Recent Backgammon Articles

Seven Bad Backgammon Habits 70s Players Must Unlearn

13 Nov 2017 - by Mary Hickey

Even if you weren't born in time for the 1970s backgammon craze, surely you have heard stories about that legendary heyday of our favorite game, before the books and the bots took so much of the mystery out of it.

 

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Must Have Been Something They 8 by Jake Jacobs
Jake Jacobs

Must Have Been Something They 8

27 Oct 2017 - by Jake Jacobs

I described last spring how the Japan Open moved to a new venue, and was held at a different time of year. The second biggest backgammon tournament on the calendar, the Ouisen, was traditionally held in May.

Rating:  5.00
Jerrymandering 6 by Jake Jacobs
Jake Jacobs

Jerrymandering 6

02 Oct 2017 - by Jake Jacobs

We left off with me leading 17-15 to 23 in my semifinal match with Jerry Grandell. At the next board Neil Kazaross was winning his semifinal match with Dr. John Simon of Hong Kong. One of us could look forward to an interesting finals match.

Rating:  5.00
Jerrymandering 5 by Jake Jacobs
Jake Jacobs

Jerrymandering 5

31 Aug 2017 - by Jake Jacobs

The horror! The horror! Those who have been following this series know that after leading 14-3 to 23, in just three games I had fallen behind 14-15. We resume with Game 13.

Rating:  4.67
Backgammon is Nothing More Than Prioritizing by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

Backgammon is Nothing More Than Prioritizing

03 Aug 2017 - by Phil Simborg

Years ago I wrote an article about why teaching backgammon to children is valuable. It obviously teaches them math and odds and statistics, and it also clearly teaches them that in backgammon, as in life, there is good luck and bad luck.

Rating:  4.67
Jerrymandering 4 by Jake Jacobs
Jake Jacobs

Jerrymandering 4

27 Jul 2017 - by Jake Jacobs

If you have been following this match from the beginning, or if you saw only last month's installment, you know this is a match Jerry Grandell and I played in the semis of the US Open in 1998, and that when we left off I led 14-7 to 23.

Rating:  5.00
Doubling from the Bar by Mary Hickey
Mary Hickey

Doubling from the Bar

11 Jul 2017 - by Mary Hickey

Doubling from the bar can be scary, because almost by definition these cubes will usually be weaker than ones where you have both feet on the ground. Since you have one man you must move before you can do anything else, your choices are automatically constricted.

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Backgammon Matches

2012 ABT Pittsburgh Labor Day Backgammon Championships Final Match - Alfred Mamlet vs. Barry Silliman - Game 1

10 Oct 2012 - by Snowie 4 Pro

Snowie 4 Pro analyzes the 11-point final match from the 2012 ABT Pittsburgh Labor Day Backgammon Championships played between Alfred Mamlet and Barry Silliman.

 

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2011 ABT Ohio State Backgammon Championships Final Match - John O'Hagan vs. Greg Merriman - Game 1 by Snowie 4 Pro
John O'Hagan

2011 ABT Ohio State Backgammon Championships Final Match - John O'Hagan vs. Greg Merriman - Game 1

05 Apr 2011 - by Snowie 4 Pro

Snowie 4 Pro analyzes the first of two 11-point Final matches from the 2011 ABT Ohio State Backgammon Championships played between John O'Hagan and Greg Merriman.

Rating:  5.00
2010 California State Backgammon Championships Final Match - Malcolm Davis vs. Wayne Jeffcoat - Game 1 by Snowie 4 Pro
Malcolm Davis

2010 California State Backgammon Championships Final Match - Malcolm Davis vs. Wayne Jeffcoat - Game 1

30 Dec 2010 - by Snowie 4 Pro

Snowie 4 Pro analyzes the 11-point Final match from the 2010 California State Backgammon Championships played between Malcolm Davis and Wayne Jeffcoat.

Rating:  5.00
2010 Las Vegas Backgammon Open Final Match - Fred Kalantari vs. Julian Fetterlein - Game 1 by Snowie 4 Pro
Las Vegas

2010 Las Vegas Backgammon Open Final Match - Fred Kalantari vs. Julian Fetterlein - Game 1

17 Nov 2010 - by Snowie 4 Pro

Snowie 4 Pro analyzes the 17-point Final match from the 2010 Las Vegas Backgammon Open played between Fred Kalantari and Julian Fetterlein.

Rating:  5.00
2010 ABT Illinois State Championship Match - Carter Mattig vs. Phil Simborg - Game 1 by Snowie 4 Pro
Carter Mattig

2010 ABT Illinois State Championship Match - Carter Mattig vs. Phil Simborg - Game 1

22 Oct 2010 - by Snowie 4 Pro

Snowie 4 Pro analyzes the 13-point Final match from the 2010 ABT Illinois State Championship played between Carter Mattig and Phil Simborg.

Rating:  5.00
2010 ABT Florida Championship Match - John O'Hagan vs. Gregg Cattanach - Game 1 by Snowie 4 Pro
John O'Hagan

2010 ABT Florida Championship Match - John O'Hagan vs. Gregg Cattanach - Game 1

25 Aug 2010 - by Snowie 4 Pro

Snowie 4 Pro analyzes the 15-point Final match from the 2010 ABT Florida Championship played between John O'Hagan and Gregg Cattanach.

Rating:  5.00
2010 World Championship Consolation Match - Masayuki Mochizuki vs. Tobias Hellwag - Game 1 by Snowie 4 Pro
Tobias Hellwag

2010 World Championship Consolation Match - Masayuki Mochizuki vs. Tobias Hellwag - Game 1

18 Aug 2010 - by Snowie 4 Pro

Snowie 4 Pro analyzes this 11-point consolation match from the 2010 World Championships played between Masayuki Mochizuki and Tobias Hellwag.

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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.

 

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The Best Way to Learn and Improve Your Backgammon Game by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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:  4.10
Make it Pretty: Beautiful Backgammon by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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:  4.54
How To Roll Better by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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:  3.13
Backgammon Brain Busters #70 by Michael Strato
Strategy Talk

Backgammon Brain Busters #70

28 Mar 2006 - by Michael Strato

Come on in and share your views on these tricky backgammon problems with other members of GammonVillage.

Rating:  4.50
Backgammon Brain Busters #69 by Michael Strato
Strategy Talk

Backgammon Brain Busters #69

21 Mar 2006 - by Michael Strato

Come on in and share your views on these tricky backgammon problems with other members of GammonVillage.

Rating:  4.00
Backgammon Brain Busters #68 by Michael Strato
Strategy Talk

Backgammon Brain Busters #68

14 Mar 2006 - by Michael Strato

Three new backgammon brain teasers to test your skills. Come on in and share your opinion on these with other GV members.

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Advanced Backgammon Tutorials

So You Think Backgammon is Easy?

29 Jul 2008 - by Phil Simborg

Here's a good example of how complex backgammon can be. There are two positions in this article where Black holds a 2-cube and is on roll. See if you can guess the proper cube action for both positions. Be prepared to be surprised.

 

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The Backgammon Doubling Cube Made Simple by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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:  4.33
Playing for the Gammon:  Separating the Women from the Girls! by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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 by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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 by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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 by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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 by Phil Simborg
Phil Simborg

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.

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