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reviews some new
The Times Bridge Secrets by Andrew Robson, Collins, £12.99
I ALWAYS enjoy reading a new Andrew What you mustn’t do is take your ace!
Robson book, because he is one of the few ♠ A873 A count of the points gives all the
top-class players who can communicate ♥ K764 remaining ace, kings and queens to
with the reader in a totally relaxed and ♦ 6 declarer, giving him twelve tricks on top if
non-patronising manner, as if he was a ♣ AQ64 you take your ace of diamonds, but try the
personal friend almost. This book is ♠ J962 ♠ 10 4 effect of ducking. The slam can still be
happily no exception, based as it is upon ♥ 10 8 W E
♥ J953 made on a squeeze but declarer has to
his daily column in The Times, but deals ♦ J 10 9 8 S ♦ A7543 follow precise steps for that to happen and
have been grouped together into themes, ♣ 10 8 7 ♣ 92 in reality will probably fail. (This hand
so you might be reading a section on ♠ KQ5 belongs in the chapter called Trick One –
doubles – many of which backfired – or ♥ AQ2 a bit of a clue!)
laughing at hands where even the best ♦ KQ2 The last chapter consists entirely of new
players erred. And I very much liked ♣ KJ53 material and is a personal reflection of the
knowing that each hand was for real and author’s life at the very top of the game.
not just the brainchild of a fevered imagi- Some of the plays he finds are scarily good
nation in an effort to illustrate a point of West North East South but when the logic is explained they seem,
technique. 2NT well, obvious.
How would you cope as East on the Pass 3♣ Pass 3♦ This book would be useful for any grade
following deal? Pass 6NT All Pass of player, barring beginners, and apart from
Just look at your hand and dummy – a few proof-reading errors is as good as one
and no cheating! West leads the ♦J, so what do you do? comes to expect from this author.
Teach Yourself Bridge Technique (and have a laugh too) by David Bird
CD-Rom, Arnhem Bridge Products, £21.99
DAVID Bird is a prolific writer of high- to get to the expert stage and are therefore You are in 7♠ and West leads the three of
class bridge books, but has now turned his by no means trivial. What about this? (Look spades.
attention to the computer world with this only at the South hand and dummy.) I hope you won the opening lead with
fun CD-Rom. In it he teaches just about the ace of spades, played a diamond to
everything there is to know about declarer dummy, discarded a diamond on a top
play in ten chapters, each concentrating ♠ K82 heart and ruffed the diamonds good,
on a specific subject (trump management, ♥ AK9 using both of dummy’s spades as entries.
safety plays, avoidance plays, etc.). There ♦ AK8532 (I knew you would!)
are some introductory deals at the begin- ♣ 7 Of course, in real life you do not know
ning of each chapter just to get you into ♠ 753 ♠ 4 what sort of problem you are going to be
the swing of things before you are set a ♥ Q 10 7 5 2 W
♥ J8643 faced with, so this product has the happy
series of problems. Sometimes you are ♦ 7 S ♦ Q J 10 6 facility of giving you random deals.
given the bidding and sometimes you are ♣ K J 10 3 ♣ Q96 There are also a couple of light-hearted
asked your opinion as to the right bid. If ♠ A Q J 10 9 6 chapters featuring Bird’s clever monks and
you are too tired – or unable – to solve the ♥ Void nuns. They are surely the best group of
problem, the program will lead you through ♦ 94 players in the world ever – so be warned, if
the solution step by step. The deals are just ♣ A8542 you try those problems, you will get them
about the right standard for any player keen wrong!
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