The ​Top 3 Research-Based Reasons to Start Playing Backgammon​

Considering a hobby? Choose wisely: This is your time we’re talking about.

Backgammon isn’t just a game: It may make you a better person and help you lead a better life. Here are three reasons why:

  1. You’ll stay sharp for a lifetime. Backgammon is simple to learn but takes a lifetime to master. Want to lower your risk of dementia by over 15% as reported by this longitudinal study? Learn and play backgammon.
  2. You’ll meet interesting people. What’s key to happiness and meaning in life? Social connection. Backgammon is a social game and its players come from all works of life. Find and build new relationships that can last a lifetime.
  3. You’ll make all parts of your life better today. The benefits of backgammon as a hobby don’t end with the game: they carry over into your work and family life.

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CT State Championship Results

Congratulations to the following players from the 5th Connecticut State Championships. Click player names to see video interviews with Voice of Backgammon Larry Shiller.

Open Winner Bahman Zandi. Did you know that Bahman played backgammon from when he was a toddler in Iran? And you’ll never guess – but you’ll learn – how he plays an opening 5-1. Is that his secret?

Open Runner Up Ray Fogerlund. Ray talks about his backgammon journey – both his struggles and successes – and why he’s called six two.

Consolation Winner Karen Davis. President and Executive Director of the USBGF, Karen shares USBGF goals along with her take on the consolation finals match vs Boris Dakhtyar.

Last Chance Winner Rich Munitz. Larry said he’ll be happy to interview Rich when he wins sooner.

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