Play of hand in the 21st Century is a part of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Bridge Series. This book was written by Audrey Grant.
This is a 376 pages spiral bound book published by Baron Barclay Bridge on October 23, 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 Play of the hand in the 21st Century useful.
- Play of hand in the 2st Century covers play of hand by the declarer, as well as essential aspects of Standard American bidding and of play by defenders.
- This book is suitable for beginners and for bridge players that has been on a hiatus from the game and wish to refresh their skills and keep up with 21st century bridge.
- This book is good at explaining why certain rules tend to be successful, rather than encouraging the reader to just accept and memorize the rules.
- The book is written like a course book, with very clear explanations and plenty of examples. The style is easy to read and comprehend.
- Each chapter ends with a quiz section.
- This book would have been much more useful in everyday playing situations if it had been given an index section. Now, finding exactly what your looking for takes quite a lot of time.
- This is a spiral-bound book made from comparatively low-quality materials. If you want the book to last, you might need to have it rebound and get more durable covers for it. The low quality isn’t a problem if you only intend to read the book once, but if you want to keep the book around and use it as a reference guide, look things up frequently and so on, it will get worn out rather quickly.