241pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-159-3
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Categories: Intermediate | Declarer Play | Honors eBooks | Honors Books
To draw or not to draw… (trumps, that is)?
You might be forgiven for thinking this is an easy question to answer, and on many deals it is. But there are also a large number of situations where it’s all too easy to make the wrong decision. As declarer, you (usually) have the majority of cards in the trump suit, but managing them to best effect isn’t always quite so simple.
In this book, Marc Smith (a regular columnist for BRIDGE Magazine) looks at those less straightforward deals where you can’t just ‘draw trumps and claim’. Perhaps you need ruffs in the short hand, perhaps a crossruff is the way home, perhaps you have entry problems, or (shudder) a less than robust trump suit. Maybe you need to guard against a bad break, either in trumps or in a side suit. Or perhaps you need to play the early part of the hand with an eye to the endgame, planning a throw-in or squeeze.
All these eventualities and more are discussed, as the reader is shown step by step not only how to handle these issues in the play, but how to recognize them at the table and become a significantly better declarer as a result.
Marc Smith (Southampton, UK) is the author, with Barbara Seagram, of the world's best-selling bridge book in the past sixty years, 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know. He has written many other bridge books and played successfully in several international championships. He is a popular online bridge teacher, conducting many classes at all levels of play.
At last we have an intermediate-level book with pure declarer-play instruction, without bidding or conventions. [This is] a treasure trove of meaty problems, ideal for both student and instructor. The writing is excellent.
— The Bridge World Date: 2017-02-17