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These adjustments are referred to as average-plus and average-minus. This action sometimes will be balancing. A hand that appears suitable for notrump rather than trump contracts. Standard types are , and and are borderline cases. The completely balanced distribution can be described colloquially as flat, square or round, an example of the strangeness of bridge geometry.
Balanced distribution can also refer to an even division of one suit around the table. An expression to indicate which side can legitimately expect to download the contract. In such circumstances, it may pay to take an advance save or other preemptive action. Alternatively, a player who judges that he will be outgunned in high cards may prefer to remain silent on the theory that he will end up as a defender and does not wish to give information that may help the declarer.
Points at rubber bridge entered below the horizontal line on the score sheet. These points are solely those made by bidding and making partscores, games or slams. All other points are scored above the line only.
Points scored below the line count toward winning a game or rubber. At duplicate bridge or Chicago, the term may be used loosely to refer to trick score.
A call by which a player proposes a contract that his side will win at least as many odd tricks tricks in excess of six — the book as his bid specifies, provided the contract is played at the denomination named. A player who states or indicates a bid. The term is occasionally used to indicate a player who is prone to overbid, or one who will prefer trying a doubtful contract rather than defending in a competitive bidding situation. Also, any player during the auction period.
The period following the deal and ending after the third successive pass of any bid, double or redouble. The almost universal means of bidding in most duplicate sessions today.
The card indicating a bid or a call printed on it that is part of the collection of such cards in a bidding box. The amount of room used in terms of bids that have been skipped. The general theory is that the length of a suit tends to increase as the bidding space consumed in bidding increases. Colloquial for ruffing the led suit, particularly a winning card on an early lead.
A void. As a verb, it means to discard a protecting small card, as to blank a king. Blank honors, whether singleton or doubleton, are slightly devalued in most point-count methods. A hand with seemingly no trick-taking potential, also sometimes referred to usually erroneously as a yarborough. The first lead on any hand, so called because the opening leader has not seen the dummy.
A situation in which entry problems within a particular suit make it difficult or impossible to cash winners or possible winners in that suit.
A play undertaken as though is it a legitimate finesse, as when leading the queen, holding Q-x- x , from hand with A-x- x in dummy. A method of playing multiple team matches in which each team plays against a variety of opponents and each board is worth one point.
The format was prevalent at one time in North America but has been largely displaced by Swiss teams, which is scored by International Matchpoints IMPs. The difference between this type of Swiss Teams and others is the method of scoring. After play is finished and the teams compare scores, one matchpoint is awarded for each board won, and half a matchpoint for each board tied. This type of game is rare. A term used to describe a hand with useful intermediate cards such as 10s, nines and eights.
Some authorities advocate counting a 10 as half a point, sometimes only for notrump purposes. The 10 is of greatest value in combination with one or two higher honors, such as Kx, Qx or K-Q It has least value when isolated x-x or in a solid suit A-K-Q-J Similarly, a nine may be valuable in combination Q but almost worthless in isolation.
Body may be a decisive factor in making a bidding decision. Body is a factor to consider when making a borderline opening bid. As the bidding proceeds, a player can often revalue his intermediate cards. A holding of is certainly worthless if the bidding marks partner with a singleton or a void, and very probably worthless opposite a doubleton. But there is a good chance that the will be valuable opposite a probable three card suit: Partner may have something like A-J-3, K-J-3, or Q A term used in all types of bridge to describe various premiums given under the scoring rules to sides or partnerships who accomplish specified aims.
In rubber bridge, bonuses are awarded for the winning of the rubber by scoring two games before the opponents have scored two games. A bonus of points is credited to the side winning a two-game rubber before the opponents have won even one game. If the opponents have won a game, the bonus becomes points.
A bonus of 50 points is paid any side scoring a successful doubled contract, and similarly, for making a redoubled contract. A bonus is scored above the scoring line for a side that, in the given deal, has held honors in trump or all the aces in one hand at notrump. This bonus is either or points. Bonus scores are given to sides that successfully bid and make a slam.
If a rubber of bridge has to be terminated before its regular conclusion, a bonus of points is given to a side that is a game ahead. A partscore below-game score earns a bonus of points.
In the Chicago format, bonuses can occur on each of the four deals. In this type of contest, each deal is really almost a separate game of itself. A non-vulnerable side scoring a game in Chicago is credited with points immediately, a vulnerable side Slam bonuses are the same as in rubber bridge, and honors are likewise scored. A partial score achieved on the fourth or final deal, however, acquires an extra bonus of points.
This bonus is awarded only for partials actually acquired on the last deal — there is no premium for a partial remaining open at the conclusion of a four-deal chukker. In duplicate bridge, a bonus is awarded for making any partscore on a given deal.
The bonus is 50 points. The regular slam premiums apply in duplicate scoring as explained previously, but there are no bonuses for honors, except in total-point scoring. In duplicate, the regular Chicago bonuses for games bid and made apply, e. The tricks won by a side that have no value in the score.
For the declarer, the first six tricks taken constitute his book.
A term applied to the situation when both sides are subject to larger awards and penalties. In rubber bridge, a side becomes vulnerable by winning a game during the rubber. The side that wins the second game out of three wins a point bonus.
In Chicago, the vulnerability situation is predetermined — both sides are vulnerable only on the fourth deal. In duplicate, once again the vulnerability is predetermined.
The vulnerability is set up in board segments. Both sides are vulnerable on boards 4, 7, 10 and Only North-South are vulnerable on boards 2, 5, 12 and East-West are vulnerable on boards 3, 6, 9 and Neither side is vulnerable on boards 1, 8, 11 and A side that is vulnerable has to be more careful about taking chances and saves because the penalties are substantially higher.
At the same time, in team play it pays to go for the game because the bonus points are substantially higher.
In tournament play, the lowest score on a particular deal in the group in direct competition. It is extended, in conversation, to indicate an excruciatingly bad result. To place a hand in a duplicate board with a card, usually not the top card, turned face up.
The distribution of outstanding cards in a suit in a manner favorable to declarer. This may imply that a suit was divided evenly or nearly so, or that an adversely held honor was positioned so that it did not develop into a winning trick.
To establish a suit and make effective use of the established winners. The ability to bring in a suit may be affected by considerations of entry, tempo, controls or ducking or by the suit combinations in the suit being established.
Combination of at least three high cards with at least two of the cards in sequence. There is a difference of opinion about what constitutes a broken sequence. The other camp asserts that a broken sequence applies to both combinations. A suit containing no honor cards in sequence. A penalty double. A penalty pass can convert a takeout double to a business double.
Bridge slang term for a seemingly valueless hand. In a competitive auction, to make a bid that the opponents do not contest. Any bid, double, redouble or pass. To play a winning card while on lead. To take a series of tricks by playing winning cards one after another. The term is usually applied to a situation where a player realizes that he is on lead for probably the last time during that particular deal and, while in control, decides to take his tricks then.
The term can be applied to a declarer as well as defenders. Many conventional bids and systems make use of this principle of economy by attaching special meanings to bids of clubs at various levels, and occasionally to diamond bids. The same principle of economy is followed in making natural opening bids and responses.
A term for four deals of Chicago.
It is also used in a long team match for a group of boards followed by comparison of scores. The term is borrowed from polo. A contestant also claims when he suggests that play be curtailed, or when he shows his cards unless he demonstrably did not intend to claim — for example, if declarer faces his cards after an opening lead out of turn.
At notrump play, to clear a suit is to force out, by continued leads of the suit, adversely held high cards so that the remainder of the cards in that suit are winners. If a trick is lost to the defense later, a further lead of this suit gives declarer the option of ruffing in one hand while discarding a potential loser in the other.
The hand of the declarer, as distinct from the open hand, now legally referred to as the dummy. The term dates from bridge whist, which introduced the idea of an exposed hand visible to the other players. It stems from the French trefle , but the name seems to be of Spanish or Italian origin as a translation of basto or bastone.
The outline of the club suggests a cloverleaf. Such a player is ostracized at rubber bridge, and the offense is adjudicated in duplicate bridge when a director is present. Action on a doubtful hand after a slow pass by partner is somewhat harder to classify, but the ethical player will pass all such doubtful hands after such a slow pass by partner. Conversational gambits, even when made without any devious intent, have no place at the bridge table among serious, ethical players.
Indulging in unethical actions with full intent to mislead opponents. This is coffeehousing — an attempt to make the declarer believe that West was thinking of playing the ace. If this happens in tournament play, South should call the director and is likely to get redress under Law 73D2. Bridge slang term describing an easily makable contract. In postmortem heat, players tend to exaggerate the degrees of coldness.
Frigid and icy are similar terms. A rarely used term that distinguishes suit-play from notrump play. Originally there were four colors — white, red, blue and black. The associated symbols — the spear, the heart, the rhombus and the clover — became dominant in France and spread to other countries.
At duplicate, comparisons are made between pairs or players who played a board in the same direction, and consequently under similar conditions of dealer, vulnerability, and holding. A player concedes all the remaining tricks when he abandons his hand. Answers to a wide range of opening-lead questions: Active or passive?
Lead partner's suit or your own? Lead trumps? Be deceptive? These and other issues are covered in an approachable book aimed at players who want to improve this important skill. Larry Teaches: Concise instruction with a focus on the rationale behind the recommendations. Spiral bound. Also available for Kindle e-reader. A light-hearted discussion for advancing players who want to make expert-level decisions.
Its advice comes with anecdotes, quizzes and lots of bidding gimmicks. An updated reprint of a title, this well-organized book presents common play problems and leads the reader to each solution through a series of questions and answers. Practical advice on how to use logic and different types of reasoning to enhance your card play and enjoyment of the game.
This book reviews basic bidding concepts, then suggests and explains refinements to help novices progress to the next level. The recommendations include several popular conventions for advancing players. Teach Me To Play: A unique way to introduce bridge to children, full of cartoons, activities and quizzes. Improve Your Declarer Play: Clear instructions, examples and practice deals on how to use endplays and throw-ins to win extra tricks as declarer.
All the basics of Two-Over-One system and the Forcing Notrump convention, with color-coded bidding charts, summaries, exercises and examples. Instruction and practice deals that focus on how to improve your opening leads to notrump contracts and how the lead affects decisions later in the play. Insight into how experts think at the table, with interesting explanations of how to adopt their strategies and techniques. Based on the acclaimed Step by Step Signaling , this revised edition includes explanations and evaluations of signaling methods popular among today's experts.
Every chapter features practical examples of defensive plays by the world's top players. The Rabbi's Rules: Real-life deals featuring the bridge-playing rabbi, Leonard Helman, and a wealth of tips on bidding and play. Bridge Master vs.
Essential Bridge Books
A collection of deals that illustrate the difference between expert players and would-be experts. The examples illustrate common decisions in bidding, play and defense where the amateur will often go wrong, but the expert never will. Written in the style of Terence Reese, this book leads the reader through a logical but ultimately unsuccessful line of play that was taken on actual deals from top-level events.
The expert declarer then realizes how he could have improved the play and why he should have found the winning line. This new book includes hundreds of illustrated hands and covers a wide range of topics -- from bidding systems and conventions to declarer-play tips to a history of the World Bridge Championships.
It also includes information on bridge software and advice on playing clubs, tournaments and online sites. Kantar for the Defense: Each volume has challenging defensive problems, with excellent, easy-to-follow explanations of the logic behind the recommended plays. New Approach to Play and Defense: Instructional quiz hands in an interesting format -- each is presented first as a declarer-play problem, then as a defensive problem.
Volume I was Bridge Book of the Year. Kantar's newest volumes of defensive tips, with some new ideas that can benefit players of all levels. Modern Bridge Defense covers basic concepts leads, signalling, discarding, etc. Advanced Bridge Defense offers a thorough exploration of counting the hand, making inferences, falsecarding, using lead-directing doubles and other strategies.
Great advice, lots of examples and an entertaining writing style from this prolific and popular author. The theme is finding and combining as many lines as possible to optimize the chances of making a contract. From one of the bridge world's most popular authors comes a collection of tips that will improve defensive play. This new edition is based on Kantar's book, but has been completely revised and updated to reflect modern bidding.
It also includes many new tips. Each book offers hundreds of easy-to-understand tips, strategies and "rules" to improve your bidding, declarer play and defense.
Gamesman Bridge By Eddie Kantar. You'll find Kantar's classic wit, wisdom and excellent bridge lessons in this reprint of a title. Two excellent books with timeless advice from one of the game's greatest players and authors. Winning is two complete books in one volume -- a basic course and an advanced section with insights into expert-level strategy and psychology.
Competitive Biddin g was the first complete treatment of defensive bidding, offering sound, timeless advice that can improve any player's judgment. A comprehensive, page encyclopedia that covers hundreds of conventions and treatments. It doesn't have information on newer conventions last printing was in , but it's still a valuable addition to any bridge library. Subtitled "How to think like an expert", this is an insightful and well-written discussion of card reading, probabilities, deceptive plays and many other expert techniques, including mental rehearsal, concentration and relaxation.
An excellent introduction to the thought processes and strategies that affect success in matchpoint events. The book also includes expert-level analysis that will benefit players of all skill levels. The book teaches the reader how to make the correct inferences and deductions and how to assess timing issues.
A discussion of bridge bidding rules and how to determine when they do and do not apply, especially in competitive auctions. A collection of simple, common problems that often cause trouble for advancing players. Card Play Made Easy: A series with instructional tips and quizzes designed to make you a brilliant declarer.
Each volume focuses on a specific declarer-play technique -- safety plays and endplays Vol. I , playing suit combinations Vol. II , trump management Vol.
III and timing and communication Vol. Have you got what it takes? By Ron Klinger.
The Master Bridge Series, written by an Australian who is one of the game's most popular teachers and authors. Supplements to the Master Bridge Series, these "fast-fact" reference guides offer rules, guidelines and lists in a handy, flip-open format. Quiz books of bridge problems from major national and international championships.
The stakes are high and in almost every case, you have the chance to do better than the declarers and defenders did at the table. Knave of Hearts By Geoff Lacey.
Entertaining and instructional accounts of hands from duplicate bridge games. A thorough discussion of the thought processes declarer uses to plan the play. A sequel to The Fun Way to Serious Bridge , this entertaining volume features tips on counting, refining your bidding system and developing advanced declarer skills.
A guide for social bridge players who want to refine their skills. It includes solid advice, many example hands and a reader's test. A clear discussion of counting, card-reading and other techniques experts use to reconstruct concealed hands at the bridge table. A recently updated collection of some of the late author's best problems for intermediate and advanced players. Step by Step: Slam Bidding By Alan Mould. Excellent intermediate-level guides for improving your accuracy in two important areas of bidding.
Defense and declarer-play problems with a focus on inferences, common themes and partnership defense skills.
The explanations include example hands and revision quizzes. A recently reprinted book with provocative bridge hands and a cast of fictional, historical and mythological characters. Bridge Secrets: This pocket-size book features concise, easy-to-understand tips on a wide range of bridge topics -- from devising a bidding system to reading your opponents' cards. Play or Defend: Unique problem books where you're shown all four hands and asked whether declarer or defenders should prevail with best play.
A fascinating challenge for the advancing player. Almost practical and interesting play problems with excellent analyses. By Julian Pottage.
Instruction, examples and quizzes that demonstrate how to bid, play and defend a wide range of hands. Each chapter features a "golden rule", with good descriptions of how and when to use each technique, how it works, and when the rule should be broken.
Thinking on Defense: Instruction and examples on choosing defensive strategies and visualizing declarer's possible hands. Breaking the Bridge Rules: Knowing when to break the guidelines for bidding and play is one of the marks of an expert player. This is the first of a planned four-book series that focuses on situations where you need to do something that seems to go against the old advice, but is the killing lead or play.
Subtitled "The Art of Bamboozling at Bridge" -- how to use deceptive carding to take more tricks as declarer and defender. Fifty instructive deals that focus on how an expert analyzes the opening lead and plans the play of the hand. Andrew Robson's Bridge: A hardcover book designed for less experienced or social player who is eager to improve but keeps making the same mistakes — and is often unaware that they are mistakes.
Bridge Lessons by Andrew Robson.
A volume series on specific topics regarding bidding, defense and declarer play. Fundamental bridge principles, one for each letter of the alphabet, with instructional hands from actual duplicate competitions. These classics were out of print for many years, but are now available in attractive new volumes reprinted in and All offer valuable instruction and fascinating, often brilliant, analyses for advancing players.
The author discusses bridge techniques and some intangibles -- adaptability, psychology, partnership skills -- that are necessary to become a winning bridge player. The emphasis is on when to ignore rules and use your judgment to find the best bid or play. Two comprehensive guides to every aspect of play and defense, with tips on strategy, technique and psychology. Hundreds of example hands clearly demonstrate the principles.
Explains many of the major conventions used by modern players in a more readable but not as comprehensive format than Kearse's Bridge Conventions Completete. If you're just beginning to add new conventions to your system and want to know which are most valuable, this is an excellent choice.
Six valuable books that concentrate on developing your judgment and decision-making skills. Roth explains the most common causes of errors and provides clear, readable explanations of how to recognize the dangerous situations and correct your technique. How Good is Your Bridge? All books in the "25" series offer clear, simple explanations of practical aspects of bidding and play. Each book has good material on the basics and includes tips and ideas for more advanced players. The Pocket Guides are condensed versions of the full books.
Defensive Play at Bridge: Good explanations of the basics of defense, starting with the opening lead. The "Practice Your Bidding" series, featuring simple explanations and many examples for each bidding tool.
The Big Payoff: The author covers many useful agreements and conventions that can improve slam bidding. The book also offers tips for judging slam situations and dealing with competition, plus several quiz hands. Planning the Play: A sequel to Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand , this new volume focuses on the use of more advanced techniques.
It covers safety plays, avoidance plays, trump control situations, dummy reversals and endplays. Should I or Shouldn't I? By Marc Smith. Good instruction on trump management, with an emphasis on the types of deals where you need to delay drawing trumps or take special care when leading the suit. The author gives a step-by-step instructions for how to spot these situations at the table and learn the proper techniques for handling them.
By Frank Stewart. Highly readable books, each with excellent advice on constructive bidding, logical thinking and card reading.
Stewart also offers an interesting focus on developing your "table presence" and understanding other psychological aspects of the game. Tips for how to make your own luck by improving bidding, play and hand-evaluation skills. Playing 2-over Getting Into The Bidding: Explanations and recommendations of useful conventions and treatments for competitive bidding. The book also provides an overview of the fundamentals of preempting, making overcalls and using various types of doubles. Well-written, often humorous, advice for beginners who know the fundamentals and want to reduce their mistakes.
Surviving Duplicate Bridge: The first The author shares the highs and lows of learning duplicate bridge with her husband as her partner. She also includes tips on how bridge teachers can help students become more comfortable with the game.
A humorous and instructional discussion of how to avoid common errors at the bridge table. The character of Professor Gaston Gitane-Gauloise demonstrates his unique Inverted Bridge Teaching Method, showing you by example what not to do when playing bridge. Bergen outlines his personal recommendations for conventions and treatments, many of which are now widely used by tournament players.
The Four Phases of a Bridge Hand
Read these books with your partner. You'll need to choose your agreements carefully and discuss them at length, but you'll find that many of his gadgets are practical, powerful weapons.
An exploration of twelve critical areas of declarer play and defense. The authors show how expert plays that appear to be inspired guesses are actually the result of careful logic. An unusual look at the common problem of finding the best lead to a notrump contract. The authors analyzed more than , computer-generated deals and came up with interesting, often surprising, recommendations. A summary of 15 useful techniques for declarers, with numerous instructional deals to illustrate the variations.
The author emphasizes "outside-the-box" thinking to develop judgment, solve bidding problems and evaluate borderline hands. A unique look at how experts think through the play of a bridge hand. The chapters and examples explain how to anticipate the likely distribution, use logic and visualization, "listen" to the cards and other ways to make what appear to be mpossible contracts. An "over-the-shoulder" look at almost deals the author played in World and European Championships.
Brogeland also discusses his partnership bidding methods and his approach to the mental side of the game. This special gift edition features winning articles from the annual Bols Bridge Tips contest. The practical, insightful advice comes from almost of the best bridge writers in the world. An interesting set of bridge problems that are solved by the author's unique approach to planning the auction, using deceptive bidding and judging your opponents.
The author writes a monthly poker column for Card Player r magazine. Named Bridge Book of the Year, the first title is so widely read that it revolutionized modern competitive bidding. It contains many advanced topics and analyses, but the basic principles can be easily understood and used by intermediate-level players. The sequel clarifies and reinforces some of the most important principles of "Law" bidding.
Bidding problems and expert analysis of hands played at the prestigious invitational tournament at The Hague. An optional tear-out section at the back can be used by partners who want to practice bidding the hands before reading Cohen's analysis. The Losing Trick Count: Originally published in , this is a detailed manual of technique "as used by the leading contract bridge tournament players".
The chapters offer numerous examples of expert bidding and play, with an interesting selection of hands from tournaments. Two very challenging collections, each with 52 diabolical play and defense problems where the "obvious" answer is usually wrong. Diosy analyzes each deal from declarer's and defenders' perspectives, with a trick-by-trick description of how each side can counter the other's strategies. Partnership Agreements By Clarke Fairbrother.
A guidebook that's designed to take a partnership through the process of developing a bidding a system. The included Partnership Agreements Checklist offers an organized outline for discussing agreements and conventions. A collection of of the most spectacular hands played by the legendary Italian Blue Team.
The book also includes a summary of the Italian bidding systems and accounts of Blue Team triumphs world championships. Master Class: This is the first book from the world-class player who developed the popular Internet bridge club Bridge Base Online.
The over-the-shoulder format offers insights into the author's thinking on dozens of hands from actual play. There's also a focus on bridge personalities, and the author includes many interesting observations about his partners and opponents. The Gus System: Booklets that propose and explain the "Granovetter Unified System" -- an enhanced bidding system that features relay bidding.
Battling the Best: Expert-level account of the author's experiences in one of the toughest of all ACBL team events. The detailed hand analyses focus on technique, psychology and strategies for playing in board-a-match events. A reference set for the 5-card-major system, with a thorough discussion of modern bidding trends and expert treatments, plus some new ideas.
Based on a previous book by the same author, this revised edition incorporates new ideas from experts Tim Bourke and Sandra Landy. The Bridge Magicians: Many bridge hands and analysis, along with personal insights into the group of Polish experts who have had incredible international successes over the past ten years. The Mysterious Multi: Everything you would ever want to know about the Multi 2D convention, which is used to describe a weak two-bid in an undisclosed major.
Card by Card: Many interesting and challenging hands, where you watch an expert declare and defend, with opportunities to make your own decisions at critical points in the play. A thorough, expert-level discussion of every type of competitive auction, with recommendations for useful conventions and agreements.
A detailed discussion of bidding theory and the principles that govern the design of an effective system. The author offers creative ideas and clear explanations of concepts that have not been covered extensively in other books. Card Reading: An excellent guide to gathering clues from the bidding and drawing inferences from the play, with a good selection of challenging problems.
Also recommended is Jannersten's Play It Safe - And Win , which offers good advice on how to play fairly difficult hands. Three volumes that offer insights into expert thought processes as you play example deals from major tournaments held in India.
Written in a conversational style, the books stress logical and creative thinking and offer some unique ideas about the value of using "gut feelings" to make decisions. Difficult defensive problems with unexpected twists. The problems and analyses demonstrate how to assess the situation, picture the unseen hands and decide if an unusual or psychological solution is needed.
Roman Keycard Blackwood: The fifth edition of the definitive book on the convention used by almost all serious players. Revised and updated, this new version contains leading-edge ideas and is full of examples, quizzes and practice hands.
A must for the tournament player. Bridge Master: A "greatest hits" collection of Kaplan's articles from Bridge World magazine, published after his death in Two classics, with thorough analyses of the principles and excellent example deals. Analysis of 58 interesting and instructional deals, many featuring blunders and brilliancies from international tournaments. A good discussion of the principles and concepts that apply to notrump auctions, with many challenging concepts and system recommendations.
The author covers all 1NT ranges and offers excellent discussions of how they affect your other system bids. By Julian Laderman. An award-winning instructional book and its sequel offer how-to's for executing various types of squeeze plays as declarer. The Setting Trick: A book of problems in defensive cardplay by a top Australian expert. The deals come from real events, providing the reader the unique experience of being up against a declarer who will not always play perfectly.
Practical mathematics for bridge players, featuring the principles of probability and how to apply them at the table. The two volumes include discussions of vacant spaces, restricted choice, conditional probability and how divisions of one suit affect the odds of other suit divisions. A fascinating look into expert thinking as one of the world's best players competes in the Bermuda Bowl world team championship. The format gives readers the opportunity to make their own decisions at critical stages in each deal and compare their solutions with what the author did at the table.
The author shows how to collect vital clues from the bidding and play to make logical conclusions about the unseen hands. He includes many common situations where even advanced players will often miss the correct inferences. Remembering just one or two of the ideas explained here will improve any player's results. Designed for serious tournament players, these books offer interesting analyses of bidding decisions and approaches.
Miles discusses current thinking, poses original ideas and recommends methods that will be successful over the long term. Case for the Defence By Victor Mollo. A reprinted instructional book, with excellent analysis of many difficult defensive problems. A reprint of a previously hard-to-find classic that's considered by many to be the best book ever written on card play. Easier Done than Said: A collection of brilliant plays from real life, with well-written explanations of the logic behind each decision.
The problems range from "technically simple" to extremely complex, with a focus on plays that are difficult to find, but easy to execute. Challenging bridge problems, math brain teasers and logic puzzles. An homage to Right Through the Pack , one of the most popular and successful bridge books of all time. The author uses the same theme as Darvas did in the original, where all 52 members of the deck of cards tell their stories.
Edited and updated by Mark Horton, these two volumes are a compilation of eight highly rated booklets that have long been out of print. Accurate Cardplay includes these titles from the original series: This is an update of a classic that offers an illuminating look at the three types of mistakes -- costly, common and forgivable -- made by bidders, defenders and declarers. The new edition was updated by Ron Klinger to include more modern bidding theories.
Expanded and updated versions of Reese's originals, these books focus on planning the play and finding an advantage. Each book presents a wide range of problems, many of them quite difficult. A classic and very challenging quiz book. Kantar says anyone who correctly solves at least 60 percent of the 75 problems has the right to consider himself an expert defender. Excellent instruction on the techniques needed to handle common but difficult problems in the play.
Reese groups the problems by theme so you can study different variations of the same situation. A new approach for bidding strong hands, featuring two forcing opening bids 2C and 2D to describe distribution early in the auction. The author discusses how to use cuebids, relays and pattern bids to reach the best contracts. The first title describes an aggressive two-way overcall structure that uses an artificial 1NT to show a light takeout.
The second title discusses the author's complex system for showing a wide range of hands over the opponent's 1NT opener. Bidding Topics By Eric Rodwell.
An in-depth discussion of agreements that can improve constructive and competitive bidding. The nine chapters each start with the basics and progress to expert agreements. Included are full details on two conventions invented by the author -- Support Doubles and Serious 3NT. This "workout for the mind" is an extremely challenging collection of of the author's favorite hands from the magazine's popular column. Test your Play as Declarer Vol. Two internationalists teach you how to analyze and play out a wide range of difficult hands.
Updated and reprinted in A technical analysis of innovative ideas in card play for declarers and defenders. The author also discusses common mistakes and how to mentally prepare for competition. The author puts you at the table with Meckstroth-Rodwell, Martel-Stansby, Garozzo-Belladonna and many more of the world's top pairs.
The chapters feature lots of hands and analysis, with detailed personal insights into the players' successes and disasters. Excerpt Adobe Acrobat format. A thorough overview of when and how to calculate odds and percentages at the table, with an interesting focus on situations where you should instead rely on imagination, deduction and inference. An entertaining collection of deals where queens are featured in bidding, play and defense problems.
The author provides a good overview of basic signaling strategies, but adds an expert spin with excellent discussions of more sophisticated methods. They include masking the defenders' communication, deceptive signaling and new ideas for suit-preference signals. This is an interesting and sophisticated discussion of communication at the bridge table.
Woolsey offers valuable insights about how to make better use of the limited vocabulary of bridge bidding and improve the messages we send with bids and the play of the cards.
He includes numerous example hands and clear, logical analysis. Back to top By Mike Lawrence Lawrence, one of the most popular authors today, has a unique, "table-side" writing style that appeals to almost every reader. Most of these titles are aimed at intermediates, but all contain material that can benefit players of any skill or experience level.
Every title here is a Play Bridge with Mike Lawrence -- Perhaps my all-time favorite bridge book, this hand-by-hand account of a tournament session shows you how an expert thinks and how to develop that elusive quality called "table feel". Play a Swiss Teams with Mike Lawrence -- Good tips and insights into the thinking processes, strategies and techniques the author uses in a team-of-four event.
Judgment at Bridge -- Subtitled "What Went Wrong", this is an easy-to-understand discussion of many neglected areas of bidding and defense, with good recommendations on how to avoid common mistakes.
Judgment at Bridge 2: Be a Better Player and More Difficult Opponent -- The original Judgment at Bridge , now a classic, is the basis for this page volume, which includes new material that deals with modern bidding. Lawrence also offers opinions on conventions you should consider adding and those that should be removed from your system.
It's all written in the straightforward, conversational style that has made Lawrence one of the most popular of all bridge authors. Mike Lawrence's Opening Leads -- An outstanding and quite complex discussion of how to analyze the auction, evaluate alternatives and choose the best suit and card for your opening lead. Complete Book on Hand Evaluation -- One of the best books ever written on this subject, with good advice on everything from basic counting to expert-level inferences. The Complete Book on Balancing updated edition -- Comprehensive advice on how and when to keep the bidding open, including details on helpful conventions and expert treatments.
The Complete Guide to Passed Hand Bidding updated edition -- How to evaluate your hand, make competitive decisions and use conventions to improve your passed-hand auctions. Complete Guide to Contested Auctions -- An interesting, easy-to-follow explanation of the judgment and weapons you need to win in competitive auctions. The Complete Guide to Takeout Doubles updated edition -- This may sound like a topic for beginners, but even the most experienced players will find valuable ideas here.
Lawrence covers all the tools and evaluation skills you need to improve your takeout-double auctions, with many expert tips.
An update of the Bridge Book of the Year. New Meanings for an Old Bid -- Expert-level agreements and gadgets that will improve your competitive bidding. Dynamic Defense -- A look at how experts think when defending a hand, with advice that even beginners can use successfully. This is a revised and updated version of the definitive work on this topic.
Very interesting reading for advanced players. Bidding Quizzes I: The Uncontested Auction -- Many examples and quizzes to teach you how to improve the accuracy of your constructive bidding.
How to Play Card Combinations -- Teaches you how to play the odds, spot problems and take more tricks as declarer or defender. Partnership Understandings -- A workbook for use in partnership discussions, with questions and answers on all key aspects of your bidding system.
Workbook on the Two-Over-One System -- A great practice book for pairs who want to refine their methods with this popular bidding system. Bridge Tip Series: Bridge novels featuring murder, cheating and other crimes, set at a duplicate club in a small town in rural Ontario.
An entertaining personal account of the German team's comeback in the Venice Cup. Focusing on the final 16 deals, the author describes the hands in detail and offers an instructional discussion of bidding and carding methods, conventions and how to develop team chemistry. Big Deal: Entertaining stories about the author's experiences as an expert bridge player. The tales feature colorful characters, bridge-playing celebrities and interesting playing venues -- from high-level tournaments and cruises to seedy money clubs and prisons.
A volume of one-panel cartoons that lampoon bridge, bridge players and golfers. Part history and part instruction, these books feature spectacular feats and blunders of top players from around the world.
The deals are presented as quizzes so you can test your skill against the experts. Funny and heartbreaking stories of bad luck and disasters at the bridge table, with a good discussion of how to avoid the calamities suffered by others.
The celebrated series about the bridge-playing monks of St. The stories are highly entertaining, with many well-chosen and instructive hands. Considered by many to be Bird's best series. More titles from this prolific author, who combines bridge and humor. All feature eccentric characters who find themselves playing challenging and fascinating bridge hands in unusual settings.
Bridge players who enjoy crosswords can combine their favorite pastimes with this volume of 52 bridge-themed puzzles. The puzzles, which range from easy to challenging, feature clever clues and entertaining themes. A bridge novel set at a Miami bridge club, with egocentric pros and eccentric clients as the main characters.
Fifty-two bridge hands that are amusing, instructional and sometimes spectacular. Cook and Deal By Dorothy Cook. A unique gift that's a combination of a cookbook the recipes are great and a selection of interesting and challenging bridge hands. Death in Duplicate By Carole Coplea. A mysterious illness strikes the members of the faculty duplicate club at a small college. The local detective suspects murder, and all the players are suspects.
A thorough, well-organized discussion on how to play "Standard American Yellow Card", the popular bidding system used by players in online clubs. The 8 of Clubs Was Good? A chronicle of a new bridge player's struggles to learn the game and her experiences at her local club. Also included are recipes for dishes to share with other players. Designed by the author to be a "jolly good read", this hardcover edition makes a nice gift for players of all skill levels.
Bridge murder mysteries featuring interesting characters and a good selection of well-analyzed bridge hands. Ace on the River: This isn't a bridge book, and it's much more than a poker book. The author, who is a bridge player, offers an interesting discussion of attitudes, strategies and psychology that can be applied to any competitive endeavor.
A fascinating look at the life and bridge career of the world's top-rated player, Hamman's autobiography offers insights that will help you improve your game. Right after I read it, I started thinking differently about my overall strategy -- and discovered that I was bouncing back better from my bad results.
Set in the Texas Hill Country, these novels feature sleuth Emma Diamond and a full cast of bridge-playing victims and suspects. Bridge Mix: A series of humorous, fast-paced short stories featuring many interesting bridge deals.
The story settings include a bridge tournament, ancient Egypt and outer space. The Hands of Time: A collection of brilliance and blunders from famous matches played from to This is the fascinating account of the three-decades-long partnership of Eric Murray and Sami Kehela, one of the best pairs in the world.
Classic Kantar: Kantar is not only one of today's best bridge writers, he's also one of the funniest. In this collection, he pokes fun at experts, confesses his disasters at the table, tells stories from his famous home bridge game, and recounts his misadventures as a world traveler.
These will entertain players of all skill levels. His travels take him to five continents for play with many colorful partners. Two volumes featuring a curmudgeonly title character and funny, instructional stories on a wide range of bridge topics, from gripes about ACBL to how to think like a bridge expert.
The first six titles are novellas that combine fiction, witty satire and first-rate bridge hands. The last title is a new collection of Menagerie bridge adventures based on Mollo's characters.
All very entertaining. An homage to the classic by Robert Darvas, with 52 clever stories, one from each card in the deck.
A collection of clever stories about the exploits of Chthonic, a fictional bridge computer.A bidding box is a box of cards, each bearing the name of one of the legal calls in bridge. It features tips on planning the play and reinforces the concepts with self-quizzes and detailed explanations of the solutions. A comprehensive, page encyclopedia that covers hundreds of conventions and treatments. An entertaining biography of Swedish champion Peter Fredin, featuring memorable deals from international tournaments.
The tales feature colorful characters, bridge-playing celebrities and interesting playing venues -- from high-level tournaments and cruises to seedy money clubs and prisons.
A complete tutorial for learners, plus features for players of all skill levels -- bridge history, reference material, features on famous players, bridge on TV and video, computer and online bridge. Brilliant advice on how to solve problems on defense, with many very difficult quiz hands.
Published in , this is one of the first -- and funniest -- bridge novels.
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