Forum Archive : Learning

How to improve

From:   Albert Steg
Address:   asteg@tiac.net
Date:   16 February 1996
Subject:   Re: New Player Needs Help
Forum:   rec.games.backgammon
Google:   asteg-1602961751580001@asteg.tiac.net

Marcia Karen wrote:
> What should i add to my current training which includes:
>         reading and playing out stuff from Magriel
>         playing almost weekly in local tourneys
>         playing several times a week on FIBS
>         some tutalage from an expert

All those things sound great.  Once you have thoroughly digested the
concepts in Magriel you should buy some more current, more advanced books
such as Robertie's _Advanced Backgammon_.

More importantly, though, is to play as much face-to-face $ backgammon as
you can at stakes you can afford and with a field of players which
includes some who are more advanced than you are.

Reading is good, lessons are fine, tournaments are fun, but there's no
substitue for long long sessions of bg where you care about the outcome
(hence the $) and during which you get to develop a feel for the kinds of
situations that come up.  Only then will the concepts in the books take
hold in your mind.

FIBS, wonderful as it is, is too slow to be a good investment of time if
you have the option of playing over a real table.

Chouettes are excellent learning expereinces because of the consultation
that can go on, depending on your rules.

Play for a stake at which it's financially annoying to lose 40 points in
an evening, but not financially distressing.

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