edition with a new foreword by Renee Magriel Roberts. Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of. Paul Magriel, a former youth chess champion who traded game boards to become known as the world’s best backgammon player, then turned. 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 .

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I began to understand the flow of the game better, the concept of game plans, and when maggriel change your plan. I bought this book for my daughter as it is easy to understand and is perfect for her as a beginner. 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.

Borislav rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Paul Magriel won the ‘World Championship’ in in the Bahamas. For any player who means to take the game seriously and wants to play well, this book backgammin an indispensable guide and an essential reference tool. Backgammon for Serious Players.

There is nothing Magriel has to show you about backgammon that you cannot see for yourself if you just stop, look, and think about it. The book is enhanced by clear and precise diagrams, a glossary and tables, including the betting odds.

For example, a key component to top-level play is the proper use of the cube, a subject on which Backgammon is all but silent.

Buy the selected items together This item: This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat The book is enhanced by clear and precise diagrams, a glossary and tables, including the betting odds. 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. I’ve rarely read technical books that are so clearly written and so well illustrated.


Writers of books that need magfiel explain stuff to the reader should learn from Backgammon on how to do it, regardless of field. If you are interested in the game or want to improve this is THE book! The US had Paul Magriel, probably the most publicized pure backgammon player in history.


Backgammon carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas, and strategic principles. 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 backgammln issues involved in a position, what sort of game one is trying to play, and how best to bring one’s objectives about.

Little outdated today, that’s why I didn’t give 5 stars. I also appreciated the breakdown of the chapters, which is very logical.

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There are some other topics that I felt could do with a bit more explanation and examples, such as the back game. What is most striking upon a close rereading is the consistent simplicity of the positions. 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.

There are a couple of chapters on doubling, but a systematic exposition of the subject, in the style of the rest of the book, would have made the book even more valuable than it already is. Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of the game.

Paul David Magriel, Jr. It is a complete work that covers all aspects of backgammon, but there is an area that falls a bit short – the doubling cube.


Paul David Magriel Jr. Alexandre Arraes rated it did not like it Dec 28, If you enjoy backgammon and are interested in improving your playing skills and enjoyment of the game, this is worth your time and magriep.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. For anyone not yet playing the game; try it, you’ll like it. Backgxmmon was recommended as THE book to read on backgammon, and I can see why. It wouldn’t hurt advanced players to read this too. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Playing with software is a hard way to begin learning, I always felt like I needed more strategic guidelines.

An Introduction to Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

I’ve read it once, but need to read it over again! The book is also valuable as a beautifully organized collection of simple problems. He is widely considered the games foremost theorist and teacher and one of its premier players. It builds from simpler topics to more complex ones and from the opening to the endgame. After Contact Section V. Don’t let the price put you off. Basic Odds Section II. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The author leads the reader on the journey from complete novice to competent player.

This reputation is well deserved.

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I recommend this highly to the beginning and intermediate player. I’m thrilled that it is back in print, since the last copy I bought just slightly used for a friend because this was my only choice was rather expensive. Adam rated it it was amazing Dec 12,