It wasn’t going to be news to GCBGC members if 12 year old Riley Holtmann did well in the 2023 Australian Backgammon Championships. 

So when he won the Sunday division in a field of 32, we could be nothing but proud and delighted for him.

Boy holding trophy after winning backgammon tournament

Without doubt, this is the first of many backgammon trophies Riley will win

Boy receiving prize money after winning backgammon tournament

There is also a sizable lump of pocket money along with the trophy


Man who presented trophy to boy being hugged

As well as being a great backgammon player, Riley is a lovely young man.

Boy with woman standing over backgammon board

Riley’s greatest (and proudest) supporter is his grandmother, Denise.


Boy being acknowledged by top rated backgammon player

Hossein Haydari, currently #1 rated player in Australia quaking in his boots at the thought of facing Riley Holtmann