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To Bid or Not to Bid: The LAW of Total Tricks Paperback – Nov 1997

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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Natco Press,U.S.; New edition of Revised edition edition (Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963471503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963471505
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,937,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Complete explanation of the Law of Total Tricks
This is the best-selling bridge book of the 1990's. It starts at the very beginning and explains what the Law of Total Tricks is, and how to use it while bidding a bridge hand.

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Larry Cohen and his partner achieved astonishing results in international competitions, by applying the law of total tricks. The law has been acknowledged as a bidding tool of the highest importance. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 1999
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The law of total tricks has been around for about 40 years, but it's never been as thoroughly and completely explained as in this book. Cohen shows how the law should be used to resolve your competitive bidding decisions and to make the opponents' life more difficult. He also shows how modern bidding, and how the conventions he developed with Marty Bergen, try to give your partnership the information you need to make total trick decisions. Simply the best book on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iris - Merseyside on 30 Dec. 2013
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A common problem at the bridge table is deciding how high you can safely compete to in the competitive auction. The STYLE - its odd to see CAPITALS used to shout important statements at READERS but maybe that's the American way - is to SAY THE LEAST, irritating ... there are other issues of presentation and layout you may find annoying.

Difficult at the bridge table are those times when opponents get busy or pre-empt - personally I always feel as if I am dealing with each situation individually with little to guide me. This book is a useful guide to those situations providing a scientific basis for action and well worth buying - but there is no easy fix for thinking.

During auctions (good) players assess there hands using points, LTC, looking at there intermediates, gauging distribution, listening to the bidding or lack of it, imagining hands, adjusting according to controls held and other methods, eyeing the opponents (no ... not that way!) - The law of total tricks provides one additional tool to guide you in a competitive auction ... but it should be used in conjunction with your assessment of opponents, the rest of the field, etc.

If you are new to the total tricks principles then "Control the bidding" by Paul Mendelson is possibly a better book to start with - and I think one that is of greater use in the competitive auction ... (but still collating the comparative evidence)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SolihullRog on 31 Aug. 2008
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The book describes a widely-known bidding method known as the Law of Total Tricks. In 2008 I wrote a review, giving it 5 stars. But, having used it for a while, and with the passage of time, I've learnt better.

The method is deceptively attractive, in that it appears to be an easy way of automating one's bidding - removing the need for judgement. It has been very popular. Unfortunately it is a bit like the talkative gambler or fisherman - entertaining and impressive when it pays off, but quickly forgotten when it doesn't.

I've now read a book by Mike Lawrence, his full critique of the Law of Total Tricks ("I Fought the Law of Total Tricks"). With the help of computers to evaluate thousands of hands the book provides convincing evidence that two of the law's most basic principles are incorrect. It also demonstrates that, on many types of hand, that the law is correct on less than 50% of occasions.

I suggest you familiarise yourself with Lawrence's work (Google it) before parting with money on this one.
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I bought this book soon after it was first published.It has made a HUGE difference to my game.

It doesn't really discuss "systems" nor does it even touch upon card play.

The focus of the book is upon the competitive auction and those dilemmas which occur in about three quarters of all of them:
"Should I Pass?"
"Should I bid 'one more'?"
"Should I sacrifice?"
"Should I Double?".

You might feel that you have good judgement or intuition. Perhaps you have.But if there is something which could assist you to make better decisions, then why not avail yourself of it?

For myself, my tournament average has increased about 5% since I've read it.
(Of course your partner must read it too!)

It doesn't always work - but the author is at pains to tell you this. However you need to get these decisions right most of the time.I see no reason why your game won't improve by huge leaps if you apply the principles set out in the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 1999
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If your bridge library were extremely small, one MUST item would be The Law of Total Tricks. It's a gem, one that will change the way you think at bridge and one that will help you make those tough part-score and higher competitive decisions which are ordinarily such "guess work". This book will help you evaluate your bidding options with much greater assurance and accuracy.
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I am still struggling with this game after a year............. this book takes a different approach to bidding, which is useful for beginners/intermediates, just working through the basics, there are lots of examples which clarify some bids, I find this very useful, just wish more of it would rub off!
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