From the ancient hypnotic clacks tapping away in ouzo-fuelled rural Greece to the century old cashmere sea of The Ritz, the Mediterranean pastime appears today to have a renewed vogue. Modern masters of fiction such as Booker Prize winning DBC Pierre and New York Timesbestseller Jonathan Lethem have both written of their obsession with the game.
This ancient sport has a speed and velocity denied to chess. Governed by risk, backgammon players are more superstitious than their poker counterparts; more at home in myth and chaos. In some respects, it is a game of people who like to live dangerously while sitting comfortably.
All members welcome. Michael and Heathcote will be on hand to teach all those who are new to the game, or have simply forgotten how to play.