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Understanding Backgammon
Lessons for Serious Players

Understanding Backgammon by Kit Woolsey and Tami Jones. Backgammon Book.

Intermediate - expert
pub. 2003, pages 308.
by Kit Woolsey and Tami Jones.

Price (excluding UK/EU/Europe): $59.12
(price UK: 43.00, EU/Europe: 52.67, Denmark: kr 386.96)

About the book, by Tami Jones:
There are many great backgammon books currently on the market. But when I read them I felt as if something were missing. The concepts the authors were explaining made perfect sense but applying them over the board just continued to escape me. Then I figured out what was wrong. These were not the errors I commonly made. Mine were much worse! I would have been thrilled if I would have been struggling with such subtle nuances over the board. These books were written for people who understood things I didn't even know I didn't know yet. It was as if I were standing in the barren wilderness of confusion while the authors of these volumes of wisdom were across the river of knowledge in the promised land of backgammon brilliance. As an intermediate player, I barely knew what a bridge was, let alone where it was or how to cross it to gain this vast wealth of knowledge just over the river for the taking. The guards of match equity tables and game winning percentages were holding me at bay.

Thus, the birth of the idea for this book. My first plan was to take 101 of my most common errors, explain the erroneous thinking behind my seemingly (to me anyway) rational moves, and then explain what I should have been thinking. At that point I came to my senses and realized I still didn't know what I should have been thinking. It was then I remembered my friend Kit. So I wrote this introduction and forwarded it on to him. I included a lot of guilt messages along the lines of "I'm so glad we are such good friends that we would do just about anything in the world for each other." If you are reading this it means he fell for it and said yes to my proposal. If you aren't reading it, well you aren't reading it.