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Commonsense Bidding: The Most Complete Guide to Modern Methods of Standard Bidding Paperback – April 11, 1995
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This book is not about plain point ranges as another reader has already claimed; the book is logical, methodical, clear, but there is a catch: this is to be read like a text book; I have taken notes, underlined, and made crib sheets out of it. If you slow down enough your reading speed and do not read it casually like a novel, you will be amptly rewarded.
An example of the terseness of this book is that the headings in this book need to be read and fully understood before reading the respective sections; most of us tend to skip the headings, don't we?
Before I have used this terseness as a con in Root's books, but I have come to realise that this is the best possible format: no distractions, just pure essence.
I am tired of these books that are full of anectodes, pretend to ease you into the point they are trying to make, and then ... KABOOM, here is the point as dry as ever.
Root's books have the guts to be pure bridge, no filler, no gimmicks, JUST EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WITH NO HOLDING BACK OR TRYING TO SPREAD THE INFORMATION OVER SEVERAL BOOKS.
Root headed out to teach with no compromise, but following a standard of completeness and clarity.
It took me quite a time to realise his sense of integrity and charisma, but I did. I am sure that any absolute beginner will initially resist buying his books, but he or she will inexorably gravitate to them and appreciate their wealth of information.
It is this wealth that will make you go through them slowly; the other authors have spoiled you and have put the emphasis on easy reading.
A page by Root is worth easily 20 by the other authors.
The book is extremely straightforward (and at times a little dry) but covers everything the novice/intermediate player needs to know. If you learn the material in this book thoroughly, you'll be better off than the vast majority of bridge players in the world.
My only criticism is that, to more advanced players, Root's style can come off as slightly pedantic. However I firmly believe that a player needs to know what the rules are before he can learn when to ignore/how to bend them. Knowing the material in this book is a crucial first step to become an effective, flexible, and successful bidder.
Stayman, the artificial club bid, is also detailed within this book. I had never used Stayman, but it seems to fit within my comfort zone, even though you can not show a true club bid. The only way is to bid one club, then three clubs, or bid three clubs right off the bat. Either way has its detriments, which I can live with because of all the good information that describes your hand. This book is truly geared to the better-than-novice-but-not-really-advanced player. If I could find a player that uses the concepts outlined in this book, I know that we would reach game, or slam, whenever we had the chance and certainly keep us out of trouble. I highly recommend this book.
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One of the best books I have read on bidding in bridge. I bought enough copies so that each member of my bridge group could have one.Published 5 months ago by D. Mack
somewhat dated but very useful for a newbie at my level. could use these concepts at any level and be a successful player.Published 12 months ago by Niurka S.
Nothing unusual, but an excellent review of "commonsense" bidding. I found it quite satisfactory.Published 12 months ago by Donald O. Aldridge
William Root is one of the writers of bridge books that I truly admire. But this book is so full of typos that the
form obscures the message.
A little dated but a good review of bidding. The goal is to tell your partner as much as you can about your hand and to find a fit with theirs. Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. Wilson