Forum Archive : Learning

Using Jellyfish tutor

From:   Stephen Hubbard
Address:   thehub@mindspring.com
Date:   4 September 1997
Subject:   Re: Has Jellyfish Tutor helped you??
Forum:   rec.games.backgammon
Google:   5ulk43$u2u@camel3.mindspring.com

Mark Ferrante wrote:
> I am seriously thinking about purchasing the Tutor version of
> Jellyfish and would like to hear from anyone who has it as to how it
> has helped your game.  It sounds great and certainly is something that
> I need as with the number of games I am losing, I must be making some
> unwise moves...  :)

If you want to improve your level of play definitely get it. I have
had it for about a year and my game has improved a lot.

What I do is play lots of games  against it. I select the options for
it to comment on both moves and cube decisions. That way when I make
an inferior move I get feedback immediately.  Then I study the
suggested better move and try to see why it is better.

Lately I have used another method.  That is to play out a given type
of position (e.g. a typical mutual holding game) over and over.  This
way you can learn quickly to handle a whole class of similar
positions.  Once you get that down you can continue to differentiate
within the class.

Another tactic  is to try to predict where JF will move (or cube)
while it is analyzing. Then notice if it makes the move you predicted.

These are the ways that I use JF Tutor. I would be interested to hear
how others use it.

Long live the artistry of Jellyfish!!
Stephen Hubbard
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