Points Schmoints (Hb) - Bergen
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65 enjoyable hands and stories that reveal many of the author's secrets. Subjects include the Rule of 20, how to count trumps the right way, the real scoop on doubles, and finesses are overrated. The first half of the book is all about bidding, and rather than just talking about basic bidding, tells you what to do in those tough situations when you don't know what to do. A great example is his "Rule of 20", used to decide whether to open the bidding or not: If the sum of your HCP and the number of cards in your two longest suits is 20 or more, open with your normal 1-level bid; else pass. Very effective, and better than counting short-points or long-points, since this takes into account the ENTIRE distribution. The second half of the book is about declarer play and defense, and is equally good. What distinguishes this book from the rest is that the author doesn't waste space on the basics, and instead concentrates on the intermediate-to-advanced stuff.