Posts by May 2017

The Devil’s Coup – well, almost By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 31 May, 2017

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Today’s deal from the final of the NEC Cup 2010 featured something akin to the Devil’s Coup.

Ask Jerry: Surely there is more about redouble…

By Jerry Helms • 31 May, 2017

Dear Jerry, As a result of a recent disaster it is clear to me that I do not understand what responder should do after…

Hold-Up Plays and Dangerous Hand in NT by Maritha Pottenger

By Ana Roth • 31 May, 2017

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The purpose of a hold-up play is to exhaust one defender of cards in a particular suit. This is especially true at no trump. Once one opponent…

Playing for the only hope By Mike Lawrence

By ACBL • 31 May, 2017

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This deal is a curiosity piece. I am showing all four hands at once because there are interesting issues for both sides.

Expert defense By L. Stansby

By Ana Roth • 29 May, 2017

Expert defense involves collecting clues about the hand from the bidding and early play and putting all the information into place to solve the puzzle of how to defeat their contract.

Conventions: The Thrump Double By Marty Bergen

By Marty Bergen • 29 May, 2017

Instead of describing the thrump double, the decision was made to quote the author. The following description is by Mr. Marty Bergen, (website), who invented and devised the thrump double and …

The philosophical approach By Steve Becker

By Ana Roth • 29 May, 2017

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It is often said that the mark of a good player is his ability to correctly guess two-way finesses for queens. While this is certainly a measure of a player’s skill, an even better…

How can you count on success? By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 29 May, 2017

While sitting at the bridge table, if you do one thing on a regular basis, the game will be much easier — what is it? This deal highlights the technique.

Mr. Dale Counts cards and Comes Up with Right Total By E. Blackwood

By Ana Roth • 28 May, 2017


Counting a hand as it develops will often enable you to avoid a losing finesse and to follow another line of play which is absolutely certain of success.

Miss Brash, Overly Optimistic As Usual, Lost this NT Contract By Easley Blackwood

By Ana Roth • 26 May, 2017

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Make humanics your trumps. Study the art of playing the people as well as the cards. Remember that the human factor is allways at work.