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Bridge Basics 2:  Competitive Bidding
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
The field of bridge is full of wise old savants and we should listen to them and read their work. But if anyone is entitled to carry the bridge banner into the 21st Century, it must be Audrey Grant. Her BRIDGE BASICS 1, pre-requisite for this book, is good and sound -- and believe it or not, she spends a fair amount of time on telling people when NOT to bid. Newbies have to know that.

And in this one, BRIDGE BASICS 2: COMPETITIVE BIDDING, Grant still teaches us kindly when not to bid. Under her system you might indeed miss a part-score once in a while; but once you've got a good hand and some rapport with partner -- or are in a position to torment you opponents -- this is a full-speed-ahead, friendly and very informative bridge book. The best bridge books struggle to impart wisdom, or perhaps better said informed judgment, instead of limiting themselves to "the rules," and this one is very good for that.

I can heartily recommend BRIDGE BASICS 2: to anyone who loves to play bridge, whether the at-home type or the duplicate club type. I wish there were more up-to-date books like this. Perhaps in the not-too-distant future Ms. Grant will put her BRIDGE BASICS series into an omnibus volume.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2007
I learned a lot from this book; there is much information to be studied and digested. It is especially helpful for those who have been away from playing duplicate for a while. The title of the book, Competitive Bidding, says it all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2010
We bought this book for a newly formed bridge club - we have two veteran players, two beginners, and two novice-intermediate players. This book has been great to get the beginners up to speed quickly and to be able to engage in basic play with all members of our little club. We bought her companion "cheat sheet" as well (bridge at a glance), which helps in the heat of play if we've forgotten something. It has given us the basics for all of our players to improve their play and learn more advanced skills.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
This excellent bridge book is part of Audrey Grant's Better Bridge Series. I have read many of Audrey's instructive books and find them to be very easy to understand and presented in a sequential order. I use these as "my bridge bible".

I read through this book once, and have reread each chapter a number of times, reading the summary and doing the "quiz" at the end of each chapter so that I really get the concepts and use them in real games.

This particular book focuses on competitive bidding (in other words when your opponents have entered the auction and it is your turn to bid). It was the first book that I've read on bridge that explains in detail the four roles that are played at the bridge table - Opener, Overcaller, Responder, Advancer. I had never looked at each of these roles before and how they impact your bidding.

I keep this book on my shelf and refer to it often as my husband and I are working on improving our bridge game. Highly recommended!

Diana Young- World Traveler - currently sailing in the South Pacific for six months and #1 Amazon Best-selling author of Financial Fitness for Beginners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 13, 2013
Audrey Grant taught an old dog like me a few new tricks with this book. She explains when and why to enter a preemptive bid at both the two and three level, and reasonable responses to these bids. This are things that I have done for years. But now I understand the when and why a lot better. Reading this book will make an experienced bridge player a better bridge player. Really useful book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2009
Bridge is a difficult card game to learn. I have books 1 & 2 and both are written in a very inderstandable way in a step by step format. There are also many examples that aid in comperhension.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
This book taught us many new conventions aft er we had brushed up on skills in the # 1 basic book We enjoyed going back to the proper method of playing the hand after we tried it on our own. Sometimes we used it two different days to see if we had it right
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2009
This book is excellent for the still- improving relatively new duplicate bridge player. It goes beyond the opening bid and discusses the following bids as well as giving you all of the bids on pre-dealt hands. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to improve his/her game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2012
To many bridge instructional books address "offensive" bidding. this book addresses "defensive"bidding. Very easy to read. Has excellent summaries. extremely important subject, as many hands have no "clear cut"pair which should be playing the hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2011
Competition Bridge Bidding #2 has certainly helped me with bridge bidding. I especially enjoyed the quizzes and reviews at the end of each chapter. Would highly recommend this book for the average and above bridge player.
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