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2 Over 1 Game Force (The Official Better Bridge) Paperback – March 16, 2009
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It has lots of hands to practice with!! And it makes sense, I mean about why one would want to do 2 over 1. A must for those considering switching to 2 over 1 game force! Color adds, too.
All situations which are hard to bid in 2/1MF are not mentioned at all or only very shortly:
- How do I bid with a 4-5-2-2 hand?
- How do I find a 5-3 fit in Hearts after 1S-1NT-2C?
- How do I continue after 1D-2C?
So, if you are new to 2/1MF it is a good book to start with. But if you really want to start playing this, you will have do some more reading.
Horrible (inadequate) treatment of the Forcing 1NT sequences, which is probably the weakness of the system, so discussion at all about where the system is weak. The Lawrence book may be a lot older, but is a better treatment (I bought that after finding out that this book was not very good). I did like some of the 2 over response ideas in this book, but thats the easy stuff where 2 over 1 works well. I'm surprised a good bridge player would write something this superficial. I consider myself an expert bridge player.
Like most advocates of 2/1 and its essential companion the 1NT Forcing response, Grant and Rodwell highlight the advantages and soft pedal the disadvantages of adopting this system, but like all conventions, there is no free lunch, and you always have to give something up to get something of advantage and 2/1 is no exception. Advocates of 2/1 will argue that it allows partnerships to bid games and slams more comfortably, and Grant and Rodwell provide plenty of examples to illustrate that advantage.
At its most basic level, 2 over 1 is not particularly complicated, and it doesn't take a complete book to describe the system; so Grant and Rodwell fill it out with more examples than necessary to get their point across. For those who enjoy reading bridge columns in the newspaper, you will find this part enjoyable. After finishing the basic treatment of 2/1 and 1NT Forcing, you can leave this book on your nightstand and read an example hand or two each night before dropping off to sleep.
It does assume more than basic knowledge of Standard American system, and of bridge in general. This makes it a book for intermediate players. It is not for the beginners, though I suppose 2/1 is really only for advancing players since it is an extension of, and an evolution from SA. In that respect, I would suggest "25 Steps to Learning 2/1 (Master Point Press)." I would give that book 5 stars. If you were to buy only one, I would suggest Paul Thurston's book, which 'talks down to you' by design.
The book under review is also a great resource. I would however have preferred many more quizzes at the end of each subject. Also, many basic elements such as Bergen raises and New Minor Forcing have been left out. I think they could have easily been accommodated here. Great thing about this and all of Grant / Baron Barclay books is that the suits are printed in color. Very easy on the eyes..so are the bidding 'boxes'. The paper and the book are of very high quality.
One complaint I have relates to the physical size. It is a bit narrow and that makes test a bit dense. They should print all their books the size and style of those by Master Point Press.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you need a general knowledge about the system, this book is OK. But unfortunately, you can not play 2/1 system after reading the book, and you can not understand opponent's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Typical Grant - easy to read, good examples, leads you through the learning process in logical steps.Published 3 months ago by Ivan Harwood
Used it for a bridge class learning this new method of bidding.......took nearly two weeks to arrive though.Published 5 months ago by Kent