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Bridge Conventions in Depth [Paperback]

Pamela Granovetter , Matthew Granovetter
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1 Mar 2003
These wonderful agreements and gadgets turn your everyday bidding system into something personal, something that fits the exact style that you and your partner want to play. And now you can choose from some seventy expert-level ideas to add to your bidding arsenal, quickly and painlessly. In this book you will find: 'Basic Conventions' -- the Rest of the Story: find out how top-level players have turbo-charged such standard conventions as Stayman, Jacoby and Texas Transfers, Drury, Weak Jump Shifts, and more. 'Bread and Butter Conventions': some conventions that are standard with most experts but may not be for you, such as Smolen, Slow Arrival, Italian Cuebids, the best defences to Multi and Bergen Raises, Retransfers, Clarifying Cuebids, and others; 'Defensive and Cardplay Conventions': learn more about Trump Suit Preference, Obvious Shift carding, the Slam Spade Double, the Lead-directing Pass, and many more. 'Fine Arts Conventions': not for the faint of heart, some of these ideas will really make you sit up and take notice. Would you enjoy playing Last Train to Clarkesville, Yellow Rose of Texas, Vacant Doubletons, Double Keycard Blackwood, Trent Weak Two-bids, or the XYZ Convention, for example? Read this book and find out!

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Master Point Press (1 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894154568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894154567
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 18.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,488,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Use this book to build a tournament system 3 Dec 2011
By TonyX
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This book has just arrived and I am already quite a lot wiser. This is a fantastic modern resource, brimming with good ideas which any serious tournament partnership can use to build the level of depth into their system that you need.

It is however not a beginners book. It therefore won't do much to help you win the club duplicate- if that is your aim then books on card play are probably a better investment.

The book is clearly written and set out, and cover 66 conventions in detail. Each convention is presented with a proper analysis and justification and there is usually an example hand. With bridge conventions there is always a downside and these are also discussed. Few readers will have come across a lot of these conventions before, but for me that is a major strength.

Another reviewer says this book is no use to UK Acol players. That is completely incorrect, most of the conventions are employable in 4 card major weak NT acol. And a fair number of the convention relate to things you might need to play against. An example of this is the defence to Bergen raises which is something I have never disussed with my partners but should.

Anything wrong with the book? Well in my view it falls short of the implied aim of the title to provide a comprehensive one volume resourse. A book like that has never been written, and with Wikipedia and other online resources readily available it probably never will be. But this is a good modern work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the UK 18 Sep 2009
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This may be a very useful book to bridge players in North America but it is of very limited value to people playing English Acol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really a good book 7 April 2014
By Ellen Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
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A fine book describing not just basic conventions, but the continuations that are often not discussed even in a partnership that spends time on their bidding system. For example: good explication of treatments after Stayman. Does not cover ALL conventions, but many many conventions used by intermediate/advanced pairs with a scientific bent.

Here's a quick quiz to help you determine if this book might be for you --
Do you and your partner play Smolen? (YES/NO)
Have you discussed using Smolen over an opening 2NT (or 2C - 2D - 2NT)? (YES/NO)
If you answered YES and NO, you'll find this book helpful.

Well written, logical presentation. Many examples, well worth the money.
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