Celebrating 15 years in backgammon games
Halloween 2014

Tutorial: Various Authors - Beginner Backgammon Tutorials

Backgammon Checker Play For Idiots

03 Jan 2008 - by Phil Simborg

Backgammon is an easy game to learn, but a hard game to play well. Over the years, I have learned several excellent guidelines to checker play that generally guide me to the best moves. I teach all of these to my students, and I know they will be helpful to you as well.

 

Rating:  4.63
"Beginner Backgammon Tutorials" Archive
Show:

Backgammon Checker Play For Idiots

03 Jan 2008 - by Phil Simborg

Backgammon is an easy game to learn, but a hard game to play well. Over the years, I have learned several excellent guidelines to checker play that generally guide me to the best moves. I teach all of these to my students, and I know they will be helpful to you as well.

Rating:  4.63

The Best Way to Learn and Improve Your Backgammon Game

13 Dec 2007 - by Phil Simborg

I have found that the best way for my students to learn backgammon is to break the game down into single, specific areas of play, discuss then independently, and then practice just that area until they get it.

Rating:  4.00

Make it Pretty: Beautiful Backgammon

01 Oct 2007 - by Phil Simborg

Backgammon is all about odds. It also is possible to play excellent backgammon without calculating numbers and odds in your head constantly, simply by playing moves that "look" more appealing than others.

Rating:  4.50

How To Roll Better

28 Sep 2006 - by Phil Simborg

I can help you. If you think you roll badly, or at least worse than your opponents, the truth is: YOU PROBABLY ARE! The reason, however, might surprise you.

Rating:  3.00

Intuitive Versus Scientific Play

06 Apr 2002 - by Charlie Walter

Some players have learned many formulas and systematic procedures to play good backgammon. Others rely almost exclusively on their intuitive feel for the game, pattern recognition, sense of danger, etc. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages.

Rating:  4.40

Burying Vs. Bearing In

03 Aug 2001 - by Douglas Zare

Columbia University Mathematician Douglas Zare gives us some of the basics of bearing in correctly when the game has become a race.

Rating:  4.62

Odds And Probabilities - Part 2

26 Oct 2000 - by Michael Strato

Part 2 of the tutorial on odds and probabilities provides you with more charts to learn from. Two of these show the chances of coming down from the bar with one and two checkers while the third explains the odds of bearing off your last two checkers.

Rating:  4.29

Odds And Probabilities - Part 1

29 Sep 2000 - by Michael Strato

This is a tutorial for players that are relatively new to the game of Backgammon. It will provide basic knowledge about odds and probabilities. Don't worry, you don't have to be a mathematician to grasp this session, it's simple arithmetic!

Rating:  4.55

Improve Through Active Reading

10 Jul 2000 - by Mark Driver

The experts are often asked for advice on how to improve ones play. Invariably the answer is "study and practice". This article will focus on a main element of the study side of the self-improvement equation - reading the literature.

Rating:  4.17

Snowie's Opening Moves With Doubles

29 May 2000 - by Michael Strato

For those that play Backgammon where it is possible to use a double for an opening roll of the game, here are the best moves as suggested by the Snowie Professional Edition.

Rating:  4.50

Beginners Guide To Counting Pips

25 May 2000 - by Mark Driver

The pip count is like a score during the game. It tells us how many more spaces we have to move our men to get them off and win. Knowing where you stand in the race is important when it comes to doubling decisions.

Rating:  4.77

Early Game Strategy + Snowie's Opening Rolls

13 May 2000 - by Michael Strato

Here is some basic strategy on early game play along with Snowie's suggestions on how to play each opening roll. The resulting board position and a brief Snowie analysis accompany each best move.

Rating:  4.92

End Game Doubling Strategy

16 Jan 2000 - by Joe Sullivan

In close games, no one really wants to "take a chance" and double the stakes but in certain situations "we got to separate the men from the boys".

Rating:  4.39

Elementary My Dear Cube

30 Dec 1999 - by JP White

For beginners the doubling cube can be quite a mystery. I know when I started out I rarely used the cube, and even worse, seldom thought about using it.

Rating:  4.31

Bar Point and Blocking

10 Dec 1999 - by Tom Penney

This article will briefly explain the concept behind the value of the bar point and how you can use your understanding of this concept in other parts of your game.

Rating:  4.67
Show:
List Price: $350.00Sale Price: $240.00
Join the Gammon Village Store Affiliate Program today.
Help Wanted
Backgammon Board Game Cartoon
Social Networking
Become a Fan on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Follow Us
U.S. Backgammon Federation
USBGF.org
The U.S. Backgammon Federation
Terms & Conditions I Privacy Policy I About Us I Contact Us I Advertise I Affiliates I Site Map
Celebrating 15 years in backgammon games