Synopsis: How a rubber
player can hold their own against tournament players who use lots of
systems. Looking for most rewarding contract especially at part scores.
Includes the background to bidding, play, and the psychology of the game.
The growth of Contract Bridge as an international card game has produced a
temporary schism between tournament play with its spate of conventions and
rubber bridge which has developed along more natural lines. The rubber
player is looking for the most rewarding, not necessarily the perfect,
contract and Edward Mayer, a world authority on the game, here explains how
best to achieve that end. Assuming a level of competent club play, Mayer
shows how such a player can more than hold his own against tournament
players whose excessive number of conventions handicaps their judgment at
part scores. Part I and II of this book present a simple and precise
background to bidding and play, in which the essential element is the
recognition of changing values at different scores and the action to be
taken in the more complex situations. Part III gives forty deals, each of
which illustrates a particular aspect of play; whilst Part IV reveals how
the absence of psychology, for which technique is not a substitute, produces
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