• American Backgammon Hall of Fame

Kent Goulding

Inducted in 2015
From Germantown, Maryland

An innovative force in the game, Kent Goulding is esteemed as a backgammon player, publisher, director/organizer, witty auctioneer, and raconteur extraordinaire. He introduced the first U.S. backgammon rating system, and as director of the World Cup, he instituted the use of clocks and recorded matches.


  • Winner, Tournament of Champions, Paradise Island, Bahamas, 1978.
  • Publisher of Backgammon with the Champions (12 issues of annotated matches, 1981-1982) and Inside Backgammon magazine with Bill Robertie (1991 to 1998).
  • Organizer/director, with Bill Robertie, of the World Cup (known as the U.S. Invitational in early years) from 1984 through 1998.
  • He was voted to the 32 Giants of Backgammon six consecutive times from its inception.