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Spotlight on Card Play

Darvas, Robert, Lukacs, Paul

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ISBN 10: 057503078X / ISBN 13: 9780575030787
Published by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1982
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Title: Spotlight on Card Play

Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd

Publication Date: 1982

Book Condition:Good

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This book is designed to turn moderately good bridge players into expert players of the cards, by use of novel and entertaining methods. Spotlight on Card Play can be read just for pleasure; for the many hands in it exemplify what Dr. Paul Stern described as Darvas's 'extra-ordinary gift for discovering unusual features of bridge hands – the beautiful, the queer, the exciting, and even the comical.' Though these hands are again all that, they are this time also turned to the intensely practical purpose of making the reader a better player of the cards. The Hungarian authors – the late Robert Darvas and his close friend over the years, Paul Lukacs – were long ago ranked among the finest, most original card analysts Europe has produced. By means of a lively “question-and-answer” method they demonstrate most tellingly the way the expert mind tackles the playing of all manner of hands, directing hidden snags in some that look simple and finding solutions to others that are packed with difficulties and obstacles. Norman Hart's sole aim has been to make the book acceptable to English–speaking readers while faithfully interpreting the intentions of his Hungarian authors. Darvas and Lukacs, in fact, show as in a revealing spotlight the expert's psychological tricks of the trade and explain, without explaining away, his seemingly uncanny insight in finding the right technical device to use on each occasion. The reader who co-operates with the authors in the playing of these 67 hands can hardly fail to find life at once fuller and easier next time he sits down at a bridge table.

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Robert Darvas who was born in 1903 in Budapest. He was one of the best designers of problems with double deal, so that many of the deals are true pillars of Bridge literature. Robert Darvas of Hungary was also the inventor of, “The Robert Coup”. He died in 1957. Paul Lukacs (1915–1982) was a Hungarian-born Israeli analyst and composer of problems in the "play of the hand" at contract bridge. Some consider him "the best bridge player ever away from the table". Norman de Villiers Hart was the inventor of the Norman 4NT bid. He is the author of “Right Through the Pack” with Robert Darvas. Ewart Kempson was Editor of the Bridge Magazine in England and was one of the last of the old-timers who in the early thirties was slow to convert from auction bridge to contract bridge. He died in 1966.

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