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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard going!
Kelsey focusses mainly upon counting the hand out & drawing the correct inferences from that.
Many of the auctions in this book appear very dated, as do some of the signalling methods. However, the material which is covered is of the highest quality.
The weaknesses of this book are very clear. It contains a huge chapter on squeeze defence, all of it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good material but dry as a crisp
This book is a classic example of how good thinking does not necessarily make good teaching material. Obviously Hugh Kelsey knew his stuff and the logic is crystal.

But ye Gods what an unbelievably boring format, which basically consists of ... hands. An incessant and steady bombardment of them. No periodic themed discussions to break up the repetition, no...
Published on 26 May 2008 by J. Terry


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard going!, 30 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Killing Defence At Bridge (MASTER BRIDGE) (Paperback)
Kelsey focusses mainly upon counting the hand out & drawing the correct inferences from that.
Many of the auctions in this book appear very dated, as do some of the signalling methods. However, the material which is covered is of the highest quality.
The weaknesses of this book are very clear. It contains a huge chapter on squeeze defence, all of it focussing on relatively obscure double squeeze positions. The author prefers to give a lot of complex examples rather than a few simpler ones. Advanced is one thing, obscure is quite another, and I feel that a number of the hands in this book wander into 'obscure'.
If you have already read & enjoyed Eddie Kantar's books 'Modern Bridge Defence' and 'Advanced Bridge Defence', then this book will add to your knowledge and skill. If not, READ THEM INSTEAD. 'Killing Defence At Bridge' is certainly not an effort to give you a thorough grounding in the basics...
For serious players only!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good material but dry as a crisp, 26 May 2008
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This review is from: Killing Defence At Bridge (MASTER BRIDGE) (Paperback)
This book is a classic example of how good thinking does not necessarily make good teaching material. Obviously Hugh Kelsey knew his stuff and the logic is crystal.

But ye Gods what an unbelievably boring format, which basically consists of ... hands. An incessant and steady bombardment of them. No periodic themed discussions to break up the repetition, no sparky wit to keep you from dozing, no light relief in the form of asides about the bidding or the wider game. The lack of such things does not make the book more focused: it simply renders it more difficult to learn from.

Ok I realise that this book was written back in the 60s when writers/publishers perhaps weren't so aware of how to get the most out of a reader. But what one shouldn't allow is that a book should be boring because it deals in detail.

Although the technique is spot-on, I'm afraid that reading this nowadays is a laborious and rather joyless exercise.
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