Backgammon for Blood: A Guide for Those Who Like to Play but Love to Win

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Backgammon is the ultimate head-to-head board game—an action-packed race to the finish with an addictive mix of luck and skill. It's easy to pick up the basics, but this is a game that continually surprises—there's always something new to learn, and the Internet has opened up a whole other world of gaming opportunities. In Backgammon for Blood, Chris Bray, top-ranked backgammon player, reveals the tips and tricks needed to help you play the game like a pro, whether you want to make serious money in online ...
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Overview


Backgammon is the ultimate head-to-head board game—an action-packed race to the finish with an addictive mix of luck and skill. It's easy to pick up the basics, but this is a game that continually surprises—there's always something new to learn, and the Internet has opened up a whole other world of gaming opportunities. In Backgammon for Blood, Chris Bray, top-ranked backgammon player, reveals the tips and tricks needed to help you play the game like a pro, whether you want to make serious money in online tournaments or just play for fun at a board with friends. While backgammon can be lost or won on the throw of the dice, tactical moves and game plans can help you adapt your play to deal with whatever comes your way. With chapters on opening rolls, mid-game strategies, and races and endings, his step-by-step suggestions, sample game illustrations, and easy-to-follow text have everything you need to come to grips with the game. The different ways to play backgammon—from tournaments and chouettes to computer and online play—are all covered, as are the secrets of making the doubling cube work in your favor. Insightful and informative, Backgammon for Blood: A Guide for Those Who Like to Play but Love to Win is the ideal introduction to this dynamic and challenging game.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616081263
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 808,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Bray has played backgammon for more than thirty years. He is ranked in the top five in the United Kingdom and regularly competes in the World Championships. He was the first ever backgammon columnist for a major newspaper. In addition to his book Backgammon for Blood, Bray also gives seminars on the game.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     8
A Short History     12
The Basic Rules of Play     15
A Sample Game     26
The Opening Roll     34
A Little Arithmetic and Basic Tactics     54
Doubling, Part 1     66
Races and Endings     73
Doubling, Part 2     88
The Middle Game     104
Chouette     130
Match and Tournament Play     137
Computers     149
Internet Play     160
Where to from Here?     167
Further Reading     171
Index     172
Acknowledgments     176
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