Design for Bidding is a book about the game of contract bridge by the Russian-born English bridge player S. J. "Skid" Simon, published posthumously in 1949. It is about the theory of bidding, particularly in the context of the Acol system; of which Simon was one of the inventors. It was the first, and as of 2015 remains one of the few, studies of the thought processes involved in designing a bidding system; instead of just setting out the author's conclusions. The book is divided into three parts: I, The Inexactitude of Bidding; II, Enquiry into Bidding; and III, Design for Bidding.

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  • Design for Bidding is a book about the game of contract bridge by the Russian-born English bridge player S. J. "Skid" Simon, published posthumously in 1949. It is about the theory of bidding, particularly in the context of the Acol system; of which Simon was one of the inventors. It was the first, and as of 2015 remains one of the few, studies of the thought processes involved in designing a bidding system; instead of just setting out the author's conclusions. The book is divided into three parts: I, The Inexactitude of Bidding; II, Enquiry into Bidding; and III, Design for Bidding. Part I is a long general introduction, in seven chapters. In it, Simon sets out what he calls the "deciding factors" to be assessed before adopting a specialised meaning for a bid: 1. * "The effects on other types of hands;" 2. * "The comparative frequency of occurrence of the rivals;" 3. * "Their obedience or otherwise to the Principle of Lesser Risk; and, a bad last," 4. * "Their actual working on the hands on which they are used." Part I concludes with Simon's description of Acol as "not so much a system as an attitude of mind". In Part II, Simon discusses in turn various aspects of bidding: notably, the choice of forcing opening bid; the meaning of opening two-bids; the strength of an opening bid of 1NT; whether or not a double raise should be forcing; the forcing take-out; 4NT and 5NT and asking bids as slam tries; whether or not a change of suit should be forcing; and informatory doubles and intervening bids. In Part III, Simon attempts to merge his conclusions from Part II into a unified whole. Design for Bidding has been described as "Simon's last, and perhaps his greatest, book." "It remains wonderful reading, because Simon argues persuasively for the Acol state of mind style of bidding." (en)
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  • Dust jacket of the first edition
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  • Nicholson & Watson
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  • Design for Bidding is a book about the game of contract bridge by the Russian-born English bridge player S. J. "Skid" Simon, published posthumously in 1949. It is about the theory of bidding, particularly in the context of the Acol system; of which Simon was one of the inventors. It was the first, and as of 2015 remains one of the few, studies of the thought processes involved in designing a bidding system; instead of just setting out the author's conclusions. The book is divided into three parts: I, The Inexactitude of Bidding; II, Enquiry into Bidding; and III, Design for Bidding. (en)
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