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Backgammon players of New York: NYC Backgammon is the largest group of active and participating members in 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 20-40 players. People can come and go as they like for casual play. Most months, a group lesson is given at around 7:45. Up to three times a year (typically January, May and September) a tournament will be held starting at 7:00 instead of the lesson, 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 monthly meetups at Josie Woods; Richard Munitz (https://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/members/6866536/), organizer, two-time American Backgammon Tour champion, 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 at Josie Woods Richard Munitz (https://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/members/6866536/) will typically hold tournaments, registration deadline 6:45pm, with play starting promptly at 7:00. The tournament is typically single elimination, with match lengths chosen so that the final match will be completed by 10:30. 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. Tournament meetups will not include the clinic matches.


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.


A monthly Bronx/Westchester meetup hosted by Sharon Torres (https://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/members/10570788/profile/).


Members living outside of Manhattan may volunteer to become event hosts for regular smaller backgammon meetups convenient to those in their area. 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 (https://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/pages/links/)

Rules of Backgammon (https://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/






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NYCBG Main Josie Woods Meetup

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THIS IS OUR MAIN MANHATTAN MEETUP - mostly casual match play, usually attended by 25-35 players.

A "clinic match" / group lesson is featured at most meetups, starting around 7:45 and lasting about an hour. Players looking to take their understanding of the game to a higher level can participate in group "Clinic Matches" lead by resident Backgammon Giant, Richard Munitz.

Please bring a board if you have one, though if you don't, we do have a few extra boards available. New members: introduce yourself to any of the organizers (http://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/pages/Meet_Our_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.

Click here for information on how we play (https://www.meetup.com/nyc-bg/about/)

Unlike many meetups, our group is FREE and asks no dues, but please note that Josie Woods is a business; there is a $15 minimum to buy food and drink. Please be considerate and mindful that we are spending hours in the great space that Josie Woods reserves for us, as well as the generous game and supply storage for the extra boards that our group uses.

Closest trains:
Josie Woods is 1 block west of R/W train (8th St. stop) or 2 blocks west of
6 train (Astor stop)

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NYCBG Main Josie Woods Meetup

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