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  Backgammon for Winners

  AUTHOR: Bill Robertie
  YEAR: 1995
  EDITION: Second Edition
  PUBLISHER: Cardoza Publishing
  CITY: New York, NY
  ISBN: 0-940685-58-2
  PAGES: 136
  SIZE: 21 cm high, 14 cm wide
First Edition, 1993
Third Edition, 2002


     "I've been playing backgammon tournaments for two months now, and while I read the book cover to cover, it left me wishing for something more. It does help a lot if you are really new to the game. Don't get me wrong, you'll get some good tips from the book—just not enough from a world champion, at least not in this book."—Mariano Gonzalez Vasconcelos, Customer Review at, September 1999


     "One expected much more from a world champion who has written several top-notch advanced books on backgammon. On this one he tries—and fails miserably—to capture the style of the truly great 70's book on backgammon, Bruce Becker's Backgammon for Blood. That book, though seriously flawed on tactics and strategy, had a joie de vie about it which stimulated more than one beginner to carry on with the game. Winners is more a damp, white bread, mayonaise sandwich. It's not clear that's it the same author who did the advanced books. Other in-print books must do the job better and several out-of-print ones far, far surpass this one."—Reader from Greece, Customer Review at, May 1999


     "The best beginners' book in print (short of Magriel, which is actually a bit more) that I know of is Robertie's Backgammon for Winners."—Walter Trice, August 1998


     "Be sure to get the second edition (blue cover) [now third edition], which adds a
lengthy backgame chapter."—Carl Tait, August 1998

I. Introduction
II. The Basics of Play:  Introduction, The Players, The Equipment, The Backgammon Board, How to Set Up the Board, The Direction of Movement, How to Move the Pieces, Doubles, Points, Blots, Entering from the bar, The Opening Roll, The Object of the Game, Bearing Off, The Doubling Cube
III. Dynamic Openings:  Introduction, Winning Goals, Four Key Opening Goals
IV. The Opening Moves:  The Blocking Rolls, 6-5 Lover's Leap, The Bar-Point Split Plays, The Building Plays, The Slotting Rolls
V. Sample Game 1:  Doubling Guidelines, Duplication Strategy, Sample Game 1, Summary
VI. Sample Game 2—The Blitz:  Backgammon Notation, The Blitz, Sample Game 2
VII. Sample Game 3—The Backgame
VIII. More Backgammon Play:  Chouettes, Clubs and Tournaments, Making Further Progress
IX. Glossary
  COVER: Bill Robertie, the world's best backgammon player and only two-time champion, shows how to play and win at backgammon.
      "Learn from the man acknowledged as the greatest backgammon player of his time. Expert advice in easy-to-read charts and explanations shows the essentials of playing and winning, plus the inside tips and strategties of champions."
      Step-by-step, you'll learn the basics of setting up a board, how to move and conquer blots, and how to play a dynamic offense that will give you an advantage right from the opening roll.

Bill Robertie is the world's best backgammon player and the only two-time winner of the Monte Carlo World Championships. In addition to this book, Robertie is the author of five other books on winning at backgammon and the co-publisher of Inside Backgammon, the world's foremost backgammon magazine. He also is a chess master, winner of the U.S. Speed Chess Championship, and the author of five chess books. Robertie's club and tournament winnings have allowed him to travel the world in style. He currently makes his home in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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