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Bid Better Play Better: How to Think at the Bridge Table Paperback – March 28, 2006
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If you're up on modern bidding methods, you'll feel a temptation to skip the "old" material on bidding. Don't do it. Unless you're expert enough to design a complete bidding system from earth, air, fire, and water; the presentation of the fundamentals herein will help you improve both your understanding of Standard American (or 2/1) biddng methods AND your grasp of the foundation of your own bidding methods (even if you bid differently). That foundation will help you intelligently incorporate (or reject) new methods as your personal biddng methods and style mature.
As for content and writing style, I agree with the other reviewers that this book is a gem. If it weren't for the sloppy editing, I'd have awarded five stars.
This is not my very favorite book for rank beginners (in my opinion BRIDGE FOR DUMMIES by Eddie Kantar is actually quite good and more comprehensive), but it is really meant for developing players -- advanced beginners and intermediates. Those who would forego Ms. Truscott's no-nonsense prose style might instead consider S.J. Simon's WHY YOU LOSE AT BRIDGE. Like BID BETTER, PLAY BETTER, it deals with how not to form bad bridge habits or how to chuck them a-borning, but its take on bridge-playing is more social and Simon's prose style is appropriately quite droll.
I ordered it on my Kindle Fire, which is ok except now I am not able to load it on my PC. Also with this digital age you would think they would proof read and make the corrections. The biggest mistakes were showing clubs when they meant spades however I would recommend this book.
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The content is most useful. The book, however, needs editing to eliminate typographical errors. It is a shame to put out a book by Dorothy Truscott with such careless errors.Published 1 month ago by Pragati Patrick
Good information, but riddled with typos and other editing errors.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The book is in excellent condition.
Most ideas in this book are not "new" anymore. It might be good for a advancing beginner.
I don't remember ever reading a book I disliked as much as I did "Girl on the Train". What a cast of dreadful people.Published 2 months ago by Betz Salmont
I was very disappointed by this book inasmuch as it is an old and out of date edition. I am looking for the 8th edition published in 2008. Have you got one?Published 4 months ago by Roi M. Penton
This is not a book for the beginner. It is quite hard to follow at times unless you are an experienced player.Published 6 months ago by HW