This blog was originally intended to be a study of the book Backgammon Boot Camp. However I have struggled both to keep the blog updated and to keep it on theme. Personally, while I have learned quite a bit from Trice I have also struggle with moving from some of his examples to a more generalized principle that can be applied in play. So the blog has become a collection of things I am trying to work through as I attempt to improve my game. Hopefully others will find some of these useful as well.
The original intro is below, it helps explain the name of the blog and may be of interest to one or two people.
I have played Backgammon online on and off for quite a while. I am now at the point where I would like to significantly improve my game. I have been playing quite a bit against GNUBG in tutor mode, and have seen some improvement. My next step, and the main focus of this blog, is to work through Backgammon Boot Camp by Walter Trice. From what I have been able to glean from reading various reviews and comments on the net Boot Camp is arguably the best place to start as a player that is better than a beginner but has a long way to go to get to intermediate or advanced. Magriel’s Backgammon is the other book that would serve the same purpose and I am sure that the experts could argue for ever about which one is best. My main reasons for going with Trice is that it is written in the era of the powerful neural net programs and hence benefits from those. This may or may not be a good reason for choosing the book, but it was mine.
What lead to this blog was trying to determine the best way to "read" Trice. Certainly one could sit down and read through the book and probably improve their game a little. But without grappling with the details and working through the positions in the book one is never going to come to fully grasp the material, and probably remember very little of this. For me grasping the material means working out and writing out what I am learning, and I figured that if I am going to that I might as well do it in a way that it can be shared.
My hope is that a few like minded people wanting to improve their Backgammon play will join me in doing this. By sharing information and comments we can improve together, and hopefully have a little fun and meet some new on-line Backgammon friends in the process. So by a copy of Backgammon Boot Camp, fire up GNUBG (or Snowie or Jellyfish if you have it), and join me as we try to improve our game together.
3 thoughts on “What This Blog is All About”
Hey, I think this blog is a great idea, and that Boot Camp is far more suitable for your learning process than Paul Magriel’s book, for example.
Your first(?) review:
Question I have a man on the bar. I have rolled double 4’s and my opponent has blocked the 4 spot. Can I move if there is a free spot at 8,12 or 16?
No you must enter the home board of your opponet base on the value of a single die. Each number must be moved independently, even if you move the same checker it must be moved based on each die. So, for example, if you are on the bar and roll a 32 and your opponent has both the 2 and 3 points maybe but the 5 point open you cannot enter on the five. Or if you have a checker on your opponents ace point and your opponet has the 6 through 2 points made you must roll a six on one die to be able to move that checker. While the are many rolls that add to 6 or more, 51, 42, 33 and so on you cannot move the checker on the ace point because you have to land on a made point with any of the single die values.