Final of the 4th Backgammon Test (the 27th Nordic Open)

Over the past year, the events of the 4th “Backgammon Proficiency Test” have been taking place throughout the world, like JBL Ouisen Tournament (May), Chicago Open (May), the World Championship (August), UK Open (September), Japan Open (October), Athens Open (October), Istanbul Open (January) and Texas Backgammon Championships (January).

This Nordic Open was the very last stop for the 4th test.

Twenty-three players took time to challenge the finals on April 5, and Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki (Giants #1 2013-2014) gave them the in-depth lecture with review of the answers on the next day.

The result was that Michael Nielsen and Mik Larsen got a very good grade with 31 marks (out of 50), followed by Steen Grønbech.

All of their records are as below.

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 31 1722 Michael Nielsen Denmark
1 31 1727 Mik Larsen Denmark
3 30 1798 Steen Grønbech Denmark
4 28 2440 Jason Pack USAUK
5 26 2950 (Anonymous) Denmark
6 25 2834 Tommy Kean Denmark
7 24 2503 H. L. Norway
7 24 3463 Conny Eriksson Sweden
9 22 3166 Mattias Oscarson Sweden
10 21 3301 Jakob R. Holdt-Simonsen Denmark
11 20 3667 Terje Pedersen Norway
11 20 3698 Giorgio Castellano Italy
11 20 4049 Antonio Sgambato UKItaly
14 19 3331 (Anonymous) Denmark
14 19 3639 Boncenne Philippe France
14 19 3688 T. L. Denmark
17 17 3908 Pavel Zaoral Czech
17 17 4005 Marek Makowski Poland
17 17 4372 Vincento Riceputi Italy
17 17 5189 Sinitzky Laurence France
21 16 3838 Peter Hallberg Denmark
22 14 5423 I. G. France
23 12 6129 (Anonymous) Iceland
Total 23 Ave. 21.3 Ave. 3515

Now that the 4th test is over, we’d like to summarize it.
We had 191 testees over the past year. It might be so difficult that the overall average score (21.2 out of 50) was pulled down by 6.1 as compared with the former test.

Here is a top 10 list of the entire 4th test.
Tim Line (UK) came out on top with amazing score (42 out of 50), and Falafel (USA/Israel) and Stick Rice (USA) take second place.

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 42 1038 Tim Line UK
2 38 1567 Falafel USAIsrael
2 38 1688 Stick Rice USA
4 36 1301 Yoshiyuki Nakamura Japan
5 35 1369 Daisuke Katagami Japan
5 35 1600 David Presser Israel
7 34 1739 Kiyokazu Nishikawa Japan
7 34 1761 John O’Hagan USA
9 33 1471 Arda Fındıkoğlu Turkey
9 33 1539 Kanade Kubota Japan

You can see the final result of the 4th test at this page.

For your further interest, here is a histogram of the entire 4th test, showing the number of testees every two marks in score. The mode value is 16-17 marks (out of 50).

Here is a pie chart, showing the number of testees by nation.

We renew our “Backgammon Proficiency Test” every May (at JBL Ouisen Tournament in Japan).

See you again for our next test!! :)

4th Backgammon Proficiency Test in the Texas Backgammon Championships 2015

On Friday, January 30th, the 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test was administered in the Texas Backgammon Championships 2015, just as last year.

Here is the report of the 3rd test last year at this time.
http://blog.backgammonexam.com/en/article/result-texas2014/

This time, twenty-five players challenged our test on the second day of the event.
Again this year, it includes a number of Giants of Backgammon like Stick Rice, Kit Woolsey, and Steve Sax.

The results were high-level, and Stick Rice (USA) got the top score with 38 marks (out of 50), followed by Steve Sax (USA). Stick currently stands in 2nd place overall.

Thank you for joining us on our test!
Plus, we would like to thank all of the staff in Texas for helping us.

Currently, Tim Line is #1 in terms of the most answers right and the least error made.
The current results of the 4th test are listed up here.

The result in Texas is as follows.

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 38 1688 Stick Rice USA
2 32 1826 Steve Sax USA
3 30 1980 Richard Munitz USA
3 30 2611 Justin Nunez USA
5 29 2315 Douglas Mayfield USA
5 29 2351 (Anonymous) USA
7 27 2203 C. P. USA
7 27 2848 (Anonymous) USA
9 26 3058 D. R. USA
10 25 2470 Kit Woolsey USA
10 25 2766 S. USA
12 23 2688 K. F. USA
12 23 2713 Albert Steg USA
12 23 3456 Rory Pascar USA
12 23 4154 (Anonymous) USA
16 22 3676 David Kettler USA
17 21 3927 (Anonymous) USA
17 21 4698 J. U. USA
19 20 3407 Bill Finneran USA
20 19 5017 Dima
21 18 3838 M. B. USA
22 14 5804 J. S. USA
23 12 5501 Rick Wedge Canada
24 10 5186 P. W. UKUSA
25 6 8413 Claudia Brown Indonesia
Total 25 Ave. 22.9 Ave. 3544

Extra Test in Istanbul 2015

Ten days after we administered “BGTV Proficiency Contest” in the Istanbul Open 2015, Arda Fındıkoğlu, the host of the Istanbul Open, and Cüneyt Argun Genç, who helped us as a test proctor, sat our proficiency test.

They both reached to good results. Arda got 33 marks (out of 50) and currently stands in 8th place overall. Cüneyt got 24 marks, much higher than average. Since they monitored each other as a witness to make it fair, we accept their scores into our official results.

Also, the current results of the 4th proficiency test are listed up here.

We really appreciate their cooperation in “BGTV Proficiency Contest”.
Thank you!

BGTV Proficiency Contest in Istanbul Open 2015

Merhaba! (Hello!)

On Saturday, 17th January, the 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test was conducted as “BGTV Proficiency Contest” during the Istanbul Open 2015, Turkey.

It’s a truly wonderful thing that this is the third time to conduct our test in Istanbul.
The problem booklets were translated into Turkish by Mr.Arda, the president of WBF Turkey.

A special room was prepared for the test.

This time, more players joined our test than last year, and the room was full of 22 testees.

As a result, Murat Hazır (Turkey) got the highest score, followed by Peter Ghaussy (Germany).

Tebrikler! (Congratulations!)

The result is as follows.

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 22 4073 Murat Hazır Turkey
2 21 4025 Peter Ghaussy Germany
2 21 4123 Atila Malçok Turkey
2 21 5483 Emrullah Coşar Turkey
5 19 3219 Abdullah Sorgüven Turkey
5 19 3636 Cumhur Bektüre Turkey
5 19 4245 Seda Koç Turkey
5 19 4248 Igor Romashov Russia
5 19 4406 Helmut Gerdenits
10 18 5656 Ali Kamış Turkey
10 18 5674 Hakan Aksu Turkey
12 17 4364 Refik Vural Turkey
12 17 5785 Tamer Celasun Turkey
14 16 5066 Faruk Perkin Turkey
15 15 3826 Ömer Mert Gülaçtı Turkey
15 15 5116 Kemal Okal Turkey
15 15 5157 Göksel Kılınç Turkey
18 14 3868 K. A. Turkey
18 14 4601 Zehra Aydın Turkey
18 14 5012 Cengiz Ergin Turkey
21 13 4717 Annick Hasdenteufel France
22 12 4967 Y. G. Turkey
Total 22 Ave. 17.2 Ave. 4603

We hope they all enjoyed our test.
Teşekkür ederim! (Thank you for joining us!)


(All photos by Hiromi Yokose)

Current rankings for the 4th test are here.

4th Backgammon Proficiency Test in the Athens Open 2014

On Saturday, October 25th, the 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test was conducted during the Athens Open 2014, Alimos, Greece.

Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki and Michihito “Michy” Kageyama had devised the test with us, and they proved themselves at the event. Mochy and his wife won the Doubles, and Michy won the Masters championship. Our warmest congratulations!

Well, during the event 10 players tried our test.
Giorgos Kleitsas, who got the great score at the 3rd test, ranked 1st on a list of them, and Platon Tserliagos got a tied score in terms of the number of correct answers.


(Photo by Masayuki Mochizuki)

The result is as follows.

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 27 2627 Giorgos Kleitsas Greece
1 27 3117 (Anonymous) UK
3 24 2819 Michalis Manolios Greece
3 24 3449 Tatsuya Tanaka Japan
5 23 2845 Haris Christidis Greece
6 20 3105 Atmatzidis Ioannis Greece
7 18 3729 Murat Murat Greece
8 17 4226 G. T. Greece
9 16 6239 Antony Vamvakaris Greece
10 12 5425 Y. V. Greece
Total 10 Ave. 20.8 Ave. 3758

We hope they all enjoyed our test at this event.
Thank you all for joining us!

Current rankings for the 4th test are here.

(Notice) 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test in the Athens Open 2014

We are pleased to announce that the 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test will be conducted with the current #1 Giant of Backgammon Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki during the Athens Open 2014, Greece.

This test is scheduled as follows:
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mochy’s in-depth seminar reviewing some of the most interesting answers is scheduled on the next day:
Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 am – (12:00 pm)

See: 2nd Athens Open | Oct 23-26 @ Palace Hotel, Alimos

A year ago, 13 participants took our 3rd test, and Giorgos Kleitsas got the highest score with 43 correct answers out of 50, followed by Kimon Papachristopoulos during the Porto Carras International Open on May 11, 2013.

See: The 3rd Backgammon Proficiency Test in Porto Carras International Open


(Photo of the Porto Carras International Open 2013)

Here is an interesting bar chart of the 3rd test, showing an average score by nation.
It looks to say that Greek is one of the strongest nation in the world.

The test is devised for the intermediate and advanced level players by Mochy and #2 Giant of Backgammon Michihito “Michy” Kageyama, but it is open to anyone.

Please attend it if your schedule permits.

第4回 バックギャモン検定 in Backgammon Festival 2014

日本最大のバックギャモンイベント 「バックギャモンフェスティバル2014」 において、中上級者向けの「第4回バックギャモン検定」を実施しました。


(バックギャモンフェスティバル会場)

中級戦に出場しているプレイヤーには参加しづらいスケジュールとなってしまいましたが、合計21名のプレイヤーに参加していただくことができました。

ちなみに今回で、第4回検定の参加者が全世界合計で100名オーバーとなりました。

Backgammon Giants 2013-2014 #59 で 第2回検定でも日本人トップの成績を修めた西川清一さん、第3回検定で日本人トップスコアだった金子真一郎さん、Backgammon Giants 2013-2014 #46 の Jake Jacobs、プロポーカープレイヤーの木原直哉さんにも参加していただき、順位争いもさらに激しくなってきました。

結果は、西川さんが34点(50点満点中)で21人中成績トップとなりました。


(バックギャモン検定会場)

なお、参加者からのコメントとして、

  • 「いつも楽しみにしています!」
  • 「実戦で出てきそう、でもわからない、という絶妙さを今年も感じることができました。」
  • 「時間ギリギリでした。良い問題が多かったと思います。」
  • 「相変わらず難しくて、いい問題だと思います。本番までのいい勉強にします。」
  • 「時間が足りませんでした。基本を問うものが多かった気がします。」
  • 「今後、支部で全員受験して勉強会を開きたいと思います。」

などの感想をいただき、「バックギャモン検定」が単なるクイズではなく、日々のバックギャモンで出会うシチュエーションを題材にして、幅広いバックギャモンの知識を問う実戦的なテストであることを実感していただけたようでした。

なお、今回の参加者21名の成績は以下になります。

順位 正答数 エラー合計 氏名
1 34 1739 Kiyokazu Nishikawa Japan
2 32 2040 Naoya Kihara Japan
3 31 1836 Shinichiro Kaneko Japan
4 27 2298 Jake Jacobs Singapore
4 27 2509 Masahito Yamamoto Japan
6 23 3476 Junichi Kieda Japan
7 21 3174 K. O. Japan
7 21 4388 Norihiro Kanamori Japan
9 20 3684 A. H. Japan
10 19 4061 T. I. Japan
11 18 4928 J. K. Japan
12 17 3702 R. O. Japan
12 17 4119 Natsuhiko Nagumo Japan
14 16 4885 T. I. Japan
14 16 4893 (Anonymous) Japan
16 15 4591 K. S. Japan
16 15 5173 Shinya Kimura Japan
18 14 4261 Susumu Mizutani Japan
18 14 4515 I. Y. Japan
20 12 4346 Y. T. Japan
20 12 5056 Megumi Ishii Japan
合計 21人 平均 20.0 平均 3794

これまでの全参加者の成績リストは、こちら です。

なお、初級者向けの「第3回バックギャモン初級検定」も同時開催され、4名中2名が合格(25点満点中18点以上)となりました。
参加者の皆さま、ありがとうございました。

(Announcement) The 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test in the Backgammon Festival 2014

We are proud to announce that the 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test will be conducted during the Backgammon Festival 2014 in October.

It is scheduled as follows:
Date: Saturday, 11th October, 2014
Time: 11:30 – 12:30 pm
Price: 3,000 yen
Venue: Shibuya Shidax Village 2F SHIDAX HALL, Tokyo, Japan

We have already finished translating all of the booklets into English, so every English speaker can take this test without language problems.

The test is devised for players at the intermediate and advanced levels by #1 Giant of Backgammon Mochy and #2 Giant of Backgammon Michy, and is intended to measure your degree of knowledge and understanding of backgammon.

Also, you can compete with players throughout the world on the rankings.
Current rankings for the 4th tests are here.

Over the past year, 144 players have taken the 3rd test, which has been presented at major tournaments all over the world, including the Nordic Open in Copenhagen, the Texas Backgammon Championships in San Antonio, and the World Championships in Monte Carlo.

Now, try to get the highest score!

4th Backgammon Proficiency Test in UK Open 2014

On Friday, 19th September, the 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test was presented by #1 Giant of Backgammon Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki during the UK Backgammon Open 2014, at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Many attenders also took part in his in-depth seminar reviewing all the answers to this test on the next day.

During the event, 21 players finished our test. They might have a hard time with 50 challenging problems because most of them were first-time attenders.
The result is that Tim Line did great and he overachieved the Falafel’s existing record substantially. Chris Bray, Brian Lever and Gaz Owen also got a good grade with a score of 30 and above.

The result is as follows.

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 42 1038 Tim Line UK
2 31 1840 Chris Bray UK
2 31 2592 Brian Lever UK
4 30 2535 Gaz Owen UK
5 27 2565 P. J. B. UK
6 25 2459 Nick Barham UK
7 24 2634 Jon Barnes UK
8 22 3584 David Mcnamara Ireland
9 20 3220 Paul Plumptre UK
9 20 5094 M. W. UK
11 18 4089 M. F. UK
12 17 4332 George Jacobs UK
12 17 4618 D. D. UK
12 17 4847 (Anonymous) UK
15 16 3554 Paul Money UK
15 16 5535 Mark Manley UK
17 15 4743 L. G. UK
17 15 5198 (Anonymous) UK
19 13 4095 A. P. UKCanada
19 13 4308 D. J. P. UK
21 12 4788 Graham Cornish UK
Total 21 Ave. 21.0 Ave. 3698

We hope they all enjoyed our test at this event.
Thank you all for joining us!

Current rankings for the 4th test are here.

(Announcement) 4th Backgammon Proficiency Test in UK Open

Backgammon Proficiency Test & International Team Challenge at UK Open – UKBGF

#1 Giant of Backgammon Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki will be presenting his Backgammon Proficiency Test starting at 6pm on Friday 19th September – the first day of the UK Open Championship, at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

An in-depth seminar reviewing all the answers to this test will follow on Sunday morning, 21st September at 9.45am.

This is a very enjoyable challenge for all players from Intermediate level upwards; not just super-strong world class players. Everyone who is able to get to the Ricoh Arena by 6pm on Friday 19th is strongly encouraged to participate.

Over the past year, 140 players have taken the Proficiency Test, which has been presented at major tournaments all over the world, including the Nordic Open in Copenhagen, and the Texas Backgammon Championships in San Antonio. This latest (4th) version, which was taken by some players at last month’s World Championships in Monte Carlo, was devised by Mochy and Michy and contains 50 high quality and well-balanced questions in multiple choice format.

Current rankings for the 4th (and previous) tests are here: http://blog.backgammonexam.com/en/score/#4