You are an experienced backgammon player who has already acquired considerable skill. You already hold your own in chouettes among your peers. If you go to a backgammon tournament, you play in an Intermediate division (though it is sometimes called “Advanced” nowadays). You would like to become an expert and be able to compete on equal terms in the top bracket, the one that is generally called the Open or Championship Division. This book is for you. It’s also for the open player who would like to add some new weapons to his arsenal.
"Over the years Norm, like the rest of us, has written down positions of interest to him, and run them through Jellyfish. His book is a compilation of those he found most interesting. He took the positions to California experts Ray Fogerlund and Art Benjamin, who independently reviewed them and offered feedback and suggestions for further exploration.
I enjoyed wrestling with these problems. Norm tells me that his experts averaged around 60% when they tried them. If the experts missed 40%, I'd expect the intermediates to miss at least 75%. Don't worry, I bet you'll do a lot better the second time around!"—Jake Jacobs, Flint Area BackgammoNews, March/April 2001
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