“Duplicate Bridge” by Alfred Sheinwold, Dover Publication, New York, NY, 1971, originally published in 1954, 158 pages, Library of Congress Number: 75-156814, Reprints ISBN: 0-486-22741-3.
In this book you will learn about seating assignments, shuffling the deck, bidding, and how to play the cards. You’ll also you learn strategies and about traveling score slips, entering the score and moving to the next round. Match points are counted differently and just totaling the points is not enough when figuring out the private scorecard to get to your total score. Chapter 2 of this book is excellent talking about the general principles of tournament play.
In duplicate bridge safety is not enough, and it pays to play for the advantage. But don’t forget there are ethics and etiquette involved in play of this type. In this book you will learn who your true opponents are and all about fail numbers and hair-trigger doubles. Do Bill Gates and Warren Buffett play this style? Perhaps not, or perhaps they do, I am uncertain but it is quite competitive. There are standard principles of bidding, offensive bidding in duplicate, and competitive bidding during the same. You may not know this but there are special bidding conventions also. In this book it gets all into that as well.
If you are bridge player you need to learn how to play bridge different ways, that’s what makes it so intriguing, and one of the best card games sports there is. Some people think that bridge is only for old people, trust me when I tell you that isn’t true. After you read this book you’ll see why. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.