Giving Thanks

The California State Championship wrapped up late Sunday night, with Steve Sax as the Open Winner for the 2nd year in a row.

Special thanks to:

  • John Pirner of for sponsoring Voice of Backgammon
  • Candace Mayeron, Ergin Bayrak, and staff for running an excellent tournament
  • USBGF for their help in streaming
  • Ben Friesen for live XG transcription
  • Mochy / BMAB and Phil Simborg / BLC for live commentary

Video and XG downloads are available at

Take a peak at some of the many backgammon lovers who were there:

The Case of the Missing Checker


It all happened earlier today at the California State Championship.

In the middle of a game with the score 10-8 (post-Crawford) in a match to 11, Ed O’Laughlin and Matt Cohn-Geier discovered that Ed O’Laughlin only had 14 checkers. And Ed had not yet had the chance to begin his bear off.

Uh-oh. Now what? What would you have done?

Cue co-tournament director Ergin Bayrak to the rescue.

After review of the video from the stream, Ergin discovered that only four checkers where on Ed’s midpoint at the start of the game. There should have been five.

Ergin made his ruling: The missing checker gets put back onto action on the midpoint. Both players accepted the ruling., resolving the Case of the Missing Checker.

See the action here.

Would you rather start with 14 checkers? Do you think that’s an advantage or disadvantage? Let us know in the comments below.

California Streamin’

It’s the new twist on the Mamas and the Papas 🙂

Don’t miss out on live streaming and commentary tonight, Friday, December 1, 2017, through Sunday, December 3 from the California State Championship at the LAX Hilton.

Join Larry Shiller, Voice of Backgammon, and BMAB co-hosts, with Ben Friesen on live XG transcription.

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