If you don’t want to read the whole sorry tale, Debbie wins on the last day by taking both games.
Debbie while cleaning out a closet found a backgammon set. Thus was born the Great Backgammon Challenge of 2011-2012. We’ll keep track of who wins each game over the winter, and on the first day of Spring 2012 (March 20th) the winner of the most games gets to name their prize.
I am confident of victory, despite having had to build a fence around our back garden the last time I entered into one of these challenges.
|12/14/11||1||1||Debbie slaughtered me in the 2nd game. I only had two pieces borne off when she finished.|
|12/19/11||1||1||Debbie hammered me brutally in the first game. I barely squeaked out a victory in the second. I’m not feeling confident.|
|1/4/12||1||1||I almost gammoned Debbie tonight in the first game!|
|1/31/12||1||1||Debbie won the second game tonight only through some unholy pact that let her roll doubles 3 times in a row at the end.|
|2/10/12||1||1||I’m glad no one was counting how many times I said, “bleep it” tonight. The dice were being very cruel.|
|2/21/12||1||1||Debbie rolled doubles 3 out of her last 4 rolls to make a game that should’ve been a walk-off for me way too close.|
|2/22/12||2||0||I should just forfeit and end the misery.|
|2/26/12||0||2||Maybe there is hope after all.|
|2/28/12||0||2||Gammon! Gammon! Gammon! Chuck is great! Let’s feed him chocolate cake!|
|3/7/12||1||1||Status quo maintained|
|3/8/12||1||1||Debbie says my one game lead is, “not the result of skill.”|
|3/9/12||1||1||No one is giving an inch as we rush towards the March 20th conclusion.|
|3/10/12||1||1||Debbie rolled double 6’s, twice, at the end to win the second game. Not that I’m bitter or claiming I would’ve won except for her freakish luck.|
|3/11/12||1||1||Debbie’s freakish ability to roll doubles when needed is starting to creep me out. On the other hand, maybe a trip to the craps tables in Vegas is in order…|
|3/12/12||1||1||Ok, some have challenged me on my constant whining about Debbie’s freakish ability to roll doubles. So tonight I kept count: Debbie rolled 9 doubles, I rolled 3. I know, I know, that proves nothing. I’m just saying…|
|3/13/12||0||2||We both rolled 8 doubles tonight.|
|3/17/12||1||1||Debbie rolled 8 doubles, I rolled 6.|
|3/18/12||2||0||Debbie rolled 8 doubles in the first game and I rolled 1.|
|3/19/12||1||1||This is nothing unusual, but Debbie rolled double 6’s to win the first game.|
|3/20/12||2||0||The penultimate day, and Debbie snatches victory from jaws of defeat by winning both matches. The first she won in the usual manner by rolling 5 doubles to my 1. But she won the second despite only rolling 2 doubles to my 3.|
1.Everything we know about backgammon we know by reading a set of instructions translated by someone who didn’t know much English, and didn’t care to learn any more. What we are playing probably only coincidentally resembles regulation backgammon.