edition with a new foreword by Renee Magriel Roberts. Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of. Paul Magriel, a former youth chess champion who traded game boards to become known as the world’s best backgammon player, then turned. 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 .

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Stop trawling internet sites for poorly written Backgammon tips and tricks. Brad rated backgam,on really liked it Sep 23, While I’ve read other books, during the time period in my life when I was very serious about backgammon, playing nights a week both gambling and competing in tournaments, this was in fact my Bible. This is surely as important as chequer play. The book is enhanced by clear and precise diagrams, a glossary and tables, including the betting odds.

How to use this book? Paul is one of the most celebrated backgammon players of all time, writing a book that many consider to be the bible of backgammon. While this is the first book I have read about backgammon, it’s hard for me to imagine there are many out there that are much better.

Mar 25, Kaj Lampio rated it really liked it. Backgammon carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas, and strategic principles. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Lawrence Jones rated it it bacgammon amazing Apr 16, Magriel systematically elucidates backgammon strategy, from fundamental to intermediate to advanced. I also appreciated the breakdown of the chapters, which is very logical.


Alastair Edwards rated it really liked it Jul 18, Customers who bought this item also bought. It was the first book that showed me that there was actually strategy and skill involved and not just the “luck of the dice”.

The most important aspects are broken down into their component parts and then explained with a unique, easy-to-understand, step-by-step building-block approach.

For any player who means to take the game seriously and wants to play well, Backgammon is an indispensable guide. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It was the pilot series that led to the World Series of Backgammon and showcased Magriel’s oratory skills. It is a complete work that covers all aspects of backgammon, but there is an area that falls a bckgammon short – the doubling cube.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Very good basic book about backgammon. Experts and beginners can learn from this superb analysis of the game.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The theory explains at which stages of tournaments expected value exists to make moves on other players, depending on the ratio between chip stack sizes and antes. He is not trying to be entertaining, but rather backganmon without being dry. The book was written a while back, so is missing a few of the modern theories. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

There is nothing Magriel has to show you about backgammon that you cannot see for yourself if you just stop, look, and think about it. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Equally or vastly more importantly, it taught me how to effectively use the doubling cube. And each problem fits neatly into the text, into the particular themes running through the chapter in which it appears.


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I had read that the book was “the Bible” of backgammon. It is perhaps not for the novice or not serious player. Covers basic checker play very well. Writers of badkgammon that need to explain stuff to the reader should learn from Backgammon on how to do it, regardless of field. Playing with software is a hard way to begin learning, I always felt like I needed more strategic guidelines.

I’ve rarely read technical books that are so clearly written and so well magriwl.

An Introduction to Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

Showing of 34 reviews. The book is also valuable as a beautifully organized collection of simple problems. I’ve read it once, but need to read it over again! Builders and Flexibility Basic Checker Play 4. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Patty rated it really liked it Jun 25, The backgamnon time I read the book, I didn’t get much out of it.

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A great book for beginners, hobbyists and professionals. Paul was also the backgammon columnist for The New York Times and has won backgammpn major backgammon tournaments than any other player. The author leads the reader on the journey from complete novice to competent player. A must read for the serious Backgammon enthusiast. Dec 11, Nick Blasier added it.