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Bridge Secrets: the Expert's Guide to Improving Your Game (Times (Times Books)) [Hardcover]

Andrew Robson
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3 Sep 2007 Times (Times Books)

Andrew Robson, world champion player, teacher and columnist, offers an insider’s guide to the game of bridge for more experienced players.

Broader in scope than The Times Bridge: Commons Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Andrew has selected his best columns from The Times, which cover a wide range of themes. By explaining sample deals, aspects of the game are clarified and the reader’s understanding of the game improves. Each deal begins with an engaging discourse before moving on to explain the technique. The book assumes a level of experience beyond that of beginner and targets those players as well as social players and club and tournament players.

Chapters cover:
Partnership: clarification, anticipation, communication. Andrew imparts the secrets of being a successful – and popular – partner.
Double Trouble: when to double and when to keep quiet – that is the question.
Opening Lead: how can you find the best lead, when you can't even see dummy? Some dramatic deals illustrate how to make the choice.
Trick One: how to avoid making a fatal error on the all-important first trick.
Finessing Fun: fascinating card-play tussles made simple.
Guess Who? Which opponent has the crucial missing card – and why?
Spot Cards: making use of all your assets is one secret of the winning player – ignore the lowly eights and sevens at your peril.
Never say Never: when to break normal guidelines – and why.
Mind of an Expert: Andrew gives away the secret workings of the world's best players.
Experts Err: even the best make mistakes. Let's all learn from them.
Freaks: we all love wild deals, and here are some of the wildest.
Bridge around Britain: some say it's fading. Nonsense – as these deals will testify.
Bridge around the world: New York, New Guinea or New South Wales – Andrew considers global bridge issues, and looks at some wonderful deals.
Stars of the future: School Bridge, Youth Camp Bridge, World Junior Championships…we feature some of the best young players, and look ahead to a bright future for the game.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books; 1st edition (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000724939X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007249398
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 18.7 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Andrew Robson, world Individual Silver Medallist, and former World and European Champion, is Britain's leading Bridge player-teacher-writer.

From small beginnings in 1995, and now with 2000 plus members, Andrew runs a highly successful Bridge School in South West London (www.arobson.co.uk). Specialising in teaching Bridge from absolute scratch, his school has introduced thousands of new players to the game he loves. He also runs Bridge Days and Master Class Tours countrywide.

Andrew is perhaps best know for his acclaimed daily Bridge column in The Times.

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From the Back Cover

Andrew Robson,The Times bridge columnist and one of the world's top bridge players, has selected fascinating sample deals over a wide range of themes to clarify aspects of the game. These include when to double, using all your assets, an insight into expert reasoning, and Andrew's highs and lows in the heady world of the top-level game. Each of the 180 deals from around the world is to be savoured from this clear, logical, yet entertaining, writer. Bridge Secrets is the perfect guide for intermediate and social players, as well as club and tournament players.

Learn how to be your best with The Times bridge columnist, Andrew Robson:
o How to be a successful, and popular, partner
o When to double and when to keep quiet
o Which opponent has the crucial missing card, and why?
o How to make use of all your assets
o When to break normal guidelines, and why
o How to learn from your, and the experts', mistakes
o Andrew's life in Tournament Bridge, told through his best and worst deals at the table

'No one has the capacity to explain Bridge more clearly than Andrew.' Omar Sharif

About the Author

Andrew Robson is Britain's foremost bridge player-teacher-writer. Indeed, he has radically altered the way many people view the game. Through his famous Bridge Club in Southwest London that he started from scratch in 1995, the many seminars he teaches around the country, and his daily column in The Times, Andrew's clear yet relaxed style has inspired tens of thousands of bridge lovers. Also rated one of the world's best players, Andrew has had countless tournament successes over the past twenty years. He is a former World Junior and European Champion, the first Englishman to win a US Major, and current World Individual Silver Medallist.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Breakfast Book 11 May 2013
By Popeye
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I purchased this book last year and I am on my third reading. The book never leaves the kitchen table. I look at as many hands as possible whilst the toast and coffee go down. The layout of each page makes it easy for the reader to second-guess the bidding and play. The techniques and explanation of triumphs and disasters has certainly improved my game. Wouldn't be without it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good as usual 23 Jan 2014
Robson writes very well, and this book is an enjoyable and informative way to improve your bridge technique. Just two quibbles. Firstly, there is a preponderance of slam contracts, which are less common in normal play. Secondly, there are mistakes in a number of hands, where the text does not correspond to the actual hand shown. Good proofreading should have prevented this. These apart, a book well worth having.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing content 15 Dec 2009
By harrym
I have purchased most of andrew's recent books/booklets and have found them packed full of useful instruction and information. However,this publication will only be of interest to the really experienced player which was not made a clear in the early adverts.,when bought without sight of a copy first.
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