|Title, Author and Publisher
Lamford is one of Britain's top rated players.
This slim paperback contains a brief introduction to the game
followed by a
set of 100 puzzles, half on checker play and half on the use of the
have shown that a few of the problems have incorrect solutions, mainly
sound and well worth reading.
Out of print (I believe) and published under a different title in the US.
British book. An excellent book for improvers.
Gives a good overall view of the main strategic principles of
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.
Ideas in Backgammon
The Gammon Press (1996)
first book to use computer programs to rollout positions.
This is a book for expert players, the analysis of 104 positions
misplayed by experts is excellent and very deep. Out of print.
Most of the analysis has stood up well to more modern rollouts.
Essential Backgammon Problems
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.
a 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.
for Serious Players
analyses in depth five
games played between experts. The final game is exceptionally
interesting (though not of great practical value).
As with any Robertie book well worth a read.
Backgammon (2 volumes)
depth analysis of 400 positions from opening to end game.
Much more analysis than Robertie 501, but with more positions
One of the classic books on the game.
early 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 positions.
Unfortunately not much analysis of the doubling cube.
Learning to Win
Barrie and Jenkins (1977)
produced book with mainly sound advice and some good stories.
Martyn on Backgammon
Stanley Paul (1976)
book from the seventies. Again the advice is mainly sound for the
William Luscombe (1974)
historical interest only, most of the strategies recommended were poor
even given the knowledge of the game in the seventies.
Oswald Jacoby and John Crawford
first modern backgammon book, by two of the early world champions (who
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 doubling.
Don't rely on their recommendations for opening moves though,
modern theory has overtaken them.
How to play, gamble and win
Lexington Press (1974)
bridge expert writes a book to exploit the short lived backgammon boom
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 dated.
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)
1930s 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 few examples.