Backgammon For Everyone: Novice Workshop

Backgammon For Everyone: Novice Workshop

Step Up, Roll the Dice, Play with Confidence

Are you a backgammon novice excited to build your confidence? Look no further! The USBGF Backgammon For Everyone Novice Workshop, presented at select American Backgammon Tour (ABT) tournaments, is designed just for you. This two-day program covers everything you need to know to compete with confidence.

2024 Schedule

Held alongside the Massachusetts State Backgammon Championships.

The Colonnade Boston Hotel
120 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116

Held alongside The Atlanta Classic backgammon tournament.

Sonesta Atlanta Airport North Hotel
1325 Virginia Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30344

Held alongside the Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championships

Hyatt Regency Hotel at Dulles Airport
2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard,
Herndon, VA

Held alongside the Los Angeles Open

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045


Held alongside the Viking Backgammon Classic

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington
3900 American Blvd W
Bloomington, MN 55437



Held alongside the Wild West Shootout

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Central Park
4444 Havana St
Denver, CO 80239


Register to attend any of our upcoming sessions.

Topics Covered

Sessions run full days on Saturday and Sunday of the scheduled weekend.  Instruction begins at 9:30 am each day, with a tournament on Saturday evening. 

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    • The Language of Backgammon: Learn the terminology to speak the language of backgammon fluently.

    • Backgammon Set and Points: Understand the essential elements of the game, from the board to key points.

    • Backgammon Checkers: Familiarize yourself with checkers, spares, blots, and builders.

    • Backgammon Moves and Annotations: Master the art of strategic moves and game notation.
    • Evening Tournament: Round Robin tournament with trophies awarded.
    • Backgammon Mechanics: Hone your skills in shaking dice, moving checkers without counting, and more.

    • Backgammon Basics – Opening, Middle Game, and End Game: Dive into the strategies for each phase of the game.

    • Etiquette and Decision Making: Discover the do’s and don’ts, from communication to doubling.

    • The Deeper Game: Explore the aesthetic, cognitive, psychological, social, and philosophical aspects of Backgammon.

    • Introduction to the Doubling Cube and Tournament Rules: Understand the essential tools for advanced play.
Instructors Julius High and Tom Jayne: Photo Credit Lili Iravani
Instructors Julius High and Tom Jayne: Photo Credit Lili Iravani

Why Backgammon For Everyone?

    • Expert Instruction: Led by seasoned backgammon teachers.
    • Comprehensive Curriculum: Covering beginner basics and touching on advanced strategies.
    • Hands-On Practice: Apply your skills in a novice tournament setting.

    • Immerse Yourself in Backgammon: Gain exclusive access to meet backgammon legends, witness tournament dynamics, and absorb the vibrant atmosphere of competitive play.

Invest in Your Game

$80/youth under 25

Includes a two-day workshop, one year of Premium USBGF membership, plus a complimentary copy of PrimeTime Backgammon magazine. Secure your spot today by completing the registration form and submitting your payment. Limited slots available!

Ready to Roll the Dice?

Sign up now and embark on your journey to backgammon mastery! Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and join the ranks of backgammon enthusiasts.

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