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What is the best site to play online backgammon and other board games?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

What is the best site to play online backgammon and other board games?

I used to play in the area Game years ago, but you can 't pick you apart with more.

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009

The Impact of Online Backgammon and Community Gamesby Gene Marshall

The backgammon game is one leisure activity that has been enjoyed by millions of people from around the world for thousands of years. It is hard to believe that the backgammon set we know today has been in existence for some five thousand years. The backgammon board with its twenty-four alternately colored and triangular-shaped divisions, the dice and the cup used to shake the dice are not inventions of some Victorian toy manufacturer, but a legacy from the various earliest days of recorded history. Certainly the materials used to make the sets have changed – plastic has replaced wood, bone and clay, or in Internet backgammon, a virtual board and pieces have replaced their physical equivalents, but the basic ideas of how to play backgammon have demonstrated a remarkable endurance over the centuries.

From its beginnings in the lands that we now call Iraq and Iran, the ancient empires spread the game of backgammon around the world. The popularity of the Roman version of backgammon, or tabula as it was known, appears to have been a key stage in the transference of backgammon from its Middle-Eastern heartland into Europe. With the European settlement of the American continent, and African and Asian countries backgammon was well on the way to becoming the internationally known game that we know today.

So what has been the impact of online backgammon on the games and its players? Certainly without doubt the world of backgammon has been radically changed by the introduction of Internet backgammon. However, the effects have not manifested themselves in any changes in the backgammon rules. Backgammon is played to the same rules on the Internet as it has been played in the physical game. Internet gaming sites have even brought to a wider public some of the versions of backgammon played around the world, for example, the Turkish version of the game. The skills needed to play backgammon online are precisely the same as those required in traditional offline play. Even the many opportunities provided for backgammon gambling do not represent a departure from the way the game has commonly been played but simply their transferal to a new technological format.

For all the aspects of the game that Internet backgammon has left unchanged, it has also produced major changes worthy of note. Today anyone who has an Internet connection is able to download backgammon software and start playing. There is no need even to go out and buy a book to learn how to play since backgammon rules are displayed and explained on these sites. In addition, the possibilities of playing backgammon against a computer have presented many new opportunities for learning how to play the game that have not been available in previous generations. Also, online backgammon has made the game available at times and places to suit every player’s convenience. There is no need to call round any more for a friend to come and play backgammon with you, or to go and see if a game is available at the local café, whenever you feel like playing you are able to do so and you need go no further than your own home or office to take part.

About the Author:

Renowned backgammon enthusiast Gene Marshall works for a number of distinguished internet backgammon publications. He focuses on commentaries about the backgammon board setup and backgammon strategy. More articles published by Gene Marshall related to backgammon are available on the net.

Top 40 Backgammon Books

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

The Backgammon Guide carried out some research to find out which backgammon books are most frequently recommended by experienced players. Here are the results…

1:: Backgammon – Paul Magriel (1976 & re-published 2004)
A must-have, often referred to as the backgammon bible and way ahead of the field in terms of the number of recommendations. This clear and well written book was the first to really explain the game of backgammon well. Sets out all aspects of the game in an easy digestible format with excellent diagrams. Still recommended for both beginners and experienced players.

2:: Advanced Backgammon, Volumes I and II – Bill Robertie (1991)
First of several books in the top 10 by the former world champion player. The two volumes of Advanced Backgammon cover ‘positional play’ and ‘technical play’ respectively. As the name suggests, these are not for novices, but have become standard reading for more experienced players.

3:: 501 Essential Backgammon Problems – Bill Robertie (2004)

Presents the reader with 501 situations that will build a comprehensive understanding of the game. Aimed at players from beginner to expert level.

4:: New Ideas In Backgammon – Kit Woolsey & Hal Heinrich (1996)
For intermediate and advanced players. Over 100 difficult positions are analysed and possible solutions discussed in detailed but with an easy conversational style. Teaches you the thought processes that will improve your whole game.

5:: Vision Laughs at Counting – Danny Kleinman (1980)
Known for his quirky style of writing and deep theoretical analyses, Kleinman has written many of the best selling backgammon books around. This book gives detailed and sometimes complex mathematical explanations of many features of the game. He also goes into the psychological aspects of play and looks at various cheating strategies that players should look out for. One for those who like technical analyses.

6:: Classic Backgammon Revisited – Jeremy Paul Bagai (2001)
The author used the ‘Snowie’ program to reanalyze some of the backgammon problems covered in the classic texts. He updates/corrects previously given advice to incorporate the insights now available through use of bots. Considered essential reading for serious students of the game.

7:: Backgammon Boot Camp – Walter Trice (2004)
Some see this as the new bible to challenge Magriel’s classic book as solid introduction to the game. Trice provides excellent guidance on all aspects of backgammon, including the role and influence of computer ‘bots’ on the modern game. Particularly aimed at beginners but contains plenty for more experienced players.

8:: Modern Backgammon – Bill Robertie (2001)
This highly regarded book is aimed at advanced players keen to improve their game. By an in-depth analysis of bot play Robertie identifies four principles from which to build winning strategies in the modern game.

9:: Improve Your Backgammon – Paul Lamford (2003)
Aimed at intermediate players who already have a grasp of the basics. The book offers clear and well laid out information and runs the reader through a set of positions, explaining how top players would handle them. Great book for building more advanced knowledge and strategies.

10:: The Backgammon Encyclopedia Volume 1; Cube Reference Positions – Kit Woolsey (2002)
Woolsey rolls out over 200 frequently encountered positions in various categories (holding games, anchor games, races etc) using the computer program Snowie. Intended to serve as an in-depth reference source for serious players.

11:: The Backgammon Book – Oswald Jacoby and John R. Crawford (1970)

12:: Paradoxes and Probabilities – 168 Backgammon Problems -Barclay Cooke (1978)

13:: Backgammon Praxis Vol I&II – Marty Storer (2005)

14:: Backgammon for Serious Players – Bill Robertie (2003)

15:: 100 Backgammon Puzzles – Paul Lamford

16:: How to Play Tournament Backgammon – Kit Woolsey (2000)

17:: Cubes and Gammons near the End of the Match – Antonio Orthega & Danny Kleinman (1997)

18:: Backgammon with the Champions – Kent Goulding (1980-82)

19:: Lee Genud vs Joe Dwek: The 1981 World Championship of Backgammon – Robertie (1982)

20:: Reno ’86 – Robertie (1987)

21:: World Class Backgammon Move by Move – Roy Friedman (1989)

22:: Boards, Blots, and Double Shots – Norm Wiggins (2001)

23:: Backgammon For Profit – Joe Dwek (1975)

24:: The Backgammon Handbook – Enno Heyken and Martin B. Fisher (1990)

25:: Starting Out In Backgammon – Paul Lamford (2001)

26:: Backgammon: Winning With The Doubling Cube – Peter Bell (1997)

27:: Backgammon for Winners – Bill Robertie (2002)

28:: Matchqiz Series – Kit Woolsey (1994)

29:: Backgammon Openings; Book A – Nack Ballard & Paul Weaver (2007)

30:: Costa Rica ’93/’94 – Antonio Orthega & Danny Kleinman

31:: Backgammon:Winning Strategies – Robin Clay

32:: Backgammon With the Giants – Antonio Orthega & Danny Kleinman (2001)

33:: Can a Fish Taste Twice as Good? – Jake Jacobs (1996)

34:: The Doubling Cube in Backgammon – Jeff Ward (1982)

35:: The Amazing book of Backgammon – Jon Tremaine (1995)

36:: Backgammon: Master versus Amateur, Volume 1 – Kit Woolsey (2000)

37:: Understanding Backgammon – Kit Woolsey & Tami Jones (2003)

38:: The Backgammon Quiz Book – Prince Joli Kansil (1978)

39:: Backgammon for People Who Hate to Lose – Tim Holland (1977)

40:: Backgammon, The Cruelest Game – Barclay Cooke & Jon Bradshaw (1988)

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How to Play Backgammon: Free Online Backgammon Rules & Playing Tips : Setting Up the Board: Free Online Backgammon Rules & Playing Tips

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

How to Play Backgammon: Free Online Backgammon Rules & Playing Tips : Setting Up the Board: Free Online Backgammon Rules & Playing Tips

Learn how to set up a backgammon board in this free how-to video clip lesson on how to play backgammon.

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Saturday, January 17th, 2009


I was playing backgammon with 20 point table I won and didn’t get the points why?I WON.and I didn’t click start and it started another game why?

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