Wanstead Backgammon Society

Wanstead Backgammon Society meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 in the Duke Public House in Wanstead East London (£3 per pint for the guest ales)

Next meeting is on Monday the 25th of March


I started Wanstead Backgammon Society in January 2017 as there were no clubs in the area and I was bored playing online. One of the main attractions of Backgammon is the social aspect. We are a small, friendly club made up of players of all abilities. If you have ever thought of learning to play Backgammon but have never taken the plunge well this is your opportunity. There are always people willing to teach absolute beginners or anybody trying to improve their game. If you would like more information please email me, Pete Daly at wansteadbackgammonsociety@gmail.com

A brief history of Backgammon

Most authorities agree that Backgammon is one of the oldest board game in the world. Race board games involving dice have existed for millennia in the Near East and eastern Mediterranean. Tabula is the oldest game with rules known to be nearly identical to backgammon; it is described in an epigram of Byzantine Emperor Zeno from (AD 476–491)

There is evidence of board games similar to Backgammon dating back even further.

The Royal Game of Ur, originating in ancient Mesopotamia before 2600 BC, may also be an ancestor of modern-day table games like backgammon. Whether the game originated in Egypt, India, Persia, Turkey or even Greece is not certain but what is certain is that it has been around for nearly 2,000 years which is pretty good going. I wonder if Pokémon Go will still be being played in the year 4017? I doubt it somehow