Mark Horton and Eric Rodwell
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.
Mark Horton and Sabine Auken
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.
When the going gets tough... "You never really beat Murray and Kehela - you were just temporarily ahead of them." - Bob Hamman, many times world champion Eric Murray and Sami Kehela, despite very different personalities, were the most successful bridge pair Canada has ever produced. There were times when they were considered the best pair in the world. The closer and harder the match the tougher they became. And they never gave up. This book, for the first time, tells the story of more than 30 years of triumphs, near-triumphs, and might-have-beens. This was bridge in a different era, an era when Canadians had to beat out the top U.S. players in grueling North American pairs trials. Perhaps the bidding was less sophisticated than it is today, but as the deals in this book will confirm, the standard of card play was every bit as good.
The endplay is an aspect of declarer play at bridge that many players think is beyond them. Yet while endplays can be extremely complex, the basic principles are not. Five years ago, David Bird wrote Bridge Squeezes for Everyone, a book about an even more complex topic that has become a modern classic. Using the same straightforward, conversational style and helpful recaps and quizzes that characterized the earlier book, this new book will take endplays from intimidating to understandable for many readers who have been afraid to attempt to learn them.
Selecting the best line of play in a bridge hand as declarer is not easy. Most novices know something about basic odds and percentages, and can often find a line that offers a reasonable chance of success. However, the expert will skilfully combine options, so as to take advantage of more than chance. Rather than putting all his eggs in one basket, he will 'stay alive', squeezing out every extra chance. In this book of intermediate problems, Kantar shows the reader how to do this -- there is always a line of play that will allow you take all your chances, and bring home your contract.
Linda Lee, Julian Pottage, and Clyde E. Love
This book was first published in 1959, and quickly became one of the classics of the game. Generations of bridge players have learned the fundamentals of squeeze play from Love. The original version has been out of print for some time, however, and it is now being republished in its first revision in 50 years. In its new modernized form, the concepts and terminology are much more accessible, and the book includes a number of squeeze concepts that have been discovered since the first publication. Don't forget to add the Bridge Squeezes Complete - Practice Hands free download to your shopping cart.
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.
Linda Lee and Larry Cohen
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.
Did you always think squeezes were too difficult? Or perhaps you know the basics but now you want to learn about more complex and advanced squeeze positions? If you fit either of these categories, or even if you just want to improve your understanding of an important aspect of declarer play, this book is for you.
Match your bidding skill against the world's top pairs! So you think you can bid like an expert? Here's your chance to prove it! Try bidding the hands in this book with your favorite partner, and then compare your results with those from the prestigious international pairs tournaments where they were first played. Scoring is IMP Pairs, and is based on the actual datums recorded in each tournament. Afterwards (or instead if you prefer) you get to read Larry Cohen's wry comments on how each of the hands should be bid, and where he and the other experts went wrong (which they frequently did!).