See You in Hartford, CT?

Save the date: The 5th Connecticut State Championships takes place October 19-22, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Windsor Locks, CT USA.

Ross Gordon runs an excellent tournament and is always thinking about ways to implement ways to make the player experience fun and memorable. And this year I will be there as The Voice of Backgammon, doing live commentary throughout the tournament. So you don’t need to be there to enjoy the action: Join me on!

Maybe this year Ray Fogerlund will give another lecture Saturday morning? I hope so, because the last time Ray gave a lecture, I took his advice and beat him in my next match 🙂

Has that ever happened to you? Have you read a book or attended a lecture and immediately found an application in your next game? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below.

The Backgammon World Loses a Giant (updated)

[Note: I updated this post to properly attribute the authorship of Playboy’s Book of Backgammon, which was written by Lewis Deyong, not Hugh Hefner. Thank you to the many readers who found the error. -Larry Shiller]

Hugh Hefner passed away today at age 91.

Whatever your view of Hugh Hefner, he arguably promoted backgammon better than anyone in history. He wrote the introduction to Lewis Deyong’s Playboy’s Book of Backgammon, held innumerable backgammon parties at the Playboy Mansion in the 1960s and 1970s, and played with major celebrities of the day including Omar Sharif and Lucille Ball.

Candace Mayeron, who runs the California State Championship, said, “Hef was almost single-handedly responsible for the popularity and tremendous growth of backgammon during its heyday in the 70s. What celebrities do, Americans mimic. We’ll miss him. ”

Hefner’s last known photo, taken August 6, 2017, shows him playing backgammon with family. See son Marston Hefner’s tweet and pic here:

Which celeb do you think will take the backgammon baton from Hef? Let us know in the comments below.

[Correction note: Hugh Hefner wrote the introduction for but did not write Playboy’s Book of Backgammon. The author was Lewis Deyong.]