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Standard Bidding with Sayc Paperback – November 1, 2005
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I like the fact that the authors have chosen a topic that needed a book, and have stuck to that topic. I like the care that they have taken to make this book the best it can be. I like the sample hands, in quantity and relevance. I like the occasional historical perspective. I like the tone of the book, which is as light, flowing and entertaining as one could possibly expect given the subject matter. I like the fact that I haven't yet found a hand with 14 cards, or a missing comma. I like the fact that the authors have included sections on Cappelletti (Hamilton in the West) and RKC not technically a "part" of SAYC but used in conjunction with it by so many that they might as well be. And I like the fact that the authors weren't afraid to suggest a couple of areas where SAYC could be improved.
If you are looking to improve your bidding without taking the plunge into "2 over 1" or one of the other (more demanding) systems, then this is the book for you
The best thing about this book is that it exists and is inexpensive, meaning you can get one for a demented partner, a beginner, etc. The worst thing is the lack of an index, which one can hope would be remedied in a second edition. I think the authors chose the right level of detail for the beginning and intermediate players. I read another review that complained about the coverage of the "SAYC conventions". In fact, I think they are all in here -- it is just that there are lots of conventions that many SAYC players also play. A good book for those is the two-volume set of "25 Conventions" by Seagram et. al.
I'm ordering another 5 today. Frankly, I'm not overly impressed by the book, but the students/players LOVE it. I've heard them rave about the book so many times.
This is a great book for that purpose. You won't find a lot of fluff and puff. The chapters are short and to the point. There are dozens of hands throughout to show different examples of how to bid, how to overbid and how to respond. Unlike other books, wherein the authors hold themselves out as the ultimate experts, this book brings forth opinions from the great bridge masters. It presents these often conflicting opinions objectively and makes recommendations, but in the end letting the reader adapt these opinions to his or her playing style.
This book will benefit beginner and intermediate players who play on the internet or at a duplicate bridge club. I highly recommend this title to anyone learning bridge or as a gift to your regular partner!
The book has excellent examples and is very readable.
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very simple and clear book, easy to read, well documented.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a must for any bridge player. It contains information on standard bidding that is both useful and understandable, with a bit of humor thrown in.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am new to bridge and still learning the basics of bidding. I've purchased several books but this is probably the best for the topic of bidding. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tea drinker
This book explains the meaning of the different conventions on the yellow card in enough detail so that you can make use of them and work on the play of the cards.Published 13 months ago by Richard V.