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This is a MeepUp for anyone who loves Backgammon, wether you've played it for years or are just getting started, AND its for anyone else who is interested, wants to learn to play, or at least find out what this strange looking game is all about!

For those of you who don't know, Backgammon is that game that was on the back of checker boards when we were kids, and nobody knew what it was or how to play it (my experience, at least, when I was a kid back in the dark ages)!

This game is thousands of years old, with claims of it originating in Egypt, Turkey, other middle eastern areas and China, as well!  Napoleon required all of his Generals to learn and play the game to help them improve their strategic thinking!  It is a simple game that most any 8-year old can learn in a hour, and yet many, many people spend their lifetimes trying to master it.  It is possible for that 8-year old to beat the World Champion in any given game, depending on the luck of the roll, but skill will prevail, the longer the game is played.

Truly, Backgammon is a contest of skill, always requiring re-analysis after each roll of the dice that determine each players possible moves.  The number of variations of how a game may play out, are beyond my ability to calculate.  After 36 years of play and well in excess of 100,000 games, I am continually amazed to find situations that seem to have never been seen before.  This amazing, entertaining and challenging game is truly, "Never over until its over!"

The Metro Phoenix Backgammon MeetUp will promote most anything about Backgammon going on in the Valley.  We will put on several Tournaments every month, both with no charge and those that will earn Cash Prizes.  We will put on classes and provide individual Tutoring for those interested in either learning to play or in improving their game.  We will help other clubs get organized and form their own programs.  We will serve as a clearing house for anything and everything Backgammon.  Tell us what you would like and we'll try to accommodate your needs.

All levels of play are welcome.  We have players that can provide a challenge for any World Class player, and we will provide tournaments for the whole spectrum of your playing comfort.  The OPEN competition will accept anyone willing to play.  If your skill level isn't up to that, we will encourage you to play in the INTERMEDIATE tournaments, and for those still leaning the basics in the NOVICE/BEGINNERS tournaments.

We expect all members and participants to bring a friendly attitude and a desire to share a pleasant time with all other participants.  Competition is great and to be commended, yet harmony is essential.  Bring your own board if you have a favorite, if not, there will always be plenty of boards of all types to play on and enjoy.

HAPPY GAMMONS,

John

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