- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Bonus Books (February 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1566251184
- ISBN-13: 978-1566251181
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,588,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Win at Spades: Advanced Play and Strategy: Sophisticated Strategies, Techniques, and Tips for the Advanced Player Paperback – February, 1999
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It's a thin book at 135 pages, and has a great deal of material that's inappropriate for its "advanced" audience. The first three chapters include such material as "a review of the basics" and "general spades information" which is fine for a beginner book, but not advanced.
The actual meat starts with chapter four, which opens with this doozy: "Novice players are always advised to review the trick-taking possibilities of their hands before proceeding with bidding." How earth shattering.
The writing style is rather wordy, and it's not uncommon to find six or eight consecutive sentences all ending in exclamation points. This gets old in a hurry. There are continous Bridge references which are both irrelevant and annoying. This is supposed to be a Spades book; I don't even know how to play Bridge.
Here are some other choice tips included in this book for us "advanced" players:
"The wrong bid can lead to a lot of problems." "The bid of nil has a certain degree of risk." "The making of a nil bid is usually a true team effort." "High spade holdings can be very dangerous" when bidding nil! "If your partner has bid a nil preceding your bid, and your hand has nil potential, forget" about bidding nil! When covering a nil, "Never lead a low card!" "The greatest opportunity to set the opponents is when the total of all tricks bid equals 12 or 13." When attacking a nil, "Do not lead a suit in which the nil bidder is void."
And on and on. The only chapters I found interesting were one on finessing, and one on partner signalling conventions. I do consider these "advanced" topics. But the rest of the book is just fluff to the advanced player.
Upon reading Mr. Andrews' book entitled Win At Spades - Advanced Play And Strategy, I found perfect examples of hands encountered in actual games, along with the author's professional analysis. As a result of reading this book, I have incorporated three or four new tips and strategies, enabling me to win more games.
I highly recommend Mr. Andrews' book for those looking for tips and strategies to improve their game, and I feel the...price tag on this book is a very good investment.
I have seen some reviews that criticize Mr. Andrews writing style. I thought the book was well written, but the purists among you might ask yourself the following question: Do you want a spades book written by a professional writer that plays spades as a hobby? I prefer a spades book written by a professional spader that writes for a hobby!
The book contains many clever conventions that can really give you an edge against your opponents. It deals with some fairly complex ideas, but an intelligent person with a desire to WIN will find tried and tested tools for improving their game.
Implementing Mr. Andrew's advanced techniques has given me a winning edge. It really makes the difference between a good player and a great player.
-Shannon Faith 4th Place 1999 Orlando Open Spades Tournament 1st Place July 99 ZESTOC Spades Tournament 1st Place March 99 Knit2Fit Zone Spades Tournament 1st Place Dec 99 Dawg Fight Tournament
I have a least 20 other major tournament wins... you be the judge :-)
Some specific hands are explained play by play to show interesting points. Usually they were bid wrong in the first place and there is the reason for the set, not the so-called "excellent" play.
The general information is somewhat helpful and I did get one helpful hint on determining what lead your partner wants when you are void.
Mr Andrews uses information from Bridge experts as if the game of spades is so similiar to spades the information can be interchanged. In Bridge one is not penalized for taking overticks. In spades one is. This difference makes the play, although similiar in some ways, completely different in others.
The author states that expert players on the net will set your nil bid if you are not careful. No where does he show the different methods these "experts" use to set a nil bid. This is a good example of the general lack of information found for those looking for ADVAMCED tips.
It appears that the initial book for beginners is repeated here with useless information infused.
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