All titles available from Master Point Press
Below is a complete list of all titles from Master Point Press
Hand of the Week
Perhaps the best way to improve your bridge is to watch an expert play, and try to understand the reasoning behind their bids and plays. Here, readers follow the bidding and play (or defense) of fifty-two deals – one a week for a year – and listen to the author’s thinking as each hand develops. Understanding why the experts do what they do is the first step towards being able to do it yourself – at least some of the time!
Hands on Weak Two Bids
Weak two-bids are well ensconced in the bridge world and are now part of any beginning program of lessons. They are, however, in that class of “most abused” conventions. An understanding of all the important tools that are at your fingertips will serve you well in making these decisions at the table. This book will walk you through the solutions to the problems you meet every day in offensive and defensive situations, delving into the more intricate aspects of the weak two-bid.
Helms to HELLO
The answer to your prayers - a simple, effective convention for competing over the opponents' 1NT opening bid! Originally self-published in 1996, the first edition sold out quickly, so that this much sought-after treatise has been unavailable for several years. The book describes how the convention works, and how to use it against various ranges of 1NT opening bids, as well as over strong 1 Club openings.
Heroes, Icons and Scandals
Twenty years ago, Barnet Shenkin's Playing with the Bridge Legends gave its readers a fascinating insight into what it is like to play with and against the best in the game. In some ways this book is a sequel to that one -- it focuses on the great characters in the history of bridge, both the heroes and those subject to scandal. Including chapters on Culbertson, Belladonna, Garozzo and Zia, the book also provides behind-the-scenes accounts of the cheating scandals in Stockholm, Bermuda and Buenos Aires involving Reese, Schapiro and the Italian Blue Team. Like the first book, the author also draws on his own experiences at the very top of the game. The reader joins the author at the table, gaining a sense of exactly how it feels to 'play with the bridge legends'.
A unique collection of bridge problems, math brain-teasers and logic puzzles, from a master in the field.In the plethora of books on bridge, Erwin Brecher's Hocus Pocus stands out like a breath of fresh air in a crowded pub just before closing time. The unique format combines interesting and far-from-easy bridge problems with challenging and equally difficult logic puzzles. -- Zia Mahmood
How Good Is Your Bridge?
Rate your bridge game with this fascinating quiz book on declarer play and defense. The author presents a series of card play problems, and assigns the reader a score based on how close to the optimum solution they get. Readers can expect their scores to improve as they work through the book, inevitably learning as they go.
How NOT to Play Bridge
The inimitable Professor Gaston Gitane-Gauloise demonstrates his unique Inverted Bridge Teaching Method, showing you by example what not to do in Bridge, thereby allowing you to improve your game by avoiding the commonplace (and some not-so-commonplace) errors to which all are prone. In his humble and self-deprecating manner Professor GG-G wheezes his way into your bridge acumen, and improves it.
How to Be A Lucky Player
ARE YOU A LUCKY PLAYER? It is no coincidence that the best players are lucky players. You can become a "better" player by improving your bidding system with your partner and by improving your play technique, however this will not make you a lucky player. HOW CAN YOU BECOME A LUCKY PLAYER ANd A WINNER? In this book, illustrated with hands from actual play, the author demonstrates ways to become a lucky player. Lucky players evaluate their trick winning potential to recognize and grab opportunities, maximizing their score over all likely distributions of the cards.
How to Play Bridge With Your Spouse... And Survive!
Even social bridge can be like a roller coaster, where partners rocket up and down together from euphoria to 'you idiot' - while club and tournament bridge are worse still. Indeed, when a married couple play bridge together, they tend to drag the marriage along with them - for better or worse. For the answer to the social dilemma of how to survive bridge games with your spouse, read this book. You will learn to deal with such situations as premarital bridge, bridge with another couple, disaster recovery, romantic weekends, mid-life crises and even children as the critical phases of a bridge marriage are subjected to Ms. Teukolsky's witty and engaging analysis and advice.
Human Bridge Errors
Chthonic, the irascible bridge-playing computer, is back! This time, he's attempting to teach humans a little about the game of bridge — not in order to turn them into competent players, as he knows that is impossible. But he thinks he may be able to get the reader to the point where his cell phone won't laugh at him behind his back every time he plays a card (it does, you know). Each chapter of this wickedly funny book highlights a different 'human bridge error', and points out why and how it should be avoided.