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Posted 2004-July-27, 10:06

The three bridge books I have read and re-read the most are...

!) Adventures in Card Play
2) Partnership bidding at bridge
3) Squeeze Play Complete

Honorable mention, several books staring hideous hog and rueful rabbit by Victor Mollo.

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Posted 2004-July-27, 10:21

With my wife on the American Bridge Teachers' Assoc. book committee, I can't keep up with the new books as quickly as they come in :blink:

However, before this time, I used to like to pull out the Kelsey match play and quiz books out every once in a while to keep my thinking fresh.
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Posted 2004-July-27, 10:24

Books I *actually* re-read the most:

1) Forquet's Bridge with the Blue Team
2) Victor Mollo's Menagerie series (RR, HH, etc.)
3) Mike Lawrence's Play a Swiss Teams with Me
4) David Bird's bridge-playing monks of St Titus series

Books I dive into for references the most:

1) Partnership Bidding at Bridge (Robson & Segal)
2) Practical Odds for Bridge Players (Kelsey & Glauert)
3) 2/1 Workbook (Lawrence)

Books I read the first three chapters frequently:

1) Adventures in Card Play
2) Squeeze Play Complete

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Posted 2004-July-27, 10:39

Robson's book is probably the best thing out there. Definitely worth several re-readings.
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Posted 2004-July-27, 14:48

better bidding with bergen, volumes 1 and 2
LOTT, cohen
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Posted 2004-July-27, 15:49

Why You Lose At Bridge by S J (Skip) Simon - still the best book ever written on bridge.
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Posted 2004-July-27, 19:24

Ben and Paul, I think it deserves to mention that the proper title of the book (3) is:

Bridge Squeezes Complete (by Clyde E. Love).

It is a wonderful book, I agree 100%

Sry (or I missed something?),

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Posted 2004-July-28, 01:53

KiwiBridge, on Jul 27 2004, 04:49 PM, said:

Why You Lose At Bridge by S J  (Skip) Simon - still the best book ever written on bridge.

Skip? I think his name was Skid.

But what's a letter here or there between friends.

As I recall the Los Angeles Times once referred to the Australian Prime Minister as John Hunt, so you're in good company Garry.

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Posted 2004-July-28, 01:55

The only book I re-read is Mollo and Gardiner.

Indispensible.

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Posted 2004-July-28, 03:38

"As I recall the Los Angeles Times once referred to the Australian Prime Minister as John Hunt"

They almost got it right, Dwayne.
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Posted 2004-July-28, 12:46

How could I not vote for "Why you lose at bridge". I reread it this afternoon. There is a very funny Dutch one, Quiet and Unquiet Bridge, in which figure the General, a grumpy expert, his sister, who of course cannot bridge at all (although she seems able to finesse). Bullifax, the dumb local bank director, Madeleine, a foolish rich lady (who is most able as dummy) with an unhappy marriage, a charming Italian expert/bachelor, desperately needing money (guess...). The book ends with a christmas carol in which the general plays against the devil to save the soul of several of the dumber protagonists. The years I didnt bridge because of career & kids were saved by rereading these books, and the Mollo ones of course.

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Posted 2004-July-28, 13:48

Hi all
My choice (not sure for the ranking anyway)

To bid or not to bid (by Larry Cohen, and 2nd part "Following the law")

Partnership bidding at Bridge (the contested action) by Robson & Seagal (btw never heard of non-contested edition of the book)

Notebook on Overcalls - by Mike Lawrence ( that's just BRIDGE)

Better bidding with Bergen part II (never saw part I) by Marty Bergen

CC of Bocchi-Duboin (especially the transfer ideas)

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Posted 2004-July-28, 14:36

I am really shocked that Right through the Pack by Darvas / De Hart isn't mentioned. Its my favorite, although my first copy was stolen at the Phoenix Nationals and my 2nd copy is on permanent loan.

Adventure in Card Play is a close second.

For me, I just can't enjoy a lot of the books that deal with bidding; most just read like a textbook, and who wants to reread material like that? I'll make an exception for a lot of the stuff by Mike Lawrence, like balancing, doubles, opening leads, etc..
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Posted 2004-July-28, 14:59

Agree with PClayton about right trough the pack. The first time i tried i wasn't up to it probably, took it with me last holiday and was hooked.
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Posted 2004-July-28, 15:24

No one mentioning "Matchpoints" by Kit Woolsey ?
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Posted 2004-July-28, 17:25

Rado, on Jul 28 2004, 09:48 PM, said:

Better bidding with Bergen part II (never saw part I) by Marty Bergen

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hi rado.. volume I is the uncontested auction, volume II the contested auction... # I is where i really understood 2/1 bidding, and imo a pair can do a whole lot worse than play the entire structure (minors and majors) that bergen/cohen used back then
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Posted 2004-July-29, 11:31

I loved the most Mollo´s books, but I can´t reread since I don´t have them.

What I use to reread are the Hugh Kelsey´s carding problem books, but everytime I reread I remember more problems, so I won´t be able to do it for long :).
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Posted 2004-July-31, 20:16

I guess it is sad to say, but I never read a bridgebook in my life.
Closest to reading about bridge is bridgemagazines, either ACBL, IMP.

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  Posted 2004-August-01, 17:24

Too many books out there...he he B)

100 bridge winning tips -Ron Klinger
Partnership Defense in Bridge - Kit Woolsey

Always seem to need a refresher course...lol

Then there are those you read and peek in from time to time :

2/1 Game force - Max Hardy
Precision today - David Berkowitz / Brent Manley

B) But guess one has to stay on top of things...

Nice to see the various approaches...selecting the best ...hard work though... :)

Whatever one is comfortable with is much more like it.... :)
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