224pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-174-6
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Learn from their Mistakes
After a hard-fought match or perhaps a weekend of matchpoint play, it is well worth the effort to look at all your bad boards and see if any lessons can be learned.
In this book you will have the chance to learn from other players’ mistakes. We will look at over 150 big swings from international play. The nett swings will average over 18 IMPs per deal, with some of more than 30 IMPs. Every deal will illustrate at least one important point of bidding, play or defense. By analyzing how and why the great stars of the game went wrong, you will have the chance to put your own game in order.
To get the maximum benefit from the book, you should ask yourself: ‘Would I have made that mistake?’ or perhaps ‘Why was West’s 5? bid wrong?’ Don’t just accept the writer’s verdict as to who was at fault. Bridge is a game of opinions. Sometimes a player’s action is clearly right or wrong. When it’s a close decision, even expert opinions may vary.
The purpose of the book is not solely to improve your game. The deals are entertaining in their own right. We all make mistakes, occasionally horrific ones, and it’s reassuring to see that even the greatest players occasionally do the same!
David Bird (UK) is the world's most prolific bridge writer, with 141 bridge books to his name. Known for the clarity of his writing and explanations, he has won the American Bridge Teachers Association Book of the Year award a record eight times. His celebrated humorous fiction series, featuring the cantankerous Abbot, has run for over 45 years. His books have been translated into eight languages.
Famous Bridge Swings leans towards entertainment, with over 150 deals from real life major events where the bidding or play resulted in net swings well into double figures. It’s refreshing that David names the ‘guilty’ parties whenever the names are available, as it reassures us ordinary bridge-playing mortals that even the greatest make the same mistakes that we do. I particularly liked that the chapter on opening leads presented each of the deals as a problem, giving readers the chance to test themselves against the original world-class players.
— A New Bridge Magazine Date: 2018-08-21
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