Posts by December 2013

Aboard the Black Arrow by Fernando Lema

By ferlema • 30 December, 2013

Alfredo Versace

Remember: When you play against a great champion, it is best not to double any contracts even though you are pretty sure he is going down!

Dummy Reversal

By • 29 December, 2013


Most commonly, in a trump contract, we accumulate extra tricks by getting a ruff or two in the short hand. However, we “reverse the dummy” when …

Ask Jerry: Offensive vs Defensive Values

By Jerry Helms • 29 December, 2013

Jerry Helms Phoenix 2013

Dear Jerry: Could you clarify the difference between ‘offensive’ and ‘defensive’ values? —W. Arnold Charlotte, NC

Bridge and Humor

By Ana Roth • 29 December, 2013

Austrian team

Foto: The winning Austrian team at the 1937 World Championships: from left, Karl Schneider, Hans Jellinek, Edouard Frischauer, Paul Stern (Capt.), Josephine Culbertson (US), Walter Herbert, Helen Sobel (US), and Karl von Blöhdorn

Asking Eric Kokish

By Eric Kokish • 28 December, 2013

Leda Pain y Eric Kokish

Please help with a small difference of opinion. Is there a consensus approach on how to advance after a balancing 1NT?

UDCA by Marilyn Hemenway

By Marilyn Hemenway • 28 December, 2013

Marilyn Hemenway

UDCA is usually better than standard signals because it avoids wasting a high card to signal positive attitude in a suit and it reduces the possibility of false carding by declarer.

Bridge & Humor

By Ana Roth • 27 December, 2013


A doctor answers his phone at home on a Friday night…..

Bols Bridge Tip by Giorgio Belladonna Part 1

By ferlema • 27 December, 2013


“Whenever you, as a defender, include the Ace of trump among your assets, you should consider whether to hold up this card when trumps are first played”. Foto: Morella Pacheco and Belloadonna.

Trial Bids by David Bakhshi

By David Bakhshi • 27 December, 2013

David Bakhshi in Antalya

In this article we shall look at another way of judging whether your hand and partner fit well enough to bid low point-count games and slams.

Another win for Fantoni, Nunes and Co by Jean-Paul Meyer

By Fulvio Fantoni • 26 December, 2013

Fulvio and Bertrand Chamorin

Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes won the French team cup together with Geir Helgemo,Tor Helness, Franck Multon and the “boss” Pierre Zimmermann. Foto: Fulvio Fantoni & Bertrand Chamorin