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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (15 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716021560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716021568
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,023 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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Whether you are a masterpoint hunter at congresses or an afternoon rubber bridge player, Paul Mendelson's entertaining, thoroughly accessible and incisive text guides you, sharpens your zest and wills you to win.

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Paul Mendelson is a leading author on poker, whose previous books include Texas Hold 'Em Poker: Begin and Win. His expertise comes from a long association with gaming in the UK, South Africa and in Las Vegas. He runs poker classes and also writes as gambling correspondent for the Financial Times.

His debut novel, The First Rule of Survival, was nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger in 2014. The follow-up, The Serpentine Road, is due to be published in 2015.


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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SolihullRog on 28 Jun. 2007
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I play every week at a club. I thought that myself and my partner had quite a comprehensive system, but I was concerned that the opposition interfered with us more than we did with them.
So I bought a book by Marshal Miles which showed as the best-seller in Amazon UK on competitive bidding. It was useless. It is so illogical in parts, that I wonder if they screwed up the print run, and got paragraphs out of sequence! Read my review elsewhere.

I happened to see Paul Mendelson's book in a book shop (Bad news, Amazon). By the time I'd left the shop with it, I was clear the our partnership could make big strides.
Now I've read it all, I'm ready to take on the world. I'm even going to treat my partner to a copy (Good news, Amazon). It's THAT good.
It contains simple concepts, such as:

. Competitive bidding is based more on distribution than points
. The team who hold the spades are at a considerable advantage
. If you or your partner doubles, then each of you can be very clear about the meanings of subsequent bids
. and many, many more

Each of these are explained very clearly, the page presentation is good, and everything is very logical. Most of it sinks in first time. It's for budding intermediates - not experts - but it's brilliant. At its price it is tremendous value.

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(But read Mike Lawrence if you think you're an expert).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian C. Kemp on 3 April 2008
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Competitive bidding is rather neglected in most bridge books, even those which concentrate on bidding. It requires a significantly different approach to unopposed bidding; less of a science, more of a battle, and requires clear principles to be laid down because there are so many possible sequences with both sides bidding. Paul Mendelson's book does this admirably. My current bridge partner introduced it to me. I had been playing regularly for over 10 years but learnt several key new things from this book, for example judging how high to compete, and the power of the spade suit in competitive auctions, and our results have improved noticeably since I read it. It is also more fun as one gets into the auction more often rather than having to pass meekly, even when opponents hold the majority of points. Some of the methods are quite aggressive and would not work well with random rubber bridge partners or beginners, but it is controlled aggression for a purpose and with a regular partner at improver level upwards, should work well. This is especially the case in duplicate bridge, where going down in a partscore can give a complete "top" if the opponents have a makeable contract - the gain is much less in rubber or teams. Key principles such as the Law of Total Tricks/Trumps are explained well and give the strategic understanding which underpins the detailed methods. It also includes ways to cope when opponents interfere after you have opened (e.g. negative doubles) and Weak Twos which obstruct them getting into the auction. It is written in a clear, entertaining and often humorous style, in my view even better than Mendelson's other books. Outstanding value for money as well.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dr. IVOR G JONES on 25 May 2005
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My bridge library currently runs to about 150 volumes (sad or what?) and I rate this book one of the best. It is aimed at intermediate level players looking to improve their competitive bidding. Written in an easy didactic style with lots of examples (not dissimilar to e.g Klinger/Kambites) it contains lots of material I haven't come across elsewhere very lucidly explained. For example lots of books discuss the unassuming cue bid in response to partner's overcall: this is the first to explain to me a system of replies when my overcall was not a minimum. All the material is presented in enough detail to allow immediate usage of various conventions without further study - assuming your partner agrees! Furthermore the price is significantly lower than many rivals.All in all a great buy. I for one will be looking for other books by this author.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Andy on 16 Nov. 2006
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This is a really great book, and should be read by any bridge player who is past the beginner level, and wants to iprove their auction techniques.

The book has a hidden motto "It ain't what you've got, it's the way that you use it!", meaning that you can participating in an auction (as opposed to being a mere spectator) no matter how terrible you think your hand is.

It certainly is good for encouraging competitive auctions instead of single-sided ones.

I only give this four stars though because I did find it fairly heavy reading. I am a very intelligent person myself, and found parts of the book rather challenging. Though I did follow it all in the end, and found the content to be of great value!
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This book is perfect for those who have been bridge for a couple of years and want tips on how to deal with bidding scenarios that come up all of the time such as - judging how to respond to overcalls, should you sacrifice at the 5 level over opponents contract of 4 of a major, how to disrupt the opponents bidding whilst not putting your partnership at too much risk and how to adapt your bidding rules when in protective position. It explains the logic behind the tips so that you can use the same logic when assessing the hands you get which are not in any of the books or seen in your lessons.
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