In the Betfair/EBGT tournament German Masters, which took place in Munich (26-29 July 2012), the Greek delegation consisted of Haris Christidis, Christos Groutsos, Dimitris Maganas and Costas Mitrelis did not win a personal trophy, but Charis Christidis and Costas Mitrelis made it to the Consultation Doubles final, a notable performance and a new success for the Greek colors.
Giorgos Avdis is the winner of the 2011-2012 Champioship of GBgF. After a thrilling fight over the last months with the other two contestants, Nikos Mastroperros and Giorgos Kleitsas, the championship was decided late in the night in the last monthly tournament of June. To complete his success, Giorgos won also the Annual Cup in the Grand Finale in June. GBgF congratulates the winner, who is noted for fair play and his love and efforts for bg in Greece.
The international success of greek players continued in the fourth Cyprus Backgammon Open, seventh and last EBGT 2011, with Dimitris Maganas reaching the semifinal after an impressive performance. In this tournament Kostas Mitrelis took the fair play award. In the Grand Finale of the 24 qualified palyers which followed, the greek colors were represented for the first time by three players : In alphabetical order Giorgos Avdis (online qualifier), Charis Christidis (greek satellite qualifier) and Kostas Mitrelis (points racer). Charis, beating Giant No 25, Paul Weaver, made it to the top twelve, while Kostas in his second consecutive participation made it to the triad (bronze medal and a substantial money sum). Greek Backgammon Federation congatulates all the greek players and wishes more and even bigger distinctions for the greek colors in the upcoming year.
This year in Velden, where the Greek delegation has been traditionally successful, three of our players took medals: Lina Charakoglou won for the third consecutive year the 1st Ladies Trophy in the Masters Division, where Costas Chiotinis won the consolation. Another strong greek player, Alekos Deliakis, made it to the semifinals of the Champion Division. In another international tournament in Cyprus at the same period, Nektarios Sarafidis made it to the final of Advanced Consolation.
The Greek National Team consisted of Charis Christidis (who did not manage to play due to obligations having to do with his job), Christos Groutsos, Manos Mastorakis, Giorgos Kleitsas and Kostas Chiotinis, having performed at a high level, won the bronze medal between 28 countries in the Nations Cup [Fall 2010], played exclusively online. All the matches sent to us by the players of the Greek Team are analysed and available to anyone interested in the "Matches" section of www.bgfed.gr. Analytic results of the Nations Cup can be found at http://dubrovnik.apbg.net/index.php