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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to bridge, 3 April 2008
This review is from: Bridge for Complete Beginners (Paperback)
This is a very good book for beginners, describing the game and covering both the key aspects of both play and bidding well. Bidding methods are basic standard Acol, which is the standard system for either social or club bridge in the UK, so it means you can play them with any new partner. Selection of material is excellent - covers what beginners need to know without including non-essentials. Very clearly written in an easy to read style. Value for money is excellent as well. There are just a couple of key omissions - notably that he does not state that a double of 1NT is always for penalties, which is the exact opposite of the double of a suit bid for takeout, so could be costly! Nevertheless, definitely five stars. I would say this and Klinger's "Basic Bridge" Basic Bridge: The Guide to Good Acol Bidding & Play (Master Bridge Series) are the two best books on bridge for beginners; the choice between them depends on style - Mendelson is a bit more chatty.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2013 15:23:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jun 2013 15:24:50 BDT
Joan Jones says:
Double of 1NT is actually asking for a bid from partner....as is any double at the 1 level. The double must be taken out!

Surely this is standard ACOL practice - Your comment has stopped me buying this book for my husband, who is keen to learn, Thanks for that.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2013 20:58:40 GMT
Sorry, absolutely not! Standard Acol practice has always been that a double of an opening 1NT bid is for penalties and normally shows 16+ or 15+ points over a weak NT. This is endorsed by the standard texts produced by the English Bridge Union and by all other books and articles by Ron Klinger, Andrew Kambites, Bernard Magee etc. A double of a 1 of a suit bid is, as you say, for takeout into the other 3 suits. But if the opening was 1NT, there isn't a suit to be taken out of! If you are looking for a beginners text that suggests using double for takeout over 1NT, you will have to look a very long time!
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