"Backgammon is time-tested. Romans played the game, and they ruled the world. Bosch’s famous painting of hell The Garden of Earthly Delights includes a backgammon board. After many tough games, I understand why it’s there." - Dean Kahn
Backgammon is the oldest known recorded board game in history dating back to 3000BC. In 50AD backgammon came to the UK and Roman Emperor Claudius was a keen player. Backgammon is the grandfather of gaming and widely known as the "Game of Kings". Yet backgammon hasn't always been popular. During the time of Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey commanded all backgammon boards to be destroyed by fire!
Legends of Backgammon
Prince Alexis Obolensky
In the 1960's Prince Alexis Obolensky became the "Father of Modern Backgammon" by forming the World Backgammon Club. In 1967 Obelensky put on the first World Championship of Backgammon in Las Vegas. This tournament ran until 1975 and was the inspiration for the current day Monte Carlo World Championship.
Andreas Schneider - FIBS
Nack Ballard - "Nackgammon"
In 1982 Ballard won the World Professional Backgammon Championship. Nack has won numerous backgammon tournaments and is considered by his peers to be the best backgammon player in the World. In 1999 Ballard even thrashed the Jellyfish in a 300 game match, at that time the best backgammon computer in the world.
Maertens became the biggest winner in backgammon tournament history, winning the PartyGammon Million in the Bahamas. His first prize of $600,400 was won after investing just $440 to win an online backgammon qualifier. Tied at 22-22 in a 23 point game final, the eventual winner said "I am going to buy my girlfriend Monica a car!"
The 4th and the 5th point on the both sides of the board are extremely important and you need to fight in holding them in early stages of the game. The bar point ( the 7th point) is extremely important as well. However point 4 and 5 are even more important and you need to prefer them first.
The best time to offer a double is when you think your opponent will refuse one. TThe cube required players not only to select the best move in a given position, but also to estimate the probability of winning from that position, transforming backgammon into the expected value-driven game played in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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