WBGT Nordic Open 2010

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By Robert Wachtel

One of my favorite backgammon buddies, a German expert who nowadays plays mostly online backgammon but has never been afraid to gamble it up with select over-the-board opponents, never tires of telling me how silly it would be for him to attend the Nordic Open, the international tournament hosted by the Danish backgammon federation over the Easter weekend in Copenhagen. “Why should I go there?” he asks me rhetorically each year, “Where’s the value?”

And mostly I see his point. It is still cold in Denmark in April, and the nation, as I explained recently in my article about the Danish backgammon leagues, is a wasteland for us equity-chasers. Over the last twenty years, the unique Danish system of café-sponsored league play has generated a ridiculous number of world-class players in this tiny country. Most have gone on to make their livings as poker players or sports bettors; but even the best of them still take time off from these lucrative professions to play in highly competitive league matches for the teams they grew up with.

Backgammon World War

But this year was different. As if in recognition of my German friend’s annual lament, the Nordic tournament director, Steen Groenbech, and the young American star Jacob “Stick” Rice organized a unique new event, to be held in tandem with the Open: a challenge match, Denmark vs. the World! The event’s format, following a suggestion of the renowned Danish backgammon pro and odds maker Morten Holm, featured two eight-member teams, to be pitted against one another in a variety of match-play contests: one-point matches, speed matches, 11-point singles matches, two-player consulting matches, a ladies’ match, and a gala finale: a long match in which the full eight players on each team would consult. As usual, Mr. Holm offered his services as bookmaker to any parties, Danish or otherwise, who felt the urge to back their opinions about the likely outcome of any of the events with kroners, euros, or dollars.

The Danish team was a murder’s row. With world #12 Holm as captain and the great Gus Hansen leading the pack, it included superstars Sander Lylloff and Mads Andersen, Monte Carlo winner (2008) and finalist (2009) Lars Trabolt, world-class poker pro Thomas Kristensen and 24-year-old Marc Olsen, a professional soccer player who has already written a voluminous backgammon book in Danish. Rounding out the field was the team’s representative female, online backgammon pro Pia Jeppesen. Aside from the possibilities offered by the official book, you could bet almost any amount with Gus on the side — if you were willing to put your money on the World team!

The World team, selected by captain Rice, was not exactly weak. It featured the Japanese world # 1 and 2009 Monte Carlo winner Masayuki Mochizuki (“Mochy”), his countryman and world #9 Michihito Kageyama (“Michi”), world #2 and the previous year’s #1, Israeli Michael “Falafel” Natanzon, the two young American stars, Stick Rice and Matt Cohn-Geier, and two lesser-known but powerful players, Fernando Braconi of Italy and Peter Heittmuller of Germany. And the World was lucky enough to snatch the Norwegian-born Katja Spillum to fill the female slot. Katja could easily have played for the Danish team. She has lived in Copenhagen for the last six years and plays in the Danish league for the dominant Nemoland team. There was a struggle over her, but in the end, the Danes relented. The World to claimed her, and she was matched against her good friend (and native-born Dane) Pia.

One of my favorite backgammon buddies, a German expert who nowadays plays mostly online backgammon but has never been afraid to gamble it up with select over-the-board opponents, never tires of telling me how silly it would be for him to attend the Nordic Open, the international tournament hosted by the Danish backgammon federation over the Easter weekend in Copenhagen. “Why should I go there?” he asks me rhetorically each year, “Where’s the value?”

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