Bridge: 25 Ways to Take More Tricks as Declarer

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Master Point Press, 2003 - Games & Activities - 188 pages
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Another title in the best-selling '25' series, from award-winning author and master teacher Barbara Seagram, and using the same popular format as earlier books. Other titles in the series have revolved around bidding; this one deals with the play of the cards as declarer, a major topic in beginner and intermediate bridge lessons. As usual in this series, basic ideas on the strategies and tactics available to declarer are covered comprehensively in the early part of the book, while in later chapters, more advanced players will find ideas and topics that challenge their own understanding of the game.
 

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Contents

N T E Foreword
6
Introduction
7
The Simple Finesse
9
Ruffing Losers
19
Establishing a Suit
27
Discarding Losers
33
The HoldUp Play at Notrump
41
Other Types of Finesse
49
Choosing Which Suit to Play
101
Keeping Trump Control
107
Elimination Play
115
The Holdup Play in a Suit Contract
123
The Throwin at Notrump
129
Reversing the Dummy
135
Combining Two Chances
141
Keeping the Danger Hand off Lead
147

Safety Plays Within One Suit
59
How to Plan a Notrump Contract
65
How to Plan a Suit Contract
71
Finessing into the Safe Hand
77
Playing a Crossruff
83
Creating Extra Entries
89
Avoiding a Ruff
95
Playing a Contract Safely
155
Counting the Defenders Shape
163
Counting the Defenders Points
169
Comparing Two Lines of Play
175
Glossary
183
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Barbara Seagram of Toronto is the owner of one of North America's largest bridge schools. She is a Master Teacher and a Director of the American Bridge Teachers' Association. Her previous books include the award-winning 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know and Bridge: 25 ways to Compete in the Bidding (both with Marc Smith), and The Pocket Guide to Bridge (with Ray Lee).

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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