128pp | ISBN 978-1-897106-83-9
$15.95 $15.95 £9.95
Categories: Beginner | Declarer Play | Problems & Puzzles
A First Book of Bridge Problems comprises fifty problems in declarer play and defense for the beginning player, presented in approximate order of difficulty, with emphasis on planning the play at the first trick.
The hands are presented to the reader as they would encounter them playing at the table. Unlike in a textbook, where topics are introduced systematically, there is no clue as to what type of play is required.
Experienced players recognize certain standard situations without having to work them out. This does not apply to novices, who spend a lot of mental effort on them. The book will help the novice player to develop their recognition of these situations.
Winner of the 2012 ABTA Book of the Year of the Award!
Patrick O’Connor (Sydney, Australia) is a retired IT consultant who now teaches beginning bridge classes.
“A fine book for learners”
— ACBL Bulletin Date: 2012-11-27
‘[An] impressive and thoughtful collection. I wish that I had a book like this when I first learned the game.’
— The Bridge World Date: 2012-04-30
‘[The book’s] main strength is the quality of the problems. If you [can] solve them in a heartbeat, this book is not for you. If not, you will do yourself a huge favour if you rush out and buy a copy.”
— Paul Marston, in ‘The Australian\' Date: 2012-04-09
‘Well-written and precise, O’Conno’rs book offers fine guidance to the newer player, and I highly recommend it.’
— Australian Bridge Federation Newsletter Date: 2012-04-09
\"Explaining the problems and the courses of actions that spring from it, \"A First Book Of Bridge Problems\" is a must for anyone who wants to start taking their game to the professional level.
— The Midwest Book Review Date: 2012-01-31
If you need a Christmas gift for a beginning bridge player, this would be an excellent choice.
— Belleville Intelligencer Date: 2011-12-09