Author(s): Eddie Kantar
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-each hand presents a different set of conditions you must figure out and solve. It's very social-you play with a partner and two opponents. And best of all-it's fun. Bridge For Dummies gives you a step-by-step explanation of the fundamentals of the game in terms you can understand. It walks you through the different aspects of bridge, featuring 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. Covers playing bridge online Includes updated websites and other resources Gives you the latest bidding techniques, including ACOL Bridge For Dummies is the perfect guide for a beginner hoping to learn to play bridge as well as the seasoned player looking for new techniques and strategies.
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.
Introduction 1 Part I: Beginning with Basic Notrump Play 7 Chapter 1: Going to Bridge Boot Camp 9 Chapter 2: Counting and Taking Sure Tricks 19 Chapter 3: Using Winning Trick Techniques at Notrump Play 27 Chapter 4: Outsmarting Your Opponents at Notrump Play 45 Part II: Playing the Hand in a Trump Contract 63 Chapter 5: Introducing Trump Suits 65 Chapter 6: Creating Extra Winners and Discarding Losers 81 Chapter 7: Setting Up the Dummy's Long Suit 91 Chapter 8: Getting Rid of Losers by Using the Dummy's Trump Cards 103 Part III: Bidding for Fun and Profit 111 Chapter 9: Starting with Bidding Basics 113 Chapter 10: Making a Successful Opening Bid 123 Chapter 11: Responding to an Opening Bid 147 Chapter 12: Rebidding by the Opener 179 Chapter 13: Rebidding by the Responder 205 Part IV: Forging Ahead with Advanced Bidding Techniques 227 Chapter 14: Creating Interference: Defensive Bidding 229 Chapter 15: Double Trouble: Doubling and Redoubling 247 Chapter 16: Hitting Hard: Slam Bidding 267 Part V: Playing a Strong Defense and Keeping Score 279 Chapter 17: Defending against Notrump Contracts 281 Chapter 18: Defending against Trump Contracts 299 Chapter 19: Playing Second Hand 317 Chapter 20: Wrapping Up with Scorekeeping 329 Part VI: Feeding Your Addiction to Bridge 345 Chapter 21: Joining Bridge Clubs and the Tournament World 347 Chapter 22: Playing Bridge on Your Computer and Online 357 Part VII: The Part of Tens 361 Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Be a Better Bridge Partner 363 Chapter 24: Ten Great Bridge Resources 367 Appendix: Acol Bidding System 373 Index 387