6th Georgian Open

Supported by OBSS, Sabri Büyüksoy won the Last Chance tournament of Masters category at the 6th Georgian Open 2012 Backgammon Championship. He played against World no.22 Backgammon Giant Jürgen Orlowski in the final match. In addition, together with Prof. Haluk Oral they played the final of Doubles Consulting event against another Turkish team and got second prize trophy. Detailed results of the tournament can be reached at http://www.wbfturkey.com/.

At Last Chance final match, coming from 0-3 behind, I won the match 7-3. Taken in the same shot, my Doubles tournament partner Haluk Oral won One-point tournament.

Doubles or Double Consultation is a very nice backgammon activity format where one player plays and the other player can give advice or shares his/her opinion. In practice, usually after losing a game, the player and the consultant swap places so that they will have a fresh start. Two Turkish teams reached to the final. This photo is taken before the match but after losing, my partner and I could still smile 🙂

With the trophies our team is happy. Thanks to Arda Fındıkoğlu for sharing these photos. This tournament is a memorial to Gogi Bukia ‘s birthday. In yellow sheets, there is a poem dedicated to his memory. At the ceremony we toasted so many times to Gogi Bukia and listened to nice poems which we didn’t understand. Then, Prof. Haluk Oral took the scene and with a sentimental tone, he recited a very nice poem from Nazım Hikmet. This time Georgian players applauded our poem despite they didn’t understood anything 🙂

Georgian people know how to cook meat. This whole goat was cooked in wood fire and then served as a whole. Guests serve their dishes themselves by cutting the goat. There was very beatiful dances and singing also. Georgian people are very talented in both.


Why I NEVER Complain about Luck

I would like to thank to the author of this article Phil Simborg for allowing me to publish a traslation or a copy. By visiting his site http://www.thebackgammonlearningcenter.com/ you can reach to similar articles and teaching materials. Sabri Büyüksoy

Here is why I NEVER complain about the rolls, or luck:

1) It’s rude. It suggests your opponent is only winning because he is lucky and implies that he is not skillful. It is just very bad form and insulting.

2) Nobody cares. Everyone is tired of hearing it. Everyone only sees their own bad rolls and forgets their great ones.

3) It’s often NOT TRUE that you are unlucky. Everyone rolls the same. If you think you are rolling more than your share of bad rolls, you’re probably playing badly and not realizing it…because the worse you play, the more bad rolls there are and the more good rolls you give your opponent. This also applies to complaining about the on-line servers. No machine cares or knows who is rolling or what the position is. The dice are random, and every study done on every server so far has proven that. The dice are just plain goofy everywhere…it’s the nature of statistics that sometimes you will get a bunch of doubles in a row, or dance 5 times on a 2 point board.

4) If you concentrate on your bad rolls, YOU WILL PLAY WORSE. Complaining focuses your mind and energy on the wrong things. You think about how bad you are rolling, or how good your opponents roll, instead of what you really should be concentrating on: what is the right decision? And if you start thinking about your bad luck, you might start changing your plays assuming you are going to roll bad, or that your opponent might roll a joker, instead of considering what really matters: the odds. Whenever you start trying to “guess” what the rolls are going to be, instead of playing the odds, you will play worse.

5) Complaining makes the game less enjoyable. For you. The more you make an issue of your bad luck, the more you will remember the bad luck and the less fun you will have playing. Even if you win.

Bottom line, I NEVER complain about a roll, or bad luck. Ever. And I am sure my opponents appreciate it, and I am sure I play better and am happier as a result. And when someone tells me how lucky I was, I give them my standard reply: “Yes, I got a very lucky draw in this event.”

Phil Simborg
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