"Standard Bridge Bidding for the 21st century" by Max Hardy, one of the most versatile professionals in the world of bridge. He was a tournament director for 40 years and also found time to win more than 10,000 master points. In constant demand as a lecturer he also ran an intensive forty hour bridge course.
The author of a dozen books on bidding, Max is best known for promoting a five card major, forcing NoTrump, two-over-one forcing to game bidding system. This book shows why even social players can expect consistently winning auctions from such an approach.
"Advanced Bridge Bidding for the 21st Century" is Max Hardy's comprehensive 2nd volume and includes contributions by expert players Grant Blaze, Marty bergen, Fred Hamilton, Jeff Meckstroth, Mike Passell and Eddie Wold.
In this 2nd volume, Max takes players to the next level, bringing them up to date with the systen of choice of the world's top players. He presents the concepts with clarity and style worthy of the acclaimed author and teacher that he was.
These two Max Hardy books really are the classic bridge bidding books for the 21st century. They are 'the bible' of two-over-one bidding and belong in the library of every serious bridge player.
"Cue Bidding At Bridge: A Modern Approach" by Ken Rexford is mainly for people playing 2/1 (i.e. a two-level change of suit response by an unpassed hand creates a game force). The first 80 pages (almost half the main text) and sections of many of the subsequent chapters involve 2/1 auctions.
"Cue Bidding to Slams" by Ron Klinger is a whole book devoted to control-showing bids - very often a more powerful slam exploration technique than Blackwood, but one rarely or never used by many inexperienced bridge players.
"The Pocket Guide to two-over-one" provides a handy summary of the popular 2/1 bidding system. In a concise but readable manner it goes over the basic ideas of the system aimed at players whoi want to make the switch. The contents are based on Paul Thurston's "25 Steps to Learning 2/1".
Paul Thurston's "25 Steps to Learning 2/1" was the American Bridge Teachers Association Book of the year in 2003. It covers the basics of two-over one and the forcing No Trump. Conventions such as Bergen raises are covered but the book limits itself to one level suit openings and continuations.
"Two Over One Game Force" by Max Hardy. This is the complete and detailed reference on the Two Over One system of bidding that is rapidly gaining popularity in the USA. All the basic bids and responses are covered in a systematic way, including the forcing 1NT response and rebids. Competitive bidding and slam bidding are also covered in detail. Intermediate to advanced.
Two Over One Quiz Book
"Two Over One Game Force Quiz Book" by Max Hardy is a quiz book specifically designed to go along with the author's Two Over One Game Force book.
Bidding Quizzes 1:
"Mike Lawrence's Bidding Quizzes I: The Uncontested Auction" contains examples and quizzes to teach you how to improve the accuracy of your constructive bidding in an uncontested auction.
It features Standard American 2-over-1 bidding methods, covering hundred of hands on today's most popular system. Learn to handle troublesome auctions and reach the optimum contract more often.
"Two Over One Game Force Simplified" by Kara Jarman provide the aspiring Bridge player insights on the basics of the 2/1 system, complete with the Forcing Notrump methods.
Mike Lawrence's "Workbook on the Two-Over-One System" covers many theories not presented elsewhere. Easy to use ideas for the intermediate through expert player.
The book explains the differences between standard and 2/1 and why the choices were made. What's especially nice is that the author discusses both views on a topic, rather than just presenting his choice
"Two-Over-One Game Force" by Max Hardy and Steve Bruno provides an introduction to America's favourite bidding system. It is highly suited even to those below intermediate level who want to give this system a try. There is an adequate amount of detail to get you started, without becoming bogged down. A few gadgets are included in the final chapter. Quizzes are included to test each stage of learning.
"Two-Over-One Game Force Bidding Problems No.1: Responses When Responder Has a Fit With Opener's One Heart or One Spade Bid" by J. N. Larone covers many advanced topics used by 2/1 players, including: 3 clubs as a limit raise, Mathe Asking Bids, Under Jump Shift, Over Jump Shift, Jacoby 2NT, Swiss and Two Way Drury.
"Two-Over-One in a nutshell" by Dee Berry is written for players with a basic knowledge of bridge, but more experienced players will find many new ways to expand their horizons. It provides quick access to the most popular bridge system of the 21st Century and offers easy guidelines to key parts of the system, including brief summaries of conventions.
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"Two Over One Game Force" by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell covers the basics of 2/1 Game Force, a popular variation of the Standard American bidding system.
In this new (2009) book the authors show how a small modification can make it easier for the partnership to get to the best game contract and explore the possibility of slam much more safely. The book also describes how using a response of 1NT over a major suit opening as a forcing bid can improve the partnership results, even on partscore hands. The book is filled with helpful features such as summaries, quizzes, and carefully constructed sample deals at the end of each chapter. Additional practice deals give the reader an opportunity to become more familiar with each of the concepts introduced in 2-Over-1 Game Force system.
The Chapters in the book are: -
Introduction to Two-Over-One Game Force
The Forcing 1NT Response
Rebids by opener and Responder
The Choice Between Game and Slam
"Washington Standard: Five-Card Majors, Two-Over-One, Game Forcing" by Steve Robinson is the first book by one of the world's most successful experts. It is 332 pages full of exciting ideas and explaining in detail his five-card major, 2-over-1 game forcing system. Whether you're a newly-formed partnership or an experienced pair who wants to fine tune your bidding and carding, this will improve your methods greatly. These are the understandings that most of the best players in the world use to gain an edge over less successful pairs. The author also describes numerous conventions used by serious players and how to fill out your convention card when using them.
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"Understanding One NoTrump Forcing" by Marty Bergen.
Regardless of your system, 1NT is the likely response to an opening bid in a major. You can acquire the judgement needed to make the right rebids, raises and responses
1- Which hands should respond 1NT, and which hands should not?
2- "6-4 bid more." But should opener rebid the 6, or show the 4?
3- "It's NOT Impossible." Responder's Impossible 2 Spade Rebid.
4- When responder is a passed hand, what's different?
5- How to cope with an opponent's overcall.
"Competitive Bidding with Two Suited Hands" by Max Hardy. The only book devoted wholely and solely to two suited hands. Covers top and bottom cue bids, unusual NT and responses, a swag of two-suited defenses including Brozel, DONT, Meckwell, Helms 2 ; Defences against forcing club openings - Mathe, Suction Exclusion etc. ; Defences to weak two openings - Schleifer and more. Many modern devices and some not well known ones. For intermediates and especially tournament players.
Helms to Hello
HELLO is an effective convention for competing over the opponents' 1NT opening. "Helms to Hello" was originally self-published in 1996; the first edition sold out quickly, so that this much sought-after treatise has been unavailable for several years. The book describes how the convention works, and how to use it against various ranges of 1NT opening bids, as well as over strong 1♣ openings.
Flannery fits in well in a two-over-one bidding structure. In "The Flannery Two Diamond Opening" Bill Flannery,
the inventor of Flannery, explains the convention, which hands it is best suited for, and covers the possible responses and rebids in detail.
Since mid-nineteenth century when Charles Goren popularized the point -count system of hand evaluation and bridge bidding, a system that became known widely as 'Standard American', there have been significant advances in the art of bidding, advances that have been time-tested and proven effective. Unfortunately 'Standard American' did not keep pace.
Early point-count standards undervalue many hands. Furthermore, many traditional bidding rules became obsolete and fell by the wayside as new ideas were created. Prominent among the new methods are five-card majors, limit raises, preemptive two-level openers, the Stayman convention, and a reconstruction of the entire notrump bidding scheme.
"Standard American 21" by John Thomas presents an integrated, modern contract bridge bidding system. The entire system can be adopted quite readily by players of intermediate skills and beyond. Here for the first time bridge players have the tools to achieve real precision bidding from part-score through game and slam. Note, do NOT confuse this with 2/1 - it a book about improvements to basic Standard American and not two-over-one.
"2/1 Game Force" by Neil H Timm covers both the basic and advanced features of the Two-Over-One (2/1) Game Force bidding system which include Bergen and Combined Bergen Raises, inverted minor suit raises with criss-cross and flip-flop, cue bidding, modified scroll bids, and many more methods not used in Standard American or Precision.
The is not a book on conventions, it is a book about bridge which incorporates conventions which allow partnership to reach game or slam. In this regard, the author has incorporated modern methods for hand evaluation developed by Marty Bergen. New bidding conventions like SARS (Shape Asking Relays after Stayman), Quest transfers and an overview of "Bridge Rules and Laws" which will improve your approach to your bidding structure in use today.
"Precision Simplified: For 2/1 Game Force Players" by Neil H Timm provides a careful organization of topics so that one may easily convert from any standard two club opening system and in particular the 2/1 Game Force bids to Precision. In the process, one may keep most of their natural bidding sequences and the conventions they currently use with minor modifications. I have tried to eliminate the fear of the memory features used by many variations of Precision by presenting a series of bids that are geared toward simplicity and allow the reader to integrate the Precision system into their more familiar natural bidding system using the 2/1 Game Force bidding structure which includes Combined Bergen Raises, inverted minor suit raises with criss-cross, cue bidding, modified scroll bids, and many more familiar methods.