Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction is the first book in the The Official Better Bridge Series By Audrey Grant. It is 206 pages long and was published by Baron Barclay Bridge. This review is based on the second edition of the book that was released in march 2008.
Bridge Basics 1: an introduction to bridge offers exactly what the name suggest. A good and detailed introduction to bridge. It does not contain anything else. Unlike other books is does not foray into any more advanced techniques or strategists. This make an ideal book for all beginners who wants to take their first steps into the world of bridge. This also makes this book popular among bridge teachers. The books focus on the basics makes it a lot easier to learn bridge than what it is if you try learn more advanced strategies at the same time. If you already are an experienced bridge player you will find very little of value in this book,
- The book makes it very easy to learn basic bridge.
- Laser focus on the basics.
- The book is very well written and well structured.
- The book contains a lot of practical lessons and exercises.
- Key elements are illustrated with well made charts.
- Bridge Basics 1 contains numerous well made quizzes. A big strength of these quizzes are the very well explained answers.
- The books structure make it easy to use for references later.
- The book does not contain information on the scoring mechanics of the game. Something that I feel is an important part of basic bridge.
- The book contain too much advertising for different products and other books in the series. The book advertises bridge books, software and much more.
- You really need to buy all 3 books in the series to become a good bridge player. The structure of the books makes it hard to choose other books to learn everything that is not covered in this book. If you do chose another book you will find a lot of information you already know mixed with the information you yet need to learn.
- The index could be better.
- The table of content is not as good as it could be.
- Some readers might find the text to focused and moving forward too fast.