Hand of the Week

Hand of the Week

by Joel Martineau

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Overview

Perhaps the best way to improve your bridge is to watch an expert play, and to try to understand the reasoning behind their bids and plays. Here, readers follow the bidding and play (or defense) of fifty-two hands – one a week for a year – and listen to the author’s thinking as each hand develops. Understanding why the experts do what they do is the first step towards being able to do it yourself – at least some of the time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771400428
Publisher: Master Point Press
Publication date: 07/15/2018
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 1,274,290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joel Martineau was a finalist in the 2017 Canadian National Teams Championships. Since retiring from teaching literature at the University of British Columbia, he has spent a lot of his time teaching bridge. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 Believe in Partnership 13

2 Begin Counting at Trick 1 16

3 Thinking Defense 19

4 Matchpoint Caper 23

5 The Student and the Teacher 26

6 Releasing Control 31

7 Increasing Slim Percentages 34

8 Bridge in the Digital Age: Partnering My Heroes 37

9 Timing My Losers 41

10 Combining Chances 45

11 Timing the Side Suit 48

12 Strategies, Tactics and Matchpoints 52

13 A Choice of Fits 55

14 Tournament Intensity 58

15 Imagining the Barely Possible 62

16 Camouflage 66

17 Vinita 69

18 The Simple Lessons 72

19 'Make Them Pitch' 75

20 The Mysterious Case of the Unrepeated Finesse 79

21 Eat Your Way to Tops 83

22 So Many Choices 87

23 Grand Slam Thrills 91

24 Non-Paying Sacrifice 94

25 The Windigo Double 98

26 Bridge Cruelty 102

27 'Please Help, Kind Defenders' 106

28 'Leave the Five-level to the Opponents' 109

29 Minimizing Disaster 112

30 Gazing at the Stars 117

31 Playing Up 121

32 Transfer More 125

33 Make the Short Opponent Play First 129

34 Resisting Temptation 133

35 The Impossible Spade Bid 139

36 SPI 143

37 The Rough Guide to Bridge Odds 147

38 Establishing Tempo 151

39 Penticton Preempt 1 155

40 Penticton Preempt 2 159

41 Balancing Acts 162

42 More Finesses 167

43 'Bid the Spade Suit' 171

44 Third Hand High' - Usually 174

45 Deep Finesse - A Personal Reflection 177

46 Bluff Until Someone Blinks 181

47 Beware Undue Thrift 185

48 An Everyday Match point Skirmish 189

49 Countering Theft 193

50 Carpe Diem 197

51 Assuming Risk 200

52 Clarifying the Plan 205

Glossary 209

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