02 Nov 2015 - by Phil Simborg
A few years ago I wrote an article that stated that poor backgammon players who complain that the better players always seem to be getting better rolls are right. At first glance, this seems a little shocking.
02 Oct 2015 - by Phil Simborg and John OHagan
There are many factors that separate great backgammon players from average players, and in this article we will concentrate on one of the key ones: great players have more reference positions.
28 Aug 2015 - by Phil Simborg and Stick
We had a most interesting chouette in Chicago on Saturday, August 22nd. What made it so interesting is that we happened to have a tremendous number of cube and checker play decisions where the players either disagreed or were not sure.
03 Jul 2015 - by Phil Simborg
So, how do you go about teaching a total beginner how to play the game? It depends, of course, on the age and mentality of the student, and of course I would not teach a 4 year old the same as I would a 17 year old.
28 Apr 2015 - by Phil Simborg
Maya Peycheva has distinguished herself as a true force in the backgammon world, and certainly a contender for becoming a Giant some day in the future.
26 Mar 2015 - by Phil Simborg and Stick
We have two kinds of competitions in our Chicago chouette: first is simply the game itself, and it is a tough game. We're all seasoned, Open players and many of us have 30 or 40 years of experience playing in chouettes.