by Jake Jacobs
8 January 2018
Thirty-five years ago Mike Maxakuli, publisher of the Las Vegas Backgammon Magazine, came to me with an idea. I should write the Backgammon Encyclopedia, which he would publish. He claimed that as a reference book it could count on sales to thirty thousand libraries, which would make it a best seller as backgammon books go.
I did some thinking about the idea, but very little writing. My roommate, Tim Wisecarver, was keen, and did some work on the entry for "Backgame," as I recall. In the end nothing came of it. Too bad, as years later Bill Robertie told me that he had researched it and having "Encyclopedia" in the tile was very good for sales. By this time Kit Woolsey had sewn up the title with the first volume of the series. Neither volume is like the project I toyed with, however. So if you are looking for a reference book that will answer questions like "What's the Thorp Count," or "Who were the winners of the Plimpton Cup," seek them elsewhere.
This volume comprises sets of cube reference positions. There are ten chapters, ranging from "Early Advantage" to "Racing." There are over one hundred pages, with two or three positions on a page. Each includes rollout results, and Kit's explanation of the dynamics of the position.
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