Backgammon Books

  Cubes and Gammons Near the End of a Match
 
 
 

 
  AUTHORS: Antonio Ortega
Danny Kleinman

 
  YEAR: 1997
 
  PUBLISHER: Editorama
 
  CITY: San Jose, Costa Rica
 
  ISBN: 9977-88-40-9
 
  BINDING: Softcover, spiral-bound
 
  PAGES: 122
 
  SIZE: 29 cm high, 21 cm wide
 
  READERS
  COMMENTS:

     "All the Ortega books are superb match analysis books, and Cubes and Gammons near the End of the Match, although pretty technical, is great for understanding match equity concepts and cube actions in matches."—Gregg Cattanach, August 2000
    

 

     "Antonio Ortega and Danny Kleinman have just written the definitive treatise on the proper handling of the doubling cube when one player is 2 points away from winning a match. The handling of the doubling cube is often radically different from money play. For instance, there is a large class of positions where it is never right for the leader to double. Similarly, as the trailer's chances of losing a gammon go up, the more correct it becomes for the trailer to double when a market-losing sequence appears. I felt the book gave me a much better grasp of the personalities of certain scores (especially 2-away vs. 3-away and 4-away).
      The book is well-written, comprehensive, mathematically accurate, and immensely practical. Occasionally, it does get pretty technical with the computation of doubling windows and doors for various positions. It is necessary reading for any serious tournament player. I give it a solid A for Accuracy, Analysis, and Applicability."—Art Benjamin, Flint Area BackgammoNews, July 1997
    

 
  CONTENTS:
   
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Trailer Doubles
      Section 1: Basic Concepts
      Section 2: Trailer's Doubling Window
      Section 3: Characteristics of Doubling Windows
      Section 4: Gammon Cost Analysis
      Section 5: Illustrative Problems
      Summary of Section 5
      Section 6: Problems from Expert Matches
      Summary of Section 6
Chapter 2: The Leader Doubles
      Section 1: Basic Concepts
      Section 2: Leader's Doubling Window
      Section 3: Characteristics of Doubling Windows
      Section 4: Gammon Cost Analysis
      Section 5: Illustrative Problems
      Summary of Section 5
      Section 6: Problems from Expert Matches
      Summary of Section 6
Chapter 3: Both Sides Need 2
      1. Double Immediately
      2. Market Loser Criterion
      3. Wait-and-See
      4. Waiting for a Tough Cube
      5. Becoming Too Strong
      Summary of Chapter 3
 
  COVER: In this book, authors examine cube strategy in conjunction with varying gammon rates during the final stage of a match when at least one player is two points from victory. This is a critical stage in many matches.
      Chapter 1 studies the Trailer's possible doubles, distinguishing pure races from gammonish positions. When the Leader needs only 2, the Trailer can double more aggressively than usual. In actual matches, Trailers have often waited beyond market loss to double, and Leaders have taken clear passes.
      Chapter 2 studies the Leader's possible doubles. These are especially hard to appraise because they fall within a narrow range. Once the Leader progresses from "not good enough" to double, he advances quickly through the narrow doubling window in which the cube should be turned and taken and the narrow cashing window in which the cube should be turned and passed, soon becoming "too good to double" (in otherwords, good enough to play for an undoubled gammon). Sometimes these windows shut entirely.
      Finally, Chapter 3 touches briefly on the tie score at which both players are two points from victory, discussing the popular market loser criterion and some less popular strategies.
      Examples from expert matches illustrate the themes of each chapter.

  ABOUT THE
  AUTHORS:
Antonio Ortega, five-time national champion of Costa Rica, wrote the acclaimed Fascinating Backgammon and is the main co-author of the much-praised books Costa Rica 1993 and Costa Rica 1994.

Danny Kleinman, world-renowned analyst and theoretician of backgammon, wrote the classic Vision Laughs at Counting and many other backgammon books.

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