309pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-022-0
$25.95 $21.95 £13.95
Categories: Intermediate | Advanced | Declarer Play | Defense
Twenty years ago, Mike Lawrence published a series of short booklets for intermediate players, entitled Topics on Bridge, with advice on various aspects of bidding and cardplay. Long unavailable, this material has now been revised, updated, and republished in three anthology volumes, each comprised of about ten of the original booklets.
The topics here include: Defense, including opening leads, signaling and third hand play, declarer play including endplays, simple squeezes, loser on loser plays, and timing. There is also a general discussion of the mistakes we all make in cardplay but need to avoid.
Lawrence is acknowledged as one of the two or three best writers in the world for intermediate players, and there will be a ready audience for this series in its new format.
Mike Lawrence (TN) has Hall of Fame credentials both as a player and a writer. An original member of the Dallas Aces, he has won three world titles and eighteen national titles. Several of his books are widely regarded as classics of the game.
A bargain buy, packed with over 600 well-constructed problems in Lawrence’s patented style. The declarer-play section includes many techniques that elsewhere would be considered advanced, but the writing makes them accessible to relatively inexperienced players. The tips on opening leads and defense are particularly useful. Lawrence wisely concentrates on the fundamentals of standard signaling and does it better than any intermediate or advanced material I have ever seen.
— The Bridge World Date: 2017-01-05
Lawrence’s advice is practical and strong, and the sections on defense ( which make up the majority of the book) are especially good. Rating: A.
— ACBL Bridge Bulletin Date: 2016-08-17
These books contain a wealth of ideas for the advancing and experienced player and rate to become classics in bridge literature. Do yourself a favour and buy them. Read them at your leisure but study them carefully. As Ray Lee notes in his Foreword, "If you just pick up one key idea from each chapter, and remember to apply it when you're at the table, your results will improve noticeably.
— Belleville Intelligencer Date: 2016-07-25
Mike Lawrence is one of the masters of bridge literature. With a breezy conversational style, plenty of humour and a keen grasp of the subtleties of the game, his books are always worth reading.
— Denver Post Date: 2016-04-18
An excellent choice for anyone seriously interested in improving their skill at bridge. Also highly recommended are the other guides in this series, \"Tips on Bidding\" and \"Tips on Competitive Bidding\"
— Midwest Book Review Date: 2016-04-18
Mike Lawrence is one of the masters of bridge literature. With a breezy conversational style, plenty of humor and a keen grasp of the subtleties of the game, his books are always worth reading.
— Jared Johnson, The Denver Post Date: 2015-08-31