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Depending on your desire and level of BG you wish to aspire to, you need to
ask yourself: what is my learning style, and how can I incorperate this
learning in developing the skills necessary to improve.
There are countless approaches you could adopt. Choose the ones that best
suit your style of learning.
Here is a list of do's and dont's. It is by no means absolute; just
something I have picked up along the way as a player and as a lecturer in
- "Backgammon" by Magriel is a must read. Treat it like a TEXT BOOK.
- Subscribe to a BG Mag. Your choice!
- Compare positions that share commonalities such as splitting, slotting
etc. Magriel's Backgammon is excellent for this type of learning.
- Walter Trice's Backgammon Boot Camp can be used along side Magriel's
Backgammon. personally I think Boot Camp is more dynamic - both are
- Make subtle changes to a postion and try to find common themes. You
could do this by cross referencing the feedback you get from the bots,
books and your own thinking.
- Keep a running diary of your learning and development.
- Set targets, goals etc.
- Don't allow your playing time to exceed your learning time.
- Don't expect learnt material to yield results straight away. It needs
time to gel.
- Don't get discouraged while playing or learning.
- Don't try to advance to the next level until you fully understand the
fundamentals i.e. the cube.
- Don't rush your learning. It's amazing how much learning can be acquired
from so little.
Above all. Have fun.
- Advancing beyond intermediate (James Eibisch, July 1998)
- Beginners' mistakes (Alan Webb+, Nov 1999)
- Best way for a beginner to learn (Koyunbaba+, July 2007)
- Committing to memory (RobertFontaine+, Feb 2011)
- Getting better than "awful" (Morph+, May 2004)
- How to excel in backgammon (Max Levenstein+, Aug 2011)
- How to improve (N Merrigan, Jan 2007)
- How to improve (Albert Steg, Feb 1996)
- How to improve cube handling (RealNick+, Jan 2011)
- How to learn and improve (Hristov, Aug 2005)
- Lowering your error rate (Stick Rice+, Apr 2009)
- Maintaining your game (Robert-Jan Veldhuizen, Apr 2005)
- Matchqiz and Jellyfish (Gilles Baudrillard, May 1997)
- Missing candidate plays (Klaus Evers+, Apr 2009)
- Most efficient way to learn (Stick+, May 2007)
- Practice and preparation (Ian Shaw+, Mar 2004)
- Practice/study plan (Marcus Brooks+, Nov 1995)
- Reference positions (Chuck Bower, July 1999)
- Study Methodology (Phil Simborg, Dec 2012)
- Study method (Jason Lee+, Jan 2012)
- Study plan (Tenland+, Nov 2012)
- Taking your game up a level (CW+, Aug 2002)
- Taking your game up a level (Ron Karr, Aug 1996)
- The backgammon cake (Daniel Murphy, Nov 1997)
- The best way to learn (Chuck Bower+, Oct 2003)
- Three steps to better play (David Montgomery, July 1998)
- Using Jellyfish tutor (Stephen Hubbard, Sept 1997)
- What more can I do? (Alison Wylie+, Apr 2000)
- Zen in the art of backgammon (Robban+, Aug 2009)