Duplicate Bridge

Duplicate Bridge

by Alfred Sheinwold

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Overview

While there are many Rubber Bridge players eager to learn Duplicate, there are many unaware tournament players who use Rubber Bridge tactics in Duplicate games without realizing the two frequently require very different strategy. Mr. Sheinwold, expert and columnist, defines the mechanical and strategical differences for both groups of players.
Sheinwold outlines the rules, etiquette, and scoring of Duplicate Bridge. Taking nothing for granted, he explains procedures that might seem elementary to most — the seating arrangements, the shuffle, the deal and play of cards, the accumulation of points, the changes of seats for the next round — yet essential to proper play. He emphasizes that in Duplicate your real opponents are the other East-West or North-South teams, as the case may be, who bid and play the exact same hands as you.
After laying the groundwork, Sheinwold continues with clear-cut illustrations to describe the philosophy of Duplicate Bridge — how to make the most of your cards. He reviews standard bidding practice, the Point-Count system popularized by Goren, and important conventions, like Blackwood's and Gerber's; then he analyzes many of the major bidding differences between Duplicate and Rubber Bridge that affect your score. Of course there is a great deal of risky play involved, but Sheinwold carefully explains how to calculate your risk, when to sacrifice bid, when to bid in third and fourth position, and when to pre-empt or close-out.
The novice and eager-to-learn player will find this book an indispensable guide, and the more seasoned tournament player will find this an invaluable source of tips and pointers on bidding and play. For both, Sheinwold makes the tournament play appealing and challenging. It won't be long before his readers score "top on the board" in duplicate competition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486227412
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 07/21/2010
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
1. THE MECHANICS OF DUPLICATE BRIDGE
What is a Duplicate Tournament?
The Duplicate Board
Seat Assignments
The Shuffle and the Deal
The Bidding
How to Play the Cards
The Traveling Scoreslip
Entering the Score
Moving for the Next Round
The Private Scorecard
Why Totalling Points Is Not Enough
Match Points
Your Total Score
2. GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF TOURNAMENT PLAY
The Scoring Table
Your True Opponents
What Is the Field Doing?
The Minor Suits Are for the Birds
Notrump Is Top Dog
Competition Is the Life of Duplicate
Whose Hand Is It?
Fatal Numbers
Hair-Trigger Doubles
When to Jump Out of the Frying Pan
Playing for Average
Safety Isn't Enough
Duplicate Ethics and Etiquette
3. STANDARD PRINCIPLES OF BIDDING
The Point Count
The Basic Figures
Opening Bids
Responding to One of a Suit
Rebids by the Opening Bidder
Responder's Rebids
Responding to Notrump Bids
Defensive Overalls
The Takeout Double
Bidding Over the Double
4. OFFENSIVE BIDDING AT DUPLICATE
Light or Strong Opening?
Four-Card or Five-Card Majors?
Step-wise Bidding
Third Hand Bids
Fourth Hand Bids
Bidding by the Passed Hand
Opening Shutout Bids
Delicate Forcing Bids
Deceptive Bidding
5. COMPETITIVE BIDDING AT DUPLICATE
The Theory of Defensive Bidding
Reopening the Bidding
Simple Overcalls
Responding to a Simple Overcall
Jump Overcalls
The Takeout Double
Responding to a Takeout Double
Bidding Over the Takeout Double
Cooperative Penalty Doubles
Competitive Penalty Doubles
Lead Directing Doubles
6. SPECIAL BIDDING CONVENTIONS
The Blackwood Convention
The Gerber Convention
The Fishbein Convention
Weak Two Bids
Two Clubs as a Force to Game
Jacoby Two Bids
Aces Over Two Bids
Sheinwold Two Bids
Pre-Emptive Jump Responses
Weak Notrump
Unusual Notrump Overcalls
Upside Down Defensive Signals
7. THE PLAY OF THE CARDS AT DUPLICATE
Finessing for an Overtrick
Risking a Slam
When to Play Safe
Playing a Bad Contract
Playing All Out
Safety Plays
Defensive Play
Cashing Out
8. CONDUCTING A SMALL DUPLICATE
Two Teams
Three Teams
Four Pairs
Six Pairs
INDEX

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