This expertly presented book is a fabulous guide for players of all levels. It is a clear and effective tutorial for beginners, an essential sourcebook of reference points, sample games, tips and professional strategies for intermediate and high-level players, and a fascinating history of bridge and the great champions for enthusiasts of every kind. In the introduction, the principles of bridge and its continued evolution are discussed, and the first chapter goes on to detail the colourful history of the game. The practical heart of the book then focuses on how to play bridge and improve your game, from basic through to intermediate and advanced-level, both in bidding and cardplay. This teaching course is designed to develop skills and competence - the importance of good bidding, card play and defence, rules of the game, and strategies for successful play. With more than 700 superb photographs and artworks, the book combines a reference manual, a stunning history and a comprehensive course in one beautifully presented and expertly written volume. It details the amazing history of the World Bridge Championships, and the players that have popularised and developed the game we know today; it covers bridge on TV and video, as well as bridge computer programs and playing bridge with opponents accross the world via the internet; and includes anecdotes and tips from world famous players such as Ely Cuthbertson, Charles Goren, Rixi Markus and Benito Garozzo. Players of all levels are able to learn and improve their game, achieve their desired levels of skill and knowledge and, above all, increase their enjoyment by playing bridge to the fullness of their potential.