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||(Mac OS 7.0 - 9.2 or Mac OS X Classic) (Jewel Case)
Publisher: Bridge Base Inc.
Interactive Program with Over 100
Hands to Defend
There are very few players who will claim that defense is
the best part of their game. This is not surprising. When I started to play
bridge, there were many books on bidding and play and I devoured them as fast
as I could get my hands on them. Defense was another matter. Even after finding
a few resources on defense, it was still a difficult topic.
There are many reasons why this might be so. Defense
requires a different kind of visualization than declarer play. But the reason
that most makes sense to me is that a good defender has to have a partner who
is also a good defender.
When you play a hand, you are on your own. It is you against
both of your opponents. Your partner just sits there following your
instructions and offering silent encouragement as you play the hand.
In the bidding, it is true, there must be some cooperation,
but bidding is much more forgiving than defense. Defense requires delicate
timing and if either defender misses a beat, the whole plan goes down the
In addition to being able to work out the problems at hand,
not always easy since you can only see your hand and dummy's, you and your
partner must speak the same language.
What, for instance, do you lead when you have the AK83 of a
suit? Do you lead the king or the ace? What do you lead from the 763 of a suit?
Do you lead the seven, the six, or the three? Why? What is your rule for
leading from three small cards?
Your partner leads the queen against notrump and you have
the K84 and signal that you like the suit. The queen wins and partner continues
with the jack. So do you unblock your king or do you play the four? Again, what
determines your choice?
In DEFENSE, you will visit the Chamber of Horrors, a litany
of bad plays that you and your partner have made at one time or another. Never
DEFENSE won't make you a wonderful defender overnight. It
will, however, show you many of the important things you need to think about.
Have you ever watched a good defender at work? Did you ever wince as he played
an 'impossible' card only to see that it was the right thing to do? Want to
know why he did that?
Much of what you need to know is in this disc. I guarantee
that if you play these hands and listen to what is in here, you will be taking
an important step towards being a wiser and better defender.
Windows: Any version of Windows, 3MB free HD space,
* For Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit (and
perhaps some others as well) you will need a patch available at:
Macintosh: System 7.0 thru 9.2 -or- OS X Classic
(only), screen resolution of 640 by 480 pixels or more. Not compatible with
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