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A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play

Winner: ABTA Book of the Year 2009

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Julian Laderman

176pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-897106-44-0

Cost in Canadian Dollars  $21.95        Cost in Cost in US Dollars  $19.95        Cost in Cost in UK Pounds  £12.95

Categories: Intermediate | Declarer Play | Novice

About the AuthorABOUT THE AUTHOR         Critics’ ViewpointCRITICS’ VIEWPOINT         Reader’s ReviewsREADER’s REVIEWS

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

Julian Laderman

Dr. Julian Laderman is a retired mathematics and computer science professor (Lehman College, City University of New York). He is a two-time winner of the American Bridge Teachers’ Association Book of the Year Award, winning for A Bridge to Simple Squeezes in 2006 and A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play in 2009. His book on the history of bridge, Bumblepuppy Days, received the Alan Truscott Memorial Award from the International Bridge Press Association in 2016. For many years he wrote the bridge column for The Bronx Journal.


"Laderman takes a fresh approach with 40 problem deals. The author gives a gently paced explanation of the correct line of play, covering the problems you should spot and why a particular solution should work. He finishes with the name of the play required and a list of the inspirational features. He concludes each example with a 'create deal exercise' with which he invites the reader to modify the deal so that declarer has to take a slightly different line to achieve a similar goal. I like the author's writing style a lot and when next I am in the New York area (which admittedly may not be for a while!) I am sure I shall try to make contact."

— Julian Pottage

"Most of the of the problems are aimed at newcomers and intermediates. For those in need of sharpening their dummy play, the book should be very useful."

— ACBL Bulletin

"The analyses are clear, and the author gives the most comprehensible explanation of probabilities I can remember reading."

— The New York Times

"I would strongly recommend this book for anyone short of expert who wishes to polish up their declarer play."

— BRIDGE Magazine

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A GREAT BRIDGE BOOK. ONE OF THE BEST....But I do have a question for Dr. Laderman re: one of the problems in the book. Can he be contacted. Thank you. Midge -- Hi Midge. The answer to your question is yes! If you have a letter for Dr. Laderman, email it to us at support@ebooksbridge.com and we will forward it on to him on your behalf. Cheers, Luise (administrator)

Reviewer: Midge Beiger    Date: 2010-08-11



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