Bridge For Dummies Paperback – Sep 25 2006
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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)
From the Back Cover
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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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.
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.
An excellent book. One of my favorites. Get it and improve your game dramatically.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 7 2012 by Florbela
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 morePublished on April 18 2010 by Nezza
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
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 morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Curt Renz
This is the best book I've found on Bridge because Kantar explains the "why" behind the conventions. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2000 by Karel Kramer
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 morePublished on Jan. 18 2000 by Shorthand Writer