214pp | ISBN 978-1-77140-219-4
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The Essence of Bridge Planning
This book is packed with techniques and tips on the subject of entry management, both for declarer and the defenders. A clear understanding of this topic is vital when the dummy goes down and you stop to plan your campaign.
Part I contains 69 instructive deals on entries from declarer's point of view. The featured topics include: creating entries, destroying entries, finesse entries, sacrifice entries, ducking, holding up, blocking, unblocking, overtaking, avoidance play and forcing the defenders to assist you.
Part II contains 43 deals where the defenders use similar techniques on their own behalf: maintaining communication, creating and destroying entries, blocking, unblocking, hold-ups, preventing a duck, overtaking honors, entry coups, Morton's Fork and avoiding an endplay.
Part III contains 24 entry problems for declarer, followed by 16 problems for the defense.
David Bird maintains a consistently high quality. The coverage is exhaustive, though (thanks to the author's appealing writing style) not exhausting. Keep them coming, Mr. Bird! -The Bridge World
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.
Bird doesn't deliver maxims, but takes a more empowering approach by enticing his audience to think and visualize rather than to memorize. Targeted for intermediate players, the book is a winner written for winners.
— ACBL Bulletin Date: 2020-12-14