"Slam Bidding Made Easier: How to Bid Good Slams and Avoid Bad Ones by Marty Bergen is guaranteed to do wonders for your bridge game, showing you the right way to size up your hand and get to good slams that other players won't get to. One of the most popular bridge authors of our time, Marty Bergen, Mr. POINTS SCHMOINTS, explains:
· The wrong time to bid 4NT, and the right time to bid 4NT
· Conventions worth playing, and others you must avoid
· The one thing you must know about slam bidding
· How to get to good slams with less than 30 HCP
· The best way to proceed after bidding Jacoby 2NT
· Voids and Blackwood: there is an answer
· How to know what your hand is really worth
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Better Slam Bidding
"Better Slam Bidding with Bergen" is
the companion workbook to
'Slam Bidding Made Easier'.
What every player must know to reach good slams. Many helpful checklists are included to help solidify your partnership. In addition, you will learn:
· The only sure-fire way to improve your slam bidding.
· Which agreements are essential for all RKC players.
· How to evaluate your hand the way the experts do.
· An invaluable convention to add to your repertoire.
· What every partnership needs to know about Splinter Bids.
· And much, much more!
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"Innovative Slam Bidding" by Irwin S. Landow teaches you new (2009) techniques to find slams including four new slam conventions. Computer analysis was used to develop these conventions together with the best 2 Club opening, responses and continuations. The book is fully illustrated with many practice examples and will help you find more slams and win more tournaments.
How to Play (and mis-play) Slam Contracts
So you've arrived in a slam contract (possibly with the aid of one of the above books). The question now is, how do you play it. In "How to Play (and Misplay) Slam Contracts" Fred Karpin takes you through the logical steps to make your slam contract and how to avoid the pitfalls.
This book features the biggest, most exciting moments in contract bridge - and how they were handled by experts such as Oswald Jacoby, Marshall Miles, Charles J. Solomon, Alphonse Moyse, Jr., Helen Sobel, Barbara Tepper, Alfred Sheinwold and many others.
"Bridge Play from A to Z" by George Sturgis Coffin is a reprint of a classic in which each letter of the alphabet is represented by appropriate hands. The book contains deals and material not found elsewhere, and G.Coffin is a master of endplays! This is definitely one of the best books on play and is aimed at the intermediate - advanced player.
This is a better and more comprehensive book on play of the cards than most others, covering perfect plays and match point ways, double dummy bridge and endplays. If you get a chance, pick up anything by George S.Coffin.
"The Setting Trick" by Australian expert Ian McCance is a book of problems in defensive cardplay. The deals are selected from real events, providing the reader the unique experience of being up against a declarer who will not always play perfectly.
And that means that for once in a problem book, you're not up against a declarer who will always play perfectly. Indeed, sometimes the point of the problem is to take advantage of the opportunity that a slip by declarer has given you.
As implied by the title, the book's emphasis throughout is on defeating the contract.
The last two decades have brought a great advance in the standard of card-play, both at club and tournament level. Although many players feel confident in their ability to deal with the routine problems they may encounter at the bridge table, there are still certain areas that can be classified as 'blind spots' - areas in which only the expert can be expected to make the right move at the right time. In addressing these particular areas, the authors of "Miracles of Card Play" and "Unholy Tricks" pass on their experience of professional competitive play. In "Bridge: Tricks of the Trade" by David Bird and Terence Reese includes useful information and tips on strategy which aims to show the average player how to play declarer and defensive hands the expert way.
Becker on Bridge
"Becker on Bridge" by B. Jay Becker is a compendium of advice for the improving player from one of North America's best-known bridge teachers and writers. Each tip is quite sizeable, 3-4 pages in length, but the reader can dip in briefly and still take away an important idea. As well as the usual sections on bidding, play and defense, the author includes much advice on the psychological aspects of the game, including how to be a good partner. The book contains over 80 bridge hands personally selected by B. Jay Becker that each demonstate a crucial point of winning bridge. Covering defense and play, these hands will aid the bridge player in making the right descisions.
“Duplicate Bridges” by Esther Cleveland is a book with special meanings for duplicate bridge players. In the game as in life, you have real bridges to cross and can relate to their challenges. Bridges are made for people to get from one place to another, usually to avoid dangerous terrain. Some are visibly safe and others are questionable - Having a warning sign on them. Some are uncharted and you don't know what to expect, but someone on the other side is urging you to cross. The main decision is whether to trust that other person. Promises may be great, but should I take the chance? Find out about her adventures and decisions in Duplicate Bridges.
"The Official Book of Contract Bridge" is a 1944 classic.
Ely Culbertson was the foremost authority on bridge, one of the most important people in the development of the modern game. From the author,'It is short enough to be read through. It is simple enough for the average player. It is complete enough for the advanced player'.
"Bridge Player's Companion" by Ronnie Sellers Publications is a pocket-sized hardcover journal is designed for the game of Bridge enthusiast. It has 180 lined pages divided by 6 colorful, subject-specific tabs; Games, Players, Scores, Web Sites, Strategies and Resources. Each companion also features a nameplate and clear, zippered pocket for easy storage of related items.
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"Bridge Conventions, Finesses and Coups" by Terence Reese includes every named convention that was permitted in ACBL (1970) tournaments plus every variety of finesse, endplay and tactical maneuver. The conventions may be a bit dated, but Reese's writings on play are the best there are.
"Goren Point Counter" is a 1960 classic, so 'latest' refers to 1960:
Bird's-eye view of the latest Goren Point Counter plus a quick reference summary covering Leads and Play of the Cards, especially arranged to facilitate the solution of the many problems that occur at the bridge table. It contains all of Charles Goren's latest changes.
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"Winning Tricks: A Bridge Book for the Average Player" by John Brown.
'This is a very readable book covering a wide range, and the average player who is prepared to profit fron the lessons taught will find that his bridge has become a much more consistently successful game' (The Times).
'The subject matter is first rate throughout and the hands form about the most interesting and constructive that I have ever seen' (S. J. Simon - The Observer)
"Winning Defence" is a similar John Brown book.
"Brilliancies and Blunders in the European Bridge Championship" by Terence Reese describes many of the important and humerous momemts at the 1991 championships, Killarney, Ireland. This book was written from day to day as the tournament progressed. Not a word has been altered or added in light of subsequent events. Interesting hands and reading.
Back in the early sixties, The Card School, run by Edgar Kaplan, Jim Becker and others published a bridge book written in concise form to answer bridge questions that commonly arose. Jim Becker updated the book in the early eighties, rewriting many of the chapters and modernizing the text. The Beverly Card School has recently re-published their newest edition of the "Biggest Little Book" and produced three more books in the series.
Vol 1 - General bridge.
The Biggest Little Bridge Book in the World. 2003 Edition. A stand alone text covering all aspects of bidding and play. Text revised to include modern bidding styles.
Play and Defence in Suit Contracts
Vol 2 - Play and Defence in Suit Contracts.
It provides, in very concise form, most of the answers to your questions as you advance in your knowledge of the game. The mastery of the fundamentals is, and continues to be, of first rate importance for all bridge players. The book includes: Importance of Trick One, Counting Losers, Trumping Losers in Dummy, The Double Finesse, Eight Ever Nine Never, Percentages, Scoring, Chicago Scoring and much more.
Play and Defence in No Trump Contracts
Vol 3 - Play and Defence in No Trump Contracts
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Everyday Bridge Conventions
Vol 4 - Conventions and bidding
Explains basic conventions in modern bridge bidding, including: Stayman, Jacoby Transfer, Texas Transfers, Gerber, Limit Raises, Strong Two Club Openings, Reverses, Landy, Brozel, Capelletti, DONT, Michael's Cue Bid, and many more.
"Bridge: The Elements of Play" by C. G. H. Fox is a
book for the beginner and average player. Divided into three part, Part 1 deals with the basic principles, Part 2 is concerned with the play of the hand in No Trumps, and Part 3 with the play in suit contracts. The reader is shown how to plan the play, and how to recognize standard situations.
"Bridge: The Elements of Defence" by G. C. H. Fox takes the reader from first principles to advanced techniques. This book shows how defense can become both successful and a pleasure. The first part deals with the fundamentals of defense and gradually more sophisticated subjects, such as Trump Promotion, the Suit Preference Signal, False Carding, and Timing are introduced. The aim is to explain how an apparently impregnable contract can often be defeated by tactics which need not be confined to the expert.
Elements of Play
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