08 Jan 2018 - by Mary Hickey
The more we think back to the 1970s, the more changes we recall from the game as it was played in most places then, compared to the way we have learned to play since the bots came along. The bots brought more than knowledge, though.
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.
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.
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.
20 Mar 2017 - by Alan Martin
There are some giants that care more about their PR score than considering what has been taught to me, which is referred to as "The opponent factor." As a matter of fact I am sure that some backgammon purists would consider the concept of gamesmanship, or the opponent factor, nonsense.
22 Feb 2017 - by Alan Martin
It's about time someone explained one of the most fundamental and intriguing arguments in backgammon today. Is is better to split your back men or slot your 5 point on an opening roll of 1-2, 1-4, or 1-5?