2014 IBPA Awards: The Master Point Press Book of the Year

International Bridge Press Association
International Bridge Press Association

2014 IBPA Awards

 Every year, during the WBF World Bridge Championships , the IBPA Awards are announced by the International Bridge Press Association.

 One of the most anticipated is the book of the year award, called: The Master Point Press Book of the Year.

This year it corresponded to:

The Art of Declarer Play by [ilink url=»http://csbnews.org/author/tim-bourke/?lang=en»]Tim Bourke[/ilink] & Justin Corfield

KD Books & Publishing, USA 386 pp

This is how IBPA announced the award:The Art of Declarer Play

This year we had a plethora of terrific books to choose among for our Book of the Year. In another year, three of our other candidates might have won the award. However, this year, one book stood out from the rest. The Art of Declarer Play belongs in the ranks of Watson, Reese and Kelsey as one of the best books on declarer play ever written. If you buy only one bridge book this year, this should be the one.

From the publisher: “Anybody can make straightforward contracts.
The Art of Declarer Play is about how to handle the rest. If you already
have a good grasp of declarer play technique, the blocking and unblocking plays, the eliminations and the squeezes, then this is the book for you. picasion 18

[ilink url=»http://csbnews.org/author/tim-bourke/?lang=en»]Bourke[/ilink]  and Corfield begin where most of the other books finish, and reveal what goes on inside the mind of an expert, explaining how to anticipate the likely distribution, how to use logic and visualization, how to listen to the cards, and many other ways to make ‘impossible’ contracts. By understanding the thought processes that lead to a successful strategy in the most challenging of contracts, you will be able to replicate them for yourself, and bid with the confidence that comes from expert-level declarer play.”

“If you want your card play to improve out of all recognition, If you want to learn the secrets of expert level technique, If you are not afraid to challenge yourself, then read this book.”


Other Shortlisted Candidates:

The Rabbi’s Rules – Mark Horton & Eric Kokish
Further Adventures at the Bridge Table – Roy Hughes
Why You Still Lose at Bridge – Julian Pottage
More Breaking the Rules – Second-Hand Play – Barry Rigal & Josh Donn
Bridge on a Shoestring – Michael Schoenborn
How to Be a Lucky Player – Matthew Thomson