The Right Mindset: 9 Principles for Winning Play

by Matt Cohn-Geier
15 December 2009

Matt Cohn-Geier

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or your predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. –William Faulkner

Not everyone can be a great backgammon player. Many believe that doing so requires a genius-level IQ, a photographic memory, savant-like math skills and excellent, intangible gaming skills. In my mind, none of these things are necessities. The only prerequisite to becoming a top player is having the right mindset: the right approach to the game and the right mentality. If you have the right mindset, eventually technical ability will fall into place.

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