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Win the Big Match [Paperback]

Julian Pottage

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21 Oct 2004
The unique problems and complexities that arise from playing as part of a team are a challenge for anyone interested in competitive bridge. Julian Pottage, one of the UK's top bridge writers, provides expert advice on the difficulties faced by the team player, such as tackling bidding decisions, card-play problems and tactical strategies. Packed with clear and detailed explanations throughout, the author guides you through a fictional 64-hand bridge game, pointing out what to do and what not to do to win that big game. The step-by-step examples enable you to develop the tactical strategies that are essential to team play and guarantee your success at competitive bridge.

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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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Julian Pottage is the winner of several major bridge events. He was born into a bridge-playing family, learning the game at a young age and qualifying as a teacher at 18. He writes for Bridge Magazine and Bridge Plus, and has written or co-written fifteen books. His contributions to bridge theory include discovering the 'compound guard squeeze' and both naming and analysing the 'mole squeeze'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For Advanced Players 27 Nov 2006
By B. Einhorn - Published on Amazon.com
Some of the hands are nicely done. Requiring visualization and playing for a specific layout. But in general I found the problems to be not that enjoyable. Yes they were hard (not just a double squeeze but also some exact layout)) but I didn't find they offered interesting twists.

For example - In Hugh Kelsey's Test Your Defense - the problems were tricky each with a pit fall or two, but they weren't super hard. Those were practical problems. These problems are unlikely to be solved at the table, even by strong players.

If you are Advanced (for real - not just an inflated ego) you may add a star and consider this average. There are many other books on problems that I consider more interesting and relevant.

I suggest Kelseys Test Your XXX series books, and Jannerstens "The Only Chance" instead.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe its me, but I really disliked this one 24 Dec 2006
By Randy Penner - Published on Amazon.com
I seriously doubt whether anyone below expert would solve these at the table. I doub't most experts would either.

I don't see what this book has to offer anyone.

You want interesting problems? Eddie Kantare has a better set. For hard problems try Jeff Rubens Bridge Worlds test Your Declarer Play.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Win the Big Match 12 July 2007
By John N. Oest - Published on Amazon.com
Yes these problems were challenging but not impossible and, yes I do think lots of experts would get these right at the table. Some no but most yes. That's why it's a bridge book! It's supposed to be challenging.

I didn't really care for the 'folksy' style where all the players have names and your right hand opponent has a fondness for pumpkin seeds, etc. but some might like that human element.

In short, I'd say these hands were of average to average plus quality for someone looking for difficult hands.

Other reviewers point to Kelsey and I can't disagree there. He's certainly the gold standard in my book too but that doesn't mean that others can't be worthy contributors.
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection of very challenging problems. 15 Sep 2008
By Alexander Perlin - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a great problem set for advanced players who are already proficient with squeezes and trump coups and don't mind spending 15+ minutes per problem to polish their game further.

Some of the hands presented by Mr Pottage are true gems. Had I known how much I would enjoy them I would not hesitate to buy the book for three times the price.

A word of caution is in order. Practical bridge players not interested in esoteric positions might not find this volume to be a worthwhile investment.
2.0 out of 5 stars hard, but not necessarily interesting 27 Oct 2007
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
There are tons of great bridge quiz books. There is nothing to recommend this book. The problems are not as interesting, even if they are hard.
I think experts might rate this 3 stars. Intermediates will rate it 1 star. I'll compromise and give it 2.

Pootage has 2 excellent books - Masterpieces of Defense and Masterpieces of Declarer play. Anyone capable of writing those books could have put some more time into this book. This sems like a churned out book, just to meet some publising schedule. Look elsewhere.
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