25 Bridge Myths Exposed

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Master Point Press, 2002 - Games & Activities - 194 pages
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Do you remember the first few times you played bridge? To get you started, a friend probably gave you a few helpful hints -- perhaps one of the ones listed to the left. There are many such general guidelines for bridge players -- some of them valuable, some not. But these are the Bridge Myths, not the Bridge Rules -- because they all have exceptions and none should be followed blindly. In reading this book you will get to see what it is about each guideline that makes it so useful; more importantly, you will also learn to recognize the times when you should ignore it. DECLARER'S MYTHS - Draw trumps straight away - Hold up an ace - Win as cheaply as possible - Play low in second seat - Eight ever, nine never - Ruff losers in the dummy - Finesse whenever you can - Play on your longest suit first - Lead towards high cards - Ruff the defenders' winners - Lead low to a trick - Run your longest suit - Leave the big decision until last DEFENDER'S MYTHS - Third hand high - Return partner's suit - Cover an honor with an honor - Second hand low - Capture an honor with an honor - Lead through strength - Discard from your weakest suit - Score a ruff when you can - Never give a ruff-and-sluff - Split your honors - Follow low when a trick is lost - Don't ruff partner's winner David Bird, who lives near Southampton, England, has written more than 100 books on the game. Despite spending much of the year travelling, he still finds time to write new stories every month for a host of magazines around the world, usually featuring his best-known characters, the monks of St. Titus Abbey. He is also a regular commentator on BBO broadcasts of top-level competitions.
 

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Contents

Declarers Myths Chapter 1 Draw Trumps Straight Away
7
Hold Up an Ace
15
Win as Cheaply as Possible
23
Play Low in Second Seat
31
Eight Ever Nine Never
37
Ruff Losers in the Dummy
45
Finesse Whenever You Can
51
Play on Your Longest Suit First
59
Defenders Myths Chapter 14 Third Hand High
99
Return Partners Suit
109
Cover an Honor with an Honor
119
Second Hand Low
127
Capture an Honor with an Honor
137
Lead Through Strength
145
Discard from Your Weakest Suit
153
Ruff When You Can
161

Lead Towards High Cards
67
Ruff the DefendersWinners
73
Lead Low to a Trick
81
Run Your Longest Suit
87
Leave the Big Decision Until Last
93
Never Give a RuffandSluff
169
Split Your Honors
175
Follow Low When a Trick is Lost
181
Dont Ruff Partners Winner
189
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David Bird is the author more than fifty previous books, including The Bridge Technique Series (with Marc Smith), Bridge Squeezes for Everyone, and Saints & Sinners for MPP. He writes two newspaper columns in the UK, and his work appears regularly in numerous bridge magazines in the UK and the US. He lives near Southampton, in the UK.

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