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By Karsten Nielsen

The most popular way to determine who is the better player, is to use a neural network. This is usually either Snowie or Gnu. In GamesGrid it is possible to watch and record matches. For years GamesGrid was the chosen place to play for most of the top players in the world.

Many years ago Harald Johanni made a Snowie Ranking list. Unfortunately this list was not kept and updated. About 2005-2006 Iancho Hristov from Bulgaria made a list from watching people on GamesGrid. It was a very strong top10 with a lot of the world strongest players. Many thanks to Iancho for kindly giving me permission to use his data. Since then a lot of top players in the world have showed kindness and send me lots of more matches. Gathering matches is a tough thing to do. I kindly request all to send in matches with people who should be on the list. Here are the criterias.

  • The  ranking is based on snowie 4 error rate 3 ply precise
  • Minimum matches required is 10 matches
  • Ranking will be for the players latest 50 matches
  • Minimum match length is 5 points
  • Both live and online matches
  • The players error rate must be played at a world class level below 4.4
  • * = Live matches has been used





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Ranking
Name
Error rate
Checker Play
Country
Matches
1
Francois Tardieu *
3.156
2.246
France
50
2
Mike "Falafel" Natanzon
3.301
2.389
Israel
50
3
Mikael Jensen
3.307
2.721
Denmark
12
4
Bob Watchel
3.465
2.896
USA
29
5
Lars Bonding *
3.479
2.774
Denmark
18
6
Mochy Mochiko *
3.483
2.441
Japan
38
7
Serguy Kurilenko
3.500
2.649
Rusia
24
8
Serge Rived *
3.615
2.818
France
29
9
Lars Trabolt
3.636
2.724
Denmark
19
10
Paul Weaver
3.650
2.600
USA
50
11
Christian Munk-Christensen
3.687
2.982
Denmark
35
12
David Wells
3.755
2.831
USA
50
13
Petko Kostadinov
3.759
2.968
Bulgaria
50
14
Peter Jes Thomsen
3.762
3.227
Denmark
20
15
Kageyama Michihito
3.763
3.043
Japan
37
16
Jorgen Granstedt
3.907
3.209
Sweden
19
17
Dana Nazarian
3.987
3.244
USA
50
18
Brian Elgaard
3.989
3.100
Denmark
50
19
Marc Olsen
4.028
3.132
Denmark
20
20
Steve Sax
4.036
2.647
USA
34
21
Mike Senkiewicz
4.075
3.475
USA
50
22
Morten Lassen (Holm) *
4.128
2.962
Denmark
50
23
Kit Woolsey
4.146
3.531
USA
44
24
John Clark
4.262
2.786
England
50
25
Robert B. Eberlein
4.289
3.038
USA
39
26
Hugh Sconyers
4.330
3.607
USA
50
27
Karsten Nielsen
4.343
3.175
Denmark
21
28
Didier Assaraf
4.389
3.654
France
50

To the average player online often plays at a higher level. This is because of the instant pip count. Top players don’t spend much energy counting pips. I believe top players play better live and average players play better online.

Feel free to compare this list with the giants of backgammon http://www.flintbg.com/giants.html. I would like to make the ranking list even better. I encourage “local champions” from all over the world to send in their matches (zipped please and with the same nickname playing). I also encourage people to send in matches regardless of having played well or bad. Currently I request matches from the following players. With out people sending in their matches, the list will never become complete.

Mads Andersen
Nack Ballard
Rick Barabino
Mike Corbett
Malcolm Davis
Jasques Elbilia
Leo Fernandez
Jake Jacobs
Jerry Grandell
Steen Groenbech
Gustav Hansen (Jacobsen)
Tobias Hellwag
Peter Heitmuller
Thomas Holm
Ralf Jonas
Arild Ildsoe
Neil Kazaross
Johannes Levermann
Mika Lidov
Sander Lylloff
Paul Magriel
Michael Meyburg
Abe Mosseri
Morris Mosseri
Morten Nielsen
John O’Hagan
Ed O’Laughlin
Bill Robertie
Jon Royset
Sven Rumcker
Najib Salamzy
Dirk Schiemann
Michel Serrero
Volger Sonnabend
Katja Spillum
Frank Talbot
Walter Trice
James Vogl

For suggestions, ideas or sending matches please email me.

 

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