Need to Know? Bridge Practice Deals
When Andrew Robson wrote his book for beginners Need to Know? Bridge, he didn’t have room for many of his whole-deal examples. Here are 32 deals with write ups. Study them, and your Bridge will improve in leaps and bounds. The accompanying arrow packs enable you then to deal out and play the deals in the Practice Deals booklet, 16 deals per pack. Created by Andrew Robson, the 32 deals in this booklet and arrow pack set illustrate his beginner’s course. If you’re a complete beginner, you might like to consider the Beginning Bridge book and arrow cards to start with, then move onto Need to Know: Bridge Practice Deals to consolidate what you’ve learned.
To generate the first deal, the dealer follows the top left arrow on the back of each card; the card is given to the player to whom the arrow points. For subsequent deals follow another set of arrows, rotating the dealer. As ever the dealer is first to call. Bid and play out the deal, then look at the corresponding deal number in the book to see how you fared.
Andrew Robson is widely regarded as one of the finest Bridge player/teacher/writers in the world today. When not at his Club, Andrew travels the country, inspiring thousands at the many Charity functions and Master Classes he leads.
As a player, Andrew won the world Junior Championships in 1989, the European Championships in 1991, and the list of tournament successes during and since is too long to list. He won the Silver Medal in the 2004 World Individual, heartbreakingly moving out of Gold on the very last deal (but that’s another story…).
As a writer, Andrew began in the early Nineties writing for the Oldie, the Spectator and the Express on Sunday, and has now been writing for Country Life for nearly 20 years and Money Week for nearly ten. He is most famous, however, for his daily column in The Times. His clarity of style has seen him become universally acclaimed, and he is the author of Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Need to know? Bridge, Bridge Secrets, What Should Have Happened, A Pack of Dos and Don’ts plus 20 books in his hugely popular Bridge Lesson Book series.
Andrew’s teaching is also legendary. Entertaining, simple, brilliant…his teaching has been described as this and much more over the years.
When not Bridging, Andrew loves to ride his mountain bike. He lives in North Barnes with his wife Lorna and two daughters, Hannah and Mimi.