13th City of Venice International Backgammon Tournament
(Lido, Venice, Italy, 5th - 8th July 2001)
Almost 200 backgammon players from all around
the world gathered at the Casino Municipale di Venezia at the Lido, like
every year the point of action in Italy at summer and it was a great event
because of the spacious tournament hall, the wonderful weather, the best
tournament boards in the world and the comfortable atmosphere not only, but
also because of the charming tournament staff.
After beating the Argentinian Mario Bonfico in the semifinals, one of the
best Italian players, Carlo Melzi had a home match in the finals against the
Russian Jakov Nepomniatchy. Jakov won his semifinal´s match against Daniel
Kuchen from Switzerland.
The best play is to build the solid prime (13/7 11/5) against Black´s five checkers back. But the Italian searched for action by playing 5/2* 8/2 7/4*. And he got action. Black entered by double fours, White danced by rolling double fours as well and the following (correct) cube action was redouble - pass. So Jakov came back and won the match by winning the double matchpoint game. That´s backgammon!
Up to this final the Russian was well known as a winner of some intermediate flights. So why not reaching for the big ones - and he did it! Congratulations!
|Results of the 13th City of Venice Backgammon International Tournament:|
Main: 1. JAKOV NEPOMNIATCHY (RUSSIA) 2. CARLO MELZI (ITALY)3. MARIO BONFICO (ARGENTINA) 3. DANIEL KUCHEN (SWITZERLAND)
Consolation: 1. IAN MACFARLANE (BRASIL) 2. JERRY GRANDELL (SWEDEN) 3. RINO MATHIS (SWITZERLAND) 3. ARTUR MURADIAN (ARMENIA)
Last Chance: 1. ANDREA SIMONETTA (ITALY) 2. JERZY BENHKE (GERMANY)
KHACIK MELIKIAN (ARMENIA) 2. LUCA LODI (ITALY) 3. STEFANO CECCHI (NORVEGIA)
3. JAMES BASS (UK)
WARM UP (139)
STEFANO CATANI (ITALY) 2. ENNIO GIOPPATO (ITALY) 3. CESARE NANTI (ITALY)
3. MASSIMO MORETTI (ITALY) DOUBLE CONSULTATION UISP DOUBLE CONSULTATION LUGANO SUPERJACKPOT (16)
DOUBLE CONSULTATION UISP
DOUBLE CONSULTATION LUGANO