Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of the game. Written between and by Paul Magriel and . Paul Magriel, a former youth chess champion who traded game boards to become known as the world’s best backgammon player, then turned. Results 1 – 30 of Backgammon by Paul Magriel and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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They have never before been organized or categorized so lucidly. Backgammon himself, Paul Magriel, known universally as X Magridl carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas and strategic principles. Mark rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Alastair Edwards rated it really liked it Jul 18, Then try making modifications to the position to see if you can turn it into one that makes Magriel’s analysis correct.

Usually the logic he used was correct but some other overriding concern made his conclusion wrong. The one area of the game which the book mafriel only lightly is doubling, but even here there are some gems.

Borislav rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Today, it still remains a superb text on checker play and even today’s intermediates will improve thru detailed study of it. Some of the great talents of backgammon were just starting to make a name for themselves at this time. Author, Paul Magriel, Backgammon World Champion international rivals nicknamed him “The Computer,” acknowledging him as a premier theoretician and New York Times backgammon columnist, has ingeniously broken down every aspect of backgammon to its component parts, explaining the game here with a unique, easy to understand, step-by-step, building-block approach.


Having defined the rules and the basic game types, it explains with excellent examples the principles of duplication and diversification, and the strength of the 5-point.

Paul Magriel’s NYT Backgammon Columns

Backgammon analysts were flying without a net. That being said, I would not look to Backgammon to bridge the gap between intermediate and expert play. Nothing compared to it in terms of comprehensiveness and systematic style of presentation. Books by Paul Magriel. Not merely a collection of problems, but in fact a textbook that presents a logically structured sequence of concepts, each supported by many illustrative examples.

Patty rated it really liked it Jun 25, In one or two cases, it’s hard to imagine an expert making the recommendation Magriel made. The book was written a while back, so is missing a few of the modern theories.

To keep readers from learning the wrong lessons, I have included computer rollouts with each column. Paul David Magriel Jr.

Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

Click kagriel the icon to the left for a complete alphabetized list of people mentioned in Magriel’s columns. Figure out what the other overriding concern was.


Control of the Outside Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Still, for a book dubbed the bible of backgammon, lackluster treatment of this subject makes it fall just short of such a high flying moniker for me. Michael rated it really liked it Mar 23, That will sort the columns according to their error the difference between Magriel’s choice maggriel the rollout’s choice.

I’ve read it once, but need to read it over again! For anyone not yet playing the game; try it, you’ll like it. Writers of books that need to explain stuff to the rea Magriel’s Backgammon is considered the bible of backgammon, a foundation work that every backgammon player who does not wish to remain a beginner forever should read.

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Paul Magriel

Magriel systematically elucidates backgammon strategy, from fundamental to intermediate to advanced. Paul Magriel won the ‘World Championship’ in in the Bahamas.

Views Read Edit View history. Each problem illustrates a point, clearly and unambiguously. There are some other topics that I felt could do with a bit more explanation and examples, such as the back game.

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