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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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Ian Hyde rated bu really liked it Jan 04, There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Sep 10, Serge Pierro rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve rarely read technical books that are so clearly written and so well illustrated. Priming and Blocking An understanding of these points will raise anyone’s game from the “hitting twice magrie, fun, so it must be right” level to knowing what are the issues involved in a position, what sort of game one is trying to play, and how best to bring one’s objectives about.


It does a fine job of communicating the fundamentals of sound backgammon play. Magriel systematically elucidates backgammon strategy, from fundamental to intermediate to advanced.

Paul was also the backgammon columnist for The New York Times and has won more major backgammon tournaments than any other player.

After Contact Section V. Backgammon carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas, and strategic principles.


Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

Buy the selected items together This item: Set up a giveaway. Even though some pieces are technically wrong or outdated at a very tactical level, the reasoning behind everything really helps me see the big picture when I play now.


I’ve read it once and I’ll read it again – with Magriel, you can feel your game improving with every page. The book was written a while back, so is missing a few of the modern theories. The author leads mafriel reader on the journey from complete novice to competent player. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a msgriel life. Lists with This Book. Backgammon by Paul Magriel. It is a complete work that covers all aspects of backgammon, but there maggriel an area that falls a bit short – the doubling cube.

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. The disadvantages backgamjon that some important details of advanced topics e. This is a reprint of Backgammon by Paul Magriel The book is layed out in a format that explains each phase of the game in logical order.

It lays out rules for when to play boldly and when to play safe, when to split your back men and when not to split them. Paul Magriel won the ‘World Championship’ in in the Bahamas.

Covers basic checker play very bakcgammon. 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. It is a good read. As Magriel himself says, errors in handling the doubling cube cannot be compensated even with perfect checker play.

Backgammon by Paul Magriel

Because gambling has become an integral part of backgammon for many players, the betting odds inherent in the game are also carefully spelled out. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of the game. I do not want to put wrong ideas into beginners’ heads by recommending Paul Magriel’s book when there are better books available.

How to use this book? I would often refer back to it to see where I’d gone wrong when I knew I’d been beaten by superior strategy vs. Excellent explanation of strategy backgammmon tactics, how to make the most out of your rolls. Each problem illustrates a point, clearly and unambiguously.

Bold Play, and Chapter 20, Golden Point. Having stood the test of time for over a quarter-century, Backgammon is still the best and magrile widely recommended and quoted standard instructional manual and reference work on the game for novice and expert alike.

Not merely a collection of problems, but in fact a textbook that presents a logically structured sequence of concepts, each supported by many illustrative examples.

What is most striking upon a close rereading is the consistent simplicity of the positions. The most important aspects are broken backagmmon into their component parts and then explained with a unique, easy-to-understand, step-by-step building-block approach.

It wouldn’t hurt advanced players to read this too. If you budgeted for 2 books, forget both of them and get this one.