Matchpoints, originally published in 1982, is one of the absolute classic bridge books. World Champion Kit Woolsey discusses every aspect of bridge -- constructive bidding, competitive bidding, declarer play, defense -- from the perspective of matchpoint expectation: how many matchpoints will I win if I am right, and how many matchpoints will I lose if I am wrong? Even veteran matchpoint players will take a lot away from Matchpoints.
This is the second edition (2015), which has updated the bidding to be consistent with a modern 2/1 game-force bidding framework.
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In The Rodwell Files, Eric Rodwell, widely regarded as one of the best bridge players in the world, has transformed his years of accumulated notes about various bridge situations into a comprehensive book on bridge.
In The Rodwell Files, Eric Rodwell gives you a rare glimpse inside the mind of one of the world's best bridge players. He allows the reader to learn his approach towards both declarer play and defense. Rodwell explains the factors he considers and how he decides on a specific line of play. Rodwell also illustrates his strategies with real-life examples from tournament play.
The wide range of topics covered in The Rodwell Files get increasingly difficult as the book progresses. He refers to these topics and situations through various creative names he devised over the year, some of which are already working their way into expert bridge players' conversations. This is one of the top bridge books in recent years, and is a must read for any aspiring player.
One of the most popular and amusing bridge books in the history of bridge is Victor Mollo’s Bridge in the Menagerie. The reader experiences exciting bridge hands while on a journey marked with many funny stories and characters. If you haven't heard of the Hideous Hog, the Rueful Rabbit, Oscar the Owl, and the rest of the clan, then Bridge in the Menagerie is a must read. The suspense builds as they face trials and tribulations and intriguing bridge hands. The new and improved and now fully illustrated Bridge in the Menagerie by cartoonist Bill Buttle and Victor Mollo is a top ten best selling bridge book due to its high praise and reader recommendations.
This bridge book was written so any bridge player can enjoy reading it over and over. Although it is not meant to be instructional, it does offer the reader some insights on how other types of bridge players think and act. The very fortuitous Rabbit, the Bird who makes sure every rule is followed, the point counting Walrus, and the Hog who hates to be dummy are a few examples of why the characterization matches different 'types' of bridge players.
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