Backgammon Books

Barr On Backgammon
A Collection of The Seattle Times Backgammon Columns

AUTHOR: Ted Barr

YEAR: 1981

PUBLISHER: The Writing Works, Division of Morse Press, Inc.

CITY: Seattle, WA

ISBN: 0-916076-52-0

BINDING: Hardcover

PAGES: 202

SIZE: 15 cm high, 22 cm wide

 "This well organized primer discusses the checker play of 120 positions. The positions are each chosen to discuss a prevailing theme such as when to run, the importance of an advanced anchor, or preventing a double. The book's audience is not for the beginner, as only 10 pages are devoted to rules, and no pages are devoted to the overly written about "how to play an opening roll of 3-1." For the intermediate to advanced player the 1-2 page discussions of each position are insightful. The analysis emphasizes fundamentals and the relative importance of the multiple objectives of each position. Some topics show two or more subtlety different positions to highlight the covered topic. Although some of the suggested plays can be shown inferior through rollouts, the logical analytic approach taken can benefit one's study of the game." —Walter Swan, February 1996

 "Tedd Barr tries to teach the readers of his newspaper columns (of which his book is a compilation) the principles of good backgammon. His columns are clear and conscientious discussions of particular concepts, usually illustrated by pairs of diagrams. He shows a position where the concept applies side-by-side with a second position where the concept does nto apply.       Barr tries to give specific, simple princples to help the student. It is humbling, in a way, to see the many ways in which his noble effort fails. Most of the time, Barr's principles are sound. It is his applications of them which very often miss the mark."—Danny Kleinman, in Double Sixes from the Bar

CONTENTS:

 Chapter I—Introduction to the Game The Basics Frequently Asked Questions The Basic Strategies Chapter II—The Positional Game Leaving a Man Exposed Bar Point vs. Five Point Part 1 Bar Point vs. Five Point Part 2 The Floating Bar Point Part 1 The Floating Bar Point Part 2 The Golden Point When to Secure The Golden Point When to Leave The Golden Point Part 1 When to Leave the Golden Point Part 2 Keeping Your Opponent Off His Golden Point Slotting—What Is It and Why Do It? Additional Reasons to Slot When Not to Slot Part 1 When Not to Slot Part 2 Slotting Against the Bar Slotting Without Opposition Splitting Your Back Men The Theory of Duplication Chapter III—The Running Game Run or Wait? Bearing In with Possible Contact Bearing In with No Possible Contact Chapter IV—The Backgame The Backgame Part 1 The Backgame Part 2 The Backgame Part 3 Defense Against the Backgame Doubling in a Backgame Part 1 Doubling in a Backgame Part 2 The Holding Game Chapter V—Evaluating Your Position Evaluating Your Position at an Early to Middle Stage Evaluating Your Position at a Late Stage Which Strategy to Use and When Why a Three Roll Lead is Necessary to Double Chapter VI—Bearing Off Bearing Off without Possible Contact Bearing Off with Possible Contact Avoiding Games The Odd Even Rule When You Must be Exposed How Not to Limit Your Exposure Maximizing Your Chances of Bearing Off in One Roll Getting the Most Out of Each Roll Desperation Doubles Chapter VII—The Middle Game Preventing Escape of Opponent's Last Runner Part 1 Preventing Escape of Opponent's Last Runner Part 2 Preventing Escape of Opponent's Last Runner Part 3 When to Let Your Opponent Out Using Doubles Effectively Using Doubles to Get Back in the Game Using Double Offensively and Defensively The Trap Play How to Build a Prime Where to Build a Prime Subtle Aspects of Priming Breaking Your Opponent's Prime Part 1 Breaking Your Opponent's Prime Part 2 Chapter VIII—The End Game Preventing Opponent from Getting Back in the Game Limiting Your Exposure and Maximizing Your Coverage How to Avoid a Loss and Maximize a Gammon Chance Setting Up for a Miracle Roll When to Play Conservatively Bearing in to Save a Gammon Avoiding a Gammon—Run or Wait? Blocking Your Opponent's Doubles Playing Catch Up Backgammon When You Must Have a Gammon The Best Defense Can Be a Strong Offense Switching Points to Maximize Your Coverage Chapter IX—The Doubling Cube Doubling Cube Basics Position on the Board Position of the Cube Doubling and Redoubling Doubling from the Bar Frequent Questions About the Cube End Game Doubling Tactics Double Shot Doubling Match Score and the Cube How to Deter a Double Chapter X—Tournament Play Tournament Strategy and the Crawford Rule The Jacoby Rule Doubles Tournaments Another Kind of Doubles Tournament The I.T.T. Tournament—Paul Magriel The I.T.T. Tournament—Lee Genud The I.T.T. Tournament—Oswald Jacoby The I.T.T. Tournament—Barclay Cooke Side-by-Side Backgammon

COVER: Barr On Backgammon is a collection of ninety of The Seattle Times best backgammon columns.
The book features an introductory section which covers the fundamentals of the game for the non-player or novice. It also includes problems and answers challenging to the intermediate and advanced player on virtually every aspect of the game.
The unique problem and answer format enables the reader to examine a particular situation and test himself before reading the author's in depth analysis of the play.
The book includes problems and answers in areeas including the positional game, running game, backgame, middle game, bearing off, evaluating your position and the doubling cube.
The author also recreates and discusses a number of situations which have appeared in northwest and major international tournaments. These situations include moves made by some of backgammon's greatest players including Paul Magriel, Lee Genud, Barclay Cooke and Oswald Jacoby.
Whether your goal is to simply learn to play this fascinating game or become an accomplished money and tournament player, Barr On Backgammon has something for you.

QUOTES: "A unique and interesting collection of backgammon columns. Good reading for anyone wishing to improve his game"—Paul Magriel, 1978 World Champion, Author of Backgammon.

"A wonderful compilation of backgammon problems to challenge and interest the beginner to the most ardent player."—Lee Genud, 1981 World Champion, Author of Lee Genud's Backgammon Book.

"How can anyone pass up a book by one of the most well read backgammon columnists? From the novice to the long time player who must have every book written on the subject this book has something for everyone."—Michael Maxakuli, Publisher, Las Vegas Backgammon Magazine

"This book is a collection of some of the best problems written by one of backgammon's foremost columnists. If you missed reading Ted's column in the Seattle Times you won't want to miss Barr On Backgammon. If you have read his column surely you will want a collection for your own. The books starts with the fundamentals, presents problems and answers on almost every area of the game and includes some very interesting situations involving the doubling cube and tournament situations. I recommend it to both the causal and serious player alike."—Sid Jackson, Executive Director, American Backgammon Players Association

AUTHOR:
Ted Barr is the northwest's leading backgammon professional.
After graduating from law school Ted served as Assistant to the President of a major northwest bank. In 1976 he left he corporate field and soon becamse recognized as a leading writer and player of the game of backgammon.
His backgammon column appears weekly in The Seattle Times. He also writes a monthly column for Gambling Times Magazine. Ted's firm, Ted Barr and Associates, conducts tournaments and clinics at many of the northwest's finest restaurants and private clubs. Mr. Barr also teaches at La Costa and on the Princess Cruise Ship Love Boat.
Ted owns and operates The Game Gallery, one of the largest sophisticated games stores in the country, with locations in Seattle and Bellevue. He also owns Zemby's, a private backgammon club, in Bellevue, Washington.
Ted lives in Bellevue with his wife Sharalyn, an officer at Washington Mutual Savings Bank, and their three your old daughter Brittany.

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