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Bridge Basics Book Cover
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This book, originally written to introduce retired seniors to the game of friendly bridge, covers the requisite topics about the game. It defines the terms used in bridge, describes the game from start to finish, shows how to evaluate a bridge hand, explains the rudiments of bidding as well as techniques for good playing and how to score the game.

Concepts from the simple to the complex are discussed with detailed examples to illustrate them. Specific points are bulletized or placed in text boxes for clarity. Bidding options are illustrated by tables that show the range of high-card point (HCP) count for each bid. Response options are described with the use of decision trees, in the form of tables, to cover all possibilities. A scoring table is included in the Appendix to eliminate arithmetic in scoring and a sample scoring sheet is provided which can be photocopied for each play. Lastly, all figures are in color to have greater graphic quality.

Unlike the usual beginner’s book, this book attempts to elevate the sophistication of play for the beginner beyond the truly basic instruction. It describes the most used bridge conventions. It covers special bids used by more advanced players, such as weak and strong bids, Convenient Minor, Takeout Double and others. It devotes an entire chapter on basic strategies for offense, defense, and playing while another chapter presents the authors’ recommended guide for bidding and responding which chooses among the existing conventions a set to adopt that eliminates confusion.

The book tests and reinforces the understanding of the concepts described in each chapter. At the end of most chapters, a set of test questions draws out the most important points that the reader should have learned from the chapter. Detailed answers to these questions are given at the back of the book. To cap the learning process, the last chapter provides two sample deals which are described from start to finish – from hand valuation, bidding, responding, mapping out the play strategy, trick playing, and finally scoring – that guides the reader through an entire bridge game.

Throughout, the book continually hammers in the goals of bidding in bridge – to determine the partnership’s total HCP, where the partnership has a suit match, and where the highest level of bid ends.

Illustrative Deals in Bridge Book Cover
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This book complements our previous book, Bridge Basics, to illustrate representative deals that highlight the application of rules and conventions in bidding, responding, and playing that were described in the first book. The last section offers additional practice deals for which the reader can envision how the bidding and play strategy proceeds. At the back of the book, the authors describe how they would approach each of these practice deals.

The illustrative deals contained in this book consist of:

  1. One-level opening bid
  2. 1 NT Opening bid
  3. Strong Opening bids – 2NT and 2♣
  4. Weak opening bids – Weak-2 and Weak-3 bids
  5. Takeout Double
  6. Slam bidding – Small Slam and Grand Slam

For each given deal, the four hands of the deal are shown, a bidding table describes the bids and responses and why they are made as such. In some cases, there may be more than one way by which the bidding may evolve. After a player wins the bid, a trick table describes the first lead and cards played in sequence, following the guidelines for playing discussed in the first
book. The most important part then describes the declarer’s strategy in mapping out his
proposed play to meet his contract as well as the defenders’ strategy to defeat the contract.

The book aims to guide the reader throughout the bridge game from bidding and trick playing to scoring for a spectrum of hand strengths and shapes that define the landscape of bridge, some of which are so rare that they are seldom encountered in a typical game.