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About the Author

Eddie Kantar (Santa Monica) is one of the world's best-known and best-loved bridge writers. He is a World and National champion, and has been inducted into the ACBL Bridge Hall of Fame.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Wilshire Book Co; Reprint edition (June 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879804017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879804015
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Prasad Upasani on February 3, 2003
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This is the best introduction to declarer's play. Not in depth, but you MUST know what's here before you can progress to the next level. After you are done you can read the introduction to defence by the same author. However, to get to expert level in declarer play and defence, you have to read "Card Play Technique" by Victor Mollo.
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Concise, insightful, humorous in parts, and well written. The whole book is a series of a-ha! moments. Excellent explanations creating extra winners using length and promotion, concepts that didn't resonate as strongly with me when reading other books, because he explains the why of it and not just the rote rules of thumb. When to draw trump immediately vs. when to take other action first. Keeping transportation between the hand and the dummy available, etc.

This will improve your play immediately, and used copies are available for next to nothing. His book on defender's play is equally insightful. Make your partner read both of them!
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This, as almost all of Kantar's books, is good and introduces you to the basics of declarer play. It's not as good as the Introduction to Defender's Play because that is a more difficult subject and there is really more to learn there and probably because Kantar had the reputation for being one of the b best defensive players of all time. It's a very good book tho but the other is a great one (my opinion).
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I found this book to be very helpful to my bridge play. I learned to play bridge a year ago and, whilst I thought I understood the principles of planning the play when Dummy comes down, this book helped me to see the gaps In my knowledge. Mr Kantar's way of explaining the key points is easy to understand and done with a sense of humour. Great book!
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Eddie Kantar does an amazing job explaining the basic concepts of declarer play. I have shown this book to several new players and I have seen their play improve dramatically. I highly recommend this to someone who is very new to bridge and wants to improve his or her declarer play.
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Together with his "Introduction to Defender's Play" makes a great introduction to Bridge plays, the second and equally important part of every Bridge board.

Although the declarer's play is easier to learn than defender's play, this book presents in the concise and logical way main methods of declarer play.

The book is little old, but still, it is a very good begiining to learn bridge play.
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I am a beginning bridge player. A friend of mine who has played bridge for many years AND is in the same bridge club as Warren Buffet in Omaha, NE (!)recommended this book and the accompanying one to me. No one source is all encompassing, but I've found this little book enormously helpful as I struggle to figure out how to learn strategic play in this game.
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Very good book to learn the stragecdy of the play of the hand in bridge. We learn contracts in class but never really learn how to disect the hand to distinguish when to pull trump and not to pull trump right away.
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