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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Crawley (14 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304368075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304368075
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 719,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the great bridge classics. When it was originally published it was given an instant tumultuous reception throughout the world.

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Hugh Kelsey will always be remembered as one of the all-time great bridge writers and analysts. He was the author of more than 50 outstanding bridge books and was the bridge advisor and editor for the Master Bridge Series from its foundation.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Justin on 15 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
'Adventures In Cardplay' is not an easy book to review. It covers advanced (and I mean ADVANCED) declarer play techniques, including advice on elopement plays, entry shifting squeezes, 'non-material' squeezes, finesses, and dummy reversals, and contains a famous chapter on the backwash squeeze.
This book is, in no way, intended for the average bridge player to read and learn from; this book is for experts only.
That said, it is for the particular kind of expert that finds certain bridge situations aesthetically pleasing. To the right kind of reader, the hands discussed in this book are simply beautiful. No other word for it. 'Adventures In Cardplay' is for those who are beyond just pushing cards around better than others push cards around. It is for those who genuinely love the game.
Easily the strangest book on the subject of bridge that you will ever read. 0 stars for this book if what you want is practical advice on how to improve your game. 5 stars, though, if you can appreciate the beauty and elegance of bridge as well as the mechanics of it. Unique.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ENTRYSHIFT on 30 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
I couldn';t resist buying a second copy of this book for the office!

I have loved this book for a long time. No other reaches the levels that this one does in terms of cardplay at Bridge. When you think you've read everything about end plays and squeezes, mastered the simple, double, triple, criss cross, repeating, compound, clash and without the count squeezes you then find this gem that takes you onto entryshifting, backwash squeezes and more.

It is NOT an easy read and any reader should feel bright, awake and full of energy to take their steps on this great journey. Even then you may feel intimidated by the techniques you learn but you really can get excited by what you find out in this book and it shows how much the game holds for those still wishing to learn and improve.

Don't buy this for a beginner, but any experienced player of good standard will get a lot from this book. Even if it's only a sense of wonder!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jacobs on 4 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I believe this is one of the few truly great bridge books. It takes the form of a dialogue between two rather good rubber bridge players who are cruising the Med on a yacht. They reminisce about hands that occur to them by association with their journey. Although it is some way beyond advanced (truly this book takes you places you will never visit any other way) it doesn't matter, because it is not teaching anything. What it does, even if you don't understand it all (and not many of us will) is to inspire a completely different way of looking at bridge hands. It's almost as if anything is possible. You will start wondering whether that hand you played yesterday was really as straightforward as it seemed. Magic stuff.
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