Backgammon is one of the oldest games in the world, the origins of which date back some 5000 years - and it's still going strong. It enjoyed a huge resurgence in the 1970s, and then again in the 1990s with the popularity of the Internet, where millions of people play tournaments online every day.
Today, backgammon's following in the UK is huge, with a dedicated British Isles Backgammon Association, and hundreds of face-to-face tournaments taking place across the UK every year.
In this book, backgammon expert Chris Bray walks you through the basics of setting up a board, opening strategies, middle and end-game tactics, and tips on when to make key moves. You'll also get to grips with basic probabilities, the doubling cube and the 25% rule. And if you want to take your gaming further, there's plenty of advice to get you started in tournament backgammon, as well as playing online.
Suitable for both beginners and experienced player looking for more tips and techniques, Backgammon For Dummies includes coverage on:
- Starting and Playing the Game
- Handling the Middle Game
- Bearing Off (The Last Lap)
- Varying the Play
- About the author
The classic by the world's best backgammon player shows beginners how to play and win at this great game.This classic (more than 100,000 copies sold) features strategies, examples, and diagrams to illustrate backgammon's important concepts and how beginning players can not only learn the game but immediately leapfrog over their competitors and become immediate-level players. The world's best player provides easy-to-understand advice on the basics of playing--how to set up a board, how to move, the opening strategies and replies, essential middle and end game tactics, the basic probabilities, plus back game and doubling strategies. Two full sample games with move-by-move insights illustrate the winning concepts of play at all stages of the game. A great first book for beginning and somewhat experienced players.
Improve Your Backgammon is the ideal book for those looking to advance from the basics and build a better understanding of the intricacies of backgammon. In this book, ex-British champion Paul Lamford follows on from his earlier book, Starting Out in Backgammon, to develop further the strategies needed to master this fascinating game. * Revolutionary layout allows readers to absorb the key ideas * Numerous test positions help players gauge their progress * Explains how strong backgammon players deal with typical problems
Ethan and Ella search for lions on a safari in Kenya in the fifth book of Greetings from Somewhere, an exciting series about mystery, travel, and adventure.Ethan, Ella, and their parents travel to the Maasai Mara in Kenya where they stay in a cabin and venture out on safaris every day in search of The Big Five game animals--the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, the rhinoceros, and, of course, the lion. The kids are so excited when they see four of the five animals within the first few days, but where are the lions? Both Ethan and Ella could swear they've seen a lion's tail poking out from behind a tree, but they cannot seem to find the animal itself Then, the twins talk to a boy and girl who live in the Maasai Mara. The locals give Ethan and Ella some clues about spotting lions. With a little help and some good detective work, the twins discover a whole lion family on their last day in Kenya With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Greetings from Somewhere chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
Backgammon is the ultimate race game and has been enjoyed around the world for over five thousand years. Although the play is highly skilful, the fact that the moves rely on the fall of the dice introduces a large element of luck. In the long run the better player will always win, but the beauty of the game is that even a novice can win the odd game against a world champion. In this user-friendly introduction to the game, ex-British champion Paul Lamford provides newcomers to the game with a thorough grounding in the essentials of play. * Learn Backgammon from scratch or brush up on the basics * Numerous hints and tips make the important advice easy to remember. * An ideal first Backgammon book for players of all ages