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Improving your backgammon skills / Sweden delivers!
« Last post by PillowFighter on September 16, 2017, 08:04:19 AM »

Swedish Open is just over and I am receiving a lot of matches from Jesper Carlsson!

Congratulations to the winner Laila Leonhardt and finalist Cyrus Vafa! Judging by the PR performances below that was a very tough crowd to defeat!

Some highlights (very strong PR performance by both players):

Freddie Noer (2.31) - Elias Kritikos (2.99) 13pt Swedish Open 11-09-2017 SJ QF

Christian Sorensen (2.08) - Pawel Bilewitz (3.43) 13pt Swedish Open 2017-09-14

Steen Grønbech (3.50) - Sebastian Wilkinson (2.74) 13pt Swedish Open 10-09-2017

Thomas Tenland (4.72) - Steen Grönbech (3.27) 7pt Swedish Open 2017-09-09

Steen Grønbech (2.72) - Peter Naguib (5.46) 13pt Swedish Open 09-09-2017

Mårten Howe (3.89) - Jörgen Granstedt (4.58) 13pt Swedish Open 2017-09-08 R2

Matt Reklaitis (3.82) - Jörgen Granstedt (5.09) 13pt Swedish Open  2017-09-12 R3

Sebastian Wilkinson (5.01) - Johan Moazed (4.75) 13pt Swedish Open 10-09-2017

Thomas Tenland (4.50) - Jörgen Granstedt (5.50) 13pt Swedish Open 2017-09-09

Laila Leonhardt (4.99) - Konrad Fröschl (5.56) 13pt Swedish Open 2017-09-15 SF

Mårten Howe (5.01) - Börje Sundbom (5.65) 7pt Swedish Open 2017-09-09

In total I have so far received 24 matches from this tournament! Amazing!

Thanks a lot to Jesper Carlsson and others who have contributed with transcribed matches!

If you would like to download these matches please log in on server and go to the matches list. And if you're sitting on transcribed matches that haven't found its way into the database please consider sharing! Sharing is caring! :-)

I have also received a few matches from Silicon Valley Open from David Klausa! Thanks a lot!

In other news:

Oh hey! Backgammon Studio just reached 1700 registered users!

I have deleted a few registrations where the email address didn't work so if you were unable to register please try again with a different address or email me directly at and I'll help you out!

And what is this then?

Very mysterious! :-)

Oh wait! Is it Friday today? (Yesterday..sorry about that..) Ok I have thrown in another training track:

Backgammon Studio The Swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Announcements / Re: welcome guests :)
« Last post by lucileburt on September 05, 2017, 11:29:14 PM »
Hi! I'm a new user.  :cool: :thumbsup:
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 4.2!
« Last post by PillowFighter on September 01, 2017, 12:21:30 PM »

I just noticed that the folder with update images has started to fill up rather worrying so I have to update you guys on the latest version! :-)

Backgammon Studio 4.2

Improvements since 4.1:

  • New actiontags:
    • Tempo hit or not
    • Hit, point and slot or not
    • Hit on the deuce or not
  • New training tracks:
    • Home cleaning! Should you double hit and double slot in your homeboard? Perhaps it is time for some serious home cleaning!
    • Lifeline! An anchor in a 5 point board is your lifeline to keep you alive and avoid too many gammons but sometime you just have to run. Make a run for it?
    • Tempo hitter! Sometimes a tempo hit is your best bet! About to be blitzed into oblivion? Any hit is a good hit!
    • Power primes! 5+ primes are powerful beasts! Handle with care!
    • Disaster doubles! You're playing a back game and suddenly disaster strikes! A double! What on earth to do?
  • Other improvements:
    • Opening opera facelift. You can now play through the 5 first moves and get a PR value based on your performance.
    • You can now change the error highlight colors. Suggested by hynyct.
    • You no longer hear Awesome! when the move was forced. Suggested by Neil Webb.
    • Support for round in match data. Also searchable in the match list.
    • Support for displaying luck in match info.
    • List all entries in tournaments, players, round and events in search dialog.
    • Search for prime length/checkers behind prime.
    • There is now a limit on the number of incomplete matches you can have.
    • You can no longer abort a match and start a new one with someone else (opponent must have the looking for a match flag set).
    • Missed cube eq is added after each game in an online match.
    • You can now turn on/off sounds from the board. Suggested by Sondre.
    • There is now another option to display the MWC data with a dialog.
    • The final PR should now be correct in the panel display too. Suggested by Sondre.
    • Place some names on top/bottom to make it more clear to see who is playing on which side. Suggested by Karsten Bredahl.
  • Bugfixes:
    • There was a problem searching for tournaments in the match list.
    • There were no alert when trying to import bookmarks into public database (currently only works in your private database).
    • Problem with jacoby rule in unlimited games. Reported by Jon Kristian.
    • Problem with white/black icon wrapping if using portrait mode on mobile.
    • Score wasn't updated after the last game in an unlimited match.
    • 'Play as' didn't work for cube actions in firefox. Reported by Leonardt.
    • Manually entered moves in 'Play as' didn't get checked properly. Reported by Leonardt.
    • Mat file sent from Backgammon Studio always had -000000000 as the Match ID. Causes problem when using XG profiles. Reported by Jeom.
Some images

This is the 91'st training track! Closing in on a cool 100 tracks! :-)

Acing the opening by playing the 5 first moves perfectly is a bit too difficult for most of us. Now you can play all 5 moves and get a PR value of how well you did. A nice way to practice opening moves! Based on a comment from Rune Færevåg about how he practices openings against XG.

I did a bit of cleanup of events from a bewildering amount of different names to something more reasonable. I have also added support for searching for rounds. I see another event has snuck in which doesn't really have to be a separate event 'Gibraltar Main R2'. A more generic term like 'Championship Main' is better as the tournament is already a separate entry and can be searched for. Also round is a separate entry. So for instance if you want to search for all finals from Nordic Open you open the tournament search dialog and start typing until you see the tournament you are looking for appear. Click on it and then open the round dialog and click on the final:

It was able to locate 4 matches but I haven't gone through all 6332 matches and tagged every one of them with correct rounds but eventually I'm sure all will be corrected. I just cleaned up Nordic Open and now it finds 24 finals. Championship Main and Main Champ can also be merged into one event. It would be nice if XG had a separate tournament field but often the city is also in the tournament name. For instance London Open, LA Open and so on. Having the event be a general term like Speedgammon, BMAB, Double cons, Champ Main, Advanced, Champ Fighters and so on. Give it a try to search for different tournaments/rounds/events and see how it works. If you later adopt a similar use of location/round/event when you transcribe matches: Sweet! :-)

Your opponent had all the luck! :-) Now luck is also displayed in the match info.

You can now click on the list icon at the top of the find dialogs to list all entries. I am sure there are some duplicates in all of them so don't hesitate to let me know if you spot one!

You can now search for prime length/checkers behind prime.

Place some names on top/bottom to make it more clear to see which is playing on which side. Suggested by Karsten Bredahl.

I could have showed you several more images but I got some feedback that there were just too many images in these updates. But I think you've gotten the picture (...) already! Many sweet improvements! :-)


Got any questions or feedback? Don't hesitate to email me at 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,
Improving your backgammon skills / Home cleaning!
« Last post by PillowFighter on September 01, 2017, 12:20:23 PM »

Is it Friday already? Time for some home cleaning! :-)

Ok that may by pushing it a bit but I have just added a new training track:

Home cleaning! Should you double hit and double slot in your homeboard? Perhaps it is time for some serious home cleaning!

I often find the double slot/double hit irresistible but it isn't always correct! Can I learn to restrain myself to avoid those times this is just a bit too much? :-)

Backgammon Studio The Swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Improving your backgammon skills / Gibraltar Open 2017! And a bonus!
« Last post by PillowFighter on August 26, 2017, 01:17:34 PM »

Yesterday Karsten Bredahl sent me all his matches from Gibraltar Open! Thanks a lot! It isn't often that I see all matches from the winner from a single tournament. I think I've only seen it once before from one of Mochys wins.

Thomas Myhr - Karsten Bredahl 21pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.12 Cup5 Final

Karsten Bredahl - Jack Edelson 19pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.12 Cup4 Semifinal

Karsten Bredahl - Eric Guedj 17pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.11 Cup3 L8

Karsten Bredahl - Ann Pocknell 15pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.11 Cup2 L16

Ioannis Atmatzidis - Karsten Bredahl 11pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.11 Cup1 L32

Karsten Bredahl - Aleksei Askurava 11pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.10 match 5 of 5

Karsten Bredahl - Simon Jones 11pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.09 match 4 of 5

Karsten Bredahl - Volker Sonnabend 11pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.09 match 3 of 5

Karsten Bredahl - Jørgen Mohr 11pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.09 match 2 of 5

Karsten Bredahl - Vincent Alexis 11pt Gibraltar Open 2017.02.09 match 1 of 5

Awesome! :-)

A couple of days ago Martin Kahn sent me some of his matches and two of them were from the last Gibraltar Open. Thanks a lot!

Dankwart Plattner - Martin Kahn 11pt Gibraltar Open 2017-02-09 Main R2

Jürgen Orlowski - Martin Kahn 13pt Gibraltar Open 13-02-2017

Martin Kahn is also the most active of the top 5 online match players on Backgammon Stdio! Odds are good you can get a chance to play against him but be prepared for a very difficult match! :-)

There are still a few matches from the last Gibraltar Open that are missing:

Sebastian Wilkinson Vs Olivier Decultot Gibraltar 10 02 17

Kenji Shimodaira Vs Volker Sonnabend Gibraltar 10 02 17

Goetz Hildsberg Vs Thomas Kazimieh Gibraltar 10 02 17

Ann Pocknell Vs Julian Becker Gibraltar 10 02 17

Alain Babillon Vs Peter Bennet Gibraltar 11 02 17

Zdenk Zizka Vs Gaz Owen Gibraltar 09 02 17

Thomas Ronn Vs Goetz Hildsberg Gibraltar 09 02 17

Juergen Orlowski Vs Kazuki Yokota Gibraltar 09 02 17

Thomas Mhyr Vs Matt Reklaitis Gibraltar 10 02 17 (video commentary)

Nodar Gagua Vs Thomas Mhyr Gibraltar 12 02 17 PART 1

Nodar Gagua Vs Thomas Myhr Gibraltar 12 02 17 PART 2

Michael Larsen Vs Tobias Hellwag Gibraltar 10 02 17 (video commentary)

Sebastian Wilkinson Vs Steen Haff Gibraltar 10 02 17 (video commentary)

Lars Nielsen Vs Maik Steibler Gibraltar 10 02 17

Do you have any of these matches? Don't hesitate to send them to me! :-)

Bonus! Malmø Open!

And a sweet bonus from today: Karsten Bredahl just sent me a match file from a match that was played today! Talk about fresh! :-)

Hans Kristian Mathiesen (4.79) - Steen Grønbech (1.37) 7pt Malmø Open 26-08-2017

Malmø Open 2017 Round 03 Steen Grønbech vs Hans Kristian Mathiesen

Malmø Open 2017 Round 04 Aron Tendler vs Hans Kristian Mathiesen

This is from the ongoing Malmø Open:

Only one Norwegian? Not good! We have to fix that for next year! :-)

I also started to take a look at other matches that needed transcription and transcribed one:

Michy (2.54) - Akiko (2.10) 9pt Merit Open 2016

which I am sure has already been transcribed but it wasn't in my database (it was only 25 minute long so it is almost like cheating! :-)). Oh hey! Both playing below 3! Impressive!

Backgammon Studio The Swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
JavaFibs / Re: JavaFIBS Development - New Features needed
« Last post by Ragtime on August 17, 2017, 03:31:53 PM »
it would be nice to be able to set the messages background windows and text color.

I'd like a black (dark) background, as it is in other apps.

All that white is distracting and after a while your eyes get fried...
JavaFibs / JavaFIBS - LINUX - how to create a Menu Shortcut
« Last post by Ragtime on August 17, 2017, 02:59:10 PM »
how to CONFIGURE A LAUNCHER TO JavaFIBS Backgammon Client in Linux MInt/Ubuntu

Tested and working on Mint 18+, should work on UBUNTU

Apparently, a number of Linux JavaFIBS users have difficulties doing this.
Also, not many "specific" info can be found about it, so I thought it would be useful to write a couple of lines.
NOTE: this procedure can be used in a similar way for other applications, as well.
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The following will work assuming you placed the folder containing the application ("JavaFIBS2001")
in your "home" folder; just replace "YOURUSERNAME" with... your user name.
If not, paths must be edited accordingly.

First you need to rename
"JavaFIBS_1009_J13.jar" or "JavaFIBS_1009_J15.jar"
(one of the two, at your choice), contained in the "JavaFIBS2001" folder, as


(I suggest you duplicate the original file, then rename it, keep the original)
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1.- create a new launcher on the desktop
(right click on desktop, "create new launcher here", do not "put in start menu" when asked)

2.- give initially "java -jar JavaFIBS.jar" (no quotes) as command, so that it is accepted

3.- Right click launcher and edit content (open with - gedit)

4.- Overwrite all launcher content with the following lines:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=FIBS Backgammon Client
Exec=java -jar JavaFIBS.jar

--> Hit SAVE <--
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NOTES about commands:
Comment=(comment of your choice)
Name=(name of your choice)
Path=(path where the folder program is located, replace "YOURUSERNAME")
Exec=(startup command)
Icon=(launcher icon, change path and icon as preferred/needed)
_________________________________________________ ___

5.- Place launcher in the


folder (copy/move, your choice).

After that, it will appear in the Start Menu as "others"

6.- use the menu configuration utility to move the launcher to the "games" category.
(right-click menu icon, configure, menu tab, open menu editor, cut & paste)

Close everything, done.
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The JavaFIBS launcher will now appear in your start menu under "Games", along with its icon.

Have fun ;)
Fibsleagammon / FLG league needs more players! (Silver offer)
« Last post by stog on August 12, 2017, 04:00:59 PM »

The FLG league needs more players!

We have 10 players in each Silver and no Bronze players!

If you used to play and now have more time I can put you into Silver right away!

Improving your backgammon skills / Power primes!
« Last post by PillowFighter on August 11, 2017, 09:33:33 AM »

One of the cube actions in the WC final was a bit of a bombshell where the WC champion dropped a position where one of his checkers was stuck behind a 5 point prime. Those primes are scary so I doubt I'd handle it any better.

Today I have added a new training track: Power primes! 5+ primes are powerful beasts! Handle with care!

This is the 88th training track and the 22'nd cube training track so there are many options to fine tune your cube handling skills on Backgammon Studio. I suspect I need a bit of that too!

Yesterday I added a possibility to search for positions with a specific prime length for either you or your opponent and also the number of checkers behind the prime.

While at it I also cleaned up the position tags section so that it looks a bit better.

Are there any positions where your opponent has more than 11 checkers behind your 5+ prime? Check! :-)

In other news:

Earlier this week the number of online matches played on Backgammon Studio just passed 10000!

Not half bad! It may not work perfectly for everybody just yet so please report any problems you have and I'll try to reproduce/fix the problem.

Also the number of users just passed 1600:

Not too bad either! And United States has a commanding lead with more than double the number of users than Norway on second place (which is a bit of a surprise as there are several great backgammon nations out there)!


If you have any problems registering please contact me directly: and I'll help you out!

Backgammon Studio The Swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

PS. Congratulations to the WC Winner! Didier Assaraf! A premium membership is waiting for both finalists on Backgammon Studio! :-)
F.I.B.S. general support / Re: FIBS down?
« Last post by manxcat on August 10, 2017, 08:56:03 AM »
FIBS IS UP and Running. You need to set the server to the isp address does not work.
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