AUSTRIAN OPEN SEEFELD 2001
Oct. 11th to 14th 2001

(Casino Seefeld ľ Hotel Veronika, Austria)

Last year we had snow at the Austrian Open in Seefeld. It was a week later in October we came to Austria this year, but now we got wonderful sunny days with snow only on top of the mountains surrounding the beautiful Seefeld. The fully booked Hotel Veronika hosted the toughest crowd of backgammon players I ever saw in Austria. 103 Players from 15 nations.

Because former European Champion Thomas Lumper lost against Akaki Kikaleishvili from Georgia and reigning European Champion Franšois Tardieu beat this year┤s Warsteiner Cup winner Norbert Lisiecki in the semifinals, it came to a match we already had a month ago in Nova Gorica. At the 13th WBF European Championship Akaki Kikaleishvili had to play Franšois Tardieu in the semifinals. On September 1st Akai lost. On October 14th the man from Georgia wanted to take revenge in the finals of the Austrian Open.


The finals: Franšois Tardieu (left) vs. Akaki Kikaleishvili
At double match point it came to a contest of rolling fours (see position). Franšois threatened to make a six prime and Akaki had to show a four to hit.

He did it.
But Akaki had "only" a five point board with the four point open. So Franšois had to show a four -
and he did it. With 4-2 Franšois entered from the bar (with the four) and hit Akai┤s back checker inside his board with the two. Akaki needed the four again. It was revenge┤s time, because Franšois didn┤t recover from another hit by Akaki. All the players allowed the nice and always polite man from Georgia his first win of a big backgammon tournament. Well done Akaki! The tournament was perfectly organized by the experienced Peter Winkler and his crew. The cosy Hotel Veronika provided the players with good food and perfect service almost around the clock. Many reasons for returning next year! See you in Seefeld!


15-point match
A. Kikaleishvili (13) (White)- F. Tardieu (13) (Black)
White on roll.

MASTERS (53)

Main

   

Winner

Kikaleishvili Akaki

Georgia

Finalist

Tardieu Francois

France

Semifinalist

Lumper Thomas

Germany

Semifinalist

Lisiecki Norbert

Gernmay

Consolation

   

Winner

Meyburg Michael

Germany

Finalist

Swobotny Mike

USA

Semifinalist

K÷rner Mathies

Germany

Semifinalist

De Toffoli Dario

Italy

Last Chance

   

Winner

Kuchen Daniel

Switzerland

Finalist

Liechti Marcel

Switzerland

CHAMPIONS (45)

Main

   

Winner

Siegel Georg

Germany

Finalist

Sallak Sami

Germany

Semifinalist

Berggreen Claus

Denmark

Semifinalist

Gruppioni Paolo

Italy

Consolation

   

Winner

Kindler Udo

Switzerland

Finalist

Reiter Albert

Austria

Semifinalist

K÷b Thomas

Austria

Semifinalist

Nobile Laura

Switzerland

Last Chance

   

Winner

H÷llriegl Herbert

Germany

Finalist

Piccinini Artur

Austria

KICK OFF

Winner

Terenziani Roberto

Italy

Finalist

De Bruin Martin

USA

CONT. DOUBLE CHAMPIONSHIP

Winner

Kristensen Thomas/
Nielsen Morten Vogt

Denmark

Finalist

Zenker Christian/Geib Udo

Germany

SUPERJACKPOT

Winner

Mads Anderson

Denmark

Finalist

Riskin Leonid

Ukraina

LADIES TOURNAMENT

Winner

Skanstrom Tanja

Denmark

Finalist

Howard Lise

Switzerland

Semifinalist

Nielsen Mia

Denmark

Semifinalist

Tulan Yesim

Turkey

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