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Winning Notrump Leads
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2012
An essential work for the serious/competitive player.Failing to find the killing lead costs more points than most aspects of the game.After exhaustive research based on thousands of deals this book is able to show which of the alternative leads facing the defence is likely to succeed most often. Sometimes the best percentage lead is the same for both imps and pairs play, though the more passive lead may be best for pairs.Study of the book requires some commitment and is best taken in small chunks, but will definitely repay the effort for the serious player. An important contribution to a vital area of the game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2013
Encouraged to buy this after reading the other book in the series on leading against trump contracts ... this one too does not fail to inform and educate... and will certainly have a major impact on my choice of leads.

If you always lead the fourth card of your longest suit ... always choose an active lead ... rarely think to try and establish tricks in your partners' suit ... lead 4th best from KQ**** ... lead the same against 1NT, 2NT and 3NT ... never lead unsupported aces ...
... believe that six card suits are good news then you should buy this book.

It is not the advice of two expert authors after years of graft at the bridge table. The book provides statistics of success for considered leads on each hand - actual numbers of IMPs and MPs. Test exercises support self study and make the reader realize the depth of thinking required to achieve the best lead in any given circumstance.

Although certainly an advanced study of the subject the book will be accessible (and instructive) to beginners and expert alike ...

(Disagree with reviewer that says 'Hard work' ... easy to read but difficult to immediately digest ... a 'frequent return to')
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2012
I really enjoyed this bridge book.
My leads against NT contacts are now a whole lot better.
I liked the many surprising correct answers.
I also appreciated the many problems to sharpen up on what was learned
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2012
David Bird is one of the commentators on Bridge Base Online, where he explains things very well. This book is less easy to digest because it shows the reults of a lot of number crunching. However, it is well worth the effort. As another reviewer states, it is best digested in small chunks. Perhaps more so than most books, you will definitely need to get your partners to read it, as your resultant killing leads may well need a little more interpretation by them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gave me a lot to think about. I have been playing bridge for many years now and tried to make up my mind about the best lead in all sorts of situations. Computerized research now helps to find the theoretically best lead. Here we look a particular hand - then try 5000 different deals for the other three hands with restrictions according to the biddings. Marwellous work!
Of course you have to realize that the "theoretically worst" lead may actually work better than the other leads.
Recommended to every bridgeplayer, intermediate or better.
Also good to see how the selected lead scores differently in "imps" vs. "matchpoint"
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on 12 April 2013
There is much to admire in this book, not least because it impresses on bridge players that there are (many) exceptions to every rule. Too many players remember the basic rules that they were taught and fail to realise that they were only rough generalisations to be replaced by experience and further reading.

It has certainly broadened my view of opening leads and I hope to make good use of it in the future.

However, there must be a nagging doubt whether the results are statistically significant at the level quoted (4 sig figs). In most cases 5000 deals were generated. This is less than just looking at all possible positions of just 8 (out of 39) cards.
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on 26 June 2014
This is an excellent book for the experienced bridge player and I have learned a great deal from it. The only criticisms I have are 1). It has been produced for the USA market and although it claims that the guiding principles apply to Acol I was not convinced. 2). The quizzes are very good but I think the answers should have had and explanation in each case.
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on 20 October 2013
Changes traditional "sayings" about how to lead against NT. No smart arguments, simple statistics.
Many chapters very much alike but as you read the book getting the point gets easier and easier.
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on 24 December 2013
An unusual look at choosing leads to Notrumps giving a better chance of defeating the Contract. For example if you are short in a suit partner is likely to have a few especially in unbid majors.
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on 9 December 2013
Rarely has a bridge book been published that can do so much for your game for so little effort!

Be sure to get the companion book on leads against suit contracts as well.
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