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June 3rd, 2021: Register now for the June 2021 BAMSA conference

Led by Samantha Punch, professor of sociology at the University of Stirling, Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) is an academic, research-led project that explores the social world of bridge and the benefits of mindsport. BAMSA has three key goals:

  • to transform the image of bridge,
  • to encourage more people of all ages to play,
  • to ensure the card game continues to thrive.

In order to achieve these goals, BAMSA is establishing a new academic discipline, the sociology of bridge.

In June 2021, BAMSA will host the fourth International Bridge Conference. The event will bring together academics, practitioners and policymakers to exchange ideas, review case studies and share good practice. The event is open to anyone that cares about bridge and the sustainability of the game. Bridge players, teachers and organisers are all welcome to attend and contribute.

Click below to register now for this free conference that runs June 28th - July 1st, 2021.

Samantha Punch is the author of Bridge at the Top: Behind the Screens, a new release from Master Point Press.

December 12th 2020: Gaining the Mental Edge at Bridge wins the 2020 IBPA Book of the Year Award

Announced today in a virtual conference of the International Bridge Press Association, Kim Frazer's book, Gaining the Mental Edge at Bridge, has won the 2020 IBPA Book of the Year Award. We want to express our congratulations to Kim Frazer on her win.

 

Gaining the Mental Edge at Bridge by Kim Frazer

"Bridge players spend countless hours working on bidding conventions and card play techniques, yet give little attention to the mental side of the game. Maintaining focus and concentration, dealing with nerves, and other issues are largely ignored. In this book, Kim Frazer – an Olympian, winner of gold medals at three consecutive Commonwealth Games and an Australian international bridge player – has adapted the mental techniques that brought her success in shooting and explains in easily-understood terms how to use these at the bridge table."


Earlier this year, Kim Frazer, author of Gaining the Mental Edge at Bridge, sat down with John McAllister of The Setting Trick podcast.

 

October 29, 2020: The Setting Trick Podcast Episode 20 - Kim Frazer

Earlier this year, Kim Frazer, author of Gaining the Mental Edge at Bridge, sat down with John McAllister of The Setting Trick podcast.

"In this conversation on The Setting Trick podcast, Kim shares how she has adapted the mental techniques that brought her success in shooting to the bridge table. Kim’s rise as bridge player is a great example for athletes who crave competition - drawing on her experience from elite sporting competitions and finding comparisons in training and performance, to bridge. Kim discusses the path she took in writing the book and explains in simple terms how to use her techniques to improve your bridge game."

Available on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud

 

October 22nd, 2020: MPP merges with 52 Entertainment

We are very excited to announce that Master Point Press is now a part of the 52 Entertainment Group, based in France. The Group is strategically focussed on bridge and similar games, and includes Bridge Base Online, FunBridge, and French-language book and magazine publisher, Le Bridgeur, among others.

This move will open up new markets for our books and authors, as well as the possibility of our being able to sell products from other parts of the group. MPP President Ray Lee said, 'I'm delighted that we have secured the future for the company that Linda and I founded 25 years ago, and that it will be an important part of an organization that aims to support and promote bridge throughout the world.'

Click to download the official press release.

September 14th, 2020: IBPA Book of the Year Awards Shortlist announced!

The IBPA has released the short list for the 2020 Book Award, and two Master Point Press titles are included:

1) Defense on the Other Hand (David Bird and Larry Cohen)

This follow-up volume to On the Other Hand uses the same approach to defense as the first book used for declarer play: pairs of deals are shown – one described by Bird and the other by Cohen. The deals look similar (in some cases very similar) but an entirely different defense is necessary to defeat each of the contracts. By clearly understanding the defensive techniques involved, you will be able to defeat such contracts when you encounter them at the table.


2) Gaining the Mental Edge at Bridge (Kim Frazer)

Bridge players spend countless hours working on bidding conventions and card play techniques, yet give little attention to the mental side of the game. Maintaining focus and concentration, dealing with nerves, and other issues are largely ignored. In this book, Kim Frazer – an Olympian, winner of gold medals at three consecutive Commonwealth Games and an Australian international bridge player – has adapted the mental techniques that brought her success in shooting and explains in easily-understood terms how to use these at the bridge table.

The winner will be announced in December.

August 2020: ABTA Book of the Year Awards!

Congratulations to the winners of this years American Bridge Teachers’ Association’s 39th Annual Book of the Year awards! We’re pleased to announce the following Master Point Press books winners:

The winner in the intermediate/advanced category was Defense: On the Other Hand by David Bird and Larry Cohen. The unique format presents pairs of deals that are similar but require different defensive strategies. This is the authors’ sequel to On the Other Hand, which was named ABTA Book of the Year in 2019.

Runner-up in the intermediate/advanced category was Planning the Defense by Barbara Seagram and David Bird.

Two books were honored with the special Legacy Award, which recognizes efforts to make outstanding but out-of-print titles available to a new generation of bridge players.

Winners were Introduction to Declarer Play and Introduction to Defense by Eddie Kantar. Originally published in 1968, these classics were revised and updated by Barbara Seagram to incorporate modern bidding and play ideas.

For the full announcement from the ABTA visit abtahome.com

March 2nd, 2020: Bill Buttle (1940-2020)

We're sad to announce that illustrator and cartoonist Bill Buttle passed away on January 19th, 2020. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

A tribute and obituary notice appeared in the February edition of the Bridge Bulletin and we have provided the excerpt of it here.

September 24th, 2019: 2019 IBPA Book of the Year - Master of Bridge Pyschology!


This year, the IBPA Book of the Year was awarded to Master of Bridge Psychology by Jeppe Juhl, with Peter Fredin. Congratulations to the authors!

About Master of Bridge Psychology: This may be the funniest bridge biography you will ever read. Peter Fredin of Sweden won the 2009 European Pairs championship, and is a multiple medalist in events at the world level. His style and approach to bridge owe more to psychology than to the mathematics of the game, something that often lands him in unusual situations at the table. Being one of the world’s best card players, he can generally find a way to extricate himself. Danish journalist Jeppe Juhl, a close personal friend of Fredin, has collected some of Fredin’s best and worst moments into a book that offers superlative entertainment for any bridge player.

Other Master Point Press nominess include: On the Other Hand by David Bird and Larry Cohen, Close Encounters Book 2: Bridge's Greatest Matches by Eric Kokish and Mark Horton, and Enterprising Bridge Tales - The Next Generation by Marc Smith.

 

 

 

July 24th, 2019: ABTA 2019 Teacher of the Year - Jim Ricker


Congratulations to Jim Ricker! At the American Bridge Teachers' convention in Las Vegas Jim Ricker was named the 2019 ABTA Teacher of the Year. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Master Point Press. It recognizes excellence in bridge teaching, with teacher nominations submitted from all over North America.

Many thanks to this years committee: Barbara Seagram, Joyce Penn, Enid Roitman, Mary Jane Orock, Tina Radding, Kathie Walsh, and Chairman Richard Braunstein

Photo credit: Sally Sparrow at bridgeblogging.com

 

 

 

July 22th, 2019: ABTA 2019 Book of the Year Award Winners

The American Bridge Teachers' Association presented a series of awards at the 2019 Convention in Las Vegas, NV this last week. The awards recognize excellence in instructional bridge writing. We are proud to announce the Master Point Press authors and books that won this year!

Congratulations to David Bird and Larry Cohhen for their 2019 ABTA Intermediate Book of the Year Award for the honors book On the Other Hand: Bridge cardplay explained.

This year we're excited to congratulate Lynn Berg for winning the 2019 ABTA Novice Book of the Year Award for her honors book Startup Bridge – And Beyond.

MARY PAUL (1933 2019)

It is with great regret that we note the death of Mary Paul, author of the first book ever published by Master Point Press,Partnership Bidding(1994 -- soon to be republished in an updated edition).

Linda Lee (MPP) remembers her well, as a partner, teammate and opponent:

"When I first met Mary she was a imposing figure. She had a crown of bright red hair and she was the best woman bridge player I had met at the time. Scare me at the bridge table?  Eric Murray didn’t scare me even when he yelled at me for psyching against him. But playing against Mary? Oh, yes, that scared me. 

Mary had a number of successful long-term partnerships, especially one with Francine Cimon, but it was playing with her husband Maurice (Moose) Paul that brought her the greatest happiness.  I never played regularly with Mary; I regret that greatly. I admit now that I was in awe of her and in my early twenties didn’t have the courage to overcome that. But I did play on several women’s teams with her with success.

As I got to know her over the years, I learned that even though I was originally intimidated by Mary I needn’t have been: she  was a lovely person."

The obituary and remembrance below appears on the Canadian Bridge Federation web site:

"I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Paul. She was a friend, a teammate, and more to the point, one of the top Canadian Bridge players ever. Mary was inducted into the Canadian Bridge Hall of Fame in 2016.

Mary Paul was born in Bucharest, Romania and moved to Montreal as a child. Even though she learned bridge at a young age, it was her husband, Maurice Paul, who helped her develop her game to the expert level. Together they formed a very successful partnership for over 20 years.

Mary was the first woman to win the open Canadian National Teams Championship (CNTC), winning the first ever CNTC held in 1977. She won the event again in 1993. In addition, she won seven of the nine Canadian Women Teams Championships (CWTC) held between 1980 and 1991.

Mary represented Canada in six bridge Olympiads (1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992), and four Venice Cups (1989, 1991, 1995 and 1997), winning two bronze medals (1988 Women Teams Olympiad and 1989 Venice Cup).

I had the pleasure of knowing Mary as a friend and teammate and from a personal perspective could best describe her as a brand name chocolate bar: hard on the outside, soft on the inside. She was one of the fiercest competitors ever to play a card for Canada, but with a heart of gold.

Mary was not a shrinking violet. Her loud demeanor and shockingly red hair would never pass for quietness and subtlety. I can still remember like it was yesterday playing at a sectional in Toronto with my then partner Doug Fox, and Mary and her husband Maurice (Moose) were at the next table. As I am getting ready to move I hear this bellowing; “Mooooose, Moooose, look what’s coming to the table Moosea Pig and a Fox”.

Mary was a teammate in my first CNTC victory in Montreal in 1993. We were five guys who’d never won anything..and Mary.

Rest in peace Mary, you’ll be missed.

Michael Roche

August 16th, 2018: Ken Allen (1940 – 2018)

We're sad to announce that author Ken Allen passed away, on May 24th, 2018, after a determined struggle with Parkinson's.

An exceptional bridge player and bridge mystery author, he will be missed by us all at Master Point Press.

For the complete obituary visit: sootoday.com

 

 

July 28th, 2018: ABTA 2018 Book and Technology Award Winners

The American Bridge Teachers' Association presents a series of awards recognizing excellence in instructional bridge writing. This year a number of Master Point Press titles and authors were awarded and we couldn't be more proud.

Congratulations to Barbara Seagram and David Bird for their 2018 ABTA Shirley Silverman Book of the Year Award for Planning the Play: The Next Level. The Shirley Silverman Book of the Year Award is for the beginner/novice category.

This year we're excited to congratulate Jeff Bayone for winning the first-ever Newcomer Book of the Year Award for A Taste of Bridge. This new category focuses on excellence in bridge writing for newcomers.

Mike Lawrence was awarded the intermediate/advanced category award for his book Judgment at Bridge 2, published by Baron Barclay.

Larry Cohen's Larry Cohen Teaches Bridge, the Video Series, was award the Technology of the Year award.

2018 Award Committee members were Sam Marks, Henry Meguid, Brenda Montague, Karen Walker and Pat Harrington (chair).

 

 

July 26th, 2018: Henry Meguid, from Chapel Hill, NC receives the ABTA / Master Point Press Teacher of the Year Award

Congratulations to Henry Meguid on his win this year. At the American Bridge Teachers' convention in Atlanta, a short video of each teacher in action played before Henry Meguid was awarded his crystal plaque and check. Runners up this year were Bruce Greenspan, from Bonita Springs, FL, Edward Scanlon III, from York, PA, and Jim Ricker from Knoxville, TN.

This year's Teacher of the Year committee was comprised of Barbara Seagram, Joyce Penn, Tina Radding, Kathie Walsh and Chairman Richard Braunstein.

Master Point Press is proud to support the ABTA with this award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, a pursuit so important in sustaining the game and helping it flourish.

Photo credit: Sally Sparrow at bridgeblogging.com

 

 

 

July 19th, 2018: Close Encounters Book 1: 1964 to 2001 and Playing 2/1: The Rest of the Story shortlisted for the 2018 IBPA Book of the Year Award!


Close Encounters Book 1: 1964 to 2001 | Playing 2/1: The Rest of the Story

September 7th, 2017: WIN FREE TORONTO THEATRE TICKETS to see "Thirteen Hands"

Toronto's Alumnae Theatre Company will be presenting 'Thirteen Hands' by award-winning author Carol Shields starting October 20th, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

About Thirteen Hands:
Canada's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Carol Shields is behind this witty and vibrant play-cum-musical that explores the nuances of life and womanhood. One of Alumnae's most revered and successful shows, Thirteen Hands returns this season as part of the theatre company's 100th anniversary retrospective series. .

It follows the lives of four women along with their daughters and granddaughters, who find connection and support through a weekly game of bridge. You can read more at alumnaetheatre.com.

To enter our draw for two free tickets to this bridge-themed musical play, email your name to sally@masterpointpress.com.

Winner will be notified at the end of September.

Photo credit: Alumnae Theatre Company.

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July 30th, 2017: Jacob Schireson of Sanford, CA receives the Master Point Press Sportsmanship Award


Congratulations to Jacob Schireson of Sanford, CA on his win at the 10th Youth NABC. The Sportsmanship Award is determined by votes from players and directors. Ray Lee, founder of Master Point Press, told the group, "It's not about winning and losing. It's about challenging yourself to play one of the three or four hardest games ever created and having fun doing it. It's important to treat people the way you want to be treated."

The Master Point Press Award includes a $1000 college scholarship.

 

Photo credit: ACBL Daily Bulletin, Photographer Francesca Canali

 

July 21st, 2017: Defending at Bridge: A First Course wins the 2017 ABTA Book of the Year Award for Beginner/Intermediate Level


We want to wish a happy congratulations to Bill Treble for his win.

The American Bridge Teachers' Association presents "Bridge Book of the Year" awards for beginner to intermediate-level players and advanced-level players. To read about the award ceremony visit bridgeblogging.com for some great pictures and more.

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Defending at Bridge: A First Course

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Bill Treble

ISBN 978-1-77140-036-7

CDN  $19.95        US  $16.95        UK  £9.95

Categories: Beginner | Defense

 

About the book: Just the facts, ma’am. The basics of defense at bridge in eight short, clearly explained lessons, with lots of practical examples. Topics include opening leads, signaling, second- and third-hand play, and discards. Defending at Bridge: A First Course is the first of two in the series. Two-over-One: A First Course covers all aspects of switching over to a 2/1 Game-forcing approach.

 

 

 

January 24th, 2017: David Silver (1935 – 2017)

I'm sad to announce that David Silver passed away on February 23, 2017, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was a man of wide-ranging interests who will be remembered by many students from his forty-year career teaching literature at Seneca College in Toronto. He was a collector of rare books and first editions, and loved poking through flea markets and used book stores for undiscovered treasures. He enjoyed squash and tennis, and after retirement took the opportunity to travel widely. He had a quick and ready wit, and could never resist an apposite one-liner, even in social situations where the habit occasionally came back to haunt him.

However, his life-long passion was bridge, which he played at an expert level and in which he achieved many tournament successes. In typical self-deprecating fashion, he claimed to have partnered every great player of his generation – once. David's own writings reflected both his love for bridge and his knowledge of literature. His five published books featured his alter ego, ‘Professor Silver', in humorous pastiches of everything from Sherlock Holmes and Joseph Conrad to The Maltese Falcon and Douglas Coupland, all somehow made plausible in a bridge setting.

His readers often had difficulty distinguishing between the Silver of fiction and the man himself, and he told me of many occasions on his travels where he had been addressed as ‘Professor Silver' and asked to play, or to solve some abstruse problem.

For the past few months, he had been working on a sixth book, which unfortunately will now never see the light of day.

-Ray Lee

 

September 29th, 2016: Avery Dyen of Maitland FL receives the Master Point Press Sportsmanship Award


CONGRATULATIONS!

At the recent Youth NABC in Washington DC, Avery Dyen of Maitland FL was selected by the other players to receive the Master Point Press Sportsmanship Award. Dyen, 18, will soon enroll in the University of South Florida. “I try to be nice and friendly,” she said. “The best experience is meeting people.”

The Master Point Press Award includes a $1000 college scholarship.

Photo and text courtesy of the ACBL Bulletin.

 

 

September 22nd, 2016: Julian Laderman awarded the 2016 Alan Truscott Memorial Award

We send our well deserved congratulations to Julian Laderman as this year the International Bridge Press Association presented him with the Alan Truscott Memorial Award for his book Bumplepuppy Days.

The Alan Truscott Award is presented periodically to an individual or organization that, in the opinion of the IBPA Executive, has done something in the world of bridge that Alan would have approved of and appreciated. Alan was an IBPA Executive member, serving as its president from 1981 to 1985 and was the long-time bridge editor of the New York Times.

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Bumblepuppy Days

The evolution from whist to bridge

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Julian Laderman

ISBN 978-1-77140-003-9

CDN  $24.95        US  $22.95        UK  £14.95

Categories: Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced | General Interest | Novice

 

Well received by many critics, Bumbplepuppy Days traces the development of the game of bridge and demonstrates how the worlds most popular card game came into being.

 

 

 

August 18th, 2015: ABTA Book of the Year

Congratulations go to David Bird and his book Winning Duplicate Tactics for winning the 2015 American Bridge Teachers' Association Intermediate-Advanced Book of the Year Award!


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Winning Duplicate Tactics

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: David Bird

ISBN 978-1-77140-017-6

CDN  $21.95        US  $19.95        UK  £12.95

Categories: Bidding | Declarer Play | Defense | General Interest

 

The American Bridge Teachers' Association also presented Julian Laderman with a Special Recognition award for Bumblepuppy Days: The Evolution from Whist to Bridge.


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Bumblepuppy Days

The evolution from whist to bridge

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Julian Laderman

ISBN 978-1-77140-003-9

CDN  $24.95        US  $22.95        UK  £14.95

Categories: Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced | General Interest | Novice

 

A special mention goes to Barbara Seagram and David Bird's Bidding at Bridge: a Quizbook, nominated this year for the ABTA Book of the Year Award.

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Bidding at Bridge: A Quizbook

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Barbara Seagram
      David Bird

ISBN 978-1-77140-018-3

CDN  $15.95        US  $15.95        UK  £9.95

Categories: Bidding | Beginner | Intermediate | Problems & Puzzles

 

Oct 25th 2011: IBPA Book of the Year: The Rodwell Files

The Rodwell Files was named book of the year. Watch the YouTube.com video of Mark Horton and Eric Rodwell talking about the book and about this award:

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The Rodwell Files

Secrets of a bridge champion

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Eric Rodwell
      Mark Horton

ISBN 978-1-897106-67-9

CDN  $27.95        US  $27.95        UK  £17.95

Categories: Advanced | Declarer Play | Defense

 

July 26th 2011: The Rodwell Files

Watch the YouTube.com video of Mark Horton and Eric Rodwell talking about their new book::

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The Rodwell Files

Secrets of a bridge champion

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Eric Rodwell
      Mark Horton

ISBN 978-1-897106-67-9

CDN  $27.95        US  $27.95        UK  £17.95

Categories: Advanced | Declarer Play | Defense

 

July 22nd 2011: ABTA Book of the Year: Bridge with Bells and Whistles!

Bridge With Bells and Whistles by Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen has been awarded the ABTA Book of the Year award at the awards ceremony and banquet this evening at the Royal York hotel in Toronto, ON.

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Bridge with Bells and Whistles

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Mary Ann Dufresne
      Marion Ellingsen

ISBN 978-1-897106-69-3

CDN  $21.95        US  $19.95        UK  £11.95

Categories: Bidding | Intermediate | Novice

 

July 20, 2011: ABTA Master Point Press Teacher of the Year: Kathy Walsh!

Congratulations to Kathy Walsh, from Hilton Head, South Carolina, who won the 2011 MPP ABTA Teacher of the Year Award! To read about the ceremony and to learn more about Kathy, visit Andre’s Blog.


The 2011 Teacher of the Year, Kathy Walsh, stands surrounded by this year's
7 other top teachers and Linda Lee, from the co-sponsor Master Point Press.

July 22, 2010: ABTA Master Point Press Teacher of the Year: Tina Radding!

Congratulations to Tina Radding, from Charleston, South Carolina, who won the 2010 MPP ABTA Teacher of the Year Award! To read about the ceremony and to learn more about Tina, visit Linda Lee’s Blog.


Tina Radding (wearing the yellow blouse) surrounded by a group of students
who travelled to New Orleans, confident she would be the winner.

June 11, 2010: Master Point Press Dominates Best Bridge Book List

As if you needed more proof that Master Point Press is a purveyor of the highest quality books on bridge! A recently compiled top ten list of recent bridge books has Master Point Press books occupying fully half of the list, and 75% of the notable mentions in several specialized categories …[READ FULL PRESS RELEASE]

May 20, 2010: Master Point Press Teacher Of The Year Award Finalists Announced by American Bridge Teachers Association

Thursday, May 20, 2010: The American Bridge Teachers Association is proud to announce the eight finalists for its new Teacher of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Master Point Press, the world’s leading bridge book publisher (www.masterpointpress.com). They have been selected from an original sixty-six nominees …[READ FULL PRESS RELEASE]

September 14th 2009: IBPA Book of the Year award presentation

On Monday, September 7th, 2009 at the World Bridge Team Championships in São Paulo, Brazil, the International Bridge Press Association presented one of the two awards for Book of the Year to author Ron Klinger. Right Through the Pack Again by Ron Klinger (Orion) has won the award jointly with North of the Master Solvers’ Club: The Bridge Writings of Frank Vine (Master Point Press).


Ray Lee, President of Master Point Press, presenting the IBPA Master Point Press
Book of the Year award to one of the two joint winners, author Ron Klinger. Photo courtesy of duas fotos.

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September 4th 2009: Announcing the ABTA Master Point Press Teacher of the Year Award

Not every bridge teacher has authored a bestseller, written a newspaper column, or become well-known enough to receive an entry in the Encyclopedia of Bridge.

Nevertheless, there are many teachers who continue to inspire their students day in and day out, promoting the game in their community and answering any question clearly, concisely and without judgment, whether its about Roman Keycard Blackwood or simply, “What’s a finesse?”. Their work too often goes unrecognized, yet it is vital to the future of the game… …[READ FULL PRESS RELEASE]

September 4th 2009: IBPA Book of the Year Winners!

Have you heard the recent news from the International Bridge Press Association? North of the Master Solvers’ Club: The Bridge Writings of Frank Vine has tied with Ron Klinger’s Right Through the Pack Again to win the IBPA Book of the Year award for 2009.

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North of the Master Solvers' Club

Joint Winner: IBPA Book of the Year 2009

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Frank Vine

ISBN 978-1-897106-40-2

CDN  $19.95        US  $18.95        UK  £11.50

Categories: Bridge Humor | Bridge Fiction

 

August 10th 2009: IBPA Book of the Year Nominations

Master Point Press is pleased to announce that the following titles have been nominated to receive the International Bridge Press Association Book of the Year award for 2009:

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The Setting Trick

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Ian McCance

ISBN 978-1-897106-41-9

CDN  $19.95        US  $18.95        UK  £11.95

Categories: Intermediate | Advanced | Defense | Problems & Puzzles

 

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North of the Master Solvers' Club

Joint Winner: IBPA Book of the Year 2009

Available for download in an eBook Edition

by: Frank Vine

ISBN 978-1-897106-40-2

CDN  $19.95        US  $18.95        UK  £11.50

Categories: Bridge Humor | Bridge Fiction

 

 

Other books on the short list include:

  • Wielding the Axe the vanishing art of the penalty double by Augie Boehm
  • Right Through the Pack Again by Ron Klinger
  • The Devil’s Ticket by Gary Pomerantz
  • Frank Stewarts World of Bridge

Read Linda Lee's blog for more information.

August 5th, 2009: Proud sponsor of the Canada Master Point Press Women’s Team

Master Point Press is proud to sponsor the Canada Master Point Press Women's Team at the 2009 World Bridge Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil this August/September.


From left to right: Joan Eaton, CBF President Nader Hanna, Kismet Fung, Zone VI Director &
tournament chair Peter Morse, Susan Culham, Barbara Clinton, Pamela Nisbet, Karen Cumpstone

Good Luck team!

August 4th 2009: A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play

Master Point Press is pleased to announce that A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play has been named the ABTA Book of the Year award for 2009. The American Teachers' Bridge Association made the announcement on July 23rd at the ABTA summer conference in Washington, D.C.

Julian Laderman is a New York math professor who writes a regular bridge column in The Bridge Journal. His first book, A Bridge to Simple Squeezes, was also named Book of the Year by the American Bridge Teachers’ Association in 2006.

July 18th 2009: Bridgeblogging World Championship contest!

This August and September, Bridgeblogging.com is holding a contest to pick the winners of the Bermuda Bowl and the d’Orsi Senior Bowl. Everyone who enters will receive a $10.00 gift certificate, plus the two winners will each receive their choice of one of five books.

Visit www.bridgeblogging.com for complete details.

March 25th 2009: The Aces on Bridge column goes live!

The Aces on Bridge column by Bobby Wolff, which is a daily bridge column that has been appearing daily for over 25 years, is now available online at http://aces.bridgeblogging.com. The column is syndicated by United Feature Syndicate in more than 130 newspapers worldwide. All columns appearing online are posted at least two weeks after the original printed date.

Feb 17th 2009: Master Point Press goes Digital

Over 30 titles published electronically, including free and out-of-print titles. Read the press release for full details. …[READ FULL PRESS RELEASE]

October 16th 2008 Proud sponsor of Canada’s Youth Team

Master Point Press is proud to sponsor Canada’s Youth (under 28) team in the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing this October.


From left to right: Team Captain Michael Yuen, David Grainger, David Sabourin,
Erin Anderson, Matthew Mason, Roy Yang Li, and Kai Zhou.

Good Luck team!

2004: Marshall Miles wins World Seniors championship

The USA team, including 77-year-old Marshall Miles, this week won the World Senior Bridge Championship in Istanbul, overtaking the Netherlands in the very last round. Miles has many national titles in his distinguished career, but this is his first world title.

2004: Play or Defend by Julian Pottage

Master Point Press is delighted to announce that Play or Defend? by Julian Pottage has been named the first winner of the IBPA Bridge Book of the Year award. The International Bridge Press Association made the award public this week at its Annual Meeting, which this year took place in Istanbul, Turkey, alongside the 2004 World Bridge Championships. An international jury of four prominent bridge journalists selected the winner from a short list of six, which included books from the USA, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Hungary. A second MPP title, Kantar on Kontract by Eddie Kantar, was also named to the short list.

Julian Pottage, who lives in England, is generally acknowledged to be one of the world's best creators of bridge problems. Two of his earlier books ( Positive Defense and Positive Declarer Play, both featuring Terence Reese as coauthor) are being released in new editions by MPP this Spring, while a new title Defend these hands with me is in preparation for a 2006 release date.