A First Book of Bridge Problems

Art. # 978-1-55494-175-9
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About the Book

A First Book of Bridge Problems comprises fifty problems in declarer play and defense for the beginning player, presented in approximate order of difficulty, with emphasis on planning the play at the first trick. The hands are presented to the reader as they would encounter them playing at the table. Unlike in a textbook, where topics are introduced systematically, there is no clue as to what type of play is required. Experienced players recognize certain standard situations without having to work them out. This does not apply to novices, who spend a lot of mental effort on them. The book will help the novice player to develop their recognition of these situations. Winner of the 2012 ABTA Book of the Year of the Award!

About the Author

Patrick O’Connor (Sydney, Australia) is a retired IT consultant who now teaches beginning bridge classes.

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Media Reviews

December 9th, 2011
Belleville Intelligencer
If you need a Christmas gift for a beginning bridge player, this would be an excellent choice.
January 31st, 2012
The Midwest Book Review
\"Explaining the problems and the courses of actions that spring from it, \"A First Book Of Bridge Problems\" is a must for anyone who wants to start taking their game to the professional level.
April 9th, 2012
Australian Bridge Federation Newsletter
‘Well-written and precise, O’Conno’rs book offers fine guidance to the newer player, and I highly recommend it.’
April 9th, 2012
Paul Marston, in ‘The Australian\'
‘[The book’s] main strength is the quality of the problems. If you [can] solve them in a heartbeat, this book is not for you. If not, you will do yourself a huge favour if you rush out and buy a copy.”
April 30th, 2012
The Bridge World
‘[An] impressive and thoughtful collection. I wish that I had a book like this when I first learned the game.’
November 27th, 2012
ACBL Bulletin
“A fine book for learners”

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