For over thirty years, Joe Russell has been an outstanding player, an international ambassador of the game, and a significant contributor and promoter of backgammon through his work with the U.S. Backgammon Federation. Well recognized for his mathematical and strategic acumen as a player, Joe Russell is also noted for his respectful, personable, low-key demeanor and his thoughtful, intelligent perspective in all endeavors. He has also demonstrated a particular interest in youth and collegiate backgammon activities in the promotion and growth of the game.
NOTABLE AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Voted to the 32 Giants of Backgammon seven times — 1993 through 1999, 2009, 2011, and 2015; and won over 25 regional, national, and international tournament events.
- Won the 1989 World Championship in Monte Carlo and was a finalist in 2016.
- Is ranked 29th All-Time in American Backgammon Tour points. He finished 1st in ABT point rankings in 1995.
- A founding member of the U.S. Backgammon Federation Board of Directors, including service on the Education, Executive, and Hall of Fame committees.