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Bridge For Dummies Paperback – April 13, 2012

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Your plain-English guide to the most popular card game in the world

Bridge, as any player will tell you, is simply the best card game ever. It's challenging, social, and best of all fun. Bridge For Dummies walks you through the different aspects of bridge — with real-life examples — so that you can feel comfortable with the basics before you ever start to play. And if you're already experienced at the game, you'll discover a wealth of tips and hints that can make you a better player.

  • Bridge boot camp — get a bird's-eye view of the game, from counting and taking sure tricks to using winning tricks and outsmarting your opponents at notrump play

  • Trump the competition — discover the special know-how you need to bring home the tricks when you end up in a trump contract

  • Bid with confidence — grasp the fundamentals of bidding, including when to bid, how high to bid, and how to shut up your partner

  • Get defensive — find out everything you need to know about defensive bidding, doubles, redoubles, and slam bidding

Open the book and find:

  • Techniques for defensive play

  • Bidding that will help you play a stronger game

  • Trump and notrump play

  • Guidance on bidding from all points of play — opening bid, responding to opening bid, and rebidding

  • Bridge scoring

  • How to be a better bridge partner

  • Updated online resources

  • Coverage of Acol bidding

  • Bridge clubs and tournaments all over the world

Learn to:

  • Strategize with your bridge partner

  • Play in clubs and tournaments

  • Use basic and advanced bidding techniques

  • Play for fun or profit

About the Author

Eddie Kantar is a Grand Master in the World Bridge Federation and a two-time World Bridge Champion. One of the best-known bridge writers in the world, his books have been translated into 11 foreign languages.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111820574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118205747
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a dummy when it comes to the game of bridge. This book is very comprehensive. It seems to deal with any aspect of the game. I doubt that there are too many people that know everything that is written here. It's well written and can be of help to a beginner or an old time player.
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I was trying to learn to play the card game Bridge. I was having a hard time :( One of my friends suggested the book Bridge for Dummies. It is perfect for someone who has never played bridge before in their life. The book explains strategies, plays, and terminology so easily a sixth grader could understand it. Thank you so much :)
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this book is well written...great for beginners or more experienced players..well worth the money.
easily understood with good examples..nice for beginning partners at duplicate.
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A thorough guide to all aspects of bridge, including guides to online learning, bridge clubs, etc. I wished I had bought the print version instead of the Kindle version, which doesn't have an index to surf through when looking for a particular term or play. I Realize the search and other functions are supposed to substitute for an index, but it isn't the same. How do I type in 1 (Club symbol) bid into the search? I typed in "1 club bid" and got nothing I needed. Several other frustrating searches like this occurred. I don't recommend Kindle when an index is needed to locate information quickly.

I bought this book as a reference guide, but it has been difficult to access the reference part due to the reason cited above.
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Excellent book for the the new comers to Brige. Be patient as you go through the book, chapter by chapter. Read, and re-read. Not all will come together the first time but stick to the book. Kantar has a great sense of humor and knows how to simplify the contents. He will keep you involved.

The section on Bidding is especially well crafted. Some chapters could be a bit shorter. At times, it gets over whelming. Yet as a book, I give five stars to Bridge for Dummies.

Bankim
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It has been 30 years since I played Bridge, so I'm trying to relearn the game. I'm going to be playing with a newly formed group of friends and I don't want to embarass myself. I'm enjoying this book because it is detailed, easy to understand and humorous at times.
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Great gift for any level of skill. Betty & Dave (aka Mom & Dad) are regular bridge players with other seniors and have been playing for years.

The book was one of those gifts they hinted at, and I'm glad I got it.

Strategy is important in a thinking person's game and starting hands with an idea of how they'll play is significantly better than winging it (ask your partner!).

Good gift - or buy it for yourself.
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Excellent reference for the beginner. Clearly explains bidding, plays and strategies. Would recommend it for all bridge players who want to improve their game.
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