The Master And Apprentice At Work

by Mark Driver
24 December 2003

Book Review

Understanding Backgammon: Lessons for Serious Players, by Kit Woolsey and Tami Jones, Gammon Press, 2003, ISBN 1-880604-21-3, v + 309pp.

"Always two there are,
a master and apprentice."

This observation of Jedi Master Yoda, contains a ring of universal truth which is particularly evident in the field of backgammon study - the master author and apprentice reader. The latest offering from the Gammon Press, "Understanding Backgammon", advances this concept a step further by conjoining the thoughts and probing questions of student, Tami Jones, with the sagacious advise and definitive answers of mentor, Kit Woolsey.

Weighing in at 309 pages, the publication quality and exterior appearance are similar to Robertie's "Modern Gammon". Inside however, the content and style is firmly targeted towards a basic Intermediate level audience. The featured problems were selected from a portfolio of positions that Snowie flagged as serious errors during post-mortem analyses of Tami's matches played online.
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