Backgammon Books

  Backgammon With the Giants: Neil Kazaross
 
 
 

 
  AUTHORS: Antonio Ortega
Danny Kleinman

 
  YEAR: 2001
 
  PUBLISHER: Editorama, S.A.
 
  CITY: San Jose, Costa Rica
 
  ISBN: 9977-88-058-1
 
  BINDING: Softcover, spiral-bound
 
  PAGES: 223
 
  SIZE: 27 cm high, 21 cm wide
 
  READERS
  COMMENTS:

     "Three matches are analyzed, and the actual moves and cube actions are tested with Jellyfish rollouts. Explanatory material tends toward brevity and is geared to the experienced player rather than to the novice. Comments by Neil Kazaross are interspersed with the text.
      The counterpoint between the analysts' and the participant's viewpoints adds considerable interest. Nothing beats a peek into the mind of a top player as he recalls and reflects on his own play. All in all, it is a masterful analysis of three well-played and interesting matches, and a valuable contribution to the literature of our game."—Walter Trice, Flint Area BackgammoNews, September 2001
    

 
  CONTENTS:
   
Introduction
Match 1: Francois Tardieu vs Neil Kazaross — Venice Tournament, Venice, Italy, July 1999, 15 point finals
Match 2: Malcolm Davis vs Neil Kazaross — Michigan Summer Tournament, Novi, MI, USA, July 1999, 11 point quarterfinals
Match 3: Charlie Russell vs Neil Kazaross — Pittsburgh Tournament, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, February 1999, 15 point finals
 
  COVER: Neil Kazaross is one of the best backgammon players in the world. During the past decade he has been ranked highest in Kent Goulding's International Rating List, was five times "Player of the Year" at Chicago's Bar Point Club and won the "American Backgammon Tour" twice. In a recent "Top 32 Giants of Backgammon" survey, Neil's peers ranked him the fourth best player in the world. His credentials as an analyst are equally strong, with illuminating articles, live commentaries at international tournaments, and seminars to his credit.
      In this book we analyze three of Neil's recent matches and attempt to measure the errors of each player and their cost, summarizing the errors that are most typical. Neil contributed substantially to this book, reviewing our draft and supplying his own comments where he thought appropriate. We hope that these three recent matches have shown you not only the quality of Neil Kazaross's game, but also some positions from which you can learn.

  ABOUT THE
  AUTHORS:
Antonio Ortega, five-time national champion of Costa Rica, wrote the accliamed Fascinating Backgammon and is a main co-author of the much-praised books Costa Rica 1993, Costa Rica 1994, Cubes and Gammons Near the End of the match and Gerry Grandell: His Most Important Matches.

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

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