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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There is one short chapter dedicated to doubling cube strategy, which barely tackles the subject at all. Excellent explanation of strategy and tactics, how to make the most out of your rolls. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat I have read it many times: Marc Olsen rated it liked it Mar 24, Brad rated it really liked it Sep 23, Builders and Flexibility Use your social profile to sign in faster.

Jul 09, Matija rated it really liked it Shelves: It carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas and strategic principles. Backgammon carefully explains the game’s basic concepts, ideas, and strategic principles. The book is layed out in a format that explains each phase of the game in logical order. Although Magriel discusses theories so advanced only a few players in the world are aware of them, this book is neither technical nor abstruse.


For example, a key component to top-level play is the proper use of the cube, a subject on which Backgammon is all but silent. Ian Hyde rated it really liked it Jan 04, It is ,agriel complete work that covers all aspects of backgammon, but there is an area that falls a bit short – the doubling cube.

Backgammon by Paul Magriel

Just last year at the World Series of PokerMagriel notched what would be his final score with a th-place finish in Event Mind Sports Worldwidemsoworld. It was the pilot series that led to the World Series mgriel Backgammon and showcased Magriel’s oratory skills.

Basic Checker Play 4. I do not want to put wrong ideas into beginners’ heads by recommending Paul Magriel’s book when there are better books available.


A Step-By-Step Guideboth books widely considered essentials in the library of any backgammon player. 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 backgammmon.

Very good basic book about backgammon. Known as X on the backgammon circuit, [1] Magriel arguably won more major backgammon tournaments than any other player in the world. Explained in as many words as are needed to get the point across, but not any less. Show more posts Loading Or use your PokerNews account: I really appreciated Magriel’s concise, to-the-point style and clear explanations.

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Archived from the original on 7 September Paul MagrielBackgammon World Champion and New York Times backgammon columnist, is acknowledged to be the game’s greatest theoretician.

I do not recommend this book to beginners. Bold Play, and Chapter 20, Golden Point.

The Top Games to Play Online in Archived from the original on Refresh and try again. Most of the book is very basic, but each and every aspect is important to backgamon, and I haven’t read a book since that pointed out the basics so clearly. Each problem illustrates a point, clearly and unambiguously. Mar 25, Kaj Lampio rated it really liked it.

Magriel lives in New York City.