Do you want to learn to play bridge? Or are you an advanced player seeking to improve your game? In this stimulating volume, world-renowned bridge expert Edgar Kaplan reveals the special techniques that enabled him to win several championship titles. Actually two books in one, this compact guide introduces basics to beginners and offers sophisticated strategies to more experienced players. Book One (The Fundamentals) is a comprehensive course in basic bridge designed to help beginners build a solid, confident grounding in the game. Kaplan systematically presents every facet of bidding and playing — from calculating the worth of your hand, to bidding strategically for trump and notrump games, to scoring rubbers. Competitive bidding, winning tricks, and other useful play techniques are also fully explained and demonstrated with numerous examples. Book Two (The Fine Points) is based on the author's own personal secrets of success. Kaplan delves into effective ways to plan the play and employ defense strategies, tactical moves and exceptional bidding positions. He explains exactly how and when to deceive opponents, communicate precise information to partners, sacrifice, use cue bids and depart from normal procedures. The newest modern bridge techniques and conventions are analyzed clearly and concisely, and there are dozens of helpful tips on various parts of the game. Winning Contract Bridge offers these special features for all players: brief and concise "rules to remember" at the end of each chapter; general rules, penalties, and proprieties that define over 160 major bridge terms; a scoring chart, point-count table, and convenient analytical table of contents. Whether you are a neophyte playing your first rubber, an occasional player reviewing the rules, or a devotee attempting to catch your opponents off guard, Kaplan's expert advice and comprehensive coverage make this book a truly unbeatable way to learn more effective bridge play.