Backgammon Books

  What Colour is the Wind?

  AUTHOR: Chris Bray
  YEAR: 2002
  PUBLISHER: Chris Bray
  CITY: London
  BINDING: Softcover, spiral-bound.
  PAGES: iv+243
  SIZE: 30 cm high, 21 cm wide
Chris Bray writes a weekly backgammon column for the Independent newspaper in the United Kingdom (circulation 300,000). This is Bray's second book. Like the first, it is an anthology of his best columns from the Independent. The articles were written between 1998 and 2001.
      The book was revised in 2015: Changes to the 2015 edition

     "What Colour is the Wind? is a fascinating, well-balanced and exuberant read. Casual players not overly enamoured with the prospect of book reading will find the text a rewarding introduction to the wonderful world of backgammon strategy. More experienced Intermediate or Advanced players will undoubtedly find the book a useful and entertaining resource to improve, or reinforce their existing knowledge base. Chris Bray has truly produced a work of art!"—Mark Driver, July 2002


     "What Colour is the Wind? is the collection of Bray's work during the years 1998-2001. Each backgammon problem is dealt with in a compact space. If you've never written an article, you might think that it is three times as hard to write a three-page article as it is to write a one-pager, but it might be the other way around. At least if you do it well. Chris does it well."—Jake Jacobs, Flint Area BackgammoNews, June 2002

1.  Introduction
2.  1998
3.  1999
4.  Intermezzo I—The Netgammon Articles
5.  Intermezzo II--RIP Inside Backgammon
6.  2000
7.  2001
8.  Bibliography
  COVER: The game of backgammon has developed significantly over the last four to five years. It is no coincidence that this development has happened in parallel with the arrival of sophisticated backgammon playing computer programs such as Jellyfish and Snowie.
      Chris Bray is the backgammon columnist for The Independent and has been playing and studying the game for over twenty-five years. In this anthology of his Independent articles of the last four years the arrival and influence of the silicon players can be clearly traced.
      The material covers not only the development of backgammon theory but also looks at the history of the game such as the advent of the doubling cube and some of the more colourful players who have played the game.
      A menagerie of players such as Barry Bigplay, Nigel Natural and Quentin Quickcube help to paint a graphic picture of life in the high stakes chouette—the very lifeblood of backgammon.
      Chris's articles are targeted at a broad range of players and everyone from the caual player to the expert will improve their game by studying the couple of hundred positions in this book.

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Chris Bray
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   Backgammon for Blood
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Chris Bray
2007: Skyhorse, New York, New York
   Backgammon to Win
Play like a pro both online and off
Chris Bray
2007: New Holland Publishers, London
   Second Wind
Chris Bray
2007: Chris Bray (Lulu), London
   Backgammon for Dummies
Chris Bray
2008: John Wiley & Sons, London
   Wind Assisted
Chris Bray
2010: Chris Bray (Lulu), London
   The Wind of Change
A Backgammon Book
Chris Bray
2013: Chris Bray (Lulu), London

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