The oldest backgammon game ever found was in Shahr-I Sokhta, Iran. It is believed to be 5,000 years old.
In July of 1979, world backgammon champion Luigi Villa became the first human board game champion to lose to a computer program. The program's creator said the computer just got lucky dice rolls.
The World Backgammon Championship is held yearly in Monte Carlo. In 2006, 335 players participated.
As with chess, backgammon opening theory has been heavily studied to determine the best possible starting positions for each roll.
Backgammon games are often sold in a attache case for easy storage and transportation.
The word backgammon is Saxon for "back game," while in Welsh backgammon means "little battle."
Many of today's backgammon rules were laid down in 1743 by Englishman Edmund Hoyle in his book A Short Treatise on the Game of Backgammon.
Backgammon is the most popular board game in the Middle East. It is known there as trie trac for the sound the backgammon checkers make on the board.
Famous no-limit poker player Gus Hansen was a world-class backgammon player before turning poker pro in 1997.
Some of the world's most beautiful backgammon boards are made from hand-crafted wood such as mahogany, oak, rosewood, and walnut.
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