Cyprus became a stage for a number of big backgammon tournaments last week. Two players from OBSS, Sabri Büyüksoy and Çağlar Erdoğan reached to the top of EBGT 2012 Grand Finale in which a select number of tournament and point race winners performed. In European Pro Championship, #2 backgammon giant Mochy (Masayuki Mochizuki) won the dramatic clock-determined final against a powerful Turkish player Cüneyt Argun Genç who was favorite to win like 95% in DMP. And in European Doubles Championship young Turkish players Erhan Yenişen and Hisar Uyar got the trophy by coming from 0-6 behind, balancing the score with 5-6 and then winning 11-6 against Mochy with a doubled backgammon.
Hosting İSTAVDER and WBA tournaments with ever increasing attendance and significance during last four years, Cyprus continues to prove that backgammon as a 5000-years old game can rise again. The results and the quality of the tournaments pointed out once more that Turkey has become a powerhouse of backgammon. It also showed what can be achieved if natural backgammon playing countries like Turkey, Iran and Greece cooperates with the countries working towards the goal of spreading the popularity of backgammon like Denmark, Japan and the USA. In addition, I am personally happy to see that backgammon is giving respect to my efforts and players are considering backgammon more as a game of skill and expertise.
Now I would like to express my gratitude. First of all, I would like to thank to my family for their support. My wife must have guessed this happening because she immediately grabbed the trophy 🙂 I would like to thank to all players, without them there is no joy in tournaments (this is not a joke, there are some tournaments with a few players). Especially I want to congratulate all my Turkish backgammon playing friends for their effort to improve both their games and sportsmanship. I would like to thank OBSS for supporting my backgammon career. And I would also like to thank İSTAVDER and WBA for organizing and running great tournaments. Here are some links in which you can find some social and technical aspects of the tournaments:
- You can check detailed tournament results in Chicagopoint.
- After winning EBGT Grand Finale, I gave an interview to Chiva Tafazzoli, head of WBA.
- My match with Martin Birkhahn at round 11: Martin-Sabri-EBGT2012-round11
- I don’t have much photos but I will share them as soon as possible.
Nice moments from Cyprus April 2013: