Defensive Play

According to Kantar, a lot of the literature on the game of bridge is devoted to bidding and declarer play, with defensive play all but forgotten.  So, after having made practically every error possible on defense over the years, he decided to write a book devoted exclusively to defensive play.

In Kantar’s experience, a good defensive bridge player is always a winner over time and a most desirable partner.

This weighty tome, gives a detailed examination of defensive play and how to ‘think defensively’.  Topics include

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Play Bridge 2:  Help with Play

For teachers looking for material for help with play sessions to reinforce beginners classes, and to concentrate on techniques of play rather than overloading on more bidding,  Help with Play fills the gap.

The lessons are structured to help you play and use techniques that match Play Bridge: A Workbook for the Absolute Beginner by Joan Butts.

Topics include Making a Plan; Winners and Losers; Taking Tricks through Promotion; Making Tricks through Length; Mastering the Finesse; Making Tricks by Trumping; Discarding Losers and Combining Your Chances and a two-page Summary ‘Play Bridge’ The System: Standard Five-Card Majors.

Card Play Made Easy 1  Safety Plays and Endplays

Do you ever feel the frustration of bidding a hand to the correct contract and see it fail as every finesse lets you down?  Then a club expert shows you how, with slightly better technique you could have succeeded.

There are three significant stages in a bridge player’s career according to Ron Klinger and Andrew Kambites.   In Card Play Made Easy 1 they say that the beginner knows naught about finessing and cashes winners left, right and centre! 


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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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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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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.