I’ve been casting about for another weapon to add to my “gain experience and get better, faster” arsenal— I study, read, play in both live and online tournaments, Dallas Backgammon League play, timed and un-timed matches of various lengths, play XG and BGBlitz, analyze my games, etc.— but one piece that’s missing, in large part, is playing myself.
Playing yourself in a mind sport is a great way to learn and improve, particularly if you approach the process in a serious and thoughtful way.
Paul Magriel famously took on the player-moniker “X-22” after playing himself, on each side of the board, in a 26-player tournament, where the players were named “X-1” through “X-26.”…
It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted my last backgammon update (“bupdate”?), and seeing-off 2019 is the perfect excuse to crank one out. I’ve been busy, just as I’m sure most of you have, with the Holidays and the usual closing-out-the-year madness, but haven’t neglected the game. Because, priorities.
I think I’ll lead by stealing a super-lazy idea from the press: the end-of-the-year recap:
On January 1, I will have been:
Playing backgammon for eight months
Playing Daily Gammon for seven-and-a-half months
Been serious about learning for five months
Been playing with a doubling cube for four months
Been playing live tournaments with a League for two months
Today, as of this writing, I have a synchronistic 2002 games under my belt on Daily Gammon and my stats look like this: