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#1 User is offline   FelicityR 

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Posted 2019-September-16, 05:02

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.

Not only do I like the idea of a biographical - Jeppe Juhl is a personal friend - analysis of Peter Fredin, I personally like the way the book is presented. Anecdotes asides, I enjoyed the format where you are given the opportunity to think like Fredin, only to realise that your own bridge psychology and play is, for me, never going to be anything like his, and then actually admire how brilliantly intelligent the man is.

I found it a great read, brimming with good humour, published in easy to read print, and it has now replaced 'Bridge in the Menagerie' by Victor Mollo as my favourite bridge book. And whilst I still like 'Menagerie' and the St Titus monastery articles of David Bird, there is a difference reading about a real bridge character as opposed to imaginary ones.
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Posted 2019-September-16, 06:21

how to read your opponents cards by Mike Lawrence
"definitely that's what I like to play when I'm playing standard - I want to be able to bid diamonds because bidding good suits is important in bridge" - Meckstroth's opinion on weak 2 diamond
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Posted 2019-September-16, 09:07

Championship Bridge - Jose le Dentu
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Posted 2019-September-16, 16:42

Right Through the Pack - Darvas and de Hart.
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Posted 2019-September-17, 10:33

The Rodwell Files
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Posted 2019-September-17, 13:36

I have two "The Play of the Cards" by Reese and Dormer and "Play these Hands with Me" by Terence Reese
"It is not enough to be a good player, you must also play well"
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Bridge is a game where you have two opponents...and often three(!)


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by how he handles the two's and three's" - Mollo's Hideous Hog
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Posted 2019-September-18, 01:17

Sir.There are many that are my favourites but to mention only two (1)WINNING DEFENCE by BROWN.(May be out of print).((2)FROM A TO Z by George S Coffin. Thanks.
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Posted 2019-September-18, 13:40

Another book you should consider reading is "Story of a Scandal" By Terence Reese The account of the Reese-Schapiro cheating allegation
at the World Championships in Buenos Airies in 1965.
"It is not enough to be a good player, you must also play well"
- Dr Tarrasch(1862-1934)German Chess Grandmaster

Bridge is a game where you have two opponents...and often three(!)


"Any palooka can take tricks with Aces and Kings; the true expert shows his prowess
by how he handles the two's and three's" - Mollo's Hideous Hog
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Posted 2019-September-20, 12:46

View PostKarert, on 2019-September-19, 16:18, said:

Choosing a "favourite" is impossible.

But one of the best I've read is Easley Blackwood's Complete Book of Opening Leads.

Even in terms of bridge books, a very heavy tome, and only dealing with the first card played. An excellent piece of work, and something Easley should be better known for…


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Posted 2019-September-23, 06:59

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.

This book has just won the Masterpoint Press book of the year, according to the WBF bulletin from the world championships.
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Posted 2019-September-23, 10:42

View Postpaulg, on 2019-September-23, 06:59, said:

This book has just won the Masterpoint Press book of the year, according to the WBF bulletin from the world championships.


Thank you for that information. It's an entertaining and enjoyable read: a bit different than many other run-of-the-mill bridge books. I loved it.
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Posted 2019-September-27, 11:57

S. J. Simon's Why You Lose at Bridge.
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Posted 2019-September-28, 11:07

View Postmiamijd, on 2019-September-17, 10:33, said:

The Rodwell Files

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Posted 2019-September-29, 04:14

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.



A good book. Makes me look like a amateur. lol Bridge at the Edge and The Rodwell Files are also favorites.
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Posted 2019-October-11, 21:22

Bridge in the Menagerie was the first bridge book I read. For me, everything else pales in comparison. :)

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