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On the Other Hand

Bridge cardplay explained Art. # 978-1-77140-301-6
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A New Way to Learn Bridge Cardplay In this unusual book, David Bird and Larry Cohen combine to present cardplay instruction in a new way. 100 pairs of deals are shown — one described by David and the other by Larry. The deals look similar (in some cases very similar) but an entirely different line of play is necessary to make each of the contracts. Only by clearly understanding the techniques involved will you be able to tackle such deals when you encounter them at the table.

About the Author

A former computer programmer and options trader, Larry Cohen was for many years a full-time bridge professional and part-time golfer. Now retired from serious competition, he travels from his home base in Boca Raton, Florida, to fulfill his numerous lecturing engagements, and he writes regularly for several magazines. He has twenty national championships to his name, as well as two world championship medals. He is perhaps best-known for his classic book, To Bid or not to Bid, which at the time was the best-selling book on the game since Charles Goren's heyday (it has since been surpassed by 25 Bridge Conventions You should Know).

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David Bird (Southampton, UK) is the world's most prolific bridge writer, with 150 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 nine times. His celebrated humorous fiction series, featuring the cantankerous Abbot, has run for over 45 years.

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Media Reviews

July 25th, 2019
Terry Hines
I purchase most books by David Bird and Larry Cohen and have taken several lessons from Larry.  This new book is the best of all the books I have and I cannot imagine a more valuable and exciting book on the market. 
July 11th, 2019
A New Bridge Magazine
A very readable and highly instructive book for improving players.
April 16th, 2019
A New Bridge Magazine
Bridge’s most prolific author and arguably its best teacher have collaborated for the first time, and the outcome is a very readable and highly instructive book for improving players. The basic principle is simple: each of the eleven themed chapters has a series of paired deals, one from each author - 200 deals in total. The deals in each pair are similar, sometimes almost identical, but the correct play is different, sometimes markedly so. What this does is make it very clear that while you can learn all the essential techniques to fulfil your contracts, you also need to know which one to apply when, and that in turn means not just recognising what you think is a familiar situation or pattern from a book or a lesson, and automatically applying the approach advocated there. The interplay between the authors adds a human element which makes the reading more enjoyable, and that helps the learning process.
August 12th, 2019
John Jentzer
I want to congratulate [Master Point Press] and David Bird on your book “On The Other Hand”. It is the best bridge book I have read in years! I hope and David will continue your collaborations. Using a similar format, a book on defense would be most welcome.
October 30th, 2019
Australian Bridge
Just when you thought you had seen all possible formats for a bridge book, someone comes up with a twist! The deals are challenging and the explanations crisp.  Any player who gets all the problems correct will be well on the way to becoming a highly competent declarer.
November 27th, 2019
The Bridge World
The book is enhanced by two excellent features that will be of special benefit to teachers:  Understand Why, discussing reasoning, appears after each deal.; Points to Remember summarizes each lesson.

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