'Life's tough being an ace.'
On everyone's list of all-time favorite bridge books is Right Through the Pack by Robert Darvas and Norman Hart. Published just after the end of World War II, the book presents 52 tales using exquisite deals, one for each of the cards in the deck. Now, decades later, Julian Pottage has collected 104 deals - two for each card in the pack. He presents each story through the eyes of the cards, paying homage to Darvas and Hart. Keeping the intermediate bridge player in mind, Pottage takes extra care to have the cards educate while entertaining the reader.
"The deals are excellent and the setting pleasantly reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland." - David Bird
More than just a book of great hands (there are, of course, lots of great hands), Battling the Best features Sartaj's distinctive take on high-level bridge: the ups and downs of playing in the ACBL's toughest event, the psychology of great performance at bridge. Many hands are the type not featured in books – the in-the-trenches battles for overtricks in mundane partscore contracts that are the heart and soul of BAM bridge.
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Adam Parrish's entertaining and educational book, Bridge at the Cranmer Club, tells the story of a night at the local bridge club. Up-and-comer Aaron is playing with Tony, one of the top players in the club. The colorful characters who come to their table each round are perhaps even more interesting than the hands they play.
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Why aren't you an expert bridge player? What makes a bridge expert, and why does he or she always come out on top compared to the average club player? No, it's not the ability to execute esoteric squeezes and endplays — they simply don't come up enough to account for the way the experts consistently win against weaker opposition. It's much more basic than that. This book contains a collection of deals that illustrate the difference between the expert player and the would-be expert. These illustrate the kinds of decisions that will come up in every club game, situations in bidding, play and defense where the amateur will often go wrong, but the expert never will. A study of the concepts in this book will take the reader a long way from amateur status towards actually becoming an expert player.
In Bridge, Zia... and Me, Michael Rosenberg discusses his storied bridge career, from his humble beginnings in Scotland to his rise to the top of the bridge world. For many years Rosenberg partnered the colorful Zia Mahmood. Rosenberg allows the reader to see the true interactions between them, how the partnership was formed, and the colorful stories that ensued. Rosenberg, also analyzes his favorite bridge hands intertwined with many funny anecdotes.
Rosenberg is well-known as one of the most ethical players and actively tries to improve the ethics of the game. He also touches on this important topic in his bridge book as well.
In 2003, Julian Pottage’s ‘Play or Defend?’ was the IBPA Book of the Year. An unusual problem format, it gave the reader all four hands and challenged them to analyze the deal and decide whether they wanted to play or defend.
This sequel comprises 72 problems, presented in the same unique fashion, and will appeal to the same readership.
Victor Mollo’s classic, Bridge in the Menagerie, is on any list of the all-time top ten bridge books. Mollo continued to write stories in magazines about the same well-loved characters (the Hideous Hog, the Rueful Rabbit, Oscar the Owl, and the rest). However, if you weren’t a subscriber to the particular magazine, you missed them.
Diamonds are a Hog's Best Friend is the second collection of these lost Menagerie gems, collected for the first time in book form (following the 2011 release of The Hog Takes to Precision). Victor Mollo is everyone’s favorite bridge humorist, and a genuinely new book from him will be greeted as something to be treasured. Illustrations by bridge cartoonist Bill Buttle add to the fun.
Sparkling Card Play Awaits...
This book takes the reader further along the path traversed by the acclaimed "Card by Card". The author presents intriguing problems in declarer play and defense and follows them with comprehensive analysis, given with a light touch and the occasional entertaining diversion.
I think it is fair to say there will be something here for everyone interested in card play, for those who wish to improve as well as those who wish only to enjoy.
— Sami Kehela
The inimitable Professor Gaston Gitane-Gauloise demonstrates his unique Inverted Bridge Teaching Method, showing you by example what not to do in Bridge, thereby allowing you to improve your game by avoiding the commonplace (and some not-so-commonplace) errors to which all are prone. In his humble and self-deprecating manner Professor GG-G wheezes his way into your bridge acumen, and improves it.
ARE YOU A LUCKY PLAYER?
It is no coincidence that the best players are lucky players. You can become a "better" player by improving your bidding system with your partner and by improving your play technique, however this will not make you a lucky player.
HOW CAN YOU BECOME A LUCKY PLAYER ANd A WINNER?
In this book, illustrated with hands from actual play, the author demonstrates ways to become a lucky player. Lucky players evaluate their trick winning potential to recognize and grab opportunities, maximizing their score over all likely distributions of the cards.
Multiple time World Champion Sabine Auken has an impressive bridge resume, including becoming one of only a handful of women to win the prestigious Vanderbilt Trophy. And she did it 4-handed! In her book I Love This Game, Auken takes the reader on a thrilling ride as her team storms back from a 47 IMP deficit in the final segment of the Venice Cup Final. Auken extracts important topics that were decisive on each of the final 16 boards and uses those hands as a starting point for discussion and advice. She talks about the importance of detailed partnership agreements, discusses her own methods with partner Daniela von Arnim, team chemistry, and even how to dress for success.
My Favorite 52 by Larry Cohen provides a nicely balanced mix of entertainment and bridge lessons. Many players even say that this bridge book is one of their favorites. The very accomplished American bridge player, lecturer, teacher, and writer, Larry Cohen, takes you through the technical aspects as well as his decision process at key moments on over 50 hands. The writing style is aimed at having the reader contemplate what decision to make at the critical moments. After the reader interacts with the bidding and play problems, Cohen then provides his view on the situation. This instructional style is a great way for players to learn the thought process of an expert after they themselves have had a chance to think through each aspect of the deal. This is a book that is often reread by players because of the technical analysis which can really help your thought process when playing bridge especially at an intermediate to advanced level. My Favorite 52 should be read by all serious bridge players.
My Favorite 52 software by Larry Cohen is one of the most popular software programs for learning how to play better bridge. As a professional for decades, Larry Cohen presents an interactive course on his favorite 52 hands that is both entertaining and educational. Each hand is guided in a way that allows you to choose your play at various challenging moments during the bidding and play. Since most of the bidding and play problems contain advanced concepts, the software is geared more towards intermediate or advanced players who already have a fundamental knowledge of basic bidding and conventions. During each decision, Larry Cohen offers clear and detailed analysis teaching the mindset and thought process of one of the best American bridge players of the past twenty years. The focus is on learning as you go with interactive quizzes and over the shoulder explanations of every decision. Larry Cohen's teaching system based on real life bidding and play situations has become widely popular among bridge players, and this software program is no exception.
What is it like to play with Zia? What makes Rodwell-Meckstroth the best pair in the world? Why are the Polish experts everyone's least favorite opponents? The answers to these and many other bridge questions can be found in these pages. Since winning the 1976 Sunday Times Pairs in his early twenties with an even younger Michael Rosenberg, Barnet Shenkin has had the chance to play with and against most of the world's best players. Indeed, he knows most of them personally, and few bridge writers can match his insights into their successes. By recounting his own bridge career to date, with tales of triumph and disaster from world championships to big-money rubber bridge, the author puts you at the table with the greatest players of our time, and lets you find out exactly how it feels to play with the bridge legends.
Shadow in the Bridge World is a collection of thirteen short stories of actual hands from the author and his anonymous shadowy friend and bridge expert, "Alan". The games are from a Hawaiian cruise, local bridge clubs, a private jet, a train, and other locales. The book has been highly praised by such bridge luminaries as Eric Kokish, Fred Gitelman, Mike Passell, Zia, Rhoda Walsh and many others. For the reviews and some excerpts see: http://www.mikedornwiss.com/bridge-stuff/book
Just about every bridge player over forty has read Victor Mollo’s Bridge in the Menagerie, a book that is on any list of the all-time top ten on the game. Towards the end of his life, Mollo continued to write stories about the same well-loved characters (the Hideous Hog, the Rueful Rabbit, Oscar the Owl, and the rest), but they appeared in various magazines around the world, and if you weren’t a subscriber, you didn’t get to read them.
This is the third MPP anthology of these lost Menagerie gems, collected for the first time in book form (following The Hog Takes to Precision in 2011 and Diamonds are the Hog’s Best Friend in 2013). Victor Mollo is everyone’s favorite bridge humorist, and a genuinely new book from him will be greeted as something to be treasured.
Illustrations by bridge cartoonist Bill Buttle add to the fun.
The Bridge Bum is on everybody's list of the top ten bridge books ever written, and it's not hard to see why. It has everything, history, stories about the great players, Sontag's own fascinating hands, cheating, hustling, gambling and the glamor and grind of the bridge professional's life, and most of all the game itself, which Alan Sontag describes with such vigor and eloquence that it's easy to understand why he loves it so much. This new edition brings back to life a classic that has been out of print for twenty years. It's revised and updated with new stories, new insights and perspectives, and the drama of Sontag's first world title win over the Italians in one of the closest matches of all time.
A fascinating collection of the 'best of the best', selected by one of the world's top bridge writers. Taken from nearly a hundred years of bridge history, these deals will provide any bridge player with hours of fascinating reading. Each of them has its own unique point of interest, sometimes deriving from a brilliant maneuver in the play or bidding, sometimes from the circumstances surrounding the deal or its consequences. Some of these deals decided a world title, some were important only to those who took part, and at least one ended a partnership... A great gift for a bridge player.
Bobby Wolff has been there and seen it all, and here he describes his own life and career in bridge with honesty and emotion. As a multiple world champion, and former president of both the ACBL and the World Bridge Federation, no one is better placed to discuss the big issues that face the game of bridge today. He can talk authoritatively about players cheating at the top levels of the game, destructive bidding systems, sponsorship, professional players, and all the other big issues that others are afraid to talk about. As always, he is prepared to tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may.
This book introduces a new type of bridge problem: an analytical challenge. In every case, the reader is given all four hands, and asked whether the contract should make or go down with perfect play and defence. And every time, there are hidden depths, where every move by declarer could be met by a counter-move from the defence, until finally one side or the other comes out on top.
S.J. Simon’s classic Why You Lose at Bridge, dispensing advice to the improving player through archetypical bridge characters such as Futile Willie, the Unlucky Expert, and Mrs. Guggenheim, is regarded as one of the best books ever written on the game.
In this follow-up book, Julian Pottage uses the same approach to discuss common failings of modern club players – misdescribing your shape, overvaluing your hand, bidding the wrong slam, playing a flawed system, giving the wrong signal, making losing leads, and many more.
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