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EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT, DRAW at 5:30pm B B SAARA Restaurant 15928 Ventura Blvd Encino CA 91436 (818) 789.3778

$10.00 entry fee with $5 & $10 buy-backs We accept "late players" until 7:15 pm

NON-PLAYING DARK DATES: (2018) We have one dark date so far in 2018 (JULY 4th)

EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, DRAW at 2:00 PM PIPS Club 8471 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323)655.9330 $10.00 entry fee with $5 & $10 buy-backs We accept "late players" until 4:00 PM

NON-PLAYING DARK DATES: (2018) We will NOT PLAY on Sunday 9-2-2018 (Labor Day weekend) we will NOT PLAY on Sunday 9-23-2018 (Vietor CUP)

Gammon Associates large events
2017 schedule:

JUN. 22-24, 2018 LOS ANGELES OPEN L.A., CA; 818/901-0464 --ABT event at the HILTON hotel at LAX SEP. 22-23, 2018 VIETOR CUP (Invitational); Carlsbad, CA; 818/901-0464 Nov.30-Dec.2, 2018 CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP; L.A., CA; 818/901-0464 --ABT event at the HILTON hotel at LAX _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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December 1-3, 2017 Venue: The HILTON Hotel Los Angeles Airport 5711 West Century Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045 Reservations: 1.800.HILTONS or 310.410.4000

GAMMON ASSOCIATES (79th Invitational)

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WE ARE "CLOCKs & MATCH RECORDINGS FRIENDLY", e.g. we favor clocked matches and we try to accommodate those who wish to record their matches. Director's decision is final.

Gammon Associates is holding the 2017 CALILFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP at the HILTON hotel (LAX) December 1-3, 2017. This event is on the "2017 ABT -American Backgammon Tour". In preparation for the DRAWS, FINAL REGISTRATION CLOSES Friday night at 9 pm (for the OPEN and ADVANCED divisions). We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone, whether to play or to observe. -SUPER-32: High equity, single elimination, all matches CLOCKED, 3 rounds on Friday. Each round is 11-pts. Early-START at 2pm, Late-START at 6:30pm. -Paul-Dingwell-Amateur: High equity, open to players not of high championship level, single elimination. (5% of each entry fee goes to charity) "the Ronald McDonald House" -OPEN**: Open to all players. All matches CLOCKED (see Game Clocks). -ADVANCED** Our middle division, No entrant will be allowed to play below his/her level. -LIMITED**: open to players with minimum skill level & tournament experience, plus approval of our eligibility committee. Register or call for approval. -DOUBLES: open to all players, brackets of 8 teams. All matches CLOCKED. -SENIORS: 50 years & older, continuous entry, 7-pt matches. -BLITZes: brackets of 4, winner gets $60 and garners a "playoff" spot for Sunday. -DMP-(DoubleMatchPt): Continuous entry; $900 added money for USBGF members. 1st-Rnd Entry Fee return MxLen Play Begins SUPER-32 $450 90% 11 pts Fri. 2 & 6:30pm (max of 48) P.D.Amateur $220 85% 9 pts Fri. 2 & 7:00pm (max of 32) OPEN ** $300 85% 11 pts Sat. 11:30 am (max of 64) ADVANCED** $150 80% 9 pts Sat. 11:45 am (max of 64) LIMITED ** $ 60 80% 7 pts Sat. 12:00 pm $100 added DOUBLES Team $200 80% 7 pts Fri. 7:30pm & Sun. 12:30pm BLITZes $ 40 80% 5 pts all weekend SENIORS $ 50 80% 7 pts all weekend DMP (1-Pt) $ 20 80% 1 pt UBSGF added $900 JACKPOTS $50-$300 80% 7 pts Sunday afternoon, if interest ( ** events) = "Main, 2ndChance & Consolation"; means you have three chances to win the cash prizes. A bracket of 64 will pay 7-9 places. The OPEN & ADV "finals" will be ONE MATCH ONLY. NOTE: side events (e.g. Doubles, BLITZes, DMP, SENIORS) are for players registered in the Super-32, P.D.Amateur, OPEN, ADV, or LIMITED, all others must pay a one-time tournament fee of $20. Please BRING YOUR BACKGAMMON BOARD & CLOCK (if you have one) !! Byes: all entries, whether pre-paid or last minute registrations, will be equally eligible. Gammon Associates reserves the right to refuse entry to any person. Side Pools: There will be sidepools available (SP32, Dingwell, Open, Doubles, & Advanced): 100% return going to the two players in each pool who go the furthest in the event (2/3 to 1st & 1/3 to 2nd); Sidpool "payout hierarchy" will be posted for Open & Advanced. GAME CLOCKS: All matches will be CLOCKED in the OPEN & Super-32 (13sec/2min) & DOUBLES (18sec/2.5min). At the Tournament Director's discretion, clocks may be required in other matches. U.S. DIGITAL CLOCK RULES (Oct. 2007) will be used --(click here to view the RULES) There will be a "Calcutta Auction" of the OPEN & ADVANCED players to allow you to predict & participate in their successes (85% return, 5% goes to charity). Starts 10:00am Saturday. ****** SCHEDULE ****** Friday (Dec. 1st) 12:30 pm registration opens (—-Cash only—-) 1:00 pm DMP(continuous), & BLITZes(4-player brackets. 5 pts ---available all three days. "SUPER-32" (limited to 40 players) "Paul Dingwell Amateur" (limited to 32 players) 2:00 pm ‘Early start’, 3-rnds Friday 3:00 pm SENIORS 7pts continuous entry 6:30 pm ‘Late start’, SUPER-32 3-rnds Fri. 7:00 pm DINGWELL Amateur 3 rnds Fri. 7:30 pm DOUBLES start (+ new entries Sun.) 9:00 pm FINAL registration closes for OPEN and ADV divisions. No match started past 11:45pm. 12:30 am Expected end of play for Friday __________________________________________________________ Saturday (Dec. 2nd) 8:30 am Mochy's PROFICIENCY EXAM (allow 60 minutes) (Answers Seminar on Sunday morning) 9:30 am Registration: Final cash payments 10-11:15 am CALCUTTA AUCTION & buybacks "OPEN & ADVANCED” divisions 11:15 am Public drawings both divisions 11:30 am (OPEN) 1st–3rd rounds of play with (11:45am ADV) automatic 2nd Chance and Consolation as matches are completed in the main draw. 5-7:00 pm Dinner Break (2 hours) 7:00 pm PLAY continues MAIN rounds # 4-thru-6, SECOND CHANCE and Consolation matches as available.. BLITZ’s, Seniors & DMP between matches No match started past 11:45pm "LIMITED" division 12:00 Noon 1st - 4th rounds of play with automatic 2nd Chance & Consolation matches as available. 5-7:00 pm Dinner Break (2 hours) 7:00 pm PLAY continues; (often, the LTD event completes on Saturday night) 12:30 am Expected end of play for Saturday ___________________________________________________________ Sunday (Dec. 3rd) 8:30 am Mochy+Phil lecture "Answers to the EXAM" 10:00 am Play continues for all divisions 10:30 am BLITZ’s /SR’s /DMP cont’d. 12:30 pm Depending upon interest: -DOUBLES (8 teams, $200 per team) -Jackpots $50, 100, 300 ..? 1:00 pm Semis & Finals for SUPER-32 & Paul Dingwell Amateur 1:30 pm BLITZ -- Playoffs will begin 3:00 pm FINALS for all divisions should begin. 7:30 pm CONSOLATION & Doubles should be over. ___________________________________________________________ -Notes: - Non-Smoking Tournament The SUPER-32 & P.D.AMATEUR fill quickly-- so please send deposits early. --We'll call, if max-entry-issues. -The OPEN, ADV, & LTD cash winners will garner master points for the 2017 (ABT) American Backgammon Tour. -DEPOSIT amounts or full payments for Super-32, Dingwell, Main divisions must be postmarked by Nov. 16, 2017. The remainder is due at final registration, FRIDAY NIGHT, in Cash only (fully refundable up to the time of the draws). See the Entry Form further down on this webpage. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ GAMMON ASSOCIATES Candace Mayeron Office: 310.822.3557 Cell: 310.422.1646 E-mail: WebSite:

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Tournament Team: Directors: --Candace Mayeron --Ergin Bayrak Staff: --Mark Astemborski --Jean Mangone --Cecilia Pedroza Eligibility Consultants: --Carol Joy Cole & Barry Silliman Tournament Committee: --Ted Chee --Patrick Gibson --Neil Kazaross Auctioneer: --Mark Astemborski Video/Streaming: --Michelle Steinberg ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ We'll be using the "July 2017 USBGF Tournament Rules & our options". (Click on link below.) (click here for these Rules). There will a reference copy at the event. CELL PHONES must be SILENT while matches are in progress. Infractions may cost a penalty point. Please leave the playing room before answering a vibrating phone call. CLOCK-FRIENDLY: ALL MATCHES are CLOCKED for the OPEN, Super-32 and DOUBLES. P.D.Amateur matches can be if both agree, assuming a player brings his/her clock. Any match that is holding up the tournament flow is likely to have a clock inserted. Director's decision is final. VIDEO-FRIENDLY: We are supportive of those who want to record Open or Advanced matches. Also, opponent is entitled to a copy and may require no other sharing of the match. Director's decision is final. We are a U.S. Backgammon Federation “Prime Tournament” with $900 added money into our “DMP" event. You can become a member to be eligible to share it. Please support our growing backgammon player’s organization. Vist their website & check it out. Gammon Associates will donate $1 to the USBGF for every main-division player who competes in our 2015 LOS ANGELES OPEN. "HOSPITALITY FEE:" All participants must pay a $25 hospitality fee that includes: Snacks on all three days; coffee & tea on both Sat/Sun mornings, as well as catered goodies.
MOCHY's Performance Exam: Take the 50 problem exam and identify your weak points. $20 to be taken on Saturday morning (1 hour),then Sunday morning lectured answers explained. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________


Our venue: The HILTON-LAX Hotel (Los Angeles Airport). We have a preferred group rate of $137/nite, single or double occupancy. When booking within special group block, you will receive complimentary sleeping room Wi-Fi and discounted self-parking of $12/day In/Out. Or, use VALET for $26/day. Our event hotel has a cut-off date of NOV. 16th. Make your hotel reservations early, to insure you get our group rate. RESERVE NOW and cancel later, if necessary. Make your reservations directly at the phone numbers below. Please use the group-code "BKG" for our backgammon tournament. Reservations: 1.800.HILTONS or direct= 310.410.4000 The HILTON (LAX) 5711 West Century Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045 Website: please google "HILTON LAX" _________________________________________________________________________________________________


Free 5-minute shuttle ride from LAX to hotel. Exit any baggage terminal and go to the OVERHEAd RED (HOTEL SHUTTLES) SIGN. HILTON makes the rounds every 15-20 minutes. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ General Driving Directions DRIVING-- From the 405 Fwy North (or South) (San Diego Freeway) exit at the Century Blvd off-ramp. Go West on Century Blvd ~1.0 mile. HILTON is on the right side at 5711 W.Century. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Entry Form (2017 CA_AT_CHMP) Name: _________________________ Address: ______________________ City: _________________________ State/Zip: ____________________ Phone: ( ) __________________ Email: _________________________________ Deposit In Full( Super-32 __ $80 __ $450 Start: 2pm __or 6:30pm __ --Side pool __ $150 Paul Dingwell Amateur __ $40 __ $220 Start: 2pm __or 7pm __ --Side pool __ $ 70 OPEN __ $40 __ $300 --Side pool __ $100 ADVANCED __ $30 __ $150 --Side pool __ $ 50 LIMITED __ $10 __ $ 60 Hospitality (req'd for all plyrs) X $ 25 Total submitted: $25+ _______ In order to prepare for the drawings, Registration MUST BE COMPLETED, for OPEN & ADVANCED, (fully paid) by Friday nite (DEC. 2nd) 9:00 pm (LTD players can register on Saturday) __________________________________________________ Make payable to: GAMMON ASSOCIATES-WEST Mail to: Candace Mayeron 8117 W. Manchester BLvd #284 Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 (Must be postmarked by NOV.16th, 2017) __________________________________________________ Previous "OPEN" Winners 1st Jay Frydman (1981) 2nd Dimitrios Kontopides(1982) 3rd Faramarz Borna 4th Gaby Horowitz (1983) 5th Faramarz Borna 6th Bijan Ashkan 7th Steve Goldman (1984) 8th Grigore Harutunian 9th Mike Thunstrom (1985) 10th Bahman Fathi 11th Bob Glass (1986) 12th Norm Wiggins 13th Joe Russell (1987) 14th Ron Bruns 15th Elli Nache 16th Sean Howard (1988) 17th Peter Zacks 18th Rageb Shadallah 19th Farzan Garmroodi (1989) 20th Bob Glass 21st Neil Kazaross (1990) 22nd Steve Sax 23rd Ray Baker 24th Ebby Mossanen (1991) 25th Paul Gedigian 26th Gene Chait 27th Al Demirjian (1992) 28th Scott McKenzie 29th Woody Woodson (1993) 30th Joe Harris 31st Dave Williams (1994) 32nd Rudy Citrom 33rd Odis Chenault (1995) 34th Dave Williams 35th Joe Russell 36th Ernest Ho (1996) 37th Odis Chenault 38th Doug Mayfield (1997) 39th Norm Wiggins 40th Steve Sax 41st Doug Mayfield (1998) 42nd Tom Zarrinnam 43rd Jeff Burdsall (1999) 44th Odis Chenault 45th Mike Ungerleider (2000) 46th Mike Sharp 47th Bob Wachtel (2001) 48th Sho Sengoku 49th Ray Fogerlund (2002) 50th Norm Wiggins 51st Mike Ungerleider (2003) 52nd Art Grater 53rd Wayne Jeffcoat (2004) 54th Jona Alexander (2004)(California State Championship) 55th Jason Lee (2005)(Los Angeles OPEN) 56th Stepan Nuniyants (2005)(California State Championship) 57th Bob Glass (2006)(Los Angeles OPEN) 58th Ken Fischer (2006)(California State Championship) 59th Bart Brooks (2007)(Los Angeles OPEN) 60th Adrian Costa (2007)(California State Championship) 61st Ray Fogerlund (2008)(Los Angeles OPEN) 62nd Hugh Sconyers (2008)(California State Championship) 63rd Ray Fogerlund (2009)(Los Angeles OPEN) 64th Joe Russell (2009)(California State Championship) 65th Richard Munitz (2010)(Los Angeles OPEN) 66th Malcolm Davis (2010)(California State Championship) 67th Harvey Gillis (2011)(Los Angeles OPEN) 68th Todd Crosner (2011)(California State Championship) 69th Howard Markowitz (2012)(Los Angeles OPEN) 70th Steve Sax (2012)(California State Championship) 71st Ed O'Laughlin (2013)(Los Angeles OPEN) 72nd Ray Fogerlund (2013)(California State Championship) 73rd Ray Fogerlund (2014)(Los Angeles OPEN) 74th Odis Chenault (2014)(California State Championship) 75th Cliff Pappas (2015)(Los Angeles OPEN) 76th Al Hodis (2015)(California State Championship) 77th Paul Baraz (2016)(Los Angeles OPEN) 78th Steve Sax (2016)(California State Championship) 79th (could be you?) (2017)(California State Championship) ______________________________________________________________________

Gammon Associates' is a group of backgammon players that compete weekly for prizes and master points. The weekly tournaments are randomly drawn matches of 5 or 7-points in length. They are single elimination events that accommodate re-entries into the first and second rounds. We use the U.S.Backgammon Tournament Rules including the "doubling cube". The game of backgammon is several thousand years old, with its origins in several civilizations (Persian, Egyp- tian and Indian archaeological evidence). The Persians call it "shesh besh", the Turkish and Farsi words for "6-5". "Master points" are accumulated all year long, with the top-16 highest point winners being invited to compete in the "Tournament of Champions". Please come visit us to either observe or to join in --our "face to face" competitions allow for the skill of strategies and the luck of the dice.

VIETOR CUP Invitational SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2017 (Carlsbad, CA)

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Previous Winners 1962 Juan de Sanz 1963 Barclay Cooke 1964 Gordon Leib 1965 Richard Osborne 1966 Barclay Cooke 1967 Paul A. Miller 1968 John A. Vietor 1969 Theodore Bassett III 1970 Juan de Sanz 1971 Claude Beer 1972 John Lucan 1973 Nicolos Toumanov 1974 Barclay Cooke 1975 Porter Ijams 1976 Alfred Dupont Dent 1977 Porter Ijams 1978 Alfred Dupont Dent 1979 Barclay Cooke 1980 Barclay Cooke 1981 Barclay Cooke -------resurrected in 2000------- 2000 Odis Chenault 2001 Sho Sengoku 2002 Bob Glass 2003 Bob Glass 2004 Eliot Bean 2005 John Rockwell 2006 Steve Sax 2007 Dennis Rutkowski 2008 Simon Reeves 2009 Jason Lee 2010 Mark Andrus 2011 Ray Fogerlund 2012 Ernest Ho 2013 Steve Sax 2014 Bob Glass 2015 Ray Fogerlund 2016 Michael Ungerleider ____________________________________________________________ Backgammon Tournament by invitation 'only'. Continue the tradition started in 1962 by Jon's father. The winner's name will be added to the perpetual trophy. The JON VIETOR Invitational CUP September 16-17, 2016 directed by Patrick Gibson & Ergin Bayrak SCHEDULE Friday: (Sept. 15th) _____possible chouettes, check with us Saturday: (Sept. 16th) 10-11am Complete Registration 11:00am "to be named" catered lunch 11:45am Calcutta Auction ?? 12:00-1:30pm 1st Round of SWISS play format 1:30-3:00pm 2nd Round 3:00-4:30pm 3rd Round 4:30-6:30pm Dinner Break 6:45pm Drawing for door prizes 6:45-8:15pm 4th Round 8:15-9:45pm 5th Round 9:45-11:15pm 6th Round Jackpots ($50/100) (4-players) available as players demand (100% return) SUNDAY: (Sept. 17th) ---- Juices & snack trays during the day (8:00 am go out to breakfast in LaJolla Village) 10:00-11:30am 7th Rnd (continuing Swiss play) 11:30- 1:00pm 8th Rnd 1:00-2:30pm 9th Rnd 2:30-4:00pm 10th Rnd (might be the last round) 4:00-5:30pm 11th Rnd (if necessary) 5:30-7:00pm 12th Rnd (very rarely necessary) (Trophy awarded & pictures taken as winner is determined) Tournament Conditions 1. 90% return of entry fees 2. ONE Divistion ONLY (28 max field) modified SWISS Movement 3. Guaranteed 4 matches: with 2 losses, you can still win the VIETOR CUP, and with 3 losses, you can still win cash prizes. 4. Nine (9) point matches, all played with "Digital Clocks & Rules". (e.g. 18 minutes RESERVE for each player and 14 seconds free per move, prior to any time against your 18 minute "reserve") 5. $30 refreshments fee. Qualifies you for lunch and refreshments, hosted at Jon's. 6. Please register by August 30th, 2017. We'll confirm your spot. 7. All deposits must be postmarked by Aug. 31st. Cash only at the tournament. Come Join us for two days of Sun, Surf and Backgammon Nestled in lovely Carlsbad, California, the Home of Jon Vietor is your Backgammon destination for two fun filled and relaxing days of tournament action as well as fun in the sun! --'LODGING'-- (Use and search on "Carlsbad, CA 92011") [as of July 2017: $86-$260 per night] Entry Form Name ________________ Address______________ ___________________ ___________________ Phone _______________ Email________________ FEES: VIETOR CUP... $300.00 (full fee) deposit .... $100.00 Refresh.Fee .... $ 30.00 (optional)s/pool $ 100.00 TOTAL: ________ Checks must clear prior to the 9th of September. MAIL: checks to Gammon Associates 7641 Orion Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91406 Inquiries: 818.901.0464 Tournament hosted at Jon Vietor's home: 7143 Tern Place Carlsbad, CA 92011 (858) 245.5891