Author(s): DAVID BIRD
Bridge has been one of the world's most popular games for centuries; well-respected as a strategic game that can be as competitive and technical or as fun and sociable as the players decide. This expertly presented book is a fabulous guide for players of all levels. It is a clear and effective tutorial for beginners, an essential sourcebook of reference points, sample games, tips and professional strategies for intermediate and high-level players, and a fascinating and entertaining history of bridge and the great champions for enthusiasts of every kind.
In the introduction, the basic principles of bridge and its continued evolution are discussed, and the first chapter goes on to detail the colourful history of the game, starting with its development out of 17th-century whist into contract bridge, which is the game we play today.
The book provides colourful biographies of famous players from all over the world, such as Ely Cuthbertson, Omar Sharif, Terence Reese, Paul Chemla and Gabriel Chagas. These players’ incredible skills and contributions to the game are explained, alongside entertaining anecdotes and wonderful photographs that will delight all bridge enthusiasts.
The central, practical heart of the book then focuses on how to play bridge and improve your game, from basic through to intermediate and advanced-level, both in bidding and card play. The author, David Bird, is renowned for his unsurpassed experience in writing about bridge. Under his guidance, players of all levels are able to learn and improve their game, achieve their desired levels of skill and knowledge and, above all, increase their enjoyment by playing bridge to the fullness of their potential.
David Bird is the world’s most prolific bridge writer. He has written 92 books on the game, a total exceeded only by the late championship player Terence Reese. He is bridge correspondent for the Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. Well known for his humorous bridge fiction, he contributes regularly to leading bridge magazines around the world.