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Backgammon is an exciting, tactical game, and this straightforward book enables newcomers to get in on the fun, as well as providing expert advice for the more experienced player. Fully illustrated, it's packed with opening strategies, middle- and end-game tactics, tips on how to make key moves, and advice to get you up to speed on dice probabilities. You'll be hooked in no time!
The basics of starting play A[ Set up your board, get to grips with the rules and tactics of the game, and make the opening move
Move smoothly into the middle game A[ Work out basic probabilities, apply the 25 per cent rule, and raise the stakes with the doubling cube
Bearing off into the last lap A[ Discover key 'no-miss' positions and master complex endings
Cast your gaming further afield A[ Compete in tournaments, pit your skills against a computer, and play live games online
Open the book and find:
The 36 possible outcomes that rolling two dice produces
Over 50 illustrations of a backgammon board highlighting key tactics and rolls of the dice
Definitions of backgammon-speak, from anchors and builders to a lover's leap
Strategies to apply to each type of middle game
Advice on playing against computers and online opponents
Useful backgammon resources to help refine your game further
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