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William S. Root, winner of many national bridge championships, premier bridge teacher, author of classic bridge books, and recently elected to the Bridge Hall of Fame, is one of America's foremost bridge personalities.
As a player, Bill Root has won all three of the most important American trophies (the Vanderbilt, the Spingold, and the Reisinger) a total of thirteen times. He has represented the United States in the Bridge Olympiad; in the Bermuda Bowl; and on exhibition tours to South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. He is rated a World Master by the World Bridge Federation.
As a bridge teacher, Bill is considered to be one of the best of all time and has helped tens of thousands to enjoy the world's most popular card game. He has been the director for the National Intercollegiate Bridge Tournament and has served as Card Games Authority for the Association of American Playing Card Manufacturers, making him the modern-day Hoyle for the 120 million card players in America.
His many best-selling bridge books include Commonsense Bidding, How to Play a Bridge Hand, and How to Defend a Bridge Hand (all of which won the Book of the Year title awarded by the American Bridge Teachers' Association.) He also coauthored the popular Modern Bridge Conventions with Richard Pavlicek.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (November 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609801627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609801628
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always thought William Root's books were very good, so I was glad to see his new offering. I'll be using in a small class for beginning players. It is so important to get new players off on the right foot, and it is far too easy to scare them away with too many gadgets or an unreadable book. The system the book teaches is a fairly standard modern system, although my opinion is that limit raises in majors should now be viewed as standard (the book mentions limit raises, but advises people to begin with forcing raises). That's a pretty small and debatable issue in an otherwise excellent book.
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This is a good introduction to bridge, which covers enough bidding and card play (i.e. declarer and defensive play) that you can at least get to the table and understand the basics of all facets of bridge. Needless to say, as an introduction to a complex game, it won't make you an expert, but that's not its goal. My only objection to this book is that a feature of its bidding system is outdated (it treats raises to the three level as game-forcing instead of limit-raises).

For an introduction without outdatedness, there is Eddie Kantar's "Bridge for Dummies". The disadvantages to Kantar's book are that it's a bit longwinded, and that it does not contain quizzes to help reinforce understanding.
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I read a bridge book a few years ago, whose title I really wish I could remember, that did a wonderful job of explaining the logic behind the bidding system, so that even if you forgot a detail of some convention, you could figure out something reasonable. It made bridge "make sense."

This is not that book.

This book is very heavy on the facts, without much context, presented for you to memorize, memorize, memorize. Do this, do that. If this, then that. I enjoy learning, but after dozing off on three separate reads, I realize I need to look elsewhere.

The best parts of this book are the quizzes he presents to test what you just memorized. Maybe it would be okay as a reference. But for instruction, there are more readable texts out there that offer better use of your time.
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very useful for beginners and all players could benefit from reading it again
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I've played a little bridge since childhood (balmy summers in Florida, circa 1963), became interested again during college, and episodically pick up games during holidays and beach vacations. I've never had coherent instruction -- with every iteration I always seem to need to start from scratch. If you can relate to my experience I guarantee Root's ABC's of Bridge will not only enhance your understanding of this game, but infuse new confidence and enjoyment. A great book.
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Good book that covers the basics but I would encourage rank beginner bridge players like me to take a lesson with a good teacher who will make the game ccome alive. The book made much more sense to me after I had one lesson from a dynamic teacher (Gail Greenberg) who explained the game's goals in terms that I could understand--bridge is like a war where you and your partner are allies and where communications are limited.
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I purchased two books -- one for a friend learning to play and one for myself as a resource. This book is well organized, easy to read and understand. It describes basic principles that are followed in todays Duplicate or Party Bridge circles.
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Having been away from Bridge for 30 years I recently began to work my way back into the game. Needless to say the game has continued to evolve and it was very helpful to find a book to aid in getting up to speed on many of the current methods.
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