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The New York Times Bridge Book: An Anecdotal History of the Development, Personalities, and Strategies of the World's Most Popular Card Game

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Finally, a book for every bridge fan — never before has there been a comprehensive history of the game, filled with anecdotes about famous players, key tournaments, strategies, scandals, and a little instruction for good measure. Evolving at some point in the 18th century from a card game known as "whist," bridge has undergone countless variations, and acquired a massive following of clubs and organizations in the ensuing centuries. The New York Times Bridge Book is aimed not only at the bridge-playing community ...

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Overview

Finally, a book for every bridge fan — never before has there been a comprehensive history of the game, filled with anecdotes about famous players, key tournaments, strategies, scandals, and a little instruction for good measure. Evolving at some point in the 18th century from a card game known as "whist," bridge has undergone countless variations, and acquired a massive following of clubs and organizations in the ensuing centuries. The New York Times Bridge Book is aimed not only at the bridge-playing community but also an armchair audience fascinated by the role of cardgames in world history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312331078
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 314,108
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan F. Truscott is the bridge columnist for The New York Times. He is also the author, co-author, or illustrator of numerous books such as Common Sense Bidding, Basic Bridge in Three Weeks, The Bidding Dictionary, Bridge Basics, and numerous others.

Dorothy H. Truscott is the author of Bid Better, Play Better, Winning Declarer Play, and a former world champion player.

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Table of Contents

1 How It All Began: Aristocracy, Waving Flags and Competing 1
Bridge Theory: Signaling 8
2 Everyone Bids and Doubles; Another Signal; and a Ship 14
Bridge Theory: The Takeout Double 18
3 A Yachtsman Goes on a Cruise 22
Bridge Theory: Counting 31
Bridge Theory: Restricted Choice 34
4 The Great Entrepreneur; and a Murder 36
Bridge Theory: The Culbertson System 41
5 The First Feud 43
Bridge Theory: Differences Between the Culbertson and Official Systems 50
6 Slams 52
Bridge Theory: The Blackwood Convention 58
Bridge Theory: Asking Bids 60
Bridge Theory: Five Notrump Grand Slam Force 60
Bridge Theory: Cue-Bidding 61
7 International Play and Another Feud 62
Bridge Theory: The Two-Way Finesse 75
8 A Formidable Foursome 77
Bridge Theory: The Acol System 82
9 Mr. Bridge 87
Bridge Theory: Squeeze Play 95
Bridge Theory: Valuation 97
10 War 100
Bridge Theory: Sandwich Play 111
Bridge Theory: Stripping 112
Bridge Theory: Redoubling 113
11 New Ideas in America 115
Bridge Theory: Stayman 128
Bridge Theory: Transfer Bids 129
Bridge Theory: The Roth-Stone System 130
Bridge Theory: The Kaplan-Sheinwold System 132
Bridge Theory: The Precision System 133
Bridge Theory: Strong Opening Bids 134
Bridge Theory: Weak Two-Bids and Preemptive Bids 135
12 Ethics and Cheating 137
13 Curing the Problem 154
Bridge Theory: The Marmic System 170
Bridge Theory: The Neapolitan and Blue Team Club System 171
Bridge Theory: The Roman System 172
Bridge Theory: The Little Roman System 173
14 Aces, Kings and One Queen 174
Bridge Theory: Opening Leads 192
Bridge Theory: Conventions 193
15 Some Strange Situations 196
16 Alan's Bridge Memories 200
Bridge Theory: Relays 218
17 Dorothy's Bridge Memories 219
Bridge Theory: The Splinter Bid 239
18 The Future of Bridge Life 241
Glossary 249
Index 257
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