- Paperback: 285 pages
- Publisher: Natco Press (October 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963471503
- ISBN-13: 978-0963471505
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To Bid or Not to Bid: The Law of Total Tricks Paperback – October, 1992
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Top Customer Reviews
partner raises to 2S, RHO raises to 3 Hearts. I auto-
matically bid 3S, just as Pavlov's dog automatically
salivated. Down one. 3H would have gone down one.
Oops. Wrong guess. Sorry, partner. Next round, I
pass 3H and it makes. 3S would have made. Oops.
Wrong guess. Sorry, partner.
After reading this: I look less at how many high-card
points I have and more at how many hearts and spades I
have. Do I have S Q9542 H QJ7 or S KQJ92 H 432? Do I
have 5 or 6 spades? Now I bid 3 Spades when it's right
and pass when it's right.
Buy two copies and give your partner one. Hide it from
all opponents. The IMPs will now dribble to your team,
five or six IMPs at a time. Likewise, so will the
matchpoints: 9x on 12 top instead of 2x on 12 top, again
and again on these unspectacular hands.
The author's presentation of the concepts is illustrated with numerous examples and exercises to allow the reader to quickly absorb the ideas. My advice to my partners: know this book inside out. My request of my opponents: pay no attention!
Just don't fall into the trap of obeying "The Law" blindly (as many players do). It's intended to be a useful guideline that can *improve* your judgement: it isn't meant to *replace* your judgement.
This is one of the few books we believe should be in every serious player's library; yet it is basic enough and entertaining enough to benefit relative beginners and more expert players alike. No wonder it is an award winning book on bridge!
Larry Cohen introduces and expounds upon the Law of Total Tricks, a single principle which will allow you to estimate the possible scores resulting from almost any competitive auction. He describes some of the corollaries of the Law, as well as some good conventions that make use of the Law. These will improve the game of anybody not already familiar with such maxims as "bid to the number of trump your side has" and "when in doubt bid four spades over four hearts."
Even so, this book feels somehow incomplete. It does a good job of conveying the basic idea of the Law, giving examples of its application in relatively straightforward situations. But only in the last two chapters does Cohen begin to describe the adjustments that must be made in situations where the Law is not completely accurate. Furthermore, he doesn't really cover what to do in situations where the Law predicts ambiguous results: when bidding on might produce a better or worse result than passing, depending on the play of the hand. In these cases Cohen leaves us once again to guesswork and intuition.
Despite these faults, this book is essential because it does at least reduce the amount of guesswork to which the bridge player must resort in contested auctions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Utilize law in competitive bidding - when to pass and when to bid.Published 2 months ago by Holly Lincoln
Perfect for someone who is fairly new to Bridge. I've been playing for about two years. Glad I bought it. So far has clarified my wondering whether to double or not.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good book. This was written decades ago but still is applicable.Published 9 months ago by Richard Anderson
We wanted to learn and execute what is taught in Larry Cohen' book. Like anything related to bridge, you make many mistakes before you feel you have it at your beckon call, sock... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Applepie30
Having played for years, I can see that a player must be careful when using the rule. Judgement is most important and a combination of losing trick count helps. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eleanor Rodgers
still reading and gaining insights but the premises are quite intriguingPublished 14 months ago by Bradley F. Keller
I like this book because it is clear and concisely written. I would recommend it to other duplicate players to elevate their bidding technique.Published 21 months ago by Evelyn Hall