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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Patty rated it really liked it Jun 25, Difu rated it really liked it Apr 12, And then there are the bots. Jul 09, Matija rated it really liked it Shelves: Awesome – improved my game significantly in a really short period of time.

Now you’ve got something to learn from! Mark rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Experts and beginners can learn from this superb analysis of the game. I do not recommend this book to beginners. ,agriel former New York State chess champion, he appears regularly as a lecturer and consultant and has been teaching backgammon for the past five years.

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

The introduction of high quality neural-net backgammon programs in the mid ‘s led to a revolution in backgammon analysis. 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.


This book is not yet featured on Listopia. But then I reread it, skipping the the msgriel, and tried to understand why expert players thought so highly of the book.

Paul Magriel

Books by Paul Magriel. Section one is identical to his “Beginning Backgammon” book, and the rest of the book is for more advanced play.

Paul is one of the most celebrated backgammon players of all time, writing a book that many consider to be the bible of backgammon. It’s an excellent foundation for anyone who wants to take up the game. Known as X on the backgammon circuit, [1] Magriel backgsmmon won more major backgammon tournaments than any other player in the world.

Aug 28, Lorettab rated it it was amazing. The most important aspects are broken down into their component parts and then explained with Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of the game.

Paul Magriel – Wikipedia

The first column introduces the concept of the ” tempo play. A lot of the best material on the game was not written until the s. This is a tool Magriel didn’t have at his disposal.

Even though some pieces are technically wrong or outdated at a very tactical level, the reasoning behind everything really helps me see the big picture when I play now.


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.

Some of the great talents of backgammon were just starting to make a name hackgammon themselves at this time. Magriel systematically elucidates backgammon strategy, from fundamental to intermediate to advanced. Holding Game and Backgame Glossary Tables.

Many of Maggriel columns included news about the game and coverage of major tournaments.

Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

magridl Nothing compared to it in terms of comprehensiveness and systematic style of presentation. While playing poker, Magriel often shouted “Quack quack! The book is enhanced by clear and precise diagrams, a glossary and tables, including the betting odds. Backgammon, Magriel’s seminal book, was published in Magriel applies the same approach to his New York Times columns.

This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Magriel provides both before and after illustrations for ideal moves, followed by complete explanations for why some moves are better than others. Middle Game Strategy This is a minor matter. A must read for the serious Backgammon enthusiast.