Backgammon has always attracted members hailing from the upper echelons of society. Often referred to as the ‘Game of Kings,’ it has held a special place in many royal courts throughout history. Accordingly, it’s hardly surprising that backgammon continues to be played by the rich, powerful and, of course, famous.
Here’s a list of well-known people whose penchant for the game has been discovered and documented.
The Egyptian-born actor Omar Sharif was known to be an avid backgammon player, and even wrote his own weekly column about the game!
Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner reportedly used to throw some pretty wild backgammon parties at his mansion.
Robin Leach, host of the popular 80s TV program and a contender for the Most Annoying Man in the World, has admitted to being a keen player.
Actor Kevin Bacon apparently has a passion for the game. So do fellow movie stars Joaquin Phoenix and Tobey Macguire.
Female stars Kate Winslet and Kylie Minogue could use their alleged backgammon skills to assemble a pretty hot tandem.
Professional baseballers Roger Clemens and Ken Caminiti, are said to play a few games while on the road.
Brian May, lead guitarist of the rock group Queen, regularly played with members of his road crew.
World Backgammon Association Champions
Every year the best backgammon players in the world head to Monte Carlo to try for the coveted title of World Champion. Here’s a list of previous winners:
|1969||No Championships held|
|1970||No Championships held|
|1976||Joel Dwek||United Kingdom|
|1977||Jean Noel Grinda||France|
|1978||Richard de Surmont||France|
|1995||David Ben Zion||Israel|
‘Big Boys’ of Backgammon
Every two years since 1993, Yamin Yamin of Illinois has done a poll to determine the best backgammon players in the world at the moment. The question is put forth to championship-level players and tournament directors from all over the world. For more information regarding this poll, check out the Flint Area Backgammon Club website located here.
Here are the TOP 10 Giants of Backgammon for 2005:
|10||Paul “X-22” Magriel||USA|