Backgammon Books

  Playboy's Book of Backgammon

  AUTHOR: Lewis Deyong
  YEAR: 1977
  PUBLISHER: Wideview
  ISBN: 0-87223-522-X
  BINDING: Softcover
  PAGES: viii+295
  SIZE: 21 cm high, 24 cm wide


     "Lewis Deyong's Playboy's Book of Backgammon is highly entertaining. The instruction is poorly organized, however. Very difficult to read for learning. Great for just spending an hour recounting exaggeraged backgammon stories."—Shuman Lloyd Lee, August 1991


     "This book is fun. It tells the tales of professional players and high stakes backgammon tournaments in the late 60's and 70's. Although stories are interspersed throughout the work, the second half brings you the meat of the information on backgammon techniques. Deyong describes several 'Pillars' of play which amount to some of the deeper strategies of the game such as doubling odds, duplication, diversification, forcing a board to crash, priming and blitzing, keeping men in play, saving pips, saving gammon and when to hit in the bearoff. Concepts such as the trailer doubling after the crawford game, the importance of the five point, splitting, shifting, and priming battles are all covered."—Martin Short, December 2001


     "A 'must have' for the backgammon enthusiast or collector. Deyong's close association with the international jet set provided much of the material for the book. Deyong is a great raconteur, and his stimulating storytelling is the book's main value. He takes the reader on an epic journey following the international tournament circuit across four continents, from the bright lights of Vegas, to the elite first-class cabins of the QE-II. There is much valuable information on the psychology of the game and tournament etiquette, including the detailed mechanics of Calcutta auctions and hedging."—Mark Driver, December 2001

Foreword by Hugh Hefner
The World Championship—Las Vegas
Chapter 1:  Why, When and (for Beginners) How
California—Q.E. II—London
Chapter 2:  Tools of the Trade
Paris in the Spring—Munich
Chapter 3:  The Seven Pillars of Backgammon
Man Is a Political Animal—Athens
Chapter 4:  Cubey Dubey—the Doubling Die
Chapter 5:  Infighting
Playing Franjieh—Beirut
Chapter 6:  The Back Game: One Step Forward, Two Paces Back
Chapter 7:  Bearing Off—the Last Lap

  COVER: Playboy's Book of Backgammon is a complete, basic guide by one of the world's greatest backgammon players, profusely illustrated, it provides a step-by-step account of how to play, from setting up the board and the crucial opening moves, to the finer points of the middle and end game, and everything in between.
      After explaining the fundamentals, Deyong reveals his own sophisticated winning strategy and tactics, the kind of techniques that mde him Champion of the City of Paris and the winner of the Philip Morris International Tournament in Munich. He also takes you into the world of high-stakes backgammon players, where earls and sheiks bet thousands of dollars on a roll of the dice in exclusive clubs from the Riviera to Palm Springs.
      Deyong writes with clarity, wit, and style. His book is as delightful to read as it is informative.

  QUOTES: "For those who want to learn a whole lot about winning at backgammon without being lectured like backward fifth graders, this is the book ..."—Backgammon International News.

   Backgammon: Learning to Win
Lewis Deyong
1977: Barrie & Jenkins, London

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