2022 ABTA Book of the Year Award

We’re happy to announce that Play it Safe! by Barbara Seagram and David Bird is this year’s Intermediate Book of the Year!

Authors David Bird and Mark Smith were also presented with the Outstanding Collection – Intermediate award for their ten-book Bridge Cardplay: An Easy Guide series.

At rubber bridge or teams scoring, declarer’s objective is to make his contract — nothing else matters. Playing it safe is of vital importance. Yet playing safe can take many forms — it might involve simply choosing the best percentage line of play, or keeping one opponent off lead, preserving entries, or even giving up a trick you don’t have to lose, all in the cause of bringing that contract home securely. Even at matchpoints, there are times when safety is more important than anything else. Recognizing all these situations, and knowing what to do when you encounter them, will improve your bridge scores by leaps and bounds.

Whether you are just setting out to discover the wonderful game of bridge, or have played for some time, your success will be limited without a sound understanding of the basic techniques of cardplay. In this series, two of the game’s top writers explain clearly the various cardplay skills that you will need. Every booklet contains six chapters – each ending with a short Quiz.