Runner-up in the beginner/novice category of the American Bridge Teachers Association 2020 Book of the Year Awards.
Bridge is a hugely popular pastime enjoyed by millions, and yet whole books have been written about single aspects of the game, and learning the seemingly complex rules and language can be a daunting idea. So this is the essential guide to beginning your journey and getting in on the fun, covering everything you need to know to get started and progress, from bridge basics, language and no-trump declarer play to analysing hands and working with trump suits. Defence play is then covered before going into bidding essentials and further bidding techniques and conventions. Keeping score and advice on taking things further rounds off this invaluable guide for the beginner. Clear explanations and examples make learning easy, and fresh writing from seasoned expert Mark Horton keeps things interesting, while a glossary of terms is a handy at-a-glance reminder of the meaning of key words and phrases.
Mark Horton is an expert bridge player, tournament champion, writer and journalist. He has been Editor of Bridge Magazine, the world’s oldest bridge publication (now A New Bridge Magazine), since 1995 and is Chief Editor of the European Bridge League’s Bulletin. He has represented England on a number of occasions and won events in numerous countries. His many books include I Love This Game, Misplay these Hands with Me and Close Encounters: Bridge’s Greatest Matches (Books 1 and 2).
“The book is extremely well-designed, and the excellent graphics are immensely helpful in illustrating the material. Color and typography are deployed effectively throughout the text, with cards always denoted in bold, either black or red.”