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Backgammon Games and Strategies

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ISBN-13: 978-0595005376
ISBN-10: 0595005373
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Dr. Nicolaos S. Tzannes Dr. Tzannes (Ph.D Johns Hopkins, 1966) is a lifetime educator and author of many books in English, Greek and Portuguese. His books span many fields, from subjects in Electrical Engineering, to Backgammon and, most recently, Human Behavior and Philosophy. His most recent books are:1) "Life Without God: A Guide to Fulfillment Without Religion," November 20022) "The Gene Conspiracy or Sorry...The Genes Made Me Do It" under the pseudonym of Aris P. D'Avenal, December 20003) "Communications and Radar Systems," September 20004) "Backgammon Games and Strategies" co-authored with his brother Dr. Basil Tzannes, June 20005) "How Good Are You At Backgammon" also co-authored with Dr. Basil Tzannes, April 2001 Dr. Tzannes has taught at The Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University, The University of Oklahoma, Oregon State University, The University of Virginia and the University of Patras, Greece. Presently, Dr. Tzannes lives in Orlando, Florida. He is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Central Florida where he taught courses in Communication and Radar Systems and chaired the Department from 1986 to 1994. Lately, he has been writing short stories. One of them, "I Just Love My Jail Cell" was recently published in the Issue 7 (Summer 2005) of the British Literary Journal "FIRSTWRITER MAGAZINE." Dr Tzannes is listed in Contemporary Authors, American Men and Women of Science, Marquis Who is Who and Who is Who in Greece. In 1991, Dr Tzannes was named the IEEE Outstanding Engineering Educator in Region 3 (Southeastern United States). For more on the author go to: http://nick.tzannes.net/
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595005373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595005376
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,251,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not actually a Backgammon book, at least not the way we intend Backgammon in Europe or in the US. The two brothers have decided to write about the various games played on the BG board which of course includes a section on the so called portes (doors) or backgammon in our understanding but is more specific on other games strategies. I found it extremely interesting!!
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I bought this on an impulse and found it rewarding. The two games (Plakoto, Moultezim) that the authors describe are indeed more complicated and challenging than regular backgammon, just like they promised.
The book covers also regular backgammon as played in the US, adequately, but not as thoroughly as other books. But if you want a change of pace, this is it!
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but now I play them and enjoy the new challenges, thanks to this book. They are definetely more complex to learn than normal Backgammon but more interesting, also, and skill usually wins over luck. I recommend this book highly for those growing tired of backgammon.
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Though a chronic gambler, I am a newcomer to backgammon games. I found this book intructive and pleasant to read. Unlike another reviewer here, I thought the advice was sound, even the one warning of "streaks of bad luck". Anyone playing games of chance is painfully aware of that.
I especially enjoyed the section on Probability Theory and how it bears on the games.
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This book claims there are actually three games played on a backgammon board and insists on calling the modern game "Hit."
It gives quite a bit of really bad advice in my opinion. Some of it is very bad "Pay attention to which way the dice are going that day." etc.
So much irritating stuff I really couldn't stomach the book at all.
-Dashro
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