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Points Schmoints!: Bergen's Winning Bridge Secrets Hardcover – July 1, 2002


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About the Author

Marty is a 10-Time National Champion and International Grand Master. He was recently named the 22nd most influential person in the history of bridge. He is the author of 59 successful books, the best known of which is the award-winning Points Schmoints.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Bergen Books (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971663610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971663619
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to read with good illustrations of the practical concepts.
Howard Hamrick
For any intermediate to experienced duplicate bridge players, this book is both amusing and enlightening.
Eleanor Carlson
My wife thinks this is the best book she has even read and has not put it down over the last month.
Gary Cumberland

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Prasad Upasani on April 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book for players who more-or-less have the basics in place. This will correct your misconceptions and raise your game a couple of levels. The first half of the book is all about bidding, and rather than just talking about basic bidding, tells you what to do in those tough borderline situations. A great example is his "Rule of 20", used to decide whether to open the bidding or not: If the sum of your HCP and the number of cards in your two longest suits is 20 or more, open with your normal 1-level bid; else pass. Very effective, and much better (and easier) than counting short-points, long-points, or quick tricks, since this takes into account the ENTIRE distribution. The second half of the book is about declarer play and defence, and is equally good. What distinguishes this book from the rest is that the author doesn't waste space on the basics, and instead concentrates on the intermediate-to-advanced stuff.
Another selling point of this book is Bergen's great sense of humor. Peppered through the book are short anecdotes of actual hands played by him, his friends or students. Most of them are very funny. One gets the sense that Marty was "saving up" his experiences for this book, and has put all his best stuff on paper here. None of his other books come close to the standard set by this book for content or organization, though "More Points Schmoints" tries hard.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A must for intermediate duplicate bridge players who want to improve their bidding skills. Experts will also find the book beneficial as a review. Easy and enjoyable to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Garrett on September 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Marty Bergen's "Points Schmoints" is a fun-to-read book that offers a dozen tips on how people who've already mastered the basics of bidding and play can improve their game. The Law of Total Tricks, in particular, is extremely useful for duplicate games.
While Bergen writes with wit and flair that keep this book engaging, I wish he'd done a bit less story-telling and provided a bit more depth of content instead. For the price I feel his book is a bit thin, and that's the one thing that keeps me from rating it 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Singinman on February 20, 2011
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If you have been playing bridge for a year or a decade and want to improve the bottom line on your Bridge score sheets, this is the book for you. Marty Bergen makes the point over and over again that points alone will not give you a proper evaluation of your hand for offense or defense and he does it with humor and confidence. Each principle is presented clearly and succinctly. Of course, to benefit from these principles you have to be willing to think and play outside the box.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Cumberland on October 18, 2009
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My wife thinks this is the best book she has even read and has not put it down over the last month. Life has been very peaceful, I think I'll get her another
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Howard Hamrick on August 22, 2013
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Easy to read with good illustrations of the practical concepts. I would recommend to anyone who wants to improve their game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TB on July 1, 2013
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I expected a book full of information of tips I could take on to make my bridge better. For the first couple of chapters, it did just that and I used the information when I played. Then there were too many chatty bits in between the information that was relevant to me so I stopped reading. I may try to read it again. It was reccomended by many people but I would not do the same. I wouldn't buy it again
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By Prasad Upasani on April 4, 2001
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This is the perfect book for players who more-or-less have the basics in place. This will correct your misconceptions and raise your game a couple of levels. The first half of the book is all about bidding, and rather than just talking about basic bidding, tells you what to do in those tough borderline situations. A great example is his "Rule of 20", used to decide whether to open the bidding or not: If the sum of your HCP and the number of cards in your two longest suits is 20 or more, open with your normal 1-level bid; else pass. Very effective, and better than counting short-points or long-points, since this takes into account the ENTIRE distribution.
The second half of the book is about declarer play and defence, and is equally good. What distinguishes this book from the rest is that the author doesn't waste space on the basics, and instead concentrates on the intermediate-to-advanced stuff.
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