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Magriel, Robertie, and Kleinman
The first book everyone should read is (of course) Backgammon by Magriel.
As you move from intermediate to advanced, the two volumes of Robertie's
'Advanced Backgammon' are indispensable. He does a great job of
highlighting 'reference positions', and works out many of the detailed and
technical positions that come up, (bear-off doubles, doubles against
holding games, close outs with men on the bar, ace point anchors, etc etc.)
I've gone through 501 Essential Backgammon Problems, and was not as
impressed. They were interesting problems and well organized into themes,
but somehow the effort he spent in Advanced Backgammon just wasn't there.
It's worth $20 for sure, but Advanced Backgammon is a dramatically better
effort, and a 'text book' I often go back to for reference information.
Also, Danny Kleinman is a very interesting author, who is one of the few
writers that spends a great deal of time writing about chouettes. "Vision
Laughs at Counting, and Advice to the Dicelorn" ($80 for both volumes), is
really a treasure trove of information and humor. I learned a GREAT deal
about how to handle chouette action from Mr. Kleinman.
Good luck in you games and your study!
Zox at GamesGrid, Zone
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