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Paul Mendelson
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29 Jan 2009
Learn how to play bridge with this simple step-by-step guide. While good bridge classes are, of course, of great value, this book is itself the complete tutorial. It will help you to learn properly without other help and give you a solid foundation on which to start playing this absorbing game. Work at your own pace Understand the key basic principles Learn about the Acol system of bidding Discover how to play a hand, both as declarer and in defence

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Right Way (29 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716022192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716022190
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Mendelson wrote stories at school when he should have been doing other things, but went on to become the, then, youngest ever playwright performed at the National Theatre, with his play, "You're Quite Safe With Me". This was followed by further work for theatre and, briefly, for television.
For twenty years, Paul has written on mind sports, such as bridge, poker and casino games, becoming the UK's best-selling author within his genre. He has contributed to magazines and newspapers worldwide, has a weekly bridge column in the Financial Times, and also writes interviews and features.
His debut crime novel, "The First Rule of Survival" is published in 2014, with the sequel the following year. Set in Southern Africa, the novels have allowed his creative writing once again to come to the fore, and the perfect excuse to return to his beloved Cape Town to gain inspiration and time to write.

Paul lives in London (and, sometimes, Cape Town) with his two and four-legged family.

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Book Description

Learn how to play bridge with this bestselling step-by-step guide.

About the Author

Author of The Right Way to Play Bridge, Paul Mendelson is the Financial Times bridge correspondent and bridge professional at London’s Roehampton Club.The youngest-ever captain of a winning Devonshire Cup team, he claimed the National Schools’ Championship in 1983 and now runs lessons, seminars and lectures worldwide.

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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good for complete beginners 19 Jan 2003
By A Customer
as a resident of suffolk, england it is not easy to find bridge classes. i despaired of ever learning the game of bridge but since buying this book, i have managed to teach myself to a level where i can enjoy social games with my friends. It has made a big difference to my social life. What is more, each of my bridge friends has found items they did not know contained in the book and they too - even as experienced players have bought copies. Paul Mendleson writes very clearly, very easy to understand and brilliant charts with great aide memoires.
Very good - looking forward to reaching the standard for his other books. I'm hooked.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to bridge 3 April 2008
This is a very good book for beginners, describing the game and covering both the key aspects of both play and bidding well. Bidding methods are basic standard Acol, which is the standard system for either social or club bridge in the UK, so it means you can play them with any new partner. Selection of material is excellent - covers what beginners need to know without including non-essentials. Very clearly written in an easy to read style. Value for money is excellent as well. There are just a couple of key omissions - notably that he does not state that a double of 1NT is always for penalties, which is the exact opposite of the double of a suit bid for takeout, so could be costly! Nevertheless, definitely five stars. I would say this and Klinger's "Basic Bridge" Basic Bridge: The Guide to Good Acol Bidding & Play (Master Bridge Series) are the two best books on bridge for beginners; the choice between them depends on style - Mendelson is a bit more chatty.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice step by step guide 18 Nov 2009
Having checked out several bridge tutorials, I took the plunge and bought this book purely on Paul Mendelson's reputation.
All I can say is that his reputation as the Uk's best selling bridge author is completely justified.
This book takes you step by step through the game,from the number of cards used and their values through to strategy and tactics,scoring, etiquette- everything you need. I use this book in conjunction with the Times bridge PC software and am learning at my own pace without the PC ever raising an eyebrow over my stupid mistakes.
A great book,opening a whole new world for a bargain price.
Buy it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridge For Complete Beginners 11 Dec 2009
By Yeldah
I have been playing Bridge at a fairly low level for three years. The group that I play with are of mixed ability and, although I have always played cards fairly well, I have not been inclined to spend hours learning the rules and protocol of bridge. This book has changed that. Everything is explained in a basic down to earth manner and I find myself reading a chapter whenever I have a spare moment.

Undoubtedly, the more proficient and knowlegable one becomes, the more enjoyable and challenging the game is to play.

This book has also been enjoyed by experienced Bridge players who have found the easy to read text both entertaining and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plain teaching at last 28 Nov 2009
Excellent book for Bridge novices. Even a dummy like me could follow the well written and easy to understand instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breaks it down nicely. 17 July 2010
By Drottie
Bridge is a complex game. This book really does break it down into nice - easy to follow chunks.
Each chapter goes through different aspects and then summarises all the points in a 'Briefing' page at the end of the chapter.
The first chapter 'Absolute Beginners' - is just that - a good basic introduction to the game.
Chapters deal with Bidding, Responding, Opening Leads and basic signals.
I have tried to read other books on Bridge but have found this one the best by far - a nice easy to follow writing style.
As someone who is still learning the game I have found this book invaluable.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a bridge too far 30 Sep 2009
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The explanations are good, pitched at the right level for me, a complete beginner. However, the writing style is unnecessarily familiar and self-indulgent from time to time, and can be irritating. I would still recommend the book for its information and explanations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Bridge possible! 30 April 2013
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This is the only comprehensible book on Bridge I've ever come across. Really well explained by someone who clearly understands how to teach. It doesn't assume you know anything about card games at all, yet isn't patronising. It guides you through the various aspects of the game systematically and let allows you to get on with having a go at it without having to know every detail of how to play in advance. A model of teaching.
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