What we're about
Backgammon players of New York: NYC Backgammon is the largest group of active and participating members in the NYC; meeting great people to play with has never been easier. New York City Backgammon was founded in April, 2008.
The main meetup is held once each month on a non-fixed Tuesday night and is typically scheduled about one month in advance. Set your account to receive our emailed event notices so you don't miss a meetup. (see instructions at the bottom*). The meetups run from 6pm to approximately 11:30 pm. Attendance varies between 20-30 players. People can come and go as they like for casual play. Three times a year (January, May and September) the main meetup will be held tournament style, format to be announced.
Location is downstairs at:
Josie Wood's Pub
11 Waverly Place, New York, NY
There are various modes of play available through NYC Backgammon.
Open match play against one and all. Members pair off as desired, pick up a match score sheet, agree on a match length such as 5 or 7 points, complete the match. After each match is completed players may seek other available members for a new match. Some of our members enjoy playing 'heads-up' for money. You can ask around to see who might be interested in this, or the organizers can help direct you.
"CLINIC MATCHES" - Improve your game
Offered at most meetups; Richard Munitz (http://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/members/6866536/), organizer and ranked from 2007-2011 in the top 32 "Giants of Backgammon (http://www.flintbg.com/giants.html)" in the world, will play clinic matches, in which his opponent and spectators will have the invaluable opportunity every step of the way to learn the in-depth strategy and logic behind the game.
January, May and September meetups Richard Munitz (http://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/members/6866536/) will hold tournaments, registration deadline 6:45pm, with play starting promptly at 7:00. Participation is optional, you may attend for casual match play with players not involved in the tournament if you bring your own board; all our group's backgammon boards will be in use for the tournament. The tournament meetups will not include the clinic matches.
On NON-main meetup Tuesdays every couple months, John Barnett (https://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/members/138163302/) hosts a Chouette-style tournament with $10 entry fee. A style of group play that is more social in nature, anyone who can play backgammon can play, instruction will be given before the tournament begins.
During regular meetups, 3-5 Player Chouettes may form at-will for stakes the group is comfortable with (Ranging from $0.25 to $5 or $10 per point) This is a fun and exciting variation of backgammon in group format, with a more social element, as well as a great opportunity to learn from other players. Be ready to use the cube.
Members living outside of Manhattan may volunteer to become event hosts for regular smaller backgammon meetups convenient to those in their area. Currently we have a monthly Westchester meetup. Other members wishing to host in their own area are welcome to contact the organizers to volunteer to become an event host. For more information see: Other Places to Play (https://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/pages/11592882/Other_Places_to_Play/)
NOTE TO NEW MEMBERS: bring a board if you have one, or just show up, we do have extra boards available. Introduce yourself to any one of the four organizers; to get you started we'll find someone to pair you up with for your first match. After your first match, please feel free to seek out available players to meet and play, throughout the night, just ask if someone would like to play.
Meet our Organizers (https://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/pages/1238535/Meet_Our_Organizers/)
Links to other Backgammon Resources (http://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/pages/links/)
Rules of Backgammon (http://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/pages/Rules_of_Backgammon/)
NYC Backgammon is a US Backgammon Federation PRIME club. Join the US Backgammon Federation and take advantage of the many benefits of membership, while doing your part to support the growth of backgammon in the USA. http://usbgf.org/
* HOW TO RECEIVE EMAIL NOTICES FOR NEW SCHEDULED MEETUPS *
On the meetup web page, click your account menu on the top right
Select "Email Updates"
Under the section "Updates about your groups"
Click New York City Backgammon "Edit"
Check the box by all of the following:
• "New Meetup scheduled"
• "Announcement about a specific Meetup"
• "Announcement to members about the group"
If you don't set these three check boxes you may miss new meetups (or any changes or cancellations), and will need to log into the website and check the calendar of upcoming meetups to stay current.