Backgammon is the most highly-regarded work on the subject, often referred to as “The Bible” of the game. Written between and by Paul Magriel and . Paul Magriel, a former youth chess champion who traded game boards to become known as the world’s best backgammon player, then turned. Results 1 – 30 of Backgammon by Paul Magriel and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Paul Magriel

Aug 28, Lorettab rated it it was amazing. One Man Back Cooper McBean rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Highly recommend for anyone playing the game or learning the game. Backgammon legend Paul “X” Magriel, who moonlighted as a fairly accomplished poker player, died yesterday at age Ruben rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Michael Czeiszperger rated it really liked it Apr 04, Middle Game Strategy For example, a key component to top-level play is the proper use of the cube, a subject on which Mabriel is all but silent.

The theory explains at which stages of tournaments expected value exists to make moves on other players, depending on the ratio between chip stack sizes and antes.

A must read for the serious Backgammon enthusiast. Paul is one of the most celebrated backgammon players of all time, writing a book that many consider to be the bible of backgammon. I always recommend reading Magriel to anyone trying to improve. No other details are immediately available.


While playing poker, Magriel often shouted “Quack jagriel Control of the Outside Paul MagrielBackgammon World Champion and New York Times backgammon columnist, is acknowledged to be the game’s greatest theoretician. Dec 11, Nick Blasier added it. Alexandre Arraes rated it did not like it Dec 28, His trademark phrase was “quack quack,” which he’d use to use to identify bet amounts that began with 22 or some multiple thereof — like the “double quack quack” he used when making it 44, and busting an opponent in the WSOP Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

It illustrates what to do, and why! Basic Odds Section II. Magriel first came to prominence on the backgammon circuit when he won the World Backgammon Championship in I do not want to put wrong ideas into beginners’ heads by recommending Paul Magriel’s book when there are better books available.

For any player who means to take the game seriously and wants to play well, this book is backgwmmon indispensable guide and an essential reference tool. This is a minor matter. It does a fine job of communicating the fundamentals of sound backgammon play. The main criticism of the book must be that it is weak on doubling strategy.

An understanding of these points will raise anyone’s game from the “hitting twice is fun, so it must be right” level to knowing what are the issues involved in a position, what sort of game one is trying to play, and how best to bring one’s objectives about. Magriel write in concise non-technical language that is enhanced by clear and precise diagrams, a glossary, and tables.

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Backgammon, by Paul Magriel

Magriel systematically elucidates backgammon strategy, from fundamental to intermediate to advanced. Mar 25, Kaj Lampio rated it really liked it.

Writers of books that need to explain stuff to the reader should learn from Backgammon on how to do it, regardless of field. A player that masters the concepts in this book will be head and shoulders above the average player. Nov 15, Stephen rated it really liked it. After an introductory section in which he gives examples of the four most common types of game running game, holding game, attacking game and priming game and some basic doubling cube strategy and maths, Magriel goes on to tackle most of the fundamental points of chequer play.