Around the World in 80 Hands

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Master Point Press, 1999 - Games & Activities - 254 pages
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Taking you from world championship tournaments to big-money rubber-bridge games, this book puts you at the table as thousands of dollars (or a world title) change hands on the turn of a card. In the smoke-filled clubs of London and New York, characters such as Harry the Horse, Moonbeam, Godzilla, and Hannibal the Cannibal play for high stakes. World championships hang in the balance in Chile, Italy, and Bali. In the jet-set resorts of Europe, the top pros play invitational money tournaments with millionaire sponsors. Share the favorite bridge memories of one of the world's best, as Zia Mahmood takes you Around the World in 80 Hands.
 

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Contents

AMERICA Chapter 1 The shriek
11
Cry me a river
19
Sunday at the pool with George
22
Now watch carefully
32
Honors among thieves
35
Heart failure
39
Hot time in a cold town
43
Sitting duck
46
Polar beer dunk
152
Ruffing a discard
155
The first mistake
158
A battle of wits
161
Flights of fancy
165
Buying futures
172
The winner and still champion
177
Play a hand with me
180

Capricious Christi
49
At least hes not perfect
55
A story goes with it
58
Cool hand Zia
65
Some horse players die broke
68
Bridging the golf
75
Love and the single horse
79
New York New York
82
Smoke alarm
88
Give me a weakie
91
The beauty and the beast
100
The horse goes south
106
Dinner with a terrorist
109
EUROPE Chapter 22 Computer terminal
115
Pros and cons
122
Bonjour M LHibou
125
Weak Twos and Hambone
128
Keep it simple
135
Play it again Omar
140
The dry spell ends
146
Riding the streak
183
Silence of the slams
186
Revenge is mine
190
Lunatic analyses
194
The hottest guy in the world
197
Hell is other players
201
In the wrong zone
204
AROUND THE WORLD Chapter 44 Luck of the flaw
209
Curse of the Sphinx
212
Falling flat
217
Bridge my way
220
Reese on play
226
Blackwood whos he?
229
Center hand opponent
232
THE TWILIGHT ZONE Chapter 51 Worm on a rope
237
A dream of genie
241
The Twilight Zone
244
Softly softly
248
The bridge Oscars
251
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About the author (1999)

Zia Mahmood is arguably the most recognized bridge player of our times. Born in Pakistan, he has homes in London and New York and now represents the USA in international competition. His tournament successes include numerous North American championships, and a world championship silver medal. He writes a regular bridge column in The Guardian, and his previous books include the best-selling autobiography, Bridge My Way.

David Burn is a systems programmer, bridge journalist, and international team coach. He lives in London, England.

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