The Hands of Time

The Most Exciting Bridge Deals Ever Played

by: Mark Horton

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A fascinating collection of the 'best of the best', selected by one of the world's top bridge writers. Taken from nearly a hundred years of bridge history, these deals will provide any bridge player with hours of fascinating reading. Each of them has its own unique point of interest, sometimes deriving from a brilliant maneuver in the play or bidding, sometimes from the circumstances surrounding the deal or its consequences. Some of these deals decided a world title, some were important only to those who took part, and at least one ended a partnership...

A great gift for a bridge player.

Critics’ Viewpoint

"Entertaining reading on all levels as it presented both excellent bridge and pleasing anecdotes about players. A few of the deals are quite well-known, although even then [the author] often adds a nice personal twist. It is an ideal birthday present even for bridge players who say they don't read bridge books. While we could quibble about the selection of some of these deals over others, it is being pedantic for we should accept the book for what it is -- a celebration of bridge that can be enjoyed at many levels. I'm waiting for the sequel."

— ACBL Bulletin

"The reader will receive a treat! While the hands and their analysis are very instructive, the book is also very entertaining, and a very bright and lively affair. Great reading for a train, airplane, taxi, or an evening or three at home. Highly recommended."

— BRIDGE Magazine

"Not only great hands but also useful background information, some huge blunders and an intriguing appeal... This book will entertain the expert player and prove to be a source of instruction to the less experienced... Recommended."

— Pegasus Bridge, Koerswijzer, Kaartlezer

"I think the true strength of this book come from Horton's familiarity with the experts and his ability to weave anecdote and bridge deal together. His work editing bridge bulletins at major championships has clearly helped Horton to combine narrative flow with sound analysis. The read can enjoy both the anecdotes and the bridge deals simultaneously, without having to stop and decipher a comprehensive analysis.
Bridge-playing friends at all levels should enjoy recceiving this book as a gift."

— Belleville Intelligencer

"The hands in this collection remind us never to give up hope, either as declareres or defenders. An excellent resource."

— American Bridge Teachers Association


Mark Horton
Mark Horton
Mark Horton (born 1950) is a British author, journalist and expert on bridge, as well as a former lawyer and chess champion. He was editor of Bridge magazine for many years, and is currently editor of BeBridge, as well as being Chief Editor to the World Bridge Federation and the European Bridge League .

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