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Istanbul with its International Backgammon Tournaments


This January and February of 2016 will witness two international backgammon tournaments in Istanbul. We will start at Armada Hotel on Jan. 15-17 and end the season on Feb. 26-28 at WOW Istanbul Hotel.

On its 7th edition, WBF Istanbul Open will start on Jan. 15 Friday. Last year among 120 players Cihangir Çetinel (2015 World Champion) from Turkey won the tournament, John Wright from England got the second place, and Andrey Nesterov from Ukraine and Emin Şendil from Turkey shared the third place. Details and registration information can be reached at

On its 8th edition, İSTAVDER Anniversary Tournament will start on Feb. 26 Friday. Last year among 346 players, which was the highest of 2015, Amir Eshraghi from Iran won the tournament, Cihangir Çetinel from Turkey got the second place, and Boris Mamporia from Georgia got the third place. For details and registration you can check

As a player involved profesionally in backgammon tournaments, I learned so much about the game, myself and life in general; luckily still I keep on learning. For this reason, I invite everybody to see the atmosphere created beautifully around our lovely game of backgammon, to have fun, to play good matches and to meet world class players of our national team. Good luck and greetings to all 🙂

Sabri Büyüksoy


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