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3.0 out of 5 stars Valid points, but not well exlpained, 11 Oct 2008
This review is from: The Golden Rules of Opening Leads (Master Bridge) (Paperback)
As any bridge player with a hint of experience will know, the opening lead is a very important aspect of the game. In particular it serves three pruposes - 1. Sending a message to your partner, 2. Knocking out some of declarer's cards in that suit. 3 Relieving oneself of that chosen card (which could be beneficial if chosen correctly, or detrimental is chosen wronglyu).
In this book, the author offers 12 rules of the opening lead, which should generally be obeyed. However, he emphasises that there are exceptions to the rule. For each of the 12 golden rules he offers hands that show when it is essential that the rules be obeyed, and also hands to demonstrate circumstances under which one should consider breaking the rules.
The hands the author offers are perfectly valid, and after much examination, it becomes apparent that his claims are correct.
However, he does not explain his claims very well, if at all. The book is set out so that each deal covers one page. The author explains the meaning of the auction, and states which card should be lead to defeat the contract, and that an incorrect lead would fail to defeat the contract. Unfortunately he rarely explains WHY the lead is essential to defeat the contract. Sometimes one has to think the hand through to understand this (though very often the explanation ends up being fairly straightforward). I feel the author assumes this is obvious to the reader, and omits an important part of the issue as a consequence of this.
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The Golden Rules of Opening Leads (Master Bridge) by Julian Pottage (Paperback - 12 Feb 2004)
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