176pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-053-4
$24.95 $19.95 £15.95
Categories: Intermediate | Defense | Novice | Canadian Authors
Ten years after their award-winning Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand, Seagram & Bird tackle the hardest part of the game: defense. Using the same step-by-step approach, they guide the reader through the minefield of signaling, making a defensive plan and, above all, counting – points, tricks and distribution.
Runner-up in the 2020 ABTA Book of the Year intermediate/advanced category.
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 (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.
It's not a reach to imagine the ABTA gold stamp of excellence on the cover of this book. It provides all the necessary building blocks for the newcomer/intermediate player to develop into a more skilful and imaginative defender and a better partner.
— ACBL Bulletin Date: 2020-05-01
Simply stated, all aspiring or even experienced bridge players will substantially benefit from a close and careful reading of Barbara Seagram and David Bird's "Planning the Defense". An expertly written, organized and presented instruction guide and manual, "Planning the Defense" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition for personal, community, and academic library Bridge card gaming collections.
— Library Bookwatch Date: 2020-03-23
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