The Complete Book on Overcalls in Contract Bridge by Mike LawrenceThe Complete Book on Overcalls in Contract Bridge by Mike Lawrence

The Complete Book on Overcalls in Contract Bridge

byMike Lawrence

Paperback | November 1, 2009

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Originally published in 1980, this book quickly became recognized as a ‘must-read’ for any would-be bridge expert, and has never been out of print. Now, almost 30 years later, the author has revised, updated and expanded the book to take into account modern developments in the theory and practice of competitive bidding. Anyone serious about improving their game needs to own a copy of this book.


Alfred Sheinwold’s review of the original edition: ‘If you read only one bridge book this year, this should be it.’

Mike Lawrence (TN) has Hall of Fame credentials both as a player and a writer. An original member of the Dallas Aces, he has won three world titles and eighteen national titles. Several of his books are widely regarded as classics of the game.
Title:The Complete Book on Overcalls in Contract BridgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:Master Point PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897106459

ISBN - 13:9781897106457

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Editorial Reviews

Reviewed by Paul Linxwiler in the Bridge Bulletin, February 2010 An updated classic When Mike Lawrence published The Complete Book of Overcalls in 1979, it was critically acclaimed as the foundational text on the under-analyzed subject of overcalls.  Three decades later, Lawrence has re-released Overcalls with some welcome revisions and updates to reflect the ways in which modern bidding methods have given players more tools in their struggles to actively compete and describe their hands. The sheer range of the competitive sequences discussed is impressive.  The examples are copious, the explanations are lucid, and the attention to detail (Lawrence frequently compares IMP and matchpoint strategies) is obvious. There is no other way to say this: anyone who aspires to be a competent player must read this book.