224pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-017-6
$21.95 $19.95 £12.95
Categories: Bidding | Declarer Play | Defense | General Interest
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Duplicate bridge is a different game. It’s true that you can get by if you play exactly the same way as you would in a home social game or a team match. Duplicate pairs is a highly competitive game, though, and few contestants are happy just to ‘get by’. They want to win — not just once in a while but regularly!
To be successful at duplicate pairs, you must adjust your bidding. You must know when to compete vigorously, taking a risk in doing so. You must also know when it is right to bid conservatively. You have to understand which contract to choose in various situations. In the play and defense you meet similar dilemmas. Should you risk the contract for a lucrative overtrick? Should you risk giving away an extra trick in defense, hoping that you can beat the contract? This is a book that every novice bridge player needs to read before that first pairs game at their local club.
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.
If you\'re serious about improving your duplicate scores, whether matchpoints or IMPs, you\'ll want to read this book. Rating A.
— ACBL Bulletin Date: 2015-07-29
Ideal for someone who wants to understand the strategies for pair and team events.
— Phillip Alder, New York Times Date: 2014-11-18
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