Best of the Backgammon Books - Part III

by Stick
26 November 2013


Three months in and still plenty of backgammon book material to sift through. This month we take a look at two of my absolute favorites that I'm quick to recommend to anyone who is wondering which bg books to get first or which ones are among the best. Backgammon Boot Camp by the late, great, Walter Trice and The Backgammon Encyclopedia Volume 1: Cube Reference Positions by Kit Woolsey. Unfortunately we never did get a Volume 2.

Let's start with Kit's book. The reason I loved this so much is it is still what I work so hard at to this very day. Mastering the basics. It touches on many essential recurring common themes and types of positions that as I've told you before I have had some level of obsession with. The first position isn't actually in Kit's book but many variants of it are. I feel like it's the best of the bunch so it's one I'm using. An opening 52 played the standard way, down and split, followed by an attacking 55 where we make both inner board points and then the opponent enters a single checker with a 4. (52S-55A-4x-F-C)

is Player 2

score: 0
pip: 160
Unlimited Game
Jacoby Beaver
pip: 147
score: 0

is Player 1
on roll, cube action?

Analyzed in Rollout No double Double/Take
  Player Winning Chances: 60.65% (G:29.92% B:0.50%) 60.86% (G:31.07% B:0.48%)
  Opponent Winning Chances: 39.35% (G:9.60% B:0.46%) 39.14% (G:9.82% B:0.50%)
  Cubeless Equities +0.417 +0.859
Cubeful Equities
No double:+0.557±0.004 (+0.554..+0.561)
Double/Take:+0.548 (-0.009)±0.005 (+0.543..+0.554)
Double/Pass:+1.000 (+0.443)
Best Cube action: No double / Take
Percentage of wrong pass needed to make the double decision right: 1.9%
Rollout details
10368 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.
Dice Seed: 78727753
Moves: 4-ply, cube decisions: XG Roller+
Double Decision confidence:99.7%
Take Decision confidence:100.0%
Duration: 2 days 11 hours 38 minutes

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