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


  1. My Advanced Bidding and Defensive Bidding are complements 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. 2 Over 1 Game Force, by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell, Baron Barclay, Louisville, KY. 2009. I do not care for the 2/1 books by Hardy (on literary, not bridge, grounds).
  5. Points Schmoints!, by Marty Bergen, Bergen Press, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 1994.
  6. 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.
  7. The Weak No-trump: How to Play It, How to Play Against It, by Andy Stark.
  8. Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense, by Eddie Kantar, Masterpoint Press, Toronto, 1999. This part centers on leading, card play and signalling.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Card Play Technique, or, The Art Of Being Lucky, by Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener. B. T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1955.
  13. 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.
  14. 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. As of August 2020, it appears to be out of print. It is worth at least having some idea of such systems and how to defend against them. Unfortunately the book refuses to take a stand on many choices, leaving things uncertain. My version eliminating the choices is given in Imprecise Precision.
  15. 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. Larry Cohen <> and Bridge Bums < are my go-to web sites.
  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.
  3. BBO <> 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. There are many other things there, including official ACBL games.
  4. <> – 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 and robot players available. Visual learners may find these more effective than books.

Marty Bergen ( has audio-visual courses in addition to books and pamphlets.