The topics covered here which include leads signaling second and third-hand play and discarding are handled so thoroughly that even more advanced players will benefit from studying this book. Designed to be used by students learning on their own or by bridge teachers this book contains a host of features that help the reader to grasp the material: clearly laid-out concepts margin notes practice hands chapter-end quizzes key-point summaries at regular intervals and an index.
Better still is to evaluate its trick taking potential. When applicable it's much more accurate than high card points and often much simpler too. The Modern Losing Trick Count discusses this method of hand evaluation and covers most of the standard bidding situations where it can and should be used. There are lots of detail and many examples, this book is ideal for anyone wishing to bid more accurately and win more often. Very popular.
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This book is divided into three sections: the uncontested auction, the contested auction and high level decisions based on having a fit with partner, or not. Great advice from Ron Klinger thoughout this book, on of his very best. A good complement to The Power of Shape. This book addresses the thought processes that novice declarers must develop and practice. The carefully chosen examples in this book will help advancing players to recognize those features and take action accordingly.
It has unavoidable technical aspects that for many make it impenetrable. In this award-winning book the reader is taken slowly and carefully through the basics and by the end will be confident that they too can execute simple squeezes at the table.
This second edition reflects many enhancements and improvements made to the original version which was the American Bridge Teachers Association Book of the Year. Most bridge players find squeeze play the hardest technique to learn. Each chapter takes a principle helps the reader understand it and gives examples plus a quiz on the subject.
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Each chapter takes a principle, helps the reader understand it, and gives examples, plus a quiz on the subject. Tips on Bidding Lawerence, Mike Intermediate Hand Evaluation First published twenty years ago but all content in this book has been completely revised and modernised. There is not a lot to memorise - it is more a matter of getting a feel for the game. By the end of the book you can expect to be playing a sound basic game of bridge, even if you have never played cards before. This is not to say that you will know it all - there's always something new to learn at bridge.
But you will be ready to take your place in the bridge world and that is something to really look forward to. What a good position to be in! For a reasonable amount of effort you can difectly improve your results. While each hand may occur as infrequently as Halley's Comet, most hands can be categorised and you will see the same old problems time after time. This means that you can be a successful card player without having a computer brain; you do not have to memorise endless figures.
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Just learn how to use a short list of principles and you will be well on the way. Five percent of the hands may be complex but the rest are not. This book shows you how to play well on the straightforward ninety-five percent of the hands. It reveals the principles that constantly recur, then it demonstrates by example how you can take advantage of them.
You have to know these things to be a good bridge player. The system is Standard with weak twos the most widely used method in the world. It covers both four and five card majors. When you would choose a different bid depending on which of the two you are playing, the alternatives are noted. There are three sections: the first nine chapters cover uncontested auctions, the next four cover competitive auctions and the last two cover tournament play. The best way to learn a new skill is to try it out; this book gives you three great ways to do this.
Each of the thirteen chapters has a quiz.
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They also have four practice hands for you to play. You can make them up from strips in the back of the book. The hands illustrate the bidding and they contain card play pointers. On top of this, chapters two to thirteen each have twelve bidding practice hands. You turn to one page while your partner turns to another. Then you can compare your auctions with my recommendations.
While you have to learn quite a few things before you can be considered to be an expert bidder, the process of finding out is both fulfilling and fun. You cannot get ahead until you understand this structure. Playing in notrumps is also satisfying.
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It is usually a race between the declarer and the defenders to set up tricks. Making the contract means winning the race. Good play and defence in notrumps calls for an understanding of the different ways that you can take tricks and an awareness of timing. How often have you heard the desperate gasp: 'I hate playing notrumps'?
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For these players, notrumps is a time of tension instead of the rewarding adventure that it should be. This books aims to put all that right. You will learn about the structure of notrump bidding and the essential priciples of notrump play. After reading this book, you will know when to bid notrumps. What's more, you will relish the oppotunity to do so. Chapter one deals with notrump opening bids; chapter two covers responding to notrump bids on balanced hands; chapter three, responding on unbalanced hands; chapter four explains when a notrump bid is a description of the hand and when it's a choice of contract, an important difference that causes much confusion; and chapter five deals with the Stayman convention.
Each chapter has two card play tips: one for the declarer and another for the defenders. These are then illustrated in the four play hands at the end of each chapter. By using 2C for all your strong hands you keep the other bids free for attack. Now you can hit them with weak twos or multi twos. The first two chapters are on weak twos and the strong 2C. Weak twos are the most widely played twobid structure in the world. The reasons are not hard to find. They are logical. If it makes sense to open three with HCP and a seven card suit, doesn't it make sense to open two with a six card suit?
Being logical, they are easy to use. Even beginners can expect to use them properly by simply reading chapter one. And they are effective. When you open with a weak two you put your side in control. Chapter three is about multi twos. Multi twos, a variation on the weak two theme, have become standard fare for experts.
All 48 pairs that made the quarter finals in the Bermuda Bowl in Yokohama used multi twos in one form or another along with a strong two clubs except a couple of strong club pairs. You won't get a clearer vote than that. With all this destructive weaponry out there, it makes sense to give some thought to defending yourself.
Chapter Four shows you an effective way to fight back. All the chapters have quizzes.
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The first wo chapters also have practice hands with make-up strips, making them the ideal for a partnership that is upgrading methods or a teacher giving classes. Unlike in a textbook, where topics are introduced systematically, there is no clue as to what type of play is required. Experienced players recognize certain standard situations without having to work them out.
This does not apply to novices, who spend a lot of mental effort on them. The book will help the novice player to develop their recognition of these situations. Yet so often declarers fail to return the compliment. They flail away without a thought of what the defenders have or have not done.