Backgammon Books

52 Great Backgammon Tips
At home, tournament and online

Kit Woolsey

YEAR: 2007

PUBLISHER: Batsford

CITY: London

ISBN: 0-7134-9064-0

ISBN-13: 978-0-7134-9064-0

BINDING: Softcover

PAGES: 144

SIZE: 21.6 cm high, 13.8 cm wide

 "The book is exactly what the title describes. It is more elementary than my other writings, but there will still be material which will be valuable for players of all levels, even if much will be confirmation of things you already know rather than new concepts."—Kit Woolsey, October 2007

 "The book starts with a brief history of the game, the rules, and an explanation of backgammon notation. Early tips tell beginners how to run, hit, block and prime. This is a practical rather than a theoretical book. A good introductory book for someone new to the game.       There are some errors in the graphics. Tip 12 instructs players to hit, but there is no blot pictured. The same position appears in Tip 49, this time represented as a prime, which it clearly is not."—Jim Slomkoski, Flint Area BackgammoNews, October 2007

 "We were asked to write something for beginning and intermediate players. The book starts with an overview of the game and the rules, and the first three tips talk about the basic strategies of backgammon — running, hitting, blocking.       My guess is that intermediates would find the first third or so of the book to be completely obvious. There's probably not a lot of new material for advanced players, but that's not the intended audience."—Patti Beadles, December 2007

CONTENTS:

 Introduction Rules: Playing the Game; Doubling Cube; Scoring Backgammon Notation 1. Run! 2. Block Your Opponent 3. Hit Your Opponent 4. Learn to Build a Prime 5. Consider All the Possible Plays 6. Learn the Opening Rolls 7. Do Not Play Too Safe 8. Avoid Getting Trapped 9. Anchors are Valuable 10. Every Point Helps 11. Have a Game Plan 12. When in Doubt, Hit 13. Keep Your Checkers in Play 14. Do Not Volunteer Shots Unnecessarily 15. Understand the Jacoby Rule and Other Special Rules 16. Play Bots 17. Play Online 18. Learn to Count Shots 19. Learn to Count Pips 20. Learn Faster Ways to Count Pips 21. Fill in Gaps When Bearing In 22. Rip Checkers Off 23. Put Your Checkers Where They Belong 24. Learn When to Take Risks and When to Play Safe 25. The Fastest Way to Make a Point is to Start It 26. Avoid Ugly Plays. 27. Learn Doubling Cube Basics 28. Every Roll is a New Cube Decision 29. The Doubling Cup is Half Full 30. The Taking Cup is Half Full 31. Don't Lose Your Market 32. If it Might Be a Pass, Double 33. Be Slower to Double When You Own the Cube 34. Know When to Play On for a Gammon 35. Double Volatile Positions 36. Look for Alternate Ways to Win 37. Learn Match Play Basics 38. Understand Match Strategy 39. Play Your First Backgammon Tournament 40. Understand the Crawford Rule 41. Use the Free Drop 42. Go All Out When Blitzing 43. Bring in a Closed Board Safely 44. Diversify Your Good Numbers. 45. Duplicate Your Opponent's Good Numbers 46. Make the Move Your Opponent Does Not Want You to Make 47. Good Rolls Are Made, Not Born 48. Do Not Waste Pips When Getting Off Gammon 49. Timing is Everything in a Priming Battle 50. Know How to Walk a Prime Home 51. Be Willing to Shift Points 52. Clear from the Back. Glossary Index

COVER: Backgammon has been described as "the perfect combination of skill and luck". This invaluable book contains 52 essential tips to help you improve your game, whether you are playing in organized tournaments, online or simply around the kitchen table at home.
Two of the world's leading backgammon experts provide their skill and insight on every aspect of the game, from the basic rules to advanced moves. In their trademark authoritative yet friendly style, the authors help you to:
• have a game plan
• block your opponent
• avoid ugly plays
• look for alternate ways to win
• make the move your opponent does not want you to make
• understand match strategy
and cover many other topics, including the doubling cube and the Crawford rule, accompanied by clear illustrations of set positions. This book contains anything you ever wanted to know about backgammon, and more.

AUTHORS:
Kit Woolsey is a well-known backgammon expert, theorist, and winner of countless tournaments. He is also the author of ground-breaking books on backgammon: New Ideas in Backgammon and How to Play Tournament Backgammon.

Patti Beadles has been playing competitive backgammon for over a decade. She runs the website FIBS, the longest-running backgammon server on the internet.

BY THE SAME
AUTHOR:
 How to Play Tournament Backgammon Kit Woolsey 1993: The Gammon Press, Arlington, MA Philip Marmorstein versus Michael Greiner Kit Woolsey 1994: The Gammon Press, Arlington, MA Mika Lidov versus Hal Heinrich Kit Woolsey 1994: The Gammon Press, Arlington, MA Joe Sylvester versus Nack Ballard Kit Woolsey 1994: The Gammon Press, Arlington, MA New Ideas In Backgammon Kit Woolsey, Hal Heinrich 1996: The Gammon Press, Arlington, MA Backgammon: Master Versus Amateur, Volume 1 Kit Woolsey 2000: The Gammon Press, Arlington, MA The Backgammon Encyclopedia, Volume 1 Cube Reference Positions Kit Woolsey 2002: The Gammon Press, Arlington, MA Understanding Backgammon Lessons for Serious Players Kit Woolsey, Tami Jones 2003: The Gammon Press, Arlinton, MA

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