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A great education in better bridge, but buy the paperback!
on 5 March 2015
I found this book a real education. It showed me, for example, how to discard better in defence, and how to use the ‘Rule of 20’ to decide when to make an opening bid with eleven points (besides many other useful hints).
The book takes the form of 172 example deals: for each deal, (a) what happened on the night; (b) how the deal should have been played; (c) what the lesson to learn is. These deals are grouped in three sections: (1.) Bidding. (2.) Declarer Play. (3.) Defence. The bidding system used is Acol, playing weak no-trumps and four-card majors. There is an index of topics at the back, so you can use this as a frequent reference. (In the Kindle version the ‘page’ numbers are hyperlinked to the correct location.)
It’s a shame therefore, as previous reviewers have noted, that the layout works so badly on Kindle. On every deal I found myself having to skip forward a couple of pages to see the auction, and then constantly having to skip back a couple of pages to see the deal. I’m sure in the paperback edition this is laid out very nicely, but on the Kindle it just doesn’t work well.
So I would recommend this to anyone who wants to improve their bridge: only, buy the paperback!