231pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-897106-51-8
$22.95 $19.95 £12.95
Categories: Declarer Play | Novice
Do you get that terrible sinking feeling when you first see dummy? Does your mind go blank as everyone waits for you to play to the first trick? If so, you're not alone.
Beginning bridge players are taught some of the basic techniques of declarer play: suit establishment, ruffing losers, the finesse, and so forth. The hard part is learning what to do when. In the dreaded moment following the opening lead, the typical novice declarer has no idea where to start. Yet the key to success is simple: before playing from dummy at Trick 1, make a plan.
In this book, two of the world's best bridge teachers/authors explain how to go about making a plan as declarer — using a simple step-by-step process. Readers will learn how to decide what to do on a given deal, both in notrump contracts and suit contracts. By the end of the book, even the most inexperienced declarer will be comfortable with more advanced material, such as entry management and counting the hand.
Barbara Seagram (Toronto, Canada) ran one of the largest and most successful bridge clubs and bridge schools in N. America. After selling the club in 2007, she now concentrates solely on teaching and organizing her popular bridge cruises. An ABTA Master Teacher, Barbara has been involved in many of MPP's most successful titles, most notably 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know. With more than 200,000 copies in print in English alone, this book is the bestselling bridge title since Charles Goren was writing in the 1950s. It has been translated into Japanese, French, Danish and German.
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.
We ordered 30 books, knowing we could sell them but never dreamed of the feed-back after the book was opened. ‘It’ the best bridge book I’ve ever read.’ ‘It’s like reading a good novel, never boring.’ ‘I love the way she writes & explains the reasons for the play.’ ‘Thank you so much for selling it to me. etc., etc., etc. They come back almost every week as they delve further into the book with gratitude for [Barbara's] work.
— Squamish/Whistler Bridge Teacher Date: 2018-05-21
"This book is well-designed to give those for whom that time has not hitherto arrived a genuine shot at mastering this art [making a plan], without which no-one can become an effective declarer. It sets out, with numerous instructive examples, set-by-step routines (different for suit and notrump contracts) for formulating a concise plan."
— Sunday Canberra Times
"An easy step-by-step process accessible even by bare-bones beginners. A top pick, highly recommended!"
— Mid-West Book Review
— Anders Brunzell (GĂ¶teborgs Posten, Sweden)
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