Chris Bray is the backgammon columnist for The Independent and has been playing and studying the game for over thirty years. In this anthology of his most recent Independent articles he traces the... More > further development of many aspects of the game.
The game continues to evolve and the last twenty years have seen a period of rapid development in the game. This is largely because of the advent of backgammon computer programs JellyFish, Snowie and, most recently, eXtreme Gammon. Consequently the modern expert player is light years ahead of his 1990s counterpart.
The material in this book covers not only the development of backgammon theory but also looks at the history of the game including some of its more famous and colourful players.
The timeless characters that make up Chris’s menagerie continue to paint a vibrant picture of life in the high stakes chouette. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are also on hand to lend instruction and for this book Jeeves and Wooster have joined the party as well.< Less
Chris Bray is the backgammon columnist for The Independent newspaper in London and has been playing and studying the game for nearly thirty years. 'Backgammon - An Independent View' takes the best... More > of his early Independent articles and mixes them with his other more technical articles to produce a book which will appeal to all players. Everyone, no matter what their skill, will find something in these pages to raise the level of their game and show them new aspects of backgammon. It also has its more whimsical moments as none other Sherlock Holmes provides some of the instruction! Backgammon theory has evolved considerably since the original publication of the book and the use of neural net computer programs has taken the game to new levels. This newly revised version reflects those changes in theory and the solutions to several of the original problems have been updated.< Less
The game of backgammon has developed significantly over the last four to five years. It is no coincidence that this development has happened in parallel with the arrival of sophisticated computers.... More > Chris Bray is the backgammon columnist for "The Independent" newspaper in the UK. In this anthology of his Independent articles of the last four years the arrival and influence of the silicon players can be clearly traced. The material covers not only the development of backgammon theory but also looks at the history of the game such as the advent of the doubling cube and some of the more colourful players who have played the game. A menagerie of players such as Barry Bigplay, Nigel Natural and Quentin Quickcube help to paint a graphic picture of life in the high stakes chouette - the very lifeblood of backgammon. Chris's articles are targeted at a broad range of players and everyone from the casual player to the expert will improve their game by studying the couple of hundred positions in this book.< Less
Chris Bray is the backgammon columnist for The Independent newspaper in London and has been playing and studying the game for over thirty years. In this anthology of his most recent Independent... More > articles he traces the further development of many aspects of the game. Backgammon is changing rapidly and much of it is now played on-line which requires some different skills. In tournament backgammon clocks are becoming the norm which means that a premium is now placed on the ability to analyse accurately at speed. Computers continue to get faster and backgammon-playing programs continue to improve which can only help the average player to improve his game as well. The timeless characters who make up Chris's menagerie continue to paint a vibrant picture of life in the high stakes chouette - the very lifeblood of backgammon. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are also on hand to lend instruction.< Less