The Rodwell Files, Part 1

Eric Rodwell

Eric Rodwell's contributions to bidding theory are well-known, but in these ground-breaking books he reveals for the first time his unique approach to the play of the cards.

First, he describes and explains the process for deciding on a line of play — using concepts such as +L positions, tightropes, trick packages and Control Units as well as exploring more standard themes such as counting winners, losers, and distribution. Included here too is a checklist of 'defogging questions' to get you back on track when your analysis gets bogged down. Then he moves on to a host of innovative ideas in cardplay, strategies and tactics that can be used by declarer or defenders, each one illustrated with real-life examples from top-level play. Many of these ideas will be new to anyone below the bridge stratosphere. Finally, under the heading 'DOs and DON'Ts', Rodwell talks about the mental side of the game: areas where players often go wrong in their approach to the problem at hand, areas that mark the key differences between an average player and a successful one.

The original 'Rodwell File', the collection of notes on which these books are based, has been in existence for more than twenty years, but it is only now that the author is prepared to allow his 'secrets' to become public knowledge.

Included in this volume:

Part 1 — The Building Blocks

Chapter 1: Some Basic Ideas

Cashing Solid Tricks
Promoting High Cards
Establishing Small Cards
Ruffing Finesses
Ruffing Losers in the Hand with Shorter Trumps
Trump Control
Crossruff and Dummy Reversal
Basic Defensive Ideas

Chapter 2: The Basics of Advanced Cardplay

Eliminations and Throw-ins
Squeeze Play

Chapter 3: Tools for Analyzing a Hand

Counting Losers
Counting Winners
Counting the Hand
Assume the Best — or the Worst
A Short Math Break
Trick Packages

Chapter 4: Making Your Plan

The Basics
Defogging — More on the Thought Process

For the remaining volumes, look for the following titles:

The Rodwell Files, Part 2: Advanced Cardplay Maneuvers
The Rodwell Files, Part 3: Defensive Strategies
The Rodwell Files, Part 4: The DOs and DON'Ts of Cardplay

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