Cem Duran  

Cem Duran


Full Name: Cem Duran


Date of birth: March 24, 1975


Birth Place: Istanbul, Turkey


Current City of Residence: Istanbul


Marital Status: Married


Occupation: Education counselor. 


How I started in Backgammon: In Turkey we are born with basic backgammon knowledge hard-wired in our brains.


Backgammon Nickname: Duran


Current Skill level: Pathetic


Playing Backgammon live since: Seven years


Titles won

 I don't have any international titles so far. But some national ones:

 - 4 times WBF-Turkey Istanbul Golden League Champion

 - 2007 Bosporus Backgammon Club (BTG) tournament champion


Other important finishes:

 - 2007 World Championship of Backgammon in Monte Carlo Quarter finalist in the Championship flight of.


Favorite Backgammon book: I love all of them. Some for their educational value, and the others for their entertainment value.


Favorite Music: Rock music


Favorite Film: Europe by Lars Von Trier


Other Interests & Hobbies:  Sociobiology, genetics, computer games


Person I'd like most to meet: Anyone who is going to live 1000 years from now.


Favorite Celebrity: Richard Dawkins


If I could change anything in the world, I would... decrease the human population to a few hundred million, as it should be in order for other species to live peacefully without us destroying their habitat, selecting among the least egoistic and species among us.


If I could change anything in the Backgammon world, I would... create a rating system which would include all results from top worldwide tournaments.


Additional comments: Feel free to contact me if you come to Istanbul (cogusian@yahoo.com). I'm always available for some good backgammon



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