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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Magriel first came to prominence on the backgammon circuit when he won the World Backgammon Championship in Michael rated it really liked it Mar 23, Some of the great talents of backgammon were just starting to make a name for themselves at this time. The Index Page lets you sort articles by date, title, cateory, tactic, or error. This was an interesting time for backgammon. Each column is a tiny lesson. So grab a chair, relax, and enjoy your trip back to the ‘s. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Or if you prefer to simply skip the columns where Magriel errs, here is what to do: No trivia or quizzes yet.

And computers make it much easier for experts to try out variations of a position to see what effect small changes have on the overall equity. Alastair Edwards rated it really liked it Jul 18, To keep readers from learning the wrong lessons, I have included computer rollouts with each column.

I have read it many times: It was the pilot series that led to the World Series of Backgammon and showcased Magriel’s oratory skills. Backgammon is not an easy game, and some of the problems chosen for the columns are hard ones.


Paul Magriel

Patty rated it really liked it Jun 25, I began to understand the flow of the game better, the concept of game plans, and when to change your plan. The book is also valuable as a beautifully organized collection of simple problems. Borislav rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Alexandre Arraes rated it did not like it Dec 28, The first time Magriwl read the book, I didn’t get much out of it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Backgammln Policy. Brad rated it really liked it Sep 23, His younger half-brother is the sarangi player and teacher Nicolas Magriel.

Backgammon by Paul Magriel

Still, this really is essential reading for any aspiring backgammon player. Backgammon knowledge in the ‘s was still somewhat limited by today’s standards. A lot nagriel the best material on the game was not written until the s. Now you’ve got something to learn from! This is surely as important as chequer play.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Now simply scroll past the columns that have errors and what’s left are the columns confirmed to be correct by the rollouts which, happily, is still a majority of them.

As you read the column, if you disagree with one of Magriel’s conclusions, check the rollout at the end of the column. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Also, the prose, though very readable, is structurally and stylistically weak.

The introduction of high quality neural-net backgammon programs in the mid ‘s led to a revolution in backgammon analysis. Having stood the test of time for over a quarter-century, Backgammon is still the best and most widely recommended and quoted standard instructional manual and reference work on the game for novice and expert alike.


Control of the Outside Writers of books that need to explain stuff to the reader should learn from Backgammon on how to magrirl it, regardless of field.

Paul Magriel – Wikipedia

The sobriquet X originates from Magriel’s simulation of a real backgammon tournament compare simultaneous exhibition in chess with 64 boards, designated X-1 through x, in which the player designated “X” has eventually won.

He reminds us that good backgammon players rely on skill and strategic sophistication rather backgmmon luck.

Highly recommend for anyone playing the game or learning the game. Mikkel rated it really liked it Aug 17, Although Magriel discusses theories so advanced only a few players in the world are aware of them, this book is neither technical nor abstruse. No Possible Contact That will sort the columns according to their error the difference between Magriel’s choice and the rollout’s choice.

And so mistakes slipped through. Also, this book was written way before there was good backgammon software, in the seventies, and it is likely that some corrections would have to be made for example, what are the best openings and responses magridl the opening rolls from what we have since learned from the bots.

There is one short chapter dedicated to doubling cube strategy, which barely tackles the subject at all.