Here are the sources I have found most useful on each topic.


  1. My Advanced Bidding is a complement to these notes, and should be available in the same place you found them.
  2. Standard Bidding With SAYC, by Ned Downey and Ellen Pomer, Masterpoint Press, Toronto, 2005. This really seems to be the only printed book devoted to this purpose, beyond a little handout you can get from ACBL.
  3. 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know, by Barbara Seagram and Marc Smith, Masterpoint Press, Toronto, 1999; and 25 More Bridge Conventions You Should Know, by Barbara Seagram and Marc Smith, Masterpoint Press, Toronto, are wonderfully expository with reviews and quizzes. All of the “25” series books have taught me something. One of them is on Two Over One.
  4. Points Schmoints!, by Marty Bergen, Bergen Press, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 1994.
  5. Slam Bidding Made Easier, by Marty Bergen, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 2008. A workbook is also available. This book contains the alternative hand evaluation method that Bergen devised in full detail, also with great details about control bidding and useful slam conventions.
  6. The Weak No-trump: How to Play It, How to Play Against It, by Andy Stark.
  7. Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense, by Eddie Kantar, Masterpoint Press, Toronto, 1999. This part centers on leading, card play and signalling.
  8. Eddie Kantar Teaches Advanced Bridge Defense, by Eddie Kantar, Masterpoint Press, Toronto, ISBN 1-894154-03-7, 1999. This part centers on strategy, counting, and technique.
  9. Opening Leads, by Mike Lawrence, C & T Bridge Supplies, Los Alamitas, CA, 1966. This is so comprehensive it is a challenge but well worth it. My scores improved sharply after I read it. Many of Lawrence’s other writings on specialized topics, including balancing and overcalls, are similarly difficult and worthwhile.
  10. Eddie Kantar Teaches Topics in Declarer Play at Bridge, by Eddie Kantar, Master Point Press, Toronto, 2002. There are many older such books, including ones by Dorothy Hayden Truscott and William S. Root, each of which is worth reading.
  11. Card Play Technique, or, The Art Of Being Lucky, by Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener. B. T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1955.
  12. The Play of the Hand At Bridge, by Louis H. Watson. I first read this at age 12, when I had nobody to play with. I probably picked it out because it was one of the biggest books in our little public branch library. First published in 1934, nowadays one reads the modernized version by Sam Fry, Jr. written in 1958. It remains one of the best.
  13. Precision Today, Second Edition,by David Berkowitz and Brent Manley, DBM Publications, Memphis, TN, 2010 explains one of the “strong club” systems, which many experts play. It is worth at least having some idea of such systems and how to defend against them. Two versions are given in Advanced Bidding.
  14. The Official Encylopedia of Bridge, 7th Edition, Brent Manley ed., published by the American Contract Bridge League, Horn Lake, MS, 2011. Everything you ever wanted to know – and the section on how to play card combinations is to be frequently consulted after you fail in that department.


  1. The Bridge Guys <> site is my go-to place when I want to look something up.

  2. The Fifth Chair Foundation <>, has a wonderful archive <>. Two of the documents, SAYC OKBridge Style, by Anna Marsh et. al., and Two Over One OKBridge Style - Clarified, by Anna Marsh et. al., are pretty complete both as to system and many basic conventions. I do not care for the 2/1 books by Hardy (on literary, not bridge, grounds).

  3. Bridge Base Online <> (Fred Gitelman) is home to massive amounts of material both directly and at the associated clubs such as the Beginner and Intermediate Lounge (BIL) and the Intermediate and Advanced Club (IAC). You can practice playing with three robots there, and mousing over the bids tells you what they will mean to the robots; but the robot plays Two Over One and a rather odd set of conventions.

  4. Improving 2/1 by Fred Gitelman, is a long and thought-provoking discussion of 2/1 and slam bidding. This is for very serious partnerships.

  5. Bridge Baron (available at Great Game Products < allows you to play your SAYC or Two Over One with the computer, and to customize the set of conventions. Just ask for a hint when unsure of what the right bid is. Unfortunately Bridge Baron is expensive and they ask for half the purchase price again every year to keep it up to date. Versions are also available for mobile phones and tablets and smart readers.

    There are other competitors too. Look for ones that have won the robot championships.

  6. The Wednesday Game ( <> has a lot of bridge information especially on conventions.

  7. Vu-Bridge ( <> has many games to replay and practice.

  8. <> – be a member, see your points, look up convention charts, what the convention card means, find a club or tournament. There is a really great series of explanations about how to fill out your convention card.


There are now many software courses available as CDs. Noteworthy are Lawrence’s two courses on counting, his course on 2/1, and Kantar’s books mentioned above. Visual learners may find these more effective than books.