Backgammon Books

  Improve Your Backgammon

  AUTHORS: Paul Lamford
Simon Gasquoine

  YEAR: 2002
  PUBLISHER: Everyman Publishers plc
  CITY: London
  ISBN: 1-85744-315-2
  BINDING: Softcover
  PAGES: 128
  SIZE: 24 cm high, 18 cm wide

     "The title is misleading as the book is quite advanced, much more than a follow up to Starting Out in Backgammon. I'd think you'd want to be well over 1700 on FIBS before reading it.
      I find the writing style to be clear and concise, it's certainly a very dense 128 pages. The drawback, like the other works of Paul Lamford's, is that it's from a highly mathematical mindset and a bit weaker on the general "vision" side of backgammon mastering. Certainly the race formula in the opening chapter could frighten some readers away, but there's still plenty of backgammon wisdom in there for those less numerate.
      In terms of actual costs it's fantastic value compared to other advanced backgammon books."—Alef Rosenbaum, May 2003


     "The book examines the concept of equity, of how it is calculated, and how money and match equities differ—not just whether a decision changes in a match, but why it does. Among other things, Lamford offers his own formula for computing match equities while at the table, and his own match equity charts. These are a lot of wheels to reinvent, especially in a book that runs only 128 pages, some of those devoted to a glossary and lists of books and Internet sites. It makes me wish that he had picked one area to focus on, and put in the same amount of work, as he might have produced a classic, instead of merely a good book."—Jake Jacobs, Flint Area BackgammoNews, April 2003


Part One: Money Play
1.  The Race
2.  Technical Themes
3.  Blitzes
4.  Calculating Equity

Part Two: Mastering Match Play
5.  The Basics
6.  Special Scores
7.  Doubling Windows
8.  Advanced Cube Handling

Part Three: Technology
9.  Computers and the Internet

Solutions to Exercises

  COVER: Improve Your Backgammon is the ideal book for those looking to advance from the basics and build a better understanding of the intricacies of backgammon.
      In this book, ex-British champion Paul Lamford follows on from his earlier book, Starting Out in Backgammon, to develop further the strategies needed to master this fascinating game.
  • Revolutionary layout allows readers to absorb the key ideas
  • Numeroustest positions to help you guage your progress
  • Explains how strong backgammon players deal with typical problems

Paul Lamford was the 1993 British Backgammon champion and is currently rated number one in the UK. He is a frequent writer of articles for the leading backgammon magazine, Inside Backgammon. His earlier book Starting Out in Backgammon (also published by Everyman Mindsports) has proved immensely popular with those new to the game.

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