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Trick One

An Honors eBook

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: David Bird

225pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-186-9

Cost in Canadian Dollars  $23.95        Cost in Cost in US Dollars  $19.95        Cost in Cost in UK Pounds  £12.95

Categories: Intermediate | Declarer Play | Defense | Honors eBooks | Honors Books

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About the Book

The Right First Move

A huge percentage of failing contracts go down because declarer did not play optimally on the first trick. Similarly, countless contracts are allowed to slip through because the defender in third seat made the wrong play.

With 125 instructive deals, David Bird covers all aspects of the first card played from dummy, the first move by the defender in third seat and the card chosen by declarer from his hand.

Parts I and II contain chapters on declarer play — with topics such as Avoidance Play, Winning in the Right Hand, Blocking the Defenders’ Suit, Setting up a Squeeze, Deceptive Play and Setting up an Endplay — and defense — with topics including Unblocking, Managing Defensive Entries, Deception, Signaling and Disrupting Declarer’s Plan. Parts III and IV contain 44 problems, with each solution triggered by a necessary play at trick one.

Perfect your cardplay at trick one and you will be difficult to beat!

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About the Author

David Bird

David Bird (UK) is the most prolific bridge author of all time, with 138 titles to his credit. He is the holder of a record eight American Bridge Teachers’ Association Book of the Year awards.


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Critics’ Viewpoint

Clear and concise.  As expected from the title, the main problems relate to the first trick. Still, many deals require discussion of events after that. perhaps 25% of the deals are intermediate-level, the rest advanced to expert.

— The Bridge World    Date: 2019-11-27

In Trick One, it is the instructional that predominates, although entertainment is there too, both in the deals themselves and in the author’s habitual clear and sometimes wry presentation of them.  The central point, as the title suggests, is the importance of taking care before playing to the first trick;  an important lesson for novice and intermediate players, indeed one that even some experts could usefully apply more consistently. Each chapter ends with a set of ‘Points to Remember’ that usefully summarize the key lessons and will be an aid to revision.

— A New Bridge Magazine    Date: 2018-08-21

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