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!! 🙂