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I Love This Game by Sabine Auken
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I Love This Game

by Sabine Auken

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In the November 2001 Venice Cup final, Germany trailed France by 47 IMPs starting the last set. In this book, world champion Sabine Auken tells the thrilling inside story of their comeback world title win, every bid and every card. She also uses each of the sixteen deals from that final session as a starting point for discussion, and distills from each of them general principles and advice that will help anyone looking to improve their own game. Among the topics covered here are the rationale for her own system agreements (the pros and cons of mini-notrump openings, multi-purpose two-bids, the merits of forcing club systems, etc.) and carding methods, as well as team chemistry, table presence and even dressing for success… (more)

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Did you like Meckstroth's book and did you think that was the cat's whiskers, the ultimate insider's story of Championship play? Then wait till you read this. Subjects never before discussed pertaining to signalling, overcalling, suit preference, partnership defence, and reading the opponent's problems, and a special chapter on finding the opponent's queen(!), and a system of third hand defence to NT which is ethical are presented with dazzling logic. References to hands played by other bridge legends, notably Zia, his successes at bluff and his dismal failure when he only fooled his partner Chagas who thought Zia was upto his usual tricks are presented with feminine wiles. Sixteen hands of a come-from-behind Venice trophy win against France merit the sixteen chapters, but each chapter veers off into an impassioned discussion of some aspect of the game, always original, always opinionated. Femme fatale of bridge, let opponents beware.
The fantastic aspect of the book is its educational value, letting an advancing player penetrate the mind of the expert, who is sharing with her bidding theories and her reconstruction techniques.
  sthitha_pragjna | Dec 14, 2006 |
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