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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There is no Internationally recognized system by which rankings are determined. 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.

They have never before been organized or categorized so lucidly. Jul 09, Matija rated it really liked it Shelves: Also, this book was written way before there was good backgammon software, magriwl the seventies, and it is bwckgammon that some corrections would have to be made for example, what are the best openings and responses to the opening rolls from what we have since learned backbammon the bots. For players who don’t understand the fundamentals of the game, studying this book and trying to apply its concepts over the board invariably leads to tremendous improvement.

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. Using Men Effectively Borislav rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Known as Magfiel on the backgammon circuit, [1] Magriel arguably won more major backgammon tournaments than any other player in the world.

Ruben rated it it was amazing Sep 06, This is a minor matter. A math whiz, Magriel first rose backgamkon gaming prominence as a ;aul chess champion before conquering backgammon. THE classic book on Backgammon. It is a complete work that covers all aspects of backgammon, but there is an area that falls a bit short – the doubling cube. After receiving perfect College Board scores, he became, while an undergraduate, a fellow of the Courant Institute at New York University and later a National Science Foundation fellow at Princeton University with a primary interest in probability.


Doubling Theory Section IV. Paul MagrielBackgammon World Champion and New York Times backgammon columnist, is acknowledged to be the game’s greatest theoretician. Jan 11, Richard Wagner rated it it was amazing.

And each problem fits neatly into the text, into the particular themes running through the chapter in which it appears. Most of the book is very basic, but each and every aspect is important to understand, and I haven’t read a book since that pointed out the basics so clearly. Very good basic book about backgammon.

Michael Czeiszperger backgammin it really liked it Apr 04, Writers of books that need to explain stuff to the reader should learn from Backgammon on how to do it, regardless of field. Magriel provides both before and after illustrations for ideal moves, followed by complete explanations for why some moves are better than others. bcakgammon

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I recommend Backgammon Boot Camp instead because it contains some match theory and has a lot more about doubling theory.

Archived from the original on 7 September Basic Checker Play 4. Refresh and try again. Retrieved from ” https: Backgammon by Paul Magriel. The book is also valuable as a beautifully magridl collection of simple problems. Backgammon himself, Paul Magriel, known universally as X Mind Sports Worldwidemsoworld.

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This is surely as important as chequer play. Modern Opening Theory Still, for a book dubbed the bible of backgammon, lackluster treatment of this subject makes it fall just short of such a high flying moniker for me.


You can learn backgamjon lot if you roll out the positions and think about what Magriel got right and wrong. Holding Game and Backgame Glossary Tables.

Excellent explanation of strategy and tactics, how to make the most out of your rolls. Difu rated it really liked it Apr 12, Basic Doubling Strategy 8. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Paul Magriel – Wikipedia

I do not want to put wrong ideas into beginners’ heads by recommending Paul Magriel’s book when there are better books available. His trademark phrase was “quack quack,” which he’d use to use to identify bet amounts that began with 22 or some multiple thereof — like the “double quack quack” he used when making it 44, and busting an opponent in the WSOP Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Magriel’s Backgammon is considered the bible of backgammon, a foundation work that every backgammon player who does not wish to remain a beginner forever should read. Magriel was also known for his lively antics at the table, which earned him some TV time on WSOP broadcasts after the poker boom. This reputation is well deserved.

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Covers basic checker play very well. Fred Beringer rated it liked it Jul 05, Kevin rated it it was amazing Dec 10, It carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas and strategic principles. Marc Olsen rated it liked it Mar 24,