Now bridge players who enjoy crosswords can combine their favorite pastimes! For this book, New York Times and Los Angeles Times crossword constructor Jeff Chen has designed 52 brand-new crosswords with bridge-themed clues and solutions, providing hours of challenge and fun. The puzzles in this book range from Easy (N.Y. Times Monday level) to Challenging (N.Y. Times Thursday level).
Welcome to Wonderland In this bridge novel, Friday, a bridge professional, inherits Zelda, an enigmatic student, from another professional. Although warned about her lack of ability, he nonetheless chooses to accept the challenge of helping her to become a life master. Marvel at Zelda’s inventiveness, follow her development at Friday’s guiding hand, but most of all, enjoy their wacky adventures. This is a treat you cannot afford to miss.
The Bridge Movements Encyclopedia
Duplicate Bridge Schedules, History and Mathematics is an essential book for tournament directors as well as bridge players curious about the history of the game of duplicate bridge. This comprehensive volume supplies you with all the movements ever thought of and many hundreds of new ones. Included for each movement are the variations, modifications, origins, authors and history of its development. Each movement is then assessed for its measure of quality, called calibre.
The author presents a brand new event type, the Scissor movement -— run like any Howell movement. In this type of event the players play as pairs as usual, but also have their teammates as another pair, never meeting each other. This allows the event to be scored both as teams and pairs, producing a winning team and a winning pair.
Duplicate bridge players will find the history of their favorite game most intriguing. The book delves into the lives of well-known figures such as John T. Mitchell and Edwin C. Howell. When did they live, what did they contribute to bridge, and what were the politics of their time? In addition, many lesser-known historical figures are examined for their contributions to the development of duplicate movements.
For the mathematically inclined there are plenty of interesting oddities. The mathematics of balance of movements, giving the measure of quality, is thoroughly discussed. The controversial debate over movement quality, along with its history, is presented through the ideas and opinions of players and mathematicians.
Nobody wants to lose at contract bridge. This book will show you how to win.
Whether you're an advanced beginner, an intermediate or an advanced player, this valuable book can help you win more frequently and gain greater personal satisfaction from contract bridge. This is a book on the play of hands, full of wise counsel; it will entertain experts and help them teach others.
The best way to count — side suits as well as trumps.
How to draw inferences from your opponents' bids and plays.
Opening leads — and traps.
Placing the cards; playing the cards.
The secrets of improving communication with your partner.
"Anyone who hasn’t improved his bridge play after reading this book isn’t really trying." -Jim Jacoby
"A delight." -Charles Goren
"Kantar teaches, Stanley learns, and the reader has a ball." -Oswald Jacoby
"An amusing way to learn better card play." -Edgar Kaplan
In this book, Ken Rexford introduces the strong club relay system with canapé bidding that he played successfully for years. His approach is novel, but it is also one that is easy to learn and play. Most importantly, the entire system fits within the ACBL General Convention Chart. As with his first book, Cuebidding At Bridge, Ken Rexford spends much time explaining the theory and thinking behind canapé sequences, so that the reader will understand the approach rather than simply memorizing a list of conventions. The author also includes a basic scheme for converting your system from Precision to Canapé, or even from Standard all the way to Canapé, all in easy steps. For those who are intrigued but intimidated by Canapé, this extra material should help to ease the transition.
Two bids are better than one Ken Rexford's first book, Cuebidding at Bridge: A Modern Approach, took on the topic of Italian cuebidding, primarily in the context of a 2/1 Game Force system. However, he noticeably skipped the topic of cuebidding after a strong 2♣ opening. With this new book, we now know the reason, and his answer to the Big Problem. This book describes an exciting new approach, using TWO strong openings (2♣ and 2♦) to define PATTERN, in such a way that you can actually describe both opener's and responder's hands effectively, and even cuebid intelligently. In many ways, this approach is even better than Precision! Could you imagine agreeing spades at the two-level after a normal 2♣ opening? How about having no problems with 4-4-4-1 hands, or hands with both minors? Ken Rexford's method lets you do that and much more, allowing you to use cuebidding, relays and pattern bidding on strong hands as effectively as Precision players, but in the context of what is essentially a normal 2/1 GF or Standard system.
You thought bridge was going to be eternally glorious, didn't you? Suddenly, out of the blue, you're going crazy! Confusion reigns supreme. Every partner is an expert with a barrage of new conventions. You are beset on every side with questions you fear to ask. Secrets Your Bridge Friends Never Tell You 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.
Bridge partnerships can be fun. We all know that. Of course, they can also be difficult, maddening, disappointing, and frustrating. We all know that, too. But when the players of these partnerships are also spouses?well that's when things can get downright tricky?and only some of us know that.
In this book, Kathleen Vishner shares with you the highs and lows of learning duplicate bridge while partnering with her ever-patient husband, Andy. Follow his attempts to teach her the game himself (not a good idea) and share the emotion that somehow escaped his notice when Kathy played her very first game.
Come on along and experience again for yourself the initial shock of a penalty double or the bewilderment at the sheer number of rules that can be unwittingly broken. Peek behind the scenes to see the workings of some fabulous bridge clubs, and get the inside scoop on what directors really think of "slow play."
And for you teachers out there?helpful "Hints" throughout the book will remind you of the beginner's mindset and suggest techniques to help students learn and become more comfortable with the game. Many illustrative bridge hands pinpoint typical areas of confusion and explain the reasoning behind the many misunderstandings of a less experienced player.
This book tells a delightful story, always punctuated with humor, and one that can be appreciated by bridge players of all experience levels. So take off your shoes, put up your feet, and enjoy the read.
Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen
Want to begin teaching bridge, but aren't sure where to start? This comprehensive and easy-to-follow teacher's manual was designed by the authors of We Love the Majors, Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen, to compliment their reader-friendly beginner's book. The teacher's guide contains six complete, detailed lesson plans, including hand diagrams, that teachers can easily customize to suit their students' levels of 'interest and experience'. This guide puts all the information you need to share your love of bridge right at your fingertips!
If you want to see the world without paying a King's ransom, turn your passion for bridge into teaching on cruise ships. Learn how to break into this wonderful world by following the advice in this little book. It covers everything from how to find an agent and making a lesson plan to packing the right clothes.
A must-read for any bridge teacher who wants to teach on cruise ships. Barbara Seagram, author and ABTA Master Teacher I wish I had read this book before I began teaching on cruise ships. It would have answered all my questions. Brenda Montague, ABTA Master Teacher I know how important it is to have a strong Bridge Lecturer on board. Rosemary was the best I ever worked with during my 16 years at sea, so it's great that she is now sharing her success in this excellent book. Alastair Greener (former Cunard Entertainment Director)
Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen
Want to learn to play bridge? Let Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen get you started. You won't find a clearer, simpler presentation of the basic guidelines. Plus, the authors tell you all about their winning bridge strategy: bid a major whenever you can! Unlike many beginner books, We Love the Majors doesn't oversimplify the game for ease of consumption. This is an honest presentation of the modern game complexities and all but expressed in terms everyone can understand and apply. Want to teach beginning bridge? You couldn't ask for a better student text. Students and teachers will find hundreds of examples, homework to test student knowledge and practice deals to play. The book includes an introduction to Stayman, transfers, and modern guidelines for competitive bidding. When looking for the right bid, We Love the Majors! Bridge teachers may also be interested in purchasing the Teacher's Manual for We Love The Majors.
You began by learning to count points, but that only got you so far. Then, someone introduced you to a new idea, Losing Trick Count. Better in theory, sure. But how do you use it? A response shows at least 6 high-card points, but how many losers? How many of these mysterious 'cover cards'? What's the range? Plus, something just seems wrong with the whole thing! How can A 3 2 be just as good as Q 3 2? That cannot be right! Counting Goren high-card points is much easier, and is a very reasonable gauge for bidding square hands. When things start to get distributional, however, you know that you need a better way to evaluate your hand. The concept of winners, losers, and cover cards really seems to be the right path, allowing you to escape from counting points into the world of counting TRICKS! In Winners, Losers and Cover Cards, Ken Eichenbaum reveals not only the secrets an expert would use to better evaluate the real power (or weakness) of your hand, but also how to use this knowledge to your advantage in a myriad number of ways. The author explains a fresh take on popular conventions and treatments, within the context of real auctions facing you at the table, and introduces novel methods, allowing you to maximize the benefit of your new understanding.
David Bird and Taf Anthias
COMPUTER ANALYSIS OF OPENING LEADS
Winning Notrump Leads was a ground-breaking and very well-received book that
used the power of computers to determine which opening leads work best
against a variety of auctions at notrump. Using enhanced software, the
authors now turn their attention to suit contracts. They generate millions
of random deals, retaining those that match the chosen auction, for example
1S-2S-4S. By playing these deals automatically against each of the 13
possible opening leads from a given hand, they are able to discover which
lead is most likely to beat the contract (also the best lead at matchpoint
pairs). The authors provide insightful commentary to each result, answering
timeless questions such as:
* When should I lead a trump?
* When is a doubleton a good opening lead?
* Should I lead differently against a partscore?
* Should I make an aggressive or a passive lead?
* Should I lead an ace against a small slam?
* Which leads work best against a grand slam?
By using the number-crunching computer power available nowadays, there is no
longer any need to rely on general opening-lead guidelines passed down by
our ancestors. We think you will be surprised by many of the discoveries
made during this investigation!