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(The Book) is so good and so good for beginners.The things you need to learn are right there. It makes the transition (to Duplicate Bridge) so much easier. Now it is right here for everyone to read. Way to go. This is excellent. So proud of you for taking your love of the game of bridge and how well you play it to others who are just starting.


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A Newcomer’s Guide Stress-Free Introduction to Duplicate Bridge Let’s Get Started

25.49, 100 pp., hardcover
19.99 softcovers,
9.95 on Kindle
by Brian R. Gray
reviewed by Paul Linxwiler, ACBL Bridge Bulletin May 2021 edition.

a picture book for beginners

Canada’s Brian Gray has produced a pictorial Guide for new players, helping them to understand the wonderfully complicated world of duplicate bridge. This is not a book that I’d show to  someone about bidding, play or defense. Rather, it is an illustrated manual on rules, scoring, etiquette and hardware that make up the live bridge.
who’s never tried duplicate before; they might well find it overwhelming. But this is the perfect book for those who have tasted the fun of duplicate bridge and are clearly hungry for more. You can always tell the newbie addicts: They have a million questions. Gray’s book does a great job at answering almost all of them.
Experienced players can easily forget the steep learning curve our game has. Boards, guide cards, bidding boxes, scoring machines or travelers (not to mention how to keep score), and convention cards: The decor of the bridge table is ornate.
The Laws and the role of the director can be intimidating to new players, too. It’s bad enough remember how Stayman and transfers work. Keeping up with the arcane rules of our game is an additional layer of potential frustration, but Gray expertly handles all of these topics with friendly explanations and lots of pictures.

Barbara Seagram, co-winner with David Bird of the 2018 American Bridge Teachers’ Association, Book the Year Award, Beginner Category, “Planning the Play-The Next Level“. 


I think this is helpful for players coming into Duplicate for the first time. Potentially, you really may be appealing to a larger audience. Most (players) have no clue about how scoring works or what are the basic rules of etiquette or any understand of the ‘Laws of Duplicate’. All these areas you address. I don’t think there is anything out there quite like it.


Nice job. Jeff Bayone , Managing Partner, Honors Bridge Club (NYC).,Winner  2018 ABTA Book of the Year Award, Beginner Category for “A Taste of Bridge“. 


It is really  meaningful  when an author can put so many personal and interesting thoughts and facts into a book which will be of such help to those who are moving forward into the game of Duplicate bridge. There is so much to absorb along the journey that I have no doubt that ‘A Newcomer’s Guide will be read and reread by those lucky enough to have their own copy.


Selwyn Hossuth Bronze LM. Novelist of bridge-theme books, “Weak Two” and “Deep Finesse“. 


Well done, very informative, an enjoyable read, love the images -Anne Sixsmith, Ruby LM, Owner/Director, Washago bridge club.


A great job. The book will be very helpful to new players -Margo Davidson, LM, Director, Echo Hills bridge club.


New Review May 18, 2020.


A Newcomer’s Guide (an introduction to duplicate bridge by Brian Gray) published by FriesenPress. This book of 124 pages presents the basic information for the beginner to start playing duplicate bridge. The material provided is indeed comprehensive covering the use of the bidding bowes, how to fill in a convention card, the format, bridge etiquette, bridgemates and matchpoint scoring to name but a few topics.


The book is reader friendly and filled with the author’s friendly presentation in addition to his often witty, insightful and humorous comments.


The information supplied would certainly ensure that you have the confidence to begin playing duplicate at the club or perhaps online at this time (all clubs in Canada are presently closed because of the pandemic).


This effort is highly recommended.


Dave Willis Bridge Columnist, Ottawa Herald and Toronto Star.