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Great Games 4: Magriel versus Svobodny

Bill Robertie

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Published on Jan 24, 11

In this episode, I'll show you a great game between two of backgammon's greatest players, Paul Magriel and Mike Svobodny, both former World Champions. The game starts out with a long blot-hitting contest as both players fight for key blocking points. Svobodny ends this phase with a powerful 5-5, which gives him a commanding advantage, and eventually he traps Magriel in a 1-2 backgame. Magriel is able to maintain his timing, however, and eventually hits a checker and traps it behind a prime. The backgame phase shows excellent technique by both sides, and I'll show you the key ideas for this stage, and how you can apply them in your own games.

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