Defense is the hardest part of the game. You’ll end up on defense about half the time, so honing your defensive skills is a prerequisite to becoming a better bridge player. It’s essential to have solid agreements with your partner about your signals and leads. But leading the correct card and giving good signals are not what make a great defender. You need to start with a sound and well-thought-out strategy for the defense. And just as importantly be nimble enough to change that strategy midstream. Adam covers these topics in more in this comprehensive look at the modern defensive thought process.
Adam covers these essential topics in his signature easy-to-understand style. The book has two distinct sections, the first covering preempts and the second overcalls. All aspects of both topics are covered, from when and how to preempt or overcall to responding to your partner’s preempt or overcall to dealing with the opponents’ preempt or overcall. Each chapter has a quiz to reinforce the material. A great resource for advancing players.
If you want more on these topics, check out Adam’s online courses.
Knowing when to draw trumps is absolutely fundamental to playing a suit contract, but it is not always an easy decision to make. How many times have you drawn trumps immediately, only to realize later that you should have waited? Or, trying to learn from your mistake, put off drawing trumps when you shouldn’t have and gone down in a cold contract? When to Draw Trumps gives you the tools you’ll need to approach these problems with confidence.
In When to Bid Notrump (And How to Play It), Adam gives the same thorough and understandable treatment to notrump contracts that he gave to trump contracts in his acclaimed When to Draw Trumps. The first section deals with common questions about notrump bidding: when do you need a stopper, when do you bypass a four-card major to bid notrump, when do you choose notrump over a major-suit fit? The second section deals with the thought process and tools declarer needs while playing a notrump contract.
Adam’s entertaining and educational book, Bridge at the Cranmer Club, tells the story of a night at the local bridge club. Up-and-comer Aaron is playing with Tony, one of the top players in the club. The colorful characters who come to their table each round are perhaps even more interesting than the hands they play.
This long-awaited sequel to The Cranmer Club tells another story of a night at Adam’s fictional club. This time our hero, Aaron, partners a less-than-pleasant partner whom he would rather be rid of. The familiar club characters and table banter from the original return, with an exciting twist. A fun read with lots of interesting hands and even more interesting characters.