Pertinent rule changes for 2020:

The BBC is keeping up with the USBGF and the rest of the professional backgammon world and recognize the need to adapt to current standards.

Definition review for preference:


Required: use is required, no player choice;

Preferred: either player may insist on use;

By Roll: use is settled by the roll of high dice;

If Agreed: use only if both players agree;

Per Player: each player may make their own choice.

**As of 2020, we are clocks AND dice rolling box PREFERRED.**

**As of 2020, we play dice on checkers as LEGAL.**

To be valid, a die must come to rest on the playing field or checkers on the same side of the bar as rolled. If the die is supported by a vertical surface, balanced on its edge or corner, or descends below the top surface of all checkers on which it rests, then a re-roll is required.

**As of 2020, we REQUIRE play with only one set of dice.**




We have adopted a tournament format which guarantees each entrant two matches, although not necessarily two losses.

Live Backgammon Tournaments!
First, Third and Fifth Mondays of the Month.



We plan to run 4 tournaments this year in addition to our regular weekday events. Format and entry parameters have yet to be determined.

Details to follow. Please revisit this site for updates.



    For our main tournaments we meet at a very nice sports bar in Timonium, MD first established  as caterer to famous rock bands: Hightopps Backstage Grille.


    Salsa Grille 6444 Security Blvd.

    Woodlawn, MD 21207

    EVERY 3RD SATURDAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR Confirm all SG tournament dates with:

    Mark Davis @ 443-280-0651 call or text

    Drawing @ 1, Play begins @ 1:15

    Double elimination. 7pt./5pt.

    Chouette play begins at 12 noon.

    Welcome to our  Backgammon club!

    The Baltimore Backgammon Club, has been in continuous operation since May 2007.  Although not directly connected with the former Backgammon Club of Baltimore, an enormously successful club which operated for years during the 1970's and 80's, the BBC roots trace back to that club, and we are grateful for their efforts in popularizing modern backgammon. Our tournaments are open to players of all skill levels.


    Paul Laubner, Director


    Larry Cecchetti, AD/Statistician


    Mark Davis, AD/Special Events Coordinator

    Victor Morawski, Club Founder 443-401-0837

    Please Bring a Set!

    Come out for our 2019 Player of the Year showdown!!!

    In a hotly contested race, two players have separated themselves from the pack. Only our club director, Paul Laubner, can catch and surpass the front running world class pro, Behrooz "Ray" Zamani. Ray recently attended the L.A. Open and made a fine showing and he competes regionally in ABT Tournaments against the top players in the world. Paul took over the directorship of the BBC this year at the behest of the club founder, Vic Morawski, and is seeking a come from behind victory. Be sure to come out and share in the excitement as the 2019 BBC Player of the Year is crowned and wins a sweet custom backgammon board, courtesy of Vic Morawski!


    Baltimore Backgammon Club
    2306 Maryland Highway 45, Lutherville TimoniumMaryland 21093, United States

    Backgammon History 1930's

    Passengers Playing Backgammon aboard pan am's legendary china clipper.  built at Baltimore's glen l. martin plant.

    ***Special events***

    More Beginners/Novice Tournaments coming soon! 

    Format TBD

    We will likely pair these events with the projected Saturday Hightopps Club Venue Events.

    The principle concept behind this event is to introduce folks who are interested in backgammon, played as a youngster, played in school, or on the floor of the living room with their family, or were just passing by the club and watched us play and were fascinated or were otherwise exposed to the game, but never played modern tournament style backgammon. The BBC welcomes players of all skill levels and this setting will be the perfect venue to roll, play, and have open discussion on practical and theoretical concepts and applications with seasoned club players and professionals at no cost! It's literally all about the learning.

    The Backgammon Learning Center

    Individualized Backgammon Instruction Over the Internet by World Class Experts!



    We follow a  set of tournament rules  established by the USBGF and American Backgammon Tour revised 2017 by USBGF/ABT



    Two well-established Backgammon Clubs with long histories and a new Meetup Group meet regularly in the Washington, D.C. area and a club meets monthly in Columbia, MD.

    Live BLC Backgammon Boot Camps

    Learn More

    Baltimore Backgammon Club Sponsor

    Our Upcoming 2019 Tournament Dates and Special Events:  

    December: 2nd, 16th AND 30th (fifth Monday)


    6:30 PM Draw

    Play begins @ 6:45

    Chouette Play begins as early as 4:30

    Hightopps Backstage Grille

    2306 York Road

    Timonium, MD 21093

    Rarely there could be late schedule changes not reflected on this web site.  For the latest updates and reminders, request to be added to our e-mail mailing list by going to the CONTACT US page above.