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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The theory explains at which stages of tournaments expected value hy to make moves on other players, depending on the ratio between chip stack sizes and antes.

Return to Book Page. The Hendon Mob website. It is a complete work that covers all aspects of backgammon, but there is an area that falls a bit short – the doubling cube.


This book greatly improved my game, and I recommend it to anyone who wants one of the BEST backgammon books available. Paul David Magriel, Jr. I do not recommend this book to beginners.

Backgammon by Paul Magriel (1976, Hardcover)

Michael rated it really liked it Mar 23, This was the first real textbook on the game. The book is enhanced by clear and precise diagrams, a glossary and tables, including the betting odds. Magriel first came to prominence on the backgammon circuit when he won the World Backgammon Championship in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Magriel lives in New York City. Paul was also the backgammon columnist for The New York Times and has won more major backgammon tournaments than any other player.

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. Paul David Magriel Jr. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. 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.

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Backgammon by Paul Magriel

You can learn a lot if you roll out the positions and think about what Magriel got right and wrong. I began to understand the flow of the game better, the concept of game plans, and when to change your plan. Perhaps Magriel didn’t feel that he knew enough about the cube 27 years ago to put it all in print in a big book. Very good basic book about backgammon.


Aug 28, Lorettab rated it it was amazing. The book is also valuable as a beautifully organized collection of simple problems.

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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.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. A great book for beginners, hobbyists and professionals. Written, designed, printed and bound in b USA. The instruction is well written and well explained in a thoughtful manner. To ask other readers questions about Backgammonplease backgmamon up.