Ken Larsen

Full Name: Ken Larsen

Birth Place: New Bedford, Massachusetts USA

Current City of Residence: Chapel Hill, NC USA

Marital Status: Divorced

Children: 1

Occupation: Retired

How I Started in Backgammon: Taught by a neighbor back in 1975

Backgammon Nickname: Utsira9

Current Skill level: Expert (PR = 7.0)

Playing Backgammon live since: 2006

Favorite Tournament Venue: Atlanta (because of its proximity to me)

Titles won: Three amateur jackpots (two in the now defunct Charlotte tournament plus one in Atlanta)

Favorite Backgammon book: 501 Problems by Robertie

Favorite Food: Mexican

Other Interests & Hobbies: Golf, jogging, swing dancing

If I could change anything in the world, I would…: Reduce world population to 3 billion & convince them all about the absurdity of religion

If I could change anything in the Backgammon world, I would…: Replace Giants voting with a world ranking that’s based on live tournament stats (match W-L and average points/tournament won over the past 5 years). It would also list the top 1000.

Additional comments: I direct the Durham/Chapel Hill (NC) Backgammon Club.