Unique in the literature of the game, this book describes and classifies hundreds of tactics, stratagems and coups used during the play of the hand at bridge. Each technique is illustrated with an example deal, and its application fully explained. The topics run the gamut from the simplest finesses to the most complex squeeze positions, and cover literally everything in between. This book will be an essential component of any bridge library.
People play bridge for different reasons. Some play bridge because of their competitive nature. Others play for the social interaction. Still others do it for mental exercise and health reasons. Some do it for sheer fun and enjoyment. And many play bridge for a combination of all of these. Regardless of your reason(s) for playing bridge, I think it is not unreasonable to assume that you would like to play better and with greater consistency and, even if winning is not necessarily your sole objective per se, to prevail occasionally at the table. Bridge---From A to Z is not for the beginning bridge player. Nor will reading this book make you a bridge superstar overnight. But if you read it judiciously and put its principles into practice, it will enable you to make that critical breakthrough, and literally take your game to the next level! In Bridge---From A to Z, I have enumerated 26 fundamental bridge principles, one for each letter of the alphabet, as the title suggests. To reinforce these principles, I have included numerous instructive bridge hands, almost all of which are taken from actual duplicate competition. As most bridge players know, duplicate bridge is a game of skill. However, as in most games, the elements of luck (both good and bad) are there. You might play easy hands against strong players or difficult hands against weaker players, or just the opposite may be the case.. The opponents may give you gifts. Or they may fix you. These are things over which we have little or no control. Conversely, there are things over which we do have control. And these are the things I have emphasized in this book. One does not need to have a background in higher mathematics to be a good bridge player. Certainly, some innate analytical ability is a big plus. Famous fictional detectives, such as Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan, and Ellery Queen, would probably have made great bridge players! But the things that are really important---listening, counting, focusing---are relatively simple to understand and execute. And the bottom line is that you have to do this yourself. No one---not a pro, a teacher, a mentor---can do them for you. In reading and absorbing the principles enumerated in Bridge---From A to Z, you will feel more confident in your own inherent ability to play bridge at a higher level. And in so doing, irrespective of your specific reason(s) for playing bridge, I believe you will derive more fun and enjoyment from this wonderful game we all love so much.
A compendium of advice for the improving player from one of North America's best-known bridge teachers and writers. Each tip is bite-sized - 3-4 pages in length - so the reader can dip in briefly and still take away an important idea. As well as the usual sections on bidding, play and defense, the author includes much advice on the psychological aspects of the game, including how to be a good partner. Frank Stewart is one of the most distinguished bridge writers and journalists in North America, with over twenty books to his credit. A major contributor to the Official Encyclopedia of Bridge and a regular writer for the ACBL Bulletin, he is perhaps best-known today as the author of the nationally-syndicated 'Daily Bridge Club' daily newspaper column. He lives in Fayette, Alabama.
Created For Avid Contract Bridge Players And Bridge Teachers Around The World, This Book Makes A Great Gift To Any Bridge Player Who Has Already Learned The Game Of Bridge And Wants To Improve. Author, Ron Feldman, Represented The United States In Three World Championships Of Tournament Bridge. Foreword By Five (5) Time World Champion Bridge Player, Lynn Deas. World Champion Bridge Player, Ralph Katz Provides The Following Testimonial On The Authors Ability: "Ron Feldman Is A Brilliant Bridge Bidding Theoretician." Card Pro Improves Any And All 5-Card Major Bridge Bidding Systems By Guaranteeing Minor Suit Openings Contain At Least 4-Card Suit Length With A Semi-Balanced Or Unbalanced Hand. Card Pro Eliminates Rebid Problems For The Opening Bidder And The Responder Alike When They Have Either Extra High Card Points Or Extra Playing Trick Distribution. The Opening Bidder And Responder Do Not Therefore Have To Guess Whether To Underbid And Overbid: Two Bad Choices. This Is Accomplished By Designating 1-No Trump And 2-No Trump Rebids By Opener And Responder Alike As Power Bids To Show These Bridge Hand Types. This Creates Extra Bidding Space That Allows Bridge Players To Avoid Bidding Bad Games And Bad Slams. Bridge Players May Elect Playing Some Or All Of Their Bridge Bidding System. The Bidding Innovations Are Modular. Existing Bidding Systems Only Promise 3-Cards In Length And A Balanced Hand Which Contains More Losers. This Inhibits Responder From Competing In The Bidding. When The Bridge Player Partnership Identifies That They Have Extra Values And A Trump Suit Fit, They Can Initiate An Exclusive Slam Bidding Tool Called Key Card Pro Which Dramatically Improves Bidding Accuracy. Where Current Bridge Bidding Systems Identify Singletons Or Voids In A Side Suit, Key Card Pro Obtains That Information, As Well As Specific Aces Or Kings In Each Suit. And, Key Cards And Trump Suit Honors Below The Level Of Game, Ensuring That The Partnership Stays Out Of Bad Slams. Key Card Pro Also Identifies Extra Playing Tricks By Capturing Trump Suit Length And Connected Honor Cards, Called Melds. Trade Discounts Are Extended To Book Stores And Libraries Globally.
The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky is the authoritative reference on the people, places, history, and rich heritage of the Northern Kentucky region. The encyclopedia defines an overlooked region of more than 450,000 residents and celebrates its contributions to agriculture, art, architecture, commerce, education, entertainment, literature, medicine, military, science, and sports. Often referred to as one of the points of the "Golden Triangle" because of its proximity to Lexington and Louisville, Northern Kentucky is made up of eleven counties along the Ohio River: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, and Robertson. With more than 2,000 entries, 170 images, and 13 maps, this encyclopedia will help readers appreciate the region's unique history and culture, as well as the role of Northern Kentucky in the larger history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation. Describes the "Golden Triangle" of Kentucky, an economically prosperous area with high employment, investment, and job-creation rates Contains entries on institutions of higher learning, including Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, and three community and technical colleges Details the historic cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, and Ludlow and their renaissance along the shore of the Ohio River Illustrates the importance of the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport as well as major corporations such as Ashland, Fidelity Investments, Omnicare, Toyota North America, and United States Playing Card