Exclusively for current members, ABTA presents a gallery of the books Ray Lee discussed at the 2013 ABTA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
The books from Ray's presentation are shown in the gallery below, along with Ray’s notes on each title.
Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand by Barbara Seagram and David Bird
This was the 2010 ABTA Book of the Year in the beginner category. It is now available as a CD-ROM.
[published June 1, 2009, 978-1897106518, available from Master Point Press]
Declarer Play at Bridge: A Quizbook by Barbara Seagram and David Bird
This book is designed to go along with Planning the Play and includes themed problems with expository material.
[published November 2012, 978-1897106914, available from Master Point Press]
Defensive Play at Bridge: A Quizbook by Barbara Seagram and David Bird
This is also intended to go along with Planning the Play, including defensive-themed problems with expository material.
[published August 31, 2013, 978-1897106921, available from Master Point Press]
A First Book of Bridge Problems by Patrick O'Connor
This was the 2012 ABTA Book of the Year
[published November 1, 2011, 978-1897106839, available from Master Point Press]
Card Play Technique or the Art of Being Lucky by Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener
When you ask experts to name the book that most influenced them in the early stages, this is the one that keeps getting mentioned.
This revised edition features updated auctions and no x’s.
[first published in 1955, revised edition published in March 2013, 978-1897106976, available from Master Point Press]
Winning Declarer Play by Dorothy Hayden Truscott and updated by Gail Greenberg
The other classic declarer play book. This version has been updated by Gail Greenberg, featuring the auctions and A from AK.
[first published 40 years ago, revised edition published January 4, 2013, 978-1554947805, available from Master Point Press]
Defensive Tips for Bad Card Holders by Eddie Kantar
This is the intermediate edition of a 3 book series. There are only two versions currently available.
This book is about 20 years old. For this edition, Eddie did major revisions and updates to his work.
[first published 20 years ago, revised edition published November 2012, 978-1897106891, available from Master Point Press]
Treasury of Bidding Tips by Eddie Kantar
This was originally published 20 years ago and has recently been revised and updated by Eddie himself.
[first published 20 years ago, revised edition published March 2013, 978-1897106907, available from Master Point Press]
Test Your Bridge Play vol 2 by Eddie Kantar
This is a solid, intermediate set of play problems. Vol 1 (which no longer exists) had a range of difficulties, from near beginner to expert, that pleased nobody.
Volume 2 is very similar to the first book, perhaps with a few more advanced deals, but still the great tips and, of course, Eddie’s jokes. One reviewer said “I assumed these would be whatever was left over, not good enough to make it into the first book, but this collection may be even better than the first.”
[published February 1, 2013, 978-1554947751, available from Master Point Press]
Surviving Duplicate Bridge by Kathleen Vishner
Amy Nellissen said to Ray a couple of years ago, “I don’t know how anyone learns this game,” and these last few months, teaching a beginner class for the first time in many years, he found himself agreeing with her.
This book is a wonderful personal account of what it’s like to learn to play bridge from a beginner’s viewpoint. It’s funny, a quick read, and gives a real insight into the problems our students have that we may never have thought about.
Just one example – Kathy talks about being mystified when partner opens 1C and holding both majors, she is told to bid 1H if she is 4-4, but 1S if she is 5-5. “But if I’m 5-5, I have to have four in each, don’t I?” she asks.
The book includes some terrific “Tips for Teachers” interspersed among the narrative. For example: ‘’Don’t assume your beginners know the proper defensive play, like the lower of touching honours; we don’t.”
[published September 23, 2011, 978-1554947614, available from Master Point Press]
Teaching Bridge on Cruise Ships by Rosemary Boden
This book covers every little thing about life and bridge teaching on a cruise ship from making a lesson plan to what to pack when you start.
When next you see Ray, ask him to tell you his “Larry Cohen story” about this book!
[published October 18, 2012, 978-1554947713, available from Master Point Press]
Bridge Crosswords by Jeff Chen
Ray is a crossword fan! And he definitely noted the note on the jacket from Will Shortz that said, “Jeff Chen’s crosswords are always ingenious. He’s one of my favorite puzzlemakers.”
[published March 1, 2013, 978-1554947706, available from Master Point Press]
The Pocket Guide to Declarer Play at Bridge by Barbara Seagram and David Bird
25 declarer plays reduced to pocket-sized carry-along size.
[published November 2013, 978-1771400022, available from Master Point Press]
The Pocket Guide to Defensive Play at Bridge by Barbara Seagram and David Bird
25 defensive plays reduced to pocket-sized carry-along size.
[published March 2014, 978-1771400046, available from Master Point Press]
Bridge with Bells and Whistles by Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen
This was the American Bridge Teachers’ Association ABTA BOTY 2011. This is an Intermediate level book on bidding. It is aimed at the student who has begun to realize that the fairly simple stuff they learned in the Beginner course has some gaps in it, and that they are going to have play something a little more sophisticated.
This isn’t a conventions book, although it does introduce them to a number of conventions – it’s a book about bidding ideas, and will help any improving player to advance their understanding of the game. No TM, but lesson plans for some specific topics (e.g Splinters) can be purchased and downloaded. Reviewed by PH, authors made some changes in response to that review, so now even better!
[published March 2011, 978-1897106693, available from Master Point Press]
We Love the Majors! by Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen
This is their first offering – a beginner book. For various reasons we couldn’t publish it as a standard MPP title, so we put it into our Honors program, where the authors write and edit the book, and we market it. It comes with a comprehensive TM too.
If you’re still looking for that down-to-earth book for beginner courses, you might want to look at this.
[published June 1, 2010, 978-1554947539, available from Master Point Press]
Playing a Bridge Hand: Just the Basics by Mary Ann Dufresne
Plus TM, this has play for absolute beginners. There are 4 lessons: suit basics, when to draw trumps (when not to), establishing long suits, playing in NT.
[published August 1, 2013, 978-1554947812, available from Master Point Press]
Conventions After a NoTrump Opening by Patty Tucker
There are 8 books by Patty Tucker. There may even be a possibility for custom editions.
A Second Book of Bridge Problems by Patrick O'Connor
[published November 2013, 978-17714000114, available from Master Point Press]
Bumblepuppy Days by Julian Laderman
Julian also did a presentation at this convention which pairs well with this book discussing how we got from whist to bridge.
[published summer 2014, 978-1771400039, available from Master Point Press]
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