Durham/Chapel Hill Backgammon Club

 

Instruction for Newcomers and Beginners

 

The YouTube videos listed below were created by David Newman of the United Kingdom whose YouTube id is ensor42.  They do a truly magnificent job of teaching all the basics about backgammon.  Each video is short (3 to 12 minutes) and exceedingly clear.  Kudos to David for creating them!

 

The videos shown in yellow (59:22 in length) and will teach a newcomer all the basics.  You can begin playing at that time, and I recommend that you so. The other 16 videos (1:58:27 in length) address more advanced topics. 

 

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Subject

Length

1

Introduction and the Board

6:11

2

The rest of the kit

5:22

3

Basic Moves

5:21

4

The opening roll

3:09

5

Rolling doubles

5:32

6

Blocking and Primes

8:05

7

Hitting and re-entering

4:09

8

Dancing

6:03

9

Bearoff Basics

3:43

10

Playing through a Bear Off

6:00

11

Gammons and Backgammons

5:47

12

The Pip Count

4:13

13

The Doubling Cube

10:08

14

The Doubling Window

6:44

15

The Crawford Rule

3:00

16

Software Recommendations

10:08
17 Book Recommendations Part 1 of 2 9:57
18  Book Recommendations Part 2 of 2 3:29
19 Dice Distribution (1 of 2) 4:23
20 Dice Distribution (2 of 2) 8:33
21 Openings (1 of 5) - The No-brainers 9:09
22 Openings (2 of 5) - Slotting vs Splitting 9:35
23 Openings (3 of 5) - More rolls, more choices... 6:00
24 Openings (4 of 5) - Running with sixes? 8:15
25 Openings (5 of 5) - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 5:16
26 Blitz (1 of 2) 11:46
27 Blitz (2 of 2) 7:51

 

Educators everywhere ... even if they don't care about backgammon ... should review what David Newman has done.  These short videos are a wonderful way of presenting new material.  I regard this short video format to be far superior to traditional classroom lectures.  Copy David's format and see your students excel!  -Ken Larsen March 20, 2011

 

(November 10, 2011) Great news for educators:  A guy named Sal Khan has already created almost 3000 videos to cover a large spectrum of education.  They can be found at Khan Academy.

 

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