Learn how to play bridge with this simple step-by-step guide. While good bridge classes are, of course, of great value, this book is itself the complete tutorial. It will help you to learn properly without other help and give you a solid foundation on which to start playing this absorbing game. Work at your own pace Understand the key basic principles Learn about the Acol system of bidding Discover how to play a hand, both as declarer and in defence
Bridge ia an easy game to learn but it takes a lifetime to master. This monumental work is designed to take the student to a level at which he or she can play in a bridge club or tournament with confidence. This book was originally published as three volumes on Bidding, Declarer Play and Defence. It combines the talents of top Canadian bridge teacher Audrey Grant, regarded as the leading tutor in North America, and the charismatic and world-renowned bridge player Zia Mahmud, voted bridge personality of the decade by both International Popular Bridge Monthly and Bridge Today. Zia presented the BBc television series Play Bridge with Zia and his lively and lucid style is ideal to popularise the game for a wide audience.
Written for complete beginners, this book is based on material that Barbara Seagram uses in her own classes to introduce hundreds of new players to the game every year. The book will take readers to the point where they can enjoy a social game with friends or begin to explore their local bridge club.
This book shows you how to improve your bridge at both a social and competitive level. Clear examples explain the detail of modern Acol bidding. This will enable the reader to plan and reassess their campaign step-by-step and calculate with precision who holds which cards. Guidance is also given on how and when to obstruct or bluff, how to pinpoint the best leads and steal the best contracts, and ways to think strategically under pressure. Unique at-the-table charts - designed to foster partnership understanding used appropriately at home, club or class - summarise key bids.
A thought-based approach to declarer play, defence and bidding judgement
Author: Paul Mendelson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Games & Activities
There is such an abundance of hints, tips and advice available to bridge players that when faced with a particularly difficult problem, we find ourselves scrambling to remember that crucial solution. In this book, Paul Mendelson explains that when you stop trying to remember what to do, but simply think instead, the answers to expert problems become more apparent, accessible and easier to apply at the table. Packed with tips, examples, hands to study and practise at the table, system improvements, guidance for maximising your score at duplicate pairs, and innovations just for you, for your partnership and group of bridge friends, this book will improve every reader's game markedly. Following on from Control the Bidding and Winning Ways to Play Your Cards, Thinking About Bridge will reinforce some of the key elements of the game, whilst adding a new expert dimension on understanding to each discipline, making the game more enjoyable and your performance more successful.
The Right Way to Secure the Battleground in Bridge
Author: Paul Mendelson
Category: Games & Activities
Winning demands control of the bidding. Before a card is played you must fight for the high ground or hustle your opponents beyond their safe level. Pro-active and fearless but not reckless in this hugely exciting partnership arena, you must judge every last auction nuance and, terrier-like, destroy your opponents' communication and confidence whilst enhancing your own. Dodge their snares, resist their ploys but win the high stakes by forcing them to gamble - yourself delivering their misfortunes - and by your willingness to bet on certainty. Paul is author of companion volumes Bridge for Complete Beginners and The Right Way to Play Bridge, the leading book for the improving player, and bridge correspondent of The Financial Times. He began by winning the National Championships and now writes and lectures worldwide.
Subtitled A Complete System for Bridge Beginners and Advancing Players, Wait-A-Minute Bridge teaches the basics and more advanced techniques of the play of the hand, bidding, and defense. Stevens uses the device of stopping the action from time to time by having an imaginary reader say, "Wait a minute!" He then discusses a point in more detail so the reader can understand the reasoning behind the rule. Leavened with a healthy dose of humor, Wait-A-Minute Bridge is the perfect book for bridge beginners and intermediate players. Have fun; play bridge!
In this sequel to Wait-A-Minute Bridge, national tournament winner David Stevens teaches techniques of duplicate bridge for the advancing player. He includes such topics as advanced bidding systems (Two-Over-One; Precision); the squeeze play; the strip and endplay; the Principle of Restricted Choice; and several techniques and conventions for better slam bidding, play, and defense. Stevens retains the popular device of having an anonymous reader interrupt the narrative from time to time by crying, "Wait a minute!" He then explains a point in more detail, with the goal of a more complete understanding of the topic. This book is aimed at advancing bridge players who have been having some success and want to play against better competition. This book will help them succeed at the next level, and enjoy the process. Full of robust humor and many examples, Wait-A-Minute Bridge, II, is sure to be as popular as its predecessor. Have more fun; play better bridge!