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16th WORLD BRIDGE SERIES
The official book (Published by the World Bridge Federation) of the 16th World Bridge Series. The event was played from 19 August to 3 September 2022 in Wroclaw, Poland. The book is comprised of almost 400 full colour pages and includes pictures and articles. The principal contributors are Mark Horton, Barry Rigal, Brian Senior...It covers all the main events of the 2022 World Bridge Series:The Rosenblum Cup - Open TeamsThe McConnell Cup - Women’s TeamsThe Rand Cup - World Senior TeamsThe World Mixed TeamsThe World Open PairsThe World Women’s PairsThe Hiron Trophy - World Senior PairsThe World Mixed Pairs
2/1 on Steroids
DISCOVER A NEW BIDDING SYSTEMModern bidding systems have evolved over the past hundred years, starting with four-card majors and culminating in 2/1, together with a plethora of conventions along the way (Stayman, transfers, Roman Key Card, to name a few). Yet you can still encounter the occasional deficiency — such as an ambiguousbid or ending up in the wrong contract. When this happened to Daniel Solow, he wondered if it was possible to fix some of the issues he encountered by developing a system from scratch using all of the effective bidding principles that have been developed over time, and the answer is... yes (but with some tradeoffs)!Join the author on a bridge cruise where you will meet some amazing women who unfold this new bidding system through illustrative hands. While no claim is made that this system should replace those currently in use, you will find the approach novel, interesting, and thought provoking. Who knows, perhaps you will decide to adopt their famous 3♣ Convention!
25 Bridge Conventions for ACOL Players
If you're like most beginning bridge players, you want to know more about bidding systems, and especially conventions. Even if you just play socially, it can't hurt to add a few choice gadgets to your bidding arsenal. This book describes and explains 25 basic conventions that you can easily assimilate into your own bidding. Each one is clearly and simply explained, and you'll see how it fits in the ACOL system if you decide to use it. Each chapter includes a helpful summary of key points and a quiz with full explanations of all the answers.
25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know
You can now purchase the 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know 2nd Edition. American Bridge Teachers Association Book of the Year Award winner It doesn't take long before beginning bridge players want to know more about bidding systems, and especially about conventions. Even social players are usually keen to add a few choice gadgets to their bidding arsenal. Here 25 basic conventions and treatments are carefully explained, and the reader is shown how they can fit into standard bidding methods. Each section ends with a summary chart as well as a self-quiz to ensure that the concepts are understood. Translated Editions of 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know 25 Bridge-Konventionen, die Sie kennen sollten! (German Edition) by: Barbara Seagram & Marc Smith 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know(Japanese Edition) by: Barbara Seagram & Marc Smith 25 Konventioner du bør kende (Danish Edition) by: Barbara Seagram & Marc Smith
25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know (2nd Edition)
Since its publication in 1999, 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know has sold more than 300,000 copies in six languages. It has become a much-valued learning tool and reference for everyone from social players to those who regularly spend time at their local bridge club. But bridge has changed in the last twenty-odd years. Bidding has changed. Some of the conventions in the original book have fallen into disuse, while others have gained in popularity and importance. Many basic conventions have changed in subtle ways as bidding methods have developed. It is now time, therefore, to update this modern classic so that today's players can be in tune with what is happening and stay current. This new edition has been thoroughly updated, while retaining the approach and features that made the original so popular. Each convention in the book has been carefully revised to reflect the way it is used in the modern game. Students are now universally taught to play transfers in response to a strong notrump opening, and the new edition reflects that change in several ways. Three chapters (Landy, Grand Slam Force and Ogust responses to Weak Twos) have been dropped completely in favor of Bergen Raises and the DONT and Meckwell defenses to 1NT. Reviews “This new and expanded edition will continue to be a ‘must read’ choice for all aspiring and experienced bridge players seeking to master and/or improve their game.” -- Midwest Book Review
25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know: Practice Makes Perfect
You asked for it! 25 Conventions You Should Know has sold more than 250,000 copies since it was first published, and continues to top the bridge bestseller lists. Over the years, readers have suggested that it would be an even better book if it offered some way to practice what they had learned. Well, here it is: a brief summary of each of those 25 conventions, together with example hands that can be dealt out and used to apply your new knowledge.
25 Bridge Myths Exposed
Do you remember the first few times you played bridge? To get you started, a friend probably gave you a few helpful hints -- perhaps one of the ones listed to the left. There are many such general guidelines for bridge players -- some of them valuable, some not. But these are the Bridge Myths, not the Bridge Rules -- because they all have exceptions and none should be followed blindly. In reading this book you will get to see what it is about each guideline that makes it so useful; more importantly, you will also learn to recognize the times when you should ignore it. DECLARER'S MYTHS - Draw trumps straight away - Hold up an ace - Win as cheaply as possible - Play low in second seat - Eight ever, nine never - Ruff losers in the dummy - Finesse whenever you can - Play on your longest suit first - Lead towards high cards - Ruff the defenders' winners - Lead low to a trick - Run your longest suit - Leave the big decision until last DEFENDER'S MYTHS - Third hand high - Return partner's suit - Cover an honor with an honor - Second hand low - Capture an honor with an honor - Lead through strength - Discard from your weakest suit - Score a ruff when you can - Never give a ruff-and-sluff - Split your honors - Follow low when a trick is lost - Don't ruff partner's winner
25 More Bridge Conventions You Should Know
Are you ready for the next 25 conventions? If you're comfortable with the material in Barbara Seagram's best-selling first book, then you're ready to move on to the more sophisticated bidding gadgets in this one. Even if you don't want to add all these to your own system, you need to be familiar with them because you'll find your opponents using them. Once again, each convention is clearly and simply explained, and you'll see how it fits into any standard bidding system if you decide to use it. Each chapter includes a helpful summary of the key points and a quiz with full explanations of the answers. CONVENTIONS: - Ace-and-king (Italian) cuebidding - Bergen Raises - Cappelletti - D.O.N.T. - DOPI, ROPI and DEPO - Exclusion Blackwood - Fit-showing Jumps - Flannery - Forcing 1NT - Four-suit transfers - Gambling 3NT - Ingberman - Inverted Minor Raises - Leaping Michaels - Multi Two Diamonds - Namyats - Pick-a-slam 5NT - Puppet Stayman - Responding to Three-bids - Snapdragon Doubles - SOS and other Redoubles - Stayman continuations - Support Doubles - Unusual over Unusual - Weak Jump Shifts
25 Steps to Learning 2/1
Are you ready to switch over to todays most popular new bidding method? If you know how to bid using Standard American,you can make the move to the modern Two-over-One system using the 25 easy Steps contained in this book. Among the topics covered are: - How Two-over-One changes your basic system and approach - Which parts of your system don’t change (many!) - How Two-over-One auctions work - The Forcing 1NT - Rebids by Opener and Responder - Optional gadgets that go well with Two-over-One bidding, including: > Bergen Raises > New Minor Forcing > Criss-Cross Minor-suit raises > Fourth Suit Forcing > Weak Jump Shifts > Ingberman over Reverses
25 Ways to be a Better Defender
Defense is the hardest part of playing bridge, but that doesn't mean that it's impossible to learn. In the final book of the bestselling '25' series, the authors explain how to make a plan as a defender: how to work out from the auction and play what declarer probably has, and which of the strategies available to defenders is likely to be successful. Opening leads, signaling and discarding are all covered in this basic guide to a vitally important topic.
25 Ways to Compete in the Bidding
A follow-up book from the author team that produced the award-winning and best-selling 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know. Aimed at the same novice/social/intermediate player as their first book in the award-winning '25' series, this new title deals with competitive auctions in which the opponents have opened the bidding. This is the most complex area of bridge bidding, and never, until now, has it been dealt with comprehensively in a book that is understandable by non-experts.
25 Ways to Take More Tricks as Declarer
Take more tricks whenever you play the hand! Isn't that what being a good declarer is all about? However good or bad partner's bidding may be, once the dummy comes down, it's up to you, the declarer, to make the best of it. And in this book, in 25 easy steps, you'll learn how. Join master bridge teachers Barbara Seagram and David Bird as they first show you the basic building blocks: finesses, hold-up plays, establishing a suit, making extra tricks with ruffs, and setting up discards. Then move on to learning how to make a plan at the start of each hand, how to count the opponents' hands and then use that information, and how to keep a dangerous opponent from getting the lead. Finally you'll be ready for more advanced techniques that you may think are beyond you: safety plays, dummy reversals, eliminations and throw-ins. Loaded with good, easy-to-understand advice, along with chapter-end quizzes, key-point summaries and a glossary of technical bridge terms, this book is sure to help you become a better declarer, and a popular partner.
365 Winning Bridge Tips
Can you learn from the errors of others? Here is a collection of problems, mostly very simple ones, that gave a variety of players, mostly "intermediate" but including occasional beginners and experts, some trouble. You won't find bidding problems worthy of the Master Solvers' Club (a monthly Bridge World feature), declarer-play problems fit for "Test Your Play" (another Bridge World feature) or problems to challenge defensive maven Eddie Kantar. Instead you will find the kinds of "bread and butter" problems that arise several times a session each time you trudge to your local duplicate bridge club or travel to a sectional or regional tournament. An invaluable collection of advice for the improving player, covering all aspects of the game.
45th World 2021 Bridge Team Championship
Published by the World Bridge Federation The official book of the World Bridge Championships in Salsomaggiore, Italy will be released at the World Bridge Series in Wroclaw later this year. It is comprised of approximately 300 full colour pages. The principal contributors are Brian Senior, Barry Rigal, Mark Horton, Marek Wojcicki, Daniel Gulyas & Ron Tacchi. The book includes many photographs from the championships, a full list of results and extensive coverage of the major championship events.
52 Bridge Mistakes to Avoid
Why are the world's top players so successful? They make very few basic mistakes! Players at a less exalted level often make the same mistakes over and over again throughout their bridge careers. In this book you will see 52 of the most frequent mistakes — in bidding, play and defense. The chapter on each mistake will contain several deals where the original player went wrong. It will end with some tips, to help you avoid making such errors yourself. In the first section, Mistakes in the Bidding, the author has used deals from high-level tournament play, including world championships. The cardplay and the defense in such events are usually excellent but it's amazing how often experts surprise the kibitzers with a bid or call that seems to be a clear mistake. Experts make such errors less often than the rest of us but you will find it instructive to look at these wayward decisions. Try to analyze why the bid was wrong before reading the author's thoughts on the matter. When it comes to declarer play and defense, expert mistakes are rarer. These errors are illustrated with constructed deals, or examples from a lower level of play. Every time you eradicate one of these 52 common mistakes from your game, your results will improve. Avoid all of them and… who knows what may happen?
A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play
This book addresses the thought processes that novice declarers must develop and practice. What features of a bridge hand lead an expert to select the correct line of play from all those available? The carefully chosen examples in this book will help advancing players to recognize those features and take action accordingly. Praise for Julian Laderman's first book, A Bridge to Simple Squeezes: "As you may deduce from the ABTA award, the book is easy to read and easy to follow. If you have hitherto thought of squeezes as too difficult, perhaps now is the time to think again." — Julian Pottage "(The) focus is on making simple squeezes accessible, and in this (the author) succeeds admirably. Just follow the clear explantions and gradually more-challenging presentation." — The Bridge World
A Bridge to Simple Squeezes (Second Edition)
What do you see? DUMMY ♠ 4 3 DECLARER ♠ A K Q 2 If your answer is 'Three top spade winners,' your vision can be improved! You should see 'Three top spade winners and squeeze possibilities using the ♠2 as a threat card.' Just this one rather ordinary suit should start you dreaming about squeezes. In this book, learning to recognize and appreciate threat cards plays a central role as you begin to understand how squeeze play operates. It won't be long before you can look at a layout like this one and begin to imagine how the East-West cards will need to lie in order for your squeeze to be successful. Very soon, you will get to the point where simple squeezes are a part of your regular bridge arsenal. The first edition of this book was named Book of the Year in 2006 by the American Bridge Teachers Association.
A Compendium of Double Dummy Problems
Almost 1000 double dummy problems, ranging from 'very easy' to 'fiendishly difficult', collected by the acknowledged expert in the field. Double dummy problems are to bridge players what chess problems are to lovers of that game: exercises in ingenuity, unexpected maneuvers, art and beauty. Some of the problems in this book were created before bridge -- they come from its precursor, whist, but the principles are the same. The most recent ones come from the author's fifty-odd years of contributions to various UK bridge magazines. Any puzzle fan will find hundreds of hours of entertainment in these pages.
A Complete System for the Tournament Bridge Player
This book is designed as a ready-made complete system for the tournament player. The system framework is 2/1, which is laid bare in the first part of the book. Then comes the author’s choice of conventions and methods to cover all practical aspects of bidding and carding, taking each part of the convention card in turn. Some of the conventions suggested are outside the mainstream such as Muiderberg, Rubensohl and Questem, to name a few. Included are the author’s own version of transfer responses to 1♣ and his structure for overcalling opponents’ 1NT opener. There are also many user-friendly smaller gadgets for competitive bidding situations. The book comes with ready-made convention cards (WBF, ACBL and EBU versions) together with 20-page supplementary notes which serve as a handy summary of the entire system discussed in the book. A complete approach indeed!
A First Book of Bridge Problems
This Interactive CD-ROM is based on the best-selling book, A First Book of Bridge Problems, that was named 2012 Beginner Book of the Year by the American Bridge Teachers' Association. Practice your declarer play with a top-class teacher giving you advice and feedback every step of the way – and with no opponents waiting impatiently for you to play a card! Animated diagrams make following the play a snap – and you can repeat an example as many times as you like! System requirements: PC or Mac running in Windows mode (Mac computers must have a Windows partition available).
A First Book of Bridge Problems
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!
A Great Deal of Bridge Problems
Winner of the IBPA Book of the Year award, this collection of nearly 200 problems is divided into categories such as Sensational Slams, Trump Teasers, Notrump Niceties and Crafty Continuations, among others. This is the greatest bridge problem collection, ever! Any questions? — Ron Garber I enjoyed this book immensely. Julian Pottage writes well and the problems are well chosen, practical problems rather than being highly technical. It is a book to be dipped into, trying a few problems at a time. It certainly widens one's awareness of possibilities at the table. I recommend it unreservedly. — L Roy Griffin An excellent collection of problems. — David Bird
A Modern Approach to Two-Over-One
Get Out of the Stone Age For those of you who wish to expand your horizons, this book may be the answer you have been looking for. A Modern Approach to Two-Over-One was written for the player who already uses a basic two-over-one approach, but is looking for more comprehensive methods to “glue” his system together. Special modern treatments and conventions are introduced to help cover the outer edges of the bell curve, allowing you to intelligently explore those “hard to reach” places. We can no longer live in the past with limited tools. If you want to be competitive in this modern age of bidding, get out of the stone age and enter the twenty-first century!
A Second Book of Bridge Problems
Like the author's first book (A First Book of Bridge Problems, named Book of the Year for 2012 by the American Bridge Teachers Association), this sequel comprises fifty problems in declarer play and defense for the beginning or near-beginning player, presented in approximate order of difficulty. The problems are slightly more advanced than those in the first book. 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 aim of the book is to get novices to develop their recognition of these situations. The idea is to present bridge hands as the reader 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. Winner of the 2014 ABTA Book of the Year of the Award in the Beginner/Novice category!