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When to Bid, When to Pass (Master Bridge) [Paperback]

Ron Klinger
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11 July 2002 Master Bridge
Many players bid too often and too much. It can be profitable to know when to keep your mouth shut. From the opening bid to much later rounds of bidding, from uncontested sequences to highly competitive auctions, this book will provide the groundwork so that you will know when silence can be golden. Each chapter covers the principles that indicate when bidding is the right course, and then which call to choose, and when passing is the winning action.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (11 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304362190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304362196
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many players know how to bid, but are less adept at deciding when not to bid; this book shows how to finish in the right contract. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Ron Klinger is not only a world-famous bridge writer and teacher, he is also an international bridge champion. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ron Klinger's books are always good 19 Jun 2014
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The description of the system is good with illustrations and clarity of instructions. An asset to take on in one's bridge style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fast reading book 14 Aug 2004
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The first chapter of the book, which talks about whether to open or not are really nice and clearly stated. Later on, each chapter provides some principles and insight on whether bidding is good or bad, or why it is more beneficial to pass. A nice to read book from Klinger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Principles -- Not Just Examples -- for Intermediate Players 13 May 2007
By Peggy Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Many bridge books only illustrate technique by means of one example hand, and another, and another: "Here's a hand. Here's how to do bid (or play) this hand. On to the next hand." The refreshing thing about Mr. Klinger's books is that he starts with a principle, explains it in depth, and then gives an example or two. This way, one learns not to play just the hand in the example (which one will never encounter in real life, anyway), but all hands of a certain type.

If you read nothing else, you will find the first chapter on the "Rule of 21 & 1/2" worth the entire price of the book. This improves greatly on the old Rule of 20 for deciding whether to open with a 1-bid, to preempt, or to pass. Example: the Rule of 20 will tell you to open this hand: QJxx Kx QJxx QJx -- 12 HCP and 8 cards in the 2 longest suits, right? Wrong.

Experts probably use an algorithm like this, whether from this book explicitly or just through their experience and judgment. You can see this by observing some of their openings on Bridge Base Online's Vugraph sessions. Intermediate players can now make their opening decisions more like experts, using the simple formula Mr. Klinger gives.

This method of deciding when and how to open has helped me reach slams, games, and solid part scores that others did not reach. Opening also inhibits the opponents' bidding.

There's good advice throughout the rest of the book, too. This is the second book I've read by this author and both have helped me greatly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The viewpoint is too old and I wouldn't say it is morden bridge 21 Sep 2010
By Zizhuo Wang - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, the views in this book is quite old and lacks competitiveness in modern bridge. I wouldn't recommend it for bridge learners who want to improve their bidding.
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