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From the Inside Flap

Backgammon is an exciting, tactical game, and this

straightforward book enables newcomers to get in on

the fun, as well as providing expert advice for the more

experienced player. Fully illustrated, it’s packed with

opening strategies, middle- and end-game tactics, tips

on how to make key moves, and advice to get you up to

speed on dice probabilities. You’ll be hooked in no time!

From the Back Cover

Your step-by-step guide to becoming a masterful backgammon player

Backgammon is an exciting, tactical game, and this straightforward book enables newcomers to get in on the fun, as well as providing expert advice for the more experienced player. Fully illustrated, it's packed with opening strategies, middle- and end-game tactics, tips on how to make key moves, and advice to get you up to speed on dice probabilities. You'll be hooked in no time!

  • The basics of starting play — Set up your board, get to grips with the rules and tactics of the game, and make the opening move
  • Move smoothly into the middle game — Work out basic probabilities, apply the 25 per cent rule, and raise the stakes with the doubling cube
  • Bearing off into the last lap — Discover key 'no-miss' positions and master complex endings
  • Cast your gaming further afield — Compete in tournaments, pit your skills against a computer, and play live games online

Open the book and find:

  • The 36 possible outcomes that rolling two dice produces
  • Over 50 illustrations of a backgammon board highlighting key tactics and rolls of the dice
  • Definitions of backgammon-speak, from anchors and builders to a lover's leap
  • Strategies to apply to each type of middle game
  • Advice on playing against computers and online opponents
  • Useful backgammon resources to help refine your game further

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470770856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470770856
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Topik on June 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is exactly what I was looking for. I have menaged to get to mid-3000's on yahoo backgammon without ever reading any BG theory book; So, I was not a beginner. I needed something easy-read to learn more about BG game, match and tournament nuances, to read expert recommendations and also, to improve on mathematical understanding of doubling stategy, perheps the most difficult part of BG match. I read the book in 3 days. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to memorize, easy to improve game, and well worth of money! Well done. Highly recoommend for every beginner and intermediate level player.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Stoudenmire Jr. on November 25, 2009
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Okay, I have two copies (don't ask) of The Backgammon Book by Jacoby and Crawford, a competent and informative (if somewhat dry) tome that aided me immensely thirty years ago.

So why this one?

I got it because it was recommended to me. A fresh take, my friend said.

Well, yeah, it is. It's a little snappier, more modern, and of course well-illustrated; but more to the point, it talks to the reader. It's more of a conversation than a textbook. That's true of most of the Dummies books, I suppose, so nothing unique.

I recommend it most to backgammon newbies; old-time players can also benefit. A worthy addition to any serious player's library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lord Gammon on May 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Excellent beginner book probably the best but .. forget the 8, 9, 12 race rule instead google the Keith Count - much easier do use and more accurate. Also avoid Partygammon the site he recommends - he no longer recommends it. After this if you want the real deal Backgammon Bootcamp (makes sure it's the 2nd edition) by Walter Trice is a book I reread (and I won my countries National Backgammon champs)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George H Lopez on November 28, 2012
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One can learn methods that one hadn't dreamed of learning, when playing the game of backgammon. I bought the book for my housemate, who's never learned to play the game, till she purchased her own backgammon game. She's learned quite a bit since she began to read the book. I'm already an avid player of the game, but she's teaching me more new tricks I never thought existed. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to improve their game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David E. Kerridge on May 3, 2011
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I've tried many times to get the hang of this game from the manuals that came with the game, but no luck. Then I picked up this book and was finally able to understand the game. Its we worth the cost, thanks.

Dave Kerridge
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By oziedeb on December 18, 2012
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The book not only tells you how to set up but also strategies which is very important when advancing you play
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DodderingBGVeteran on March 14, 2011
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This book is all right for what it is. I don't recommend Dummies books for anyone trying to learn a subject in depth. There are almost always more useful books out there for beginners.

Chris Bray's other books (e.g. What Colour Is the Wind?; Second Wind; Backgammon for Blood) are much more worth reading than this one. The best value this book has is to pique the interest of those who are inclined to buy a Dummies book. It has information about valuable backgammon resources, and that's a good springboard for further investigation of the game.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Insider on March 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Massively disappointed in the Kindle version of the book. As a beginner I need the illustrations to bring the text to life. Guess What? The illustrations fall off the side of the page so can't see the whole board, which makes the pictures pointless. Anyone know how to get a credit for a substandard product?
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