Countdown to Winning Bridge

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Master Point Press, 1999 - Games & Activities - 214 pages
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Did you ever notice how the bridge experts always seem to know where every card is? How their finesses always seem to succeed? How their guesses are nearly always perfect? This book won't teach you to play quite that well, but it will introduce you to some very simple techniques that the experts use on play and defense. As declarer or defender, counting the hand is the one thing that will help you the most. But how do you keep track of all those cards? This book will show you how - explaining the tricks of the trade, and helping anyone who can count to thirteen to become a much better player. Full of practical examples of how to apply the information you get from counting, this book is sure to improve your game.

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Why Count? 13
The Mechanics of Counting 21
Clues from the Bidding 33
Counting the Defenders HighCard Points 41
Concentrating on the Distribution 55
Clues from the Opening Lead 69
Locating a Queen 81
Looking for a Jack 89
Bringing It All Together as Declarer 115
Signalling on Defense 125
Counting Declarers Shape 139
Counting Declarers Points 151
Counting Declarers Tricks 159
Concealing Your Distribution 167
Concealing Your Honors 177
Making Declarer Decide Early 187

Guessing KingJack Combinations 97
Using the Defenders Cards to Get a Count 107
True or False? When to Play Honest Cards 197

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About the author (1999)

Tim Bourke is a regular contributor to Australian Bridge and other magazines, and was coauthor of Tournament Acol with David Bird. He has one of the largest collections of bridge books, magazines and memorabilia in the world. As a player, he has won nine Australian national titles. His other books include Bridge the Silver Way with David Silver, and Saints & Sinners with David Bird.

Englishman Marc Smith writes monthly columns for both BRIDGE and BRIDGE PLUS as well as for the OKBRIDGE SPECTATOR. He is an expert bidding forum panelist for numerous magazines, as well as at Bridge Forum on the Internet. He lives near Southampton, UK. His other books include The Bridge Technique Series with David Bird, 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know and 25 Ways to Compete in the Bidding with Barbara Seagram, and World Class.

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