199pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-897106-12-9
Categories: Intermediate | Advanced | Defense
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If defense is the hardest part of playing bridge (and it is!) then defending at matchpoint scoring is the toughest challenge a player can face. Every trick matters, irrespective of the contract, and every decision is potentially critical. In Thinking on Defense Jim Priebe introduced the idea of visualization, picturing likely hands for declarer and basing defensive strategy on those. In this book he show how to apply the same methods when playing in matchpoint events, which means essentially every pairs competition.
Jim Priebe (Toronto, Canada) is a retired business executive who now enjoys golf, bridge, and writing. An expert bridge player, he has represented Canada in world championship competition and is a former president of the Canadian Bridge Federation. As well as books on technical aspects of the game, Jim is author of a series of popular mysteries featuring bridge-playing detective Art Fraser.
"A useful book for those who play matchpoints often and want to improve their defence."
— Anders Wirgren, Sweden
“Matchpoint Defense shows how to approach defending matchpoints, as opposed to other forms of scoring; therefore, it will be of most interest to duplicate players who are used to the need to prevent declarer from making that vital overtrick. Priebe wrote a previous book on defense - Thinking on Defense — which was highly regarded. This book also deserves high praise.”
— The Belleville Intelligencer
"All who play pairs regularly will benefit from careful study of Jim Priebe's fine new book."
— National Post
"Does an exceptional job illustrating the thought processes necessary for winning matchpoint defense."
— American Bridge Teachers Association
"Lots of people have a lot to learn from 'Matchpoint Defense'."
— Jon Sveindahl, Norway
“While the conciseness of the writing makes the book unsuitable for novice players, it does make the book good value for money. It finishes with a quiz of 50 problems. I have seen books in which 50 problems is the entire book! Most writers, myself included, sanitize the settings so that nobody can say: ‘I can’t get this problem right. You’ve given declarer a hand he can’t have.’ Priebe prefers to present the situation as it occurred at the table, warts and all. Particularly in a book on matchpoints, he has a point. The ability to score well against the weaker players and to avoid being fixed by their eccentricities is just as important as holding your own against your peers when it comes to winning.”
— Julian Pottage
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