New Ideas in Backgammon is Kit Woolsey’s and Hal Heinrich’s amazing book of backgammon problems. Woolsey, runner-up in the 1996 World Cup, and Heinrich, runner-up in the 1992 World Cup, have assembled a collection of problems that tests the ability of even the best human players, yet provides instructive lessons for everyone from beginner to expert. All the positions in the book are taken from actual tournament matches in which a top expert made an incorrect choice. In each case, the correct play has been verified by an elaborate series of computer analyses using the neural net Jellyfish. In addition, all the problems have been shown to a panel of eight human experts, and only those problems which were able to stump most of the panel were finally included in the book. These are not trick positions or exotic back game plays. The positions are of the sort that arise in every game, yet are misplayed by nearly all players. The authors have drawn on their vast experience to provide you with the theoretical framework behind the often counter-intuitive plays of today’s backgammon bots. It’s fair to say that New Ideas in Backgammon stretches our understanding of the game more than any other book in recent years.