220pp | ISBN 978-1-77140- 045-9
$29.95 $24.95 £16.95
Categories: Bidding | Intermediate | Declarer Play | Defense | General Interest | Canadian Authors
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.
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 (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