Joined: 17 Aug 2006
| Post subject: Backgammon Books
|Many people have asked me, "What are the best backgammon books and where can I get them?"
The answer is, there are many, many great books, but what you should read depends on what level your game is at.
If you are a complete beginner, or someone who is in the early stages of learning, I believe the best book is called Backgammon, by Paul Magriel.
If you advance to the intermediate stage, where you know all the opening rolls, understand when to double based on the pip count, and understand the basic strategies of match play, then you are ready for more advanced books.
One of the best I recommend for this level is called Advanced Backgammon, By Bill Robertie.
Then, there are many, many other books for advanced players that either specialize on certain aspects of the game or analyze matches played by great players to illustrate the various complexities of the game.
All of these books can be found on a backgammon web site that Carol Cole operates. The link for the site is http://www.flintbg.com/boutique.html
In addition, you can find most of these books, new and used, at Amazon.com.
I bought my first backgamon book in a book store.
Personally, I found it hard, when I was a beginner, to read a whole book on backgammon....I found articles and personal instruction very helpful. It wasn't until years later that I started reading the books, and I learned that even after years over the board there was so much in those books that I never realized or thought of that could help my game.
So my best advice is, if you really want to advance your game, at any level, read books and articles as you play, but also get advice from better players and watch better players as there is nothing as good as seeing how the theories actually work when you apply them over the board.