Karen Davis

Karen has been a central figure in the rise of the U.S. Backgammon Federation — many say the central figure. She has served on the USBGF Board since…

Ed O’Laughlin

Ed O'Laughlin is a Hall-of-Famer in every way. He has been playing backgammon for 38 years, with his game stronger than ever at age 81. He is an avid …

Steve Sax

One of the best-liked and most-respected players in American backgammon, Steve Sax has been a prominent member of the backgammon community for four de…

Alexis Obolensky

Prince Alexis Obolensky, regarded by some as the “The Father of Modern Backgammon,” was the first person to define, organize, and popularize tourn…

Joe Sylvester

Beginning with a victory in the World Amateur Championship (544 players) in Las Vegas in 1983, at the age of twenty-one, Joe Sylvester was generally c…

Ray Fogerlund

Ray Fogerlund is one of the most accomplished tournament players in modern backgammon history. Known as an intense competitor, he is also recognized f…

Joseph Russell

For over thirty years, Joe Russell has been an outstanding player, an international ambassador of the game, and a significant contributor and promoter…

Mike Svobodny

Mike Svobodny is one of the most internationally well-known backgammon players and one of the few true celebrities of the game. In addition to a signi…

Howard Markowitz

For over thirty years, Howard Markowitz has put his own unique stamp on backgammon tournaments, with his high payouts attracting the largest number of…

Danny Kleinman

Backgammon’s first mathematical theoretician and analyst; Danny Kleinman’s insight, wit, and satire entertained and educated backgammon players fo…