Posts by February 2017

WBF: Morten Bilde’s visit to Raibidpura

By WBF • 28 February, 2017

I am pleased to forward to you what received from Amaresh Deshpande about the visit in India of Morten Bilde with six Danish kids.

Bridge & Humor: A Message

By Ana Roth • 28 February, 2017


Thirteen I kibitzers surrounded the players in a slam-bound bridge game at the Kansas City Athletic club.

And this Happened … in 1939

By Ana Roth • 28 February, 2017

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Bridge experts here are agreed that there is no chance of American players barring the fascinating ace-showing in bidding as the Portland club in London is reported to have done.

Count, Add, Substract By Shepard Barclay

By Ana Roth • 28 February, 2017

Counting the known cards in a suit held by various players, next adding their amounts together and then subtracting that total from 13—that simple process constitutes about half of the entire procedure known as “card reading.”

Forming a Plan by Terence Reese

By Terence Reese • 28 February, 2017


In a no trump contract the delcarer’s first concern is usually whether or not to hold up in the suit led; his second, which suit to develop first.

To Do A Thing Well By Alfred Sheinwold

By Ana Roth • 28 February, 2017

Poor Alfred’s Almanac advises: If you want a thing done well, don’t do it yourself. Get help from an opponent.

Working on two long suits By Easley Blackwood

By Ana Roth • 28 February, 2017

In playing at no trump, it is often important to make the right decision on the question of which long suit to start working on first. Sometimes, it is necessary to …

Point Counterpoint By James Jacoby

By Ana Roth • 27 February, 2017

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Although the widespread use of point count has made bidding more exact, players weaned on this evaluation method sometimes err in their competitive judgment.

Protective Bidding Part I By Michael Byrne

By Ana Roth • 27 February, 2017

Why do so many experienced players play more hands than their less experienced counterparts? And why do they always seem to defend 3H going down when everyone else has played in 2H making?

A Defensive Hint from 1936 By Heather Dhondy

By Heather Dhondy • 27 February, 2017

THIS deal comes from the preliminary heat of the National Pairs in 1936 and was originally written up in the May 1936 issue of Bridge Magazine by…