|Title||Winning with the Doubling Cube|
|Pages||iv + 196|
|Publisher||The Gammon Press, Arlington, MA|
|Book Reviews||"'Winning With The Doubling Cube' is entertaining
and easy to read but in some parts it is not a scientific research, because the generalizations
Peter Bell makes are too slippery.
He tries to get it all into one equation and high-handedly grasps some numbers (winning chance percentages) for points, timing and so on, and if they don't fit, he interpolates the numbers. [..]
Be careful reading this book! Somtimes Peter Bell errs (like me!) and it's interesting to see how the rubber-concepts also fit the misevaluations. [..]
Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this interesting book and I think every backgammon player from the high intermediate to expert levels should buy it, because these players know what's good and bad in this book.
Most of the chapters are informative, well written and worth the price of the book!
Although it is a basic work about the cube, beginners, I think, will simply get confused by reading 'Winning With The Doubling Cube' and won't know what they can believe and what not." – Harald Johanni, Backgammon Magazin IV/97
"It looks at doubling cube fundmentals, when to double (and when not to double), how to evaluate winning chances in a position, when to take, and the psychology of doubling and provides a number of benchmark positions for typical game types. [..] Bell also looks at the difficult problem of evaluating blitzes, backgames and prime vs. prime positions by the use of formulae. These formulae are as yet unproved, but in the complex world of doubling something is better than nothing, and they are certainly a step forward. [..]
However, if you are serious about improving your backgammon and want to gain a better understanding of doubling cube theory then I would say the investment is worthwhile." – Chris Bray, in What Colour is the Wind?