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Linda and Ray’s Holiday Gift Picks

Linda and Ray's Holiday Picks

This holiday season Linda and Ray Lee have decided to put together a list of great bridge books to give as gifts. For twelve days they will post daily blogs about who they would gift each book to and why.

To celebrate the holidays with Linda and Ray receive 20% off each of these great bridge picks on!

eBooks on sale this December

A link to each blog will appear below as they are posted. Stay tuned for the next installment!

A Book for Cynthia by Ray Lee
A Special Relationship by Linda Lee
A Gift For David by Ray Lee
Who Should Get My Favorite Bridge Book by Linda Lee
Here’s one for Fred by Ray Lee
A Gift for our Bridge Student Friends by Linda Lee
A Gift for my Son by Ray Lee
A Gift for My Sister by Linda Lee
A Gift for Papa by Ray Lee
Bridge Problems that Change The Way You Look At a Hand by Linda Lee
A Gift for Roberta by Ray Lee
One Book That Rules Them All by Linda Lee

A Halloween Hand by Anisa Nixon

For a Halloween treat we’d like to present a poem written by our Marketing Assistant Anisa Nixon inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Raven”.


Poe's Aced Raven

A Halloween Hand

by Anisa Nixon

Once upon an evening still, while I pondered a hand most ill,
For any strong suits or which defenses best,
There came a knock-knocking on my apartment door,
As if someone was inclined to disturb my rest,
And the relaxation for which bridge was best,
Was not to continue, any more.

I grumbled and stood as quickly as able, my horrible hand flat on the table,
Bidding my partner a moment, please,
To see who was knock-knocking at my door.
I unlocked the lock, with scared, quivering knees,
Sure I could hear the ominous creaking of trees,
Over the sound of my heart’s sudden roar.


The knob turned without sound, my imagination abound,
For it was All Hallows’ Eve tonight,
Upon which our game had never fallen before.
My mouth was dry, my throat was tight,
As I turned the knob towards the right,
And slowly creaked open my dangerous door.

The clock struck three and I jumped, truthfully,
For the Witching Hour had me on guard.
I then stood in silent shock, my hand on the door,
As my former partner whose gaze was hard,
Showed his hands still full of our old cards,
Which held no luck, any more.

I couldn’t stop a scream, wishing it were a dream,
That he had returned with such a hand.
It was a nightmare at my door.
I shook my head against his demand,
That I take back that last grand slam,
Which I had never even asked for.

On that dark eve I just could not believe,
Even as my spine prickled with chill,
What my old partner would come back for.
Because I had moved on from that partnership thrill,
As he’d outlined in his last will,
Since he had died, three years before.

But in a blink he had vanished, as if he had been banished,
From this moment, now quiet and still,
Leaving me alone standing at my door.
I turned back to the table and my current partner Jill,
Picking up the hand I’d left there to swill,
And gasped to see it a different score.

Our new bidding started and I played brave-hearted,
With this fresh hand given to me,
Thanks to an old partner at my door.
We took all our tricks with no debris,
And I made a new decree,
Not to turn away old partners, any more.

At least not on All Hallows’ Eve!

Book of the Year Contest – We have a winner!

$Last week we announced that Fantunes Revealed, by Bill Jacobs, was the winner of the IBPA Book of the Year. We had many entries into the contest but only one for this particular title. The 15$ Gift Certificate for win goes to user Garozzo. You will receive an email shortly containing your unique coupon code and information on how to redeem. Congratulations!

In honor of Ian McKinnon winning the Alan Truscott award we are also awarding user Kiki with a 15$ gift certificate for for giving support to his Duplicate Bridge Schedules, History and Mathematics. You will receive an email shortly containing your unique coupon code and information on how to redeem.


For everyone else who entered you will receive your unique coupon code email to redeem your 5$ coupon with The coupons are mailed to the email address associated with your comment account. We hope you enjoyed the contest and we appreciate all the support and love you have for each of the nominees.


IBPA Winner Announced and Contest Update

Fantunes Revealed by Bill JacobsThe 2013 IBPA Book of the Year Award goes to Fantunes Revealed by Bill Jacobs! We are pleased to see this book awarded and want to congratulate Bill Jacobs on his fantastic work.




Ian McKinnon, author of Duplicate Bridge Schedules, History and Mathematics, was also recognized with the Alan Truscott Memorial Award. It is periodically presented to a person who does something for bridge that the IBPA Executive believed Alan would appreciate.

More below.

IBPA Alan Truscott Award

Information on the Alan Truscott Award

To all our contest entrants, we will be sending out all the rewards as of Monday September 30th, 2013.

Pick the IBPA Book of the Year Contest – Closed

The Contest is Closed: Congratulations go to Fantunes Revealed by Bill Jacobs for winning the 2013 IBPA Book of the Year Award! 


The Contest

Guess who will win this year’s IBPA award before they are announced. The first three entries with the correct pick will win a copy of the ebook* or a $15 Gift certificate for
*We can only provide a copy of the Master Point Press Nominees.

The Perks

All those who enter will get a 5$ off coupon for

The Details

Contest is open from now until Noon EST Sunday September 22, 2013.

How to Enter

Comment here on or email me at I will confirm your entry and the winners on Tuesday September 24th, 2013 after the Book of the Year is announced.

The Nominees

Winning Suit Contract Leads by David Brid and Taf AnthiasWinning Suit Contract Leads by David Bird and Taf Anthias (Master Point Press)
Winning Notrump Leads was a ground-breaking and very well-received book that used the power of computers to determine which opening leads work best against a variety of auctions at notrump. Using enhanced software, the authors now turn their attention to suit contracts. They generate millions of random deals, retaining those that match the chosen auction, for example 1S-2S-4S. By playing these deals automatically against each of the 13 possible opening leads from a given hand, they are able to discover which lead is most likely to beat the contract (also the best lead at matchpoint pairs). The authors provide insightful commentary to each result, answering timeless questions such as:
* When should I lead a trump?
* When is a doubleton a good opening lead?
* Should I lead differently against a partscore?
* Should I make an aggressive or a passive lead?
* Should I lead an ace against a small slam?
* Which leads work best against a grand slam?
By using the number-crunching computer power available nowadays, there is no longer any need to rely on general opening-lead guidelines passed down by our ancestors. We think you will be surprised by many of the discoveries made during this investigation!


Fantunes Revealed by Bill JacobsFantunes Revealed by Bill Jacobs (Master Point Press)
Not since the introduction of Precision has a new bidding system created such an immediate impact as Fantunes, the unique methods of Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, the world’s number one ranked pair. The Italians have several world championship wins to their name, and their system has played a major role in that success.
This book delves into the system, explaining how it works and, just as importantly, why it works. Two words best describe Fantunes: natural and fun. This is the definitive text for those who would like to try an innovative and proven new bidding system.


Duplicate Bridge Schedules, History and Mathematics by Ian McKinnonDuplicate Bridge Schedules, History and Mathematics by Ian McKinnon (Master Point Press)
The Bridge Movements Encyclopedia
Duplicate Bridge Schedules, History and Mathematics is an essential book for tournament directors as well as bridge players curious about the history of the game of duplicate bridge. This comprehensive volume supplies you with all the movements ever thought of and many hundreds of new ones. Included for each movement are the variations, modifications, origins, authors and history of its development. Each movement is then assessed for its measure of quality, called calibre.
The author presents a brand new event type, the Scissor movement -— run like any Howell movement. In this type of event the players play as pairs as usual, but also have their teammates as another pair, never meeting each other. This allows the event to be scored both as teams and pairs, producing a winning team and a winning pair.
Duplicate bridge players will find the history of their favorite game most intriguing. The book delves into the lives of well-known figures such as John T. Mitchell and Edwin C. Howell. When did they live, what did they contribute to bridge, and what were the politics of their time? In addition, many lesser-known historical figures are examined for their contributions to the development of duplicate movements.
For the mathematically inclined there are plenty of interesting oddities. The mathematics of balance of movements, giving the measure of quality, is thoroughly discussed. The controversial debate over movement quality, along with its history, is presented through the ideas and opinions of players and mathematicians.
For the companion Jeanie – Bridge Movement Wizard used to make this book visit Jeanie on


Diamonds Are the Hog's Best Friend by Victor MolloDiamonds Are the Hog’s Best Friend by Victor Mollo (Master Point Press)
Just about every bridge player over forty has read Victor Mollo’s Bridge in the Menagerie, a book that is on any list of the all-time top ten on the game. Towards the end of his life, Mollo continued to write stories about the same well-loved characters (the Hideous Hog, the Rueful Rabbit, Oscar the Owl, and the rest), but they appeared in various magazines around the world, and if you weren’t a subscriber, you didn’t get to read them.
This is the second MPP collection of these lost Menagerie gems, collected for the first time in book form (following The Hog Takes to Precision in 2011). Victor Mollo is everyone’s favorite bridge humorist, and a genuinely new book from him will be greeted as something to be treasured.
Illustrations by bridge cartoonist Bill Buttle add to the fun.


Bridge Philosopher 3 by James S. KauderBridge Philosopher 3 by James S. Kauder (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
He’s back! That old curmudgeon, the Bridge Philosopher, is back for a third try at explaining the art of dummy play. He claims that he is losing his memory, but he hasn’t lost his ability to reason or to analyze a bridge hand in an instant. And, as usual, he has cogent (often biting) comments to make about the sad state of affairs in the world at large: the rising cost of living; unfunded Social Security liabilities; dysfunctional political parties. He unashamedly (in fact, somewhat proudly) admits to personal weaknesses of one sort or another: diet; neatness; relationship issues; and all around dissatisfaction with the world. Learn a little; laugh a lot. He isn’t the only one who isn’t getting any younger.


Good Luck!

The Contested Auction wins IBPA Book of the Year Award!

The results are in and we want to congratulate Roy HughesHughes,Roy for his book The Contested Auction winning this years Master Point Press and IBPA Book of the Year Award!

From the IBPA Award Summary….

Master Point Press Book of the Year
Winner: The Contested Auction — Roy Hughes

Canadian expert Roy Hughes’ has written four bridge books: Building a Bidding System, Card by Card, Canada’s Bridge Warriors: Murray & Kehela, and The Contested Auction — all have been shortlisted for the Master Point Press Book of the Year Award. Hughes won the 2007 award for Canada’s Bridge Warriors. Now he has won the 2012 award for his latest, The Contested Auction.

Hughes’ background in mathematics and linguistics has led him to think a great deal about the theory and structure of effective bidding systems. In The Contested Auction, he turns to the theory and practice of competitive auctions, a critical component of the modern game. Beginning by establishing what the bidding system needs to accomplish, Hughes goes on to discuss every type of contested auction, and recommends useful methods and agreements from which the reader can select. This is an up-to-date discussion, covering many topics in detail that have at best seen cursory treatment in print up to now. Hughes discusses “different philosophies and strategies to cope with the modern vernacular, stressing the importance of clarity of principles, comfort with agreed methods, and a commitment to understanding any treatment and its consequences before adopting it.”


John Carruthers accepts award on behalf of Roy Hughes

Photo credit: Ron Tacchi


At the award ceremonies in Lille, France Ray Lee presented the award to John Carruthers, who accepted on behalf of Roy Hughes.

For the IBPA full award summary please visit

Master Point Press Sponsors Canadian Open Team

Master Point Press is proud to sponsor the Canadian Open Team.

Photo copyright

12CNTCAGold Team

(left to right) Daniel Korbel, Nicolas L’Ecuyer, Danny Miles, Vicent Demuy, Leslie Amoils, Darren Wolpert


Remember to keep an eye out for our ‘Guess the Winner’ Contest!


Vanderbilt Recap!

For those, like me, who weren’t able to go to Memphis Tenn., this year I’ve decided to get a recap some news coverage on the Vanderbilt.

First though, I’d like to congratulate the winners of the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams:

Captain Les Amoils
Joe Grue
Darren Wolpert
Curtis Cheek
Ishmael Del’Monte
Thomas Bessis.

To catch some great coverage check out:

Linda Lee’s Vanderbilt Victory breakdown

Toronto Star Article on Amoils and his teams victory.  

ACBL coverage on their website.


If you’ve found any great articles or coverage let us know!

And the winner is…

Congratulations to our 2012 Teacher of the Year Award winner, 

Mary Jane Orock of Fort Worth, Texas


And of course a shout out goes to our ABTA Master Point Press Teacher of the Year 2012 Finalists who had a great number of nominations and certainly earned their places in the running as wonderful Bridge teachers.

Carol Lee Bellam                  Calgary, Alberta Canada
Verna Goldberg                    Louisville, Kentucky
Kathy Rolfe                           Lake Winnebago, Missouri
Dave Glandorf                      Houston, Texas
Rich Rothwarf                      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jeff Schuett                          Riverwoods, Illinois


More to come when Linda and Ray come back from Memphis!

They’re Here: 2012 Finalists for TOY Award

The ABTA Master Point Press Teacher of the Year 2012 Finalists:


Carol Lee Bellam                  Calgary, Alberta Canada

Verna Goldberg                    Louisville, Kentucky

Kathy Rolfe                           Lake Winnebago, Missouri

Dave Glandorf                      Houston, Texas
Mary Jane Orock                  Fort Worth, Texas

Rich Rothwarf                      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jeff Schuett                          Riverwoods, Illinois

There were ties in the Southwestern quadrant and the Northeastern quadrant of the US — thus a total of 7 finalists.


Stay tuned to our Facebook page where we have pictures and bio’s for each one of our finalists. It’s a great batch this year and Master Point Press are excited!

The presentation of the winner will be in Memphis, TN this March 2012.