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Masterpieces Of Declarer Play (Master Bridge) [Paperback]

Julian Pottage
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13 Sep 2001 Master Bridge
Every page of Masterpieces of Declarer Play offers a piece of wisdom on how to play as a declarer. Together with the forthcoming book on defence, this book captures the essence of the author's extensive knowledge about and instinct for the game. It additionally features a refreshing and exciting collection of hands which will be appreciated by any bridge player. The advice is certain to improve your game while the classic hands will keep you turning the pages.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (13 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030435791X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304357918
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julian Pottage was born on the south coast of England and he grew up there. He studied mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge, later gaining election as an Associate and then Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute. He lives on the coast of South Wales with his a wife, four children and their dog.
He learnt bridge at a young age watching his parents. Julian is a qualified bridge teacher and he has written over 20 books. Currently he is associate editor of BRIDGE and he has regular columns in Bridge Magazine, English Bridge and Bridge i Norge.
Two books Julian has written, Play or Defend and A Great Deal of Bridge Problems, have won the International Bridge Press Association award for book of the year.

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About the Author

Julian Pottage is a former Junior International player and is the author and co-author of a number of excellent bridge books. He is a regular contributor to Bridge Magazine and currently lives in Basingstoke.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 17 Oct 2013
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I really like this book and has after reading it bought more copies which I have given to several of my bridge playing friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Advanced players only 13 Jun 2007
By B. Einhorn - Published on Amazon.com
72 problems, broken into 3 groups. NT (simplest but not simple), Suit contracts, and Bonus. These problems are not easy, and go beyond the usual card reading, duck a trump to retin control, or Trump Coup. They involve something extra, such as testing the suit layouts and switching plans mid course from a ruff to a partial elimination - end play.

A couple of the hands required teh reader to make inferences about teh palcement of high cards based on the bidding that I think are not backed up by the facts. Not everyone would open a had containing Ace, King, King (10 HCP) with 4432 shape in 1st or 2nd seat. Thus teh inference that that player couldn't have a certain card really not valid. Same for a preempt (weak 2) nun-vulnerable against vulnerable. MANY players will bid a weak 2 with AJxxxx. They don't need anotehr outside king, white on red.

Some complex squeezes (I smelled them but couldn't figure out what to do), some hands where you try and scruch up an extra chance or two it increase the odds from 50% to 52% (I didnt think those hands were really taht important), but also some clever hands where you needed to figure out the shape and visualize certain possibilities.

Overall the book is a B-. Could be better, but still had some good hands.
If you are not Advanced you might not get so much out of it, though its still worth reading.
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