Positive Defense at Bridge

by: Terence Reese and Julian Pottage

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This book was originally published in 1985, and in this new edition is substantially revised and expanded. It is a collection of bridge problems designed to teach players how to think along the right lines at the bridge table. Anyone who absorbs even a fraction of the ideas presented here will find himself making contracts that might have been defeated, and defeating contracts that might have been made. "In 1986, Terence Reese teamed with Julian Pottage, the a junior international, to produce two books: Positive Declarer Play at Bridge and Positive Defense at Bridge. Some twenty years later, Pottage, now one of the world's best creators of bridge problems, as revised and expanded these two works. The deals still contain Reese's acerbic wit, but Pottage has fille in some gaps that were left in the original analyses.

Some of the problems in these books are quite difficult, bot one expects that of Terence Reese material. The tru benefit comes from reading and understanding the analysis of each problem. Many deals cannot be completely solved at the problem stage. The read will reach a certain stage in his or her analysis and them must turn the page to solve the entire problem."
- Belleville Intelligencer

"Realistic, diificult problems. Our sometimes finicky reviewed rated them excellent."
- The Bridge World

"The book offers good practice and impulses that may enable you to beat even more contracts."
- Jon Sveindal, Norway

"Julian Pottage has made his name by writing on defence and his problems come mostly from actual play, which gives the book a desirable 'real life' feel. Also, I would say that the chosen level of difficulty is about right. I found many of the highly regarded Kelsey quiz books much too hard. Who wants to read a book of problems and be defeated nearly every time? With Terence Reese on board, it goes without saying that the text is commendably economical and as smooth as silk - a joy to read. If you find quiz books a useful way to improve your game, I'm sure you will be happy with this one. "
- Bridge Plus Magazine



Terence Reese
Terence Reese
Terence Reese (August 28, 1913 — January 29, 1996) was a British bridge player and writer and was regarded as one of the finest of all time in both fields. He was born in Epsom to middle-class parents and was educated at Bradfield College and New College, Oxford. As a bridge player, Reese won every honour in the game, including the European Championship four times (1948, 1949, 1954, 1963) and the Bermuda Bowl in 1955. He was World Pair champion in 1961 and placed second in the World Teams Olympiad in 1960 and the World Open Pairs in 1962. He also represented Britain in the 1960 Olympiad, the Bermuda Bowl of 1965, and in five other European Championships. He won the Gold Cup, the premier British domestic competition, on eight occasions. Reese last played international bridge in the 1970 European Championship, but his career as a bridge writer continued unabated.


Julian Pottage
Julian Pottage
Wales) is best known as a bridge problem constructor, and his many awards include IBPA Book of the Year. His most recent book for MPP was Defend or Declare?



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