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Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 3.5!
« Last post by PillowFighter on January 27, 2017, 09:39:16 AM »

Backgammon Studio keeps improving and today I have updated the version number to 3.5 with these fine improvements:

Backgammon Studio 3.5

Improvements since 3.4:

  • New actiontags:
    • Make one or two points.
    • Close board or not.
    • Make anchor or homeboard point.
    • Counter blot or not.
  • New training tracks:
    • Great barrier bearoff! The deuce point can act as a great barrier against bearoff. How to safely get your men across?
    • Deep stacker! Creating deep stacks on the 2 or 3 point can often look pretty ugly but perhaps the alternatives are worse?
    • All you need is 6! The 6pt is such a sweet point to keep and it is easy to overlook when you should give it up for tactical reasons. Is now the right time?
    • Trapped! Create a blocking point in front of an opponent anchor? Possibly trapping your opponent behind a prime? Could be worth a try!
  • Pass criteria on equityloss in cube training. Suggested by sita.
  • Unrated online matches. Suggested by tnt-foxtrot.
  • Forum postings now show who posted the initial message.
  • You can raise dialogs by clicking on the header.
  • You can now attach notes to bookmarks.
  • Dynamic thumbnail generation when viewing positions and no limit on the number of thumbnails displayed.
  • Board menu now says 'Menu' instead of 3 horizontal stipes as it wasn't immediately obvious to everyone that the stripes opens the menu.
  • Bookmarking positions now has options where to place the bookmark.
  • You can now search for bookmarks.
  • You can now tell what time a chat message was sent by hovering over the message.
  • A new welcome dialog.
  • Money game cube action in cube training (rather few money games in public database though). Suggested by Tony.
  • Search for comments by specified user. Suggested by Tore. (++)
  • Added ability to specify men (checkers) back in your opponent homeboard/bar. Suggested by Tore.
  • You now receive an email when someone answers a position you are seeking an answer for.
  • Bugfixes:
    • Gnu hint dialog on mobile didn't use fullscreen dialog (content is too big so it should).
    • Swiping on phone while checking answer moved you to the next position.
    • Menu button (3 stripes) was hard to hit on phone and replaced with 'menu' button instead.
    • Button could be hidden behind empty div (tab commands) and require scrolling instead of being directly visible.
    • Some tabs (statistics++) didn't display content on ios (old ios hack was removed but is still needed).
    • My progress report challenge answers didn't scroll properly.
    • Moving and resizing chat dialog on iOS now works (ios browser doesn't support resize argument).
    • Error bookmarks folder could end up with hundreds of bookmarks after some time and visiting these was painful. Now thumbnails are dynamically generated so everything won't grind to a halt when you visit these folders.
    • Fixed some view by date bookmark inconsistency.
    • Invalid moves no longer enter the equity loss overview in player statistics.
    • Swiping in forum had some unexpected side effects.
    • Chat dialog didn't behave properly on Internet Explorer (kept expanding when it shouldn't).
    • Scrollwheeling through a match and moving between games could make the navigation stop working.
    • Scorecard on frame was displayed wrong on firefox (possibly firefox bug). Thanks Nyo!
    • Playing as white was reported incorrectly at the end (playing as black).
    • Play as: taking a nodouble while a pass was played didn't give you equity bonus for taking.
    • The switch to https created a limit of 15 concurrent users. I have increased it to 150 now. Thanks Nyo!
    • Prevent online match to continue after completion (you should now get an alert that the match is over.)
    • You could end up with nothing found if you enter a space in one of the numeric input fields when searching for positions. Thanks negheonegu!
    • You are no longer sent to the friend section when you send a friend request (say while playing an online match and clicking on ctrl-u).

Known issues:
  • When playing live matches you will sometimes see the spinning wheel continue forever. This is a network problem where a message fails to show up on the client. Click to roll dice again and they will quickly show up. The message that never arrived will show up later as a strange dice briefly displayed until some other dice are displayed.
  • If you start to look at previous positions while playing an online match you may have trouble getting back to the current position.

Some images

I was wondering which new training track I should add for this release and then yesterday Michy asked about how he could locate positions where the player is bearing off against a 2 point anchor. Hey! Problem solved! :-)

And today I see Michy has taken a shot at taking the champion title and that he did! The sharks at Backgammon Studio are an eager bunch so who know how long it will last? :-) And I see I have to give it a few more tries or I'm the next guy out of the highscore list...

The ideas for new action tags were piling up so I had to throw in a few more. How many action tags are there? 87!

Some time ago Tore asked about creating an option to search for positions where you can specify how many men (checkers) you have in your opponent homeboard/bar and the same for your opponent. Tore suggested a usecase: "This would allow us to practice positions where we have escaped our men and need to find the right balance between leaving shots and getting flexibility and playing safe."

Inspired by a presentation held by Michy during Gothenburg Open I added the option to attach notes to your bookmarks.

Also inspired by the Michy presentation you can now search through your bookmarks.

You can now search for positions that has comments and also search for comments by a specified user. Suggested by Tore and I seem to remember someone else also suggesting it. The name must be an exact match or the number of positions found will drop to 0.

You can now toggle all positions you locate instead of manually checkmarking each position. Also when bookmarking positions you now have an option to specify where the bookmarks are placed. Earlier all bookmarks ended up in the root of your bookmarks and you had to organize them later.

There is a new welcome dialog when you login on Backgammon Studio. This explains a bit of the basics around selecting how Backgammon Studio should look on your device. Returning users will also see this and you can scroll down and close the dialog if you're happy with your current selection.

If you have a widescreen monitor the board may sometimes be displayed outside your screen which isn't ideal. Earlier you had a couple of ways to solve this by either using the classic menus which takes some screen width or narrowing your browser window. You can now also manually change the size of the board to fit your preference. This is useful to do before you play online matches as you may want to see the chat area below the board.

The thumbnail generation is now dynamic and the 50 position limit has been lifted. You may see some missing thumbnails and after a couple of seconds they will start to show up one by one.

In other news

The number of users at Backgammon Studio is steadily growing! Sweet! A big thanks to everybody who are spreading the word and recruiting friends!

The number of matches is also steadily growing! A bit thanks to all transcribers out there who keep providing new matches to add to the database!

If you have any problems registering/logging in don't hesitate to contact me directly and I'll help you out! The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

If the first event is true or not I don't know but today Gothenburg Open beat Nordic Open in matches produced! Gothenburg Open has just reached 64 matches and last year Nordic Open stopped at 62! Pretty amazing considering Gothenburg Open is perhaps only a quarter of the size of Nordic! Jesper Carlsson and his transcription team has reason to be proud of this achievement!

A few more matches:

Michihito Kageyama (3.01) - Yan Kit Chan (2.17) 11pt Gøteborg Open 1-8-2017

Mårten Howe (3.78) - Daniel Tudose (5.07) 11pt Gøteborg Open 2017-01-06

Mårten Howe (4.48) - Mats Westin (3.29) 11pt Gøteborg Open 2017-01-09

Mårten Howe (5.63) - Magnus Helgesson (7.33) 11pt Gøteborg Open 2017-01-07

I have added the rest of the match videos (Perhaps Michy has a couple of more videos stored somewhere?) from the tournament to the match videos section:

if anybody is interested in helping out. Unless you're busy transcribing other matches you know what to do! :-)

So which tournament did produce the most matches last year?

Oh hey! A win for Denmark! I couldn't find a report from Danish XG Masters 2016 but I found one from 2015.  Impressive stuff!

Backgammon Studio The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

Improving your backgammon skills / Oh hey! Even more matches!
« Last post by PillowFighter on January 23, 2017, 04:54:15 PM »


New matches keeps showing up at Backgammon Studio! Sweet! Mochy sent me all his matches from NY Metro! Thanks a lot!

Mochy (0.96) - Anthony Wuersch (8.43) 11pt NYMO 2017 1-7-2017 Conso

Mochy (0.77) - Bahman Zandi (3.84) 5pt NYMO 2017 2017-01-08 Last chance

Mochy (1.63) - Larry Shiller (12.64) 13pt NYMO 2017 2017-01-06 Main L128

Mochy and Monty (2.26) - Mike Senkiewicz (4.75) 7pt NY Metro 2017-01-17 Doubles

Mochy (2.58) - CJC and Shay Asraff (9.07) 7pt NY Metro 2017-01-06 Doubles

ScottyK and Larrry (10.09) - Mochy (2.87) 7pt NY Metro 1-6-2017 Doubles

Is it possible for Mochy to deliver an even more impressive PR performance than he already does? Check! Amazing!

Bob Wachtel dug into his match archive and found a few matches that haven't been made public before to my knowledge. Sweet! Thanks a lot!

Bob Wachtel (3.89) - Paul Magriel (3.89) 15pt Costa Rica 1992

Bob Wachtel (4.85) - Morten Holm (3.40) 9pt Cancun Dec 2001 M2

Bob Wachtel (6.30) - Morten Holm (4.43) 9pt Cancun Dec 2001 M1

Bob Wachtel (2.84) - Malcolm Davis (5.32) 9pt Cancun 2001 Masters 122001

Paul Magriel (5.35) - Bob Wachtel (7.69) 15pt Cavendish May 1983

And Gothenburg Open is still producing match transcriptions! An amazing effort from Jesper Carlsson and his transcription team! Thanks a lot!

Michihito Kageyama (4.07) - Johan Bynell (5.88) 13pt Gøteborg Open 2017 BMAB R4

Conny Ericsson (3.81) - Johan Bynell (5.01) 13pt Gøteborg Open 2017 BMAB R3

By registering and logging in you can explore a lot of interesting features including playing any of the above matches as one of the original players and then compare how well you would have played that match. Good fun!

Backgammon Studio The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Improving your backgammon skills / Another blast from the past! And 5555!
« Last post by PillowFighter on January 18, 2017, 12:44:54 PM »

I'm continuing my search through the match archive I received and I found a few more gems!

Falafel (3.71) - Bob Wactel (3.75) 15pt Las Vegas Open 2011-11-09

Michihito Kageyama (3.46) - Bob Wactel (4.28) 15pt Las Vegas Open 2011-11-09

Falafel (3.79) - Skep (10.23) 15pt Las Vegas Open 2011-11-09

Falafel (5.03) - Konrad Fröschl (7.23) 15pt Las Vegas Open 2011-11-09

Falafel and Burak Gören (2.45) - Hilmi Göchan and Oguz User (6.42) 17pt European Pro Cyprus 2011

Konstantinos Mitrelis (6.41) - Bob Wachtel (2.53) 13pt Porto Carras 21-4-2012

Malcolm Davis (4.37) - Petko Kostadinov (2.40) 11pt Santa Fe M1_01 2012

Some sweet matchups here! This is the first match I have between Falafel (Mike Natanzon) and Robert Wachtel in the database! And the first between Michihito Kageyama and Robert Wachtel! Pretty cool! :-)

What I have to do is to go from the filename 'Falafel-Wactel15pointmatch2011-11-09.xg' (no info added in the xg file) and based on the date search for a matching date from chicagopoint:


November 9-13, 2011; Las Vegas, Nevada

and check if the players are present in any of the results which places them at that tournament. At least Falafel was found so it is a reasonable guess that this match was from that tournament.
It is obviously better if this information is added when transcribing the match even if you don't have any immediate plans of distributing the match. Perhaps one day you decide to send your entire match archive to me? :-)

And this puts the number of matches in Backgammon Studio to 5555! Coincidence? Oh yes! :-) The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Improving your backgammon skills / Blast from the past!
« Last post by PillowFighter on January 18, 2017, 12:43:51 PM »

Yesterday I received an archive of over 5000 matches! Thanks a lot! Most of these were online matches but there were a few live matches I haven't seen before and that didn't exist in Backgammon Studio. Backgammon archaeology! :-)

François Tardieu (3.40) - Falafel (2.38) 13pt Estoril 2008 R2

Ed OLaughlin (2.31) - François Tardieu (3.37) 15pt Lyon 2007 R1

Pia Jepessen (6.24) - François Tardieu (2.46) 17pt Lyon 2007 R3

Gregg Cattanach (5.55) - Kit Woolsey (2.94) 11pt Indiana Open 2006-09-03 Masters

Gregg Cattanach (5.65) - Neil Kazaross (1.99) 9pt Indiana Open 2006-09-03 R7 Main

François Coignard (10.01) - Sander Lylloff (4.23) 15pt Partouchegammon Tour Open 2007

Sander Lylloff (3.28) - Götz Hildsberg (7.51) 23pt Partouchegammon Tour Open 2007 Final

Thomas Kokholm (5.37) - Sander Lylloff (3.48) 21pt Partouchegammon Tour Open 2007

François Tardieu (3.88) - Andy Bell (7.94) 15pt Divonne Open PGT 2007

Morten Holm (0.83) - Chris Ternel (7.32) 9pt Divonne Open PGT 2007 M1

Morten Holm (2.88) - Ion Ressu (5.36) 9pt Divonne Open PGT 2007 M1

Morten Holm (3.36) - Ion Ressu (11.76) 9pt Divonne Open PGT 2007 M2

Morten Holm (3.87) - Chris Ternel (4.73) 9pt Divonne Open PGT 2007 M2

Sander Lylloff (3.73) - Rainer Witt (9.18) 9pt Divonne Open PGT 2007 M2

Mikael Sørensen (9.33) - Tardieu (4.83) 11pt Monte Carlo WC 2007 Conso

Many of these matches had rather lacking information so the above is the best I have been able to do in piecing together the correct info based on the information that were available. Some matches didn't contain enough information to identify who played the match:

Top player! :-) This was from a set of 3 matches:


It would have been nice to find out who played Bob Wachtel here. Which tournament does a best of 3 11pt matches? Perhaps Monte Carlo WC? Looking at chicagopoint I see that Bob won the Super Jackpot:

SUPER JACKPOT (32 @ 1,000 euros): 1-Bob Wachtel (USA), 2-Ary Nogueira (Brazil), 3/4-Steve Hammond (USA) / Matvey "Falafel" Natanzon (Israel).

If that is the event who did he play in the first round? But it says 'Master' in the filename so perhaps it was the Championship main event?

Best regards,
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio reaches 1100 users!
« Last post by PillowFighter on January 16, 2017, 01:34:31 PM »

Backgammon Studio just made it to 1100 users! I am super happy about that! Then again I am sure there are many more out there who would love Backgammon Studio if they gave it a try! Spread the word! :-)

You normally don't see this picture as it is an admin page displaying number of users and how many new registration there are each day. Along with a longer list of users grouped where they log in from.

Is your country a bit further down the list? You can fix that! :-)

If you have any problem registering/logging in or have feedback about Backgammon Studio don't hesitate to contact me!

I also love feedback about stuff not working! It is difficult to test all features on all kinds of browser/os combinations so if something doesn't work on your combination odds are good I don't know about it! The swiss army knife of backgammon! :-)

Best regards,

A few matches has started to show up from NY Metro! Some sweet matchups here!

Ed OLaughlin (8.54) - Arkadiy Tsinis (3.07) 13pt NYMO 2017 Championship Main R2

Falafel (2.21) - Raj Jansari (5.17) 13pt NYMO 2017 Championship QF

Larry Shiller (4.99) - Karen Davis (3.01) 11pt NYMO 2017 Champ Conso

Mochy (1.40) - Julius High (7.71) 11pt NYMO 2017 Masters R1

Mochy (3.62) - Falafel (4.30) 13pt NYMO 2017 Champ Main R3

Paul Magriel (6.31) - Mike Senkiewicz (4.76) 11pt NYMO 2017 Masters R1

Mochy (1.80) - Tobias Hellwag (4.61) 13pt NY Metro 2017 Masters R1

Phil Simborg (5.55) - Thomas Hellwag (3.65) 11pt NY Metro Masters 2017 R3

Phil Simborg (5.78) - Paul Magriel (4.85) 13pt NY Metro 2017 Championship Div.R1

Phil Simborg (6.73) - Bill Robertie (4.62) 11pt NY Metro 2017 Masters R1

Phil Simborg (9.09) - Frank Talbot (7.76) 7pt NY Metro 2017 Seniors match

If you're a big fan of going through matches in XG you can download these directly from MishyPoo's dropbox:

But when it comes to transcribed matches Gothenburg Open has managed to get up to a solid lead with 42! transcribed matches so far! I have to say that is really impressive! A big thanks to those who have provided transcribed matches from this tournament! Simon Bertilsson, Michihito Kageyama, Thomas Fulle Fuglheim, Thomas Tenland. NY Metro will you be able to beat that? Surprise me! hehe

Backgammon Studio The swiss army knife of backgammon! :-)

Best regards,
F.I.B.S. general support / Re: Account validation help!
« Last post by spielberg on January 14, 2017, 04:05:35 AM »
Patti is back on the case and, as ever, efficiently doing her stuff. Praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster (this is a ref. to our shared view on religion)
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