• USBGF Lifetime Achievement

Matvey “Falafel” Natanzon

Awarded in 2019
From Tel Aviv, Israel

Falafel is one of backgammon’s most beloved and respected players. He has an engaging personality, and his dominating table presence has helped him reap tremendous results. He is a perennial Giant of Backgammon, having been elected to the top-ten list seven straight times, including one #1 and one #2 finish. He is, doubtlessly, backgammon’s premier commentator and best-known celebrity. The Backgammon World Championship would not be complete without the insight, excitement, and critique his live commentary provides