8th / 14th April, 2019

Hotel Splendid | Budva – Montenegro


The official website of the Worldwide Backgammon Federation is undergoing maintenance. We have changed the format of the website in order to give a better service and clearer and more timely information to all Backgammon fans. The new look is optimized for smartphones and tablets, that could not fully access the previous version. The information is entered gradually, so many items are still not accessible. We are working to give the world of Backgammon a new information and communication tool as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.


The 2019 INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL OPEN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP is scheduled at the ARMADA HOTEL ISTANBUL (Ahirkapi Sokak No:24 – Sultanahmet | Istanbul  | ph.: 0090 212 455 44 55 |  www.armadahotel.com.trfrom Friday 11th till Sunday 13th January, 2019. This is the first stage of the WBF Golden Circuit 2019, the circuit of the best tournaments organized by the Worldwide Backgammon Federation, which kicks off in Istanbul and will ends in Cyprus next November.The event offer you 10 different actions and the Armada Hotel is really in the heart of Istanbul, located right in the middle of the historical peninsula of Sultanahmet, 5’ walk to Topkapi and Agia Sophia or 10’ walk to Grand Bazaar. Over 100 players from Europe, Asia and the Far East will take part in this traditional challenge at the beginning of the year. Don’t miss it!


The world of Backgammon mourns the loss of a good craftsman, who has made thousands of Backgammon boards that are now used all over the world. Erhan Dogrusoz deceased in Istanbul on Thursday, December 6, after a long hospitalization. He had founded 869 BG in 2007 and managed to make himself known and appreciated for the quality of his production. He lived in Turkey, in Istanbul, where he also had his workshop, with his wife Özlem and his son Alp. Both collaborated with him and today, together with other staff members, the activity so well started by Erhan continues.
I met him personally in 2003 as a player, and later I appreciated the quality of his gaming tables: from 2013 869 BG became officially a partner of WBF for the supply of tournament boards given as prizes during the tournaments of Golden Circuit, the tournaments of the TBT TURKISH BACKGAMMON TOUR circuit by WBF Turkey and as a prize for the WBF Milan Championship.
In his honor, WBF decided to rename the 869 BG Trophy in 869 BG Erhan Trophy.