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Kara Schultz & David Vakil vs  Antoinette Marie Williams & Joe Russell
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Kara Schultz & David Vakil vs Antoinette Marie Williams & Joe Russell

Viewers were treated to a thrilling Round 3 of the Women’s World of Backgammon on May 14! If you weren’t able to make it live, don’t miss reviewing this YouTube video of the match between Kara Schultz, winner of the 2023 Online World Women’s Championship and her backgammon partner David Vakil, a Backgammon Masters Awarding Body Master Class 2. They pulled off an exciting win over Antoinette-Marie Williams, winner of the 2019 Ladies Event at the Backgammon World Championship and Joe Russell, winner of the 1989 Backgammon World Championship. Kara and David led most of the way defending against Antoinette and Joe’s attempt to make a comeback from behind. What was most interesting for those observing was the dialogue around strategy. There was very little talk about what the bot would suggest, and much more strategic conversation about where they wanted to be and the score’s relevance, etc. It’s a wealth of information for those of us learning. Round 3 of the Women’s World of Backgammon on May 14. In the Intermediate Division Yvonne Dalpay and Richard Battin from South Florida won their semi-final match with Kathy van Alstyne and Ed Marmol from the state of Washington. Their opponent in the Intermediate final will be decided on May 23 at 4 pm Eastern US time in a match between a Bulgarian team and Romanian team. We will then have four remaining Championship teams and two Intermediate teams will face off in Round 4. Date to be determined. #backgammon #backgammontournament
Highlights of the Atlanta Backgammon Masters Awarding Body BMAB Event with Roberto Litzenberger
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Highlights of the Atlanta Backgammon Masters Awarding Body BMAB Event with Roberto Litzenberger

It doesn’t matter whether you are an advanced, intermediate or beginner player - you do not want to miss this hour of going through moves made by some of the finest women’s players in the world during the Atlanta BMAB event recently. Karen Davis, Irina Litzenberger and Melanie Hughes laid bare their thinking of some moves that were … well, not to eXtreme Gammon’s liking. It triggered lots of discussion and incredible learning opportunities about approach during a match, and risk/reward quotients. Roberto Litzenberger selected some of the difficult decisions from the Atlanta Backgammon Masters Awarding Body (BMAB) event and asked Karen Davis, Melanie Hughes, and Irina Litzenberger to describe what were the main considerations that influenced their choices – right or wrong! Come watch as they share their thinking process at a WWB Zoom session on Tuesday April 30 as well as commentary by Roberto and grandmasters Marty Storer and Kit Woolsey.  Roberto Litzenberger is director of the new Players Cup which creates a tour of a dozen BMAB-USA events in 2024. Women’s World of Backgammon awards crystal bowls to the women with the most wins at the Atlanta, Cherry Blossom, Michigan, and Denver BMAB events, and a crystal vase to the woman with the most wins across the dozen events in the Players Cup tour.  Irina Litzenberger won the crystal bowl for her 4-1 win-loss performance in Atlanta. Karen Davis had the best Performance Record for a woman in Atlanta with a 5.75 average.
WWB Mixed Doubles Tournament: Dagfinn Snarheim & Marianne Husum vs  Sue Keeble & Martin Barkwill
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WWB Mixed Doubles Tournament: Dagfinn Snarheim & Marianne Husum vs Sue Keeble & Martin Barkwill

Watch World Class performances by top teams from Norway and the UK participating in the Women’s World of Backgammon Mixed Doubles tournament. Both teams had no cube errors – despite the cube soaring to the 8-level in a 9-point match won by the Norwegian team of Dagfinn Snarheim and Marianne Husum. With their win, Snarheim-Husum will advance to the Round of 16. This match featured Dagfinn Snarheim and Marianne Husum from Norway playing against Sue Keeble and Martin Barkwill from the U.K. Dagfinn is a Grandmaster (G1) and Giant of Backgammon (#26). He captured international attention in the 2023 Ultimate Backgammon Contender, finishing tied for 3rd with Dirk Schiemann, with Mochy Mochizuki and Zdenek Zizka finishing 1st/2nd.He went on to tie for 10th in the 2023 Backgammon World Championship, and 3rd in the BWC Super Jackpot. A week ago he finished 3rd in the Nordic Open Super Jackpot. Earlier in the year he finished 3rd in the Gibraltar Super Jackpot. Marianne has her share of recent victories finishing tied for 4th/5th in the Advanced division of the 2024 Nordic Open and 2nd in the Intermediate division of the 2023 Gibraltar Championship. In 2022 she finished 4th in the Backgammon World Championship Intermediate division. She and Dagfinn won the Consultation Doubles at Skopje, North Macedonia in 2023, and finished tied for 3rd in the 2024 Merit Middle East Grand Prix Consultation Doubles. Martin Barkwill is known for his fantastic photos and tournament news reports for the UK Backgammon Federation and the PrimeTime Backgammon quarterly magazine of the US Backgammon Federation. He finished third in the 2024 New York Metropolitan Open with 182 entrants including buy-backs and tied for 7th in the 2023 Oasis tournament in Dubai. In 2022 he finished third in Mochy’s Proficiency Test at the Swedish Open and finished 2nd in the DMP event with 128 entrants, and 3rd in Last Chance in the Championship division.  In 2022 he played on the third-place UK team in the WBGF World Team Championship in Venice. #backgammon #backgammontournament #backgammonplayers

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