Backgammon Giants

Although there is no unified system to rank accurately the best players in the world, Yamin A. Yamin from Illinois, USA has set up a democtratic system among all the big players and tournament directors to figure a somewhat exact ranking. Some might disagree on a few names and would rather see other names instead but all in all, it is a pretty realistic list of the top 64 players in the world. Here you will find the names, pictures and natonalities of the current 30 top players.

For a full list of the "Giants", please visit: www.flintbg.com/giants.html.

Backgammon Giants 2017 (top 30)

Rank Name

Country

1. Masayuki "Mochy" MOCHZUKI (1) Japan
2. Michihito "Michi" KAGEYAMA (2) Japan
3. Victor ASHKENAZI (8) Russia/USA
4. Matt COHN-GEIER (5) USA
5. Petko KOSTADINOV (7) Bulgaria/USA
6. Matvey "Falafel" NATANZON (4) Israel/USA
7. Lars TRABOLT (11) Denmark
8. Akiko YAZAWA (3) Japan
9. Neil KAZAROSS (6) USA
10. Jörgen GRANSTEDT (164) Sweden
11. Robert "Bob" WACHTEL (12) USA
12. Steve SAX (9) USA
13. Steen GRONBECH (11) Denmark
14. Thomas KRISTENSEN (10) Denmark
15. John O´HAGAN (22) USA
16. Tobias HELLWAG (20) Germany
17. Jacob "Stick" RICE (19) USA
18. Zdenek ZIZKA (122) Czech Republic
19. Kit WOOLSEY (15) USA
20. Jürgen ORLOWSKI (18) Germany
21. Ed O´LAUGHLIN (67) USA
22. Joe RUSSELL (25) USA
23. Mislav KOVACIC (16) Croatia
24. Sander LYLLOFF (13) Denmark
25. Karsten BREDAHL (28) Denmark
26. Thomas TENLAND (278) Sweden
27. Yoshiyuki NAKAMURA (27) Japan
28. Marty STORER (21) USA
29. Marc BROCKMANN OLSEN (40) Denmark
30. Sebastian WILKINSON (260) UK