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501 Essential Backgammon Problems [Paperback]

Bill Robertie
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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March 1 2000
This comprehensive backgammon book challenges the reader with 501 essential problems to transform him into a thinking, aggressive pro-level player. Strategies and situation cover every aspect of the game, from playing positions to doubling maneuvers. Everything is carefully explained and illustrated so that the reader understands all the concepts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gammonline July 7 2004
Format:Paperback
This book contains invaluable information for the improving backgammon player. It suffers from it's unfortunate layout (as do all Robertie books) --- poorly located diagrams or solutions in relation to the diagrams. Still the contents are a must read (and reread) for any advancing player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super helpful June 26 2003
Format:Paperback
i keep going back to this book to relearn what it has taught me! backgammon is easy when the dice go your way. this book puts you in tough positions and tight spots and helps you get out of them. makes me a much more robust player.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard work May 19 2003
Format:Paperback
If, like me, you purchase a book because you want a convenient portable format, then you'd better think twice before you stub up for this one.
I've just read the first section and it gave me a headache. The rub is that the problems are grouped together followed by the solutions. This means you spend your whole time skipping back and forth from problem to solution. Now Robertie suggests that you work through the whole group and write your own solutions on a piece of paper, then move to the solutions section and compare them with his. Well I don't see how this avoids the 'flip flopping,' because unless you can memorize all the positions--and there's 59 of them in the first section--you'll want to go back to have another look at the position so you're 'flip flopping' again.
This isn't just user-unfriendly, it's brutal! It makes the product importable, which is the whole point of a book, no?
I like to read on my commute to the office and have struggling through, keeping two fingers marking the pages I'm on. I think a three-handed Martian would find it hard!
And the biggest shame of all is that the content is excellent, so I'm reluctant to toss the thing because I know I'd be missing out. So, I'll struggle on...flip flop flip flop x 1002.
A great book spoilt by a clumbsy layout... too bad!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy! Jan. 21 2003
Format:Paperback
Dont hesitate to buy this book. I dont think there is another backgammon book that gives so much content for 25 dollars. I think some problems are misanalysed, but thats a small number, maybe 5% only.
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