140pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-041-1
$19.95 $16.95 £9.95
Categories: Beginner | Defense | Novice
O’Connor established himself as a leading author for beginning players with his first book, A First Book of Bridge Problems, which won the American Bridge Teachers’ Association Book of the Year award in 2012. Now he addresses the hardest aspect of cardplay: defense. After carefully explaining the basic concepts, he takes the reader through forty problems, using an ‘over the shoulder’ style, and explaining every play as it is made. Beginners typically have more trouble with defense than any other part of the game, and this book will go a long way towards removing their unease.
Patrick O’Connor (Sydney, Australia) is a retired IT consultant who now teaches beginning bridge classes.
Almost all players defend worse than they declare or bid. Most partnerships discuss bidding but not defense. This is wrong, because you defend twice as often as you declare and almost as often as you bid. If you would like a primer on basic defense, buy this book.
— Phillip Alder Date: 2020-04-07
'It is impossible for a newcomer who follows the principles in this book not to walk away with a greater appreciation of the defensive aspect of the game. Who knew defense could be so -- dare I say it? -- fun!'
— ACBL Bulletin Date: 2018-08-21