The Second 'Daily Telegraph' Book of Bridge
Fox (G.C.H.)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Author’s Preface

  1. In my preface to the first Daily Telegraph Book of Bridge I stated that I had received numerous requests for a selection of my Saturday articles to be made available in book form and that. I hoped it would be the first of many such collections.
  2. I was therefore very pleased when it was suggested that the time had come for a second book of bridge. As in the first, the hands have been taken from ordinary club bridge, world and national championships and congresses. There are also hands from the Philip Morris European Cup and sponsored tournaments.
  3. Many of these hands I have witnessed myself, but I have also drawn from the official bulletins issued at European Open, Ladies and Junior Championships, World Championships and World Olympiads. I have also drawn on excellent material provided by the International Bridge Press Association Bulletins.
  4. Two items that appeared in the first book have been included in this, mainly because they are almost, if not quite, unique, and one, "Repeat Performance", where a completely identical hand, shuffled and dealt by different players, occurred in a Gold Cup match. A similar occurrence has since been reported in Glasgow, the second being the case of a lady who was dealt 36 and 37 points in consecutive hands.
  5. I wish to express thanks to … Martin Hoffman for reading the proofs and checking analysis and making several helpful suggestions.

BOOK COMMENT:

1982



"Fox (G.C.H.) - The Second 'Daily Telegraph' Book of Bridge"

Source: Fox (G.C.H.) - The Second "Daily Telegraph" Book of Bridge


Note
  1. There follows a list of the articles with their (maybe) enigmatic titles and page references.
  2. I intend to annotate them as and when I read the book.

Contents
  1. Three Queens but no Tricks – 7
  2. Overtrick Needed – 8
  3. Playing for the Maximum – 10
  4. Brave Sacrifice – 12
  5. Ruff Stuff – 15
  6. A Swing of 30 IMPS - 17
  7. Fun with Freaks – 19
  8. On the Alert – 22
  9. Troubled Texas – 24
    • Rather a dull article about a (slightly non-standard) Texas Transfer that goes wrong.
  10. Grand Muddle – 25
  11. Sacrifice in the Grand Manner – 27
  12. Finding the Right Declarer – 28
  13. Accidental Triumph – 30
  14. The Wrong Ace – 32
  15. No Reward for Being Careful – 34
  16. A Big Hand for John Collins – 35
  17. Too Careful – 38
  18. Exercise in Care – 40
  19. Critical First Trick - 41
  20. Safety Play Misfires – 43
  21. A Rare Occurrence – 44
    • A silly article about a lady receiving 36 and 37 points in consecutive hands in social rubber bridge. What are the odds? Very long; so long that either the shuffling was suspect, or the hands were rigged (though Fox doesn’t make this obvious point).
    • The only point of interest is a minor difference in the calculation of the odds. Prof. J.C. Higgins of Bradford comes up with 1 in 1.6 * 10^21, a figure agreed with by another correspondent. However, Richard Granville suggests 1 in 4.2 * 10^21. I’ve not checked the sums and don’t care, other than as a test of Grannie’s invincibility.
  22. Repeat Performance – 46
    • Another stupid article – this time about two identical hands in the same match. An obvious mix-up or fabrication.
  23. No Age Barriers – 48
  24. Coup en Passant – 49
  25. Price Right – 51
  26. An Unusual Squeeze – 53
  27. A Useful Exit – 55
  28. Squeezing 12 Tricks – 57
  29. Expert Play – 59
  30. Selecting the Best Chance – 61
  31. Surfeit of Riches – 63
    • A useful article. It’s only a simple squeeze to make a slam, but it shows the importance of not giving up hope. It’s slightly complicated by one of the defensive resources being defeated by a throw-in and end-play.
  32. Impressive Debut – 65
  33. Unwanted Ace – 67
  34. A Desperate Contract – 69
  35. Jersey Problem – 70
  36. Timely Loss – 72
  37. Bridge in Russia – 74
  38. Living Dangerously – 76
  39. Reverse to Succeed – 78
  40. Ruff Stuff – 80
  41. Vanishing Trick – 81
  42. Unexpected Entry – 82
  43. Battle of Wits – 84
  44. Second Chance Succeeds – 86
  45. What’s the Contract? – 88
  46. Polish Skill – 89
  47. Luck + Timing = Success – 91
  48. A Vital Switch – 92
  49. A Vital Ten – 94
  50. A Principle in Defence – 96
  51. Inspired Suit Preference – 98
  52. Declarer Diverted – 99
  53. Nothing to Spare – 101
  54. A Smooth Duck – 103
  55. Fun Without Games – 104
  56. Schon Stone – 107
  57. Forcing Defence – 109
  58. Fatal Discard – 110
    • A bit silly. Example of the misuse of McKenney. The “useless” card discarded has really to be useless. In this example it provided declarer with a much needed entry to dummy. It should have been clear to the defence (discarding a 10 with a 9 sitting in dummy).
  59. Mistimed Defence – 112
  60. Decisive First Trick – 114
  61. Senior Citizen’s Choice – 115
  62. Problem at Trick Three – 118
  63. Disappointed Doubler – 119
  64. It Looked Too Easy – 120
  65. Misled by what the Queen Promised – 122
  66. Wily West – 124
  67. Expensive Discard – 126
  68. A Ruff Time of It – 128
  69. Revealing Lead – 130
  70. Lead Problem – 132
  71. Crucial Opening Leads – 134
  72. A Critical Lead – 136
  73. A Lesson in Card Reading – 138
  74. Missing Queen – 140
  75. Reading the Cards – 142
  76. Deduction and Reduction – 144
  77. It Did Not Add Up – 146
  78. Good Deduction – 147
  79. Find the Lady – 149
  80. A Girl’s Best Friend – 150
    • Discovery play used (in conjunction with the opponents’ silence in the auction) to find the probably location of a key card (Q of D). It leads to a different conclusion to that from general principles. Ends with a squeeze + throw-in end-play for an overtrick.
  81. Revealing Shape – 152
  82. A Ruff Time – 154
  83. Junior Skill – 156
  84. Gordon’s Game – 159
  85. Not so Easy – 161
  86. Not Missing a Hesitant Trick – 162
  87. Boldness Pays Off – 164
  88. Keeping the Spades in Their Places – 166
  89. Timely Reduction – 167
  90. Norse Spectacular – 169
  91. Colling the Craftsman – 171
  92. Double End Play – 172
  93. Five Losers Reduced to Three – 175



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