Karen Davis – 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

The U.S. Backgammon Federation is pleased to announce the selection of Karen Davis into the American Backgammon Hall of Fame. John Pirner, President/Executive Director of the USBGF, noted, “Karen’s leadership and passion for organized backgammon is an inspiration for everyone who serves with her.  Her greatest legacy to the game is as an organization builder, most notably of the U.S. Backgammon Federation.  Without her vision, her passion, and her incredible energy the USBGF would not exist today.  Our community owes her our gratitude.”  As a result of her innovative efforts, the USBGF is recognized internationally for its leadership in advancing the awareness, participation, education and enjoyment of the skill-based game of backgammon.  Her creative contributions have helped make PrimeTime Backgammon magazine the premier publication of the gaming community.  Her leadership in the Founding Sponsor program has resulted in over 200 individual and corporate sponsors, including her own generous contributions as a Beaver Founding Sponsor. Karen has served on the Board of Directors of the USBGF since its founding in 2009; she was Chairman for seven years and President/Executive Director for three.

Karen Davis Seated at Board

Joseph Russell, Chairman of the Board of Directors and chair of the American Backgammon Hall of Fame Committee, congratulated Karen on her selection. He observed that her many notable awards and accomplishments include:

  • Member of Team USA in World Team Championship in Montenegro in 2019; Member of Team USA in the 2020 Magriel Cup competition against the UK; and Captain and Most Valuable US Player, Women’s Team USA in the 2020 Genud Cup competition against the UK women’s team.
  • Organizer of the highly acclaimed Cherry Blossom Backgammon Championship in Washington, DC, 2017-2021; and of the Sunny Florida Backgammon Championship in Fort Lauderdale, FL,2018-2021. Director, Sunny Florida Backgammon Club; Founder, DC Metro Club; Host, Ohio-Michigan Team Challenge.
  • Winner, NY Metropolitan Open Super Jackpot, 2019.
  • Backgammon Masters Awarding Body (BMAB), Master; ranks #2 in USBGF Lifetime Online Master Points.

Karen joins 24 other honorees in the American Backgammon Hall of Fame: Ed O’Laughlin (2020); Steve Sax (2019); Alexis Obolensky, Joe Sylvester (2018); Ray Fogerlund, Joseph Russell, Mike Svobodny (2017); Patrick Gibson, Tim Holland, Danny Kleinman, Howard Markowitz (2016); and Nack Ballard, Carol Joy Cole, Barclay Cooke, Bill Davis, Malcolm Davis, Kent Goulding, Oswald Jacoby, Neil Kazaross, Paul Magriel, Bill Robertie, Mike Senkiewicz, Walter Trice, Kit Woolsey (2015).

The Hall of Fame plaque will be presented at the USBGF Annual Awards Dinner, now scheduled to take place October 9, 2021, at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Florida. Get tickets and register at the Sunny Florida Backgammon website.


  1. Konstantin Keresteliev says:

    Congratulations Karen! Well deserved! Such a devotion to the USBGF community and to the game, always exceptionally nice and kind! A true mentor and a leader despite an amazing player! Bravo!

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