Bridge For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 3, 2011 - Games & Activities - 408 pages
Bridge, as any player will tell you, is simply the best card game ever. It’s challenging—each hand presents a different set of conditions you must figure out and solve. It's very social—you play with a partner and two opponents. And best of all—it's fun.

Bridge For Dummies, 2E gives you a step-by-step explanation of the fundamentals of the game in terms you can understand. It walks you through the different aspects of bridge, featuring real-life examples, so that you can feel comfortable with the basics before you ever start to play. And if you're already experienced at the game, you'll discover a wealth of tips and hints that can make you a better player. You'll learn all about:

  • The basics of nontrump play
  • How to play the hand in a trump contract
  • Bidding for fun and profit
  • Taking advantage of advanced bidding techniques
  • Playing a strong defense and keeping score
  • Playing bridge on your computer
  • Playing in bridge clubs and tournaments
  • Where to find other great bridge resources

This newly revised edition features an expanded section on playing bridge online, with updated web addresses and other resources, along with new information on the latest bidding techniques. For anyone from novice to pro wanting to learn bridge or learn techniques to improve their game, Bridge For Dummies, 2E makes an ideal partner!


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Terrific Overview of the Game of Bridge

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This book is really excellent. It simplifies a very complicated game. It includes all the latest bidding conventions and standard techniques as well. This is probably the best single bridge reference that I have ever seen. Read full review


Beginning with Basic Notrump Play
Counting and Taking Sure Tricks
Outsmarting Your Opponents at Notrump Play
Playing the Hand in a Trump Contract
Creating Extra Winners and Discarding Losers
Establishing the Dummys Long Suit
Getting Rid of Losers by Using the Dummys Trump Cards
Taking Advantage of Advanced Bidding
Double Trouble Doubling and Redoubling
Hitting Hard Slam Bidding
Playing a Strong Defense and Keeping Score
Defending against Notrump Contracts
Defending against Trump Contracts
Playing Second Hand
Wrapping Up with Scorekeeping

Bidding for Fun and Profit
Making a Successful Opening Bid
Responding to an Opening Bid
Rebidding by the Opener
Rebidding by the Responder
Becoming Addicted to Bridge
Playing Bridge on Your Computer and the Internet
Ten Ways to Be Kind to Your Partner

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About the author (2011)

Eddie Kantar, a transplanted Californian, is one of the best-known bridge writers in the world. He has more than 30 bridge books in print, some translated into 8 languages, and is a regular contributor to the Bulletin, The Bridge World, Bridge Today, and many other bridge publications.
Eddie, a two-time World Champion, is highly regarded as a player and known as one of bridge’s great ambassadors.
Eddie learned to play bridge at age 11. By the time he was 17, he was teaching the game to his friends. Eddie was so enthusiastic about bridge that he often took his bridge books to school, hiding them behind his textbooks so that the teachers couldn’t see him reading about bridge during class. At the University of Minnesota, where Eddie studied foreign languages, he taught bridge to pay his tuition.
Eddie gained stature as a player by winning 2 World Championship titles and 11 North American Championships. His North American titles include wins in the Spingold Knockout Teams, the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams, the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams, and the Grand National Teams. Eddie is a Grand Master in World Bridge Federation rankings and an ACBL Grand Life Master. Today Eddie is best known as a writer, and many of his books are considered classics. When not playing bridge or writing about the subject, he can be found playing paddle tennis (an offshoot of tennis) or bridge at the paddle tennis courts at Venice Beach (come and join the fun in either game). By the way, Eddie is the only person ever to have played in both a World Bridge Championship and a World Table Tennis Championship (he did better at bridge).
Eddie was inducted into the Bridge Hall of Fame in 1996, the same year he was inducted into the Minnesota State Table Tennis Hall of Fame.

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