100 Backgammon Puzzles Paperback – 19 Jul 1999
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Comments from backgammon players worldwide would be welcome
All positions were rolled out using the latest versions of Snowie and Jellyfish. There are 50 checker play problems and 50 cube decisions
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Personally, I much prefer Lamford's writing style to Robertie's. It's clear, helpful and straightforward (not sensationalist). His PRAT (position, race & threats) advice on doubling is something I've seen no where else, and it's a very useful tool indeed.
It's good for beginners keen to get into the more complex aspects of the game and intermediates working to improve, but experts may find the limited amount of deep analysis disappointing (I'm rated about 1800 on FIBS).
I personally like backgammon books like this one with lots of concrete problems in them. A casual or intermediate player can easily dip in and learn something immediately, without having to slog through a long, complicated discussion. Lamford's solutions and tips are brief and to the point.
If you are an advanced/open player, then this book is still valuable, but you will have to work harder to extract the value from it. First, you will need to cover up the hint, which often gives away the answer. Next, in most cases you will want to put the position into GNU Backgammon or eXtreme Gammon, because Lamford used an early version of Snowie and some of the verdicts have been overturned since then. Finally, you will have to take Lamford's solutions and tips with a grain of salt because they tend to oversimplify (for example, he never does any match-equity calculations). In spite of all this, the book is valuable because at least half the problems are challenging ones, and unless you are a world-class player you will certainly get a sizable percentage of them wrong. This will help you identify holes in your game that you need to work on. Since the book is inexpensive, you get considerable bang for your buck.
After reading this book, I learned dozens of new strategies and small techniques. One complaint I have with the book is that I rarely play with the doubling cube, so half the book is not entirely useful for me. But if you do, I'm sure it will be handy.
I like how the puzzles make you think -- and learn specific parts of the game of backgammon. You can put the book down and pick it up, flipping to various puzzles to refresh your memory about the important aspects of the game. This reminds me of the old Barclay Cooke book I had as a youngster (LOL: several of Cooke's solutions have been proven wrong by today's neural net backgammon software programs) -- but it was "Good stuff" -- just like this book.