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Tutorial: Various Authors - Advanced Backgammon Tutorials

The Backgammon Doubling Cube Made Simple

03 Mar 2008 - by Phil Simborg

What I consider one of the most irritating things in backgammon: You are rolling the dice and playing along and having a really nice time, and then all of a sudden your opponent does something extremely irritating and rude. He doubles you!

 

Rating:  4.29
"Advanced Backgammon Tutorials" Archive
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The Backgammon Doubling Cube Made Simple

03 Mar 2008 - by Phil Simborg

What I consider one of the most irritating things in backgammon: You are rolling the dice and playing along and having a really nice time, and then all of a sudden your opponent does something extremely irritating and rude. He doubles you!

Rating:  4.29

Playing for the Gammon: Separating the Women from the Girls!

21 Jan 2008 - by Phil Simborg

One of the many differences between a good backgammon player and a great player is knowing when to play on for the gammon and knowing when to turn the cube. Playing for the gammon also affects checker play.

Rating:  3.86

Alternative Rules to Make Backgammon Interesting

21 Dec 2007 - by Phil Simborg

I happen to believe that backgammon is a great game, just the way it is. From time to time, however, it is fun to change the game up a bit. Here are some "alternative ways to play that you not only will enjoy, but you will find them to be interesting learning exercises as well.

Rating:  4.40

You Can't Always Believe the Backgammon Bots

14 Dec 2007 - by Phil Simborg

Some people say that backgammon is now fully in the computer age. I think these people are right - but they are only right about 97 percent of the time. I believe there are still many plays that the bots simply do not fully understand.

Rating:  4.20

Backgammon Match Equity Quiz

09 Oct 2007 - by Phil Simborg

Phil reveals a backgammon position he uses to teach match equity to his students. Take the quiz and see where you rate.

Rating:  4.58

Backgammon Reference Positions

20 Sep 2007 - by Phil Simborg

Great backgammon players have a huge library, in their head, of "reference positions." In this article, I will attempt to give you some insights into the importance and use of key reference positions.

Rating:  4.38

A Common Backgammon Problem Solved

13 Jul 2007 - by Phil Simborg

Phil Simborg discovers why his play in a common backgammon problem was wrong, and gets help from his good friend and mentor, Perry Gartner.

Rating:  4.25

My Favorite Chouette Rules

06 Oct 2006 - by Phil Simborg

Chouette is a variation of backgammon in which one player plays against two or more opponents in one game. These are the rules which I believe are the fairest AND keep the game moving along at a reasonable pace.

Rating:  3.75

Challenging Game Plan Choices At DMP

14 Mar 2005 - by Perry Gartner

Double Match Point play is not only decisive. The play and the very thinking about strategy and tactics is unique compared to usual match play. This comes about because now neither side can use the cube and gammons or backgammons don't count.

Rating:  4.77

Ortega/Kleinman Match Equity Chart

10 Feb 2002 - by Michael Strato

A match equity chart can help you know the chances of winning a match from different scores and can influence your double/take cube decisions.

Rating:  5.00

Ortega/Kleinman Match Equity Chart

10 Feb 2002 - by Michael Strato

A match equity chart can help you know the chances of winning a match from different scores and can influence your double/take cube decisions.

Rating:  4.75

A Tale Of Two Doubles

22 Nov 2000 - by Paul Lamford

Surely you can all get one-roll positions correct? After all it's easy enough to work out the winning chances and what the double and take points are? Wrong. British Backgammon Champion and book author Paul Lamford tells us why.

Rating:  4.40

The Views Of An Expert

13 Nov 2000 - by Dorn Bishop

Many of us watch the top players in action yet fail to comprehend the reasons for some of moves. In this strategy article, Editor Michael Strato asks expert Dorn Bishop about his tactics in three positions from online matches.

Rating:  4.27

Golden Point Vs. Outfield Point

13 Oct 2000 - by Mary Hickey

You have two men anchored on your opponent's Golden Point. He has already cleared his 6 point, but still has one outer board point left to clear. You roll an ace. Should you split? Expert Mary Hickey provides the solution.

Rating:  4.50

The Other Side Of The Board

09 Oct 2000 - by Kit Woolsey

In this tutorial, Kit Woolsey, Editor of GammOnLine magazine, gives us some important tips on when and why the scenario on the other side of the board should influence our checker play and doubling decisions.

Rating:  5.00

Match And Win Quiz Winners

05 Oct 2000 - by Michael Strato

Here are the results of last month's Tutorial Match and Win Quiz on GammonVillage. Congratulations to Martin Short of Canada who wins a MasterGammon CD and a Backpacker Backgammon Board for coming in first with a perfect score of 18.

Rating:  5.00

Tutorial Match & Win Quiz

15 Sep 2000 - by The Spiralist

We picked six instructive board positions from the books of six different authors along with the quotations for each lesson and mixed them on a page. Do your best at matching them up and score points to win. The top three scorers get prizes!

Rating:  5.00

Indiana Open: Prime Vs. Prime

08 Sep 2000 - by Hugh McNeil

Hugh McNeil analyses a crucial position in his 9-point match against Jeremy Bagai at the 48th Indiana Open. Hugh believes that this shows us that much study is still needed in understanding cube and checker play in such situations.

Rating:  4.43

Hedging Toward Skill

23 Aug 2000 - by Douglas Zare

Backgammon is a game of luck and skill. To a casual observer, it may appear to be all luck. As one gains more skill and familiarity with the game, the depth of skill required to play well becomes increasingly clear.

Rating:  4.29

The Half-Crossover Pipcount

14 Jun 2000 - by Douglas Zare

The exact pipcount is extremely useful to guide one's doubling strategy in some situations. In this tutorial, mathematician Douglas Zare teaches us a new and very precise method he recently developed.

Rating:  5.00

A Backgammon Concept

30 Apr 2000 - by Tom Suzanski

A Canadian Backgammon teacher presents us with a situation that many of us could play wrong. Sometimes a move that looks very obvious can be far from what your real objective should be.

Rating:  4.31

On The Precipice Of Routine

22 Mar 2000 - by Claes Thornberg

Analysis of an early game situation from a Paul Magriel quiz posted by Donald Kahn at the backgammon newsgroup.

Rating:  4.50

When In Rome

23 Feb 2000 - by Kit Woolsey

Backgammon is a race. When do you go for it? When do you hold back? Kit Woolsey, Editor of GammOnLine magazine and one of the most respected analysts of the game provides the answers.

Rating:  4.63

2-Away Doubling Strategy

18 Jan 2000 - by Stein Kulseth

This tutorial explains proper doubling strategy when one player is 2 points away from winning the match. For all scores up to 2-away, 8-away the doubling windows are calculated both for gammonless and gammonish positions.

Rating:  4.33

Prop Time

15 Jan 2000 - by Chris Bray

Chris Bray is the author of "Backgammon - An Independent View", an anthology of his early articles as a columnist for the Independent, a U.K. publication. Here is another of his stories about a tight chouette situation.

Rating:  3.57

The Price Of Emotion

11 Jan 2000 - by Chris Bray

Chris Bray is the author of "Backgammon - An Independent View", an anthology of his early articles as a columinst for the Independent, a U.K. publication. Here is an article he wrote on a chouette situation.

Rating:  4.00

Free Takes And Free Passes

06 Jan 2000 - by Tom Suzanski

Tom Suzanski is the highest rated Canadian player at the GameGrid backgammon server where he plays as TomFromHalifax. He recently held the no. 6 position there. He also gives backgammon private lessons.

Rating:  3.25

Barry Fisk And The Cube

27 Dec 1999 - by Stein Kulseth

Stein Kulseth is the Editor of Norpunkt, the quarterly newsletter from The Norwegian Backgammon Federation. This funny story was translated from Norwegian for all of us to enjoy.

Rating:  4.33

Paradigms Vs. Nuance

17 Dec 1999 - by Bob Zavoral

When you play a game of backgammon, clearly you are not playing each game as if it were a completely new situation. As you progress as players you form certain paradigms by which you evaluate the positions and make moves accordingly.

Rating:  4.14
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