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Hi!

European Team Championship 2017 in Reykjavik is over and matches has started to appear! Some highlights (both playing below 5):

Norway beating Germany in the final taking the title!

Germany (2.77) - Norway (1.58) 7pt European Team Championship 2017 Consultation Match R8

Norway beating Denmark to get into the final! I think Dagfinn brought his magic dice for this match! :-)

Norway (3.03) - Denmark (2.13) 7pt European Team Championship 14-10-2017 Consultation Match

Other matches:

Thomas Kristensen (3.37) - Dagfinn Snarheim (3.22) 13pt European Team Championship 05-10-2017 (XG++ analyse)

Tobias Hellwag (3.39) - Gumhur Bektüre (4.16) 13pt European Team Championship 2017. 10. 05 R1 Germany vs Turkey

Kare Aronsson (3.88) - Michel Lamote (2.71) 13pt European Team Championship 2017 Reykjavik R4 Belgium v Sweden

Tobias Hellwag (3.14) - Chris Rogers (2.33) 9pt European Team Championship 2017. 10. 07

Thomas Myhr (3.54) - Elias Kritikos (2.52) 13pt European Team Championship 09-10-2017 DK vs Norway

There are 36 matches from this tournament on Backgammon Studio at the moment but I suspect there are many more matches out there. Don't hesitate to pass more matches along for inclusion in the database! Thanks a lot to Marc Van Damme for providing the matches from the Belgium team and others who have contributed to the other matches.

As a side note the norwegian team used Backgammon Studio for several training sessions leading up to this tournament! Is there a connection here? hmmm.. hehe

More info from this tournament on:

eubgf facebook page

eubgf web site

Backgammon Studio The Swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
TP
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Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 4.3!
« Last post by PillowFighter on October 13, 2017, 04:36:12 PM »
Hi!

Backgammon Studio keeps improving and I have updated the version number to 4.3 with these fine improvements (and judging by the number of training tracks it has been 6 weeks since my last confession! hehe):

Backgammon Studio 4.3

Improvements since 4.2:

  • New actiontags:
    • Homeboard or outside hit
    • Make prime or hit
    • Give up last anchor or not
    • Remove a blocking point or not
    • Run all the way or not
    • Make board point and leave directshot or not
    • Give up last anchor or not
  • New training tracks:
    • Homeboard hitter! Should you go for that homeboard hit preventing your opponent to anchor up or gain more in the race with an outfield hit instead?
    • Risky redoubles! Redoubles are risky! They become very expensive if they fail but you don't want to miss the opportunity either. Tricky!
    • Containment! You managed to hit an opponent checker before it was all over. Now you have to contain this checker. What could go wrong?
    • Unblocker! Limiting the options for your opponent anchor with blocking points is important but at some point you have to get your checkers into your homeboard. Perhaps this it the moment to do so?
    • Runner! Sometimes you just have to make a run for it and run all the way with your checker hoping to get to safety. Is now your chance to do so?
    • 40 behind cubes! You're far behind (40+) in pip. Can you really cube this?
  • Other improvements:
    • Better XG profile support. Suggested by Johan Miörner.
    • Help with better XG integration provided by Xavier Dufaure de Citres.
    • You can now search for score away checker play errors. Suggested by Gambitcello.
    • You can now filter the messages you get in the chat log. Suggested by Yvonne.
    • Download all : You can now download all matches you have played on Backgammon Studio.
    • Position search cleanup.
    • Auto resize of board to fit screen.
    • Page focus indicator.
    • Reset colors support.
    • Default login country is now used in online match champions lists if you haven't created a profile yet. Suggested by area51.
  • Bugfixes:
    • Messages sent to public from a match wasn't displayed after leaving game. Reported by area51.
    • The duel dialog wasn't displayed on Android tablets (possibly 7.0 related). Reported by Leeuk66s.
  • Known issues:
    • If you open another tab to Backgammon Studio while in the middle of a challenge the challenge is aborted. Reported by David Klausa.
Some images

New actiontags are always pretty cool!



In other actions there is a new entry "XG integration" which describes how to integrate Backgammon Studio better with XG:



Thanks to Xavier for helping out getting this to work! Oh no! The page cut off just missing a display of my horrible cube performance! Bummer! hehe



I think I have done something to the rather obscure position search feature. hmm.. I increased the number of positions found and possibly some other cleanup. Sorting the result I think. This isn't the first search feature you should look at though. This is:



It is now possible to search for move errors done at a specific away score. You could do this before but you got both versions of the away score.



And more training tracks than you can shake a stick at (97 as of today)! :-)

In other news

Backgammon Studio reached 1800 users the other day! Sweet!



The number of online matches played on Backgammon Studio keeps increasing and just went past 14000! Pretty sweet too!



Feedback

Got any questions or feedback? Don't hesitate to email me at terjepe@gmail.com. Think something sux (like the UI)? Let me know or I may just think everything is awesome!

Spotted something that looks wrong? Take a screenshot and email it to me. That can help a lot in locating the problem!

Backgammon Studio The Swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Haven't tried Backgammon Studio yet? You should! :-)

Best regards,
TP
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Improving your backgammon skills / Homeboard hitter!
« Last post by PillowFighter on October 13, 2017, 10:27:48 AM »
Hi!

Is it Friday? Oh yes! :-)

The other day I made a rather huge error hitting in the outfield instead of hitting in my homeboard. Hitting in the outfield (or opponent homeboard) will gain more in the race and you don't risk a direct hit from the bar. Hitting in your homeboard can prevent your opponent from getting an anchor at the risk of a hit from the bar but if missed you may get another board point quickly.

Now I can practice a bit more on this type of situation with the latest training track:

Homeboard hitter! Should you go for that homeboard hit preventing your opponent to anchor up or gain more in the race with an outfield hit instead?



The first position I ran into when trying it out for the first time was rather amusing. So many possibilities and all of them are very tempting! I got that one right but bombed out on the next position so odds are good this one is just as difficult as the previous training tracks! :-)



This is the 97'th training track! Enjoy! :-)

Backgammon Studio The Swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
TP
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Fibsleagammon / Re: Server down = cannot play matches
« Last post by BackBurner on October 09, 2017, 02:17:43 AM »
Evidently Patti has been kidnapped and the FIBS server has fallen into the hands of a teenage hacking club that is trying to see how long the FIBS community will wait for a crumb of information about the status of the server.   :unhappy:

I sent a short message to Patti two days ago and have gotten no reply. There hasn't been a tweet since Sept 10. Has anyone seen or heard from Patti lately?  :unsure:

If something did or does happen to Patti, is there a succession plan for FIBS?   :huh:
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Fibsleagammon / Re: Server down = cannot play matches
« Last post by magic_one on October 07, 2017, 10:29:46 PM »
Current information is supposed to be made available at  http://twitter.com/fibsdotcom - However, the latest information is not current – See  http://www.fibsboard.com/f-i-b-s-general-support/fibs-down/new/?topicseen#new
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Improving your backgammon skills / Risky redoubles!
« Last post by PillowFighter on October 06, 2017, 10:59:52 AM »
Hi!

Oh hey! Friday! :-)

The other day I missed a recube a couple of times as a PRaT (position, race and threat) evaluation isn't going to come up with the right answer. Today I have added:

Risky redoubles! Redoubles are risky! They become very expensive if they fail but you don't want to miss the opportunity either. Tricky!





Backgammon Studio The Swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
TP

PS. Did you guys miss the last week training track: Containment!? It was awesome and very difficult! :-)
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Fibsleagammon / Re: Server down = cannot play matches
« Last post by LOTH on October 05, 2017, 01:52:34 AM »
Hi,

I found this forum search for FIBS and trying to find out something about why
the server is down or crashing all the time.

Can anyone tell me where I can find out about what is going on so that perhaps
I might be able to offer some suggestions  or get a clue about what is happening.
My old account was timed out I guess and I recently came back with a new one,
but now the system is rarely reachable and when it is it is very hard to get though
a single game, let alone the 3-5 game matches many people want.

I hope I am not off-topic or interrupting anyone, but I used to be a h/w and s.w
analyst so who knows I might be able to think of something to look at.

Thanks,
Bruce
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Fibsleagammon / Re: Server down = cannot play matches
« Last post by magic_one on October 01, 2017, 05:30:03 PM »
TourneyBot posted results appear to imply that FIBS is not down, but available to some. However, I can not connect. Status update, please.
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Fibsleagammon / Re: Server down = cannot play matches
« Last post by ifaesfu on September 29, 2017, 02:21:38 PM »
I have been able to log in FIBS once or twice for around  last two months.
Also, I usually play from an android phone and it seems the app I have been using since the first day I found FIBS is not working any more.
I have not played any match of the current season.
Do you know about android apps that can connect to FIBS? I use Backgammon Lite.
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