Okay, I have two copies (don't ask) of The Backgammon Book by Jacoby and Crawford, a competent and informative (if somewhat dry) tome that aided me immensely thirty years ago.
So why this one?
I got it because it was recommended to me. A fresh take, my friend said.
Well, yeah, it is. It's a little snappier, more modern, and of course well-illustrated; but more to the point, it talks to the reader. It's more of a conversation than a textbook. That's true of most of the Dummies books, I suppose, so nothing unique.
I recommend it most to backgammon newbies; old-time players can also benefit. A worthy addition to any serious player's library.
One can learn methods that one hadn't dreamed of learning, when playing the game of backgammon. I bought the book for my housemate, who's never learned to play the game, till she purchased her own backgammon game. She's learned quite a bit since she began to read the book. I'm already an avid player of the game, but she's teaching me more new tricks I never thought existed. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to improve their game.
This is exactly what I was looking for. I have menaged to get to mid-3000's on yahoo backgammon without ever reading any BG theory book; So, I was not a beginner. I needed something easy-read to learn more about BG game, match and tournament nuances, to read expert recommendations and also, to improve on mathematical understanding of doubling stategy, perheps the most difficult part of BG match. I read the book in 3 days. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to memorize, easy to improve game, and well worth of money! Well done. Highly recoommend for every beginner and intermediate level player.
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