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My opinion about the best 'next step' is Robertie's two volume set:
Advanced Backgammon. It was written in the 80s, some of the answers aren't
'right' (now that Snowie has taken a turn), but the in-depth analysis of
the various positions is really top notch. The written analysis really
helps you understand 'how to think' about the various positions and
situations that come up.
501 Positions is good, but the analysis is much more brief. His new book
'Modern Backgammon' is absolutely outstanding, but it is aimed at the
advanced to expert player.
In order here's how I'd read the 'basic texts'.
Robertie: Advanced Backgammon (2 volume set)
Robertie: 501 Positions
Woolsey/Heinrich: New Ideas in Backgammon
Bagai: Classic Backgammon Revisited
Kleinman: Vision Laughs at Counting (2 volume set)
Robertie: Modern Backgammon
There are other worthy titles, but these are all top notch efforts.
Bob Ebbeler writes:
I would add Joe Dwek's BACKGAMMON FOR PROFIT. I found this to be an
excellent "next step" after Magriel.
- After Magriel (Robert-Jan Veldhuizen+, Aug 2000)
- Annotated matches (Walter Trice, Jan 2000)
- Best books from the bot era (Chuck Bower+, Nov 2007)
- Best next step (Gregg Cattanach+, July 2002)
- Bibliography (Carl Tait, Apr 2000)
- Books for advanced players (Edward D. Collins, June 2003)
- Books for serious players (Douglas Zare, Feb 2003)
- Books on match play (Keene Marin+, Sept 2005)
- Buyer's guide (Chuck Bower, Feb 1998)
- How to read backgammon books (Gary Wong, Jan 1998)
- Ideal book on backgammon (Laury Chizlett, Apr 2000)
- Informal book survey (Chuck Bower+, Dec 2005)
- John Bazigos's suggestions (Mika Johnsson, July 1993)
- Magriel, Robertie, and Kleinman (Gregg Cattanach, May 2000)
- Marty Storer's reading list (Larry Hunter, May 1992)
- Recommended Backgammon Books (Butch Meese, Jan 1984)
- Survey of some available books (William Hill, Jan 1998)
- Three underrated books (Mary Hickey, July 2003)
- What's a good second book? (Tommy+, Dec 2000)
- Which book by Chris Bray should I buy? (Timothy Chow+, July 2012)