonymous) Austria
7 31 1861 Michael Larsen Denmark
7 31 2108 Konstantinos Mitrelis Greece
10 30 2428 Z. Y. USATurkey
11 29 1898 Alain Babillon France
11 29 1959 Bonnet Aurelien France
11 29 2222 Mislav Kovacic Croatia
11 29 2256 V. R. Italy
11 29 2559 Johan Moazed Sweden
16 28 2660 Timur Azizov Russia
17 27 2984 Stephane Cheneviere France
18 26 2681 Takis Chatzelis Greece
18 26 2725 Robert Lindbom Sweden
18 26 3099 A. C. Brazil
21 23 3039 Thorsten Hoyer Germany
21 23 3844 Leyla Zaloutskaya USA
21 23 4336 Federico Riceputi Italy
24 22 2636 (Anonymous) Italy
24 22 3130 C. E. Switzerland
24 22 3839 Malis Sergiu Romania
27 21 3275 Vaibhav Saxena India
28 20 3732 Benichou Eric France
28 20 4362 Liz Granstedt Sweden
30 19 3605 Lorenzo Rusconi Italy
31 18 3753 Michael Ramsey USA
31 18 4723 (Anonymous) Gibraltar
33 15 4726 Mamaila Marian Romania
33 15 5110 Armin Soltani Canada
35 14 5284 Max Mowzoon USA
Total 35 Ave. 26.3 Ave. 2884



Thank you very much for joining us!

(Announcement) 7th Proficiency Test – Round 3 @ 42nd World Championship

Now, it’s time to take the very new backgammon proficiency exam!
Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki (#1 Giant of Backgammon 2015-2016) will present our 7th “Backgammon Proficiency Exam” starting at 12:00 pm on Thursday, August 3rd in the 42nd Backgammon World Championship. On the following day, Mochy will give a lecture and review for you.

It is scheduled as follows:

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Thursday, August 3rd (Grand Prix A)
Backgammon Proficiency Exam – Exam Given

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Friday, August 4th (Grand Prix B)
Backgammon Proficiency Exam – Lecture & Review

(Details at https://www.bwcmc.com/schedule.php)

This is the fourth consecutive year that it has been held, and it is becoming increasingly popular especially among intermediate and advanced-level players. Over fifty player (including Falafel, Jorgen Granstedt, Steen Gronbech, etc) have already challenged it so far.

The results so far are here:

As for details of the test, fifty high-quality and well-balanced questions are supervised by Mochy and Michihito “Michy” Kageyama (#2 Giant 2015-2016). Thus, it is a worthy challenge for players at the intermediate and advanced levels.
(Details at http://blog.backgammonexam.com/en/about/)

By the way, we provide a guide for an estimation of an approximate backgammon skill level as follows. Of course, it varies among players, please use just as a reference.

  • More than 45 correct answers … World champion class
  • More than 40 correct answers … National champion class
  • More than 35 correct answers … Local champion class
  • More than 30 correct answers … Advanced class
  • More than 20 correct answers … Intermediate class

We are looking forward to many players taking this opportunity to attend.
We hope you won’t miss it.

7th Proficiency Test – Round 2 @ 37th Chicago Open

On Sunday, May 28th, the fourth day of the 37th Chicago Open Backgammon Tournament, Michihito “Michy” Kageyama (Giants #2) presented the newest version of our “Backgammon Proficiency Test”. He also offered a comprehensive review to the participants on the following day.

Since its establishment in May 2011, our proficiency test has attracted more and more attention all over the world. That was the fourth consecutive time we carried it out there. The previous articles are here:

The number of participants of it was 35, the highest number ever. It is our great honor and pleasure to have so many players.

We are excited about the high-level scores they made. As the result, Gerry Tansey is on top with 37 (out of 50) correct answers, followed by Chuck Bower and Dennis Culpepper. After the second round, Gerry Tansey is now in the lead overall, while Chuck Bower (USA), Daisuke Katagami (Japan) and Dennis Culpepper (USA) tie for second place.

All of their scores are as below, and the list of overall results up to now is here.

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 37 1167 Gerry Tansey USA
2 34 1541 Chuck Bower USA
2 34 1910 Dennis Culpepper USA
4 33 1738 Steve Brown USA
4 33 1816 Grant Hoffman New Zealand
4 33 1882 M. F. USA
7 32 1920 (Anonymous) USA
8 30 2195 Alfred Mamlet USA
9 28 2332 S. B. USA
10 27 2622 Ray Bills USA
11 26 2547 Steve Hairgrove USA
11 26 2765 F. T. USA
11 26 2882 (Anonymous) USA
11 26 3093 Karen Davis USA
15 25 2664 (Anonymous) USA
16 24 2707 Jeb Horton USA
17 23 3064 (Anonymous) USA
17 23 3956 Aaron Foust USA
19 22 3208 Larry Shiller USA
19 22 3257 Allen Tish USA
19 22 3647 (Anonymous) USA
22 21 3714 Craig Anderson South Africa
23 20 3319 Eric Barr USA
24 19 3922 C. A. Germany
24 19 4417 Mike Clapsadle USA
24 19 4960 Dane Seiler USA
27 18 4288 (Anonymous) USA
28 17 3617 Jeffrey Spencer USA
28 17 3887 Charles Haley USA
30 15 4089 Lynda Clay USA
31 14 5741 A. K. USA
32 13 5376 (Anonymous) Ireland
33 12 4778 D. W. USA
34 11 4545 Peter Victor USA
35 9 6021 David Seiler USA
Total 35 Ave. 23.1 Ave. 3302

Thank you for joining us! :)

第7回バックギャモン検定スタート – ラウンド1 @ バックギャモンフェスティバル2017

ゴールデンウィーク期間中(5月3日〜5日)に行われた「バックギャモンフェスティバル 2017」にて、「バックギャモン検定」の新たなシーズンが幕を開けました。

これまで6年連続で5月の王位戦でのシーズンスタート(問題リニューアル)となっていましたが、会場の都合によりバックギャモンフェスティバルが5月、王位戦が10月に開催時期が変更になったのに伴い、今年からは王位戦ではなくバックギャモンフェスティバルでの開催となりました。

新しい会場での開催となり、日程もイベント初日の午前中ということで会場での事前告知ができないということもあり、「あまり参加者が集まらないのでは?」と内心とても心配していたのですが、蓋を開けてみると試験開始5分前には全ての座席が埋まってしまい、何名かの方には満員御礼ということで受検をお断りをする運びとなってしまいました。受検できなかった方には大変申し訳ございませんでした。次回はもう少し広い会場で開催できるよう調整させていただきます。

なお今回は、中上級者向けの「第7回 バックギャモン検定」のほかにも、初中級者向けの「第5回 バックギャモン初中級検定」も同時開催しました。
中上級検定の受検者は18名、初中級検定の受検者は5名でした。

「バックギャモン検定」のファーストラウンドの結果は、以下の通りとなります。

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 34 1597 Daisuke Katagami Japan
2 30 2088 T. I. Japan
3 29 2847 Jake Jacobs Singapore
4 28 2225 T. U. Japan
5 27 2577 Hiroyuki Kawakami Japan
5 27 2708 Hiromichi Sugimoto Japan
7 26 2224 Shinya Kimura Japan
8 25 3470 Kazuhiro Saito Japan
9 24 2955 K. O. Japan
9 24 3119 Takashi Ootani Japan
11 22 4214 Keita Morina Japan
12 21 4154 M. F. Japan
13 20 3361 Naoki Chiba Japan
13 20 3895 T. S. Japan
15 18 3330 Masaaki Isobe Japan
15 18 4690 M. S. Japan
17 16 4060 Shinichi Onozaki Japan
17 16 4666 M. H. USA
Total 18 Ave. 23.6 Ave. 3232

現時点の暫定トップは、「将棋の daichan」として有名な棋士、片上大輔六段でした。嬉しいことに、当日の氏の ブログ には「フェスティバルには検定とクイズだけ参加予定」と書いてくださっていました。

そしてさらに嬉しいことに、毎年バックギャモン検定を受けてくださっている磯辺 政明さんが、3月の 大阪オープンでの優勝 に続き、バックギャモンフェスティバルの 日本選手権で見事優勝 されました!

準決勝を勝ち抜いたときに、「検定の結果が悪くて優勝しちゃったら申し訳ないね」と心配してくださっていましたが、バックギャモン検定を毎年受検して血肉にしてくださった結果だと信じております。また、バックギャモン検定はスコアを自慢することだけがキモなのではありません。問題集として世界最高のクオリティであることのほか、「出題の妙」と「世界トッププロの解説」がバックギャモン検定の「売り」と言っても過言ではありません。今回も、「解説が素晴らしい」「3000円は安い」という評判を方々からいただいております。今回参加されなかった方も、チャンスがあれば是非受検してみてください。

今回受検していただいた皆さまには、この場を借りて御礼申し上げます。
お陰さまで今年も上々のスタートを切ることができました。ありがとうございました。

BGTV Proficiency Contest in Istanbul Open 2017

On 14th January, the second day of Istanbul Open 2017, our 6th Backgammon Proficiency Test was held as “BGTV Proficiency Contest”.

Arda Fındıkoğlu, the host of the event and the president of WBF Turkey, arranged a special dedicated room for testees. We’re always thankful for the help. :)

A lot of players participated although it decreased a little compared with last year.
Thank you everyone for everything.

The overall score was much higher than last year.
As a result of summing up, David Presser (Israel) got the highest score, followed by Jalil Khalili (Iran). Atilla Malçok and Berkant Bilgi got the top score among the Turks.

I gave trophies as a presenter to the top two at the awards ceremony.

The whole result of this round is as follows:

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 34 1427 David Presser Israel
2 31 2051 Jalil Khalili Iran
3 29 2071 Atilla Malçok Turkey
3 29 2169 Berkant Bilgi Turkey
5 26 2172 Bülent Bahar Turkey
5 26 2220 Dinçer Güneş Turkey
5 26 2299 Abdullah Sorgüven Turkey
8 25 2207 Mehmet Ali Akpolat Turkey
8 25 2427 Göksel Kılınç Turkey
10 24 2244 Martin Barkwill UK
11 22 2622 Jeremy Sherr Israel
12 19 3097 Tim Line UK
13 18 2989 Igor Romashov Russia
14 17 3362 Hakan Aksu Turkey
14 17 3474 Atilla Kılınç Turkey
14 17 3694 (Anonymous) Turkey
Total 16 Ave. 24.1 Ave. 2533

As with last year, Arda and Cüneyt Argun Genç gave us a lot of help.
I cannot thank them enough.

We’ll see each other again next year :)

Akihito

You can see the whole result of the 6th test at this page, as of today.

第6回バックギャモン検定 – ラウンド8 @ バックギャモンフェスティバル2016

10月8日から10日の三連休に行われた「バックギャモンフェスティバル」の初日に、「第6回 バックギャモン検定」および「第5回 バックギャモン初中級検定」を開催しました。

オープンプレイヤー向けの対戦ルームを半分貸し切って用意された部屋は、ほぼ満員御礼となりました。参加していただいたプレイヤーの皆さま、ありがとうございました。

なお、初中級検定は「バックギャモン初級検定」からリニューアル後、これが初開催となりました。

初中級検定には、本戦に向けてさらにレベルアップしたいというバックギャモン歴半年のプレイヤーから経験10年を超えるベテランまで合計9名の参加者が集まりました。30分の試験の後には中村プロによる解説会がおこなわれ、参加者には貴重なレベルアップの機会となったようです。

「今回の問題は特に自信がある」という問題作成者の中村プロですが、中級者になるための登竜門として今後どんどん参加者を増やしていきたいと思います。

初中級検定と同時開催の「バックギャモン検定」の結果については、以下の通りです。

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 38 1167 Hironobu Yazawa Japan
2 29 2267 T. I. Japan
3 27 2791 (Anonymous) Japan
4 22 3150 Natsuhiko Nagumo Japan
5 21 3122 T. I. Japan
5 21 3336 A. H. Japan
5 21 4079 J. K. Japan
8 20 2821 (Anonymous) Japan
9 18 3040 Hideki Tosaka Japan
9 18 3599 N. K. Japan
11 16 3322 David Klausa USA
Total 11 Ave. 22.8 Ave. 2972

皆さん、ご参加ありがとうございました!

(Announcement) 6th Proficiency Test – Round 8 @ JBL Backgammon Festival 2016

The long-awaited JBL Backgammon Festival is just around the corner!

We will be holding our 6th proficiency test this coming 8th of October, the very first day of it. We are looking forward to having you.

The test is supervised by Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki (#1 Giant 2015-2016) and Michihito “Michy” Kageyama (#2 Giant 2015-2016) that we can certainly recommend with confidence.
(Details at http://blog.backgammonexam.com/en/about/)

So far, the 6th version of our test has been hold at JBL Ouisen (Japan), Capital Classic Championships (US), Chicago Open (US), World Championship (Monaco), Šibenik Backgammon Open (Croatia) and so on. There are already more than 100 players who have participated in it.
Currently, Falafel ranks first among all of them. We are looking for new challengers!!

It is scheduled as follows:

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Saturday, October 8
Backgammon Proficiency Test – Test Given

FYI, we provide a guide for an estimation of an approximate backgammon skill level as follows. Of course, it varies among players, please use just as a reference.

  • More than 45 correct answers … World champion class
  • More than 40 correct answers … National champion class
  • More than 35 correct answers … Local champion class
  • More than 30 correct answers … Advanced class
  • More than 20 correct answers … Intermediate class

6th Proficiency Test – Round 7 @ Team Denmark Study Camp

Steen Gronbech, the director of Nordic Open, had a study camp for the Team Denmark last Sunday and they challenged our 6th proficiency test as part of a plan for skill improvement.

They all are world’s leading veterans and are building the world’s most competitive team, so their result was extremely good.

Their scores are as follows:

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 39 1176 (Anonymous) Denmark
2 36 1484 (Anonymous) Denmark
3 34 1817 Michael Weile Denmark
4 27 1803 Jess Danielsen Denmark
5 25 2265 (Anonymous) Denmark
Total 5 Ave. 32.2 Ave. 1709

You can see the entire results of our 6th proficiency test as of now here. Please check it out.