Card Play Technique or The Art of Being Lucky (2nd ed.)

by: Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener

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First published in 1955, this comprehensive survey of declarer play and defense has been very hard to find for the last decade. It is perhaps the single most-requested out of print bridge book, and is widely regarded as the best intermediate-level book on card play ever written.

Gardener’s technical expertise and Mollo’s witty writing style combine to provide a unique instructional experience.   This new edition has been updated and modernized by Bridge Magazine editor Mark Horton, and also includes a new foreword by Gardener’s daughter, Nicola Smith, herself a multiple world champion.

Critics’ Viewpoint
This new edition includes a lovely introduction by Gardener’s daughter, many-time world champion Nicola Smith. She includes some pictures and tells a few stories about the two of them, including the little known fact that Victor was her mother’s first husband! British bridge journalist Mark Horton has done a good job of modernizing the bidding in this delightful book without losing Mollo’s charming prose or Gardener’s masterful analysis. This is one of those books that belongs in every bridge player’s library; it can be enjoyed by players at every level. — Kitty Cooper, ACBL District 17 newsletter  11/26/2013
Recommended as a gift for your favorite bridge player. — Phillip Alder, New York Times, November 2013  11/26/2013
It’s hard not to get more and more excited the further you get into the boo, - lessons learned immediately prove their worth in matchpoints, team wins and successful technique. When squeezes are presented, towards the end, you are ready for them. There’s nothing scary or mystical – a squeeze becomes just another card skill in your armory. While formatted like a textbook, the writing is anything but dry. How could it be with the dazzling Mollo behind the typewriter. This book frequently tops top p;layers’ lis5ts of ‘most influential books’, and for good reason. — ACBL Bulletin  07/11/2013
A modern classic that should be in every teacher’s (and most of their students’) libraries. — ABTA Quarterly  06/18/2013
One of the most revered books on cardplay. — The Denver Post  06/07/2013
When I was a teenager, this was the first significant bridge book I read. It dramatically improved my understanding of declarer play and defense, and it piqued my interest in learning more. Later I discovered that others had had similar experiences. — The Bridge World  05/27/2013
A text no enthusiast should be without. — Tony Jackman, Queensland, Australia  05/27/2013
Filled cover to cover with advice on making the most out of the hand one’s dealt – a must for bridge players everywhere. — The Midwest Book Review  05/02/2013
"The 21 chapters are founded on established pedagogical principles, and the Reader gets ample opportunity to try out new theories on plenty of exercises. The book is simply a dream for all who aim at improving their card play technique.” — Jon Sveindal  04/29/2013
I learnt how to play the cards by reading Mollo and Gardener’s Card Play Technique. As I see it, there could be no greater advertisement for the book. (My partner wouldn’t agree.) — David Bird  02/25/2013


Victor Mollo
Victor Mollo
The late Victor Mollo (London, UK) is one of the best-loved authors ever to write about bridge. He penned many excellent how-to books on the game (including Card Play Technique, with Nico Gardner) but it is as a humorist, and the author of Bridge in the Menagerie and its sequels, that he is best remembered.

Nico Gardener
Nico Gardener
The late Nico Gardener (London, UK) was a distinguished international player, winner of many British national events, and founder of the highly successful London School of Bridge.

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