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Gamesmanship - The Opponent Factor by Alan Martin
Alan Martin

Gamesmanship - The Opponent Factor

20 Mar 2017 - by Alan Martin

There are some giants that care more about their PR score than considering what has been taught to me, which is referred to as "The opponent factor." As a matter of fact I am sure that some backgammon purists would consider the concept of gamesmanship, or the opponent factor, nonsense.

Rating:  5.00
How I Play An Opening 1-4 Backgammon Roll When The Score Is Tied by Alan Martin
Alan Martin

How I Play An Opening 1-4 Backgammon Roll When The Score Is Tied

22 Feb 2017 - by Alan Martin

It's about time someone explained one of the most fundamental and intriguing arguments in backgammon today. Is is better to split your back men or slot your 5 point on an opening roll of 1-2, 1-4, or 1-5?

Rating:  4.40
Zombie Checkers by Mary Hickey
Mary Hickey

Zombie Checkers

13 May 2016 - by Mary Hickey

You watch silently from your hiding place behind a banyan tree as the bocor chants and dances in the graveyard under the light of the full moon. Suddenly one of the gravestones begins to shake, and the ground beneath it is disturbed as a bony and badly decayed hand reaches upward out of the dirt.

Rating:  4.91
Fish Island Plays by Mary Hickey
Mary Hickey

Fish Island Plays

15 Apr 2016 - by Mary Hickey

No, Fish Island isn't a fantasy cruise ship port-of-call for backgammon-shark wannabes. It's a mythical place from the Arabian Nights, where Sinbad the Sailor and some other fellows decide to spend the night after they've been shipwrecked.

Rating:  5.00
How To Be A Great Backgammon Tournament Player by Alan Martin (Former US backgammon champion)
Alan Martin

How To Be A Great Backgammon Tournament Player

11 Mar 2016 - by Alan Martin (Former US backgammon champion)

Alan Martin lives in North Hollywood, California with his wife Cookie. He recalls 1979-80 as his best tournament year. Here are his 22 tips on how to be a great backgammon tournament player.

Rating:  3.54
Three-Anchor Cubes: The Basics and Some Applications by Mary Hickey
Mary Hickey

Three-Anchor Cubes: The Basics and Some Applications

12 Feb 2016 - by Mary Hickey

Our noble purpose today is to scratch the surface of cube decisions involving the three point anchor. To keep it simple, all these positions will happen very early in a 13-point backgammon match, and will involve mainly the take decision.

Rating:  5.00
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