BGTV Proficiency Contest in Istanbul Open 2019

“Backgammon Proficiency Test” also known as “BGTV Proficiency Contest” (in Istanbul Open) was held on Saturday, January 12th, the second day of the Istanbul Open 2019. Here we held a proficiency test for seven years consecutively since 2013.

Thankfully, Arda Fındıkoğlu, who is the host of the Istanbul Open and the president of WBF Turkey, arranged a special room for testees. All of his staff and Cüneyt Argun Genç helped us a lot during and before the test. We can’t thank them enough.

Eleven participants with various levels from various countries challenged it this year.

The result says that Cumhur Bektüre (Turkey) answered 33 problems correctly (out of 50) and was ranked first among them. Felix Ziva (Israel) got second place at the contest, and Igor Romashov (Russia) was ranked third.

And, what great news!!
Cumhur Bektüre won the main championship of the Istanbul Open 2019!
Congratulations!! We are so proud of you, Cumhur.

All of their scores are as below:

Rank Total score Total errors Name
1 33 2163 Cumhur Bektüre Turkey
2 27 2447 Felix Ziva Israel
3 26 3982 Igor Romashov Russia
4 24 3991 B. R. UK
5 21 3947 Gül Şendil Turkey
6 19 4587 S. Y. Turkey
7 18 5296 Jean Abi Haidar Lebanon
8 17 6720 Janette Hodgkinson South Africa
9 15 4432 W. H. Germany
10 13 5056 Fatih Karasu Turkey
11 11 5987 (Anonymous) Turkey
11 11 6157 (Anonymous) Turkey
Total 12 Ave. 19.6 Ave. 4564

You can see the list of overall results as of now here.
Thank you for joining us! 🙂


(Updated February 9th)
Arda Fındıkoğlu, Cüneyt Argun Genç and Abdullah Sorgüven have challenged the same test after the Istanbul Open 2019. They strictly monitored each other to play fair, so we decided to list up their scores on the official results just as before.

We really appreciate their cooperation during “BGTV Proficiency Contest”.
Thank you again! 😉