Another charity backgammon!

WBF - Turkey hold a donation project (combined with tournament) in Istanbul to raise the fund for Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims.
I would like to say thank you to the friends in Turkey. Also special thanks to Arda - tournament director.
I will send a signatured board (by many Japanese players) to the biggest donor there and play one hour backgammon match (with tutoring) with the winner.
Charity backgammon tournament has been held in many countries now. "Backgammon is the cruellest game, but players are not!"



500,000yen is donated

On 31st of March, I went to post office to donate 500,000yen (approx $6300) to Japan's RED CROSS.
500,000 yen include all collected donation from my project. (plus matching donation from me and my wife)
Play65 successfully held charity tournament on their server and raised 540 euro as well. They kindly allow us to transfer the money using their softwear, which was probablly the easiest way to send me money if donors have an money account.

DBgF will hold a charity tournament in chritiania on this sunday. They also hold a charity board tournament in Nordic Open as well. Besides that they opened an account where members can donate the money.

Thank you once again for all donors from all over the world!


Those who concernd that RED CROSS might charge too much administration fee, it is probablly not true.

Japanese Red Cross opened specific window for victims of earthquake and
tsunami this year. 100% of the fund raised through this window goes to
victims. It simply devided by a number of victims and eventually sent to
Handring fee and employment cost will be coverd by tax.
So Red Cross doesn't even count the funds as their income therefore they
couldn't use part of it as expenses.
This specific windows is totally different from usual donations, so
there is no worry for it being wasted to salary or some other expenses.


Mochy's "Matching" Donation project ended

My donation project ended this noon.
I have got 115 donors, played 102 matches with 97 players (6matches are still playing on Dailygammon) and raised about $7000 including my $1500.
I don't know exact amount of all the funds, because 60% of the player chose local RED CROSS which goes to victims of Japan's earthquake as a receiver.
Total funds I received is 3192.72USD and it will be donated  on 31st of March along with my 1500USD in equivalent japanese yen.
I will study and search for the best organization to donate, but most probablly I will use Japan's Red Cross. I will show a receipt here.

The reaction to my project from backgammon community was fast and warmful.
They are all sympathized with us and concerned my safety. Even people I have never met before sent me a donation through paypal. Some of them kindly offer me not to play simbolic 3p match so as to have more time with others.
These three days is memorable for me because I played most matches (102 matches have been played) and I talked with more than 100 people.

Thank you so much to all.

Although I ended this project, donation should be continued.

As I wrote yesterday, WBA and Play65 hold a charity backgammon tounament.

WBA and Play65 have decided to contribute their share to help the victims of the catastrophe.
An online backgammon charity tournament will be held on 29th of March 2011 at 20:00 GMT. The winner will be awarded with a WBA Anniversary Board (limited edition) with the serial number 113 (a date not to forget).

Entry fee is 10€ only with no rake. All entry fees collected will be donated to UNICEF to support Japanese children in distress.
Here is a useful link for the donation.
http://livingsocial.com/redcross (they will match your donation)

http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html (very quick)

You can also send me funds through paypal. (mochy@backgammon.gr.jp)


2nd day is over

Thank you for the donation.

I am just amazed how fast backgammon community reacts to this tragedy.
Everytime I login to bg servers , some windows pop up and saying "I will donate to victims of Japan".
Sometimes I have to play two games while talking to thrid as I don't want make them wait. Bytheway I still try to play my best game.
The best story I had today is about famous tournament director.
He is, not only one of the earliest respondes to my donation project, but also trying to
create live charity tournament in his hometown munich. He quickly realized that live charity tournament needs permission from authrity and lot of procedure, so he make it happen in Play 65 as I paste below.

WBA and Play65 have decided to contribute their share to help the victims of the catastrophe.
An online backgammon charity tournament will be held on 29th of March 2011 at 20:00 GMT. The winner will be awarded with a WBA Anniversary Board (limited edition) with the serial number 113 (a date not to forget).
Entry fee is 10€ only with no rake. All entry fees collected will be donated to UNICEF to support Japanese children in distress.

This is not end of the story. Yesterday he and his neighbors cooked 50 litters of miso soup (Japanese famous soup) to sell in a church. He borrowed some tools from a restaurant. Local food store supplied ingredient. He cooked and advertised it. 130 cups are sold for 3euro. All money is donated to charity.
He is a man.
I want to say thank you on behalf of Japanese People. Thank you Chiva..

As I am awke more than 24hours now, I need to rest. Please re-start in 8 hours , like 21:00 in Japan Time.
You could send us funds using paypal to mochy@backgammon.gr.jp. I will respond all of you by email, but forgive me , it might take some time. Thank you for the support.

Mochy's "Matching" Donation - Day 1 is over

I played more than 40 matches in Day 1.

I played 16 hours , starting from 10:00AM to 3:40AM.
A lot of people actually donate much more than $10. Thank you for your co-operation.
Warmest story I had today is from Play65. An unknown guy started to talk to me.
He wasn't good at english but said like "Play 3p $10" " I bad english"" I give $10".
Ovbiously some of his friend translate this blog to his language.
I am heard that this project is translated into atleast Danish and French.

Chiva started charity tournament in P65 too.

"NYGAMMONLORD" on GridGammon put this project in his information and
He decided to donate his lesson fee from backgammon coach. (that is his job)
I Thank all for your help in many ways.

I am looking for more donors in Day 2. See you in 10hours.


Donors list

-Breaking News-

*Now PlayWSOB will also match any $10 donation to any given on playwsob.
You can transfer donation to me from "Tools" -> "Transfer Funds"  Real name Masayuki Mochizuki, Nickname "bgmochy2" in PlayWSOB.

*Play65 will not take any rake from the match resgined on purpose by my opponent to send his donation to me.

*You can send your donation by a way of Paypal (mochy@backgammon.gr.jp) however they will take some commission.

*Daily Gammon is added to available servers.

The amount of money beside name is for who transferred me money.
Players who didn't transfer to me made a donation in their country. I thank both.

Name /Country/ Servers / Result (from my point of view)

1, ForestFriend / Russia / Play65 / X - He even resigned me $20 for his donation.
2, Gentloman / Armenia / Play65 / O - Armenia got a huge earthquake in 1988 too. $10
3, Skuijs / Netherlands / Play65 / X - A lot of turn arounds, very exciting games. $18.92
4, konfro / Sweden / Play65 / O - You should visit his nice restaurant in stockholm! $13.9
5, fneumark / Argentina / Play65 / X -Nice guy from Argentina! $20
6, tigroid / Russia / Play65 / - We didn't play. $100
7, HTanaka / Japan / Grid Gammon / OXXXOOOOXOXO - My special guest from Sapporo !! $400
8, CubeRoute / UK / Grid Gammon / X
9, IRUNLIKEMOON / Denmark / Party Gammon / O - My friend in denmark. $200
10, bgnori / Japan / PlayWSOB / X - my senior student in highschool
11, XristosB52 / Greece / Play65 / X $50.26
12, Lenus / Georgia / Grid Gammon / X - Georgian friend from last year
13, Dubrovnik / Croatia / Grid Gammon / X - He help backgammon community a lot.TY
14, turtletrader / US / Grid Gammon / X
15, Player55 / US / Grid Gammon / X
16, jyadoudesu / Japan / Grid Gammon / O
17, Cheryl226 / US / Grid Gammon / O
18, elmoisgod / US&Japan / Grid Gammon / O $200
19, Aldebaran111 / Germany / PlayWSOB / X 10euro
20, eaglerjp / US / Grid Gammon / X
21, superlady / US / Grid Gammon / O
22, fanar / US&Israel / Grid Gammon / X
23, Peever / US / Grid Gammon / O
24, GrafDracula / Germany / Grid Gammon / X
25, KaramAshoo / US / Grid Gammon / O
26, philsimborg / US / Safe Harbor Games / X
27, Jack24777 / Monaco / Grid Gammon / O
28, zmilan / Hungary / Play65 / X - Prime member of hungarian BG. $12
29, VIEExtreme / Canada / Grid Gammon / O
30, salukido / Japan / Grid Gammon / X - President of Back-Gammon.TV
31, dicequeen / Germany / PlayWSOB / O - bodybuilder from munich! 10euro
32, EasyTake / Denmark / Grid Gammon / O - former world champ !
33, NineteenHockey / ? / Safe Harbor Games / O
34, akbaytug / Turkey / Grid Gammon / X bayblitz and he donates $40
35, Schigolch / Germany / Grid Gammon / X - $25
36, vorobei14 / Moldova / Play65 / O - $10
37, STEAMSAX / US / Grid Gammon / O - Transferred thru TMG 40euro
38, PROTaylorANN / US / Grid Gammon / O
39, Martin / Germany / Grid Gammon / X - he played 1.6!
40, Kaoru / Japan / Grid Gammon / O - one of the developers of GNUBG
41, mattblackmatt / UK? / DailyGammon / - match is on going
42, likesbg / UK / DailyGammon/ - match is on going
43, py199 / Japan / Grid Gammon / X
44, Arag / US / Grid Gammon / O
45, PRO_Sunny / Canada / Safe Harbor games / O
46, Humke / German / TMG / - He just donated without playing. 100euro.
47, doublesnow / US / Grid Gammon / O  50euro
48, mikelupu / Ireland / Play65 / O $27.92
49, DirkJansen / German / Grid Gammon / X 30euro
50, marbs2 / US / Grid Gammon / X
51, playyy / France / Grid Gammon / O
52, newton / Turkey / Grid Gammon / X
53, Raj / UK / Grid Gammon / X
54, bandera / Croatia / Grid Gammon / O
55, Antoinette / US / Grid Gammon / O $100
56, nortyno / Norway / Play65 / O $34.7
57, wells / US / Grid Gammon / O $300
58, Mellyfish / UK / Grid Gammon / - She just donates $300 and go for coffee !
59, Ladypeppurr / Canada / Grid Gammon / O
60, playme / Denmark / PlayWSOB / OO
61, kapiti / New Zealand / Grid Gammon / X - NZ was also hit by earthquake recently!
62, PRO_Rising / Lebanon / Safe Harbor Games / - We didn't play. $22
63, extralargecat / ? / DailyGammon / match is still going
64, bohstom / Ireland / DailyGammon / match is still going
65, Samzilla / Canada / PlayWSOB / O 10CAD
66, JustSomGirl / US / Grid Gammon
67, nice2cyou / US / Grid Gammon
68, miso22 / Japan / Grid Gammon / X
69, Noctogammon / US / Grid Gammon / O - We played 5 point match ($500)
70, magicone / ? / DailyGammon / - match is still going on
71, SSupercrasch / Sweden / Safe Harbor Games / X
72, Ismail Sabri Buyuksoy / Turkey / Grid Gammon / O $100
73, Katja / Norway / - / - We didn't play the match. $100
74, abstract / US / Grid Gammon / X
75, EU_AT_Richi / Turkey&Austria / Safe Harbor Games / X
76, Babelsberg03 / Germany / PlayWSOB / O - 20euro
77, Henrik Bang / Denmark / PlayWSOB / - We didn't play the match. 70euro
78, snowflakes55 / Austria / Grid Gammon / X This world class player promised that he would donate 10euro for each blunder then he tried to make many blunders on purpose. His error rate was over16. Thank you!
79, Trojan / UK / Grid Gammon / X
80, nightmare73 / US / Grid Gammon / X
81, Linda / Norway / PlayWSOB / - I am a member of team Linda. 40euro
82, Peer / Germany / ?? / I am going to play new member of Berlin BG club. 50euro
83, Kifaru / UK / Grid Gammon / O
84, Smoke_Zilla / US / Safe Harbor Games / X
85, Mislav / Croatia / Grid Gammon / O
86, EU_IT_danrot / Italy / Safe Harbor Games / O
87, zramiz / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Grid Gammon / X - President of BG federation in Bosnia-Herzegovina
88, MRinPeoria / US / Grid Gammon / O
89, Sally Larsen / Denmark / PlayWSOB / - We didn't play. 10 euro
90, tomcom / Germany / Daily Gammon / match is still going on 10euro
91, kutips / Norway / Play65 / we didn't play $27.76
92, zigi3350 / Japan / Grid Gammon / X
93, dice_hitomi / Japan / Play65 / O
94, mogulero / US / Grid Gammon / - We didn't play
95, shun / Japan / Grid Gammon / X
96, killingkid / Denmark / Grid Gammon / X
97, bugger / US / Grid Gammon / X
98, Sean Casey / Ireland / Grid Gammon / O
99, Jawego / Swiss / Play65 / We didn't play $27.88
100, TheWheel / US / Grid Gammon / O
101, audreytautou / Israel / Play65 /  $25
102, Sam64 / Japan / Grid Gammon / O
103, sukapyon / Japan / Grid Gammon / O $12
104, hockeyfan / US / Grid Gammon / X
105, (Anonymous) / Anonymous / Play65 / We didn't play $50
106, DepRus97 / Russia / Play65 / X $10
107, chiemi / Japan / Grid Gammon / We haven't played yet
108, BackInBlack / Germany / Grid Gammon / O $33
109, Dickenz / Brasil / Grid Gammon / X
110, London / UK / Grid Gammon / X
111, Carlotos / Spain / Grid Gammon / X 11euro
112, billcphil / Ireland / Grid Gammon / O
113, Eva Zizkova / unknown/ we didn't play 10euro
114, Marcel Mander / unknown / we didn't play $42.94
115, Milan Kovacic / unknown / we didn't play $14.11
116, adamV / US /
117, Karsten Nielsen / Denmark / TMG / 145.38 euro
118, Carol Joy Cole / US / $100
119, nkeyno / Japan / $400
120, shimohei / Japan / 9,000yen
121, Steen Gronbech / Denmark / 100euro

Mochy's Matching Donation Project

Between  Tuesday and Thursday (March 15-17), I will play as many matches as possible on  the following backgammon servers: GridGammon, Safe Harbor Games, PlayWSOB, DailyGammon and  Play65. They will all be three-point matches, played for no stakes, unless the  opponent wants to bet. I will accept anyone. Novice and
Beginners are all  welcome to play. You will have the rare opportunity to play the #1 backgammon  giant in your home.

I am asking all who play me to donate $10 (or more)  to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, regardless of the outcome of  the match. Each player can decide where to make the donation. (It would be very  helpful if somebody would please provide the information on how and where  donations can be made from each country.)
I  will also donate $10 for every match I play. This is the reason I am calling my  project “Matching Donation.” Alternatively, you could purchase one of our backgammon lecture videos  for $20 from Back-Gammon.TV. We will donate 50% of the sale to an  earthquake/tsunami charity.

The names of those  who participate will be listed here and
Back-Gammon.TV website, along with  the result of the match. 
I  hope to play at least 100 matches this week during the three-day  period.
Thank you very much for your kind support from all over the  world,


My nick name on the servers are;
Grid Gammon: mochy
Safe Harbor Games: mochy
PlayWSOB: bgmochy2
Play65: chocolate

The easiest way to contact me is using a chat feature in the servers.
PlayWSOB doesn't have a chat so you need to contact me via skype.(bgmochy is my skype name)

  To make a donation to The Red Cross, visit redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999
   to donate $10 from your phone.
   Operation USA appeals for donations of funds from the public. The organization also calls
   for bulk corporate donations of health care materials, which it will ship to the region
   from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. You can make donations online at http://www.opusa.org/ ,
   by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite
   A, Culver City, CA 90232.
   The Japan America Society of Southern California, with other Japanese and
   Japanese-American organizations in the region, established a relief fund. Checks made out
   to the ・011 Japan Earthquake Relief Fund・can be sent to the Japan America Society of
   Southern California, 345 S. Figueroa St., Suite M-1, Los Angeles, CA 90071-1004. Secure
   online credit card donations can also be made at http://www.jas-socal.org/.
   Catholic Relief Services is also stepping up and taking donations. Sean Callahan, CRS
   executive vice president, said Friday, 展e know from 2004 the devastating impact that
   these tsunamis can have.・
   CRS is working with a partner, Caritas Japan, to assess where to put resources. To donate
   by phone: 1-877-HELP-CRS. To make a donation on line, go to http://www.crs.org/.
   To write and mail a check:
   Catholic Relief Services
   P.O. Box 17090
   Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090
   Memo portion of check: Japanese Tsunami
Visit http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Japan-Tsunami-Appeal
   Your donation to the Croatian Red Cross will
   send to support the humanitarian work of
   Japanese Red Cross. You can help:
   payment to the bank account of the Croatian Red
   Cross 2340009-1511555516 reference number 02
   reference to the donor phone: 060 90 11 (6,15
   EUR, VAT included)
   or on-line donation to http://www.hck.hr/

To all my friends

I thank all my friends for your concern, but I am more than fine now.
I drunk five beers and played $1 chouette today with three of my friends. Made two blunders. A lot of fun and laugh - just a beautiful sunday. Sorry, but this is what I can do besides donation.Things what victims really need is donation. Please go to groupon site or other service to send your good will. Thank you again for your kind & warm messages anyway.
Here is a position 1 from chouette today.

is Player 2

score: 0
pip: 127
Money session
Jacoby Beaver
pip: 141
score: 0

is Player 1
on roll, cube action?

eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21

Position 2

is Player 1

score: 0
pip: 153
Money session
Jacoby Beaver
pip: 161
score: 0

is Player 2
on roll, cube action?

eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21



This post is a reply post to this post.

1st position
1st match. Black(Jurgen) is leading 7-0/11p and on roll. Cube action?

is orlowski_go_vegan

score: 7
pip: 117
11 point match
pip: 158
score: 0

is bgmochy2
on roll, cube action?

Analyzed in Rollout
No Double
  Player Winning Chances:66.24% (G: 34.19% B: 3.48%)
  Opponent Winning Chances:33.76% (G: 5.80% B: 0.25%)
  Player Winning Chances:66.29% (G: 35.39% B: 3.64%)
  Opponent Winning Chances:33.71% (G: 5.80% B: 0.25%)
Cubeless Equities
No Double:+0.726
Cubeful Equities
No Double:+0.713
*Double/Take:+0.503 (-0.210)
Double/Drop:+1.000 (+0.287)
Best Cube action: No Double / Take
Rollout details
650 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.
Dice Seed: 44
Moves and cube decisions: 3 ply
Confidence No Double:± 0.018 (+0.695...+0.731)
Confidence Double:± 0.028 (+0.475...+0.531)
Double Decision confidence:100.0%
Take Decision confidence:100.0%
Duration: 6 minutes 21 seconds

eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21, MET: Rockwell-Kazaross
[Thanks to Bob Wachtel who kindly edited this 1st position analysis]

When you are trailing by this much in a match, you only need to see a few realistic paths to victory to be able to take the cube.
In this case, Black (Jurgen) might dance or roll 26 or 24 from the bar. If that happens, I would have about a 40% chance to win the game, and would very close to a redouble already (it may already be one). In fact, redoubling would have another benefit: while magnifying the effect of my own gammons, it would exactly nullify the value of Jurgen's gammons! Even though the odds of my gammoning Jurgen from this position are small, the payoff is huge: and it is this outcome, rather than the negative one of my being gammoned, upon which I should focus.
Even if worst comes to worst - say he hits and I dance - I will still have a well-timed deuce-point game.
Actually Jurgen doubled too early. He would have had a good cube after a hit-and-poor-entering sequence.

2nd position
Later in the same game, White(Mochy) holding a cube on two. Cube action?

is orlowski_go_vegan

score: 7
pip: 130
11 point match
pip: 167
score: 0

is bgmochy2
on roll, cube action?

Analyzed in Rollout
No Double
  Player Winning Chances:55.15% (G: 18.53% B: 0.81%)
  Opponent Winning Chances:44.85% (G: 19.59% B: 1.58%)
  Player Winning Chances:55.66% (G: 20.05% B: 1.03%)
  Opponent Winning Chances:44.34% (G: 20.50% B: 1.99%)
Cubeless Equities
No Redouble:+0.176
Cubeful Equities
No Redouble:+0.910 (-0.090)
*Redouble/Take:+1.188 (+0.188)
Best Cube action: Redouble / Drop
Rollout details
327 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.
Dice Seed: 9584
Moves and cube decisions: 3 ply
Confidence No Redouble:± 0.015 (+0.895...+0.925)
Confidence Redouble:± 0.022 (+1.166...+1.211)
Double Decision confidence:100.0%
Take Decision confidence:100.0%
Duration: 4 minutes 02 seconds

eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21, MET: Rockwell-Kazaross

Black's raw take point is about 30% and my gammon price is almost 1. That means this situation is similar to 2away - 4away cube action except take point is 10% higher.
I am not sure whether take or not for 2away - 4away so it is a huge pass at this score.

3rd position
2nd match. Jurgen (Black) is on roll. Match is tied at 2-2/11p. Cube action?

is orlowski_go_vegan

score: 2
pip: 15
11 point match
pip: 45
score: 2

is bgmochy2
on roll, cube action?

Analyzed in Rollout
No Double
  Player Winning Chances:80.53% (G: 0.00% B: 0.00%)
  Opponent Winning Chances:19.47% (G: 0.00% B: 0.00%)
  Player Winning Chances:81.68% (G: 0.00% B: 0.00%)
  Opponent Winning Chances:18.32% (G: 0.00% B: 0.00%)
Cubeless Equities
No Redouble:+0.599
Cubeful Equities
No Redouble:+0.885 (-0.115)
*Redouble/Take:+1.217 (+0.217)
Best Cube action: Redouble / Drop
Rollout details
2592 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.
Dice Seed: 9584
Moves and cube decisions: 3 ply
Confidence No Redouble:± 0.002 (+0.883...+0.887)
Confidence Redouble:± 0.004 (+1.213...+1.221)
Double Decision confidence:100.0%
Take Decision confidence:100.0%
Duration: 1.5 seconds

eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21, MET: Rockwell-Kazaross

I calculated my wastege as 9 pips but infact it is 10.5 pips and this 1.5 pips leads me making horrible mistake here.(1pip compenasate about 3% in this length of the race.) I need to re-study about wastege.

4th potision.
3rd match. Jurgen (Black) is trailing 6-8/11p and on roll but he is on the bar. Cube action?

is orlowski_go_vegan

score: 6
pip: 153
11 point match
pip: 58
score: 8

is bgmochy2
on roll, cube action?

Analyzed in Rollout
No Double
  Player Winning Chances:65.99% (G: 13.86% B: 0.57%)
  Opponent Winning Chances:34.01% (G: 18.50% B: 1.50%)
  Player Winning Chances:66.78% (G: 17.48% B: 0.78%)
  Opponent Winning Chances:33.22% (G: 18.78% B: 4.41%)
Cubeless Equities
No Double:+0.202
Cubeful Equities
No Double:+0.457 (-0.218)
Double/Drop:+1.000 (+0.325)
Best Cube action: Double / Take
Rollout details
854 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.
Dice Seed: 44
Moves and cube decisions: 3 ply
Confidence No Double:± 0.016 (+0.441...+0.472)
Confidence Double:± 0.032 (+0.643...+0.706)
Double Decision confidence:100.0%
Take Decision confidence:100.0%
Duration: 17 minutes 22 seconds

eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21, MET: Rockwell-Kazaross

Black will miss with 17 numbers including 9 dances and anti-joker 44.



I never understand this

I never understand what is the best play and why. Any ideas?

is Player 2

score: 0
pip: 34
Money session
Jacoby Beaver
              pip: 134
score: 0

is Player 1
to play 32

1.Rollout121/16eq: -0.683
33.66% (G:0.00% B:0.00%)
66.34% (G:47.82% B:0.37%)
Conf: ± 0.008 (-0.691...-0.675)
Duration: 58.8 seconds
2.Rollout123/20 6/4eq: -0.741 (-0.059)
33.61% (G:0.00% B:0.00%)
66.39% (G:53.07% B:0.21%)
Conf: ± 0.007 (-0.748...-0.734)
Duration: 53.0 seconds
3.XG Roller+21/18 6/4eq: -0.728 (-0.046)
32.18% (G:0.00% B:0.00%)
67.82% (G:48.81% B:0.62%)
1 Truncated at 11 moves using 3 ply.
655 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.
Dice Seed: 44
Moves and cube decisions: 3 ply

eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21