Backgammon Books

The Action Game

  AUTHORS: Prince Alexis Obolensky
Ted James

  YEAR: 1969
  PUBLISHER: Collier Books, A Division of Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.
  CITY: New York
  ISBN: 0-491-00098-7
  BINDING: Softcover
  PAGES: 171
  SIZE: 23 cm high, 15 cm wide

1.  The Romance and History of Backgammon
2.  The Basics
3.  The First Move
4.  A Beginner's Sample Game of Backgammon
5.  The Running Game
6.  The Blocking Game
7.  The Back Game
8.  The Rules of Backgammon
9.  Doubling
10.  Tournament Backgammon
11.  Chouette
12.  Psychology and Thinking
13.  Playing for Money
14.  Variations of the Game of Backgammon
  COVER: Learn the favorite game of the international pace-setters.
      Backgammon has been a popular favorite for centuries, both in the posh casinos and salons of the international set and in the homes of those addicted to the unique excitement of a lightning-fast game that demands equal resources of skill and luck. However formidable it may seem, backgammon is as simple to learn how to play as poker. This illustrated guide can teach you everything you need to know to play it for fun or for money.
      It contains:
  • Complete basics of the game
  • Official rules of the Internation Backgammon Association
  • Illustrated sample game
  • Illustrated analyses of defensive and offensive strategies—the Running Game, the Blocking Game, and the Back Game
  • How to use the Doubling Block
  • How to calculate the odds
  • How to use psychology in your game
  • How to play for money
  • How to play variations of backgammon, including Chouette, Moultezim, Plakotot, Gioul, and Eureika
  • Rules and regulations of tournament backgammon
  • History of backgammon

Prince Alexis Obolensky learned backgammon as a child in Istanbul after his family went there to escape the Russian Revolution. Co-founder of the International Backgammon Association, which holds tournaments in Florida, Nevada, the Caribbean, and other resort areas, he is credited with having invented the first systematic method of teaching the game.

Ted James has written some other books, including The Waldorf-Astoria Cookbook, and is critic-at-large for Status magazine.

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