Paul Magriel

Full Name: Paul David Magriel Jr.

(R.I.P. July 1, 1946 – March 5, 2018)

World Champion of Backgammon 1978

Backgammon Nickname: X-22

Mr. Magriel was the author of the book “Backgammon”, also known as “The Bible of Backgammon”, and though printed in 1976 is still today one of the best books to read if you want to get a good start as a backgammon player. Paul was also a math professor, as well as a Chess and Poker player. Paul probably understood backgammon problem positions better than most players and even some of the bots.