Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense
Kantar (Eddie)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Author’s Introduction

  1. Whoever said that defense was the hardest part of the game was right on. More tricks are dropped on defense than on bidding and play combined! You can muddle through the bidding if you don't go too berserk, and playing the hand has to be easier than defending because you can see your partner's hand. Not so on defense.
  2. When defending a hand, you are dealing with a partner: a partner whose leads, signals and discards you must trust implicitly. A tall order. Nevertheless, most bridge books are devoted to the bidding and the play of the hand as opposed to defensive techniques. And if the truth be known, zillions of hands are made that should be defeated with normal defense. What's the problem?
  3. The main problem is that most defenders don't know how to organize their thinking. They haven't learned to project the necessary cards in partner's hand that are vital to defeating the contract. Many defenders don't signal or discard properly, and let's not overlook those who have taken a blood oath never to overtake partner's trick, never to unblock for partner, and to cover every honor they see with another honor, regardless.
  4. It goes without saying that you are not guilty of any of these misdeeds, but perhaps some of your partners are. Therefore, think of this book as being aimed at helping your partners defend better! And if you pick up any pointers on the way, so much the better. One thing is certain: after reading this book you will be a much better defender than you are now. That's a promise.

I have made extensive notes on this book available here.

Contents
  1. Leading Against Notrump – 11
  2. Leading Against Suit Contracts – 31
  3. The Third Man – 49
  4. Signaling Against Suits – 99
  5. Signaling Against Notrump – 147
  6. Under the Gun – 175
  7. Making the Winning Discard – 211

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Contents
  1. Chapter 1 - Leading Against Notrump – 11
    • Picking the right suit to lead - 12
    • Picking the right card to lead - 18
    • Opening leads summary - 24
    • Practice Hands - 26
    • Test Yourself - 27
    • Solutions - 28
    • Key Ideas - 30
  2. Chapter 2 - Leading Against Suit Contracts - 31
    • Picking the right suit to lead - 32
    • Picking the right card to lead - 41
    • Practice Hands - 43
    • Test Yourself - 45
    • Solutions - 47
    • Key Ideas - 48
  3. Chapter 3 - The Third Man - 49
    • Partner leads low - 50
    • The Rule of Eleven - 57
    • Unblocking and overtaking - 60
    • Watch partner's spot cards - 64
    • Third hand not-so-high - 66
    • Nine more reasons not to play third hand high - 69
    • Returning partner's suit - 78
    • When third hand plays before the dummy - 82
    • Practice Hands - 84
    • Test Yourself - 87
    • Solutions - 94
    • Key Ideas - 97
  4. Chapter 4 - Signalling Against Suits - 99
    • Attitude signals - 100
    • Standard count signals - 119
    • Suit preference signals - 127
    • Practice Hands - 135
    • Test Yourself - 137
    • Solutions - 141
    • Key Ideas - 146
  5. Chapter 5 - Signalling Against Notrump - 147
    • Attitude situations - 148
    • Count situations - 159
    • Summary of opening leads - 162
    • Using suit preference against notrump contracts - 163
    • Practice Hands - 164
    • Test Yourself - 166
    • Solutions - 169
    • Key Ideas - 173
  6. Chapter 6 - Under the Gun - 175
    • When dummy leads an honor - 176
    • When dummy leads a low card - 184
    • When declarer leads an honor - 188
    • Declarer leads a low card - 193
    • Second hand high? - 199
    • Practice Hands - 204
    • Test Yourself - 206
    • Solutions - 208
    • Key Ideas - 210
  7. Chapter 7 - Making the Winning Discard - 211
    • Practice Hands - 229
    • Test Yourself - 232
    • Solutions - 234
    • Key Ideas – 237



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