Thursday, 28 July 2011

Now That Lady Really Can Play Bridge Sheila Mazeyer is a book full of wonderful hands, in which the author proves beyond doubt the peerless ability of Rixi Marcus. Every hand reveals her remarkable ability to the spot dangers that might exist , and the measures that must be taken to overcome them. Indeed, in some of the more exquisite hands, we see Rixi using counter-counter measures to combat the clever counter measures, which more able opponents employed to create even more threats . The fascination of these titanic cat-and-mouse battles makes this book a connoisseur's delight.
That Play Was Truly Spectacular ...................... by Major Luke Twice is one of the most readable bridge books I have ever come across. The hands which the author researched and selected are all truly outstanding. Each one involves players who opted to make very unusual bids, and bizarre plays, to cause bemused onlookers and kibitzers alike to lose their breath, and sigh in disbelief. Decisions taken at the table seemed both daring and imaginative, but reflective analysis showed they were logically sound and completely spot on. Clearly, the players involved possessed those rare qualities of vision, intuition, instinct, and speed of thought, which simply add up to one thing : sheer genius.
Things You Must Never Do At The Table .................... by Misty Meanor is an amusing collection of stories, where errant players were found guilty of all kinds of wrongdoing. Some of their errors were seemingly innocent, others negligent, with a fair number deservedly classified as darn right deliberate and mischievous. The author splits the book up into various sections, which look into mechanical errors, rule violations, and departures from convention card agreements. Culprits in each section not only include declarer and defenders but also dummy, who on numerous occasions forgets to play " dead ". All in all, the stories introduce and remind the reader about the ethics and etiquette of the game, providing so much food for thought. Whether one is amused or amazed by these strange and bizarre tales, this book guarantees a thoroughly entertaining read to both beginners and experts alike.

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