Danny Kleinman

Full Name: Danny Kleinman

Date of birth: March 13, 1937.

Birth Place: New York City, New York

City of Residence: Los Angeles, California

Marital Status: Expecting to be divorced by March 21, 2007

Children: One

Occupation: Singer-songwriter, writer, editor, psephologist, Bridge pro

How I Started in Backgammon: In 1973, my Bridge-hustler friend Stella Rebner asked me to replace Patti Medford in a chouette at the Cavendish West Club so she could have Patti as her pigeon in a rubber Bridge game.

Backgammon Nickname: Miss Lonelyblots

Current Skill level: Expert

Number of years playing Backgammon live: 34

Favourite Tournament Venue: Louisville Labor Day Tournament

Titles won:

– 1976 Barbara Eisenberg Birthday Celebration, mixed skill levels with two World Champions (Billy Eisenberg and Lee Genud) participating.

Other important finishes:

– 1981 Semi-Finalist, top flight, 4th California Open.

Favourite Backgammon book(s): Paradoxes and Probabilities by Barclay Cooke (despite its many errors)

Backgammon books you have written:

– Vision Laughs At Counting with Advice To The Dicelorn
– Wonderful World Of Backgammon Meanwhile

– Back At The Chouette
– Double-Sixes From The Bar
– Is There Life After Backgammon?
– How Can I Keep From Dancing?
– The Dice Conquer All
– How Little We Know About Backgammon
– The Other Side Of Midnight
– … But Only The Hogs Win Backgammons
– A Backgammon Book For Gabriel
– Long Road To Gammon
– Boards, Blots and Double Shots [with Norm Wiggins]:

– Fascinating Backgammon Costa Rica 1994 [with Antonio Ortega]:

– Cubes And Gammons Near The End Of The Match Jerry Grandell: His Most Important Matches

– Backgammon With the Giants: Neil Kazaross

Favourite Film(s): Forrest Gump

Favourite Music: Classic rock (early Beatles and Mamas & Papas)

Favourite Food: Chocolate pie

Other Interests & Hobbies: Music, Bridge, political science

Person I’d like most to meet: Carol Tavris

Favourite Celebrity: Toni Grant

If I could change anything in the Backgammon world, I would… Replace chouette and head-to-head money play with match play.

If I could change anything in the world, I would…

eliminate theistic religions.

Additional comments: Last serious backgammon competition: Costa Rica 1993