• USBGF Lifetime Achievement

Louise Goldsmith

Awarded in 2017
From New York, New York and Reno, Nevada

Louise Goldsmith was one of the great club directors of her era, overseeing play at the Mayfair Club in New York City in the heyday of backgammon in the 1970s, and directing her own Madison Avenue club, the Coterie, in the 1980s and 1990s. She helped organize the World Amateur Championships and other glamorous backgammon events in the Caribbean and Las Vegas. She nurtured the development of a generation of great players — including Michael Senkiewicz, Billy Horan, Jason Lester, Roger Low, Paul Magriel, and Eric Seidel by creating a setting where advances in modern backgammon flourished.