I love backgammon. Many people think it’s a game of luck – and it is to a certain extent but over time the better player wins.

In January 2011 I entered a tournament in Jersey City, NJ and promptly lost my first match. I re-entered and lost again. Then twice I entered a 4-player round robin and lost both times. I was automatically entered into the “Loser’s” tournament and won 7 straight matches, recovering all my entry fees with a little to spare for the hotel room. Man was I lucky with the dice (and opponents).

A similar thing happened in November 2014 at the Connecticut State Championships: I won the Last Chance tournament, the Doubles Tournament with Marcy Kossar, and was a blitz finalist. This time, I attributed my success to lessons with Phil Simborg.

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