26 Mar 2015 - by Phil Simborg and Stick
We have two kinds of competitions in our Chicago chouette: first is simply the game itself, and it is a tough game. We're all seasoned, Open players and many of us have 30 or 40 years of experience playing in chouettes.
03 Feb 2015 - by Mary Hickey
The willingness to consider the unthinkable, and the ability to distinguish when it's correct from when it's crazy, and then make the right backgammon play despite the risk of being catastrophically wrong, is a key quality that separates the best players from the rest of the pack near the top.
27 Jan 2015 - by Phil Simborg
Tuvya Felt popped up on the backgammon scene less than a year ago at the Chicago Open. His love for backgammon is apparent through his intense playing style and constant craving for action. Look for him any place a chouette can be found.
01 Oct 2014 - by Phil Simborg + Stick
I have played backgammon in virtually major city in the U.S. over the years, but the Chicago chou one of the most fun. We have good players, fun conversations, and even some great arguments.
20 Aug 2014 - by Mary Hickey
XG and other backgammon programs frequently ding their human clients for small missed doubles. Players concerned about their PR ("Performance Rating") will be especially worried if they get dinged several times in a row for these missed doubles during a game or match.
24 Jul 2014 - by Phil Simborg (with great help from Paul Donnellan)
Years ago when I first became serious about studying this amazing game, I soon realized that I did not have the time, discipline, and math skills to fully absorb the intricacies of match equity, gammon values, and take points, as well as the skill to estimate values well over the backgammon board.