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May 11, 2009

Board and avoiding the Bar

Filed under: Uncategorized — scotsabroad @ 4:07 pm


What a great game. I think I have learnt the fundamentals of backgammon thanks to a great man called Otto. We went out to a restaurant in Heliopolis last Friday and I had a whirlwind lesson. All around us at tables outside locals played the game at speed, sipping sweet lemon juice or tea and sucking continuously on their sheesha pipes. My poor head was fuddled  so quickly I had to relent from drinking copious amounts of beer. However, I am now hooked on the game. I’ve had this beautiful board that Shona bought for me since Christmas but I’ve only just got round to using it. Just the whole process of throwing the dice, the sound that they make as they hit the board  and the click of the checkers. Even when defeat seems certain the tide can change and the underdog may win. They say it is a life’s work to learn the secrets of the strategy of backgammon. I would just like to play at speed and with a beer on the side. Thanks Otto. The Blog might be taking a back seat for a while.



  1. I just love the game and haven’t played it for ages I threfeore look forward to your return to Scotland so that I can revive my backgammon skills. However, I can’t quite get the hang of the doubling part of the game.

    Comment by Forbes M — May 11, 2009 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  2. I’ll defo be up for learning, Andy. Set aside some beer / sheesha time for me when I visit and you can teach me the basics.

    Comment by Alistair — May 26, 2009 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

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