Gammon Associates West
Candace Mayeron Tournament Producer
Candace began playing backgammon almost 40 years ago and quickly became a highly visible player and participant of the iconic 70’s Los Angeles backgammon scene -- reigning supreme at Pips and Cavendish West. With Tom Gilbert and Gaby Horowitz as her main mentors, she played all over the U.S., plus Puerto Rico, Bahamas, London and Monte Carlo. She played doubles with Billy Eisenberg, Barclay Cooke and Oswald Jacoby, and more recently John O’Hagan, Kit Woolsey, Stacy Turner & Herb Roman. She was very close friends with Paul Magriel in the late 70’s and was selected to be the organizer and hostess for the 2018 Paul Magriel Memorial Tribute. She won Pebble Beach (Intermediate Last Chance) in 1979, was Finalist in the Lucille Ball Tournament in 1979 (Open); more recently won Advanced Consolation (Texas 2018). In 2017 Patrick Gibson handed over the producing reins for two annual international ABT events: the LOS ANGELES OPEN (June) and the CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (December). “It is my goal to make each guest's experience memorable.” She assists the USBGF with its photo archives, serves on the Tournament Directors Advisory Committee and attends or staffs over ten US tournaments annually in addition to her own two Los Angeles events. In 2021 the United States Backgammon Federation awarded Candace with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts in tournament organizing and producing,.
Patrick Gibson Executive Tournament Director
Patrick Gibson is quite simply one of the most experienced and respected tournament directors in the United States. He has been the moving force behind Southern California backgammon for 45 years! He was a member of the USBGF Board of Directors and Executive Committee for its first seven years. He has overseen the creation of the USBGF ratings and statistics database, which includes data on ABT tournaments since 2009. As a player, Patrick won the Nevada State Championship in 2010, the 2007 Michigan Summer Championships, the San Diego Grand Prix in 1994 and most recently was the 2019 U.S. Open Finalist! Over his long career in backgammon he’s garnered two trophies on the annual American Backgammon Tour – 2nd in 1994 and 3rd in 2007. He created Gammon Associates in 1978 and has directed over 3800 weekly events in Los Angeles and produced or directed almost 100 ABT events! Patrick participated in the development of the US Backgammon Tournament Rules & Procedures and the US Backgammon Clock Rules & Procedures and “Clock Ethics.” All are currently in use throughout the U.S. He was elected to the American Backgammon Hall of Fame in 2016.
Frank Talbot Tournament Director
With a quiet, calm demeanor Frank Talbot is one of the most respected leaders of the backgammon community. He has been playing competitive backgammon for 40 years during which time he has amassed more than 40 victories in regional, national, and international events on four continents, including the Japan Open in 2002 and the Super Jackpot in Istanbul at the World Cup Challenge in 1996. He has been voted to the Giants of Backgammon five times, and ranked 16th in the world on Kent Goulding’s International Backgammon List in 1989 (before the Giants list). Frank earned the coveted ABT Player of the Year in 2004. He has won six ABT main events, currently stands 13th all-time in career points. He serves on the Board of Directors of the USBGF, is an international streaming commentator, instructor at the Backgammon Learning Center and longtime sponsor of the Michigan Summer Championships. The 2021 California State Championship was his first outing as a tournament director and he enjoyed the experience so much he is returning for 2022.
Ceci Pedroza Events Director
Ceci is a former Los Angeles radio newscaster and a full time travel agent for more than 50 years. She began playing backgammon socially in the 1970s…and became a tournament player shortly thereafter. She competed in Monte Carlo and won a Ladies Division Consolation prize. As a top 16 player of Gammon Associates, she has qualified for each year's Tournament of Champions -- finishing as high as second place. In addition to staffing Candace's tournaments, she works staff at the Vietor Cup in Carlsbad, CA. Ceci is one of three women to ever achieve a “brass cube” award for winning ten consecutive matches at GA events. Ceci sits at the far end of the staff table and will be collecting all registration money as well as managing side events.
Jean Mangone Results Director
Jean Mangone would be a backgammon widow if she did not work staff at the Los Angeles Open & California State Championship. Husband Paul is an avid Open player and the two of them travel to tournaments around the US whenever they have vacation time. She’s been staffing for six years. Before retirement Jean spent 31 years in education, both as a teacher and psychologist. She is active in her church and has also worked as a choreographer in children’s theater, and helped create the award-winning Pageant of the Arts at McGaugh School in Seal Beach. Her current project is trying to get her husband to agree to ballroom dance lessons! You will find Jean at the side of the room, managing the drawsheets. Please report match scores and check your match times with Jean.
Kent Goulding Host & Auctioneer
East coast (Washington D.C.) player Kent Goulding is pure backgammon royalty. He is esteemed as a superlative backgammon player, publisher, director/organizer and considered the best auctioneer in the game. (He will be auctioneer at the 2022 LOS ANGELES OPEN.) Kent is credited with introducing the use of clocks and recorded matches and the first US rating system. He has been voted to the 32 Giants list six consecutive times. He won the 1977 Tournament of Champions and won or placed in countless international backgammon events over his nearly 45 years in the game, including Monte Carlo Last Chance in 1994. For nearly 15 years he played tournament poker at the Elite level with his good friend Paul Magriel. Since leaving poker and starting again to dabble in backgammon, he’s recently won the Seniors at Cherry Blossom, Los Angeles Open and NY Metro (“These other geezers have lost a step or two,” he jokes.) Kent was inducted into the American Backgammon Hall of Fame in 2015.