Trick One: An Honors Book from Master Point Press

Trick One: An Honors Book from Master Point Press

by David Bird


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The Right First Move

A huge percentage of failing contracts go down because declarer did not play optimally on the first trick. Similarly, countless contracts are allowed to slip through because the defender in third seat made the wrong play.

With 125 instructive deals, David Bird covers all aspects of the first card played from dummy, the first move by the defender in third seat and the card chosen by declarer from his hand.

Parts I and II contain chapters on declarer play — with topics such as Avoidance Play, Winning in the Right Hand, Blocking the Defenders’ Suit, Setting up a Squeeze, Deceptive Play and Setting up an Endplay — and defense — with topics including Unblocking, Managing Defensive Entries, Deception, Signaling and Disrupting Declarer’s Plan.

Parts III and IV contain 44 problems, with each solution triggered by a necessary play at trick one.

Perfect your cardplay at Trick One and you will be difficult to beat!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771401869
Publisher: Master Point Press
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 372,114
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

DAVID BIRD (Southampton, UK) is the world's most prolific bridge writer. A six-time American Bridge Teachers' Association Book of the Year award winner, he has over 135 books to his name. David's columns appear regularly in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, BRIDGE Magazine, English Bridge, Australian Bridge and other periodicals around the world. He is married with a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.

Table of Contents


PART I Declarer play

1. Avoidance play at trick one

2. Winning in the right hand

3. Should I hold up with one stopper?

4. Preserving trump control

5. Should I finesse at trick one?

6. Entry planning

7. Should I hold up with two stoppers?

8. Setting up a squeeze

9. Playing safe at trick one

10. Avoiding a blockage

11. Playing the right card from dummy

12. Handling A-and-J combinations

13. Should I ruff the first trick?

14. Blocking the defenders’ suit

15. Setting up an endplay

16. Deceptive plays

PART II Defensive play

17. The right card in third seat

18. Managing defensive entries

19. Helpful signaling

20. Unblocking in third seat

21. Disrupting declarer’s plan

22. Maintaining communications

23. Deceptive defense

PART III Test your declarer play

24. Quiz on declarer play

PART IV Test your defense

25. Quiz on defensive play

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