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Bridge for Dummies, 4th Edition


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part 1: Getting Started with Basic Notrump Play 7 CHAPTER 1: Going to Bridge Boot Camp 9 CHAPTER 2: Counting and Taking Sure Tricks 19 CHAPTER 3: Using Winning Trick Techniques at Notrump Play 27 CHAPTER 4: Outsmarting Your Opponents at Notrump Play 45 Part 2: Playing the Hand in a Trump Contract 63 CHAPTER 5: Introducing Trump Suits 65 CHAPTER 6: Creating Extra Winners to Discard Losers 81 CHAPTER 7: Setting Up the Dummy's Long Suit 91 CHAPTER 8: Getting Rid of Losers by Using the Dummy's Trump Cards 103 Part 3: Bidding for Fun and Profit 111 CHAPTER 9: Starting with Bidding Basics 113 CHAPTER 10: Making a Successful Opening Bid 123 CHAPTER 11: Responding to an Opening Bid 147 CHAPTER 12: Rebidding by the Opener 181 CHAPTER 13: Rebidding by the Responder 207 Part 4: Forging Ahead with Advanced Bidding Techniques 229 CHAPTER 14: Creating Interference: Defensive Bidding 231 CHAPTER 15: Double Trouble: Doubling and Redoubling 249 CHAPTER 16: Hitting Hard: Slam Bidding 267 Part 5: Playing a Strong Defense and Keeping Score 279 CHAPTER 17: Defending against Notrump Contracts 281 CHAPTER 18: Defending against Trump Contracts 299 CHAPTER 19: Playing Second Hand on Defense 317 CHAPTER 20: Wrapping Up with Scorekeeping 329 Part 6: Feeding Your Addiction to Bridge 345 CHAPTER 21: Joining Bridge Clubs and the Tournament World 347 CHAPTER 22: Playing Bridge on Your Computer and Online 357 Part 7: The Part of Tens 363 CHAPTER 23: Ten Ways to Be a Better Bridge Partner 365 CHAPTER 24: Ten Great Bridge Resources 369 Appendix: Acol Bidding System 375 Index 389

About the Author

Eddie Kantar is a Grand Master in the World Bridge Federation and a two-time world bridge champion. He wrote Complete Defensive Play, a book listed as a top ten all-time bridge favorite, and is the author of the first three editions of Bridge For Dummies.

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