IN MEMORY OF PATTI DONNER
*video © Arda Findikoglu
Just after the end of the 45th Monte-Carlo Backgammon World Championship, when back home, Patti Donner finished suffering. She was seriously ill, but she didn’t want to give up Monte-Carlo: maybe it was her way of saying goodbye to the whole Backgammon world.
I met her many years ago, when, if I remember well, she was in the organization team of the Backgammon World Championship under the direction of Lewis Deyong, during the SBM (Société des Bains de Mer) era. After that, she became the tournament organizer when SBM decided not to continue with their organization. This was not really easy, because a lot of things became more difficult after SBM left.
But she was stronger than the events and went on to organize the World Championship.
I’m sad. Ciao, Patti
Marco Fornasir – WBF General Secretary
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Patti Rubin, Organizer of the World Championship. Our condolences go out to her husband Ronald and their family. She is missed and adored by the entire backgammon community.”
From homepage of the Monte-Carlo Backgammon World Championship
“Another giant loss for world backgammon community
Patti Rubin, the legendary contributor to our game and the one behind not only Monte Carlo World Championships of today as its producer but many other events in her almost 40 years of backgammon past, has just joined our other beloved ones in heaven.
Feeling truly privileged to know her and work together since 2015, i will always remember her with great memories & cherish beautiful times we spent together. After all, those we love never truly leave us.
With heartfelt condolences to her husband Ron, her other family members & those of us who were lucky to know her. May her path be full of light…”
Arda Findikoglu – WBF Turkey President and Monte-Carlo Backgammon World Championship Director since 2015
GETTING BACK (GAMMON) TO A NORMAL LIFE
After the long stop due to the pandemic, the Backgammon events try to return to a normal life.
Things are not really clear and the situation is still uncertain, but WBF tries its best efforts to organize several events for our players.
We have a new event in Dubai, the MERIT INTERNATIONAL OASIS 2021 BACKGAMMON CUP (with an added prize money of 30.000 €), we have moved the Austrian Open in Seefeld in early December, we will organize the XXXI EUROPEAN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP | 1st TYROLEAN BACKGAMMON OPEN & DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP (with an added prize one free entry (500 € worth) for the 8th Merit Open) in the second week-end of October in place of the Austrian Open and we confirm the 8th MERIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP (with an added prize money of 25.000 €) for the beginning of November, 2021. Check out the details on wbf.net.
Many tournaments items are on the way, but you can see the progress of the organization’s progress at wbf.net.
WBF GOLDEN CIRCUIT 2021 EVENTS
Updated to 5th August, 2021
23rd / 27th September, 2021 – MERIT INTERNATIONAL OASIS 2021 BACKGAMMON CUP (added prize money 30.000 €) – Crowne Plaza Hotel | Sheikh Zayed – Dubai UAE
6th / 10th October, 2021 – XXXI EUROPEAN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP | 1st TYROLEAN BACKGAMMON OPEN & DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP (added prize one free entry (500 € worth) for the 8th Merit Open) – Casino Innsbruck | Innsbruck – Austria
4th / 9th November, 2021 – 8th MERIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP (added prize money 25.000 €) – Merit Park Hotel & Casino | Girne – North Cyprus KKTC
1st / 5th December, 2021 – XXIII AUSTRIAN BACKGAMMON OPEN & AUSTRIAN DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP | 33rd Italian Backgammon Championship – Casino Seefeld | Seefeld – Austria
PRIVATE WBF TOURNAMENTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.