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The Golden Rules Of Declarer Play

By Julian Pottage and Marc Smith

  • Paperback
  • £8.99

Part of the successful 'Golden Rules' series.

Who needs rules on how to play as a declarer? The truth is that the instincts people have come to depend upon are often honed from a few basic guidelines. This book provides all those guidelines as well as the reasoning behind them and also explains when you should not follow the rules. By assuming only a minimum of knowledge, the authors have brought the subject within the reach of many players and introduce the beginner gradually by placing the slightly trickier topics towards the end of the book.

Biographical Notes

Julian Pottage and Marc Smith are both former Junior Internationals and both current Grand Masters. Both have written many bridge books and contribute to a wide range of bridge journals. Julian Pottage lives in south Wales, Marc Smith lives in Southampton.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780304357673
  • Publication date: 26 Apr 2001
  • Page count: 160
  • Imprint: Peter Crawley
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