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Spotlight on Card Play (Master Bridge series) Paperback – 25 Feb 1982


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 2nd edition (25 Feb. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057503078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575030787
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,843,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been a strong bridge player for more years than I care to admit. Recently I have been teaching complete beginners at my bridge club so as to pass on to others the pleasure that the game has given me.

Earlier this week a class that I have now been teaching from scratch for two years asked me to recommend some books. I looked at my own collection which dates back to university days in the 1960s, and found a couple that I would enthusiastically recommend except that they are both so old that I felt sure they would be out of print. Well, to my surprise and pleasure, both are still available. One is Right Through the Pack also by Robert Darvas - I have also written a supportive recommendation of that book - and the other is this one.

In Spotlight on Card Play Darvas talks the reader through the declarer play of a collection of hands. Even the first has enough to test an inexperienced player and he will be a better player for that test, whether or not he passes it. The hands get harder and some of the later hands will be too difficult for my beginners now, but who knows whether they will be up to them by the time they get there.

I remember well that in my early bridge years I read, and re-read this book more than once, gaining insight with every deal. I can heartily recommend it to others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great intermediate/advanced book on technique 30 Nov. 2007
By B. Einhorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
80% of the problems are declarer play. You are shown only dummy and you hand, and are given the bidding and the first card or first few tricks and asked what to do.

To answer the question you must:

1. use the bidding and play to place unseen honor cards
2. use the bidding and play to determine the defenders hand patterns
3. visualize what is going to happen later in the play

There are a few squeezes, but most problems don't require advanced techniqe.

Based on your choice you will be presented alternative card plays and asked how to deal with them.

The hands are not striaght forward as they require some thought about the significance of what you discover. You may have to play for dropping the king 4-1 because you dont have enough entries or pushers to pick it up onside.

This is the type of book that one should reread every couple of years until you are solving 95% of the problems.
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Must read to be an expert bridge player 23 July 2010
By T. Chan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A classic bridge book, first published in 1960, the authors analyzed and guided the best play in each of the 67 hands for the declarer or defender. Easy reading and up to the point. It will give you confidence the next time you sit down at the bridge table. A rare and valuable book indeed.
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Bidding dated but the play spot on 1 Feb. 2013
By Dr. Daddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I like the format of the play in that the authors ask questions and then respond with their thinking. You are not given the opposing cards because, really, the outcome doesn't matter. Great book on how to think through the play of the cards.
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