Start Time

4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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End Time

8:00 pm

Sunday, October 9, 2022

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Address

Casino Innsbruck | Innsbruck – Austria

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The WBF – Worldwide Backgammon Federation

is proud to present the

XXXII EUROPEAN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP

MEMORIAL ALBERTO da PRA

&

17th EUROPEAN DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

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2nd TYROLEAN BACKGAMMON OPEN

 

CASINO INNSBRUCK – INNSBRUCK

AUSTRIA

Wednesday 5th – Sunday 9th October, 2022

Main event

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th October, 2022

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European Doubles Championship

Thursday 6th October, 2022

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The best play the best

Friday 7th October, 2022

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Warm-up, 869BG Trophy, Quarter entries,

Jackpots & One Point Matches

Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th October, 2022

ADDED PRIZE FOR THE MASTER WINNER:

One free entry (500 € worth) for the next 9th Merit Open (2022 edition)

 

                                               

 

INFORMATION

INTRODUCTION

The XXXII EUROPEAN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP is scheduled at the Casino Innsbruck (Austria) from 5th to 9th October 2022 (main tournament on 7th, 8th and 9th October 2022).

From this year the European Championship is named after Alberto da Pra, the founder of WBF Worldwide Backgammon Federation, who recently passed away.

It will be five very intense days, with ten different tournaments available to players.

This is the second edition that takes place at the Casino of Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol (Austria). Do not miss the welcome cocktail with Tyrolean dinner which is our way of thanking the intervening players.

Another feature of the Championship is The best play the best divided into two categories: Master and Intermediate. This tournament is free, participation is reserved for players who have won the European Championship and have the WBF Golden Card 2022. The winners will have the right to participate for free, in their category,

Hope you can join us for this exciting event in Austria!

Don’t miss this great event!

TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE
To be announced at the Tournament
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Marco Fornasir
sanctioned by the WBF – Worldwide Backgammon Federation

The WBF sanction is guarantee of transparency and fairness since 1986

INFO
Marco Fornasir – Worldwide Backgammon Federation
mob. +39 337 303804 – ph. & fax +39 0331 923537 –
email info@wbf.net
Facebook page: EUROPEAN BACKGAMMON CHAMPIONSHIP
TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Double elimination with Main, Progressive Second Chance and Last Chance

The final of the Master category between the Undefeated winner and the winner of the Second Chance will be played at 17 points. If the winner of the Second Chance wins, another match will be played at 9 points.

The final of the Intermediate category between the Undefeated winner and the winner of the Second Chance will be played at 13 points. If the winner of the Second Chance wins, another match will be played at 7 points.

ENTRY-FEES

Master (Double elimination format: main 13 points – progressive second chance 9 points + last chance) 300 € + registration min. 45 €/max 60 €

Side Pot (optional) 200 €

Quarter entry Master 90 €

Intermediate (Double elimination format: main 9 points – progressive second chance 7 points + last chance) 100 € + registration min. 45 €/max 60 €

Doubles (first round match length 7/9 points) 300 € per team + registration 60 €

Super-Jackpot (all rounds 11 points) 500 € (deduction 8%)

Ladies Tournament (first round match length 5/7 points) 50 € + registration 10 €

Warm-up (all rounds match length 5 / final 7 points) free-of-charge for registered players only

869BG Trophy  (all rounds match length 5 / final 7 points) free-of-charge for WBF supporters only

The best play the best  (Master: all rounds match length 7 / final 9 points | Intermediate: all rounds match length 5 / final 7 points) free-of-charge, reserved to past European Champions only

(Master and Intermediate cat. | registered and WBF supporters 2022 | min. 8 players for each category)

REGISTRATION-FEES
Including Friday welcome cocktail with Tyrolean food and
Sunday Awarding Ceremony cocktail

2022 WBF SUPPORTERS 45 €
2022 A.B.A. MEMBERS 55 €
OPEN 60 €
DOUBLES 60 € per team
LADIES TOURNAMENT 10 €

The 2022/23 WBF GOLDEN CARD will be available at the tournament desk

PRE-REGISTRATION

Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

The player who will pre-register via email at info@wbf.net (also indicating the hotel booked), will receive one free entry to the One Point Match

PRIZES

100% of all entry will be returned to the players.

The money-prizes for each category will be divided as follows:

Main: Winner 40%, Finalist 20%, 3rd classified 12%, 4th classified 8%, 5th classified 8%

Last Chance: Winner 10%, Finalist 2%

WBF offers one free entry (500€ worth) for the Master Winner for the next 9th Merit Open 2022 (personal and non-transferable prize, only available for the 2022 edition)

 

The money-prizes for Doubles will be divided as follows:

<16 teams: 65% winner, 35% finalist

>16 teams: 50% winner, 25% finalist, 12,5% each Semi-finalist

 

The money-prizes for Ladies Tournament will be divided as follows:

<8: 65% winner, 35% finalist

>8: 50% winner, 25% finalist, 12,5% each Semi-finalist

 

The money-prizes for Super-Jackpot will be divided as follows:

65% winner, 35% finalist

 

Casino Innsbruck offers to the winner of the Warm-up a free week-end for two (B&B) in Innsbruck for next year tournament

A special Backgammon board is offered by 869BG to the winner of 869BG Trophy

Casino Innsbruck offers to the winners gifts from the Casino Seefeld Shop

TROPHIES

Various trophies are offered by WBF to the winners in the two categories, including European Doubles Championship, Ladies Prize, Ladies Tournament, Warm-up, 869BG Trophy, The best play the best, Super-Jackpot and One Point Matches.

Special Trophy is offered in memory of the WBF Founder Alberto da Pra to the winners of the European Backgammon Championship 2022 Memorial Alberto da Pra (Formula 1  and  F. 3).

The trophies will be presented only during the awarding ceremony.

RECCOMENDED ACCOMMODATION

SPECIAL RATES FOR BACKGAMMON PLAYERS:

Prices (breakfast included) are valid only  for reservations made directly and not through travel agencies or Booking.com and similar websites. It is preferable to book in advance, mentioning the password Backgammon

 

AC Hotel Innsbruck – Marriott*****

Salurnerstrasse 15 – A-6020 Innsbruck – Austria

  1. +43 512 59350

email: events@achotelinnsbruck.com

www. achotelinnsbruck.com

 

Single room B&B 115,00 € per room, per night  + resort tax 2,00 €

Double room B&B 135,00 € per room, per night + resort tax 2,00 € per person

 

Lunch options:

On weekdays we have a lunch offer between 12:00 – 02.00 pm, which would be 12,90€ including a tapas starter buffet, a main course as per chef (meat or vegetarian) and 1 softdrink/water.

On weekends and in the evening we offer a snack menue in our lounge, which you can find enclosed.

ROUTE
Innsbruck can be easely reached by train, bus (Flixbus) and by car.
The Innsbruck-Kranebitten airport is located 4 km from the city center. Innsbruck Airport handles round 50 different airlines a year, including Austrian Airlines, British Airways, easy Jet, Eurowings, Finnair, etc.)
Innsbruck is the charming capital of Tyrol.
Air temperature in October is + 5/16° C.

PROGRAM

Wednesday October 5
16:30
Registration at the Casino Innsbruck;
Start of play Quarters, Jackpots and One Point Matches
17:30
Public draw for Warm-up – first part (free of charge – for registered players only)
18:00
Start of play Warm-up – first part
19:30-21:00
Break for dinner
21:30
Public draw for 869BG Trophy – first part (free of charge – for WBF supporters only);
Start of play 869BG Trophy – first part and Quarters, Jackpots and One Point Matches continue
Thursday, October 6
15:30
Registration at the Casino Innsbruck;
Warm-up, 869BG Trophy, Quarters, Jackpots and One Point Matches continue
16:30
Public draw for Warm-up – second part (free of charge – for registered players only)
17:00
Start of play Warm-up – second part
18:30
Public draw for 869BG Trophy – second part (free of charge – for WBF supporters only)
19:00
Start of play 869BG Trophy – second part
19:30-21:00
Break for dinner
21:00
Public draw for European Doubles Championship
21:30
Start of European Doubles Championship and Warm-up, 869BG Trophy, Quarters,
Jackpots and One Point Matches continue
Friday, October 7
14:00
Registration at the Casino Innsbruck
14:30
Public draw and Start of The best play the best (Master and Intermediate)
15:00
European Doubles Championship, Warm-up, 869BG Trophy,
Jackpots and One Point Matches continue
19:30
Welcome cocktail and Tyrolean food at Casino Innsbruck;
Last Registration at the Casino Innsbruck
21:00
Public draw
21:30
Start of play Main Tournament (first two rounds of main)
both division; Jackpots and One Point Matches continue
Saturday, October 8
14:00
Main Tournament: main both division continue and start of progressive second chance
15:30
Jackpots and One Point Matches continue
18:30
Start of Ladies Tournament
19:30-21:00
Break for dinner
21:00
Play continues
21:30
Start of Casino Innsbruck Super-Jackpot
Sunday, October 9
13:00
Start of Last Chance Tournament
14:00
Start of Finals; Super-Jackpot, Jackpots and One Point Matches continue
18:30
Awards ceremony and cocktail in the Casino Innsbruck

The organization reserves the right to change the program in any of its parts.
Changes will be announced in advance and posted on the Notice Board.
The jacket is recommended for the welcome cocktail and the award ceremony.

IMPORTANT NOTES

WBF Tournament rules will apply (www.wbfonline.com/wbfrules/wbfrules.html).

The rule of legal moves is NOT valid in any category of the tournament.

No clocks will be used during the tournament, except in case of big delay on the tournament matches.

Tournament director keeps the right to oblige the usage of clocks in any round of any category.

The draw is manual (not computerized), public and random.

The Tournament matches take precedence over all other forms of play.

Only cash payment is accepted.

The Tournament Committee reserves the right to refuse application to play and/or forbid admittance without giving any reason since the Tournament is by WBF invitation only.

Should a player wish to leave the playing area during the Tournament, he/she must inform the Tournament  Director.

Failure to do so may results in penalty points being given.

The daily break for dinner is between 19:30 and 21:00.

No smoking in the main playing room.

The  Tournament will be played on professional tournament boards.

The boards are regularly cleaned and disinfected before every tournament.

Dice Service is provided by WBF, discount for 2022 WBF Supporter.

No admittance without proper dress.

The jacket is recommended for the welcome cocktail and the award ceremony.

The organization reserves the right to change the program in any of its parts. Changes will be announced in advance and posted on the Notice Board.

The trophies will be presented only during the awarding ceremony.

 

Admission to Casino with photo id card only.

Only persons with legal age may enter the Casino (18 or older)

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS
2021 European Champion
Tilman Söhnchen | Germany

2021 European Doubles Champions
Andreas Sauseng / Horst Zacharski | Austria

2021 Intermediate European Champion
Husam Ali Gaeed | Iraq/Austria

The complete list of past winners is available on wbf.net

MASTER PAST WINNERS
OFFICIAL EUROPEAN TITLES
since 1989

2021 – Tilman Söhnchen (Germany)
2020 – not assigned
2019 – not assigned
2018 – Neculai Draganuta (Romania)
2017 – Fritz Rattinger (Austria)
2016 – Ciprian Radulescu (Romania)
2015 – Roman Korber (Austria)
2014 – Peter Blachian (Germany)
2013 – Michihito Kageyama (Japan)
2012 – Masayuki “Mochy” Mochizuki (Japan)
2011 – Shimon Kagan (Israel)
2010 – Eli Roymi (Israel)
2009 – Christos Groutsos (Greece)
2008 – Fernando Braconi (Italy)
2007 – Werner Schmuck (Austria)
2006 – Michel Serrero (France)
2005 – François Tardieu (France)
2004 – François Tardieu (France)
2003 – John Slattery (Scotland)
2002 – Katja Sophie Spillum Svendsen (Norway)
2001 – François Tardieu (France)
2000 – Harald Johanni (Germany)
1999 – Mario Sequeira (Portugal) †
1998 – Elio Hamoui (Israel/Italy)
1997 – Michael Löfblad (Sweden)
1996 – Nicholas Kitt (Romania)
1995 – Evert van Eijck (Holland)
1994 – Ion Ressu (Romania/Switzerland) †
1993 – Matthias Körner (Germany)
1992 – Ion Ressu (Romania/Switzerland) †
1991 – Michael Meyburg (Germany)
1990 – Thomas Lumper (Germany)
1989 – Barry McAdam (Scotland) †

MASTER DOUBLES PAST WINNERS
OFFICIAL EUROPEAN DOUBLES TITLES
since 2003

2021 – Andreas Sauseng (Austria) | Horst Zacharski (Austria)
2020 – not assigned
2019 – not assigned
2018 – Werner Schmuck (Austria) | Horst Zacharski (Austria)
2017 – Stefan Parlow (Austria) | Bernhard-Ludwig Winkelhaus (Germany)
2016 – Ingo Mohr (Germany) | Svetlana Mohr (Ukraine)
2015 – Neculai Draganuta (Romania) | Dorel Leon (Romania)
2014 – Michel Lamote (Belgium) | Walter Meuwis (Belgium)
2013 – Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan) | Marion Weeber (Germany)
2012 – Ugo Piazza (Italy) | Michel Serrero (France)
2011 – David Boldini (Switzerland) | Hormoz Shahrokhshahi (Iran/Germany) †
2010 – Yiorgos Kleitsas (Greece) † | Manos Mastorakis (Greece)
2009 – Francesco Grimaldi (Italy) | Mario Sequeira (Portugal) †
2008 – George Simpson (Turkey) | Cemalettin Yüksel (Turkey)
2007 – Jerzy Behnke (Germany) | Ronald Reinhardt (Germany)
2006 – Rainer Witt (Germany) | Hans Christoph Weber (Germany)
2005 – Wolfgang Haas (Austria) | Daniel Scheidiger (Switzerland)
2004 – not assigned
2003 – Paul Magriel (USA) † | Andreas Nussbaecher (Germany)

CHAMPION PAST WINNERS
OFFICIAL EUROPEAN CHAMPION TITLES
1993 – 2013

2013 – Antonio Iaquinta (Italy)
2012 – Honza Cerny (Czech Republic)
2011 – Arda Findikoglu (Turkey)
2010 – Ferat Gündogan (Turkey/Germany)
2009 – Helmut Gerdenits (Austria)
2008 – Feza Diyarbekir (Turkey)
2007 – Oliver Schneider (Germany)
2006 – Martin de Bruin (USA)
2005 – Thomas Löw (Germany)
2004 – Hans Uli Koch (Germany)
2003 – Horst Ernst (Germany)
2002 – Rolf Vetsch (Switzerland)
2001 – Ingrid Sonnabend (Germany)
2000 – Paolo Satriani (Italy)
1999 – Werner Reisel (Austria)
1998 – Alfredo Sperti (Italy)
1997 – Beatrice Zondler (Germany)
1996 – Gordan Markotic (Croatia)
1995 – Claus Weissbarth (Germany)
1994 – Ion Ressu (Romania) †
1993 – Rino Mathis (Switzerland)

CHAMPION DOUBLES PAST WINNERS
OFFICIAL EUROPEAN CHAMPION DOUBLES TITLES
2003

2003 – Daniel Bruni (Switzerland) | Daniel Scheidiger (Switzerland)

INTERMEDIATE PAST WINNERS
OFFICIAL EUROPEAN INTERMEDIATE TITLES
since 1993

2021 – Husam Ali Gaeed (Iraq/Austria)
2020 – not assigned
2019 – not assigned
2018 – Peter Winkler (Austria)
2017 – Massimo Molho (Italy)
2016 – Francesco Oliva (Italy)
2015 – Mahmoud Taha (Egypt/Austria)
2014 – Damjan Plesec (Slovenia)
2013 – Rudolf Prohaska (Austria)
2012 – Daniel Tudose (Romania/Italy)
2011 – Seda Koç (Turkey)
2010 – Shadi Azizian (Italy)
2009 – Inge Pfettrisch (Germany)
2008 – Seda Koç (Turkey)
2007 – Sureyya Sertasi (Turkey)
2006 – Filippo Gottardis (Italy)
2005 – Nadya Marinova (Bulgaria)
2004 – Alfredo Sperti (Italy)
2003 – Renato Sovani (Italy)
2002 – Neculai Draganuta (Romania)
2001 – Davide Gollin (Italy)
2000 – Stefano Catani (Italy)
1999 – Kazuko Numazawa (Japan)
1998 – Giovanna Zen (Italy)
1997 – Mihai Raducanu (Romania/Italy) †
1996 – Enrico Colangiuolo (Italy)
1995 – Luciano Rubbi (Italy) †
1994 – Nicholas Kitt (Romania)
1993 – Alan Herskind (Denmark)

BEGINNER PAST WINNERS
OFFICIAL EUROPEAN BEGINNER TITLES
1993

1993 – Jeffrey Ansari (USA)