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ROMANIA WON THE 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
A double challenge between Romania and Italy featured Backgammon XXVIII European Championship, held in the Casino Velden (Austria) from 30 March to 3 April.
For the main title and the guaranteed prize-money of 5,000 euros, in the Masters category fought the Romanian Ciprian Radulescu , who won the main bracket, and the Italian Gerhard Stoll, current Italian Champion and winner of the Second Chance bracket. The final was really a challenge to the last roll: Stoll won the first game 17 to 12, always leading the match and forcing Radulescu to the second decisive 11 points match. The match was very balanced and the players arrived at the score of 10 to 10, a thriller. An unlucky race, with Radulescu who earned many pips on Stoll scored the last game. In any case Radulescu won the main draw and the final in the doubles match with Stoll, so he deserved to win.
In the Intermediate category we witnessed another challenge Italy – Romania , with the winner of the main bracket, the Italian Francesco Oliva in his first participation in a tournament of the WBF Golden Circuit, and Romanian Ioan Ciobanu. The match was also extremely balanced here, with players at love on 5 to 5 and then on 10 to 10. Francesco Oliva won the final match 11 to 10 and the European title.
11 teams took part in the Doubles European Championship and played intense games to win prize and title. In the final, the pair Ingo and Svetlana Mohr (Germany / Ukraine ) clashed the Turkish Arda Findikoglu and Tunç Hamarat. The pair (also in life) Ingo and Svetlana Mohr defeated 13 to 7 the dangerous Turkish opponents .
In the other tournaments we signal the victory of the German Peter Raugust in the Super-Jackpot, Roman Korber defeated Peter Blachian in the new The best play the best reserved for the European Champions, the double affirmation of the French Laurence SINITZKI-BILLARD in 869BG Trophy and in the Ladies Tournament. Warm-up and its weekend tribute for 2017 went to Ingo Mohr, Austrian Peter Urbantschitsch has instead defended the Austrian pride by winning the One Point Matches. The award ceremony took place during the gala dinner offered by the Casino Velden to all the players.
Thanks to all participants and sponsors: the Casino Velden (since 15 years on the WBF side to provide an high level events), Veldener Tourismus and the City of Velden.
The official results are on www.wbf.net . Next European Championship will be 19th – 23rd April, 2017.
30 YEARS OF BACKGAMMON!
30 years are something! It was the summer of 1986 when Alberto da Pra started the WBF Worldwide Backgammon Federation to offer the players the chance to have common rules all over the world. The targets were the diffusion of the game, to have standard worldwide rules, supervision of the international tournaments, all that always with transparency and correctness. In the logo is our mission: transform the modern Backgammon into a real Sport of Mind.
The players appreciated the target and in few years WBF became one of the most important organizers in the Backgammon world. We started to organize also international tournaments from the very beginning with the International Backgammon Tournament of Sanremo and we kept organizing it till 1991, before in the Royal Hotel and later in the Sanremo Casino, when we offered a 60.000.000 Italian Lire as minimum guaranteed money-prize. After that, several tournaments have been filling in our portfolio: Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Nova Gorica, Venice (two editions of the Backgammon Olympiad – in partnership with Studiogiochi), Kranjska Gora, Menton, Crans-Montana, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Locarno, Costa Rica, Marbella, Velden, St. Maarten, Seefeld, Nice, Grado, Milan, Baden bei Wien, Parenzo/Porec, Chakvi, Batumi, Istanbul, Antalya, Kyrenia/Girne.
We started 28 years ago to entitle the European Champions, we opened a great era in Nova Gorica: during 18 years the cooperation WBF/Hit Casino attracted over 1.000 players to the little Slovenia. Since the 2004 the European Backgammon Championship has moved to Austria, where in the Velden Casino we found a great location for this important event.
Since 2013, WBF runs the biggest tournament of the year, the Merit Open in the fantastic Merit Park in North Cyprus (in partnership with Elite Bg Club Turkey): attracted more than 400 players and distributed a money-prize over 300.000 € in 2015.
This year we will add another important event: the WORLDWIDE TROPHY GEORGIA 2016, with 125.000 $ as guaranteed total money-prize (sponsored by Europe-bet.com). It will be the best way to celebrate 30 years of our organisation, with transparency and correctness. Thank you players! Thank you Alberto!