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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Baron Barclay Bridge; Rev Upd edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091079135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910791359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written and great material.
Bob Zakada
Max Hardy's book is considered, by most bridge teachers and experts, to be the bible for the 2/1 game force bidding method.
Gerald Robie
In short, if you're interested in learning two over one, you really should read this book.
Nicholas Jong

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Jong on August 30, 2001
Being unsatisfied with my level of understanding of the two over one bidding system (after a friend taught the basics to me), I read this book, which everyone told me was the authority on the subject. I found in this book a fairly complete description of a system a level or two more sophisticated than what I had previously played. Max Hardy tries to convey a great deal of information to the reader, so the text is somewhat dense and must be read slowly and carefully. Furtheremore, despite its length, the book doesn't always cover certain situations in as much depth as I would like. On a possibly related note, Max Hardy assumes that the reader has a good knowledge of standard bidding. Hence, my earlier disappointment at the lack of depth in some cases may reflect more my own lack of knowledge than any deficiency on Max Hardy's part (this is the first book I have read describing an entire bidding system).
In short, if you're interested in learning two over one, you really should read this book. Eventually. If you're a fairly inexperienced player, first finish learning standard bidding and then be prepared for a slow but informative read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Robie on October 28, 2003
Max Hardy's book is considered, by most bridge teachers and experts, to be the bible for the 2/1 game force bidding method. It comprehensively covers every aspect of an entire bidding system encompassing 2/1 GF, 1NT forcing and all of the supporting conventions necessary to make up a bidding system to address all hand possibilities. Quite frankly, it isn't easy to read, because each paragraph contains a nugget of knowledge which must be carefully digested by the reader. But, it's a must read for anyone who wants to keep up to date on the most exciting innovations in bridge bidding over the last decade. After having read through the entire book twice, I keep my copy at my bedside, and fall asleep reading a randomly selected section. Each time, I discover another nuance which enhances my bridge bidding repertoire.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Two Over One Game Force by Max Hardy is for all competitive duplicate bridge players who want to learn this system or effectively defend against it. Since two over one is probably the most used bidding system in North America today, an understanding of the principles is essential. Though this book is ten years old, it is still the best text for learning and for reference for any partnership wishing to develop and advance their two over one knowledge. I found it to well written and concise. As with any system, it will require many hours to absorb and many hours of practice to attain proficiency, but it is a more natural system than Precision or other big club bids. It allows a game forcing bid at a low level, thus giving a partnership room to explore for the right game or slam. Expect to spend a lot of time with this volume, and to constantly return to it, but it will greatly improve your ability to find your best contract. Isn't that what it's all about?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Giancarlo Lizzio on December 17, 2000
I believe I am a fair bridge player. Wished to learn a more advanced system than 5 card majors, which I currently play. English is not my mother language but am used to it as I work in an international environment. Found the book content well structured and written but concise. It takes too much effort and concentration to go thru the descriptions of the biddings. It lacks templates and tables that would facilitate the visual memorization of the steps. E.G: most of the hand points required by a bidding are represented in letters rather than in numbers. So are the suits declared during the auction rather than using symbols. Would recommend a new edition with more tables and less words which shall not necessarily imply... less pages and therefore lower price!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
No question, Max sure knows his 2/1gf system...wish I could say the same for me after wading through it...I'm sure if you wanted to spend many hours sifting his text, you'd be a super 2/1 player, but in my estimation, the book needs two things: a better format, and example bids with each paragraph...I know that would lengthen book, but you have to IMAGINE the bidding from each little paragraph to get the sense of what he's saying. From his book, I conclude that 2/1 is too complex for me...too much memory work involved. Too bad, many people in Zone Bridge Club on the internet think highly of the system. Of course, I'm no expert...which is why I selected Max's book...to become one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul C. Glick on May 23, 2000
The granddaddy of the 2/1 system. A must read for all modern bridge players. Even if you deside not to play the system at least you will know what most others are playing. Very readable. Covers a wide range of bidding topics. Well thought out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Lotzar on March 25, 2013
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Max Hardy is a bridge director/teacher who provides a complete book of bidding instruction, starting with the hand assessment from which you decide to enter the auction and takes you thru the two over one game force which is the most popular method in the U.S.. . Book may have some outdated ideas, but there are many "gems" to be found by reading from page one.
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