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25 Bridge Myths Exposed25 Bridge Myths Exposed (advanced)
by: David Bird
Do you remember the first few times you played bridge? To get you started, a friend probably gave you a few helpful hints. There are many such general guidelines for bridge players -- some of them valuable, some not. But these are the Bridge Myths, not the Bridge Rules -- because they all have exceptions and none should be followed blindly. In reading this book you will get to see what it is about each guideline that makes it so useful; more importantly, you will also learn to recognize the times when you should ignore it.

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25 More Bridge Conventions You Should Know25 More Bridge Conventions You Should Know (advanced)
by: Barbara Seagram & David Bird
More useful gadgets for more advanced players.

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365 Winning Bridge Tips365 Winning Bridge Tips (advanced)
by: Danny Kleinman
Hundreds of neat ideas that will help your game.

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A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play*A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play*
by: Julian Laderman
This book addresses the thought processes that novice declarers must develop and practice. What features of a bridge hand lead an expert to select the correct line of play from all those available? The carefully chosen examples in this book will help advancing players to recognize those features and take action accordingly.

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A Treasury of Bidding Tips (available in March)A Treasury of Bidding Tips
by: Eddie Kantar
Second edition, revised and updated. Twenty years ago, Kantar set about distilling his bridge wisdom into a trilogy of books for the intermediate player, one each on Bidding, Play and Defense. Each consisted of several hundred short Tips, and the author believes that any reader who absorbs even a fraction of them will improve his or her game by at least 25%. The bidding tips in this book have been completely revised and updated by the author in the light of modern developments, and a number of new tips have been added.

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Becoming a Bridge ExpertBecoming a Bridge Expert (advanced)
by: Fred Stewart
A thorough discussion of all aspects of the game by one of today's most popular writers.

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Bridge at the Breakfast TableBridge at the Breakfast Table (a collection)
by: Paul Thurston
Former Canadian champion Paul Thurston writes a daily bridge column in the National Post, one of Canada's two national newspapers. This is a collection of some of his best and most interesting articles — tips, oddities, and just plain interesting deals and stories. The perfect book for those long summer evenings at the cottage!

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Bridge with Bells and Whistles*Bridge with Bells and Whistles*
by: Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen
There are plenty of bridge books for serious players, and also a number of books for raw beginners. However, very little has been published for the player who has completed the Basic course and is now ready to add a few ‘bells and whistles’ to his or her game. This book conducts a thorough review of all the bidding ideas and concepts encountered in a Beginner course on bridge, and takes the reader beyond them, gently but firmly. The reader’s ideas on bidding will be refined, and a number of useful conventions suitable for this level of player are described and recommended. The material is written by two very experienced teachers, and includes features such as end-of-chapter reviews and quizzes to help reinforce the concepts. For Bridge Teachers: Be sure to download your free lesson plan, The Magic of Singletons and/or purchase additional teacher support materials for Teaching Bridge with Bells and Whistles.

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Card Play Technique  (available in February)Card Play Technique
by: Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener
First published in 1955, this comprehensive survey of declarer play and defense has been very hard to find for the last decade. It is perhaps the single most-requested out of print bridge book, and is widely regarded as the best intermediate-level book on card play ever written.

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Countdown to Winning BridgeCountdown to Winning Bridge
by: Tim Bourke and Marc Smith. Foreword by David Bird
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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Defensive Tips for Bad Cardholder: 576 Tips to Improve Your Defensive Play at BridgeDefensive Tips for Bad Card Holders: 576 Tips to Improve Your Defensive Play at Bridge
by: Eddie Kantar
Twenty years ago, Kantar set about distilling his bridge wisdom into a trilogy of books for the intermediate player, one each on Bidding, Play and Defense. Each consisted of several hundred short Tips, and the author believes that any reader who absorbs even a fraction of them will improve his or her game by at least 25%. The Tips in this book have been completely revised and updated by the author in the light of modern bidding, and a number of new tips have been added.

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Eddie Kantar teaches Advanced Bridge Defense*Eddie Kantar Teaches Advanced Bridge Defense*
by: Eddie Kantar
Advanced Bridge Defense is intended to cover some of the more complex concepts of bridge defense for the modern advancing player, and will undoubtedly be a standard teaching tool and reference work for the next quarter-century. The topics covered here (planning the defense, inferences, various ways of counting the hand, developing extra trump tricks, falsecarding, and lead-directing doubles) are handled so thoroughly that even more advanced players will benefit from studying this book. Designed to be used by bridge teachers, or by students learning on their own, this book contains a host of features that help the student to grasp the material.

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Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense*Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense*
by: Eddie Kantar
Eddie Kantar's various beginner books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in ten different languages, not least because of his unique style and the humor that he introduces into the learning process. Modern Bridge Defense is intended to cover the basic concepts of bridge defense, and will undoubtedly be a standard teaching tool and reference work for the next quarter-century. The topics covered here (leads, signaling, second- and third-hand play, and discarding) are handled so thoroughly that even more advanced players will benefit from studying this book.

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Eddie  Kantar Teaches Topics in Declarer Play (advanced)Eddie Kantar Teaches Topics in Declarer Play (advanced)
by: Eddie Kantar
An exploration of declarer play concepts for more advanced players.

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Getting into the Bidding:  A Bridge ToolkitGetting into the Bidding: A Bridge Toolkit
by: Bill Treble
In the modern game, the majority of auctions are competitive, and every improving player needs to acquire the tools to handle this kind of bidding. This text covers the basic building blocks of competitive bidding (takeout and negative doubles, preempts, overcalls, competing over their notrump openings and dealing with competition over your own, forcing pass auctions, the Law of Total Tricks, and others). This book will fill a major gap in bridge literature – most books on this topic are intended for expert-level players.

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Practice Your Bidding SeriesPractice Your Bidding Series
by: Barbara Seagram, Linda Lee & Andy Stark
A series of 6 books that allows you to practice common bidding conventions

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Standard Bidding with SAYCStandard Bidding with SAYC (advanced)
by: Ned Downey and Ellen Pomer ("Caitlin")
"What is Standard Bidding?" This is an increasingly hard question to answer, but the proliferation of bridge on the Internet in pickup partnerships makes it imperative that someone does so. Perhaps the most popular natural system for the hundreds of thousands of online players worldwide is the Standard American Yellow Card, or SAYC. In this book, for the first time, SAYC is fully described and explained. This will be an invaluable to aid to anyone wanting to learn and understand SAYC, or anyone who simply knows the basics and is eager to fill in the missing pieces in their repertoire.

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Take All Your Chances*Take All Your Chances*
by: Eddie Kantar
Selecting the best line of play in a bridge hand as declarer is not easy. Most novices know something about basic odds and percentages, and can often find a line that offers a reasonable chance of success. However, the expert will skilfully combine options, so as to take advantage of more than chance. Rather than putting all his eggs in one basket, he will 'stay alive', squeezing out every extra chance. In this book of intermediate problems, Kantar shows the reader how to do this — there is always a line of play that will allow you take all your chances, and bring home your contract.

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Test Your Bridge Technique SeriesTest Your Bridge Technique Series
by: David Bird and Tim Bourke
A series of 12 books that cover every aspect of defending and declaring

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The Bridge Technique Series*The Bridge Technique Series*
by: David Bird and Marc Smith
Short and full of practical examples, each book in the 'Bridge Technique Series' takes the reader through the most important aspects of card-play technique at bridge. Where appropriate, play is examined from the point of view both of declarer and defenders. Full of quizzes and chapter reviews, these award-winning books will also reinforce the bridge concepts you learn. At this price, what bridge player could stand not to have all twelve?

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The Complete Book of BOLS Bridge TipsThe Complete Book of BOLS Bridge Tips
by: Sally Brock
Not sure what to lead? Can't decide the right bid? Want to make more contracts? Get pointers from the all-time greatest names in bridge -- Reese, Rodwell, Zia, Flint, Goren, Hamman, Wolff, Schenken, Garozzo, Belladonna, Chagas and many more — they're all represented. All the advice is here in a perfect potpourri for players of every standard.

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