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Impressions from the 4th Brussels Backgammon Day

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Brussels Friendly 25 needs 3 headlines

1. Happy Birthday, Luc.

For the special occasion of his 1/2 century, Luc PALMANS gratified the participants with some drinks and canapés, amuse-bouches & zakuskis during the evening. He thanked also organizers Johan & Guy with ‘Mondo bizzarro’, about the days when the backgammon scene was an elegant way of life… and offered Magriel’s ‘Backgammon’ to the winner. Many thanks, Luc !

2. Bloody slugfest in Orée.

The Royal Orée Tennis Hockey Bridge Club welcomed us at the bar / on the terrace. After an enjoyable meal, the duels started at 08.00 PM with 14 players. Take a look at these first round results in the Main (matches to 5) : Sabrina VASTAPANE (ranking 1496) wins over Toon VAN HERREWEGHEN (multiple winner & ranked 4th) ; Michel ROLIN (1427) upsets Alain CHIF (14th) ; Peter ALLEMEERSCH (one of 3 newcomers, organizer in Brugge, 1485) beats Bert VAN KERCKHOVE (organizer in Ghent, 4th) ; Alex SCHRAGER (1479) had no mercy with our jubilee Luc (13th) ; Geert DOOMS (1439) emerged against Johan SEGERS (7th). Meanwhile, 2 other new faces, Line VANDAMME & Philippe BRAECKMAN drew each other and Line won. Organiser Guy VAN MIDDELEM (3rd) escaped in this 1st round only thanks to a ‘bye’ but he fell from grace when he lost to Line (1393) in the semi-finals.

3. First BF victory for Geert Dooms.

For its 11th participation (along with a 3rd and 4th place in the past), Geert beats all the way Johan, Alex & Peter to meet charming Line in a surprising final. Congrats to you, Geert ! Manuel BAPTISTA had a good run in the Consolation (matches to 3) but lost against Toon. Bert reached the final (winning against Claude RENARD, Michel, Sabrina) by taking revenge on Peter, only to lose to Guy. At 00.30 AM, Toon took the 5th price by winning the Last Chance tournament.

See you at Brussels Friendly 26 on Friday the 7th of June.

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Patrick De Wilde 1st BF victory

Precisely 16 players gathered for the monthly BF 23 backgammon competition in The Chevalerie on Friday the 1st of March. A good number to organize a Main/Consolation/Last Chance tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brussels Friendly 22: Results

Friday, February 1, 2013, in Orée. 12 participants. Director: Guy Van Middelem.

  • Main (5-piont matches): 1. Guy Van Middelem; 2. Johan Segers.
  • Consolation (3-point matches): 3. Alain Chif; 4. Geert Dooms.
  • Last Chance (1-point matches): 5. Martin Collet; 6. Steven Steeno.

Unranked: Manuel Baptista, Simon Garzaniti, Marius Hentea, Luc Palmans, Akbar Soltani, Toon Van Herreweghen.

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Brussels Friendly 21: Toon Starts 2013 in Style

The Chevalerie in Sint-Genesius-Rode hosted Brussels Friendly 21 during the winter holidays on Friday the 4th of January. The very sympathetic bartender, Toto, greeted us with his different spaghettis (try the ‘diabolique’ and you’ll be on fire the whole evening). A near record number of 23 players gathered to claim the first 2013 title. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brussels Friendly 20: Biggest Bottle of Champagne for Henri Pollet

Brussels Friendly 20 on Friday, December 7, 2012, in Orée. 16 participants.

Dancing with a double 6 from the bar against a one-point board granted the victim a mini-bottle of champagne, offered by Guy. In addition, three (normal) bottles of champagne were sponsored by Akbar Soltani (not present) and Johan for the winners of the main, consolation and last chance.


  • Main (5-point matches): 1. Henri Pollet, 2. Marius Hentea
  • Consolation (3-point matches): 3. Guy Van Middelem, 4. Geert Dooms
  • Last Chance (1-point matches): 5. Sassan Kachanian, 6. Johan Segers
  • Unranked: Manuel Baptista, Rudy Bertels, Paul Destrait, Selim Haddad, Christof Nuyttens, Maurits Pino, Michel Rolin, Alex Schrager, Zsolt Tasnadi, Sabrina Vastapane



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Brussels Friendly 19: Amazons and Lions

Offering a magnificent view on some local Amazons riding their horses, the bar of the Chevalerie in Rhode-Saint-Genèse is a superb venue for a backgammon tournament. Close by is the famous Waterloo battlefield where Napoléon was defeated almost two centuries ago by a coalition led by the Duke of Wellington, currently commemorated by the Lion’s Mound. Read the rest of this entry »