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Playing with the Bridge Legends by Barnet Shenkin describes his favorite hands and stories from his career as a player and bridge journalist. Leading Questions in Bridge by Sally Brockcovers the questions that should be asked before making the opening lead. Duplicate Bridge at Home by Mark Horton and Fred Gitelman enables you to play your own one-table duplicate game at home.

Expert Defence by Raymond Brock teaches you to master the art of derence, one of the hardest areas of the game of bridge. Modern Bridge Defense by Eddie Kantar covers the basic concepts of bridge defense. Advanced Bridge Defense by Eddie Kantar covers the more complex concepts of bridge defense. Bridge Conventions by Eddie Kantar is an advamced book covering few dozen conventions in detail. Kantar for the Defense by Eddie Kantar contains challenging defensive problems. All 52 Cards by Marshall Miles presents a clear discussion of counting, card-reading and other techniques.

Famous Leads and Defences by David Bird is a collection of famous opening leads and key decisions in defence. Master Class by Fred Gitelman presents 47 well analysed hands from actual expert play.


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Win the Big Match by Julian Pottage guides you through a fictional 64 hand bridge contest, pointing out what to do and what not to do. Play with the Champions by Ron Klingerenables you pit your wits against the experts in 36 exciting and fascinating hands. Bridge Without a Partner by Ken Eichenbaum is am amusing covering a large number of deals that you will be hard-pressed to believe were real. How Good is your Bridge? Opening Leads by Robert E Ewen is still highly regarded as a classic textbook on the topic.

Complete Book of Opening Leads by Easley Blackwood is the most comprehensive book ever written on opening leads. Psychic Bidding and its Pitfalls by Julian Pottage covers the may types of psychic bids in detail. Card Play Fundamentals by Easley Blackwood is designed to help you improve your declarer play and defensive techniques. Playing to Win at Bridge: Practical problems for the improving player by Ron Klinger is as good a quiz book as ever appeared. Card Placing For You by Andrew Kambities shows you how to process clues from both the bidding and the cards played.

Partnership Defense in Bridge by Kit Woolsey is a detailed discussion of signals, leads, matchpoints and other defensive wethods. Defensive Plays by Sally Brock helps you to tackle the tricky subject of defensive plays. Play These Hands with Brian Senior by Brian Senior allows the intermediate reader to join the author in playing 35 challenging hands.

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Cue Bidding to Slams by Ron Klinger is a whole book devoted to control-showing bids — very often a more powerful slam exploration technique than Blackwood. Competitive Bidding with Two Suited Hands by Max Hardy is the only book devoted wholely and solely to two suited hand bidding. Workbook on the Two-Over-One System by Mike Lawrence is a great practice book for pairs who want to refine their methods.

Beat the Experts at Bridge by Danny Roth he checks up on 88 dubious etudes and tells you what was wrong. Winning Card Play by Hugh Kelsey mains a model of what an instructive book should be. Case For the Defence by Victor Mollo comprises three sections, each containing 50 quiz deals. Modern Bridge Conventions by William S Root and Richard Pavlicek has a description of how the 50 or so popular bidding conventions work.

Bridge Conventions Complete by Amalya Kearse is a comprehensive, page encyclopedia that covers hundreds of conventions and treatments. Conventions at a Glance by Matthew and Pamela Granovetter explains more than conventions and how to defend against them. Bridge Conventions for You by Ron Klinger and Andrew Kambites xplains the logic behind the most popular bridge conventions. Conventional Bidding Explained by Freddie North explains 30 bidding conventions and describes five key defence systems. The Lebensohl convention complete in contract bridge by Ron Andersen is a thorough coverage of all three common uses of Lebensohl.

Bridge Conventions — Defending Against Pre-Empts by Brian Senior gives advice on defending against weak twos, threes and higher pre-empts.


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  8. Bridge Pointers and Tests by Milton C Work shortens the road to winning bridge and aids new players in quickly grasping the essentials of Auction Bridge, and it also serves as a concise and dependable guide for experts. Acol in Competition by Eric Crowhurst provides a detailed study of the various aspects of competitive bidding, analysing in detail almost every contested auction which is likely to occur at the table.

    Understanding the Uncontested Auction by Ron Klinger and Andrew Kambites is an Acol book that helps the reader to understand the basic principles of bidding rather than just memorising bids and sequences.

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    Understanding the Contested Auction by Ron Klinger and Andrew Kambites shows you how to understand the principles that will guide you the maze of competitive bidding. Tips for Better Bridge by Bernard Magee gives short and simple tips that help you to improve your Acol bidding and play. Step-By-Step Constructive Bidding by Tony Sowter is a good coverage of the uncontested auctions in a natural 4-card major system. Acol Bridge Flipper by Ron Klinger enables players to check rapidly important points in bidding and play. Anyone for Bridge by Paul Wokes provides a clear, concise reference of the key elements of the Acol bidding system.

    August puts the basics of bridge into a logical progression of concepts and guidelines. Double Trouble: All About Doubles by Sally Horton is a discussion of this crucial area of bidding in the contested auction. Wielding the Axe by Augie Boehm helps you acquire a feel for opportunistic penalty doubles. The Complete Guide to Contested Auctions by Mike Lawrence is an interesting, easy-to-follow explanation of the judgment and weapons you need to win in competitive auctions.

    Winning Defense for the Advancing Bridge Player: More Constructive Thinking at the Bridge Table by Frank Stewart concentrates on card reading, planning the defense, and communicating and signalling with partner. Dynamic Defense by Mike Lawrence takes a look at how experts think when defending a hand. How to Play Card Combinations by Mike Lawrence teaches you how to play the odds, spot problems and make more tricks. Play Bridge with Mike Lawrence by Mike Lawrence is a hand-by-hand account of a tournament session that shows you how an expert thinks.

    Bridge Hands to Make You Laugh and Cry by David Bird and Nikos Sarantakosis a funny and heartbreaking collection of stories of bad luck and disasters at the bridge table. Improve Your Game — 50 bridge Puzzles by Paul Lamford contains 50 bridge problems which become progressively harder. Starting Out in Bridge by Paul Lamford is a book for the beginner that teaches you the basics of the card game bridge.

    The first is the biddding and whether to be in 3NT of another contract, the second part is about the play of 3NT contracts. Control the Bidding by Paul Mendelson teached you how to stay in control in uninterrupted and competitive auctions. How Good is Your Bridge Hand? Learn from the Stars by Mark Horton and Tony Sowter is a collection of bidding, declarer play and defence deals. Bridge: The Vital Principles by Freddie North contains 69 deals each of which is presented as a problem on the right hand page with the solution overleaf.

    Judgment at Bridge by Mike Lawrence is a book about style and partnership understandings. Short club or better minor, open 1c or 1d when , open 1c or 1d when and much more. Defend These Hands With Me by Julian Pottage is an over-the-shoulder style book with a twist, in that it is all about defense. Play or Defend by Julian Pottage is an unusual problem in that the reader is shown all four hands and asked if he prefers to be declarer or defend. First Principles of Card Play by Paul Marston is aimed at the advancing player who already knows the basics.

    Winning Decisions in Competitive Bidding by Paul Marston is again for the b average — intermediate player and deals with competitive auctions. The Tao of Bridge by Brent Manley gives principles to improve your bridge bidding, play and defense. Modernizing Your Bridge Bidding by Gerald Olsen will help you to upgrade your bidding whatever system you use. Play Cards with Tim Seres by Michael Courtney is a collection of difficult hands for the more advanced player. Secrets of Expert Defence by David Bird and Tony Forrester covers all the aspects of defense that an advanced player needs to know.

    Competitive Bidding in the 21st Century Marshall Miles covers all of the latest trends in competitive bridge bidding. The Game of Bridge by Terence Reese is a fascinating book for beginner and intermediate players. Bridge for Money by David Bird and Martin Hoffman is the story of a fictional bridge professional and his various clients. Matchpoint Defense by Jim Priebe concentrates on defending at pairs matchpoint scoring. The Bidding Dictionary by Alan Truscott is a reference book of bridge bidding sequences.

    Why Women Lose at Bridge by Joyce Nicholson attempts to probe why men outperform women at the highest levels of bridge. Matchpoints by Kit Woolsey is a great book on expert-level matchpoint IMPs scoring strategy and tactics. The Power of Shape by Ron Klinger explains how distribution affects the strength of your hand. Focus on Bidding by Danny Roth is a book about bidding and the places in the auction that we often go wrong. Focus on Defence by Danny Roth concentrates on the most common causes of errors on defence. Plan Before You Play by Howard Ringel contains fifty instructive deals concentrating on opening leads and planning the play at trick one.

    Bridge Endplays for Everyone, Including You by David Bird demonstrates thar endplays can be executed by the average player. Bridge Strategy at Trick One by Fred Karpin explains how to plan the play of the hand once dummy has appeared. The Most Puzzling Situations in Bridge Play by Terence Reese teaches the techniques needed to handle common but difficult problems in the play. Collins Need to Know?

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    Bridge Play Unravelled by Freddie North focuses on how to diagnose declarer play problems. Paranjape features deals from actual club and tournament play which show how the logic of each situation leads to a particular line of play. Step by Step Overcalls by Sally Brock discuses every type of overcall; natutal, pre-emptive weak etc. Hand Evaluation in Bridge by Brian Senior explains how to judge your playing strength and make the appropriate bid. The Mammoth Book of Bridge by Mark Horton covers a wide range of topics using hundreds of illustrated hands. Winning Contract Bridge by Edgar Kaplan has a basic course for beginners and less experienced players and also an advanced section.

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    History-wise the best part of the book is the Italian foot-tapping scandal at the Bermuda Bowl. The Roman Club system, although used very effectively by the Italian Blue Team and others, was never popular here in the United States. Part of the reason is that it was outlawed in many events.

    I think the proper response to that is to play bridge exclusively in events where such a logical system is allowed. This is by no means an ideal bidding system. But it is a very good one. No, there was no information theory analysis done to make best use of bidding room. But I still like it. It has been around for about fifty years, and it is high time for it to be accepted everywhere.

    With balanced distributions, points are the most important. With , you bid an artifical one club. And with you bid one club, but jump on the second round to show that you do not have the one club. One diamond is an artificial negative response to one club. When you want to play in a suit contract, distribution is more important than points.

    Those of us who know the law of total tricks realize that points are truly secondary to knowing the number of trumps each side has. In this system, you play canape, which means bidding the shorter suit first and the longer one second. If you have long hearts with diamonds as your second suit, you open one diamond. After a one heart response, one no trump shows long hearts and a weak hand, two hearts shows long hearts and a strong hand, and three hearts is like a reverse, long hearts and a very strong hand.

    When your second suit is clubs, you have a problem, because the one club opening is taken. So with hearts and clubs, you open two hearts, with spades and hearts, you open two spades. With diamonds and clubs, you open two no trump! With all these suit openers, you count losers as well as points losers are at least as important. Opening bids of two clubs and two diamonds are used to describe three-suited hands. These bids ask about controls in a specific suit. The response tells everyone at the table whether a suit is wide open or not.

    Blackwood is, of course, replaced by Roman Blackwood. I know most folks will strongly disagree with me, but I think this is an ideal system for total beginners, not just World Champions. The authors tend to support this, noting that for beginners, errors in judgment are more frequent than lapses of memory. This system gives one less leeway than most others, which is a good idea! The book concludes with some useful quizzes, followed by some excellent examples of the Roman Club in action in World Championship play.

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    Or buy from Amazon. Since its publication in , "To Bid or Not to Bid" as sold over 50, copies. Undoubtedly the best selling bridge book of the s, its lucid exposition of the Law of Total Tricks has made it a book that literally every serious bridge player simply has to read. Both books are must-reads for every improving - advanced bridge player. Three-time world champion Mike Lawrence of the USA and bridge theoretician Anders Wirgren of Sweden claim that they can prove that the number of trumps is a poor guide to the number of tricks.

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    Devotees of The Law have no proof to back up their claim. We will show you what is important in estimating your potential tricks and we will give you a brand new tool that will make you cry: "The Law is dead. Long live the new Law! Imagination and inference are necessary in bridge, but so is a knowledge of the probabilities and the calculation of percentages.

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    The book covers key elements of bridge probabilities such as the Principle of Restricted Choice and the theory of vacant places, and has deals to illustrate how to use them. As the title implies, this book covers pre-emptive bids from the traditional weak two bids through five level minor suit openings. The book is very detailed, and all aspects of each bid and response are clearly described.

    Discipline is discussed in detail! In the second part, all of the conventional modern pre-empts are reviewed including weak two bids, 3 level natural preempts, Bergen preempts, various conventional preemptive systems, and defenses to artificial preempts. NT Bidding, Stayman and Transfers.