23rd  / 24th November, 2019

Elit Palas Hotel 

Ankara – Turkey

In the pic Yiorgos Kleitsas (left) against Dimitrios Manganas (right) before the final in Porto Carras (Greece – 2013). In the middle the referee Marco Fornasir


Unfortunately our friend Yiorgos Kleitsas from Athens missed Wednesday 16 October. Yiorgos was a Backgammon champion, a Bridge champion and had a passion for dance. He was a member of the Greek MENSA and was a WBF supporter since 1997, later he became an honorary member and WBF agent for Greece.
In Backgammon he won a lot, among other things: he was # 53 of the Giants List; won the Greek Championship in 2008; won the European Double Championship in Velden paired with Manos Mastorakis in 2010 in Velden (Austria), he arrived twice finalist, paired with Platon Tserliagkos, in Monte-Carlo in the Doubles Consultation World Championship, in 2018 and 2019; won in 2008 in Monte-Carlo, in team with Christos Groutsos and Alexandros Kolonias, the Fortis Cup in 2008.
He has participated in many WBF tournaments in Velden (Austria), Nice (France), Menton (France), Baden bei Wien (Austria), Istanbul (Turkey), Kyrenia / Girne (North Cyprus), Milan (Italy) and Budva (Montenegro).
He was always one of the best in the Mochy’s Quizzes, which is why Mochy will dedicate the seminar scheduled at the MERIT OPEN in November to him.
Yiorgos has always been much loved and well-liked by the whole world of Backgammon, and has left us a legacy of three volumes, written with Christos Groutsos, entitled Backgammon – modern Backgammon.
It was a friend who died too soon.
To his family, to his friends, to his Backgammon friends I wish to address the most affectionate greeting of condolences on behalf of the whole Worldwide Backgammon Federation. Have a nice trip, Yiorgos.
Marco Fornasir – WBF General Secretary


After the ISTANBUL OPEN 2019 (won by Turkish Çumhur Bektüre) and the 4th MERIT OPEN Montenegro Grand Prix (won by Georgian Bakar Matikashvili) the WBF Golden Circuit 2019 will return after the summer in October, from 9 to 13, at the Casino Seefeld with the XXII AUSTRIAN BACKGAMMON OPEN & AUSTRIAN DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP | valid for the 32nd Italian Backgammon Championship.
The season will end in North Cyprus, where from the 4th of to the 10th November at the MERIT PARK there will be the most important tournament in the world: the 7th MERIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP, with an added bonus of € 30,000.
Information on all WBF tournaments is visible on wbf.net.


WBF organizes private tournaments on high profile structures on request.
These tournaments are organized at the request of gentlemen who do not like to participate in public tournaments and are invitational tournaments.
Those who wish to participate and believe they have the right profile for this type of event can request information via email at info@wbf.net.