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Improving your backgammon skills / Norway in the lead!
« Last post by PillowFighter on November 27, 2017, 01:28:02 PM »

Norway just took the lead in the number of World Class level players on Backgammon Studio!

With 5 having achieved this level! Denmark tied with US in second place with 4 followed by UK with 3 and Japan with 2! Awesome! hehe

This guy Brockmann might speak danish but without creating your own profile the login country will be used as flag...

This is also a view of the new lobby. Have I mentioned it here? I had to clean up the old one as it was turning into a bit of a Frankenstein monster...

I have created a video to demonstrate the new lobby:

but it is fairly straight forward. I also created a new video on the online match chat as it turns out the old one was more confusing than I thought.

Backgammon Studio The Swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,

Backgammon problems / Re: Recover log in
« Last post by John on November 17, 2017, 09:12:12 AM »
Thanks for your help
Backgammon problems / Re: Recover log in
« Last post by Ashi on November 17, 2017, 02:44:00 AM »
Try to send an e-mail to Patti:
Backgammon problems / Recover log in
« Last post by John on November 16, 2017, 12:36:26 PM »
I've not been able to log in.
How can I update my password to recover my ID

Improving your backgammon skills / New player overview section and 7000!
« Last post by PillowFighter on November 14, 2017, 01:58:11 PM »

Backgammon Studio has just reached 7000 matches in the database! That isn't too bad!

The more matches in the database the more interesting the PR statistics sections get so I took another look at that section as it was a bit slow and awkward earlier.

Now it displays all entries found. Notice the small scroll rectangle on the right hand side. This is still sorted on the number of matches in the database. Mochy pays me too much to keep it like that! hehe.. no he doesn't.. :-)

One click on the avg button and it is sorted on average PR:

The default match threshold is now 5 so you won't see all the single match entries (mostly double consultation matches) unless you change this down to 1.

Finding any particular player in the list can take some time so I have added an option to search for players:

As before you can pick a year and see who was the PR champion for that year. Who ended up on top for 2016?

Impressive! This could obviously change as new matches are uncovered as I'm sure there are many more matches out there that has yet to find their way into the database. Stick, got any more matches for me? :-)

BMAB has turned out to be a treasure trove of matches but I thought it had become a bit stale as the resources section on their site didn't seem to change but this turns out to be an illusion. The player dropdown section is still updated and when it is updated the html code is changed with the update date. This is prehaps not ideal but I can't complain as I have just added 500+ matches that I found there! Thanks a lot!

Don't draw too many conclusions from these numbers as the confidence in the average increases the more matches are present. It is now also possible to set the number of matches needed so you can for instance create a list with only players who has 50 or more matches in the list:

I also changed a few of the buttons to use icons to make it fit better on mobile:

It might be a bit slow and increasing the match threshold made it faster on my mobile.

Thanks a lot to everyone who has transcribed and contributed matches to the database!

Backgammon Studio The Swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Using backgammon software / Bots
« Last post by garythomson on November 13, 2017, 02:58:05 PM »
How do bots work?

What do the levels mean in XG mobile? Game level/Session level are those my scores or the game. taking into account the bot and my own play.

Any pointers to wher I can read up on this would be greatly appreciated.

General Chit Chat / Re: Can someone explain doubling cube in money/match games?
« Last post by Ellena12 on November 06, 2017, 10:16:13 AM »
TwilightZone is a good nick for you . i think you should listen to dorbel and stay away from money game . Since you are in the TwilightZone zone about it .

Ok.  There's match play and "money play"

For "money play" each game is independent.  If you're playing for ad link removed
one beer per point, you play a game, perhaps it ends with a gammon with the cube on 2.  One player then owes the other four beers.  You can then set the board up and play a second game, and maybe the other player wins a single point.  Now there's only three beers owed. Sepeat until you've had enough, settle up when you are done.

In match play only the final result matters. You can wager on match play, let's say you stake  one round of beer on the outcome.  You play the match to seven, and the loser buys the next round regardless of whether the final score is  7-6 or 7-0 or even 16-0 (i.e. someone loses a gammon with the cube at 8 ) .   That is, in match play, only the final result matters. This is true regardless of whether you are wagering on the outcome or only playing for fun.  One point for a win with the cube at 1, two points for a win with the cube at 2 or for a gammon, four points for winning a gammon with the cube at 2, etc. 
Improving your backgammon skills / Lucky!
« Last post by PillowFighter on November 03, 2017, 09:57:11 AM »

Is it Friday? Oh yes! :-)

Today I have added the 100'th training track! Pretty sweet! :-)


You have no anchor and more than 1 man back. Opponent has a 3 point board against your 1 point board. Are you feeling lucky?

I often do and it sometimes turns out to be very wrong! :-)

Backgammon Studio The Swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Improving your backgammon skills / European splits!
« Last post by PillowFighter on October 27, 2017, 10:08:22 AM »

While looking for a good definition for another backgammon term I came across "The european split" by Kit Woolsey. Today I have added an "European splits" training track on Backgammon Studio.

When testing it out I managed to get 0 correct in a row, then 0, then 0, and finally 0 correct in a row... clearly I have no clue when to move my last blot forward and when not to. I need to practice more! :-) I think the clue to these training tracks is not to get too frustrated if you don't manage to get more than a couple of correct in a row or as in this case 0 in a row 4 times as all the errors were also made by strong international players so the positions are likely to be very difficult to begin with. As a case in point:

an error made by the strongest backgammon player in the world. I would have made exactly the same error as it looked like a perfectly reasonable move to make.

Backgammon Studio The Swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
Improving your backgammon skills / Danger doubles!
« Last post by PillowFighter on October 20, 2017, 12:11:50 PM »

I haven't made any mistake since last week so no new training track this Friday! Hehe just kidding! :-) The other day Sven Wisl°ff Nilssen managed to scare me into dropping a cube (huge error!). Today I have added a new training track:

Danger doubles! You're on the bar with a directshot but behind in the race. Can you scare your opponent into dropping?

Halloween is coming up so time to practice on your cube scare tactics! :-)

Backgammon Studio The swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
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