190pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-897106-43-3
$21.95 $18.95 £11.95
Categories: Intermediate | Advanced | Declarer Play
The stories and anecdotes in this collection have one thing in common: in every case, the contract is 6NT! The first half of the book features the world's finest players at work, tackling all manner of 6NT contracts — some commendable, some truly awful. You will have a chance to plan your play in these contracts yourself before seeing what fate befell the original declarer. The second half of the book contains humorous short stories, featuring many of David Bird's well-loved characters: the bridge-crazy monks of St. Titus Monastery, the nuns of St. Hilda's Convent, and the Rabbi and his entourage. There is further action from Cholmeley School, from the missionaries whose main task in life is to convert the Bozwambi tribe to the Acol bidding system, and even some tales involving Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham and the much-maligned Sir Guy of Gisburne. Although some of these stories have been published in bridge magazines around the world, none of them have previously appeared in book form.
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.
"Somehow We Landed in Six Notrump by David Bird is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable investigation of one of the premier contracts in the bridge world. The 63 stories and anecdotes feature a wealth of card play techniques, from straightforward throw-ins to advanced squeeze techniques.
Â You will have a chance to practise these techniques since Bird has included 32 quizzes - all set in six notrump. The quizzes are imaginatively formatted into the text's white spaces and provide a suitable range of difficulty.
Â The fictional stories included have appeared in bridge magazines around the world, but none has appeared in any of Bird's books. They feature many of Bird's most famous creations including the monks of St. Titus, the nuns of St. Hilda's convent, and the missionaries Brother Tobias and Brother Luke. With this book, Bird certainly adds to his reputation as one of the world's most entertaining bridge writers."
— Belleville Intelligencer
"David Bird is an outstanding bridge writer. The book is packed with interesting boards and amusing anecdotes, and is hereby recommended to all bridge loving readers!"
— Jon Sveindahl, Norway
"A truly enjoyable and instructive book. "
— The National Post
"This is a terrific book — entertaining as well as highly instructive. It is highly recommended."
— ACBL Bulletin
"A delightful read. My tip for Best Bridge Book of 2009."
— Australian Bridge Federation newsletter