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John Brown (bridge)

John Brown (born 1887; deceased) of Grimsby, Lincolnshire,[1] was an English contract bridge player and writer. He was the winner of the National Pairs, Northern Area in 1952.[1] His best-known book is Winning Defense (1952) which has been regarded as making a "major contribution to the technical development of the game".[2] He was a contributor to many periodicals.[3]

Brown was the head ("County Captain") of the Lincolnshire Contract Bridge Association for several years starting in 1947.


  • Brown, John (1947). Winning Tricks. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.  300 pages. Various reprints to 1955.
  • Brown, John (1952). Winning Defense. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.  343 pages. Various reprints to 1960.
  • Brown, John (1961). Bidding Craft. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.  133 pages.
  • Brown, John (1965). Bridge With Dora. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.  172 pages.


  1. ^ a b Frey, Richard L., Editor-in-Chief;  
  2. ^ The Bridge Players' Encyclopedia, p. 669.
      The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (OEB), 6th edition, published by the ACBL, 2001, in its Bibliography, Section M, gives it the same evaluative rating: making a "major contribution to the technical development of the game". OEB, 5th ed. (1994), Bibliography, Section D cites Winning Defense as "mandatory for a modern technical bridge library".
  3. ^ Frey, Richard L., Editor-in-Chief;  

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