• American Backgammon Hall of Fame

Oswald Jacoby

Inducted in 2015
From Dallas, Texas

One of the preeminent gamesmen of the twentieth century, Oswald Jacoby was regarded both as a leading backgammon player and co-author of the first analytic book on backgammon. He is also a member of the American Contract Bridge League Hall of Fame (1965).


  • Backgammon World Champion, 1972, Las Vegas.
  • Champion, with Barclay Cooke, Paul Magriel, and Lee Genud, of the 1979 ITT Telecom U.S.A. vs. Europe match.
  • Author of The Backgammon Book (1970) with John R. Crawford.
  • Namesake of the Jacoby Rule.