DAVID STEIN – USBGF Player Profile

David Stein

David Stein

I first learned to play backgammon in Law School at the University of Chicago, where I was lucky enough to have Dorn Bishop in my class.  He was delighted to teach us the game so that we could help pay his tuition.

Then a couple of years ago I started playing online where I ran into Phil Simborg and once we realized we both lived in Chicago he invited me to the weekly chou.  After I discovered how woefully unprepared I was to play in that game he became my teacher.

I also started attending the weekly Chicago Bar Point which is deftly and elegantly orchestrated by our director Amy Trudeau.  At the club and attending partially in 2016 I gained a few points and ended the year in 33rd place, 2017 on the other hand I ended the year in 5thplace making the team for the Illinois Challenge Cup.

I have attended a few ABT tournaments, but still have yet to cash.  I would have to say that Phil is a great part responsible for my progress in the game but also playing in a chou a couple times a week with the likes of David Rockwell, Herb Roman and Carter Mattig has also been quite a lesson.

And for the past year I was unbelievably fortunate to have been a student of the late, great Paul Magriel.  I know that Paul’s passing has been a great loss to backgammon, but I would like to say, for those people lucky enough to have known him, it was a greater personal loss.  Paul, you will be missed.

Points of Interest:

Home Club: BAR POINT CLUB (http://www.chicagopoint.com/bpc.html)

USBGF Nemesis  (no USBGF wins): Faddoul Khoury

USBGF Plaything  (no USBGF losses):  Howard Markowitz


[This is the next in a series of 22 Player Profiles for the USBGF representatives of their local clubs in the USBGF Inter-Club Championships. We will be posting one profile per day throughout the course of the tournament as a way of recognizing the USBGF players and promoting their local clubs.]


  1. DiceWhisperer says:

    Envious of lessons from Magriel. Beautiful board ~ could you please tell who is maker of board and checkers? Thank you.

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