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The Fun Way to Serious Bridge Paperback – May 15, 1986
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Alan Truscott The New York Times ...takes the student efficiently through the basic rules of bidding...a sound introduction to play and defense.
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Most of the other books are at least slightly better. Root's ABC's of Bridge is more thorough and less busy, and Penick's Beginning Bridge Complete will get you playing much quicker. But even these books are heavy on memory work and light on teaching you to think. Furthermore, because all of these books are focusing on memorizing instead of thinking things through, they frequently "simplify" modern bidding to make it "easier" to learn. Doing this however, destroys the logic behind the bidding, making it almost impossible for a beginner to learn.
INSTEAD OF THIS BOOK, you should get Alan Truscott's Bridge in 3 weeks, the absolute best book, and the *only* one I'd recommend. The writing is superb, which you would expect from the Bridge editor of the NY Times. The book focuses on teaching you to think at the table and will get you playing the game quickly. More over because this book focuses on logic instead of memorization, it actually teaches you to bid and play in the way that most actual players do, making it easier to advance beyond the book.
party-bridge player entering duplicate play. I keep 2
copies so I can loan one to new partners. His other
book Fun Way to Advanced Bridge is an excellent followup.
This book accomplishes these goals admirably. Nonetheless, I would have appreciated a second summary chart covering respones to a bid of 2 Club Stayman.
Still, do not be deceived - this book requires multiple readings to ensure that it all sinks in.
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This is my favorite book to give to people starting to play bridge. It explains that basics in fun easy to read style.Published 1 month ago by Leila A. Sink
This is an excellent coverage of the game from beginning basics to sophisticated conventions and I especially enjoy the graphics which summarize the key points throughout the book.Published 5 months ago by Ralph Schomburg
One of the best Bridge books for beginners. I love the graphsPublished 8 months ago by Nafisa Kreidie