June 17th, 2010 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ 1 Comment
I have four brand new Master Point Press titles to tell you about. Brag about, actually, because they are pretty good. But since I’m the author of none of them, only the blogger here to spread the news, I think I’ll just get right to the point.
1. Breaking the Bridge Rules: First hand play by Barry Rigal
I start with this one because it is the first of a planned four-book new series on cardplay. Rules are made to be broken, and bridge is no exception. This book deals with situations where the player on lead – defender or declarer, at the start of the deal or in the middle – needs to do something that is ostensibly ‘breaking the rules’. Not, obviously, the rules of bridge itself, but the well-tried adages that every player is taught – the rules of thumb that work in a lot of cases. Knowing when to break those rules is one of the marks of an expert player.
I am pretty good at breaking the rules, but alas, I am not the author of this book. Nor am I any sort of bridge expert. Here is a little bit about the author:
Barry Rigal (New York) grew up in the UK and is a professional bridge writer and commentator. He contributes regularly to various magazines, and is the head VuGraph commentator at World and European events.
2. Bridge at the Enigma Club by Peter Winkler
Robert Tischman is just looking for a game of bridge, but when a mysterious woman persuades him to play in a two-session event at the Enigma Club, he gets much more than that. This is a book that can be enjoyed on several levels:
1) as a fun bridge novel with lots of great deals;
2) as a glimpse of what the game might be like if technology were applied to it with more imagination;
3) as an exposition of the author’s ideas on encrypted bidding and encrypted signals – bids and plays where in full compliance with the Laws of Bridge, partners can exchange information that cannot be deciphered by their opponents.
Consumer Warning: the methods represented in this book, though fascinating and ingenious, are illegal in many bridge jurisdictions. [This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.]
Peter Winkler (Hanover, NH) is a former cryptographer who now teaches mathematics and computer science at Dartmouth College. He originated the idea of encrypted signals some twenty-five years ago, and has been fighting to legalize them ever since.
3. Deadly Hold-Up by Jim Priebe
Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Well, see for yourself.
Art Fraser, the bridge-playing detective who made his debut in Takeout Double, has left Buffalo and moved his new family to Florida, where he is setting up as a private investigator. However, he’s soon called back north to help the bridge authorities in Boston, where a robbery at the Fall Nationals has left one man dead and a whole lot of money missing. The local homicide cops are less than overjoyed to have Fraser involved, but they’re also struggling to understand the ins and outs of the bridge tournament world. The two sides work out an uneasy arrangement as the mystery deepens.
Jim Priebe (Toronto) is a Canadian international bridge player and the author of two previous Art Fraser books, as well as two technical bridge titles. He is a retired executive, who divides his time between bridge, golf, and grandchildren.
4. The Pocket Guide to SAYC by Ned Downey and Ellen Pomer (‘Caitlin’)
Using the same format as The Pocket Guide to Bridge, this book will provide a handy pocket summary of the popular SAYC bidding system. In a concise but readable manner, it goes over the basic ideas of SAYC, which is the most popular natural system for online bridge players around the world. The contents are based on Standard Bidding with SAYC, by the same authors.
Ned Downey (Hawaii) and Ellen Pomer (Toronto) are experienced bridge teachers and partners in the ‘Bridge Forum’ web site. Ned is also teaches bridge via the Swan Games online playing site Ellen is well-known on the Internet under her handle ‘Caitlin’, and regularly writes for various magazines on Internet bridge.
You will be pleased to know that all four of these books are available now as ebooks at http://ebooksbridge.com. We have some free downloads coming soon, so stay posted. The printed copies will be available for order in July.
January 22nd, 2010 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ No Comments
Our Spring titles are complete and ready for your enjoyment! Linda has been blogging about them for days (or in the case of Clyde Love, months!) and they are now ready for immediate ebook purchase on www.ebooksbridge.com, or in hard copy in a few weeks (most sites are taking pre-orders now). Here are the details, feel free to post comments on our beautiful covers. Also, keep reading for information on free materials from all three books!
Bridge Squeezes Complete by Clyde Love
In the original foreword to the 1959 edition of Bridge Squeezes Complete, Woodson and Norwood wrote, “We confidently predict that this work will become an all-time classic.” The book has lived up to this claim, unlocking the mysteries of squeeze play for players of all levels, and appearing on most published lists of “the top ten bridge books ever written.” Love’s system of classifying squeezes has been used by most writers who have succeeded him.
However, a classic, like a Renaissance painting, may eventually need restoration. The game of bridge has changed a great deal in the past fifty years, and bridge theorists have built on Professor Love’s foundation to advance our knowledge and understanding of squeeze play. With respect and appreciation for Love’s original accomplishment, Linda Lee and Julian Pottage have revised the book, making it more accessible for today’s reader. Little is now “left as an exercise for the reader.” A substantial number of new examples have been added, bringing to light the areas of trump squeezes, entry squeezes and non-material squeezes.
In this new edition, Bridge Squeezes Complete will be as valuable to the modern player as the original was to its readers half a century ago.
Clyde E. Love (1882-1960) was a professor of mathematics at Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was (obviously) an expert on squeeze play, and wrote books on both bridge and mathematics.
Linda Lee (Canada) is a WBF World Master who is equally at home teaching beginners and analyzing complex squeezes. In addition to several books, Linda is the author of the popular bridge blog, http://linda.bridgeblogging.com.
Julian Pottage (Wales) is one of the world’s best constructors of bridge problems. He is a two-time winner of the IBPA Book of the Year Award. Julian’s most recent book for Master Point Press is Bridge Behind Bars with Nick Smith.
Bridge, Probability and Information by Bob MacKinnon
Bridge, unlike chess, is a game of incomplete information. We bid with thirteen cards in view and play each deal seeing only twenty-six. We must deduce the positions of the rest from the auction and from the cards played. Some knowledge of the laws of probability is a critical weapon for any successful player.
Using a semi-fictional narrative approach, Bridge, Probability and Information develops the ideas of probability and information theory, applying them to bridge in a way no previous author has done. Concepts discussed include Vacant Spaces, Restricted Choice and how the split in one suit affects the probabilities in the others. Readers emerge with some very practical advice that will make them more successful players.
Robert F. MacKinnon lives in Victoria, Canada. His bridge writings include a blog on mathematical issues in bridge, various magazine articles, and two books of bridge fiction, including the remarkable Samurai Bridge.
The Mysterious Multi by Mark Horton and Jan van Cleeff
The principle of the “Multi” – the idea that one bid can encompass a variety of different meanings – has a well-established history. In the modern game, the Multi Two Diamonds is one of its most popular applications. If you adopt the Multi, you have now opened up interesting alternative uses for as many as three other two-level openings. This book is a first comprehensive look at Multi ideas as they are used today, also covering the Multi Landy (Woolsey) defense to 1NT and defenses against the Multi, making this a valuable book even for those who don’t wish to play the convention themselves. The final chapter, entitled “The Multi in Action,” consists of a wealth of examples from top-level play.
Mark Horton (England) is an internationally-known player and writer, and is Editor of BRIDGE magazine in the U.K. His most recent book was Misplay These Hands With Me.
Jan van Cleeff (Netherlands) publishes and edits IMP magazine. He is a frequent contributor to the Daily Bulletins at World and European Championships.
Now on to more fun stuff, the free stuff! Visit www.ebooksbridge.com and click on the “free downloads” link. You will find supplementary materials for all three books. For The Mysterious Multi we have posted the ACBL defenses to the Multi for your playing pleasure. Bob MacKinnon has written three new stories, not included in Bridge, Probability and Information, upon his further consideration of all things probability. And still to come (just ironing out the squeeze kinks) is a set of practice exercises for squeeze play. Not for the weak-of-heart (only perhaps the weak-of-hand?), these exercises will hone your squeeze skills even further. You do not need to have read the book to try them, but you may find that it helps! Stay tuned for more Love!
October 16th, 2009 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ No Comments
Fall is a nice time to grab a new book and cozy up by the fireplace (or radiator?) and deny the fact that the colder weather is here to stay. And what better place to start than one of these three new books, recently added to our eBook site (www.ebooksbridge.com) and available by November 1st in hard copy.
Take All Your Chances by Eddie Kantar
Selecting the best line of play in a bridge hand as declarer is not easy. Most novices know something about basic odds and percentages, and can often find a line that offers a reasonable chance of success. However, the expert will skilfully combine options, so as to take advantage of more than chance. Rather than putting all his eggs in one basket, he will ‘stay alive’, squeezing out every extra chance. In this book of intermediate problems, Kantar shows the reader how to do this – there is always a line of play that will allow you take all your chances, and bring home your contract.
Eddie Kantar (Santa Monica, CA) is one of the most popular and prolific bridge writers in the world. A winner of two World Championships, and a member of the Bridge Hall of Fame, his many books include Modern Bridge Defense, the hilarious Kantar on Kontract, and of course, Roman Keycard Blackwood. His work appears regularly in many bridge magazines around the world.
The Complete Book on Overcalls
by Mike Lawrence
Originally published in 1980, this book quickly became recognized as a ‘must-read’ for any would-be bridge expert, and has never been out of print. Now, almost 30 years later, the author has revised, updated and expanded it to take into account modern developments in the theory and practice of competitive bidding. Anyone serious about improving their game needs to own a copy of this book.
Alfred Sheinwold’s review of the original edition: ‘If you read only one bridge book this year, this should be it.’
Mike Lawrence (TN) has Hall of Fame credentials both as a player and a writer. An original member of the Dallas Aces, he has won three world titles and eighteen national titles. Several of his books are widely regarded as classics of the game.
It’s Your Call by Marshall Miles
For about 25 years, Marshall Miles was the moderator of an all-star bidding panel for a California bridge publication. This book is a compilation of his favorite bidding problems from those years, together with the panel’s views and Miles’ own trenchant comments. As ever, he is prepared to go his own way; he refuses, for example, to assign scores to various bids on the grounds that he wasn’t going to give himself 20/100 when he knew his answer was right, even if no one on the panel agreed with him! A bonus section includes Miles’ latest thoughts and recommendations on a number of cutting-edge bidding ideas.
Marshall Miles is the author of six previous books, including the all-time classic How to Win at Duplicate Bridge. He is a WBF World Master and has won several North American Championships. He lives in California.
June 4th, 2009 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ No Comments
♠ Q J 10 9 8 5 4 2 ♥ — ♦ A K Q 8 6 ♣ —
Do not adjust your glasses. This hand was actually dealt to me!
So begins Larry Cohen’s My Favorite 52, new this summer in book form from Master Point Press. What is the correct opening bid? I’m not going to tell you the answer. But you can find Larry’s answer by visiting www.ebooksbridge.com to view a FREE sample (including this chapter and the next) and to upload your new eBook. All four of our new summer titles, available in hard copy by July 1st, are now for sale on our eBook site. Here are the details:
1. My Favorite 52 by Larry Cohen
Larry Cohen is one of the most successful American bridge players of the last 20 years. In My Favorite 52, Cohen presents a collection of his favorite personal bridge moments, using an intimate ‘over-the-shoulder’ presentation, taking the reader through more than 60 deals (no, not just 52!). Each deal is important to him in some way, or technically interesting, or just plain fun. The book’s interactive style allows the reader to follow bidding and play, and even to make their own decisions at key points. Read this book for fun, or study it in depth and learn from it – whichever you choose to do, you will find it hard to put down.
Read Judy Kay-Wolff’s review of the book here.
My Favorite 52 was originally published as interactive software, and won the American Bridge Teachers Association ‘Software of the Year’ award in 2005. Adapted by Linda Lee, this is its first publication in book form.
Larry Cohen (Boca Raton, Florida) won his first National Championship at age 22 and went on to collect 25 more titles before retiring from competition in 2009. Director of the prestigious Bridge World Master Solvers’ Club and a frequent contributor to bridge magazines around the world, he is a popular bridge lecturer on land and at sea. His book To Bid or Not To Bid: the Law of Total Tricks is one of the all-time bestsellers on the game. Aside from bridge, his passions are playing golf and watching sports, especially his beloved Yankees.
Linda Lee (adaptor – Toronto, Canada) is a World Life Master. The author of four previous books, she conducts a popular bridge blog. Her most recent book was Barbara Seagram’s Beginning Bridge (with Barbara Seagram).
Bobby Wolff (foreword – Las Vegas) is one of the all-time great American bridge players. He started winning world championships in the 1960s with the famous Dallas Aces. Since then he has accumulated 11 world titles, 10 solver and bronze medals in world competitions, and over 30 National titles. In 1994 Wolff was unanimously elected to the WBF Committee of Honor, and he is a member of the Bridge Hall of Fame. His ‘Bridge with the Aces’ column, which has been appearing daily for over 25 years, is syndicated in more than 130 newspapers worldwide and featured daily on www.bridgeblogging.com.
2. Patrick Jourdain’s Problem Corner by Patrick Jourdain
Patrick Jourdain’s Problem Corner has been a popular regular feature of BRIDGE Magazine in the UK for many years. This collection of challenging declarer-play problems has been selected from the best of the material that has appeared in the magazine, and will be welcomed by advanced players.
Patrick Jourdain (Wales), who is President of the International Bridge Press Association, is one of the world’s best-known writers on the game. This is his third book.
3. Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand by Barbara Seagram and David Bird
Do you get that terrible sinking feeling when you first see dummy? Does your mind go blank as everyone waits for you to play to the first trick? If so, you’re not alone.
Beginning bridge players are taught some of the basic techniques of declarer play: suit establishment, ruffing losers, the finesse, and so forth. The hard part is learning what to do when. In the dreaded moment following the opening lead, the typical novice declarer has no idea where to start. Yet the key to success is simple: before playing from dummy at Trick 1, make a plan.
In this book, two of the world’s best bridge teachers/authors explain how to go about making a plan as declarer, using a simple step-by-step process. Readers will learn how to decide what to do on a given deal, both in notrump contracts and suit contracts. By the end of the book, even the most inexperienced declarer will be comfortable with more advanced material, such as entry management and counting the hand.
Barbara Seagram (Toronto, Canada) is one of North America’s best-known bridge teachers and has more than 250,000 copies of her books on bridge in print. These include the bestselling 25 Conventions You Should Know and most recently Barbara Seagram’s Beginning Bridge.
David Bird (Southampton, UK) is one of the world’s best-known bridge authors, with more than eighty books to his credit. Recent titles include Somehow We Landed in 6NT and 25 Ways to be a Better Defender (with Barbara Seagram).
4. The Pocket Guide to Acol Bridge by Mark Horton and Barbara Seagram
The original Pocket Guide to Bridge has sold more than 30,000 copies since its publication in 2002. Thousands of bridge players have found it an indispensable and handy guide to bidding – something that can be tucked into a purse or pocket and easily used for reference at the table during lessons and practice games. This new version employs the Acol bidding system for readers in the UK and other places where Acol is played, and will doubtless be as popular as the original.
Mark Horton (UK) is one of the world’s best-known bridge journalists and professional players. He is the editor of BRIDGE magazine in the UK.
Barbara Seagram (Toronto, Canada) has more than 250,000 copies of her books on bridge in print. These include the bestselling 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know and most recently Barbara Seagram’s Beginning Bridge.
February 11th, 2009 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ No Comments
Some of you may have read my previous post about our three new spring titles. Well exciting news: all three are now available at the click of a button at www.ebooksbridge.com! If you have been keeping up-to-date with our progress you will know that recently we launched our new ebook site and have been adding new titles regularly. Check it out! Just scroll to the bottom of the page to find our new titles, and a free download. Even if you don’t have an ebook reader, you can download the books right to your computer and even print them out if you wish. That way you can own the three new titles before anyone else (it may still be a week or so until they are available through most retailers).
There has been much discussion in the book world lately about ebooks. The most obvious argument is that ebooks are more environmentally friendly: they use less paper. Yes, a book will be around a lot longer than most computers these days, and computers certainly contain more hazardous waste than one book, but everyone already has a computer anyway and you can download umpteen ebooks to the one device and use it again and again. I don’t think ebooks will ever completely replace the book itself, no matter how many improvements they make to the Sony Reader or the Kindle, but it reminds me of the favorite question among booksellers: if you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one thing, which book would you pick? If I had an eReader with hundreds of books on it, I would definitely take that! Of course, not until they become solar powered. The biggest advantage for me is apparent when you walk into my apartment and take one look at my bookshelf. Yikes! Think of all the space I could save.
Are ebooks the wave of the future? What do you think? Only time will tell.
February 4th, 2009 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ 2 Comments
Well spring is just around the corner (despite that pesky groundhog seeing his shadow!) and to kick off the changing season, Master Point Press has three new titles to add to its catalogue. Let me tell you a little bit about them.
1. Somehow we Landed in 6NT by David Bird
What better way to beat those winter blues than to pick up a good book. And this is the perfect choice: part fact, part fiction, well written and funny, all with the added excitement of a slam contract. Read on:
Can you make twelve tricks?
The stories and anecdotes in this collection have one thing in common: in every case the contract is 6NT!
The first half of the book features the world’s finest players at work, tackling all manner of 6NT contracts — some commendable, some truly awful. You will have a chance to plan your play in these contracts yourself, before learning what fate befell the orignial declarer.
The second half of the book contains humorous short stories, featuring many of David Bird’s well-loved characters: the bridge-crazy monks of the St. Titus Monastery, the nuns of St. Hilda’s Convent, and the Rabbi and his entourage. There is further action from Cholmeley School, from the missionaries whose main task in life is to convert the Bozwambi tribe to the Acol bidding system, and even some tales involving Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham and the much-maligned Sir Guy of Gisburne. Although some of these stories have been published in bridge magazines around the world, none of them have previously appeared in book form.
David Bird (Southampton, UK) is one of the world’s best-known bridge authors, with more than eighty books to his credit. Recent titles for Master Point Press include Bridge Endplays for Everyone and 25 Ways to be a Better Defender (with Barbara Seagram).
2. Bridge Behind Bars by Julian Pottage and Nick Smith
Yes the title says it all, this is a bridge novel set against the backdrop of a prison! This makes for a unique novel filled with colorful characters and very interesting bridge hands. Here’s a small excerpt:
“There was a loud metallic thud as the outside door closed behind Timothy Newman. So this is my new home then, he thought. Prison. Clink. The slammer. Prison is no place for an ordinary, law-abiding, middle-class guy like me, he reflected. Not even Great Yarborough Prison.”
But it turns out that prison life in Great Yarborough has a silver lining for Tim — bridge. An expert player, he finds that his ability earns him unlooked-for respect amongst his fellow-prisoners, many of whom pass their ‘time’ at the card table. This is a bridge novel filled with unusual characters and great deals — and a bridge game that gives new meaning to the term ‘cut-throat’!
Julian Pottage (Wales) is well-known as one of the world’s best creators of problem hands. His previous Master Point Press books include the award-winning Play or Defend? This is a first book for Nick Smith (UK).
3. A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play by Julian Laderman
Many of you will remember A Bridge to Simple Squeezes which was named 2006 ABTA Book of the Year. Julian Laderman returns with a book on declarer play filled with insights to inspire novice and intermediate players toward expert play. The book contains two appendices on probability, as well as quizzes to help its reader practice identifying the key features discussed. Here is the official word:
Every bridge player learns basic cardplay techniques: finesses, eliminations, endplays, loser-on-loser, and so forth. The trick is to know which technique to use on each particular deal. What features of a bridge hand lead an expert to select the correct line of play from all those available? The carefully chosen examples in this book will help advancing players recognize those features and take action accordingly.
Dr. Julian Laderman is a New York math professor who writes a bridge column in The Bronx Journal. His first book, A Bridge to Simple Squeezes, was named 2006 Book of the Year by the American Bridge Teachers’ Association.
So curl up with your favorite warm beverage (or if you are lucky enough to live in a warmer climate, head on down to the beach with a chair/blanket) and one of these great new additions to our collection.
January 12th, 2009 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ 3 Comments
A few nights ago I had a great time on BBO with my mother and two of her students. Mum and I have often played in a private room against robots so I’m familiar with the set-up but I have to admit I was pretty nervous playing against real people for the first time. I was introduced right away to Brian and Mary-Lou and they seemed very welcoming and I instantly felt better when Brian admitted he was a bit rusty and my mother told them both I was a beginner. I have had more experience at this point playing hands than bidding, since I’ve been working my way through Bridge Master and reading a lot on play of the hand (not always stuff that I understand but I think some of it sinks in occasionally). When it came to bidding, since the lessons have not taken me as far as NT bidding, I was allowed to ask questions (it was, after all, a teaching room). However, I found that with Barbara Seagram’s Pocket Guide in hand, I was able to quickly look up my hand type and make decisions based on the book’s suggestions. Was this the best thing to do? Most of the questions I asked were about my partner’s bid. I felt confident bidding my own hand, not necessarily understanding the reasons behind it. Perhaps occasionally this led me astray, judge for yourselves. For example, I was delighted to pick up this 22-count sitting West:
♠A K 8 ♥ A 7 ♦ A 9 2 ♣ A Q 6 3 2
Immediate excitement (I had four aces!) made me grab the book and open to the “really big hands” page. In retrospect, perhaps this wasn’t a “really big hand” rather just a big hand, but I was too excited to open something I had never used before, Strong 2♣. Besides, my hand was balanced and met the requirements, “balanced hands too strong to open 2NT start with 2♣, then rebid notrump.” That’s just what I did:
I was very excited at the prospect of playing out my hand. North led the ♥3 and down went the dummy:
♠10 6 4 2 ♥ Q 10 5 4 2 ♦ Q 8 6 ♣ 4
Now I had a problem: I could only count five sure winners and with one club in dummy, I had little or no access to my longest suit. Now my beginner-ness will start to show through (I’m sure a more experienced player would have no problems with this hand?). I won the heart lead with my ace and was able to get back to dummy (somehow?) by playing a heart to the queen. My plan was to finesse the ♣K, so I (probably foolishly) played the ♣4 to my ♣Q. No such luck, South showed the 10 and North won with the king. Now I had lost control and had no entry to clubs from dummy. After winning two rounds of hearts, North returned a spade and I was back in the game. But I had already lost three tricks and had three aces but not much else. I tried the diamond finesse, again, no such luck and now South was in control. By this point I didn’t know what had been played of the remaining suits and after winning my three aces, I led a diamond. Bad move. In the end I was down three tricks. So much for my “really big hand.” This was the full layout:
||K 8 6 3
||J 7 5 4
||K J 7
||A K 8
||10 6 4 2
||Q 10 5 4 2
||A 9 2
||Q 8 6
||A Q 6 3 2
||J 9 7 5
||K 10 3
||10 9 8 5
Perhaps if I had know more about bidding I could have come to some other contract? Looking at the results from other tables, it seems that everyone in 3NT was down three, sometimes four, tricks. That makes me feel a lot better. Even suit contracts went down, come to think of it. No one made their contract. Maybe it wasn’t a “really big hand.” Maybe it was a “really bad hand!”
October 26th, 2008 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ 3 Comments
Yikes, just the title of this one could start a debate given some of the discussions here lately, but rest assured I am only here to blog about my first experiences this weekend playing on Bridge Base Online. As a Mac user, I was initially disappointed that I couldn’t run the ACBL learn to play bridge software which my mother had recommended, but will continue to explore software options for my Mac that will enable me to do run PC programs (any suggestions welcome!). I did play on BBO once a few weeks ago with Ray, Linda and Becky in our last bridge lesson before Becky left, which was fun. This time I met my mum online and we played in a room together with robots. This was quite fun because the pressure was off, and I could take my time and ask her questions as we went.
We played a couple of games last night (while my soup was cooking) and five or six tonight and I have to say that I am now officially addicted. I even took my Beginning Bridge (Barbara Seagram) book to work with me today to read on my break, in hopes that I could refresh some of my declarer play. Alas, I was declarer only once, and was playing in notrump (which we haven’t learned yet). It was fun though and I felt a little like one of the characters in David Bird’s books, the newest of which I am currently editing at work – Somehow We Landed in 6NT. Well maybe not quite that glamorous, but somehow I was playing in 1NT and didn’t know what I was doing. In the end it was pretty straightforward and I made the 7 tricks I needed and that was that. More! More!
I learnt that trying to squeeze someone when you don’t know what a squeeze is doesn’t usually work (and, well, you don’t know if it does). And I learnt that an endplay is not termed as such simply because it happens at the end. At times I had to ask for clarification on what the bidding meant (those robots got pretty carried away!), but the clarification didn’t usually clarify anything other than that I have a lot more reading and practising ahead of me! It’s a good place to be though, knowing that there will be many, many more exciting times to come. And I’m really looking forward to it!
October 17th, 2008 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ No Comments
The results are in!
Congratulations to Paul Gipson who wins the contest with 37 points overall, making huge strides by gaining 10 points in the final round, picking two of three finalists correctly – Italy in first and Norway in third. Just goes to show that final Jeopardy can change everything.
In second place with 35 points is Michael Yuen, who correctly placed Italy in first place. Many of you did the same, but were less successful in previous rounds.
In a close third place with 34 points is Malcolm Ewashkiw, who was not as successful in the final round but did place Norway in third.
Not one of the entries guessed England would make it through to the final three. So congratulations to England, I suppose!
Thanks for playing everyone, and Paul I will email you to arrange delivery of your prize.
For the official final results, please click here.
1pt/correct team for the qualifying round
2pts/correct team for the quarter finals
3pts/correct team for the semi finals
4pts for choosing the 3rd place correctly
5pts for choosing 2nd place
and 6pts for chosing 1st place
Copy of The Lone Wolff.
September 29th, 2008 ~ Sally Sparrow ~ 1 Comment
We were all very excited this week by the addition of four new titles to our collection. I was the most excited of all since I was able to work on all four books during my introduction to the wonderful world of publishing. To see them arrive, open the packages and hold a real book in my hands for the first time was very satisfying. They smell good too.
Here is the official word on each of these fabulous new titles:
1)Gary Brown’s Learn to Play Bridge by Gary Brown
Winner of the American Bridge Teachers’ Association 2007 Book of the Year award in its original self-published edition, this book has been given a new look and feel while retaining its refreshing approach to teaching bridge. It is designed as a short first course for newcomers to the game. No prior experience is required with any card game, and the ideas are developed in short, easy steps. Includes summaries and practice exercises in each chapter.
2)The Setting Trick by Ian McCance
This book of problems in defensive cardplay selects all its deals from real events, providing the reader the unique experience of being up against a declarer who will not always play perfectly. As the title implies, the emphasis throughout the book is on defeating the contract. We are playing teams, not matchpoints, and the number of undertricks or overtricks is irrelevent. The reader is encouraged to seek out the critical fourth trick against a major-suit game, the fifth against 3NT, and so on.
3)North of the Master Solvers’ Club – The Bridge Writings of Frank Vine
Frank Vine (1927-1987) had an acid wit along with a talent for putting pen to paper. A resident of Hamilton, Ontario and a lawyer by profession, he was also an expert bridge player who won the North American Men’s Pairs in 1969 (arguably in those days the strongest pairs event of the year). His trenchant commentaries on the game, often thinly disguised as fiction, appeared regularly in The Bridge World and other magazines in the 1970s and 1980s. A small collection of his work was previously published, but has long been out of print. Readers who are familiar with Vine’s writings will be delighted to see them once more available, this time in a much more comprehensive collection. Those who haven’t discovered Frank Vine’s work before are in for a rare treat.
(blogger’s note: some of the stories in this collection are hilarious and so clever in their references that even I, a non-bridge player [at the time I worked on this I had not had a single lesson], found it very satisfying)
And last (literally, the LAST, we think…) but certainly not least:
4)Roman Keycard Blackwood: The Final Word by Eddie Kantar
This is the fifth (and according the the author, the very last) edition of what is acknowledged to be the definitive book on a convention that every serious play uses. Revised and updated, this new version contains all the leading-edge ideas, and is full of examples, quizzes and practice hands. A must for the tournament player.
**All books will be shipping this week and will be available from Vince Oddy’s or chapters.indigo.ca (in Canada) and Baron Barclay or amazon.com (in the US) within the next few weeks. I believe they are all available now for preorder.