ARTICLE #19 [First published in March 1988 Chicagoland Backgammon Newsletter]
A player’s difficulty in improving is a result of the changes required to make simple concepts work. It takes about two years to develop a competitive game and many more to adjust to the aspects of innovative backgammon.
Most players develop an efficient game from scratch. But faced with tough competition, their structural problems tend to surface. Often a player will have a blind spot and never see the problem---a testament to complacency. This game is built on reasons upon reasons and when one of the bricks is faulty, it can have an unstabilizing effect on the others. Changes in one area do affect another, and if you fail to discover the interconnected nature of backgammon, your game can run into problems.
Improving your game is similar to souping up a race car. When you put a more powerful engine into your car, you also have to improve the support structures.
A gallant player achieves honor even in defeat.
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