Prince Alexis Obolensky

Prince Alexis Obolensky (1915–1986), socialite and sometimes called the "father of modern backgammon," was a member of the princely Obolensky family of the Rurik Dynasty.

He emigrated to the United States from France in the 1920s, and attended the University of Virginia,[1] where he was a member of the Virginia Glee Club and Zeta Psi.[2] During the 1960s and 70s he traveled widely promoting backgammon as a gambling and tournament game, co-founded the World Backgammon Club[3] and remained its president at his death.[1]


  1. 1 2 ALEXIS OBOLENSKY Obituary, NY Times, February 11, 1986
  2. Corks and Curls. 1935. p. 139.
  3. "World Championships of Backgammon", Dale Kerr,
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