"Cuebids in a Nutshell" by Dee Berry is pocket-sized yet packed with cue bids and cuebidding conventions. It covers the most improtant aspects of bidding and clears up many areas of bidding.
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Edmund's Bridge Book
"Edmund's Bridge Book: For people who are content to be social bridge players" by Edmund Sixsmith
trumpest the virtues of simple natural bidding and playing for fun! Topics covered include lanning the play, an easy way to count and the seven(teen) deadly sins.
"How To Play A Good Game Of Bridge" by Terence Reese and Albert Dormer is a good book for anyone who wishes to improve their game and become a capable and intelligent player.
Terence Reese &
"How to Play a Better Game Of Bridge" by Terence Reese and Albert Dormer continues from where the previous book left off and will guide you to becoming an intermediate player.
The correct play at trick one can often spell the difference between success and defeat. In "Master Play at Trick One" Ron Klinger shows you how to plan your strategy at the most vital stage of play.
"Modern Bridge Bidding Complete" by Alvin L Roth and Jeff Rubens introduces the reader to the Roth Point count,
which effectively uses hand evaluation to adjust the value of the hand, both before and during the auction.
Contract Bridge Blue Book
"Contract Bridge Blue Book" by Ely Culbertson is the book that started it all! The first ever book on sensible bridge bidding (1934 edition) for contract bridge after the transition from auction bridge.
"A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play" by Julian Laderman addresses the thought processes that novice declarers must develop and practice. What features of a bridge hand lead an expert to select the correct line of play from all those available? The carefully chosen examples in this book will help advancing players to recognize those features and take action accordingly.
"Take All of Your Chances at Bridge" by Edwin Kantar is a quiz book of 100 play hands that feature picking the best of two or three lines of play, with appropriate teaching commentary after each hand. The book was published in 2009 and has already been reprinted twice. It won the American Bridge Teachers 2010 Book of the Year Award for best intermediate-level book.
In this sequel, "Take All of Your Chances 2" Eddie Kantar presents another collection of play problems for advancing players. Again, the theme is not just finding a good line of play: the trick is to combine as many possible lines as possible to optimize your chances of making the contract. Full of Kantar’s inimitable humor and extra tips, as well as lots of good bridge, this one is another sure winner.
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For about 25 years, Marshall Miles was the moderator of an all-star bidding panel for a California bridge publication. "It's Your Call" by Marshall Miles is a compilation of his favorite bidding problems from those years, together with the panel’s views and Miles’ own comments. A bonus section includes Miles’ latest (2009) thoughts and recommendations on a number of cutting-edge bidding ideas.
Former Canadian champion Paul Thurston writes a daily bridge column in the National Post, one of only two newspapers that is circulated throughout the whole of Canada. "Bridge at the Breakfast Table" is an anthology collection of some of his best and most interesting bridge articles - tips, oddities, and just plain interesting deals and stories.
"The Mysterious Multi: How to Play It, How to Play Against It" by Mark Horton and Jan van Cleeff explains the Multi two diamond opening and the best methods of defending against it.
The final chapter, entitled 'The Multi in Action', has a wealth of examples from top-level play.
How to Improve Your Bridge
"How to Improve Your Bridge" by Hugh Kelsey contains 200 fully illustrated and entertaining hands that show how to avoid common mistakes.
"Victor Mollo's Winning Double" is a classic bridge book, out of print but available second hand. It is both a quiz book and text book with 160 problems, a short cut guide to expert bidding and play.
"Expert Bridge Simplified - Arithmetic Shortcuts for Declarer" by Jeff Rubens simplifies
the mathematics of bridge so that practical players will learn how to win through the use of 'shortcuts', while those intrigued by the theory will find the book very useful.
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"The Devil’s Tickets - A Night of Bridge, A Fatal Hand, and a New American Age" by Gary M. Pomerantz. It is a new (2009) and fascinating look at the true story of glamorous Kansas City housewife, Myrtle Bennett, who shot and killed her husband after a dispute over the play of a bridge hand. Set during the roaring twenties, the bookdoes not actually contain any bridge hands, but tells the story of the Bennett trial when the rising popularity of bridge was sweeping the USA. The book also covers
the fascinating story of the Culbertsons and the immense popularity of bridge during this interesting time in history on the eve of the great depression.
Using the popular ‘over-the-shoulder' presentation of the style of Jeremy Flint, "My Favorite 52" takes the reader through over sixty deals from the Larry Cohen's own experience; deals that were important to him in some way, technically interesting, or just plain fun. The interactive style allows the reader to follow Larry's bidding and play, and make their own decisions at key points. The material was originally published as interactive software CD, in which form it won an award from the American Bridge Teachers Association in 2005. It was adapted for this book edition by Canadian international Linda Lee and now (2009) appears in book format for the first time.
"Patrick Jourdain's Problem Corner" has been a popular regular feature of the UK's BRIDGE Magazine for many years. This book is a collection of challenging declarer-play problems that has been selected from the best of the material appearing there, and will be welcomed by advanced players. Patrick Jourdain comes from Wales and is president of the International Bridge Press Association. He is one of the world’s best-known writers on the game and is the bridge correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.
Eddie Rose's sensational new bridge book, "BRIDGE - From A to Z; Taking Your Game to the Next Level", has been published (Nov 2009) and is now available. This book may well be the most unique and all-encompassing book on bridge ever written. Eddie Rose holds the rank of Emerald Life Master (over 7500 masterpoints) in the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). He has taught bridge since the early 1980s in various venues throughout Orange County; has lectured and directed bridge on several cruise ships (Holland America, Princess, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean). He is considered one of the outstanding bridge players in the United States and is currently listed in the Encyclopedia of Bridge under "Leading Bridge Personalities".
Guide to Better
"Guide to Better Card Play" by Ron Klinger
is the most comprehensive elementary-
through-intermediate guide available on
declarer play and defense, featuring tutorials,
summaries, reviews, quizzes, and example deals.
The world's oldest and leading, bridge magazine,
'The Bridge World', said of this book; We like almost
everything about this book, we especially liked the
attention to partnership methods, the topic selection,
and the carefully constructed lesson deals.
There are other good texts at this level, but Klinger's
book has twice as much material as similar works.
The book is out of print but is a good buy at Amazon's very reasonable prices.
Note that if ordering from Amazon.com, the book is the Standard American version while the book available from Amazon.co.uk is Acol.
"The Cardturner" by Louis Sachar chronicals the exploits of Alton Richards, a 17-year-old who, having lost his girlfriend to his best friend, has a summer’s worth of time on his hands. At his parents’ behest he agrees to work for his wealthy 76-year-old great-uncle Lester Trapp, a brilliant card player recently blinded by diabetes. The engaging book is an earnest effort to lure youngsters to the bridge table. And through it's mix of teen angst and mystery, Sachar will likely produce a few converts among the Wii generation.
"Secrets Your Bridge Friends Never Tell You" by Cathy Hunsberger explores the bumpy and exciting journey a bridge player takes on the road from beginner, to intermediate, to the unlimited glory that awaits somewhere down the line. Undoubtedly, you will recognize part of your own journey. You will discover you were never alone as you suffered the constant ups and downs that proliferate in pursuit of this great game. With a humorous slant that delights, Secrets offers insights into such questions as: How do you find a partner? How do you keep a partner? Should you play with your spouse? Should you hire a pro? What happens when you get bridge burn-out? Find the answers here.
"The Rodwell Files - The secrets of a World bridge Champion" by Eric Rodwell, is probably the most important technical bridge book published since Larry Cohen's To Bid or Not to Bid (60,000 copies in English alone), and may well reach an even bigger audience. There are two aspects to this book, both unique. First, Rodwell describes and explains a host of innovative ideas in cardplay, strategems that can be used as declarer or defender. Second, under the heading 'Common Mistakes', Rodwell talks about the mental side of the game: areas that mark the key differences between an average player and a successful one. Finally, under the heading 'Do's and Don'ts', Rodwell talks about the mental side of the game: areas where players often go wrong in their approach to the problem at hand, areas that mark the key differences between an average player and a successful one. The first draft of this book has been in existence for more than fifteen years, but it is only now that Rodwell is prepared to allow his 'secrets' to become public knowledge.
"Conventional Wisdom Plus a Comprehensive Guide to Modern Bridge Conventions: Advanced Bidding, Defending and Playing Concepts" A modern (2009) book by
Jean J. Reaves that includes most of the modern techniques in bidding and play. For bridge players of the intermediate level, this is a well written and easily understandable presentation of all elements of bidding, playing and defending a bridge hand with a description of conventions played. As a Bronze Life Master, it was wonderful to read a bridge book that was all nuts and bolts that provided fine descriptions of various subjects. Truly a undiscovered gem in bridge books. Just great.
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