Forum Archive : Learning

How to improve

From:   N Merrigan
Address:   acumen1@blueyonder.co.uk
Date:   20 January 2007
Subject:   Re: Doubling Cube
Forum:   rec.games.backgammon
Google:   VQfsh.126932$Kh7.42712@fe2.news.blueyonder.co.uk

Hi Von,

Depending on your desire and level of BG you wish to aspire to, you need to
ask yourself: what is my learning style, and how can I incorperate this
learning in developing the skills necessary to improve.

There are countless approaches you could adopt.  Choose the ones that best
suit your style of learning.

Here is a list of do's and dont's.  It is by no means absolute; just
something I have picked up along the way as a player and as a lecturer in


- "Backgammon" by Magriel is a must read.  Treat it like a TEXT BOOK.

- Subscribe to a BG Mag.  Your choice!

- Compare positions that share commonalities such as splitting, slotting
  etc.  Magriel's Backgammon is excellent for this type of learning.

- Walter Trice's Backgammon Boot Camp can be used along side Magriel's
  Backgammon.  personally I think Boot Camp is more dynamic - both are
  essential reading.

- Make subtle changes to a postion and try to find common themes.  You
  could do this by cross referencing the feedback you get from the bots,
  books and your own thinking.

- Keep a running diary of your learning and development.

- Set targets, goals etc.


- Don't allow your playing time to exceed your learning time.

- Don't expect learnt material to yield results straight away.  It needs
  time to gel.

- Don't get discouraged while playing or learning.

- Don't try to advance to the next level until you fully understand the
  fundamentals i.e. the cube.

- Don't rush your learning.  It's amazing how much learning can be acquired
  from so little.

Above all.  Have fun.

N Merrigan
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