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Close Encounters Book 2: Bridge's Greatest Matches


Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Eric Kokish      Mark Horton

220pp | ISBN 978-1-77140- 045-9

Cost in Canadian Dollars  $29.95        Cost in Cost in US Dollars  $24.95        Cost in Cost in UK Pounds  £16.95

Categories: Bidding | Intermediate | Declarer Play | Defense | General Interest | Canadian Authors

About the AuthorABOUT THE AUTHOR         Critics’ ViewpointCRITICS’ VIEWPOINT

Close Encounters is a two-book series that describes some of the most memorable bridge matches of the last fifty years. It features titanic struggles for World and National titles, involving the greatest players from North America and Europe. There are amazing comebacks, down to the wire finishes, overtime victories, and an insight into how the game has changed over the last half century.

Book 2 starts with Italy’s losing a world title in bizarre fashion on the final board, and ends with the USA’s nail-biting 2-IMP victory over France in Lyon in 2017.

Review: Close Encounters: Bridge’s Greatest Matches Books 1 & 2

"These books are good. Packed full of interesting hands, dramatic matches and revealing insights into bridge at the highest level.

"It would have been possible to write perfectly interesting books about these eleven tight matches by just analyzing the hands and detailing the ups and downs of the score. But there is much more to these books than that. The authors' personal involvement lends an intimate feel to the accounts, and the many individual and group photos from the time add to this. As do the human touches like this one from the first book: “Diamond gives a lot of thought to his lead against the excellent 6 clubs. To relieve the tension, he says, with a straight face: ‘Brian, you could be coughing over there or something, to help me out!’”

"At many crucial moments we are given insights into the thought processes of the players, often based on discussion with the players themselves. Where players have made bad decisions, any criticism is usually tempered by an explanation of the reasoning behind the decision, including strategic thinking about the state of the match and what might be happening at the other table, lending veracity to the axiom that experts make misjudgments while we mortals make mistakes.

"The coaching expertise comes out in a series of interesting disquisitions on areas not often discussed: the undervalued significance of 1 or 2 IMP swings; swing strategy when substantially behind in a match; the tendency when reviewing a session to skip over push boards, though there might be valuable lessons in them; the importance of intangibles like tiredness and emotional engagement; Board a Match tactics (a difficult and not much written about subject). " -- A New Bridge Magazine, November 2018

Eric Kokish

ERIC KOKISH (Canada), an ACBL and CBF Hall-of-Famer, and four-time WBF open medalist, has made his mark as a player, coach, analyst, consultant, editor, columnist and author. He lives in Toronto with his wife Beverly Kraft.


Mark Horton

MARK HORTON (UK) travels the world writing about bridge. Editor of BeBridge magazine and of the Daily Bulletins at World and European Championships, he is also the author of nine previous MPP titles. 


Kokish has an engaging style, and his close connections with the players -- not just from the Nickell team -- enables him to give detailed insights into their thinking. This covers bidding styles and agreements, as well as card play technique and defensive carding agreements. Each match report reads like a thriller, with the result in doubt until the final board.

— Australian Bridge    Date: 2019-10-30



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