64pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-897106-63-1
$21.95 $19.95 £13.95
Categories: Intermediate | Advanced | Defense
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The author begins this thorough discussion of a neglected but vital topic by examining the real purpose of defensive signalling, and the basic kinds of signals that are available. He goes on to recommend a comprehensive set of signalling agreements, and analyzes more complex situations in the light of these agreements.
Most of the chapters are followed by a quiz, and the answer to each signalling problem includes a full 52-card diagram to demonstrate the effectiveness of the recommended signal. The book finishes with a chapter that looks at the signalling methods of eight world-class pairs, with examples of their methods in action.
A book any player who is looking to improve will want to read.
David Bird (Southampton, UK) is the world’s most prolific bridge writer. A six-time American Bridge Teachers’ Association Book of the Year award winner, he has over 135 books to his name. David’s columns appear regularly in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, A New Bridge Magazine, English Bridge, Australian Bridge and other periodicals around the world. He is married with a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.
Anything with David Bird’s name on it is likely to be relevant, well-written and purposeful. And so it is with his latest offering. Rating: A.
— ACBL Bulletin Date: 2011-11-02
The book is not for experts, but is recommended to those who want to set a few more contracts than they manage to beat without agreements.
— Jon Sveindal, Norway
"Should at the top of your 'must-read' list for 2011. A wonderful summary of basic modern defensive carding with lots of really good examples to help with comprehension and implementation, this book is destined to sit on serious players' bookshelves as a seminal work on the subject."
— National Post
"A great addendum to Bird’s list of more than 100 books."
— American Bridge Teachers Association
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