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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Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of the game. Or if you prefer to simply skip the columns where Magriel errs, here is what to do: Experts and beginners can learn from this superb analysis of the game.

Gackgammon younger half-brother is the sarangi player and teacher Nicolas Magriel. Paul Magriel won the ‘World Championship’ in in the Bahamas.

The US had Paul Magriel, probably the most publicized pure backgammon player in history. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. Then, in his clear-minded way, Magriel takes apart the position and focuses on its fundamental aspects.


Basic Checker Play 4. Patty rated it really liked it Jun 25, Retrieved from ” https: Lists with This Book.

Archived from the original on 7 September Nothing compared to it in terms of comprehensiveness and systematic style of presentation. This is a reprint of Backgammon by Paul Magriel An abridged version of the edition of Backgammon.

Dec 11, Nick Blasier added it. Magriel lives in New York City. THE classic book on Backgammon. Duplication and Diversification The one area of the game which the book covers only lightly is doubling, but even here there are some gems. Backgammon knowledge in the ‘s was still somewhat limited by today’s standards.

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There is one short chapter dedicated to doubling cube strategy, which barely tackles the subject at all. Middle Game Strategy However, it is the almost total neglect of the doubling cube that prevents Magriel’s book from standing alone at magriwl top of the heap. While much of Magriel’s analysis holds up even after 35 years, he does get some positions wrong.

Brad rated it really liked it Sep 23, As Magriel himself says, errors in handling the doubling cube cannot be compensated even with perfect checker play.


Magriel provides both before and after illustrations for ideal moves, followed by complete explanations for why some moves are better than others. Back in the 70’s, there were no computers. Then try making modifications to the position to see if you can turn it into one that makes Magriel’s analysis correct.

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It carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas and strategic principles. Yet this pointing out what you can see for yourself is the most valuable service a teacher of backgammon can perform for you. Jul 09, Matija rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Priming and Blocking Paperbackpages. The book was written a while back, so is missing a few of the modern theories. It does a fine job of communicating the fundamentals of sound backgammon play.

The introduction of high quality neural-net backgammon programs in the mid ‘s led to a revolution in backgammon analysis.