This is the 4th in the American Contract Bridge League's series of bridge books for beginning and advancing players. Successfully used for over 20 years, this edition has been updated to reflect modern theory. Lessons include the Stayman Convention, the Jacoby Transfer, Major-Suit Openings and Responses, Minor-Suit Opening Bids and Responses, the Subsequent Auction, Weak Two-Bids, and Strong 2 Club Opening.
Without doubt, competitive bidding is the most complex part of bridge, and even experienced partnerships can quickly find themselves in situations they have never discussed, and where the exact meaning of a bid or call is far from clear. Today's tournament players bid more aggressively than ever before, and it is critical to be able to bid accurately and constructively despite enemy auctions. In the modern game, dozens of possible meanings are assigned to doubles, redoubles and cuebids, while a smorgasbord of sophisticated relays and transfers offers further options to the advancing player.
In this book, one of the world's leading experts on bidding theory discusses current thinking, and recommends a coherent competitive bidding structure which will continue to be playable as the game enters its second century.
Marshall Miles has his own ideas on bidding, ideas that do not always coincide with prevailing expert opinion; in the past, however, he has often proven simply to be ahead of his time.
This text provides an exploration of the oldest - and most useful - convention in bridge, the takeout double. Originally published in 1994, this book has been revised and updated to take into account modern developments in competitive bidding, one of the most rapidly changing parts of the game, not least in the new and varied uses of doubles.
The definitive book on auctions that begin in third or fourth seat. Originally published in 1989, this book quickly became recognized as a 'must-read' for any would-be bridge expert, and has never been out of print. Now, more than 20 years later, the author has revised, updated and expanded it to take into account modern ideas in bidding. Anyone who is at all serious about improving their game needs to own a copy of this book. Kit Woolsey's introduction to the original edition: 'A major contribution to bidding theory... easy to understand and fun to read at the same time.' Mike Lawrence (TN) has Hall of Fame credentials both as a player and a writer. An original member of the Dallas Aces, he has won three world titles and eighteen national titles. Several of his books are widely regarded as classics of the game.
This volume explores the best ways to use the bidding system in modern bridge. Beginning by establishing what the bidding needs to accomplish, it goes on to discuss every type of contested auction, and recommends useful methods and agreements from which the reader can select.
Here is the first book on Contract Bridge for beginners which introduces them at once to the generally accepted Point Count method of bidding used by the experts. Written by the leading authority, the foremost teacher, and the most successful bridge player in the world, it will prove a boon to the novice and the average bridge player alike.
Thought to have been invented in the 17th century, cribbage remains one of the oldest and most popular card games for two or more players. The book is in two parts, the first introducing the game to those who have never played it before, and the second, much larger, part explaining the intricacies of the game to more experienced players and giving guidance to improve the chances of winning.
Both the original five-card game and the more modern six-card variety are described in detail, and the authors demonstrate how to gain the maximum advantage from any of the countless card combinations possible during play. Numerous examples are included to illustrate the subtleties of each stage of the game, written in easily understood tabular form and checked by computer programs.
This title gives near-beginners at bridge a chance to practice the principles on which sound declarer play is based: count your winners, count your losers, make a plan. This is not just a series of problem hands, however. Each section contains a brief introduction of its topic, and the ideas are reinforced with carefully explained solutions and helpful tips throughout.