- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Cardoza; First Edition edition (March 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580420192
- ISBN-13: 978-1580420198
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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501 Essential Backgammon Problems Paperback – March 1, 2000
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For those of you unaware, Robertie, former two time world champion, has already written many books on backgammon and together with Kent Goulding co-published the sadly now defunct, but at the time premier magazine "Inside Backgammon".
As the title suggests, it is a compilation of 501 problems, split 360 checker plays v 141 cube actions. (67 doubles 74 redoubles). After the introductory chapters covering notation/probability/basic doubling strategy etc, there are 26 chapters covering many of the important concepts in backgammon from the opening to the bearoff. These are:
The Opening, Flexibility, The Middle Game, The 5-point, One Man Back, Priming Games, Connectivity, Hit Or Not?, Crunch Positions, Action Doubles, Late Game Blitz, Post-Blitz Turnaround Games, Ace-Point Games Back Games, The Containment, Game Post-Ace-Point Games, Saving The Gammon, The Race, Various Endgames, Bearing Off Against Contact, The Blitz, Breaking Anchor, Too Good To Double?, Playing For A Gammon, The Bearoff, Holding Games,
The book manages to cram the 501 positions and analyses into 384 pages of a book measuring just 23x15cms. This is achieved by squashing the diagrams with the effect of making the checkers oval. The problems in each chapter are all bunched together first and the solutions at the end of the chapter hence cutting down on the need to avoid looking at the analysis.
It's target audience is everybody from beginner to expert level. The only group that maybe wouldn't find many parts of this book valuable would be world class players.Read more ›
PLAYING FOR A GAMMON*
SAVING THE GAMMON* BEARING OFF AGAINST CONTACT *VARIOUS ENDGAMES *THE RACE *THE BEAROFF *Plus an introduction with basic rules and backgammon notations and a final chapter with places to play backgammon.
Robertie's solutions so closely mirror my JellyFish Tutor recommendations that I have simply dropped the examples into JellyFish and only consult the book when I have a disagreement with the bot.
Therein is the second value in this book for me: Robertie's analysis is succinct and sticks to themes over theory. When I do perhaps 50 positions quickly, only noting where I differ from the bot, and then read Robertie's suggestions for these positions, I usually find a recurring theme pointing to a weakness in my game.
For me, this book is ultimately what I've made of it, Robertie has provided the necessary resources and I recommend this book as such.
If you are looking for examples this IS the book you should get!
I enjoyed the problems, and learned a good deal of strategy but the book should be more straightforward, with the illustration right at the page of the reading, so it would be easy to refer back to it. A small problem for the amount of information the book contains, but a problem that tends to detract from the learning experience.
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in process of reading. So far, I find it excellent for forcing me to see alternative moves while thinking about best placement. Now I am interested in probability.Published 5 months ago by Herb
The reviews for this book are good, so I don't want to repeat their analysis. What I will add is why I have given/sold/recommended this book to dozens of struggling backgammon... Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Mark James
This book is of great tactical value. It let's you exersise and perform 501 plays that will change the way you play Backgammon. Read morePublished on October 16, 2005 by Arturo Zavala Haag
This book contains invaluable information for the improving backgammon player. It suffers from it's unfortunate layout (as do all Robertie books) --- poorly located diagrams or... Read morePublished on July 7, 2004 by guitornado
If, like me, you purchase a book because you want a convenient portable format, then you'd better think twice before you stub up for this one. Read morePublished on May 19, 2003 by Shaun Harris