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Adjusting to face-to-face play

From:   Daniel Murphy
Date:   26 June 1999
Subject:   Re: Transition from On-line Play to Over-the-Board

> I've been playing about 2 years on-line, and thought I'd become a
> reasonably competent player.  (Currently have a 1825 rating at
> GamesGrid). I now have racked up the impressive total of 3 match wins, 14
> losses, and 20 points lost in 3 chouettes....   (YEOUCH!)
> Is it all bad luck? Is everyone I play effectively a 1950 player?  Is
> there something about 'seeing' the 'real' board that's more difficult
> than seeing it on the screen? Am I just intimidated, and make the wrong
> cube decisions every time?
> Comments, suggestions?

Sleeves. Long, loose-fitting sleeves. Don't wear them. Starting a game
nicely with a 53 and a 11 but leaving this position:

                X    |
          X     X    |  X
    O  O  X     X  X |  X
    1  2  3  4  5  6 |  7  8

creates some interesting complications. That would never happen to me

When you are bearing off, avoid putting your borne-off checkers on the
bar.  It makes your bearoff a little longer.

In a major tournament match this spring, a player considered doubling
and then ... hit his clock. I don't know if he got confused, thinking
he was hitting the "roll" button, but who knows.

Pips. Count them. Online. All by yourself.  Turn the pip counter off.
In two weeks you'll be able to count any position in 15 seconds or
less (but you won't turn it off, nah :).

Expand your field of vision. A backgammon board is larger than a
computer screen.  Make sure you're seeing the whole board and all 30

Backgammon boards are beautiful, or can be. Appreciate the way the
checkers slide across felt or leather, settle together. Develop an
elegant and fluid style of rolling, moving, picking up the dice,
waiting for your opponent to pick up his.  Be one with the board :)

Pay attention to your mannerisms and facial expressions. Is the look
on your face telling your opponent that you're going to drop if he

Finally, I don't know where you play, but there are lots of good
players out there, and they don't all play online. If your club
attracts a decent crowd, I can tell you that players who hover around
1780-1820 on GamesGrid or FIBS are not the ones who are winning most
of the club tournaments.
Daniel Murphy  
Humlebæk Backgammon Klub
Raccoon on FIBS
Raccoon on GamesGrid too
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