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Introducing Backgammon. Winning. Books with Joe Urso

BWW is offering a new series, the first of which will feature Joe Urso walking us through a chapter of one of his favorite backgammon books. Backgammon. Winning. Books. will start on Monday, Sept. 11, at 8 pm Eastern. It will feature Walter Trice’s Backgammon Boot Camp.,”33 Opening Blitz Doubles."

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 Introducing Backgammon. Winning. Books with Joe Urso
 Introducing Backgammon. Winning. Books with Joe Urso

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Sep 11, 2023, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Backgammon. Winning. Women. is offering a new series, the first of which will feature Joe Urso walking us through a chapter of one of his favorite backgammon books. This series, called Backgammon.Winning.Books., will start on Monday, September 11, at 8 pm Eastern. It will feature Walter Trice's Backgammon Boot Camp.,”33 Opening Blitz Doubles,” chapter 28, pp 162-166.

If you have a copy or can borrow a copy from your backgammon club's lending library or a leading player, read this short chapter in advance. If you'd like to purchase the book, it is published by Fortuitous Press and available from

BWW Sponsors: The Flint Backgammon Boutique and Roadkill Books.

A Little Bit about Joe Urso

Joe credits the improvement in his game to reading most of the top backgammon books three times! He learned to play as a child from his family, but only started serious backgammon play 6 years ago, playing in the Championship division of the Cherry Blossom Championship in 2017. For two-three years he mostly read books to improve rather than playing a lot. Now he records all his matches and spends more time analyzing his blunders in match play.

Books he has read three times over include:

  • Walter Trice, Backgammon Boot Camp, 2016 edition.
  • Bill Robertie, 501 Essential Backgammon Problems, 2022 edition.
  • Paul Magriel, Backgammon, 2004 edition.
  • Jeremy Bagai, Classic Backgammon Revisited, 2005.
  • Michy Kageyama and Roland Herrara, Opening Concepts, 2016; Endgame Technique, 2019; Back Checker Strategy, 2021.
  • Bill Robertie, How to Play the Opening in Backgammon: Part 1 A New Way of Thinking, 2019; How to Play the Opening in Backgammon: Part 2 Everything Matters, 2021.
  • Kit Woolsey, Backgammon Encyclopedia, vol. 2: More Cube Reference Positions, 2017.
  • Marc Brockmann Olsen, Cube Like a Boss: Patterns, Intuition, and Strategy, 2019.

Joe is serving as Guest Editor of the PrimeTime Backgammon magazine for the Fall 2023 issue. He has recently joined the Calendar Committee for the U.S. Backgammon Federation. He is an attorney based in New York, NY.

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