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#21 User is offline   haka9 

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Posted 2020-November-01, 12:30

View PostFelicityR, on 2019-September-16, 05:02, said:

Only occasionally do I buy a new bridge book as there are plenty to pick up from charity shops, secondhand booksellers and eBay. However, I am really glad I found this one by accident as it is very instructive and funny, too.

Master of Bridge Psychology by Jeppe Juhl and Peter Fredin.

It deserves to be a bridge bestseller. Having read the book, I can conclude that Peter Fredin is the Scandinavian equivalent of Zia Mahmood, not only an excellent bridge player but a larger-than-life character too.


I will try to buy that book (Amazon?). I have lots of favourite books. The oldest is Elimination by Roger Trezél in Swedish, Jannersten Bridgebibliotek. I was a young and eager player working for a while in Sweden years ago. I bought many bridge books and this was one of them. This was one of my first "advanced" view of how to play. Last week I played a classic "elimination och inpetning" 4 .

Then some years later I was visiting London and of course a book shop. I opened a bridge book just to look at it. On page 13: Oscar the Owl, senior kibitzer at the Griffins: 'Curious hand. Both sides can make 4 hearts.' Peregrine the Penguin, senior kibitzer at the Unicorns: 'A technician is a man who knows exactly what to do the moment he has done something else.' Of course I bought it and many others. Victor Mollo is still my favourite bridge writer, both Menagerie and serious-minded books.

Mike Lawrence books on overcalling and balancing are also my favourite books. The last to mention is "Bid Against the Masters. The Best of Bidding Forum." by Keith McNeil & Terence Reese. Deals from Bidding Forum in Australian Bridge. It contains a lot of McNeil's (sometimes brilliant) comments to expert players' answers of bidding problems and a Sum Up from Terence Reese to every deal.
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Posted 2020-November-01, 23:23

View Posthaka9, on 2020-November-01, 12:30, said:

Then some years later I was visiting London and of course a book shop.

I spent the last three years of my Navy career at HMS Centurion in Gosport, across the water from Portsmouth. During that time I bought a good chunk of my current bridge library at Foyle's in London. Fun bookstore, that was. B-)
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Posted 2021-January-15, 19:31

Right Through The Pack. There are some excellent twists in some of the stories.

From an educational perspective The Art of Declarer Play by Tim Bourke and Justin Corfield. Advanced Plus to Expert declarer technique.
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Posted 2021-February-01, 02:03

I now have a few Bridge books. Root's "How to play a Bridge Hand" was my first.
Some are useful some less so. They all have something.
Still, my favourite advice comes from a book on Chess that I read when I was 15.
I've never forgotten it.
The advice is useful in all timed equilibrium games and life in general.
It comes from "Play Like a Grandmaster" by AA Kotov.

"Once we have established all the candidate moves, we then proceed to work out the variations arising from them one by one.
The question of what order to tackle them in is a matter of taste. Some players like to look at the hardest lines first and only then dispose of the easy ones. Others prefer to do it the other way around.
All possible variations may be depicted in the form of a tree of analysis in which the variations and sub-variations are represented by the branches and boughs of the tree.
The main thing to master is the rule that during the game you must go along each branch once and once only. No going back no repeating yourself!
Wandering to and fro through the branches of the tree leads to loss of time and that scourge of practical players – time trouble."

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Posted 2021-October-06, 22:23

Strange as it might sound, I'd like to nominate "Golf is not a game of perfect" by Dr Bob Rotella as a worthwhile book for bridge players, because bridge is not a game of perfection either. The author is a sports psychologist.
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Posted 2021-October-15, 09:37

It's impossible to review this thread and not add Master Play by Terrence Reese.
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Posted 2021-October-20, 09:18

Since it got mentioned in a parallel running thread

How The Experts Win at Bridge, 1997, Burt Hall and Lynn Rose-Hall.

https://www.bridgeba...09#entry1031709
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