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The best book on bridge you will find
on 13 March 2006
I bought The Right Way to Play Bridge because my new partner did and it seemed sensible that we work from the same book. I now own a copy of every book this guy has written.
I had owned Basic Bridge by Ron Klinger for some 12 years (!) already but had never managed to plough far enough into it to gain any real understanding. With The Right Way to Play Bridge I was a reasonable player literally within weeks.
Mendelson's writing is first-class. He builds steadily from the basics, in a logical and clear manner, internally cross-referencing topics so that you soon begin to grasp not just the facts but the whole basis of the Basic Acol system. Over the table this helps enormously because you don't need to recall discrete bits of infomation, you apply your understanding.
This is not a bridge workbook, but a very readable introduction to all aspects of the game. Mendelson gives just enough examples to clarify his points and has an uncanny knack of anticipating all your questions.
The book says it's for improvers, but you actually don't need any prior knowledge so I wouldn't bother with Mendelson's Bridge for Absolute Beginners. My advice, if you're interested in learning the game, is to buy two copies of this book, one for you and one for your partner of course, and to use no other until you know absolutely everything in it. Then buy two copies of the superb Control the Bidding, by the same author, which will take your game firmly into the intermediate level. Mendelson also offers Play Your Cards Right, focusing on card play alone, to bring it all together.
These three books are fully complementary and consistent and at such a low cost are, in my opinion, clearly the best way into the game.