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#1 User is offline   babalu1997 

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Posted 2011-January-22, 13:51

Suppose you are an advancing player and can handle yourself well wihtin the circles you play, you also have read a few books.

Which books would you benefit from reading again, by picking up insights you could not have picked up when reading or learning it for the first time.

I recently started rereading louis watson`s play of the hand, and half of the book was not there the fst time i read it.

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Posted 2011-January-22, 15:30

I don't think anyone could read Adventures in Card Play too many times. I also don't think anyone could read that book for the 100th time and not catch something missed earlier.
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Posted 2011-January-22, 16:36

If you have the time and the sufficient motivation, I think that its worth the effort to read a group of books until you have literally memorized every single hand.

I try to do this with all of the Kelsey books. When I don't recognize hands in Killing Defense, and I either have to work hard to get the problems correct or do not get them at all, I know that my skills have slipped.
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Posted 2011-January-24, 10:56

The Expert Game, by Terence Reese

Definitely worth it.
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Posted 2011-January-24, 11:26

View PostPhil, on 2011-January-22, 16:36, said:

If you have the time and the sufficient motivation, I think that its worth the effort to read a group of books until you have literally memorized every single hand.

I try to do this with all of the Kelsey books. When I don't recognize hands in Killing Defense, and I either have to work hard to get the problems correct or do not get them at all, I know that my skills have slipped.


Thanks Phil this sounds good.

When i read watson the fst time, i could understand very little and even the diagramas were hard to read, this on top of being a non-native speaker of english.

i think for the purpose of card play i should pick some of the sequences of bridge master-- the environment matches the one where i play-- i dont play live.

maybe a method of accomplishing this would be to actually copy the hands and comments onto those lin files for further study.

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Posted 2011-February-17, 08:13

I own and have read a great many bridge books. And I have reread many of them.
I think any decent (Intermediate level and above) set of problems is well worth reading again.
Give yourself at least a year before rereading the same book.
If you find yourself thinking "Hmm, I wonder what to do if the trumps break 5-0? Maybe I better shorten my trumps just in case ..." then you are making progress.

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PS Also do Bridge Master Problems, and reread books on deduction like How to Read Your Opponents Cards, and the ones by Kelsey, Dormer Kambites, etc. on this topic. Plus Counting at Bridge (CD) Vols 1&2

>>I don't think anyone could read Adventures in Card Play too many times. I also don't think anyone could read that book for the 100th time and not catch something missed earlier.


Waste of time. While the book is facinating, you are far better off spending your time thinking about what to do if trumps are 4-1 instead of how to play some once in a life time squeeze.
Or just read David Birds excellent book on Squeezes (Bridge Squuezes fro Everyone) and refine your ability to pull off a double squeeze.
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Posted 2011-February-17, 19:53

View Postkenrexford, on 2011-January-22, 15:30, said:

I don't think anyone could read Adventures in Card Play too many times. I also don't think anyone could read that book for the 100th time and not catch something missed earlier.

I agree. I have read the first chapter about 20 times and have missed everything...
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Posted 2011-February-18, 08:35

My favorite local bridge pro says he still re-reads How To Read Your Opponents Cards, kind of like Jack Nicklaus still spends time each spring tuning up the fundamentals.
If you lose all hope, you can always find it again. Richard Ford in The Sportswriter
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