Backgammon Players - Oswald Jacoby

An expert bridge and Backgammon Player

Oswald Jacoby (December 8, 1902 - June 27, 1984) was born in United States and was an expert bridge and author of some of the best bridge books ever written. He is still considered one of the greatest players of all time. He learned to play bridge at the age of six. During World War I he lied about his age and joined the army at the age of 15. In the army he spent most of his time playing poker. He dropped out of Columbia University to become an actuary and became the youngest person ever to pass the examination of the Society of Actuaries when he was 21. Throughout his career he also worked as a bridge columnist. He soon achieved fame as a player at both contract and auction bridge but achieved international fame through success in the Culbertson Match with his partner Sidney Lenz. He was a member of the notorious teams "Four Horsemen" and "Four Aces".
He was captain of the North American and US teams that won the Bermuda Bowl consecutively in 1970 and 1971. In 1983 he was awarded the prestigious Charles H. Goren Award. During a long playing career he won tournaments with his son, James Jacoby and also with his wife of over 50 years, Mary Zita Jacoby.

He pioneered many bidding ideas, including Jacoby transfer and Jacoby 2NT.
An inexhaustible writer, he wrote over 10,000 newspaper articles on bridge. His many books included volumes on poker, canasta, gin rummy and the mathematics of card games.

Oswald Jacoby and Backgammon
Jacoby was an expert backgammon player, and in 1972 became the World Backgammon Champion.
In 1970 he wrote The Backgammon Book with John R. Crawford, which is considered the first book to deal with backgammon from an analytic perspective.

World Backgammon Champion
1972 Oswald Jacoby Denmark

Oswald Jacoby’s books include:

  • The Four Aces System
  • What is New in Bridge
  • Win at Bridge with Oswald Jacoby
  • Win at Bridge with Jacoby Modern
  • Win At Bridge With Jacoby and Son
  • Improve Your Bridge With Oswald Jacoby: 125 Bridge Hands from the Master
  • The Backgammon Book (Check backgammon books page)

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