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Improving your backgammon skills / Worldwide Trophy 2017 Tbilisi matches
« Last post by PillowFighter on May 20, 2017, 09:15:12 AM »

The Worldwide Trophy 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia has come up with another trophy! A lot of transcribed matches! :-)

Bob Wachtel (2.68) - Konstantin Bartach (6.23) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 R3 v Russia II

Bob Wachtel (2.81) - Suren Karatorosyan (2.56) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 R2 v Armenia

Bogidar Iliev (4.37) - Tobias Hellwag (3.66) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 R4

Juergen Orlowski (5.21) - Falafel (8.46) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 Israel vs Germany

Karen Sarkisyan (2.25) - Volker Sonnabend (3.69) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 5-16-2017

Karen Sarkisyan (2.69) - Sevdalin Tzvetanon (3.99)  9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 5-17-2017 M2

Karen Sarkisyan (2.84) - Mohammadreza Moeinfar (8.52) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 5-16-2017

Karen Sarkisyan (4.19) - Mohammadreza Moeinfar (4.44) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 5-18-2017

Karen Sarkisyan (4.30) - Sevdalin Tzvetanon (3.95) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 5-15-2017 M1

Karen Sarkisyan (4.60) - Wayne Felton (8.51) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 5-16-2017

Levan Kareli (3.25) - Bogidar Iliev (8.95) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 2017-05-17

Levan Kareli (6.65) - Edik Nazaryan (2.53) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 2017-05-14

Sergey Erokhin (2.56) - Bakar Matikashvili (3.35) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 2017-05-19

Simon Pankvelashvili (3.00) - Tobias Helwag (6.18) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 R4

Simon Pankvelashvili (3.99) - Khachik Melikyan (3.46) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 2017-05-16

Tim Cross (5.46) - Bob Wachtel (3.05) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 R1 v England

Tobias Hellwag (6.30) - Simon Pankvelashvili (2.88) 9pt Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi 2017-05-16

Tobias Helwag (2.91) - Roohollah Amiri Andy (7.29) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 R1

Tobias Helwag (5.15) - Atsamaz Arsagov (5.55) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 R5

Wayne Felton (2.88) - Massoud Aghdan (8.73) 9pt Nations Cup 2017 R2

Sweet! And some very impressive PR performances from backgammon players which I have to admit I am rather unfamiliar with! Awesome! :-)

A big thanks to Bob Wachtel, Janos Csendes and Bakar Matikashvili for providing these matches!

If you have more matches from this tournament don't hesitate to send them to me and I'll publish them on Backgammon Studio!

Backgammon Studio The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

PS: The name information was a bit lacking so I had to do a bit of google/facebook search to locate the correct ones. I think I got it right but if not let me know!

PS2: I am missing the nationality of a couple of players: Bakar Matikashvili (Georgia?), Edik Nazaryan (Armenia? and is the name correct?), Massoud Aghdam.
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 3.9
« Last post by PillowFighter on May 09, 2017, 02:48:15 PM »

I have been having a lot of fun playing online matches on Backgammon Studio (and watching some awesome videos from Nordic Open!) but I have managed to scrape together a few more improvements:

Backgammon Studio 3.9

Improvements since 3.8:

  • New actiontags:
    • Hit and run or not
    • Hit and switch or not
  • New training tracks:
    • Anchor away! Is now the time to drop anchor and make a run for it? Risky!
    • Fighter! You are on the bar against a 4 point board. Surely you must drop?
    • Anchor cubes! Opponent has an anchor. Reason to worry or cube anyway?
    • Pointless doubles! You only have a 1 point board. Pointless to cube or perhaps not?
  • A truckload of 10s and 20s training tracks added.
  • Interface cleanup! Several sections are now dialogs (works better on phones). Some actions moved to different locations.
  • The cleanup also removed two fairly obsolete menu options horizontal and hidden. Classic menu just survived!
  • Interviews video section and a new section for videos.
  • Pin dialogs to page. Several dialogs can now be pinned to the page so they won't close when you click on a button inside the dialog.
  • Bronstein clock add is separate from bank. Suggested by denominator.
  • Icon for playing a match. Suggested by denominator.
  • Player profiles! You can now add some profile information about yourself. Suggested by MishyPoo.
  • Link to player profiles from the match champions list.
  • You can set different background colors between main and private database. Suggested by NPW.
  • Match chat - observers and players of a match can use this chat.
  • Improved use of gnu evaluation. Thanks to Marc Olsen for detecting this!
  • Some countries are unable to use paypal (Turkey and perhaps others). IBAN number provided.
  • TCTC is also used for take/drop challenge. Suggested by Hall.
  • Clicking on a name in the match champions list will display your head-to-head performance against this player.
  • A couple of users started to abort classic challenges in the middle only to restart directly afterwards. Mysterious. Now unless you complete a classic challenge you will have to wait 1 month until you can try it again.
  • In the tournaments section if you click on a tournament you can check how many matches there are for each year.
  • Reassigned shortcut keys to be more consistent: ctrl-c: challenges, ctrl-m: matches, ctrl-v: videos, ctrl-s: statistics, ctrl-a: my actions, ctrl-o: other actions.
  • Bugfixes:
    • A couple of dialogs didn't switch to fullscreen dialog on mobile (friends list and users list).
    • A search query using match id was ambiguous.
    • Possible fix for not triggering thumbnail generation. Reported by Mochy.
    • Possible fix for out of order double action.
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New training tracks! Sweet! :-) I have located a few more missing 10s training tracks so they are now in sync with the main ones. 76 in total!

Interface cleanup! Perhaps the most noticeable are that some sections have become dialogs. And you can pin many dialogs so they won't disappear when you click on a button inside it.

MishyPoo was looking for someone and asked if there were more information available but there weren't any. Now there is! If you would like to add some info about yourself please do!

If you are playing a speedgammon match you may want to know how much time you have in the bank. This works best with a separate bronstein clock add part. Suggested by denominator.

If you invite someone to a match from other locations than the lobby you may not know if this player is already playing a match or not. Now this is visible as a separate icon in the users list (ctrl-u). Suggested by denominator.

It is nice to put a face to the names in the database and interviews is a great way to learn more about a player. Thanks a lot to those who make an effort to create these videos!

It is now possible for the players of an online match to chat with the observers of a match. Could come in handy in certain situations.

Known issues

  • On Internet Explorer clicking in input fields may not show the cursor unless you double click. This appears to be an IE bug.
  • Firefox may have some problems with blinking board. I am not able to see it on my desktop but I did see it on my laptop. I updated firefox and the problem went away. That might be the solution for you too. If not give Chrome a try.

Other news

Almost 5000 online matches have been played on Backgammon Studio so far! Somebody must like it! :-) The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Backgammon / Backgammon Page of the Week Bear off cube action
« Last post by stog on April 23, 2017, 01:35:06 PM »
Bear off cube action

slideshow & explanations
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 3.8
« Last post by PillowFighter on April 11, 2017, 02:08:09 PM »

Backgammon Studio keeps improving and today I have updated the version number to 3.8 with these fine improvements:

Backgammon Studio 3.8

Improvements since 3.7:

  • New actiontags:
    • Make an anchor or make a point - Suggested by Aurélien Bonnet.
    • Give up anchor for a hit or not
  • New positiontags:
    • Opponent has an outfield blot.
    • You have an outfield blot.
  • New training tracks:
    • Anchor cubed! You have an anchor and have been cubed! Surely you can take anything?
    • Opposer! Slotting the 18 point can sometimes disrupt your opponents plans. Is now the time?
    • Outfielder! Send a checker into the opponent outfield and pray that it survives? Could be worth a try!
  • Introduction videos! A lot of introduction videos has been created to the different sections on Backgammon Studio.
  • Educational videos! A new section with an overview of educational videos found on youtube.
  • Incomplete match poke! The number of incomplete matches is growing rapidly in the database. Use this to get this number down!
  • Large stacks with numbers should be displayed better now and also on images/thumbnails of positions.
  • Added option to remove friends.
  • More text area clear (thrashcan) buttons.
  • You can now turn off the error feedback sounds while keeping other sounds. These can hurt a bit!
  • Online DMP Champs! The online match PR list has been split into another section for DMP matches.
  • Online Speed Champs! The online match PR list has been split into another section for Speed matches.
  • Share positions on facebook.
  • Timed training tracks now with more time! 20 seconds to come up with the right answer. Still not easy! Suggested by Michael Krakus.
  • Week in review: position filters.
  • Bugfixes:
    • If you managed to get more than 6 checkers on the bar the board graphics would break down. I did! :-)
    • You could drag&drop (tablets) checkers onto an oppoent 2+ stack. Server would reject the move as invalid anyway. Thanks Shahab!
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You can now compete for the DMP champion title!

A lot of matches have been played on Backgammon Studio which is cool! But a lot of incomplete matches have also piled up. Now you can poke your opponents in these matches too.

More sweet training tracks!

A lot of cool educational videos out there on youtube! Some of them are rather hard to find so I made a section which makes them easier to find.

There are now 100 action tags which I think is pretty cool!

2 more positiontags!

Week in review got a couple of new position filters.

Over 3800 matches played on Backgammon Studio! Awesome!

There is a new Tournament champ in town and it isn't me! Sux! Must fix! :-)

I have made a few (32+) introduction videos on different sections on Backgammon Studio.

All in all I think Backgammon Studio is making good progress but now it is time for Nordic Open! Oh yes! :-) The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

I have made a few more introduction videos and also remade the two first ones. Now with more sound! :-)

Introduction and registration:


Training tracks:

Online matches:

Board settings:

Home screen:

Action training:

Cube training:

Opening training:

Classic challenges:

More challenges:

Annotated matches:

Investigating positions:

More board actions:

Board search:

View errors part 1:

View errors part 2:

View errors part 3:

Private database part 1:

Private database part 2:

Importing challenges:




I suspect I have to remake video 3 to 7 also at some point.  The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio introduction videos
« Last post by PillowFighter on March 24, 2017, 03:07:26 PM »

On popular demand (Maria Petrova Rolovic and Hall Skĺra have at least mentioned it) I have started to create some introduction videos of the different features on Backgammon Studio. There are a ton of features so this will take some time! The 8 first videos are ready though.

You can find them from a link on the front page before you log in or visit:

I should have Morgan Freeman do the audio and Mochy do the playing as I did some huge errors when I recorded the videos! But it just shows that I need Backgammon Studio more than anyone! :-) The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Backgammon / Re: Backgammon Page of the Week
« Last post by stog on March 19, 2017, 10:08:50 PM »
our second Backgammon Page of the Week is a link to the The UK Backgammon Federation website who like ourselves have a Position of the Week -- a juicy cube decision

and our own Fibsboard Position of the Week is here -- and you can vote too and then see how others voted
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 3.7! Tournament edition!
« Last post by PillowFighter on March 17, 2017, 02:27:20 PM »

Backgammon Studio keeps improving and today I have updated the version number to 3.7 with these fine improvements:

Backgammon Studio 3.7

Improvements since 3.6:

  • Tournaments!
  • You can now join in on online tournaments on Backgammon Studio! 4, 8, 16 and 32 player tournaments supported. 64 is a bit too optimistic! :-)
  • Speed gammon tournaments and PR tournaments in addition to normal tournaments.
  • Hourly tournaments are automatically created. Currently 4 player and 8 player dmp and 5pt tournaments are created.
  • Observe matches! You can now observe matches between other players. Suggested by ericg.
  • Match clocks! You now have match clocks when playing online matches. Standard 2*matchlength+bronstein 12sec add. Suggested by Tore.
  • Poke tournament opponents! If your tournament opponent you can send an email notification that you're ready to play. Once per day only.
  • You can now create notes on opponents. Did you uncover a weakness in your opponent? Write it down and try to exploit it the next time you play! Suggested by Aistis.
  • Graph your online match PR performance.
  • My matches: lowest average PR after 20 matches.
  • Check your PR for the last 5, 10, 20, 50 or 100 matches.
  • Idle! You can now see users who have been idle for a while. Suggested by torkel.
  • New actiontags:
    • Split or blot: Should you split your back checkers (24p) or create a homeboard blot? Suggested by Aurélien Bonnet.
    • Split and blot or not: Should you split and create a homeboard blot at the same time? The big play! Suggested by Aurélien Bonnet.
    • Step under the gun or not: Should you place a checker in harms way of 3 or more builders? Suggested by Aurélien Bonnet.
    • Slot the 18 point or not: Slotting the 18 point and putting it in harms way can be just what the position calls for as a way to disrupt some of your opponent choices.
    • Bearin or not: Should you bear in a checker from your outfield or are there better options available?
    • Bearin one or two: Sometimes you will have the choice of bearing in one or two checkers.
    • Make 5 point or 3 point: The 5 point is very tempting to make but perhaps there are exceptions where the 3 point is the better choice. Surprisingly often a double 3 is involved...
    • Make 4 point or bar: Making the 4 point or bar point typically with a small double can sometimes be tricky to choose between.
  • New training tracks:
    • Gun range! Step under the gun and let your opponent blast away? Scary!
    • Safety first! Play it safe with no blots or opt for more flexibility?
    • Race cube! It is a race! But is it a cube? Suggested by Dániel Kocsis.
  • New timed training tracks:
    • Firepower 2! Timed tdding a spare to a point can give you extra firepower for attack or more point making numbers. Or are there more clever options available?
    • Pickup artist 2! Timed pick&pass with a checker is a nifty way to get an advantage but sometimes it might be worth just hitting and possibly make the point in the next turn.
    • Double whammy 2! Timed hitting two checkers can be very effective if you aren't hit back. Worth the risk?
    • Trapped 2! Timed create a blocking point in front of an opponent anchor? Possibly trapping your opponent behind a prime? Could be worth a try!
    • All you need is 6 2! Timed the 6pt is such a sweet point to keep and it is easy to overlook when you should give it up for tactical (or other) reasons. Is now the right time?
    • Deep stacker 2! Timed creating deep stacks on the 2 or 3 point can often look pretty ugly but perhaps the alternatives are worse?
    • Great barrier bearoff 2! Timed the deuce point can act as a great barrier against bearoff. How to safely get your men across?
    • No hitter 2! Timed you are far behind in the race (>40) and now you can hit! Surely you must hit! Or?
    • Backfire 2! Timed the stakes (cube) just got raised even more! Perhaps not part of the plan but what to do?
    • Race cube 2! Timed it is a race! But is it a cube?
  • Added incorrect drop to cube handling player statistics. Thanks Daniel!
  • Week in review: cube action only option.
  • New desktop shortcuts: ctrl-l to go directly to the lobby. ctrl-d to switch databases.
  • You can now have separate settings in your private database and public database. Nice if you want different layout when you are viewing your private db and when you view the public db.
  • Reset settings! You can now reset your settings to default values if you have made a mess of them. Suggested by Rin-zing.
  • Bugfixes:
    • If you had disabled 'enable manual input' playing matches broke down rather quickly. Thanks ThomasK!
    • The double dialogs that show up when you click on a user now show up beside each other and not on top of each other. Thanks ThomasK!
    • Fixed problem with displaying reversed position when reviewing positions after an online match was completed.
    • Winning/Gammon estimation had started to always default to hard level (within 2% of correct answer) which is just cruel...
    • Playing as white and clicking on past moves then last move would display the next move incorrectly.
    • 'More action tags' section was missing from search if using horizontal menu. Thanks Artur!
  • Known issues:
    • Blinking board issue when using Firefox. Using Chrome "solves" it. The root cause of this problem is still unknown.
    • Sometimes unresponsive page in Internet Explorer. Using Chrome "solves" it. Google ad network can trigger an avalanche of browser errors/warnings (press F12 to check).
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Backgammon Studio now supports the creation and running of tournaments. I have added support for 4,8,16 and 32 player tournaments. You will receive a notification in the chat when a tournament is ready to start and you will also receive an email when this happen.

There is an option for normal, speedgammon and PR tournaments. A PR tournament requires you to play on the lowest PR to advance (stuff I need to create a Dual duel tournament later...).

Some tournaments are manually created while others are automatically created every hour.

You get points for tournament wins and reaching the final. The longer matches and/or the more players join a tournament the more points you get. Join as many tournaments as you can! You don't have to stick around for the tournament to start but will be notified when it starts (tournament matches can be played at any time).

If your opponent isn't present you can send an email notification to the opponent letting your opponent know you are ready to play. You can only do this once per day so make it count! :-) Depending on which timezone your oponent lives in you can try at different times if your first attempt doesn't succeede.

You should see the pending tournament matches dialog when you log in and when you return to the home screen.

You can observe matches between other players and there is also an observer chat channel to chat with other observers. The players playing the match can also use this which will send the message to the observers and also to your opponent.

You can now take a look at your online PR performance progress as a graph.

Always sweet with new action tags! Each can potentially become a trainingtrack and all of them end up in the action training section.

New training tracks! Sweet! Can you become the new champion? Give it your best shot! :-)

Discovered a weakness in an opponent? Write it down and exploit it the next time you play this opponent! :-)

I still have work to do before I'm back to my past lowest average. Work in progress!

In other news

Over 2000 online matches have been played on Backgammon Studio so far! Pretty sweet! :-)

I see there are still users who try to register with an invalid email address or for other reasons fail to validate their email address. If you have tried to register but were never able to validate your email please email me and I'll help you out! The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

There are several users who never validate their Backgammon Studio account and several are using an invalid email address which will not work.

If you have created an account but never managed to validate your email address please email me: and I'll fix it! The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

stog edit -- removed detail of email -- will contact you
Announcements / New Features for Fibsboard 2017
« Last post by stog on March 10, 2017, 04:39:35 PM »
the Fibsboard Position of the Week is starting to take shape -- i have been looking for a less time intensive alternative to the Fibsboard match for a while which utilises voting and commenting; try it out

the other new feature added is the Fibsboard Backgammon page of the Week

comments welcome (you do need to register to vote & see the game diagrams)
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