About the Book
For years Bridge, the card game has been synonymous with the elitist intellectual. This book attempts to de-mystify the game and bring it within reach of the common mortal who would like to have a chance at storming the bridge citadel jealously guarded by its votaries!
Keeping this in view Bridge Gyaan takes the novice through easy stages from the elementary (introduction to the deck of cards and the rules of the game) to the advanced process of bidding and playing out a typical game.
Much care has been devoted to understand and appreciate the serious game of Bridge through the use of light-hearted cartoon sketches, bridge anecdotes and carefully graded quizzes.
Bridge Gyaan is sure to appeal: the inveterate skimmer will find many nuggets that will catch his interest and there is enough content to entice the more serious to ponder over.
Forewords, Preface, Introduction, 1. The Game of Bridge 2. Basic Concepts 3. Scoring 4. HCP Blocks and Bids 5. Opening the Bidding 6. Summary of Bids and Responses 7. Special Situations Require Special Responses 8. Bidding Tips 9. Opening Leads 10. Playing Tips 11. Card Signalling 12. Losing Trick Count and Law of Total Tricks 13. Elementary Laws of Bridge 14. Principles of Finessing 15. Gadgets That Simplify
16. When Opponents Compete 17. Heading for A Slam, Crossword, Appendix, Glossary
About the Authors
Major (Retd) Sunit Mahajan is a keen bridge player, much sought after in the bridge circuit in the Delhi Gymkhana Club and has participated in a number of tournaments all over Delhi. He is an avid reader of books on bridge and bridge conventions and as a passionate proponent of the game he believes that the Club-Diamond Convention, addressed in this book is by far the most enduring with a wide acceptance.
Ranjana Tandon has a rich experience in teaching English and Social Studies in Middle and Senior schools in eminently well known schools in Delhi and Mumbai for over a decade. Currently as a Director in a consultancy organisation for almost a quarter of a century, her articles have been published in the Journals of Indian Association of Structural Engineers; Engineering Council of India; Consulting Engineers Association of India; Indian Concrete Institute. Under the Industry Academia Institute Interaction programme, she has worked in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology of Kanpur as a Co-ordinator for conducting Summer Camps for budding Civil Engineering students from across the country.
Dr Anjana Neira Dev is an Associate Professor of English at Gargi College, University of Delhi. With a lifelong interest in language and literature, she loves teaching and has a wide range of publications to her credit, which include: three textbooks for Delhi University on Creative Writing, Business English and Indian Literature; a series of books on English Grammar for Classes 1 to 8; articles in International and National academic journals, and book reviews.