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