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Thirty-three years after writing the landmark _Bridge Directing Complete_, Ian McKinnon has published this very ambitious new book.
McKinnon is Australian, but his view is world-wide. In 400+ 9x12-inch pages, he takes us from the first decades of duplicate bridge – his narrative of the birth and evolution of duplicate bridge and the required schemes for moving players and/or boards movements is fascinating – through to the current time, when many movements that were impractical for clubs just twenty or so years ago are now playable and worth investigation because of the advent of affordable dealing machines. He gets deep into the mathematical foundations of duplicate bridge movements – there's more to this than one might guess, but if you are interested in things like mathematical magic squares and Sudoku, you may have some fun with this material. But the compilation of duplicate bridge movements today, from a variety of sources, is the main point of the book. A valuable further resource in this regard is McKinnon's update to his earlier Windows-based computer program “Jeanie”, a movement lookup/design program that is greatly enhanced in the new version 2 and that is discussed in the book. The program is available at a nice discount to buyers of the book. As an exercise: the ACBLscore 7-table Howell has its stationary at table 4 – has anyone done one with the stationary at the more intuitive table 1? Why, yes, after less than a minute through some straightforward menus, there it is.
The book's claim to be a compendium of all known useful movements comes remarkably close to being true.Read more ›
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