In Mike's own words, "don't be a mouse, be a rat and get into their bidding. They will not appreciate you at all which is the goal of bridge players everywhere. The so-called "mandatory falsecards" have to be a part of every good player's technique even if you are not interested in deliberate deception. Recently reprinted, like the other Mike Lawrence classics. A detailed series of questions to make you examine almost every aspect of your partnership bidding system and style.
Almost like filling out a page-long convention card! You'll save yourselves a lot of bottoms by finding what questions you and your partner don't answer the same way before that particular situation comes up at the table. Rather, he takes some common every card combinations, and shows the same card combination in the context of 5 or 10 different deals, explaining how the way you handle a given suit depends on your plan for the entire deal.
A very readable introduction well worth reading twice! Should you open 1C or 1D when you have 4 of each? Should you open 1NT with a 4-card major? Should you raise your partner's hearts or show your spade suit?
Full of examples of everyday decisions both in bidding and play, to help you improve your own judgment when your hand meets the textbook definition of more than one action. Not just a revision, but coverage of new topics: should I preempt or not? Should I give a simple raise or limit raise? He explains what sort of lead works best according to what sort of hand the opponents are likely to have - even describes a few situations where he'll choose what suit to lead without regard to what's in his own hand!
All the familiar rules about which card to lead from a suit are covered too, of course. Or how your partner should respond after he sees how crazy yours are? This book contains Mike Lawrence's expert opinion on the subject. The expanded 2nd edition adds more coverage of responses to 3rd seat openings -- fit-jumps and other alternatives, in addition to proposed Drury enhancements. Hear his thought process on each deal.
See how he estimates whether he is ahead or behind in each match, and how this influences his play on the last couple hands of each match. Ten chapters covering classic competitive bidding situations: whether to overcall after they open 1NT; how responder's choices change after the opponents make a takeout double; and more. Many example hands for partnerships to make sure they agree how to bid.
It opens with a summary of planning the play, then describes and shows an example of every known declarer play maneuver, from the mundane like suit establishment and the different kinds of finesses, through all sorts of endplays and coups to two dozen different kinds of trump squeezes.
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A great reference for the serious student of the game. A fantastic collection of hands; I'd hate to see the cover price keep you from reading it. The obvious line never works but there is a clear and concise explanation of how you should have found the right line! More readable and conversational than the first volume, the emphasis is on illustrating key probability concepts with humorous anecdotes at the bridge table, not on dry theory. Great emphasis placed on how to think about the hand as a whole, rather than merely looking at suits in isolation to find the best chance.
Favorite hands and stories from club games and tournaments all around the world. Familiar material, but a new voice for most American readers.
Inquire by email if interested. Intended for general audiences, but of interest to bridge players. A great gift for your non-bridge-playing friends and relatives this Christmas! Fourth suit forcing one round or to game? You may not agree with all of Miles's opinions but he will provide you with food for thought to help you make your own system decisions. One of the very few sources in print to cover some modern conventions like XYZ and Bart.
Halfway between Standard and a club system, like nothing else you've played against, but all General Convention Chart-legal and playable in ACBL tournaments. A humorous and accessible guide to all of the standard techniques, from simple to advanced. Declarer play and defense advice in alternating chapters. One of three such compilations Master Point Press has recently released. Particularly important is the discussion of why it's OK to use an artificial double against a weak notrump — waiting for a penalty double is just too rare! Show your shape any time you have sound overcall values, and let your partner pass for penalties with a misfitting decent hand.
An excellent stepping stone from the "textbook" world to the "quiz book" world for a newer player. Recently reprinted. That's what drives our decision whether or not to pull trumps immediately: do we need the trumps for something else like ruffing a loser? How will our plan change if trumps break instead of ? Fred Karpin's classic book The Drawing of Trumps and Its Postponement now out of print was one of the most valuable books on declarer play I read when I first learned bridge. Now this book brings this material to a new generation of players. This treatment became legal in most sectional and regional tournaments in - read about and decide if you want to give it a try!
A special section at the end covers the rarely addressed topic of how "having a leg on" affects your strategy. Each of the 52 cards in the deck narrates two favorite deals in which the key play involves that card. Not a set of rules to follow; it is practice visualizing partner's and declarer's hands, and focusing on the key features of a deal to defend it well. This volume covers odds, combining your chances, and deceptive declarer play. Some say that whichever of these two books you read first will determine whether you believe Reese and Schapiro were guilty or not. Extensive discussion of the theory behind Rexford's preferred treatment.
Guaranteed to introduce you to bidding ideas you've never considered before.
If you prefer the traditional "aces first" style of cuebids, I recommend Ron Klinger's Cuebidding to Slams. The introduction is deceptively simple, the late portions extremely complex. The first third of the book is about mental preparation and overall approach; the second part tips applicable to particular situations; the third part covers 20 popular bidding conventions: why he loves some, why he hates others. An excellent practical resource if you play a lot of individual tournaments or a wide variety of pickup partners.
Literally every common bidding situation and a lot of uncommon ones! This book is my first recommendation to new bridge players after they finish their first course of lessons. A solid grounding in natural bidding principles is essential to know what conventions are worth learning and when to use them. Also ideal for the serious rubber bridge player who needs to be able to bid effectively with unfamiliar partners without time for a long discussion about partnership methods. Hundreds and hundreds of practice hands illustrating how to play suit combinations, how to establish and maintain trump control, deciding which of two suits to play on.
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By the end of the book you work your way up to throwins and squeezes, and a chapter on special cases where you play the hand different at matchpoints than at rubber bridge. It also goes into great detail about how the second and third rounds of bidding unfold after each convention is used; how different conventions interact with each other; and how to cope with the loss of the natural bid you had to give up to adopt the convention.
Every convention in the book is rated as a "one-, two-," or "three-star convention" according to how complex it is, making it easier for new players to decide which conventions are worth their effort to learn. An appendix shows how to mark each convention on the ACBL convention card. There are several newer conventions books on the market today, but this one had stood the test of time. Exceptionally well-written and thorough, it is still my top pick in this category. Many of the treatments are part of Rosenkranz's Romex bidding system.
Get to enjoy a laugh at the expense of your favorite columnists and learn even more about the game while you do. Danny is careful not to give away the winning line by leading you up to the key trick and asking what card to play. The problems reinforce the importance of making a plan at trick one: count your winners and losers, carefully choose your goal and find the line of play most likely to enable you to succeed.
Countering Deception at Bridge Danny Roth A long overdue look at how to cope with your opponent's routine and not-so-routine attempts to throw sand in your eyes. An essential part of the expert's toolbox, but a topic rarely visited by the non-pros. Danny Roth An outstanding collection of declarer play and defense problems. The book is divided into four equal quarters: instructional declarer practice hands, a declarer play quiz, instructional defense practice hands, and a defense quiz. Clear logical explanations alternating with challenging practice problems.
The chapters on hand evaluation alone are worth the price of the book, but there is also great advice about play at both matchpoints and IMPs. Tips on leads, signals, planning the defense, and more. Not impossibly hard problems, bread and butter hands to make sure you are focusing on planning the way well. Practice Your Bidding series. The pocket guide is a nice quick reference to take with you when you travel to a tournament to refresh your memory or make sure your partner plays it the same way you do.
For experienced partnerships wanting to explore all the nuances of the second and third rounds of bidding after 4NT, see Eddie Kantar's Roman Keycard Blackwood. Particularly insightful is the advice on how to handle hands with a singleton honour.