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Over the last couple of weeks I have been transcribing matches that I found on youtube but couldn't find any transcription of. Some interesting matches there!
2012 Chicago Open - Kazuhiko Yotsushika (bottom) vs Victor Ashkenazy - Round 2:

2012 Chicago Open - Kazuhiko Yotsushika (top) vs MCG - World BG TOC 7pts - Round 1 Best 2:3:

2012 Chicago Open - Mochy (top) vs. Justin Nunez - Masters Event - Round 3:

2012 Chicago Open - Akiko (bottom) vs Ed O'laughlin - Masters Round 2:

2012 Chicago Open - Falafel (top) vs Tsuyoshi Minakami - World BG TOC:

Minak VS Neil Kazaross Giants Invitational 2013 Quickie Match:

Victor Ashkenazi VS Yotsumshika Chicago Open 2013 Masters:

And there were a few other matches too:

2012 Chicago Open - MCG (bottom) vs Falafel top, World BG TOC, Best 2:3, Seven Point Match Round 2:

2012 Chicago Open - MCG (bottom) vs Falafel, World BG TOC, Best 2:3, Seven Point Match Round 3:

2012 Chicago Open - Falafel (top) vs Petko - World BG TOC:

Swedish Open 2012 - Konrad Fröschl vs Raj Jansari:

2012 LA Open Eliot Bean vs. Gary Bauer - Chicago Open - Round 3:

2012 Chicago Open - Bill Davis (bottom) vs Michael Edge - Round 7:

TXBG - USBGF TOC - Munitz & Bishop vs. Petko & Taylor:

TXBG - Ed OLaughlin & Dorn Bishop:

TXBG - Petko vs. Ashkenazi:

TXBG - Rory Pascar vs. Arkady Tsinis:

TXBG - Jason Lee vs. Harvey Gillis:

Falafel vs Malcolm Davis:

Bob Koca vs Jake Jacobs Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Herb Roman vs Neil Kazaross Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Jake Jacobs VS Victor Ashkenazi Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Jeremy Bagai VS Victor Ashkenazi Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Matt Cohn Geier VS Petko Kostadinov Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Jake Jacobs VS Neil Kazaross Giants Invitational 2013:

Matt Cohn Geier VS Alfred Mamlett Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Bob Koca VS Neil Kazaross Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Jake Jacobs VS Petko Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Matt Cohn Geier VS Jeremy Bagai Giants Invitational 2013 Quickie Match:

Ben Friesen vs Bill Riles Chicago Taki Tournament 2013:

Matt Cohn Geier VS Neil Kazaross Giants Invitational 2013 Quickie Match:

Neil Kazaross vs Alfred Mamlett top) Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Paul Weaver Top) VS David Rockwell Giants Invitational 2013 Speedgammon:

Paul Weaver Top) VS Stepan Nuniyants Giants Invitational 2013 Speed Gammon Match:

Petko VS Neil Kazaross Chicago Open 2013 Main Event:

Victor Ashkenazi VS Jeremy Bagai Giants Invitational 2013 4a 2a:

Victor Ashkenazi VS Doug Mayfield Chiacgo Open 2013 Masters:

Justin Nunez vs. Tedd Chee - 5pt Blitz:

Steve Sax vs. Joe Russell - Masters Round 2:

LA Open - MCG vs. Joe Russell:

MCG vs Stephan Nuniyants - LA Open:

Alan Martin (bottom) and Bob Glass (top):

Ed O'Laughlin and Malcolm Davis:

Carolina 2013 BG R3 Ray Fogerlund v Stuart Thomson:

Carolina Backgammon R1 Petko Kostadinov v Vadim Masaelyan:

Carolina Backgammon R8 Petko Kostadinov v David Rogers:

Carolina Backgammon FM R2 Ray Fogerlund v David Todd:

Carolina Backgammon FM R3 Stuart Thomson v David Todd:

There are a lot of other matches that haven't been transcribed yet so if you want to help out transcribing these matches you can visit the Other actions/Match videos section and assign a couple of matches to yourself:

And you have to visit Backgammon Studio match archive which now has over 4000 matches!

And as always you can test your backgammon skills in any number of interesting ways too! :-)

Best regards,

Tigergammon server --Feedback & Discussion / Re: Fibs down, Tiger up
« Last post by vegasvic on May 19, 2016, 01:58:48 PM »
For all you backgammon lovers its up and running ....
Using backgammon software / Re: GNU issue?
« Last post by dorbel on May 10, 2016, 01:46:37 PM »
yes but what was the next roll?
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 2.9
« Last post by PillowFighter on May 10, 2016, 12:34:11 PM »

I have updated Backgammon Studio with version 2.9. Is there room for more improvements? You bet! :-)

Backgammon Studio 2.9

Improvements since 2.8:

  • New actiontags:
    • No blots or not: No blots may look tempting and is sometimes right but sometimes a bit of risk is worth the potential gain.
    • Trade wins for gammons or not: Sometimes it is worth sacrificing some wins for more gammons.
    • Limit opponent gammons or not: Sometimes it is very expensive to lose a gammon so you may want to limit the opponent gammons as much as possible.
    • Leave ace anchor or not: Running off the anchor too early or waiting for too long can be a problem in these situations.
    • Fishing or not: Your opponent has a blot in the home board and you have an option to hit or not with a chance to fish for that second checker. Go fishing or not?
  • New training tracks:
    • First! First move is usually straightforward but at some scores some surprises may lurk! Practice makes perfect! :-)
    • Safe opening! Play completely safe (no blots) or be more flexible?
    • Last man standing! Opponent is bearing off and you have an ace anchor. Stay or run?
    • Gone fishing! Fishing for that second checker in your opponent board is tempting! Bite or not?
  • Training tracks has been sped up considerably.
  • You can rate positions you come across. This could conceivably used to something useful at some later point in time.
  • New section: Matches with video commentaries. These matches/videos can be very interesting to play through.
  • Blast from the past! 2001. All matches found for this year has been added to the database.
  • Position forum has been turned into a more general forum with different sections.
  • Video dialog overlay has been placed over the board (the dialog can't be moved on Mac/Safari for some reason).
  • Direct access to training track highscores from the training track list.
  • New section: Position type performance. You can check your performance in the different position types.
  • Best MWC: New statistic on matches. Who had the best match winning chances during the match?
  • You can now specify who is cubing in position search. Useful in connection with score-away search.
  • You can now specify cube level in position search.
  • You can now specify normal match score match type in search.
  • You can now specify gammon chances in position search.
  • Find player dialog is now also available in position search.
  • New section: Win ratio. You can check if there is any connection between win ratio and PR.
  • You can now compare the cube handling performance between two players. You can also check against your performance if you have a private database.
  • New section: Tables & formulas. A section which displays some useful tables and formulas.
  • +Some bugfixes.

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Actiontags are fun! they open up for new training tracks you can try your backgammon skills at.

Backgammon Studio has to rely on the equity error to determine if a position is difficult or not but there isn't always a direct correlation between these two.

Suggested by Nyo.

Some matches has videos where there are video commentaries. These can be especially interesting to play through to gain some further insights into the game. The audio isn't always 100% but usually it is fine. I haven't determined who the commenters were in all the videos but eventually I'll figure out who is commenting! :-)

Position forum has been turned into a more general forum section with separate sections for different topics.

Suggested by Hall.

On Mac/Safari you can't move the video overlay for some reason so by default it is placed over the board.

There were an old highscore section which was pretty bad. Now there is a highscore link for each training track in the training track list.

A new section displays position type performance with total equity loss for each type. This can be useful in determining where most equity is lost. You may make the most errors in back games (they are pretty strange beasts!) but usually you don't get into those positions so often so focusing your efforts on improving your understanding of other position types might be more useful.

Suggested by negheonegu.

Who had the best match winning chances during a match? Something like this was mentioned during Nordic Open as a useful feature.

For score-away searches it can be useful to also specify who is cubing to locate certain positions.

Suggested by Tore.

You can now specify the current cube level when searching for positions.

Suggested by Tore.

There is now a new match type, normal match score which is defined as equal score with 5 or more points to go.

Suggested by Tore.

You can now specify gammon chances in position search.

Suggested by Tore.

Instead of using the player dropdown you can now search for players in this section too.

There is now a new section Win ratio where you can see an overview of PR and the number of wins for each PR range. It might not be terribly useful or meaningful so draw your own conclusions on the numbers you see here! :-) You can also specify a minimum match length to exclude 1 or higher point matches.

It is now possible to compare the cube handling performance between two players. You can also save your cube handling performance in your private database and then compare it against players in the public database.

I have added a section with useful tables and formulas. I think there is room for a few more here.

In other news

Backgammon Studio userbase is growing and is approaching 700 users (2 to go..) but I am sure there are many more backgammon players who would love the server if they tried it. Spread the word! :-)

The US has taken a clear lead here and will probably stay on top for quite some time but I am sure there is potential for other nations to catch up!

There are a couple of matches where all the playernames isn't known which isn't ideal:

Konrad Froeschl and X - Jacek Wojciechowski and Sebastian Wilkinson Monte Carlo WC 2015-08-06
Thomas Rønn and X - Jacek and Martin Birkhahn WBF Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 2016 2016-05-01

If you know who were playing please let me know and I'll correct it!

Stay tuned...

Best regards,
Using backgammon software / GNU issue?
« Last post by Judge on May 09, 2016, 01:54:00 PM »
Only been using GNU for a couple of months, I was playing a match today and this happened.  Can anyone explain the dice here? (see PNG attached)
Tourney Schedule / Re: FIBS Tournament Schedule
« Last post by magic_one on May 04, 2016, 04:06:18 PM »
 :unsure: What about "Aussie Midnight Fun"?   :huh:
Fibsleagammon / Re: FLG Season 75
« Last post by rebayona on May 01, 2016, 08:33:56 PM »
Just to report that for Season 76 on May 1st if I try to report I'll get this message:


I don't know if Tom listened or if there were something wrong it is working now.

Thanks, to whom it concerns.
Gathering of Fibsters / Re: websites and pics of FIBS parties over the years
« Last post by stog on April 30, 2016, 08:31:56 PM »
resh was asking for this link to photos -- there is no folder 'archive' on fibsboard -- webrunner must have removed it (b4 my time)

however this link does have some photos*/*



this one is more complete earlier 2004
Tigergammon Tourneys / Re: Tigergammon FreakyFriday Tourney
« Last post by socksey on April 29, 2016, 08:57:33 PM »
29 Apr 16

Supreme Champion:    socksey
Worthy Adversary:       Phaedrus
3rd place tie:                zbilbo
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 2.8
« Last post by PillowFighter on April 15, 2016, 12:27:39 PM »

I have updated Backgammon Studio with version 2.8 which has a few nice improvements!

Backgammon Studio 2.8

Improvements since 2.7:
  • Action training - Here you can take on increasingly difficult positions that has been tagged with a specific action tag. The equity range gets lower as the level increases.
  • A 4 new training tracks:
    • Warrior! Warrior or worrier? Worry about opponent 5p board or hit anyway?
    • Race roulette! Break contact and go for the race or wait just one more move?
    • Braveheart! Are you brave enough to cube?
    • Jumper! Jump past a checker without hitting or not? Tempting to avoid risk.
  • 12 new timed training tracks:
    • High five 2! Make the 5p or not? Seemingly very simple but sometimes a surprise is lurking!
    • Jumper 2! Jump past a checker without hitting or not? Tempting to avoid risk.
    • Holdup checker 2! Holding game checker play is a cornerstone of middle game play. Practice makes perfect!
    • Holdup 2! Holding game cubes is a common sight. Hone it to perfection!
    • Battlefront 2! Slot the front of opponent prime or not? Dangerous but sometimes a must!
    • The end 2! Less than 6 checkers left! Time for one last mistake! But no time to think!
    • Ace Ace baby 2! Hitting on the ace is often easy to overlook as it usually isn't the point you want to make but perhaps you should?
    • Graveyard 2! Burying a checker is a painful move to make but perhaps you have to?
    • Candlesticks 2! Play safe and create some ugly looking candlesticks or are there better options?
    • Home improvement 2! Improve your home board or not?
    • Backend bombshell 2! Clear from the back or not?
    • Jumper 2! Jump past a checker without hitting or not? Tick tock!
  • Improved blot position tagging with homeboard blot tags
  • Average PR calculation in private DB
  • Answer history: You can go back and check how you did in previous positions.
  • Event info support.
  • You can now search for events and tournaments in the matches list.
  • XG report display. XG match report can be uploaded and attached to a match.
  • Private DB admin user management.
  • Score away search. You can search for errors in positions with a specific score (say 2 away/3 away).
  • Loading spinner is back and displayed in places where the server needs some time to come up with the data.
  • A lot of matches from Denmark added: Nordic Open, XG Masters and danish team tournament.
  • +Some bugfixes.

Some images

This was the Nordic Open bonus feature that I added just after updating to 2.7. It is a good place to start in Backgammon Studio.

Suggested by Andreas Graf.

You can open an XG report for matches where I have uploaded this information. I haven't gone through the almost 4000 matches exporting the report yet so only the most recent matches has a report attached. I emailed Xavier if he was fine with this use (as the copyright is kept I don't think he can refuse) but I haven't received any reply yet.

Suggested by Hall.

It also works on phones but there is a bit of scrolling involved.

More options searching for blots in positions. Here you also see the loading spinner indicating that you have actually clicked on something and the server is working on creating the result.

You can generate the average PR data in your private database. This is perhaps most useful if you are administering a private shared database.

During Nordic Open Mochy mentioned that he was unable to find back to a position he had just seen so I added an option to go back and check your answer history. For new answers what you answered is also marked with a circle where what was played is marked with a checkmark. For older positions only if you answered correct or not was recorded.

Event info is now displayed in the match info dialog. The information entered there can be a bit varying/inconsistent but it is possible to create aliases for these so you can end up with something useful.

If you want to clean up the data in your private database you can add events/XG reports by clicking on the + icon in the match info dialog.

If you click on an event name you can change the event by either merging it with a different event or renaming the event or create a new event. The more consistent this information is the easier it is to locate matches in specific events.

You can open a find event dialog and enter an event name. After the 3 letter you enter some suggestions are displayed. As you can see the above answers could need some aliases.

If you are admin of a private shared database you can add users who should get access to this database.

You can open the match filters section in position search and enter some score away values. It might need some futher refinement but it is a start.

Suggested by Tore.

In other news

The number of matches is growing ever larger (3764 at current count) but there is room for more! :-)

If you have interesting matches you would like to see included in the database please send them to me! I have been transcribing a few youtube matches (hoping they haven't already been transcribed!) and I'll probably do more of this in the future. If you upload a match to youtube you know is somewhat incomplete please add a note in the title (or comment) about this. This will avoid the frustration of those who starts transcribing a match only to find that half the match is missing (or other problems making them less suitable for transcription).

I held a presentation of Backgammon Studio at Nordic Open a couple of weeks ago: Presentation (openoffice format). This can act as an introduction to what Backgammon Studio is all about if you haven't checked out the server before.

Don't miss out on all the fun! :-)

Best regards,
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