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Posted September 5, 2009
This is a very useful, short book on bridge. Bergen covers five important topics with insight and humor. The topics are: (1) opening in the first or second position; (2) later bids by an opener whose partner originally passed; (3) bidding after an openers has rebid his minor suit; (4) rebids by a takeout doubler; and (5) balancing after a preempt. The scope of the book is quite limited, but each topic is covered thoroughly.
As always, he emphasizes the importance of shape over point count. He begins each topic with a quiz in which the reader is asked to bid 10 different hands, beginning with the same bidding sequence. For three of the topics, he gives an analysis of what virtually every possible next bid could (or should) mean.
At only $7.95, this is a highly recommended addition to the library of anyone who wants to improve his or her bridge game.