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Bridge For Dummies [Paperback]

Eddie Kantar
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Sept. 25 2006 For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
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, 2E 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. You'll learn all about:

  • The basics of nontrump play
  • How to play the hand in a trump contract
  • Bidding for fun and profit
  • Taking advantage of advanced bidding techniques
  • Playing a strong defense and keeping score
  • Playing bridge on your computer
  • Playing in bridge clubs and tournaments
  • Where to find other great bridge resources

This newly revised edition features an expanded section on playing bridge online, with updated web addresses and other resources, along with new information on the latest bidding techniques. For anyone from novice to pro wanting to learn bridge or learn techniques to improve their game, Bridge For Dummies, 2E makes an ideal partner!

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"For the beginner or near-beginner, the revised Bridge for Dummies  by Eddie Kantar is the best choice." (The New York Times, December 16, 2006)

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Find out how to strategize with your partner

Hone your bridge skills and trump your opponents in no time!

Bridge isn't a game for wimps, but this helpful guide opens the door to understanding bridge with plenty of illustrated example hands, the latest bidding techniques, and an updated resources list. Bridge champion Eddie Kantar demystifies the strategies you need to succeed at this challenging game.

Discover how to

  • Understand bridge terms
  • Count and take sure tricks
  • Strategically rank, decode, and respond to bids
  • Find ways to double and redouble
  • Keep score using different styles
  • Search for bridge resources

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I am also new to bridge, and have also tried several other books on the subject. The three that I tried previously started with covering hand evaluation and bidding. By the time I get to the sections on "Responding to Responses at No Trump", I was getting lost. Kanter's approach is just the opposite. He teaches the mechanics of playing the hand first, THEN teaches how to evaluate the hand and bid. This is a great approach because once you learn how the play should be done, you are in a much better position to understand WHY you should evaluate and bid the way a hand demands you should. I've only studied the first 65 pages or so, but can already see a dramatic improvement in my bidding and my play. I can't wait to continue to study this great book.
Overall, a terrific approach to teaching this great game. I can't wait to read some of Kanter's other books as well.
Addendum: I continue to read and carefully study the chapters on play which preceed the chapters on bidding. There is lots of great material here. Don't let the "For Dummies" title fool you. This is a great book by a great teacher.
Addendum 2: Here I am 6 months after buying this book, and am I glad I did. I'm playing online regularly, and am gearing up for my first NABC in July! I'm still a novice, and there is a tremendous amount of learning and practice ahead, but this book has been a tremendous first step. I think that of all the beginner books that I've read on ANY subject, this has been the best in terms of preparing me for the next level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just right the beginner & the experienced player March 9 2014
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I already play Bridge & am slightly familiar with the work of Eddie Kantor.
My girlfriend wants to learn the game & I thought this book would be just right for the situation.
I'm reading it also, to see if there are things Mr. Kantor talks of that I should brush up on. I'm not far enough along to find any yet, but I'm sure the book will help both of us.
He's a brilliant man & the bonus is, he'll make you laugh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars book met expectations Nov. 7 2012
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I bought "Bridge for Dummies" claimed to be in good condition and I found it to be in good condition therefore I am quite happy with the product. The number of days for delivery was well estimated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book That Saved My Bridge Game Oct. 30 2002
I would have to disagree with other reviewers who write that this book is not for the rank beginner in bridge. I was a rank beginner in bridge who tried to read other bridge books and got absolutely nowhere. This was the book that turned the lights on for me at the bridge table. Kantar writes in a lively, funny and informative way that I found to be the "spoonful of sugar" to help the medicine go down. With this book, I went from a frustrated and confused player to one who really enjoys the game. Now, the bridge column is the first thing I read in the papers, and I'm always ready for a hand.
An excellent book. One of my favorites. Get it and improve your game dramatically.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for bridge novices July 31 2002
Don't assume this book is beneath you just because of the title. It's written by Eddie Kantar, one of the best modern bridge authors. It's a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to basic bridge bidding and play.
I came across this book after playing party bridge for several years. Although much of it was review for me, I did pick up a number of pointers to sharpen my game. Kantar breaks down the bidding in a very logical fashion. As someone who has tried (and occasionally failed) to teach the game to a number of friends over the years, I appreciated his elegant approach.
That said, this book is probably not the best tutorial for people who know literally nothing about bridge. There's not enough overview to provide the "big picture" for total beginners. Kantar quickly dives down into the detail of how to bid particular kinds of hands. If you've tried playing bridge even a few times, though, you should have enough context to follow along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HELPFUL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING BRIDGE! Dec 26 2011
By Janet Babins TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Bridge for Dummies was written by Eddie Kantar, a two-time World Champion. He was inducted into the Bridge Hall of Fame in 1996.

As a beginner this is the book for you. Eddie Kantar walks you through the book with great ease and explains in easy terms the aspects of the game. He gets you comfortable with the basics before you play. He also encourages beginners to read the book with a deck of cards, so that you can get the feel of the game.

If you are taking lessons, this is an extraordinary book to complement what you are learning. It makes learning so much easier and more enjoyable.

Bridge is a social game, a challenging game and a game of psychology.

This book is very well organized. It is divided into 7 parts, which include:
Beginning with basic No Trump Play, Trump Play, Bidding, Advance Bidding Techniques, Defensive Biddings, Slam Bids, Reverse Bids ,the different Conventions including
Stayman, Jacoby Transfers etc. He teaches you how to strategize with your partner, play a strong defense, Responding to a takeout Double, Redoubling and how to keep score.

There are diagrams of Bridge Hands which is a big help in learning.

If you are already playing Bridge, this book is for you as well to use as a Reference Book. You simply look up what you need to brush up on and Voila, it's all there.

Also, Eddie Kantar lists online web sites where you can play or watch Bridge being played. It is most enjoyable.

Bridge for Dummies is my encyclopedia of Bridge which I can't do without.

This book is a WINNER and I highly recommend it.

P.S. Practice is the key for becoming a better player. Enjoy the game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge for Dummies
This book was received promptly and in excellent condition for a used copy. For those who wish to learn to play Bridge or merely to brush up on forgotten skills, it is an... Read more
Published on April 18 2010 by Nezza
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant condition, speedy delivery, wud buy again from seller
what more can I say?? Next book purchase will prob be with this seller unless for some reason not available in his store.
Published on April 8 2010 by Richard E. Pollock
5.0 out of 5 stars Logical Teaching Plan Amid a Humorous Tone
I am new to Bridge, although I have played Chess and Hearts for 40 years. I first started wading through other Bridge books and got bogged down in bidding conventions before the... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Curt Renz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
I don't recommend this book for people who are completely new to bridge, despite the title, which suggested to me that it was appropriate as a beginning book. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Useful
This is the best book I've found on Bridge because Kantar explains the "why" behind the conventions. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2000 by Karel Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Investment
A great book for people such as myself who know nothing about about bridge. I think it is great that he save auctioning techniques until the very end. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2000 by Shorthand Writer
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat of a disappointment
I've been playing bridge at an intermediate level for many years and was interested in having a general reference as well as expanding my skills at bidding and playing. Read more
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