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Backgammon Masters Series (BMS) Group Organisational & Structural Plan

Posted By: Rick Janowski
Date: Monday, 15 December 2014, at 1:45 a.m.

In addition to the successful pilot tournament organised in Austria by BMS(AT), Backgammon Masters Series Tournament organising bodies in Iran, Japan and UK {BMS(IR), BMS(JP) and BMS(UK)}, are planning to stage their first pilot tournaments within the next few weeks. In the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Russia and USA, there is commitment to form similar bodies in the near future.

In December 2014 a consultation panel was formed from 21 leading backgammon players, promoters and organisers from around the world to discuss and agree on fundamental policy for the Backgammon Masterships Awards Body (BMAB)and the affiliated tournament organising bodies. This panel will form the initial Steering Committee for BMAB, reviewing policy as and when required. During the course of the discussions and voting, the Chair of the panel, Rick Janowski, was elected as Chief Executive Officer, for a period of 2-3 years, before new elections take place. Rick, based in the UK, will be ably assisted by Bernhard Mayr, the Director of EBIF, based in Austria, and Dmitriy Obukhov, USCF Chess Master and Mochy 4.0 Club member, based in the USA. Masayuki Mochizuki accepted the position of President of BMAB, together with Vice-Presidents, Michihito Kageyama, Neil Kazaross and Petko Kostadinov. The President, three Vice-Presidents and three Executive Officers will collectively form the Executive Board of BMAB. Founding Patron, Tim Cross, Joint Director of BMS(UK), helped to kick-start this project whose fundamental aim is to promote Backgammon as a leading international mindsport.

The Backgammon Master Series (BMS) Group organise and facilitate live tournaments where all matches are clocked, recorded and transcribed, conferring mastership titles and certifying proficiency levels.

The “BMS Group Organisational & Structural Plan” is attached within the facebook page of the “Backgammon Masters Series (BMS) Group” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BMSGroup66/). This document explains the structure of the Group and its fundamental policy. Moreover, the methods by which participating players are able to obtain mastership titles or proficiency level certificates are explained. Other more direct links to this document will be made shortly, and a dedicated website should also be launched within the near future. The BMS Group will always aim to seek mutually beneficial cooperation with National and International Federations and Associations, and Tournament Promoters and Organisers, adopting national and local rules and guidelines. Moreover, where individual applications are being pursued, the rights of the applicants’ opponents should be strictly and graciously observed.

The BMAB Consultation Panel / Steering Committee comprises:

Peter Bennet (UK)

Jan Cerny (Czech Republic)

Tim Cross (UK)

Sergey Erokhin (Russia)

Rick Janowski (UK)

Michihito Kageyama (Japan)

Bernard Kaiser (Germany)

Thanasis Katsios (Greece)

Giorgos Kleitsas (Greece)

Petko Kostadinov (Bulgaria/USA)

Thomas Kristensen (Denmark)

Kedde Mathiessen (Denmark)

Bernhard Mayr (Austria)

Carlo Melzi (Italy)

Masayuki Mochizuki (Japan)

Dmitriy Obhukov (Latvia/USA)

Rory Pascar (USA)

Dankwart Plattner (Germany)

Paul Weaver (USA)

Observer: Matt Cohn-Geir (USA)

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