Advanced - expert
Originally published 1980. 3. edition from 2007. Pages 465.
by Danny Kleinmann
Price (excluding UK/EU/Europe):
(price UK: £62.51, EU/Europe: €75.01, Denmark: kr 531.34)
Kleinman is the worlds leading backgammon theoretician. Vision Laughs at Counting was the first of his extensive
collection of excellent backgammon backgammon books written in the 80's and
90's and are still relevant today. He use a number of fictitious backgammon characters to tell a backgammon problems
This double volume set Vision Laughs at Counting with Advice to the Dicelorn
explains some of the fundamentals of backgammon. At times some of his analysis is very mathematical but the results give a deeper understanding of the of the game.
The book covers all
aspects of the game, including a pioneering chapter on the doubling cube and
its use in match play, and introducing characters (including
Colonel Whiteflag and Dianne Dialacube) who
write complaining letters to Miss Lonelyblots (himself). Wrote noted
backgammon author Barclay Cooke: "... this book puts all others to
Backgammon author Chris Bray says about this book: "Recommended reading for anyone who wishes to really understand the game."
1981 Monte Carlo World Champion Lee Genud (reported by Kate Wattson
and Les Levi):
"If you want
to improve your game, watch good players. I don't buy the, philosophy that
you need to play good players. And if you really want to be good, spend a
year with Danny Kleinman's books."
Amateur Champion Russell Sands during a break in his famous match: "Danny,
will you do me a favour? Remove The David Leibowitz Quiz from your book.
The advice in that chapter, especially the solution to Problem 2, is just
too valuable to give to the world, If you'll do this for me, then —
after I win this tournament — I'll buy a thousand copies from you.
Becker, successful Cavendish West "professional" (of VISION
LAUGHS AT COUNTING): "They ought to BURN your book. I've never
said that about a book before, not even Magriel's book. But what if Gogi*
should try to buy a copy? I'd have to offer you twice the price NOT to
sell it to her!"
Cooke in several letters (of VISION LAUGHS AT COUNTING):
"I lent it to
a friend, called him for it — answer, 'I'm reading it' (in high
indignation). Finally got it — lent it. to Magriel, who still has it. As
I have written in the front: 'Please return because this book puts all
others to shame,' so maybe some day Magriel will give it back."
new and revised edition arrived today. Imagine a kid early Christmas
morning being undecided which of his many presents he will open first.
That's me exactly as I try to determine which chapter I'll start with...
there's no doubt in my mind that you leave all others (writers) far
behind. The only thing that will keep your book from running rampant
throughout the backgammon world is that people will have to WORK to
understand the complicated sections. And do they hate to work! They love
to be told what they already know."
"Your characters rival
Victor Mollo's menagerie." *his*
best "client" at the time.
Comments by others about this and his collection of backgammon books:
Extensive content on cube theory with reference to money games, chouette and tournament matches.
Money players will soon find that their investment is recovered many times over.
Sound advice on the practical aspects of backgammon play (e.g., sections on hustlers, cheating techniques, and chouette money management).
Mathematical equations for pip count comparisons.
Insightful and often very amusing.
Technical articles on general subjects.
Seminal work on match play, money play, doubling cube, races, and more.
A wealth of backgammon information.
His dynamic prose never fails to keep the reader entertained.
Chouette play, strategy and tactics are his forte.
He is a mathematical genius, putting numbers on every conceivable aspect of the game.