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Women Take Center Stage in Los Angeles

Women starred at the 47th Los Angeles Backgammon Open held June 5-9 at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton. Candace Mayeron produced the fabulous event.

Kara Schultz, who has been on a skyrocketing journey to the top since winning the 2018 California State Novice event, played in the Championship division and finished tied for 4th in a field of 102 players, including buy-backs! Last year, Kara won the 2023 World Women’s Online Championship hosted by the World Backgammon Internet Federation. Kara demonstrates that focused study and lessons from a great coach pay off!

An Australian woman, Tatiana Infinity, is following Kara’s path to success. We first met Tatiana in February when she participated in a WWB Peer Coaching Clinic. She went on from that training session the next day to win the Intermediate division of the Australian Gold Coast Summer Championship (see article in WWB March 2024 Newsletter). She’s now taken center stage in Los Angeles by winning the Wonder Woman’s Jackpot at the 2024 LA Open.

Congratulations to Goldie Devalon, who directs the monthly women’s online tournament for the U.S. Backgammon Federation, for placing second in the ABT Intermediate Division Consolation event. Goldie and Tatiana have something in common – they’ve both made getting on a healthy path a priority.



June 5-9, 2024; Los Angeles, California

WONDER WOMAN 'S JACKPOT (13): 1-Tatiana Infinity (Australia), 2-Molly Anderson (WA).

ABT OPEN (64+38 rebuys): 4/5- Kara Schultz (CA) 

ABT INTERMEDIATES (23): 2-Yumi Iwago (Japan); 2C-Goldie Devalon (CO).

DOUBLES I (16 teams): 2-Ghada & Karam Ashoo (CA).


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