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Most Recent Post: Tuesday, 10 July 2012, at 3:21 p.m.
35yo male from Melbourne, Australia. Had a backgammon set as a child, never used it, always wondered why one of the dice had such big numbers on it. Had a friend in 1999 that brought a board to work, so he taught me how to play a little. I never played again until 2007 when I finally took a real interest in the game.
The inspiration was probably John Clark's "Gammon Night Live" which was great for someone new to the game. In my first major live tournament, the South Australian Open, I finished 3/4 in the Open Consolation. In my first major overseas tournament, the ABT Las Vegas Open 2008, I won the Beginners' Consolation as well as the $20 After Tournament tournament. I found myself in the Beginners' Consolation because I missed my 2nd round match in the Main when I slept in after a late night of poker! I'm hoping to return to Las Vegas in 2009 and have to see when I can get to Europe where the game seems to be quite popular.
Being new to the game, I wanted to learn a little about its history. I have spent a fair amount of time researching the history of tournament backgammon from the 1960s onward. It's a work in progress. Please contact me if you have any literature that could be of assistance.
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