More Breaking the Rules:
Second Hand Play
Barry Rigal and Josh Donn

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226 pp. (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-9828874-3-1


What makes bridge such a fascinating game is that the variations are endless. We think that we have learned how to handle a simple suit combination, only to find that issues of which opponentā³ hand we want to keep off lead, or who has the D6 instead of the D7 may lead to a completely different approach to how we tackle a suit combination. And the struggle never ends; the more we know, the less we realize we really know.

Does that mean that the game is impossible and that we should give up trying to master it? Not at all! What we need to try to do is learn the rules and algorithms that govern the game, but we must also take them with a pinch of salt. The rules--by which I mean best practices--are there because they work. But not always. The more deals you play, the more you realize that context determines whether or not you should follow the general principles that operate successfully more often than not.

And that is what this book is about. What I hope to do is define some of the basic rules that, in a vacuum, provide helpful advice. But at the same time, I want to persuade you that one cannot play bridge in a vacuum. Sometimes you need to break the rules. This volume deals exclusively with second hand play, both by declarer and the defenders.

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