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Taking your game up a level

From:   CW
Address:   cw1815@msn.com
Date:   28 August 2002
Subject:   How do I bring my game to the next level
Forum:   rec.games.backgammon
Google:   OJ0h#qnTCHA.2120@cpimsnntpa03


I'm looking for suggestions on how to improve my game. I practice with the
free version of Jellyfish daily, and also play twenty or more games daily
online at the MSN Zone tournaments. While I do OK, I'm not where I want to
be. Can anyone recommend any books other other aids? I don't have the
budget for private lessons or even the full version of JF or Snowie. I do
play at the local park and in a club.



Scott Steiner  writes:

Concerning the next step that you should take, I am very confident that
everyone on this NG would recommend the book "Backgammon" by Paul
Magriel.  Freeware Jellyfish is a good start too but if you're short on
cash then go with GNUBG, it's brilliant and free!  Here's the link:


Paul Magriel and GNUBG should keep you occuppied for the next 3-6
months, at least, some experts read Paul Magriel every year, it's a
brilliant masterpiece and it will put your attention to aspects of the
game which you never noticed before.  The mentioned 2 choices will bring
your game do the next level, definitely.

GandyDancer  writes:

I enjoy and learn a lot at Woolsey's Gammonline site. The cost is $36
per year and you get tons of content including many annotated matches
and a match where the readers play against Kit Woolsey.  Each day a
move (or 2 or 3) are made and Kit explains the reasoning for both his
and the readers moves the next day.

SilverFox  writes:

One note about GammOnline.  The BBS for the site is frequented by some of
the best players on the planet, of whom you can ask questions and get
answers.  A great resource.

As for books, study "Backgammon" by Paul Magriel.
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