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The Times Bridge: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them [Hardcover]

Andrew Robson
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5 Sep 2005 Times

A bridge guide aimed at the less experienced or social player who longs to improve but keeps repeating the same mistakes, often not knowing that they are mistakes.

Andrew Robson, The Times Bridge Correspondent, is both a champion bridge player and an inspired teacher. At his bridge club he teaches and tutors and has acquired great practical knowledge about how people learn to play bridge.
Based on Andrew Robson’s Friday column in The Times, common bridge mistakes are presented with an outline of what actually happened and what should have happened. Along with every mistake is a handy tip ‘If you remember just one thing..’ which has proved very popular with The Times readers.
The first section of the book, ‘The Game’, is a basic outline providing the key to playing a sensible game of Bridge, subdivided into Bidding, Declarer Play and Defence. Included within this are all the ‘If you remember just one thing’ tips that also appear in the main body of the book.
The reader can either read ‘The Game’ first, paying particular attention to the tips, or they can dip in and out of the main body of text, picking a common mistake at random, with the option of cross-referencing to the same tip in ‘The Game’ section.
Bridge is a growing enthusiasm and is now being played by a much wider age range – it is no longer a game for those who have retired. This is a long-awaited first book aimed at the vast majority of bridge players who would like to avoid falling into the same trap time and time again.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books; 1st Edition edition (5 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007204108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007204106
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 15.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“If you want to be better, buy the book”
The Spectator

About the Author

Former World Junior Champion, Andrew has had countless successes world-wide. First British player to win a US Major (in 1998). Best recent performance was winning the Silver Medal in the World Individual Championships in 2004. Started The Andrew Robson Bridge Club in 1995 in Parsons Green, London. Best known for column in The Times. Lives in Putney with wife Lorna and two young daughters Hannah and Mimi.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent book, which consists of 172 bridge hands played, in which a mistake was made in each. The author illustrates what did happen, and what should have happened (had the mistake not been made).
He commences by explaining the bidding - very standard ACOL with no complicated conventions (just the basic ones). Then he goes on to the hands.
The hands are nicely divided into three sections (by where the mistake was made). In the first section he covers mistakes in bidding. In the second section he covers mistakes in declarer play, and in the third he covers mistakes in defensive play.
Usually, in sections 2 and 3, the mistake is the difference between the contract making, and not making.
The play is explained with each hand. Perhaps the author could make things a bit clearer there, especially where the mistake is in the bidding.
My other issue with the book (I'm knit-picking now!) is that there is the odd hand played in 5-clubs, which should be played in 3NT. But that does not detract from the point of the hand, and as I said ealier the bidding is kept simple.
Overall very impressed, so I think I'll give Robson's book on "Bridge Secrets" a read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem !! 7 Feb 2009
This is a compact bridge advice book that will probably make many of your other books redundant .............. I wish I had found it 10 years ago when I first discovered this challenging and enjoyable game.

I feel it is mainly for the slightly more experienced Beginner/Intermediate player and its the sort of book that you can ' dip' into at regular intervals and really improve your game play.
Well illustrated,with clear examples of 'does' and 'don'ts'.
Andrew Robson is a talented teacher who imparts his knowledge in straightforward and sometimes amusing ways.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent book for those Bridge Players who are learning the game or improving their bidding, declarer play and defence. It is not suitable for seasoned players or those playing at reasonably high level. It would be most useful for those who are involved in teaching bridge and would give an excellent platform and structure for lessons with extensive examples of many practical occurances in the greatest card game of them all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice for intermediate bridge players 31 May 2009
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Being a very experienced and gifted teacher, Andrew Robson has an excellent understanding of the mistakes which are regularly made by intermediate bridge players, and he provides very clear advice on how to improve your play by avoiding these mistakes. All the advice fits into a very clear and logical framework. Each one-page lesson contains a clearly stated Tip, and a deal which illustrates how the Tip works in practice. By the time you finish working your way through the book, you will be a much better player. Robson's cheerful and friendly approach makes the process very enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Times Bridge 8 Jun 2009
The perfect book just to pick up and keep reminding the beginner and intermediate of all those mistakes that we so often make
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge. Common mistakes and how to avoid them. 2 May 2009
Before buying I didn't realise the book focussed on four card majors; it would have been useful for this info to be on the sleeve.

Having said that I've enjoyed dipping into the book, which is well written , easy to understand and arrived in excellent condition
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I like the layout of the book which is very easy to dip in and out of. Covers a wide range of situations and presents them as useful easy to remember tips. Has helped me brush up on my game. My only negative comment would be that it does not seem to concentrate so much on duplicate scoring and the author seems keener on getting you to bid minors than NTs. But overall a very useful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation. 1 May 2011
This is an excellently-presented collection of bridge situations which confront all players and which require thought and care to produce good results. It is simple to follow and can be absorbed at one's own pace and on a selective basis. The price of the book is well below it's original price and is excellent value. Andrew Robson is recognized as a top player and teacher of bridge.
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