M J Bridge
Sources and acknowledgements
The first thing to say is that this site is not one of those which lets you into the secrets which have propelled me to the top of the bridge ladder. As a performer I might be ‘goodish’, but I am certainly far from being an expert.
This site is more of a research thesis.
I have looked at methods which I have been taught and methods which I have encountered.
Some seem to work better than others.
Some make sense to me and some don’t.
Some make sense in certain combinations, but are frequently encountered in totally illogical groupings.
Some are excellent at a certain stage of development or in a certain bridge environment.
To address these matters I have studied various authorities, analysed various methods which I have encountered, and occasionally come up with some idea of my own. The results of this research are the basis of this site.
When any of my own ideas appear this is made clear -
Many other methods are suitable perhaps only at a learning stage, or more frequently only in the hands of expert partnerships who play together with great frequency. Again, I have tried to make it clear who should be interested in any slightly non-
I hope that the results of this study have some validity, and might also provide a resource for various categories of developing player.
My first studies beyond the basics came with a thorough reading of the late Eric Crowhurst’s books.
His depth of analysis was way ahead of his time.
Although his writings championed the weak no trump and a system based around four-
Possibly the best teacher for the improving player or partnership at the present time (as well as being one of the very best players in world bridge) is Andrew Robson.
In particular his book ‘What should have happened’ is jam-
If you get the chance to go to one of his teaching seminars then jump at it.
Ron Klinger is another excellent teacher with a plethora of writing behind him who also provides excellent seminars.
I have referred frequently to his book ‘bridge conventions -
I have also visited a number of web-
Bear in mind that they don’t all say the same thing about the same situation. It is necessary to interpret, and pick the best, from the choices offered. Clearly the same can be said about this site.
The bridge guys site is a massive collection of articles.
It has both the strength and the weakness that its articles are contributed by many different individuals. As such, styles change, content may or may not be recommended, and some of the explanations are far from crystal-
Bridgebum is a favourite of mine. It tends to give just one implementation of a convention when there are variations but the presentation is amongst the clearest to be found anywhere.
I have a fascination with Terence Quested’s site at ‘The Pattaya bridge club’.
This one is idiosyncratic to say the least.
It includes ideas of his own, and he is not backward in expressing his opinions of various alternative methods, but it is fascinating to look at his offerings alongside those of others.
More recently I have come across Chris Ryall’s site.
This is another work of considerable research and scholarship, incorporating both standard methods and his own ideas.
It is particularly exhaustive and authoritative in its study of weak-
Of course there have been many other influences. I cannot begin to list every friend or opponent from I have picked up either an idea, a method, a point of view, or a way of looking at something.
I just hope that I have combined all of these factors in a way which is accurate, reasonable, and helpful.
A selection of links is to be found on the next page.
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