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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Dec 11, Nick Blasier added it. I do not want to put wrong ideas into beginners’ heads by recommending Paul Magriel’s book when there are better books available. And then there are the bots.

You can learn a lot if you roll out the positions and think about what Magriel got right and wrong. Modern Opening Theory The sobriquet X originates from Magriel’s simulation of a real backgammon tournament compare simultaneous exhibition in chess with 64 boards, designated X-1 through x, in which the player designated “X” has eventually won. Alastair Edwards rated it really liked it Jul 18, The author leads the reader on the journey from complete novice to competent player.

An understanding of these points will raise anyone’s game from the “hitting twice is 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.

Maybe it is you who are right and Magriel who is wrong! This was recommended as THE book to read on backgammon, and I can see why. Backgammon by Paul Magriel. Lawrence Jones rated it it magtiel amazing Apr 16, Catalog of Undergraduate Day and Evening Programs: Or if you prefer to simply skip the columns where Magriel errs, here is what to do: Paul David Magriel, Jr.



It was the first book that showed me that there was actually strategy and skill involved and not just the mayriel of the dice”. In one or two cases, it’s hard to imagine an expert making the recommendation Magriel made.

Today, it still remains a superb text on checker play and even today’s intermediates will improve thru detailed study of it. The main criticism of the book must be that it is weak on doubling strategy. In the ‘s, backgammon analysts were still feeling their way. But then I reread it, skipping the the introduction, and tried to understand why expert players thought so highly of the book.

Wes rated it really liked it Apr 13, I have read it many times: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

Marc Olsen rated it liked it Mar 24, Index to the columns People mentioned in the columns More checker problems More articles by Tom Keith. It illustrates what to do, and why! A player that masters the concepts in this book will be head and shoulders above the average player.


This was the first real textbook on the game. Click on the icon to the left for a complete alphabetized list of people mentioned in Magriel’s columns.

The sections I found the most helpful are Chapter 16, Safe Bxckgammon vs. Oct 13, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mark rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Priming and Blocking Yet this pointing out what you can see for yourself is the most valuable service a teacher of backgammon can perform for you. Backgammon knowledge in the ‘s was still somewhat limited by today’s standards.

Explained in as many words as are needed to get the point across, but not any less.

Writers of books that need to explain stuff to the reader should learn from Backgammon on how to do it, regardless of field.

When I first read Magriel, about 15 years ago, I was very weak, and it transformed my game. Covers basic checker play very well. After an introductory section in which he gives examples of the four most common types of game running game, holding game, attacking game and priming game and some basic doubling cube strategy and maths, Magriel goes on to tackle most of the fundamental points of chequer play.

Go to the Index Page and click on the “Error” heading.