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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He leads the reader through the steps an expert takes to get at the heart of the problem and deduce the correct answer.

Oct 13, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Covers basic checker play very well. The first column introduces the concept of the ” tempo play.

Magriel had several notable finishes bacigammon poker tournaments from the mids in Europeplaying in LondonParis and Vienna in Omahahold’em and seven-card stud events. The main criticism of the book must be that it is weak on doubling strategy. I really appreciated Magriel’s concise, to-the-point style and clear explanations. It carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas and strategic principles. Nov 15, Stephen rated it really liked it.

And then there are the bots. The first time I read the book, I didn’t get much out of it.

Difu rated it really liked it Apr 12, So grab a chair, relax, and enjoy your trip back to the ‘s. First Column June 9, Each column is a tiny lesson. It was the first book that showed me that there was actually strategy and skill involved and not just the “luck of the dice”. Yamin from Illinois has created a system by which the tournament directors around the world calculate the best players and establish their ranking.


They have never before been organized or categorized so lucidly. When I first read Magriel, about 15 years ago, I was very weak, and it transformed my game. THE classic book on Backgammon. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Alastair Edwards rated it really liked it Jul 18, For any player who means to take the game seriously and wants to play well, this book is an indispensable guide and an essential reference tool.

Dec 11, Nick Blasier added it. It wouldn’t hurt advanced players to read this too. Marc Olsen rated it liked it Mar 24, Lists with This Book. Mar 25, Kaj Lampio rated it really liked it. Doubling Theory Section IV.

Paul Magriel

A former New York Msgriel chess champion, he appears regularly as a lecturer and consultant and has been teaching backgammon for the past five years. That will sort the columns according to their error the difference between Magriel’s choice and the rollout’s choice. Still, for a book dubbed the bible of backgammon, lackluster treatment of this subject makes it fall just short backgammon such a high flying moniker for me. You couldn’t just pop a position into your favorite bot and see if it agreed with your assessment.

Magriel was featured in the commentary in the televised backgammon series, High Stakes Backgammonproduced from the World Backgammon Championships held in Monte Carlo.

Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

The introduction of high quality neural-net backgammon programs in the mid ‘s led to magriell revolution in backgammon analysis. A must read for the serious Backgammon enthusiast.

An abridged version of the edition of Backgammon. Magriel systematically elucidates backgammon strategy, from fundamental to intermediate to advanced. Some of the great talents of backgammon were just starting to make a name for themselves at this time.

There are some other topics that I felt could do with a bit more explanation and examples, such as the back game.


Paul Magriel – Wikipedia

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. I recommend this highly to the beginning and intermediate player. I do not want to put wrong ideas into beginners’ heads by recommending Paul Magriel’s book when there are better books available. No trivia or quizzes yet. It shows how far backgammon knowledge has come. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Usually the logic he used was correct but some other overriding concern made his conclusion wrong. Still, this really is essential reading for any aspiring backgammon player. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Backgammon analysts were flying without a net. Bold Play, and Chapter 20, Golden Point. 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.

The book is layed out in a format that explains each phase of the game in logical order. 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 player who does not wish to remain a beginner forever should read.