Hi – I’m Chris Bray. I have been playing backgammon for over thirty-five years and I am the backgammon correspondent for The Independent Newspaper in the UK. Tomorrow’s column announces the formation of the UKBGF to readers of The Independent.
Little did I know when I submitted my first article to the paper in February 1994 that I’d still be writing the column nearly twenty years later. Luckily my time ‘in office’ has coincided with huge developments in the theory of the game that have taken place because of modern computer technology and in particular the influence of backgammon computer programs, the best of which is undoubtedly Extreme Gammon.
I have been asked how I can find something different to write about the game each week but, in all truth, if I write the column for another twenty years I will never run out of material. The game is endlessly fascinating and just when you think you are beginning to understand it something new turns up to surprise you. Like all great games you can learn the basics in a few hours, you can become competent in three months, an expert in eighteen months and it takes you a lifetime to really understand it!