200pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-0-953021-86-4
The purpose of this book is to provide a complete and objective account of how to become acquainted with the fascinating game of bridge. Reese was not concerned simply to give rules of thumb, as were so many authors both before and after him. He was concerned with providing a basic handbook of bridge that tells players the reasons for certain lines of bidding and play. The principles of strategy, starting with the fundamentals and working up to some quite advanced points, are explained. No rules are laid down without the reasons for them being explained. Here you will find not only what to do but why you should do it.
While the bidding is traditional British Acol, Reese's instruction on card play and defense remains valuable even for a modern North American reader.
Terence Reese (August 28, 1913 — January 29, 1996) was a British bridge player and writer and was regarded as one of the finest of all time in both fields. He was born in Epsom to middle-class parents and was educated at Bradfield College and New College, Oxford. As a bridge player, Reese won every honour in the game, including the European Championship four times (1948, 1949, 1954, 1963) and the Bermuda Bowl in 1955. He was World Pair champion in 1961 and placed second in the World Teams Olympiad in 1960 and the World Open Pairs in 1962. He also represented Britain in the 1960 Olympiad, the Bermuda Bowl of 1965, and in five other European Championships. He won the Gold Cup, the premier British domestic competition, on eight occasions. Reese last played international bridge in the 1970 European Championship, but his career as a bridge writer continued unabated.
'A model for all those who try to teach the game. A wonderful read, and displays no evidence of its age at all.'
— BRIDGE magazine
'A very good book for the "aspiring player"'
— Bridge PLUS