Backgammon is not my cup of tea, I found it to dry and people who play it regulary play it so fast and often that it kind of takes away what I like in boardgames, the tranquility and focus. Too rapid for me and too abstract. I do prefer Chess.
Backgammon becomes truly brilliant when you add the doubling cube. You must play with the doubling cube. It takes skill and nerves of steel to win--the luck will always balance out in favor of the better player in the end. Play with the doubling cube!