Bidding in the 21st Century is a part of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Bridge Series. This book was written by Audrey Grant, with contributions from Betty Starzec.
This is a 370 pages spiral bound book published by Natl Book Network on September 1, 2007. It is one of a series of books published by the ACBL to be used with the two ACBL software programs, but it can be utilized as a freestanding book as well. In my opinion, one does not need to read the rest of the book series or use any of the software to find Bidding in the 21st Century useful.
- The basic premise of this book are nine lesson plans based on five card major openings. It is a great book for anyone that wants to learn bridge, or for someone that knows a bit about bridge and wants to improve their knowledge about today’s acceptable bidding sequences within the updated Standard American system.
- Each chapter includes information about bidding, play of the hand, and more advanced topics.
- It is written as a course book, with exercises and sample deals to help you apply the information. The layout makes the book easy to read, with especially important points in bold print. The organization of the content makes me fell like I’m in “bridge school”. Each chapter has a summary.
- Instead of simply presenting the bidding rules as laws to memorize, Bidding in the 21st century makes an effort to actually explain why a certain bid is the right way to go when you wish to achieve a specific thing. This is a great way of not just learning but understanding today’s widely accepted bidding sequences.
- The spiral bound makes a lot of sense, since this is very much a book for continuous use, rather than a book that skim through and then leave. There is enough empty space on the pages to make personal notes.
- There is a great appendix where bridge scoring is explained for both duplicate games and rubber games.
- There is a wisely selected glossary section for anyone interested in learning more bridge lingo.
- I kind of missed an index in this book. The book is locally arranged, and there is a detailed Table of Contents, but an index would have been helpful at times. The book would be much more useful as a reference guide if it had a proper index.
- Personally, I would have liked the chapters on Overcalls and Takeout Doubles to dig deeper into the subject matter. If feels like these topics were rushed through to save space.
- This is a spiral bound book made from rather low quality materials. If you want something a bit more fancy, I suggest you take it to a professional to have it bound.