Durham/Chapel Hill Backgammon Club


Backgammon is a fast-paced combination luck/skill game that enjoyed many years of crazed worldwide fad in the 1970s and early 80s.  Our club is one of many that have formed to revive interest in this fabulous game.  Click here to see our club's promo video [thanks to Kevin Larsen].


If you enjoy backgammon ... or are just curious and want to learn it ..., you should consider joining us.  We provide good camaraderie and a good learning environment ... particularly if you aspire to play events on the American Backgammon Tour (ABT) as we play tournament-style backgammon.  A few of our members have won events on that tour.



Jason's Deli  (map)

5408 New Hope Commons Dr #123a

Durham, North Carolina 27707

When: 6:00 - 10:00 PM on Mondays   You must arrive prior to 6:00 PM to be eligible for the tournament(s).   The club director typically arrives by 5:00 and orders dinner.  Please do likewise, if you can, and support our club venue.

As of February 13, 2017 this club has ended.  There are no more club meetings.

Attendance had been poor beginning in the fall of 2016.


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  • Every club meeting we'll hold one or more simultaneous tournaments (details/rules) (forms)
  • Free tutoring (details)
  • Chouettes:  We don't hold chouette play at Jason's Deli, but if you're interested in chouette play on other days, contact Bruce Bonner.
Newsletters: Issue 427 (February 13, 2017)
Issue 426 (February 6, 2017)
Issue 425 (January 30, 2017)
Issue 424 (January 23, 2017)
Issue 423 (January 16, 2017)

2017 Statistics

2016 Statistics

2015 Statistics

2014 Statistics

2013 Statistics

2012 Statistics

2011 Statistics

2010 Statistics

2009 Statistics

2008 Statistics

Lifetime Club Standings

Streaks (Longest match winning and losing streaks)

Pictures: Active members
Equipment: Links to web sites which sell backgammon boards, dice, clocks, etc.
Learning: Links to resources which can improve your backgammon skill
Other clubs: List of all U.S. clubs
Chris Anderson wants to start a club in Greensboro, NC.  Contact Chris to get on his email list.
Leonard Martina wants to start a club in Ashville, NC.  Contact Leonard to get on his email list.
Federations List of worldwide backgammon federations and links to their rules
  1. Our club was founded April 22, 2008.
  2. Our club logo was designed in August 2011 by club member Stephanie Usery, a graphic designer.  She designed it as a black and white logo.  Chicago Point's Bill Davis added color to it on May 4, 2014.
  3. In June of 2012 our club became an affiliate member of the United States Backgammon Federation, USBGF.
  4. In December of 2014 our club became an Prime Club member of the United States Backgammon Federation, USBGF.
  5. Proposed World Ranking System for backgammon
  6. Backgammon notation
  7. Proposed change to backgammon rules regarding "cocked dice"
  8. Ken Larsen's opinion of new USBGF rule regarding dice-on-checkers

Lastly:  Tips on how to start your own backgammon club.


Ken Larsen's home page