Full Name: Dorn Bishop
Date of Birth: 12/18/1964
Current City of Residence: San Diego, California
Member of the U.S. Backgammon Federation Board of Directors
How I Started in Backgammon: In about 1975, my dad gave me a backgammon book by Tim Holland. Soon after that, we traveled to Iran where I played with the travel guide, his friends, strangers in airports. I only played occasionally after that. Then, in 1993, I played a bridge tournament with Danny Kleinman as my partner. He talked me into buying Vision Laughs at Counting and Meanwhile Back at the Chouette, which he sold me out of the trunk of his car.
Backgammon Nickname: Pipcelot or dorn
Current Skill Level: World Class
Playing Backgammon live since: 1993
Favorite Tournament Venue: Las Vegas
– 2015 American Backgammon Tour Player of the Year
– May 2015: Winner 35th Chicago Open Championship
– April 2014: U.S. Open Backgammon Championship, Consolation Winner
– 2011-2012: USBGF Internet Backgammon Champion
– 2009: Los Angeles Open Super 32 Champion
– April 2000: Las Vegas Limited Jackpot Champion
– June 1999: Los Angeles Super Jackpot Champion
Other important finishes:
– December 2015: Winner Consolation California State Backgammon Championship
– November 2015: Second Place Las Vegas Open Backgammon Championship
– August 2014: Quarterfinalist, Backgammon World Championship, Monte Carlo
– June 2014: Finalist, Los Angeles Open
– February 2014: Finalist, U.S. Open Super Jackpot Championship
– August 2012: Bronze Medal, Nation’s Cup Tournament (Captain of U.S. Team)
– April 2012: Finalist, Nevada State Backgammon Championship, Consolation
– 2nd Place, 2nd U.S. Open 2010
– 2nd Place, 2010 Los Angeles Open
– 2nd Place, 2010 New Mexico State Backgammon Championships
– 1st Place, 2009 Los Angeles Open Consolation
– 2nd Place, Championship Division, 17th Annual Nevada State Backgammon Championship, April 2000.
Favorite Backgammon Book: Backgammon by Paul Magriel
Favorite Music: Acoustic
Favorite Film: The Philadelphia Story
Favorite Food: Linguini with White Clam Sauce
Other Interests & Hobbies: Poker, Bridge, Wine, Yoga, Meditation and Racquetball.
Person I’d like most to meet: The Dalai Lama
Favorite Celebrity: Jon Stewart
If I could change anything in the world, I would…: Stop beating myself up so much about wanting the world to be so different than it is.
If I could change anything in the Backgammon world, I would…: Encourage mandatory clock use for all open tournament events, and discourage the personal videotaping of matches.