Bridge for Bright Beginners by Terence Reese

Bridge for Bright BeginnersBridge for Bright Beginners by Terence Reese is one of the biggest classics in the bridge world. It remains one of the best bridge books in the world even though it is more than 40 years old. Bridge for Bright Beginners by Terence Reese was published by Dover Publications in 1973. It can still be found in good bookstores and online. The book is usually available through amazon but is sometimes sold out. An impressive feat for a book that has been around for as long as this book has.

The book is rather short. It is only 151 pages long. This does however not prevent the book from containing a lot of information suitable for beginners. The book make it very easy to learn bridge as it contains well structured information that is illustrated with a lot of examples. This is one of the few books that don’t make learning bridge feel like an overwhelming experience. The book focus on problem based learning.

Some aspects of bridge has changed a lot in the 40 years that has passed since this book was written. It is therefore a good idea to complement the lesson you learn in this book with other more advanced books. This is especially true in regards to defense where the game has changed a lot.

Language: English
ISBN-10: 0486229424
ISBN-13: 978-0486229423


  • The book is well written and well organized.
  • The problem based learning system teaches you how to think bridge.
  • The book contains a number of pedagogical illustrations.
  • The book feature a very good reference guide to the rules of the game and bidding strategies. This reference guide is on the last pages of the book and very easy to find.
  • A cult classic among bridge books
  • The book is cheap both as a printed book and as a e-book


  • The e-book version is not very good. It is hard to navigate and read.
  • The book is more than 40 years old and that shows in some areas. Some information has not aged well. Other parts of the books are as relevant today as they were a hundred years ago.
  • The book can be hard to understand at times. The title says that it is for BRIGHT beginners and this shows as the book sometimes expect a lot from the read.
  • The book forces you to solve a lot of problems and learn from them. This is a good way to learn but also means that it can take a long time to learn everything the book has to teach.

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