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David Bird outlines fun, easy to follow tips in bite-size chunks.  With 52 tips there is enough to keep bridge players occupied all year - both novices and old hands can develop their game with confidence and see their game improve week by week.

Tips for every occasion - from the age-old adage 'bad players lead from jacks' to the high-risk strategy 'use the dangerous entry first'.  No matter how well or how badly the game is going, there is something to aid and inspire everyone in this guide.


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Your partner East opens with 3S but North doubles and South bids 4H passed out. Partner leads the SA, then SK and finally SQ. Dummy ruffs this third trick with the HJ. What is your plan seeing these cards:

          S J7
          H AQJ
          D KJ4
          C A8752
EAST                WEST (YOU)
S AKQ?              S 96
H ?                 H KT3
D ?                 D T9862
C ?                 C T94
          S 82?
          H ?
          D ?
          C ?

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Everyone can become a better bridge player by improving their memory! Ron Klinger shows how in this book: Improve your bridge memory. Dividing the book into three sections - beginners, intermediate and advanced, he discusses how to remember vital principles of play, which cards are high and how to cause memory problems for your opponents. Learn how memory can improve with age. Klinger discusses how the right mental attitude can make a big difference.

Bidding is also included. We all have either transgressed or experienced when a member of a partnership forgets the system, passes a transfer or leaves the partner to play in a cue-bid. Ron Klinger shows a number of simple ways to avoid these memory lapses. Borrow it now and re-borrow it in 12 months. It will still have something for everyone to take away. The book that keeps on giving!

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Developed by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) the content was originally written in 1986 by Audrey Grant and recently updated to more accurately convey the latest duplicate bridge ideas and philosophy.

After defending a deal do you and your partner wonder “Could we have defeated the contract?” In this book you will learn how to defeat contracts that the declarer would make if you don’t defend carefully.

Guidelines are given for handling specific situations on defence: opening leads, third-hand play, second-hand play and signals and lots more. This book has lots of examples and easy to follow explanations.

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The Impact of Opening Leads Against Notrump Contracts – How to Take More Tricks on Defense by Audrey Grant.

This book looks at defending against no trump contracts. It focuses on the opening lead and how it can affect the subsequent defence.

It covers opening leads such as 4th highest from longest and strongest . . .; when to lead partner’s suit; what to lead from a sequence; when it’s time to take the tricks and run and lots more.

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Who can use the library?

All members of the Peninsula Bridge Club have access to the bridge library books and other resources. Follow this guide to read some great bridge books.

How to borrow a book?
1 Select your book from the glass cupboard.
2 Write it up in the Red hard-covered diary.
3 Enjoy the book.
4 Return the book to the library chute below the Suggestion Box in the Library area.
5 Write up the date you returned the book in the Red hard-covered diary.

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The 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge are now available for reading. The Library has acquired the 2017 edition of the Laws of Bridge 2017 from the World Bridge Federation for you to read. If you are interested, you can Google these changes to look at what has been reviewed and altered. For many of us it is just good to know we have the most up-to-date information available at our Club!

Also we have the latest 2017 edition of Director is Called by John Mcilrath. This publication discusses the most frequent instances when a Director is called and how directors might handle the issues according to the Laws. Recently modified to reflect the new 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge. Available in the library now.

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Extra copies of popular titles were recently purchased for the Library.

If you are starting out on your bridge journey, Joan Butts Absolute Beginners and Beginners’ Play by Derrick Browne gives simple, clear information.

Play Bridge 2 by Joan Butts looks at card play and how to count your winners and losers.  Intermediate Bridge Play Problems by Tina Zines will provide you with more skills and challenges.