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This month we have 2 copies of Conventions to Improve Your Strong Hand Bidding – Workbook by Joan Butts on the subject of the month covered by our Bridge Education Team – Strong Hand Bidding.

  • Lesson 1 - Strong Unbalanced Hands
  • Lesson 2 - Slam Bidding and Blackwood
  • Lesson 3 - Cue Bidding to Slam
  • Lesson 4 - Puppet Stayman
  • Lesson 5 - Strong Balanced Hands

This workbook describes the bids and responses; has 4 boards of examples and a Quiz with answers. This enables the reader to work through the information practise the bidding and check their responses.

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The endplay has fascinated bridge players for decades.

The idea that, even in the face of bad luck, there is a way to make a contract is captivating.

Audrey Grant's Five Steps to Simplify the Endplay makes it accessible to players with a wide range of experience and skill. Audrey’s book shows 5 simple steps and allows you to practise using the set deals:

Two over One Game Force - The Language of Bidding

A new edition of The Language of Bidding is now available at our library. It describes what you need to know about bidding to become a strong bridge player.

This edition is based on Two over One. This is an extension of Standard, where a non-jump response in a new suit at the two level is forcing to game.

According to the author, Paul Marston, this brings two benefits - it's easier to use and it's more effective. 

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A Gentle Reminder

Often members want to borrow a book that is not currently available. Following a recent stocktake of the bridge library there are a number of books missing.

These are titles written by Audrey Grant, Joan Butts and Derrick Browne. Could you please check your shelves at home and return these books as soon as possible so that all members can gain access.

Thank you.

Language of Bidding

Paul Marston is an Australian bridge teacher, writer and player with a long list of national and international success as a player.

Good card play may be an asset but most hands are won or lost before a single card is played. This book shows you how to bid well.

The system is Standard with Weak Twos. It covers both four and five card majors.

There are three sections: the first nine chapters cover uncontested auctions, the next four cover competitive auctions and the last two cover tournament play.

A Second Book of Bridge Problems

This book, by Patrick O'Connor, comprises 50 problems in Declarer play and Defence for the Beginner or near-beginner presented in order of difficulty. The idea is to present bridge hands as you would find them at the bridge table. 

Each deal has a single theme. This book doesn't introduce topics systematically, rather it will give you no clue as to what type of play is required. Planning play is emphasised both as Declarer and Defender. 

Enjoy the challenge.


Demystifying Defense

Defence is the hardest part of card play according to Patrick O.Connor.  His book, is titled Demystifying Defense. When dummy tables their cards the declarer can see all the assets of their side and can count potential winners and losers. However, a defender can see dummy and only half of their side's assets. Also, during play defenders must combine effectively to execute a successful defence.

Starting with chapters on Opening Leads and Third-Hand Play and Second-Hand Play with a quiz at the end.  Next is Defensive Signals. The main part of the book contains 40 'over the shoulder' deals where the author invites you to defend with him, trick by trick, with questions and answers. Oh and there is always a Post Mortem! Deals become progressively more difficult to assist all levels of players.

Improvers' Play

Improvers' Play by Derrick Browne is aimed at the developing bridge player. It features the play of the cards - both as declarer and as defender. There are also bidding tips given for each concept. The auctions shown are based on the standard five-card major system used by Peninsula's Bridge Education.

Each chapter gives a short description followed by examples to illustrate the steps. At the end there is a Review of key points followed by a Quiz on each topic. Of course the Answers to the Quiz are provided on the following page. Then you are given a number of hands to try out. The auction, bidding, lead and suggested play are provided for you to check as you go or afterwards. A copy is available in our library.