Becoming a Bridge Expert

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Master Point Press, 2001 - Games - 300 pages
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A compendium of advice for the improving player from one of North America's best-known bridge teachers and writers. Each tip is bite-sized - 3-4 pages in length - so the reader can dip in briefly and still take away an important idea. As well as the usual sections on bidding, play and defense, the author includes much advice on the psychological aspects of the game, including how to be a good partner. Frank Stewart is one of the most distinguished bridge writers and journalists in North America, with over twenty books to his credit. A major contributor to the Official Encyclopedia of Bridge and a regular writer for the ACBL Bulletin, he is perhaps best-known today as the author of the nationally-syndicated 'Daily Bridge Club' daily newspaper column. He lives in Fayette, Alabama.
 

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Contents

Constructive Bidding
Know your basics cold 10
Leave the exotic conventions to your opponents 31
Dont play your partner for perfect cards 45
Dont ignore the threat of bad breaks 49
Describe your hand 52
Support your partner 56
Dont be a slave to the point count 59
In a competitive auction put your partner in the picture 166
Make your bidding farsighted 172
Support your partner 176
When you overcall weigh what you have to gain and to lose 179
Preempt sensibly 187
Dont sell out too soon 192
See what your partner thinks 197
Dont be triggerhappy 201

If its a misfit quit 62
Dont make ambiguous bids 66
A cuebid shows slam interest 69
Expert gambitry 74
Dummy Play
Know your card combinations 82
Plan before you play 88
Establish your side suit early 92
Assume your contract is makable 95
Consider what can go wrong 101
Find out what you need to know 105
Assume a logical opening lead 109
Assume the defenders plays make sense to them 114
With extra trumps look for an endplay 122
Look for the loseronloser 125
Run your long suit 129
Attack your weak suit 132
Let your opponents make the mistakes 136
The discards have a message 141
Competitive Bidding
Know your basics cold 146
Is it forcing? 153
When your partner strains to compete dont hang him 158
Dont let competition get your goat 162
Make inferential penalty doubles 206
Defense
let the bidding guide you 216
be willing to go against the book 219
when your partner is weak all bets are off 222
Give yourself a chance 225
Preserve your options 229
Cherish the ace of trumps 233
Count count count 236
Assume declarer is operating correctly 240
Assume your partner knows what hes doing 244
Dont give declarer an easy ride 252
Dont be a winner grabber 256
Dont get hung up on suit preference 260
Look for extra trump tricks 264
Conceal your holding 269
Personal Glimpses
Honor your partner 274
Dont be contentious with your opponents 281
Be all you can be 286
Cultivate your table presence 291
can bridge be taught? 295
Enjoy the postmortem 298
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About the author (2001)

Frank Stewart grew up amid the p;in forests & red clay of East Texas--a land not unlike the home of the early Cherokees in present-day Georgia. Intrigued by the true history of the Native Americans from an early age, Stewart felt inspired to write River Rising after a deeply moving experience with a full-blood Cherokee medicine man in the remote hills of Eastern Oklahoma. It was only years later that Stewart learned that, like the novel's character William Drummond, his great-great grandmother was Cherokee. Stewart holds degrees in art, languages, English & American literature & film production from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, St. Mary's University in San Antonio & the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He currently resides in Ventura, California with his wife, Gill & their two cats, We-si & Sa-lo-li.

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