Commonly Used Conventions in the 21st Century: The Spade Series is the fourth book in the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Bridge Series. All books in this series was written by Audrey Grant. This book is suitable for people who have some experience with bridge or beginners who have read the first 3 books in the series. It is not a good choice if you have no experience with bridge and if you haven’t read the earlier books.
This book has 368 pages and was published in 2009 by Baron Barclay Bridge. The book is designed to be used together with two different pieces of software that has been developed by the ACBL. You do however not need the software to benefit from the book. The book is a good learning aid regardless of whether you have the software or not. The software just adds another level to the book. You can use the exercises and quizzes in the book without the software.
- The book offer good in depth information on different conventions. It has a deeper focus than most other books.
- The spiral bind is suitable for this type of course book.
- The book feature a lot of exercises that makes it easier to learn
- At the end of each chapter you find a quiz that let you see if you learned the lessons in the chapter or if you should read it again.
- The book contains a high number of different conventions you can learn.
- Commonly Used Conventions in the 21st Century is suitable for beginners and intermediate players a like.
- It is not just for beginners. There is a surprising amount of value for advanced players as well.
- The book rehashes a lot of information from the earlier books. This causes it to lose focus from the main topic.
- The book does not have any index. This makes it hard to find information on specific conventions. This is especially true since the book contains information on conventions that are not mentioned in the chapter list.
- The book is printed on low quality paper which makes it hard to keep it in good condition.
- The language is not as clear as in the other books in the series.
- Some lessons are not described as good as they could be.