Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of the game. Written between and by Paul Magriel and . Paul Magriel, a former youth chess champion who traded game boards to become known as the world’s best backgammon player, then turned. Results 1 – 30 of Backgammon by Paul Magriel and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Duplication and Diversification For example, a key component to top-level play is the proper use of the cube, a subject on which Backgammon is all but silent. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I had intended to first try to read the other two reviews, but am somehow not sufficiently profieint to access. He is widely considered the games foremost theorist and teacher and one of its premier players.

Backgammon for Serious Players. This is a reference to his nickname, X, since a pair of 2’s are known in backgammon as “double ducks” and poker as ducks.

This is surely as important as chequer play. Highly recommend for anyone playing the game or learning the game. Having stood the test of time for pau, a quarter-century, Backgammon is still the best and most widely recommended and quoted standard instructional manual and reference work on the game for novice and expert alike. If you budgeted for 2 books, forget both of magirel and get this one. Excellent explanation of strategy and tactics, how to make the most out of your rolls.


Doubling Theory Section IV.

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Jan 11, Richard Wagner rated it it was amazing. Showing of 34 reviews. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Gives basic frameworks and explains more technical areas of the game.

Magriel provides both before and after illustrations for ideal moves, followed by complete explanations for why some moves are better than others. This book will drastically improve your game.

The disadvantages are that some important details of advanced topics e. And each problem fits neatly into the text, into the particular themes running through the chapter in which it appears. To ask other readers questions about Backgammonplease sign up. This is a minor matter. Mikkel rated it really liked it Aug 17, Mind Sports Worldwidemsoworld.

Author, Paul Magriel, Backgammon World Champion international rivals nicknamed him “The Computer,” acknowledging him as a premier theoretician and New York Times backgammon columnist, has ingeniously broken down every aspect of backgammon to its component parts, explaining the game here with a unique, easy to understand, step-by-step, building-block approach.

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How to use this book? If you have even a vague interest in understanding what’s going on under the hood of this fascinating and utterly addictive game, then I can think of few finer places to start.

Paul David Magriel Jr. Alexandre Arraes rated it did not like it Dec 28, This book both taught me strategies which permitted me to expand my game to respond to both the luck of the dice and my opponent’s strategy. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Also, the prose, though very readable, is structurally and stylistically weak. I read that this book is considered the Bible of backgammon.


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Michael Czeiszperger rated it really liked it Apr 04, Perhaps Magriel didn’t feel that he knew enough about the cube 27 years ago to put it all in print in a big book. Renee Magriel Roberts, Ph.

Borislav rated it it was amazing Oct 09, It was backgakmon first book that showed me that there was actually strategy and skill involved and not just the “luck of the dice”. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

It does a fine job of communicating the fundamentals of sound backgammon play. Write a customer review. There are a couple of chapters on doubling, but a systematic exposition of the subject, in the style of the rest of the book, would have made the book even more valuable than it already is. Builders and Flexibility This book greatly improved my game, and I recommend it to anyone who wants one of the BEST backgammon books available.

For any player who means to take the game seriously and wants to play jagriel, Backgammon is an indispensable guide.

Pau, one area of the game which the book covers only lightly is doubling, but even here there are some gems. If you enjoy backgammon and are interested in improving your playing skills and enjoyment of the game, this is worth your time and money.

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