Endplays are an aspect of bridge declarer play that many intermediate players think are beyond them. Yet while they can be extremely complex, the basic principles are not. Five years ago, David Bird wrote "Bridge Squeezes for Everyone," a book about an even more complex topic that has become a modern classic. Using the same straightforward, conversational style with recaps and quizzes that characterized the earlier book, this new title will make endplays understandable to many readers who have been afraid to attempt to learn them.
The book is designed to give a comprehensive and systematic view of the rules of play for notrump contracts. The various subjects contain rules for when to hold up, how to finesse, when to spurn a finesse, when to avoid the dangerous hand, when to endplay opponents, when to squeeze, how to ensure your transportation to the dummy, how to sneak your ninth trick, when to false card, and how to handle a blocked suit. Under each subject, there are numerous examples of how to handle each rule of play. After finishing this book, you will be challenged to find a notrump hand that you cannot handle.
This book is about how to play bridge in a tournament. Unlike club play, the hands are typically prearranged to test your skills. This book gives a comprehensive view of the various types of hands a beginning player might expect to encounter. The various categories of hands presented will teach you how to play the first card, how to ruff, how to set up a long suit, how to play for the drop, how to get a count on the hand, and how to handle special combinations, such as the split A–Q or K–Q. In addition, you will learn about finessing up to a lone honor, the ruffing finesse, the backward finesse, and other finessing techniques. You will also learn how to read inferences from the opponents’ bids, opening leads, plays, and discards.
This book is about how to play bridge in a tournament. Unlike club play, the hands are typically prearranged to test your skills. This book gives a comprehensive view of the various types of hands an advanced player might expect to encounter. The various categories of hands presented will teach you when and how to use the end play, when and how to squeeze, how to handle a forcing defense, and how to handle a 4–1 trump split.
This book is designed to give a comprehensive and systematic view of the rules of play for advanced bridge. The various subjects contain rules for when and how to use the endplay, when and how to use the squeeze play, how to handle a forcing defense, and how to handle a 4-1 trump split. The book also contains my favorite hands and the various coups. Under each subject, there are numerous examples of how to handle each rule of play.
Did you always think squeezes were too difficult? Or perhaps you know the basics but now you want to learn about more complex and advanced squeeze positions? If you fit either of these categories, or even if you just want to improve your understanding of an important aspect of declarer play, this book is for you. David Bird, who lives near Southampton, England, has written more than 100 books on the game. Despite spending much of the year travelling, he still finds time to write new stories every month for a host of magazines around the world, usually featuring his best-known characters, the monks of St. Titus Abbey. He is also a regular commentator on BBO broadcasts of top-level competitions.
The Fun Way To Serious Bridge is for anyone who wants to learn and understand the fundamentals of the mind-stimulating and challenging game of bridge -- and enjoy every minute of it! Harry Lampert combines his skills as a bridge player and teacher with his artistic talents to bring you a totally new FUN way to learn the game. The magic of his superb cartoons and simple, informative language will help you to absorb the principles of serious contract bridge -- and remember them. You'll laugh and learn every step of the way from opening bids to strip and end plays. Whether novice or seasoned social player, this unique book will make good bridge a simple "trick." You'll learn all about: * Opening bids, suit bids, response and no trump bids, and how to force bids * Competition and the reasons and ways behind it * Big hand bidding such as Blackwood Convention, grand slam force and Gerber Convention * Patterns of play including how tricks are won, the finesse, establishing a long suit, when to pull and delay trumps and entries. * Defensive and advanced play -- plus much more!
This work addresses the thought processes that novice declarers must develop and practice. It looks at the features of a bridge hand that lead an expert to select the right line of play out of those available.
Quiz books are always popular among bridge players. In this one, British author Julian Pottage has compiled a set of challenges that will test the reader's ability both as declarer and on defense. The hands are organised by theme, so readers are able to concentrate on a particular aspect of card-play if they wish.