Ken Larsen's web site - How to excel at backgammon
Thanks to a Windows based software tool called eXtremeGammon, there is a very simple and fun way to become a highly skilled backgammon player:
Buy a copy of eXtremeGammon (aka "XG") for $ 65.00. See "eXtremeGammon" on this web page.
Enroll in a free online league that will copy your completed matches to your computer. My preferred site is World League. I play there under the name of Utsira. They have tournaments that begin almost every hour.
Play regularly in the online league and use XG to analyze your matches. Examine every one of your moves and try to understand why XG finds fault with your errors and blunders. If you need help, email me a screen shot of any errors/blunders you don't understand.
Keep a log of your PR ("Performance Rating") over your last 100 matches. I call this "PR(100)". XG keeps this information on its Players Profile Results page. PR is a numerical rating of your skill. 0.00 would be perfection. As of October 8, 2016 my PR(100) was 6.89 which is "expert". Anything under 5.00 is world class. I'm striving to reach that level.
Here's a screen shot of XG's report on my progress as October 12, 2016:
"Perf" is "Performance Rating" (PR). My PR(100) is shown to be 6.89. You can also see that I've been improving and most of my improvement has been in my cube play.
Don't ever worry about luck. You can't control the luck factor. Luck is for losers. Focus on improving your skill.
You can play matches against eXtremeGammon, but I prefer playing in a league. It's more fun.
You can read books and study positions that other people post on various forum sites, but the downside is that when you see such positions you may guess the correct answer because of the "quiz factor" ... you expect that there's a trick. You don't have that in a real match.