Author(s): Eddie Kantar
Try a hand at bridge and outsmart your opponents Bridge is the most popular card game in the world and, as any player will tell you, is simply the best card game ever. Whether you're new to the game or a long-time player looking for new tricks, this new edition of Bridge For Dummies walks you through the intricacies of the game and arms you with tried-and-true tips and strategies for being a better player and beating your opponents from the very first draw. Covering not only traditional contract bridge, but other popular variations of the game including ACOL, Rubber, and Duplicate Bridge this hands-on, friendly guide takes the guesswork out of this beloved game and arms you with the knowledge and know-how to make your game mates your minions. From knowing when and how high to bid to bringing home the tricks when you end up in a trump contract, it'll take your bridge skills to the next level in no time! * Strategize with your bridge partner * Confidently play bridge in clubs and tournaments * Use basic and advanced bidding techniques * Find bridge clubs and tournaments all over the world Are you ready to trump the competition? Success is a page away with the help of Bridge For Dummies.
Eddie Kantar is a Grand Master in the World Bridge Federation and a two-time world bridge champion. He wrote Complete Defensive Play, a book listed as a top ten all-time bridge favorite, and is the author of the first three editions of Bridge For Dummies.
Introduction 1 Part 1: Getting Started with Basic Notrump Play 7 CHAPTER 1: Going to Bridge Boot Camp 9 CHAPTER 2: Counting and Taking Sure Tricks 19 CHAPTER 3: Using Winning Trick Techniques at Notrump Play 27 CHAPTER 4: Outsmarting Your Opponents at Notrump Play 45 Part 2: Playing the Hand in a Trump Contract 63 CHAPTER 5: Introducing Trump Suits 65 CHAPTER 6: Creating Extra Winners to Discard Losers 81 CHAPTER 7: Setting Up the Dummy's Long Suit 91 CHAPTER 8: Getting Rid of Losers by Using the Dummy's Trump Cards 103 Part 3: Bidding for Fun and Profit 111 CHAPTER 9: Starting with Bidding Basics 113 CHAPTER 10: Making a Successful Opening Bid 123 CHAPTER 11: Responding to an Opening Bid 147 CHAPTER 12: Rebidding by the Opener 181 CHAPTER 13: Rebidding by the Responder 207 Part 4: Forging Ahead with Advanced Bidding Techniques 229 CHAPTER 14: Creating Interference: Defensive Bidding 231 CHAPTER 15: Double Trouble: Doubling and Redoubling 249 CHAPTER 16: Hitting Hard: Slam Bidding 267 Part 5: Playing a Strong Defense and Keeping Score 279 CHAPTER 17: Defending against Notrump Contracts 281 CHAPTER 18: Defending against Trump Contracts 299 CHAPTER 19: Playing Second Hand on Defense 317 CHAPTER 20: Wrapping Up with Scorekeeping 329 Part 6: Feeding Your Addiction to Bridge 345 CHAPTER 21: Joining Bridge Clubs and the Tournament World 347 CHAPTER 22: Playing Bridge on Your Computer and Online 357 Part 7: The Part of Tens 363 CHAPTER 23: Ten Ways to Be a Better Bridge Partner 365 CHAPTER 24: Ten Great Bridge Resources 369 Appendix: Acol Bidding System 375 Index 389