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The Rodwell Files, Part 1 of 4: The Building Blocks

The Rodwell Files - eBook Edition

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by: Eric Rodwell
      Mark Horton


Categories: Advanced | Declarer Play | Defense | Split ebooks

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About the Book

The Rodwell Files, Part 1 of 4: The Building Blocks includes

Chapter 1: Some Basic Ideas
Cashing Solid Tricks
Promoting High Cards
Establishing Small Cards
Ruffing Finesses
Ruffing Losers in the Hand with Shorter Trumps
Trump Control
Crossruff and Dummy Reversal
Basic Defensive Ideas

Chapter 2: The Basics of Advanced Cardplay
Eliminations and Throw-ins
Squeeze Play

Chapter 3: Tools for Analyzing a Hand
Counting Losers
Counting Winners
Counting the Hand
Assume the Best — or the Worst
A Short Math Break
Trick Packages

Chapter 4: Making Your Plan
The Basics
Defogging — More on the Thought Process

For the remaining volumes, look for the following titles:

The Rodwell Files, Part 2 of 4: Advanced Cardplay Maneuvers
The Rodwell Files, Part 3 of 4: Defensive Strategies
The Rodwell Files, Part 4 of 4: The DOs and DON'Ts of Cardplay


About the Book: Eric Rodwell's contributions to bidding theory are well-known, but in these ground-breaking books he reveals for the first time his unique approach to the play of the cards.
First, he describes and explains the process for deciding on a line of play — using concepts such as +L positions, tightropes, trick packages and Control Units as well as exploring more standard themes such as counting winners, losers, and distribution. Included here too is a checklist of 'defogging questions' to get you back on track when your analysis gets bogged down. Then he moves on to a host of innovative ideas in cardplay, strategies and tactics that can be used by declarer or defenders, each one illustrated with real-life examples from top-level play. Many of these ideas will be new to anyone below the bridge stratosphere. Finally, under the heading 'DOs and DON'Ts', Rodwell talks about the mental side of the game: areas where players often go wrong in their approach to the problem at hand, areas that mark the key differences between an average player and a successful one.
The original 'Rodwell File', the collection of notes on which these books are based, has been in existence for more than twenty years, but it is only now that the author is prepared to allow his 'secrets' to become public knowledge.

For the complete book see the following title:
The Rodwell Files: Secrets of a bridge champion

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About the Author

Eric Rodwell

Eric Rodwell (Clearwater, FL) has won seven World championships and fifty National titles (so far); his partnership with Jeff Meckstroth is acknowledged to be the world’s best.


Mark Horton

Mark Horton (born 1950) is a British author, journalist and expert on bridge, as well as a former lawyer and chess champion. He was editor of Bridge Magazine from 1995-2017 and is now the owner and editor of A New Bridge Magazine as well as being Chief Editor to the World Bridge Federation and the European Bridge League . He currently lives in Sutton Benger in the UK with his wife Liz.


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