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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Want to Read saving…. Jan 11, Richard Wagner rated it it was amazing. A great book for kagriel, hobbyists and professionals. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. He is not trying to be entertaining, but rather informative without being dry. And each problem fits neatly into the text, into the particular themes running through the chapter in which it appears. Priming and Blocking Holding Game and Backgame Glossary Tables.

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Preview — Backgammon by Paul Magriel. It illustrates what to do, and why! A former New York State chess champion, he appears regularly as a lecturer and consultant and has been teaching backgammon for the past five years. Having defined the rules and the basic game types, it explains with excellent examples the principles of duplication and diversification, and the strength of the 5-point. Add both to Cart Add both to List.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. While playing poker, Magriel often shouted pauk quack!

Awesome – improved my game significantly in a really short period of time. It lays out rules for when to play boldly backgamon when to play safe, when to split your back men and when not to split them.


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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. Paul Magriel won the ‘World Championship’ in in the Bahamas. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Retrieved from ” https: Equally or vastly more importantly, it taught me how to effectively use the doubling cube. Other books simply repeat – sometimes with other words – what Magriel has said.

This book both taught me strategies which permitted me to expand my game to respond to both the luck of the dice and my opponent’s strategy. Paul David Bt, Jr. Explained in as many words as are needed to get the point across, but not any less. As Magriel himself says, errors in handling the doubling cube cannot be compensated even with perfect checker play.

The most important aspects are broken down into their component parts and then explained with a unique, easy-to-understand, step-by-step building-block approach.

Known as X on the backgammon circuit, [1] Magriel arguably won more major backgammon tournaments than any other player in the world.

Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

But I think it is more than this, it is the definitive book on the game, it is the Bible, the Torah and the Koran all together. Not merely a collection of problems, but in fact a textbook that presents a logically structured sequence of concepts, each supported by many illustrative examples. How to use this book?


This is a reference to his nickname, X, since a pair of 2’s are known in backgammon as “double ducks” and poker as ducks. Control of the Outside Using Men Effectively The book is also valuable as a beautifully organized collection of simple problems. The first time I read the book, I didn’t get much out of it.

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He was a professor at the Newark College of Engineering now New Jersey Technical Institute before becoming a full-time backgammon and poker player. They have never before been organized or categorized so lucidly.

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. Michael rated it really liked it Mar 23, If you read and thoroughly understand this book, you’ll play a decent game.

I’ve rarely read technical books that are so clearly written and so well illustrated. Jul 09, Matija rated it really liked it Shelves: Please try again later. While I’ve read other books, during the time period in my life when I was very serious about backgammon, playing nights a week both gambling and competing in tournaments, this was in fact my Bible. It was the only truly analytic book about backgammon since Jacoby’s and Crawford’s The Backgammon Book and rendered all backgammon texts preceding it, and even some subsequent ones, obsolete as introductory texts.