This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 Excerpt: ...less four honors, net loss 68. Had A been left at four spades, he could have made it, with four honors and game, total 197. This shows that ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 Excerpt: ...less four honors, net loss 68. Had A been left at four spades, he could have made it, with four honors and game, total 197. This shows that Y saved 129 points by taking the sting to save the game, Y being confident that it would not be a large penalty if Z's bidding was sound. Had A gone to five spades he would have been doubled and set. These two hands contain a double lesson. They not only illustrate the difference in bidding on one suit and on two, but they show that it is entirely unnecessary to make any mention of the supporting suit. No greater mistake can be made than for a player to start with a bid in a major suit and then shift to the supporting suit, unless his partner has denied the suit first named. Such bidding at once places the declarer at the mercy of a shrewd adversary, who can instantly place the other suits if he knows which two are in the hand of the first bidder. Take this deal, which was thought to be a reversed score, or the tray turned the wrong way, until it was explained: No. 47 Z bid a spade, A two hearts, Y and B passing. At every table but one, Z rebid his hand, two spades. A and Y passed, B went to three hearts, and Z to three spades, which held. B knew his partner had nothing but the heart suit, but they should be able to save the game at spades, which they did, but Y and Z scored 45 points plus on the hand. At one table, instead of rebidding the spades, Z bid his supporting suit, three clubs. This immediately opened A's eyes to the situation, and when B assisted the hearts and Z went to three spades. A bid four hearts. He sees that B must be assisting on at least two tricks in diamonds, and if that suit makes, all that A can lose is two clubs and a spade. If he is set one more trick, it may save the game. On the play, A made...Read Less
Very Good + No Jacket. Size: 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" Tall; Brown cloth covers with gilt lettering and decoration. Covers slighlty worn. Text is clean. Pages are slightly browned. Very minimal foxing on first and last few pages. Back inside hinge is cracked.
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