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Improving your backgammon skills / Japan Open 2016 matches
« Last post by PillowFighter on October 15, 2016, 12:09:30 PM »

The wait for the Japan Open matches is over! :-)

Nick Blasier granted me access to his matches and he had some from the last Japan Open that you guys may be interested in:

Ben Yam - Nick Blasier 15pt Japan Open 10-12-2016:

Junko Nakamura - Nick Blasier 15pt Japan Open 10-9-2016:

Kenji Shimodaira - Nick Blasier 7pt Japan Open 10-12-2016 JP:

Michi - Nick Blasier 7pt Japan Open 10-8-2016:

Nick Blasier - Takayuki Hino 17pt Japan Open 10-9-2016:

A big thanks to Nick Blasier for allowing me to publish these!

Michy - Akiko 9pt Japan Open 2016-10-13_1476440002 cons QF:

Michy - Naoki Iketani 11pt Japan Open 2016-10-14_1476439884 cons Final:

And the big one!

Hino takayuki - Matt Cohn-Geier 17pt Japan Open 2016-10-12_1476412142 Final:

A big thanks to Othello for making making the last three matches available!

You can play them directly from the above links or you can log in and get access to more features (including downloading the matches).

If you have more matches from Japan Open (or any other international tournament!) don't hesitate to send them to me! Backgammon Studio The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Improving your backgammon skills / I'm in backgammon heaven! :-)
« Last post by PillowFighter on October 15, 2016, 12:06:09 PM »

A Backgammon Studio themed P40 board just arrived! Can it get more awesome than this? I don't think so! :-)

I had no time for a lengthy unboxing video but I did restrain myself enough to take a couple of pictures when ripping off the wrapping!

I haven't played any match on it yet but the board looks very solid and I am confident I'll be smiling from ear to ear when playing on it!

Replacable back plates is also a brilliant touch! Very few boards are able to look fresh after years of wear and tear and if you can replace them, Hey! New board! :-)

This board deserves to be played well on! For that I guess I have to practice some more on Backgammon Studio...

Best regards,
Feedback & Questions / Re: Surviving graphical interfaces for FIBS for Mac or Windows
« Last post by socksey on October 09, 2016, 07:30:27 PM »
I found Fibszilla for download (windows).  It's an OK interface for playing.  I have javafibs on my desktop and 3dfibs on both my laptops.  I found Javafibs difficult to download without assistance from someone who knows, but didn't have a problem with Fibszilla.  Maybe you should try again.


The number of matches on Backgammon Studio keeps growing and recently I have transcribed a few matches from Nordic Open:

Thomas Kristensen - Marc Olsen 17pt Nordic Open 2014 R4:

Eric McAlpine - Konrad Fröschl 17pt Nordic Open 2014 QF:

Henrik Bang - Sabri Büyüksoy 17pt Nordic Open 2014 R of 32:

Stephan Nuniyants - Jon Kristian Royset 17pt Nordic Open 2014 QF:

Giorgio Castellano - Oliver Decultot 17pt Nordic Open 2014:

Nevzat Dogan - Norbert Wiebush 17pt Nordic Open 2014 QF:

Earlier I mentioned Backgammon Studio users have contributed match transcriptions but I think I forgot to list the matches:

William Patterson:
Kazuhiko Yotsushika - Eric McAlpine 17pt Japan Open 2015 SF:

Akiko Yazawa - Michi 11pt JBL Bansei 2016 QF best 2 of 3 M2:

Akiko Yazawa - Michi 11pt JBL Bansei 2016 QF best 2 of 3 M1:

Chuck Bower - Akiko 9pt Chicago Open 2015:

Michi - Mochy 7pt Chicago Open 2014 WBTOC R of 16 best 2 of 3 M1:

Michi - Mochy 7pt Chicago Open 2014 WBTOC R of 16 best 2 of 3 M2:

Ray Fogerlund - Ed OLaughlin 11pt TXBG Texas 2014 Dual Duel R3:

Mochy - Ed O'Laughlin 17pt Nordic Open 2014:

Raj Jansari - Andy Kindler 7pt London Open 2013:

Mochy - Giannis Pasia 9pt Cyprus Open 2013 R10:

Jerry Tansey - Michi 5pt Chicago Open 2015 Olympiad Speed:

Petko - Michi 7pt Chicago Open 2015 Olympiad:

MCG - Akiko Yazawa 9pt Chicago 2015 Olympiad Bracket 1b QF:

Petko Kostadinov - Hamza Nar 9pt Quarterfinals Chicago Open 2015 Olympiad 1a:

Petko Kostadinov - Hamza Nar 9pt Quarterfinals Chicago Open 2015 Olympiad 1b:

Akiko - Dennis Culpepper 9pt Chicago Open 2015 Olympiad 2a:

Michy - Petko Kostadinov 9pt Chicago Open 2015 Olympiad 2a Semis:

Akiko - Dennis Culpepper 9pt Chicago Open 2015 Olympiad 2c:

Bill Riles - Frank Raposa 9pt Chicago Open 2015 R2:

Thomas Myhr - Ed OLaughlin 13pt Gibraltar Open 2016 R1:

Farraj-Takayuki - Simborg-Guild 7pt US Open 8-6-2016:

Janos Csendes:
Ed OLaughlin - Ray Fogerlund 11pt LA Open 2016.09.15:

Mochy - Mislav Kovacic 9pt Sibenik Open 4.9.2016:

Dado Martincevic - Mochy 9pt Sibenik Open 2016. 09. 21 R3:

A big thanks to everyone who has contributed match transcriptions! This has helped a lot in making what looked like a hopelessly time consuming task look perfectly doable! :-)

There are more matches to be transcribed in the "other actions/match videos" section so if you would like to help out please do! Backgammon Studio: The swiss army knife of backgammon! :-)

Best regards,

PS. You can play these matches directly from the links above or log in and get access to more features (including downloading individual matches).
Feedback & Questions / Surviving graphical interfaces for FIBS for Mac or Windows
« Last post by stocktrader on October 09, 2016, 09:08:51 AM »

I'm trying to find a software to play with a graphical interface on Windows or Mac.
It seems to me that most of the software are not maintained anymore and their download link is broken.
3dFIBS seems gone... Many backgammon server are gone as well....even the famous one from GOTO software is not accepting any 'paid subscription' any more and probably will close.
Seem that FIBS is the ''last server standing'
Is the interest in this game vanishing?
 Kind regards,
Marco - StockTrader
Improving your backgammon skills / Re: Backgammon Studio 3.2! 900+!
« Last post by TimDugan on September 23, 2016, 09:59:00 PM »
hello Terje ... There are a few people from FIBS that come here to FIBSBoard on occasion, but not enough on a regular basis.

Please keep up the good work at BackgammonStudio, it is very well done!
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 3.2! 900+!
« Last post by PillowFighter on September 15, 2016, 11:41:34 AM »

Today I added another training track, Bullseye! and realized it has been a while since I have updated the version number. So here is what has happened recently on Backgammon Studio:

Backgammon Studio 3.2

Improvements since 3.1:

  • New actiontags:
    • Blot contact or not.
    • Blot positioning.
    • Homeboard blot or crossover.
    • Cover which homeboard blot.
    • Make which homeboard blot.
    • Hit blot in homeboard or not.
    • Increase directshots or not.
  • New training tracks:
    • Bullseye! Hit a blot in your 5 point board or pass on this opportunity?
    • Coverup! Cover which homeboard point? Not always as obvious as it may seem!
    • Volunteer! Volunteer a directshot or play it safe? Sometimes the answer is surprising!
    • Last hope! Take a last attempt at avoiding gammon. Worth a try!
    • Contact! Try to maintain contact with your back blots or don't worry about that?
  • Play as with PR summary.
  • Tournaments overview.
  • My matches versus opponent.
  • Scaled chat homescreen.
  • Sound settings.
  • Access buttons to privately shared databases.

Some images

An ever growing number of training tracks! Current total is 52.

The number of actiontags keeps growing too. Can't get enough of these! :-)

MCG wanted to see a PR comparison at the end of playing through a match in 'Play as' mode (play as one of the original players in the match). I had to try this with a match I played a few years ago (while commuting to work). It was surprisingly fun to compete against my former self! :-) [With your private database you can do this too!]

Which tournaments generate the most matches? The biggest change is Carolina Invitational that jumped from 11th to 6th place after a heroic transcription effort by Michelle Steinberg and her transcription team! Well done!

In your online matches overview you can now find out how well you have played against a particular opponent.

I find this homescreen option very useful (dynamic update of results in the latest news section and updates in the chat log) but it might not fit all screens so you can adjust the size of the chat area.

I suspect the sounds that Backgammon Studio uses can sometimes get a bit annoying so you can now turn off the ones you don't like.

If you have access to a privately shared database you should now see an access button in the main menu so you don't have to navigate to the databases section and then select your database from there.

In other news

Yesterday Backgammon Studio passed 900 users! I'm super happy about that but surely there are more backgammon players out there? :-)

The US is getting a pretty good lead here but there is a chance to fight for second place!

The number of matches in the database keeps growing and is now at 4823 which isn't too bad! I also got a few matches from the Sibernik Open that was recently held in Croatia. This includes the 51 point match that Mochy played against the croatian team. Thanks Mate Feher!

Michelle Steinberg, Rick Janowski, Lawrence Powell, Robert Wachtel, Achim Müller, Kevin Finch, Michael Nielsen, Mochy and possibly more have all sent me matches. A big thanks to everyone!

While writing this posting I got a few emails about match transcriptions uploaded to Backgammon Studio from Janos Csendes. Awesome! Thanks! If you enable email notification of this event you will also get an email whenever this happens.

I suspect I have transcribed a few matches myself recently and currently working my way through 2014.

I am in the process of setting up a new server (more memory, cpu, disk) so Backgammon Studio will become unavailable for a few hours (perhaps longer) sometime next week. I haven't tried this before so wish me luck! :-) The swiss army knife of backgammon! :-)

Best regards,

PS. I don't think I have ever seen a reply to any of my postings here. Very mysterious!
Feedback & Questions / Re: major server move done
« Last post by stog on September 03, 2016, 06:04:54 PM »
added some of the things we had on the old forum -- but things that needed some hacking, one was the mod that allows us to display and read the fibsboard forum matches from the first game of a match (although when they were live and underway, their most recent posts were ordered at the top.

also added a spoiler tag for posts, and re-installed the Membermap.

another was this here
F.I.B.S. general support / Re: Can't log in
« Last post by Lordb on September 02, 2016, 12:13:27 PM »
I Agree!! Parlorplay have the 20th century graphic and looks really ugly.
But to avoid this error again so i can logg in with the one acc from different server... it's okey
anyway 2 days ago i tried to play backgammon online on Parlorplay from my smartphone.
I muss keep looking a way playing from my android device..
F.I.B.S. general support / Re: Can't log in
« Last post by maria on September 02, 2016, 11:52:07 AM »
I strongly advise using Fibzilla for both your accounts.  ParlorPlay is just AWFUL!
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