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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (Sept. 25 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471924261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471924265
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 By Carlos N. Velez on Feb. 9 2004
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Garrett on July 31 2002
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Snyder on Oct. 30 2002
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet B TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 26 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 28 2001
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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. To give one example -- a new player needs to know how to make an opening bid. This book has a thirty page chapter on the opening bid. Once one has memorized that, then there's another thirty page chapter on responding. It would be a lot more helpful to give a few rules of thumb, then add rules a few at a time as the reader practices. One thing I learned -- don't buy a book as a beginner based upon reviews by experienced players -- they can't remember anymore what it was like to be new at the game! This book may be okay as a reference, but certainly not as a way to get started.
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