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Chris Bray is the backgammon columnist for The Independent newspaper in London. In this anthology he traces the development of on-line play and looks at many other aspects of the game. The spread of broadband connectivity has driven unprecedented growth in backgammon on the Internet. Backgammon playing computer programs are helping players of all strengths to develop their game. The material in this book covers not only the development of backgammon theory but also looks at the history of the game. Several new players, including the Dowager Duchess, have joined his menagerie to help to paint a graphic picture of life in the high stakes chouette - the very lifeblood of backgammon. Chris's articles are targeted at a broad range of players and everyone from the casual player to the expert will improve their game by studying the diverse positions in this book.