is one of Britain's top rated players.
This slim paperback contains a brief introduction to
followed by a
set of 100 puzzles, half on checker play and half on
the use of the
shown that a few of the problems have incorrect
sound and well worth reading.
Out of print (I believe) and published under a
different title in the US.
book. An excellent book for improvers.
Gives a good overall view of the main strategic
the game, followed by a good quiz at the end.
Out of print and
printed on poor quality paper. Some of the
advice is a bit
and the section on doubling is thin, but well worth
reading if you can
find a copy.
The Gammon Press (1996)
book to use computer programs to rollout positions.
This is a book for expert players, the analysis of 104
misplayed by experts is excellent and very deep.
Out of print.
Most of the analysis has stood up well to more modern
Cardoza Publishing (2000)
wealth of material, well organised into 31 sections
with plenty of cube
problems as well as play problems.
Some misprints and some problems have incorrect
solutions, but in
general well worth reading.
beginner's book. Robertie describes the rules
and some general
points and then analyzes three games in depth.
Only the third
(a back game) is likely to be of great interest to
anyone who has
a fair amount.
in depth five
games played between experts. The final game is
interesting (though not of great practical value).
As with any Robertie book well worth a read.
analysis of 400 positions from opening to end
Much more analysis than Robertie 501, but with
One of the classic books on the game.
bible of the game. Magriel was the first person
to lay out
modern principles in depth.
Covers the game from learning how to play to advanced
Unfortunately not much analysis of the doubling cube.
Barrie and Jenkins (1977)
book with mainly sound advice and some good stories.
Stanley Paul (1976)
from the seventies. Again the advice is mainly
sound for the
William Luscombe (1974)
interest only, most of the strategies recommended were
even given the knowledge of the game in the seventies.
Oswald Jacoby and John Crawford
modern backgammon book, by two of the early world
were both world class bridge
An excellent introduction and well written.
Doesn't go into great
depth, but has a good section on the mathematics of
Don't rely on their recommendations for opening moves
modern theory has overtaken them.
to play, gamble and win
Lexington Press (1974)
expert writes a book to exploit the short lived
of the seventies. Reasonably sound for the era.
Teach Yourself Books (1977)
short introduction to the game. Clay was unable
to persuade the
publishers to let him update the book, so rather
R C Bell
Shire Publications (1975)
page booklet with rules and
some bad advice on playing; but an interesting section
on the early
history and development of the game.
Elizabeth Clark Boyden
Federick Warne (1930)
saw a brief boom in popularity of the game. This
book is an
introductory text, which does not
go much further than explaining the rules and giving a