The Bridge Book You Do Not Read Will Not Help You.
Simply put Dilly the Duck – if you don’t read some good bridge books you won’t be able to play bridge like a champion.
And my dear poor beginners of the game of bridge –yes I sympathise, it isn’t easy – you will have to read some books on Learn to Play Bridge or Beginners Bridge. Without them you are like a duck without water.
The first lesson for little ducklings is to get into the water as fast as possible – the same applies to learning to play bridge. Bridge books are your path to the water. Once you are in the water, there will be many perils awaiting you. That is when you advance to intermediate or advanced bridge playing and it goes without saying, you need to continue to read further.
Nobody wants to be the Ugly Duckling with No Sense of Direction at the bridge table.
Here are three bridge books that you should read in your journey of learning Beginners Bridge:
1. Introduction and Card Play Basics [Glandorf] $29.95
This is one of those books that bridge boffins have been known to state: I wish this book had been around when I was learning to play bridge. I would love to call myself a bridge boffin of note – but I cannot tell a lie (that often). It is a superb book to learn to play bridge and I would suggest if you are a beginner bridge player then you should have this in your armoury.
Glandorf’s innovative approach goes against the grain in teaching beginners to count the points in order to bid properly. It starts off with covering the mechanics of the game of bridge, hand valuation, preferred contract and scoring principles. It also covers the basics in play and defense.
2. Introduction to Defender’s Play [Kantar] $24.95
Introduction to Defender’s Play will teach you the skills you need to have to play good defensive bridge. According to the maestro good defensive skills are based on logic and if you can defend well it is almost impossible to be the Ugly Duckling with No Sense of Direction at the bridge table.
About 80% of contracts are not defeated when in fact with good defense at least 50% can be! Harry the Hog – hope you are putting in an order?
Kantar claims that most bridge players are not well versed with the fundamentals of good defense and this book will teach you how to give your partner the maximum information he or she requires to defeat the contract.; whether to play attacking or passive defense; which suite to lead, how to judge what the opponents are up to etc.
3. Barbara Seagram’s Beginning Bridge [Seagram/Lee] $32.95
This new book by Seagram is for complete beginners and is based on her material that she uses in her classes. Her book Conventions You Should Know is a best-selling bridge book and has sold more than 250 000 copies.
This new one covers every aspect in learning of play bridge. I loved it and it is fun to use.