For many years, Howard Ring established himself in the United States as one of backgammon's most successful players. However, Ring died in September 2005, and now the United States Backgammon Association (USBGF) has decided to honor Ring's memory with a quiz in his name.
The USBGF will has launch the first Howard Ring Memorial Quiz, at the Los Angeles Open held on the June 11-13 weekend in Van Nuys, California. The quiz will be composed of 14 questions that will be composed by current greats in the game of backgammon—Joseph (Joe) Russell, Steve Sax, Phil Simborg, Stick Rice and Paul Weaver, all of whom hold positions on the board or in committees with the USBGF, and all, like Howard Ring, are active in promoting the game of backgammon throughout the country.
The quiz will be given free of charge to all USBGF members and new registrations throughout 2010 and for the sum of $10 to non-members.
Ring was the winner of the very last World Cup event held in 1998, a tournament held every two years in the United States from 1988 to 1998.
Ring was also the original editor of the Giants of Backgammon list, and a Backgammon Giant in all lists published until his tragic death in 2005.
The USBGF is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing the awareness, participation, education and enjoyment of the skill-based game of backgammon.