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The Complete Guide to Passed Hand Bidding (Mike Lawrence Bridge Classic) [Paperback]

Mike Lawrence
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22 Dec 2011 Mike Lawrence Bridge Classic
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 developments in the theory and practice of competitive bidding.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Master Point Press; 2nd edition (22 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897106823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897106822
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Mike Lawrence has Bridge 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.

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By Roger
Did you know that bridge experts have bidding methods which differ depending on whether partner has already passed or not?

They use their main bidding system for opening as dealer ("first seat") or to dealer's left ("second seat"). Different criteria are used to judge whether/what to open in third seat. Further criteria are used when in fourth seat.

The book describes the criteria which you should adopt depending on where you sit at the table. Lawrence provides comprehensive logic as to why your thinking should be different; he presents methods to be adopted in each seat; and he provides ample illustrations and tests to make sure you've understood it.

The variations, as described in the book, are very logical and easy to take in. It might sound as though they will make your bidding much more complex, but this is not the case.

If your answer to my question was "No", I would recommend you buy this book. It will almost certainly improve your game.

But beware. The final third of this book is dedicated to extensions of Reverse Drury, and other minutiae. It is a book for strong players. I recommend Paul Mendeleson for intermediates. See my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 12 Mar 2013
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I regard Mike Lawrence as an excellent author. clearly writtne precise layout easy to understand and a useful addtition to my library
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and comprehensive, with lots of hands 9 Mar 2006
By B. Einhorn - Published on Amazon.com
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If you make a weak 3rd saet bid, what will you do if pard (a passed) hand makes a bid? How do you respond to pards bid? What does a 2/1 response by a passed hand? What constitutes a Drury bid, as opposed to a 1 or 2 level raise? What does a 3rd seat preempt look like? What about a 4th seat preempt?

The book goes beyond the basics and discusses what the follow up bids should mean. 1NT Semi-Forcing. When not to bid so as not to hang partner. Solid coverage

What do you bid in 3rd seat with:

S: J 10 8 6 5

H: 9 7

D: A 6 2

C: A 5 4

1 Spade. Its preemptive (takes away bidding space from the opponents. A 2 club opener now has to double and then bid to show his strength). You can pass any of pards responses. If pard bids 2 hearts, eh/she will have 5 and you can safely pass a 5-2 fit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Passed Hand Bidding 14 April 2013
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Mike Lawrence's series of books should be mandatory reading for all club and tournament players. His style of writing is easy to comprehend and his theories are easily applied at the table. A superior practical guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mike Lawrence gem!!! 13 April 2013
By Stephen C. Fama - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent update to the earlier version. Definitely a good value and worth putting in the time. As always, Lawrence does a superb job of exploring his subject and explaining the thought processes that a player should be using. The copious use of example hands brings excellent depth to the material.
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