Posts by September 2016

IT can be easy to overlook something By Liz McGowan

By Liz Mcgowan • 27 September, 2016


IT can be easy to overlook something which in retrospect appears obvious. Can you find the careful play here?

Avoiding an End Play by J. Jacoby

By Ana Roth • 27 September, 2016


Today’s deal is an exciting bridge duel taken from “Play It Again, Sam,” the fine 1986 book by Terence Reese and Martin Hoffman.

When Manure Gets in the Way

By Ana Roth • 27 September, 2016


An alien comes from outer space and wants to pick a human being randomly to take back to planet X and show what an advanced civilization they have. What is the chance that this alien randomly picks an Indian? …

Mistakes in the bidding: Unsound penalty doubles

By David Bird • 27 September, 2016

52 bridge mistakes to avoid

Judging whether to make a penalty double is not as easy as you may think. In this article we will look at some unsuccessful penalty doubles and …

Giving Up Losers to Get a Count by Louis Watson

By ferlema • 24 September, 2016


The deal which follows illustrates getting a count at the very end of a hand. The declarer has to give up his losers before he can reach any coclusion as to his proper play.

I’m so Unlucky

By Ana Roth • 24 September, 2016

'Christmas is on a Friday this year.'

“I’m so unlucky,” today’s declarer mourned after losing his game, “that I could make a mistake playing to Trick 13.”

Defensive Trump Tactics By Richard Pavlicek

By Ana Roth • 24 September, 2016


Besides the obvious case of ruffing declarer’s winner, the trump suit offers many opportunities for skillful defenders to gain a trick.

Sacrifice Bidding By Ely Culbertson

By Ana Roth • 24 September, 2016

Self-sacrifice to aid others

“To sacrifice or not to sacrifice”—that is the question which confronts Bridge players at almost every session of play.

To sacrifice or not to sacrifice

By Ana Roth • 23 September, 2016

"I'm afraid the shark got your arms and legs. It's probably not a good time, but your brother's here. He needs a kidney."

We’ve all heard expressions such as The five level belongs to the opponents and Only Jesus saves. But we also know that there are times when …

Against Stolen Bids By Mel Colchamiro

By Mel Colchamiro • 23 September, 2016

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Nearly all top players speak of “mirror doubles” with as much disdain as a snake speaks of a mongoose.