

Backgammon Funfair is unlike any other backgammon book I have read. It comprises the author’s collection of curiosities and puzzles assembled over 35 years from backgammon books, magazines and the internet, combined with his own original material. Examples are “Shortest game without a doubling cube”, “Greatest joker” and “Most pips you wish you had not rolled in a bear off race”. It’s a beautifully produced volume, extending to 194 pages, all clearly set out with colourful diagrams. Within its pages are 63 expositions, some of them whimsical, some mysterious, and all delightfully entertaining. Some of the subject areas are fanciful and obscure, and could be dismissed by backgammon players as being of limited usefulness. To do so would be to miss the point of their inclusion. The joy is in their study and the unpicking of the logic, mathematics and reasoning that underlie them.
Serious students of backgammon will probably skip forward to the section describing the doubling paradoxes. Here you will find such esoteric topics as “Cube provocation plays with Jacoby paradox and Wisecarver paradox”. The Latto, Kauder and Kulseth paradoxes are also ably described with numerous examples. This book is unashamedly not intended to help its readers play better backgammon. But there are a few gems here that will add to your armoury of tricks, techniques and shortcuts for use over the board. Its real value, however, is as an entertaining departure from traditional backgammon manuals. It is absorbing and enjoyable, and deserves its place alongside more serious backgammon literature. Julian Minwalla. June 2012 





Backgammon Funfair Facts, figures and numerical musings
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About the author Backgammon Funfair is available now at a cost of £22. For customers in the UK or Europe, copies can be purchased from Peter Bennet. Email pjbennet@hotmail.co.uk or phone +44 (0)7976 514024 for more details including payment method and postage costs. Carol Cole is the supplier for the USA and RoW on www.flintbg.com/boutique.html 

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