* Opening bids, suit bids, response and no trump bids, and how to force bids
* Competition and the reasons and ways behind it
* Big hand bidding such as Blackwood Convention, grand slam force and Gerber Convention
* Patterns of play including how tricks are won, the finesse, establishing a long suit, when to pull and delay trumps and entries.
* Defensive and advanced play -- plus much more
William S. Root, winner of many national bridge championships, premier bridge teacher, author of classic bridge books, and recently elected to the Bridge Hall of Fame, is one of America's foremost bridge personalities.As a player, Bill Root has won all three of the most important American trophies (the Vanderbilt, the Spingold, and the Reisinger) a total of thirteen times. He has represented the United States in the Bridge Olympiad; in the Bermuda Bowl; and on exhibition tours to South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. He is rated a World Master by the World Bridge Federation. As a bridge teacher, Bill is considered to be one of the best of all time and has helped tens of thousands to enjoy the world's most popular card game. He has been the director for the National Intercollegiate Bridge Tournament and has served as Card Games Authority for the Association of American Playing Card Manufacturers, making him the modern-day Hoyle for the 120 million card players in America. His many best-selling bridge books include Commonsense Bidding, How to Play a Bridge Hand, and How to Defend a Bridge Hand (all of which won the Book of the Year title awarded by the American Bridge Teachers' Association.) He also coauthored the popular Modern Bridge Conventions with Richard Pavlicek.
There are many books and articles about how to improve your play, but there are few that focus on being a better partner, having fun and playing bridge the right way. In this book, there is plenty of technical advice. But more important, this book examines the best ways to participate joyfully in the world's greatest game. In this time of various scandals at the highest levels of bridge, these topics need to be promoted more often. Besides, there are thousands of players around the world who have limited awareness that they are making unethical bids, plays or hesitations, or taking advantage of partner's actions. Although you might have come across some of these tips in various books and magazine articles, this book is unique by focusing more on having a pleasant time playing and making your table a welcome and pleasant place to be. What's more important than being a positive role model for everyone around you, getting along with others, and having a good time? You can choose which principles apply to you and your game. Much of what is appropriate for you to improve depends on your personality and how much work you want to put into being a better player, but frequently stressed throughout the book is that you can always be a role model for others. By reading this book and sharing with your partners and friends, we'll all be doing a little more to make the bridge world a friendlier and better environment. Randy's been playing bridge now for about 50 years and worn all hats: expert, author, publisher, editor, columnist, teacher, politician, director, bridge club owner, and lately travel planner. He founded and spent 35 years as president of the world's largest bridge supplier, Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies. The intention of this book is to present a kind of Reader's Digest of essays and tips that can elevate your enjoyment and help you play with impeccable ethics. In Volume 1, Randy gives invaluable advice including: - Useful habits to learn - How to improve your bidding system - Which conventions to play
This books contains articles adapted into book form that have been designed for all levels of player: by starting with the basics on the topic and gradually filling in details up to expert level, I hope to frame the issues in a way all can understand and also raise issues for a partnership to discuss. Eric Rodwell selected 9 excellent topics for this first book that will have wide appeal, including two about conventions he invented: Support Doubles, and Serious 3NT. Topics cover some very important areas of constructive bidding, competitive bidding, and slam bidding. The techniques in this book are sustainable and can be incorporated into any bidding system. Learn from the best and see instant improvement in your results at the bridge table.
Starts at the beginning, introducing the mechanics of the games. It covers bidding, play and defense.
Bridge is the most popular card game in the world--and, as any player will tell you, is simply the best card game ever. Whether you're new to the game or a long-time player looking for new tricks, this new edition of Bridge For Dummies walks you through the intricacies of the game and arms you with tried-and-true tips and strategies for being a better player and beating your opponents from the very first draw.
Covering not only traditional contract bridge, but other popular variations of the game--including ACOL, Rubber, and Duplicate Bridge--this hands-on, friendly guide takes the guesswork out of this beloved game and arms you with the knowledge and know-how to make your game mates your minions. From knowing when and how high to bid to bringing home the tricks when you end up in a trump contract, it'll take your bridge skills to the next level in no time
- Strategize with your bridge partner
- Confidently play bridge in clubs and tournaments
- Use basic and advanced bidding techniques
- Find bridge clubs and tournaments all over the world
Are you ready to trump the competition? Success is a page away with the help of Bridge For Dummies.
SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS WHIST is one of the original Classics, predating the card games of Bridge, Pinochle, Spades, Poker, and Hearts - to name a few. The last 50 years have seen the resurgence of many variations of Whist - especially the Bid version with the use of Jokers The popularity of the Internet, dedicated APP Sites, and the growth of "live" tournaments, have helped to promote Whist. Joe Andrews, the author of The Complete Win at Hearts, Spades, and Euchre books, introduces players of all abilities to Whist. There is a focus on strategy and technique. The use of illustrative, instructional hands and quizzes, will help to improve your skill level. You will learn to master: . Analysis of the hand . Bidding . Play of the hand . Defensive strategy . Working with your partner . Trump and No Trump skills In addition, you will find: . The complete history of Whist . Joker / Kitty and Straight Whist variations . A full glossary of terms and definitions . Chapters devoted to Whist organizations . Official Rules for "live" tournaments This book will help you to get the most out of Whist
Neither for beginners nor for experts but for the 90 percent of players in between, How to Play a Bridge Hand includes more than 300 of bridge master William Root's favorite hands. Hailed by the American Bridge Teachers' Association as the "Book of the Year." Line drawings.