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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Magriel was the son of Paul David Magriel, Sr. Now simply scroll past the columns that have errors and what’s left are the columns confirmed to be correct by the rollouts which, happily, is still a majority of them. Writers of books that need to explain stuff to the rea Magriel’s Backgammon is considered the bible of backgammon, a foundation work that every backgammon backammon who does not wish magril remain a beginner forever should read.

The introduction of high quality neural-net backgammon programs in the mid ‘s led to a revolution in backgammon analysis. Lawrence Jones rated it it was amazing Apr 16, You can learn a lot if you roll out the positions and think about what Magriel got right and wrong.

Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

No trivia or quizzes yet. This was an interesting time for backgammon. Basic Odds Section II. Back in the 70’s, there were no computers. Michael rated it really liked it Mar 23, bacgammon 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.


That will sort the columns according to their error the difference between Magriel’s choice and the rollout’s choice. Colin rated it really liked it Jan 25, Section one is identical to his “Beginning Backgammon” book, and the rest of the book is for more advanced play.

While much of Magriel’s analysis holds up even after 35 years, he does get some positions wrong. It was the first book that showed me that there was actually strategy and skill involved and not just the “luck of the dice”. Basic Checker Play 4. Of course, as Magriel also says in Renee Magriel’s entertaining introduction, the doubling cube is a subject of such complexity that it likely warrants its own book.

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His page book, titled simply Backgammonwas a breakthrough. It shows how far backgammon knowledge has come. There are some other topics that I felt could do with a bit more explanation and examples, such as the back game. For anyone not yet playing the game; try it, you’ll like it. Ruben rated it it was amazing Magrisl 06, And each problem fits neatly into the text, into the particular themes running through the chapter in which it appears.

Each problem illustrates a point, clearly and unambiguously.

The book does great justice to its topics magrieo its well-diagrammed over pages. If you read and thoroughly understand this book, you’ll play a decent game. The book is enhanced by clear and precise diagrams, a glossary and tables, including the betting odds.

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To keep readers from learning the wrong lessons, I have included computer rollouts with each column. Or if you prefer to simply skip the columns where Magriel errs, here is what to do: Middle Game Strategy Want to Read Currently Backgamkon Read. For any player who means to take the game seriously and wants to play well, Backgammon is an indispensable guide.

Michael Czeiszperger rated it really liked it Apr 04, If you buy the book, make sure you are getting this one pages not the shorter one.

He had a unique ability to cut the important features of a position and write about it in terms that anyone could understand. I do not want to put wrong ideas into beginners’ heads by recommending Paul Magriel’s book when there are better books available.

Using Men Effectively The first column introduces the concept of the ” tempo play. 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.

The most important aspects are broken down into their component parts and then explained with Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of the game.

Backgammon analysts were flying without a net. Magriel backammon a skillful instructor and lucid writer.