Jude Goodwin's 'Table Talk' bridge cartoons have appeared for more than 30 years in the American Contract Bridge
League's Bulletin--so if you recognize them and are an avid player, you'll love having them all under one cover at last.
Part memoir, part history of contract bridge
, this very unusual book will largely mystify non-bridge players while the initiated will readily embrace the notion of bridge as a metaphor for life as Balfour traces his relationship with his father right up until it ends in the cancer ward, with Balfour Snr still hankering after the bridge table's "square yard of freedom".***
While Vulnerable In Hearts easily reaches an adult audience, this memoir is reviewed here for its special interest to young adults as well, telling of a father, a son, and contract bridge
, which binds their worlds.
He also plays the piano and likes the game of contract bridge
However, some of the topics suggested were deemed too obscure, including the natural life of a goldfish and railway routes in Britain and contract bridge
In a game of contract bridge
, the four players are assigned the names North, East, South and West, corresponding to their seats around a bridge table.
The sixth edition of 'The Official Encyclopaedia of Bridge' has been published by the American Contract Bridge
Top players like the Hackett twins, members of Staffordshire Contract Bridge
Association, are big names in the bridge world.
* A computer program that uses Al planning techniques is now the world champion computer program in the game of Contract Bridge
. As reported in The New York Times and The Washington Post, this program--a new version of Great Game Products' BRIDGE BARON program--won the Baron Barclay World Bridge Computer Challenge, an international competition hosted in July 1997 by the American Contract Bridge
In card games such as contract bridge
and poker, players deal not only with chance but also with incomplete information about what cards the other players hold.
Additional conventions at Grand Wayne in 1995 include the International Harvester Collectors Convention for those interested in old farm machinery; Great Lakes area convention of the Athletic Trainers Association; a "Star Trek" convention; an American Dance Association conference; the American Contract Bridge
League, with more than 7,000 tables of bridge; and the Indiana Correctional Association Convention that features a portable jail.
Figures indicate that productivity has more than doubled in some aspects of design, primarily through the implementation of workstations and systems that have allowed designers unlimited access to powerful tools necessary for the production of contract bridge