35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book - a must read for all novice to intermediate bridge players,
This review is from: The Times Bridge: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book, which consists of 172 bridge hands played, in which a mistake was made in each. The author illustrates what did happen, and what should have happened (had the mistake not been made).
He commences by explaining the bidding - very standard ACOL with no complicated conventions (just the basic ones). Then he goes on to the hands.
The hands are nicely divided into three sections (by where the mistake was made). In the first section he covers mistakes in bidding. In the second section he covers mistakes in declarer play, and in the third he covers mistakes in defensive play.
Usually, in sections 2 and 3, the mistake is the difference between the contract making, and not making.
The play is explained with each hand. Perhaps the author could make things a bit clearer there, especially where the mistake is in the bidding.
My other issue with the book (I'm knit-picking now!) is that there is the odd hand played in 5-clubs, which should be played in 3NT. But that does not detract from the point of the hand, and as I said ealier the bidding is kept simple.
Overall very impressed, so I think I'll give Robson's book on "Bridge Secrets" a read.