USBGF Lifetime Achievement

This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution over their lifetime to the conduct of the game and tournaments, knowledge about its history and traditions, or the creation of tools, strategies, commentary, and educational offerings that have advanced the game.

2021
Candace Mayeron, tournament producer and promoter, is recognized for her innovative leadership in bringing show-business glamour and excitement to backgammon events with Oscar-like awards, banners and backdrops, red carpets, and raffles. 
2021
As the USBGF historian, Robert Stoller does the critical work of meticulously cataloging backgammon’s rich history. He helps bring to life notable people, events, and contributors to the development of the game.
2020
The USBGF is honoring Phil Simborg with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution as a backgammon educator. Along with Perry Gartner, he established the Backgammon Learning Center which has 25 prominent faculty from countries around the world.
2019
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.
2019
Xavier is honored for his development of the eXtreme Gammon (XG) software, which has transformed backgammon. XG quickly established itself as the premier tool for players worldwide to analyze, study, and improve their games.
2018
Patti Rubin is known by all today as the organizer of the Backgammon World Championships in Monte Carlo. She works tirelessly to preserve an institution while innovating and adapting it to the modern technology of the game and to the ever-evolving contemporary tournament environments.