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Nancy E. DealThe Rule of 20 is a keystone of Points Schmoints and a favorite of casual (and experienced) players. Beginners easily understand the Rule of 20 and this encourages many to again give duplicate bridge a try.
Your strong recommendation of the Law of Total Tricks assists teachers in explaining the foundation of "find the golden fit" and "decide how high you are going to bid."
These two concepts make sense to players who do not want to get involved in complex bidding systems. The entire bridge community responded to Points Schmoints to make it the "Bridge Book of the Year." I believe your ability to explain the basic principles of bidding and competing in a manner that `turns on the light' for the novice is truly the genius of your work.
For me, the signature chapter of your follow up book to Points Schmoints is The Ultimate Happy Ending- your compelling telling of Edith and George Rosenkrantz' experience at the 1984 Summer Nationals in Washington, D.C. Without lecturing, you bring home the critical point that "Concentration is everything." How else could you, Larry Cohen, Jeff Meckstroth, and Eric Rodwell have succeeded in winning the Spingold unless you stayed focused under the most unusual of circumstances.
As a teacher, I recognize and appreciate the influence your writings have upon the success enjoyed by the everyday bridge player. Your suggestions to get in fast (Rule of 20), compete to the level of the total number of trumps held by you and your partner (LOTT) and Concentrate until the last card of the last hand is played, have brought understanding and enjoyment to bridge players of all levels
This second volume of Points Schmoints success stories is also slated to be a classic in the bridge world just as Harvey Penick's Little Red Book about the Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf is in the golf community.
Thank you for sharing your bridge acumen with us in such a fun, common sense manner. Marty Bergen on bridge is the reading of choice in our home.
Sincerely, Nancy E. Deal
ACBL Star Teacher and Manager of It's Your Deal Bridge Center