I have recently become completely obsessed with Backgammon and I would like to learn more about the "Magriel notation" (link) used to formally describe a game of BG.

So is there a definitive, formal specification document for the Magriel notation?

Failing that, is there some online archive of real-world games that have been stored (correctly) in this notation that one could download and examine?

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Paul Magriel's notation system originally appeared in his 1976 book Backgammon, and is mostly just a codification of notations systems that existed at the time.
This could be considered the "official" specification for the notation, but really it's usage is just customary.

His followup An Introduction to Backgammon also includes the notation, but has an easier to follow explanation as it is targeted at beginners.

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