Planning the Play: The Next Level - $19.95 USD - ISBN: 978-1-77140-039-8 - from Master Point Press, the Bridge Publisher
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Planning the Play: The Next Level

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Barbara Seagram      David Bird

230pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-039-8

Cost in Canadian Dollars  $22.95        Cost in Cost in US Dollars  $19.95        Cost in Cost in UK Pounds  £12.95

Categories: Intermediate | Declarer Play | Canadian Authors

About the AuthorABOUT THE AUTHOR         Critics’ ViewpointCRITICS’ VIEWPOINT

Seagram and Bird’s Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand was named Book of the Year in 2010 by the American Bridge Teachers’ Association. It introduced the basic concepts of how to go about making a plan as declarer for beginning and improving players, and is a popular text for bridge teachers. This sequel extends the plan to more complex situations, and covers ideas such as safety plays, avoidance play, trump control, dummy reversal, and endplays. It will appeal to players who have a good grasp of the basics of declarer play, and are looking to improve from there.

Barbara Seagram

Barbara Seagram (Toronto, Canada) ran one of the largest and most successful bridge clubs and bridge schools in N. America. After selling the club in 2007, she now concentrates solely on teaching and organizing her popular bridge cruises. An ABTA Master Teacher, Barbara has been involved in many of MPP's most successful titles, most notably 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know. With more than 200,000 copies in print in English alone, this book is the bestselling bridge title since Charles Goren was writing in the 1950s. It has been translated into Japanese, French, Danish and German.


David Bird

David Bird (Southampton, UK) is the world's most prolific bridge writer, with 150 bridge books to his name. Known for the clarity of his writing and explanations, he has won the American Bridge Teachers' Association Book of the Year Award a record nine times. His celebrated humorous fiction series, featuring the cantankerous Abbot, has run for over 45 years.


Move up the ladder of declarer play. This book will help you learn how to marshal your thoughts when the dummy comes down.

— Phillip Alder    Date: 2020-04-07

'Planning the Play' is one of the most highly recommended books for newcomers to the game. 'The Next Level' takes the avid learner beyond the basics, in the same manner as the first volume.  If your goal is to improve your cardplay, work through this book from start to finish. You'll be confidently claiming in no time!

— ACBL Bulletin    Date: 2018-08-21

The hands are good and get across the points that the authors are trying to convey, and the style of analysis is the same as that which was established in the original. It wouldn't feel amiss on anyone's bookshelf.

— A New Bridge Magazine    Date: 2018-06-04

How many books have Barbara Seagram and David Bird co-authored? I'm sorry, I don't know the answer (or didn't bother to look it up!), but this will likely rank as one of the best. Their book "Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand" was named Book of the Year in 2010 by the American Bridge Teachers' Association. This sequel extends to more complex situations and covers safety plays, avoidance plays, dummy reversals, and endplays. Many practice deals and lots of strong, clear advice make this another winning contribution to bridge literature from this prolific pair.

— The Belleville Intelligencer    Date: 2017-12-18

A truly comprehensive and accessible book... for players a step or two beyond the beginner level.

— National Post    Date: 2017-12-17



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