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.
03 Feb 2015 - by Mary Hickey
The willingness to consider the unthinkable, and the ability to distinguish when it's correct from when it's crazy, and then make the right backgammon play despite the risk of being catastrophically wrong, is a key quality that separates the best players from the rest of the pack near the top.