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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Magriel lives in New York City. A Brief History of Backgammon “. I do not recommend this book to beginners.

Kevin rated it it was amazing Dec 10, He is not trying to be entertaining, but rather informative without being dry. This backgamkon recommended as THE book to read on backgammon, and I can see why.

Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

That’s not to say you can’t learn from the columns where Magriel was wrong. Back in the 70’s, there were no computers. If you read and thoroughly understand this book, you’ll play a decent game.

After receiving perfect College Board scores, he became, while an undergraduate, a fellow of the Courant Institute at New York University and later a National Science Foundation fellow at Princeton University with a primary interest in probability. Aug 28, Lorettab rated it it was amazing.

There is one short chapter dedicated to doubling cube strategy, which barely tackles the subject at all. 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. Very good basic book about backgammon.


Paul Magriel

However, it is the almost total neglect of the doubling cube that prevents Magriel’s book from standing alone at the top of the heap. Archived from the original on Not merely a collection of problems, but in fact a textbook that presents a logically structured sequence of concepts, each supported by many illustrative bafkgammon.

THE classic book on Backgammon. Backgammon, Magriel’s seminal book, was published in Magriel applies the same approach to his New York Times columns.

Magriel provides both before and after illustrations for ideal moves, followed by complete explanations for why some moves are better than others. Archived from the original on 7 September Basic Doubling Strategy 8.

It’s an excellent foundation for anyone who wants to take up the game.

For anyone not yet playing the magriwl try it, you’ll like it. It lays out rules for when to play boldly and when to play safe, when to split your back men and when not to split them.


The disadvantages are that some important details of advanced topics e. So grab a chair, relax, and backgammln your trip back to the ‘s. To ask other readers questions about Backgammonplease sign up. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Magriel was featured in the commentary in the televised backgammon series, High Stakes Backgammonproduced from the World Backgammon Championships held in Monte Carlo. The book does great justice to its topics in its well-diagrammed over pages. I also appreciated the breakdown of the chapters, which is very logical.


The Hendon Mob website. Catalog of Undergraduate Day and Evening Programs: Backgammon analysts were flying without a net. I’ve rarely read technical books that are so clearly written and so well illustrated. Or if you prefer to simply skip the columns where Magriel errs, here is what to do: Author, Paul Magriel, Backgammon World Champion international rivals nicknamed him “The Computer,” acknowledging him as a premier theoretician and New York Times backgammon columnist, has ingeniously broken down every aspect of backgammon to its component parts, explaining the game here with a unique, easy to understand, step-by-step, building-block approach.

To keep readers from learning the wrong lessons, I have included computer rollouts with each column. 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.

I’ve read it once, but need to read it over again! No Possible Contact And then there are the bots.