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Old 08-21-2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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Improving cube play.

Hello,

What are the best resources out there for a complete novice looking to improve their cube play? By complete novice I mean I haven't ever played with the cube myself.

I've just been grinding XG to improve my checker play but I feel it'd probably be wiser to actually do some reading/watching to learn about the general principles of cubing.

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Old 08-21-2017, 09:22 PM   #2
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Re: Improving cube play.

It's hard to understand good cube play just from playing with XG. I'll recommend three books that have a lot of information on cube handling for various levels of players:

Winning with the Doubling Cube, by Peter Bell. A good book for beginners.

501 Essential Backgammon Problems. Lots of cube problems here with brief explanations. It's been out of print for a couple of years but it's now back in print.

The Backgammon Encyclopedia, Volume 2, by Kit Woolsey. 250 cube problems plus explanations, divided into 10 separate typical position types. Just released a couple of months ago.
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Old 08-22-2017, 09:26 AM   #3
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Re: Improving cube play.

Thanks a lot, Bill. Very helpful!
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