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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners 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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Bridge is hard, but Kantar is here to help! Kantar has already written some of the best bridge books around. Here, he covers the three fundamental aspects with style: bidding, declarer play and defense. A terrific accomplishment to prune, compact and explain all bridge aspects into a work suitable for a brand new player, but even the intermediate or intermediate-plus player will benefit (basic stuff is easily skipped). Treatment is accessible and he makes judgments on what should be "standard American style" that in the end will help the new or intermediate player (e.g. treating limit major raises as "standard") avoid the confusion that can result from debates over the "best" conventions. He shields the reader from these complexities while explaining and coordinating the basic concepts. This book could have easily been five times as long, and it is a tribute to Kantar that it was not. Kantar shows once again that he, along with the incomparable Bill Root, is one of America's foremost bridge teachers and authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Logical Teaching Plan Amid a Humorous Tone Dec 21 2003
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 authors finally explained the objective for which we were contracting. Taking tricks is the objective. Kantar begins by explaining how to cleverly make contracts, while temporarily sidestepping how those contracts are reached. Only after that does he ease us into the bidding conventions. Some Chess books make a similar mistake. They teach openings, middle game, and endings in that order. One needs to first grasp the later stages of a game before he sees meaning behind preparatory moves. Eddie does it all the right way. And his breezy humorous style makes the learning process a pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just right the beginner & the experienced player
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rick Frost
4.0 out of 5 stars book met expectations
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. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Florbela
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. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2011 by Janet Babins
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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 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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