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[Cover Photo] Matchpoint Tricks
Ib Axelsen and Villy Dam
A set of 58 declarer play problems highlighting the matchpoint pairs decision-making process. A few of the hands would be played different at IMPs (e.g., safety play vs. best chance for maximum results) but most of the material is also relevant to all forms of play -- when your contract is secure, finding your best chance for an overtrick is worthwhile at all forms of scoring, though the reward is smaller at IMPs and total points.
$9.95
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[Cover Photo] Almost the Only Bridge Book You'll Ever Need (volume 1)
Randy Baron
A collection of short 2- or 3-page tips from a dozen different experts. Review everything from the Rule of 15 for 4th-seat opening to advice on ethics and the care and feeding of partners.
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Almost the Only Bridge Book You'll Ever Need (volume 2)
Randy Baron
A second collection of essays on all aspects of the game. These are a little bit more in-depth than the first book, 5 to 10 pages on how to choose the right bidding conventions and lead agreements for a partnership and how to play the play and defense.
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Deceptive Card Play
David Bird and Marc Smith
Each book in the Bridge Technique Series highlights one aspect of declarer play or defense. The first chapters introduce simple practice hands and the underlying theory; later chapters show more complex variations and examples of how the experts have used the technique in tournament play.
Great books for polishing particular aspects of your game, very readable.
$5.95
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[Cover Photo] Eliminations and Throw-ins
David Bird and Marc Smith
Bridge Technique Series.
$5.95
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[Cover Photo] Entry Management
David Bird and Marc Smith
Bridge Technique Series.
$5.95
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[Cover Photo] Planning the Play in Notrump
David Bird and Marc Smith
Bridge Technique Series.
$7.95
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[Cover Photo] Planning in Suit Contracts
David Bird and Marc Smith
Bridge Technique Series.
$7.95
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[Cover Photo] Reading the Cards
David Bird and Marc Smith
Bridge Technique Series.
$5.95
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[Cover Photo] Safety Plays
David Bird and Marc Smith
Bridge technique series.
$7.95
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[Cover Photo] Squeezes Made Simple
David Bird and Marc Smith
Lives up to its title. A very easy and readable introduction to the squeeze - not a complicated play at all, despite the mystique surrounding it.

Bridge technique series.
$9.95
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[Cover Photo] Tricks With Finesses
David Bird and Marc Smith
Bridge Technique Series.
$5.95
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[Cover Photo] Tricks With Trumps
David Bird and Marc Smith
Bridge Technique Series.
$5.95
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Clever Plays in the Trump Suit
David Bird
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$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Bridge Endplays for Everyone
David Bird
Sequel to his popular book on squeezes, this book walks you step by step how endplays work and how to identify situations where they are useful. Loser-on-loser plays and strip squeezes are also covered.
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] 15 Winning Cardplay Techniques
David Bird and Tim Bourke
An easy-to-read large-format guide to the basics of good declarer play. A chapter for each of the most common plans for how to make a contract.
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Off-Road Declarer Play: Unusual Ways to Play a Bridge Hand
David Bird
Fourteen chapters of advice on how to handle unpleasant problems in the play of the hand when the easy "textbook" solutions don't apply: ways to reach an apparently entryless dummy, to unblock blocked suits, to cope with bad trump breaks, to rectify the count for a squeeze when the obvious way of giving up a trick is dangerous, and more.
$18.95
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[Cover Photo] On the Other Hand: Bridge Cardplay Explained
David Bird and Larry Cohen
A total of 200 deals illustrating all the common declarer play techniques -- with a twist: the deals are arranged in pairs, often with the same North-Sound cards but a different E-W auction or opening lead, and you have to spot the reason to play the two hands differently. A great source of practice deals for lessons, bridge teachers!
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Somehow We Landed in 6NT
David Bird
A collection of hands where real experts and not-so-experts bid 6NT and then had to find a line of play that gave them a chance of salvaging the board.
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Bridge Squeezes for Everyone
David Bird
Explanations in layman's terms of how to prepare for and execute the most common varieties of squeezes, illustrated with example hands. "Yes, even you!"
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Planning in Suit Contracts
David Bird and Marc Smith
Part of the new and enlarged "Test your bridge technique" series. A more advanced sequel to the original "bridge technique series" volumes.
$9.95
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[Cover Photo] Three Notrump in Depth
Augie Boehm
The Professor and Sally Fourth tackle "everyone's favorite contract," 3NT. The first half of the book is about bidding judgment -- whether to bid 3NT or four of a major, how to ask for stoppers and half-stoppers, when you can bid 3NT with a long running suit and less than 26HCP. The second half tackles planning the play.
$13.95
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[Cover Photo] IMPs vs Matchpoints: Different Games, Different Strategies
Augie Boehm
The Professor and Sally tackle the differences between pairs and teams.
$13.95
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[Cover Photo] Maastricht Challenge
Tim Bourke
A set of challenging bridge puzzles drawn from actual deals played at the Maastricht world championships.
$15.95
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[Cover Photo] Great Hands I Wish I Had Played
Sally and Raymond Brock
When's the last time you said to yourself, "gee, I wish I could play that last hand over again!"? You'll feel better knowing that experts say the same thing to themselves more often than you'd think. The Brocks tattle on themselves, showing dozens of real-life hands, and showing how they should have been played and why. (And yes, they confess what really happened at the table on each deal, too.)
Warning: Out of Print! These are the last two copies I am likely to ever have.
$14.95
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[Cover Photo] 100 Bridge Problems: Using Poker Tactics in Contract Bridge
Mike Cappelletti
Cappelletti's key message is that disciplined agression is the key to achieving maximum results in both poker and bridge. He has put together an array of hands covering everything from how high to preempt to choosing an attacking opening lead to preparing yourself for the possibility of psychic bids. Lots of food for thought!
$14.95
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There Must Be a Way
Andrew Diosy
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$9.95
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Playing Suit Combinations
Fred Gitelman and Jeff Rubens
Not just a simple handbook of common suit combinations. The introduction summarizes how to calculate the odds, condensed from Jeff Rubens's Expert Bridge Simplified; the rest of the book is a quiz of several dozen tricky combinations. Not for the faint of heart, but it will improve your declarer play!
$16.95
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[Cover Photo] Misplay These Hands With Me
Mark Horton
A book in the Reese "over-the-shoulder" style... featuring entirely hands which were played wrong by good players, followed by an explanation of how the correct play could have been spotted in time with more careful thought.
$18.95
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[Cover Photo] Card by Card: Adventures at the Bridge Table
Roy Hughes
Watch over Canadian expert Roy Hughes's shoulder as he explains his thought processes on some tricky hands, and you too can learn to think like an expert!
$18.95
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[Cover Photo] Moments of Truth at the Bridge Table
R. Jayaram
A collection of deals from real play where expert declarers took seemingly anti-percentage lines and explained their thought processes afterward. Sometimes it's just "table sense," other times there is more going on behind the scenes with the odds than you think! Out of print and hard to find. Retails at $16.95. When my copies are gone they're gone.
$10.00
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[Cover Photo] Take All Your Chances at Bridge
Eddie Kantar
A collection of declarer-play problems, emphasizing the theme of identifying several possible ways of making your contract and finding the plan that maximizes your odds.
$18.95
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Take All Your Chances at Bridge, vol. 2
Eddie Kantar
Like volume 1, a collection of declarer play problems, most of which require you to combine chances from several possible lines to play to get the maximum result.
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Take Your Tricks: 550 Declarer-Play Tips You Can Take to the Bank
Eddie Kantar
The title says it all!

Back in print after a very long wait. One of Kantar's most popular books in the 1990s, and the advice on declarer play is as relevant today as ever.
$17.00
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Test Your Bridge Play vol. 1
Eddie Kantar
100 declarer play problems for you to try your hand at. Each one illustrates one simple lesson about planning the play -- and most of them contain a hidden trap to sort out the intermediate player from the expert! Excellent practice, well worth working your way through the book more than once.
$10.00
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Test Your Bridge Play vol. 2
Eddie Kantar
Another 100 declarer play problems in the same vein as volume 1... some easy, some very deep, many in between... all guaranteed to reinforce a valuable point about how to be a good declarer.
$10.00
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[Cover Photo] The Bridge Philosopher
James Kauder
Reprinted and retitled edition of Kauder's classic book Creative Card Play. My personal favorite of all "collections of bridge deals" books and I am delighted to see it back in print.
Every one of the hands has a logical but non-textbook solution; he explains the clues from the bidding, play, and his reading of the opponents' habits that guide him to the winning line.
$18.00
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[Cover Photo] Bridge Philosopher 3
James Kauder
Volume 3 of Jimmy Kauder's advice on advanced declarer play. Humorous stories about hands where it pays to not just take the first line you see.
$22.00
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[Cover Photo] Bridge Philosopher 4
James Kauder
Volume 4 of Jimmy Kauder's advice on advanced declarer play. Humorous stories about hands where it pays to not just take the first line you see.
$21.95
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[Cover Photo] Return of the Bridge Philosopher
James Kauder
Another bookful of stories in the same style as The Bridge Philosopher, fifty more entertaining stories from Jimmy Kauder's adventures in the tournament and rubber bridge worlds.
$18.00
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Bridge Odds for Practical Players
Hugh Kelsey
A short practical guide to finding the best line of play. Starts with single-suit probabilities, and continues with ways to combine your chances, the Rule of Vacant Places, and Restricted Choice.
$15.99
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[Cover Photo] Kelsey on Squeeze Play
Hugh Kelsey
Get a classic book at 20% off! Retails for $36.00!
A reprint of Kelsey's four classic books on simple, double, triple, and strip squeezes, bound as one volume. An abundance of examples of hands drawn from real play, and a classification of different types of threats and guards. Great if you like collections of interesting hands, or if you prefer to "learn by example" at a laid-back pace how squeezes work.
$29.99
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[Cover Photo] Crocs on Squeeze Play, v. 1
Stephen Kennedy
A young British international takes you on a guided tour of what Clyde Love called the "hinterland of squeeze territory", sparkling with sharp wit as well as sharp analysis.
Coverage of some "old" squeezes that are rarely plumbed in depth like Reese's 'Winkle', and some you've never even heard of before.
$24.95
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[Cover Photo] Crocs on Squeeze Play, v. 2
Stephen Kennedy
A young British international continues his guided tour of what Clyde Love called the "hinterland of squeeze territory," exploring ever more exotic end positions. This series may well be the Adventures in Card Play of the 21st century!
$24.95
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[Cover Photo] Improve Your Declarer Play at Notrumps
Ron Klinger
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$19.95
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Playing Doubled Contracts
Ron Klinger
Master Bridge Series. A collection of declarer play problems, all in doubled contracts. You are challenged first to decide whether your goal is minimizing undertricks, making your contract, or trying for overtricks to make up for missing slam -- then to find the right line of play.
$15.99
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[Cover Photo] Play With the Champions
Ron Klinger
Rare out-of-print collection of bridge hands played by experts in international tournaments.
$15.95
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A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play
Julian Laderman
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$19.95
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A Bridge to Simple Squeezes
Julian Laderman
A new approach to helping intermediate players understand how squeezes work, beginning with identifying potential threats at the beginning of the play through to completing the execution of the squeeze.
$18.95
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Still Not Finding Squeezes?
Julian Laderman
A followup to Laderman's A Bridge to Simple Squeezes: 39 practice deals to identify and practice executing squeezes.
$12.95
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Falsecards
Mike Lawrence
A rarely-covered aspect of declarer play (and of defence), discussing all the situations when you shouldn't automatically play your lowest card when you can't win the trick, win as cheaply as possible when you can, and so on. The so-called "mandatory falsecards" have to be a part of every good player's technique even if you are not interested in deliberate deception.
Recently reprinted, like the other Mike Lawrence classics.
$21.95
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[Cover Photo] How to Play Card Combinations
Mike Lawrence
This is not a dry list of every possible card combination and how to play it. Rather, he takes some common every card combinations, and shows the same card combination in the context of 5 or 10 different deals, explaining how the way you handle a given suit depends on your plan for the entire deal.
$16.95
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[Cover Photo] How to Read Your Opponents' Cards
Mike Lawrence
A systematic discussion of how to assemble clues from your opponents' bidding and early leads to enable you to place the unseen key cards like the experts do. A very readable introduction well worth reading twice!
$14.95
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[Cover Photo] Encyclopedia of Card Play Techniques
Guy Levé
Perhaps the most complete catalogue of declarer-play techniques ever assembled. It opens with a summary of planning the play, then describes and shows an example of every known declarer play maneuver, from the mundane like suit establishment and the different kinds of finesses, through all sorts of endplays and coups to two dozen different kinds of trump squeezes. A great reference for the serious student of the game.
List price $34.95! A fantastic collection of hands; I'd hate to see the cover price keep you from reading it.
$29.95
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Bridge Squeezes Complete
Clyde Love
A reprint and update of the classic analysis of simple, double, triple, and compound squeezes.
$24.95
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Test Your Play as Declarer, vol. 1
Paul Lukacs and Jeff Rubens
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$17.00
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Test Your Play as Declarer, vol. 2
Paul Lukacs and Jeff Rubens
A collection of hard to downright fiendish declarer play problems, some of them reprinted from long ago in the Bridge World. The obvious line never works but there is a clear and concise explanation of how you should have found the right line!
$17.00
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Never a Dull Deal: Faith, Hope, and Probability at Bridge
Robert MacKinnon
The sequel to MacKinnon's previous book, Bridge, Probability, and Information. More readable and conversational than the first volume, the emphasis is on illustrating key probability concepts with humorous anecdotes at the bridge table, not on dry theory.
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Bridge Probability and Information
Robert MacKinnon
Learn the math behind the simple rules like "eight ever, nine never" and "finesse into the preemptor." The Principle of Vacant Spaces, the Principle of Restricted Choice, and much more. Great emphasis placed on how to think about the hand as a whole, rather than merely looking at suits in isolation to find the best chance.
$19.95
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Martens Bridge University series
Krzysztof Martens
Any or all of the 15 volumes of the Martens Bridge University series are available by special order. Inquire by email if interested.
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[Cover Photo] Inferences at Bridge
Marshall Miles
Learn how to turn the opponents' bids and plays against them, by taking advantage of that extra information to help you decide what to bid and how to plan your own play and defense.
$18.95
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[Cover Photo] Card Play Technique, or the Art of Being Lucky
Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener
An old classic that has long been out of print. A humorous and accessible guide to all of the standard techniques, from simple to advanced. Declarer play and defense advice in alternating chapters.
$22.95
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[Cover Photo] Adventures in Card Play
Geza Ottlik and Hugh Kelsey
The great classic book of exotic cardplay techniques. Recently reprinted. Well worth the $35 cover price, but $5 off if you order it from me!
$29.99
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[Cover Photo] When to Draw Trumps
Adam Parrish
The author introduces his process for counting losers and choosing a line of play. That's what drives our decision whether or not to pull trumps immediately: do we need the trumps for something else (like ruffing a loser?) do we need to take a fast discard before driving out a high trump? How will our plan change if trumps break 4-1 instead of 3-2? Fred Karpin's classic book The Drawing of Trumps and Its Postponement (now out of print) was one of the most valuable books on declarer play I read when I first learned bridge. Now this book brings this material to a new generation of players.
$19.95
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Back Through the Pack
Julian Pottage
An homage to Robert Darvas's Right Through the Pack. Each of the 52 cards in the deck narrates two favorite deals in which the key play involves that card.

SHIPPING NOTE: Large format book, will not fit in a USPS flat-rate envelope.

$19.95
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Accurate Cardplay
Terence Reese and Roger Trezel
A reprint in one volume of four of the classic Reese-Trezel books on cardplay: safety plays, blocking and unblocking, ducking, and eliminations.
$19,95
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Imaginative Cardplay
Terence Reese and Roger Trezel
A reprint in one volume of four more of the classic Reese-Trezel books on cardplay. This volume covers odds, combining your chances, and deceptive declarer play.
$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Breaking the Bridge Rules: 1st Hand Play
Barry Rigal
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$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Deceptive Declarer Play
Barry Rigal
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$19.00
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The Rodwell Files
Eric Rodwell and Mark Horton
A compliation of declarer play and defense techniques, with Eric Rodwell's advice on how to recognize each sitation and take advantage of it. The introduction is deceptively simple, the late portions extremely complex.
$27.95
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[Cover Photo] How to Play a Bridge Hand
Bill Root
"Not for the beginner or the expert, but great for the 90% of you in between," as it says in the preface. Hundreds and hundreds of practice hands illustrating how to play suit combinations, how to establish and maintain trump control, deciding which of two suits to play on. By the end of the book you work your way up to throwins and squeezes, and a chapter on special cases where you play the hand different at matchpoints than at rubber bridge.
$16.95
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[Cover Photo] Beat the Experts at Bridge
Danny Roth
A collection of 88 hands published in books and newspaper columns that were incorrectly analyzed by the original author. Get to enjoy a laugh at the expense of your favorite columnists and learn even more about the game while you do.
$20.00
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[Cover Photo] Challenge Your Declarer Play
Danny Roth
A collection of 60 declarer play problems. Danny is careful not to give away the winning line by leading you up to the key trick and asking what card to play. The problems reinforce the importance of making a plan at trick one: count your winners and losers, carefully choose your goal and find the line of play most likely to enable you to succeed.
A steal at $9.95, compared to most recently published quiz books!
$9.95
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Don't Be Fooled! Countering Deception at Bridge
Danny Roth
A long overdue look at how to cope with your opponent's routine and not-so-routine attempts to throw sand in your eyes. An essential part of the expert's toolbox, but a topic rarely visited by the non-pros.
$19.95
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Focus on Declarer Play
Danny Roth
Learn to avoid common errors in the planning the play of a bridge hand.
$14.95
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[Cover Photo] How Good is your Bridge?
Danny Roth
An outstanding collection of declarer play and defense problems. The book is divided into four equal quarters: instructional declarer practice hands, a declarer play quiz, instructional defense practice hands, and a defense quiz. Excellent material for both matchpoint and IMP/rubber bridge players: he takes time to discuss when a safety play is available and whether or not it should be taken.
$18.95
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Expert Bridge Simplified: Arithmetic Shortcuts for Declarer
Jeff Rubens
A tour de force explaining how declarer can estimate the chances of various lines of play suceeding -- not just the basic things like 3-3 breaks, but the chance of a squeeze working because two suits break badly but the same opponent has length in both. Clear logical explanations alternating with challenging practice problems.
$23.95
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The Secrets of Winning Bridge
Jeff Rubens
A long-awaited reprint and update of one of the great classics. The chapters on hand evaluation alone are worth the price of the book, but there is also great advice about play at both matchpoints and IMPs.
$23.95
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[Cover Photo] 25 Ways to Take More Tricks as Declarer
Barbara Seagram and David Bird
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$19.95
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Declarer Play at Bridge: a Quizbook
Barbara Seagram and David Bird
A great set of practice hands for the novice to intermediate player. Not impossibly hard problems, bread and butter hands to make sure you are focusing on planning the way well.
$15.95
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[Cover Photo] Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand
Barbara Seagram
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$19.95
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[Cover Photo] Planning the Play: the Next Level
Barbara Seagram
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$19.95
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Who Has the Queen?: the Bridge Player's Handbook of Card Reading
Frank Stewart
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$23.95
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Winning Declarer Play
Dorothy Truscott
Dorothy Hayden Truscott's classic book on planning the play of the hand is back in print thanks to the folks at Master Point Press.
$22.95
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[Cover Photo] Watson's Classic Book on the Play of the Hand at Bridge
Louis Watson and Sam Fry
First written in the 1930s and revised in 1962, this is still the classic book on declarer play. Part I covers all of the basic principles (how to establish a suit, the finesse, the hold-up play, the crossruff) while Part II expands on these with topics like how to choose which of two suits to establish and an introduction to elimination plays.
$16.99
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Inventory last updated: 02-15-2021 12:18:11