272pp | ISBN 978-177140-059-6
$24.95 $19.95 £15.95
Categories: General Interest
Beginners rely heavily on bridge maxims. Are they accurate? What is the mathematics behind them? Useful Probability for Bridge Players examines these questions. The emphasis here is on ‘useful’. This is not an academic tome, but a discussion of the aspects of probability that every bridge player needs to know and understand. Topics include suit splits, suit combinations, percentage plays, the Principle of Restricted Choice, and even the application of probability to bidding decisions.
Praise for A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play
“… [Laderman] gives the most comprehensible explanation of probabilities I can remember reading.” The New York Times (Dec, 2009) Phillip Alder
Dr. Julian Laderman is a retired mathematics and computer science professor (Lehman College, City University of New York). He is a two-time winner of the American Bridge Teachers’ Association Book of the Year Award, winning for A Bridge to Simple Squeezes in 2006 and A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play in 2009. His book on the history of bridge, Bumblepuppy Days, received the Alan Truscott Memorial Award from the International Bridge Press Association in 2016. For many years he wrote the bridge column for The Bronx Journal.
Laderman has a teacher's gift for simplifying complex subjects for math-phobic students. This is the most accessible book you'll find addressing the subject of math and probability in bridge. It's a breezy entertaining read, with the best explanation of restricted choice you've read anywhere. Laderman's engaging style brings the mathematically inclined and disinclined alike along for the ride.
— ACBL Bulletin Date: 2020-12-14
Julian Laderman's ability to explain difficult concepts finally got me to understand the three-door problem as a form of Restricted Choice.
— Kitty Cooper Date: 2020-12-08
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