OVER YOUR SHOULDER
By: Brent Manley
Originally Published in The American Contract Bridge
League BULLETIN, February, 1998
What would you give to have an expert player available for consultation at nearly every step as you work on your game?
How would you like to be able to ask about your bids and plays - and have the expert answer with clear, logical explanations?
That would be great of course, but not many players can afford a personal coach, at least not to that extent.
That's why, if you're striving to improve your game, you should take a look at Private Bridge Lessons, Volume 1, by Mike Lawrence. The sequel to Lawrence's Counting at Bridge is every bit as good - perhaps better, because it covers such a wide variety of topics.
The design is the same - it's powered by the software "engine" developed by Fred Gitelman, the most creative bridge programmer around. The Windows product has excellent graphics and is easy to use: if you can click a mouse, you're in business.
Looks are fine, but what counts is the content. It's all there, and then some.
The program does what Lawrence accomplishes so successfully in his many books - he teaches good bridge in a way that is easy to understand. Lawrence never just make pronouncements - he gives logical reasons for what he recommends. You start to think, "Now I see, now I get it."
The program focuses on various aspects of bridge play such as squeezes, endplays and safety plays. The bonus is that as you go through each problem Lawrence is right there coaching, helping you make bidding decisions and honing your judgment.
Even if, somehow, you never absorbed a single tip on play, you would be a better bidder after using this program. There is a remarkable amount of material in this package.
If you are an intermediate player with a desire for improvement, you can't do better than this.