Sept. 4, 2016 Tournament Results

Great turnout for this one – 9 people in total. Four brand new people attended: Ken, Will, Gints, and Samantha. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of any of them – I hope not anyway.

I started a spreadsheet to track people’s Elo score based on Portland Backgammon tournaments. Everyone coming in starts at 1500, and your score goes up or down based on whether you win. Well, I started Rob and myself off 1500 because I knew results from one prior meetup for sure, when he beat me. Anyway: here’s the table of Elo scores based on the Sept. 4 tournament. I will update it with results from all future tournaments.

Player Initial Elo Rating Matches Played Matches Won Final Elo Rating
Mark 1484 4 4 1541.34
Samantha 1500 6 4 1525.15
Gints 1500 5 3 1514.80
Paul 1500 4 2 1501.04
Robert 1500 3 1 1486.77
Emerald 1500 3 1 1486.09
Rob 1516 2 0 1487.57
Will 1500 3 1 1485.57
Ken 1500 2 0 1471.67

Hello world!

Welcome to the Portland Backgammon Club. Also known as the Vancouver, Washington Backgammon Club, since I happen to live across the river. Anyhoo: this site is being set up to be the new home for backgammon in the Portland (Oregon) metro area. The intent is to use this website mainly as a place to put out information about tournaments in the Portland area. Depending on how organized this all becomes, it is a central online location for calendars, announcements, etc.

My history: I’ve been in the area for a couple of years, and playing with the Portland group. The problems with that are:

  1. Many people join it not out of an interest in backgammon per se, but just because they’re signing up for every possible meetup game group. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it doesn’t lend itself to developing a core of local backgammon players.
  2. Meetup has an unreasonable pricing structure for groups over 50, when they are mainly an email distribution tool and there are other options.

So. This is a work in progress, but if you’re a backgammon player in the Portland area, stick around. We’ll build something good.