Posts by July 2016

Look for the key to Open the suit By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 26 July, 2016

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John Boyle O’Reilly, an Irish author and poet, wrote this stanza:

Honor Among Thieves By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 26 July, 2016

around the world in 80 hands

The Devil’s Coup, the Smother Play, the Scissors Coup, the Coup with No Name … are simply labels for some of the more interesting gambits that occur at the bridge table. A coup that is perhaps less well-known goes by …

When Blackwood is not enough Part II By Barry Rigal

By Barry Rigal • 26 July, 2016

Barry Rigal

Following completion of the transfer, a jump in your own major at your second turn is a mild slam try, showing a …

When Blackwood is not enough By Barry Rigal

By Barry Rigal • 20 July, 2016

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Everyone knows that the ace-asking inquiry named after Easley Blackwood is usually initiated by a call of 4NT. We have all had disasters when

Clairvoyance, plus a break By Charles Goren

By Charles Goren • 20 July, 2016

Charles Goren

When such a fine player operates as declarer in a hand he sometimes seems to perform as if he could see all the cards.

A Grand Slam From a Posthumous Victor Mollo Book By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 20 July, 2016

Phillip Alder

Mollo, who lived most of his life in London, wrote many articles about his alter ego, the Hideous Hog, and a menagerie of players. When Mollo…

Know your suit combinations by Brian Senior

By Ana Roth • 18 July, 2016

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Do you know the correct way to play 1098765 opposite a small singleton, or A10987 opposite 0432, or indeed a whole host or other everyday suit combinations?

A Less Useful Bols Bridge Tip by Jonathan Mestel

By Ana Roth • 18 July, 2016

Jonathan Mestel

Many of you will be familiar with the Bols Bridge Tips, in which top players describe some hand on which they did something clever, ending with a pithy tip on how to improve your play. In this article…

Bridge & Humor: TD Anecdotes

By Ana Roth • 13 July, 2016

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Completely true stories, for those who don’t take their bridge too seriously, or those who do but appreciate its lighter moments.

Card Play Practice: Avoidance Play

By Ana Roth • 13 July, 2016

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Test your bridge technique…