JULY 21-31 2016

JULY 21-31 2016

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.

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I’m so Unlucky

By Ana Roth • 24 September, 2016

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

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'Christmas is on a Friday this year.'

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.

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Sacrifice Bidding By Ely Culbertson

By Ana Roth • 24 September, 2016

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

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To sacrifice or not to sacrifice

By Ana Roth • 23 September, 2016

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 …

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"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."

Against Stolen Bids By Mel Colchamiro

By Mel Colchamiro • 23 September, 2016

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

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Watson’s Bridge Challenge #2

By Ana Roth • 16 September, 2016

Quite often a lowly ten, nine, or eight may be a position to choke an otherwise vital suit to death.

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Common Mistakes – How to Avoid Them

By Ana Roth • 16 September, 2016

As beginners we are all taught, when defending, to cover an honour with an honour. The reason for this is that, by doing so, we…

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The relentless quest for over-tricks By Andrew Kambites

By Ana Roth • 16 September, 2016

PLAYING this hand in a duplicate pairs event you receive the lead of the 3 of spade. Do you try the spade Q at trick 1?

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Defence: Interfering with declarer’s communications

By Ana Roth • 16 September, 2016

Int. Level: Declarer regularly establishes tricks in long suits to make their contract. Once they’ve done this, they often need an entry to reach their winners. To make things difficult for declarer…

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Spain Bridge

Federico Goded

Bridge & Humor: An anecdote from Federico Goded by Angie Bach

By Angie Bach • 23 October, 2015

It was for me a very pleasant surprise to read the interview that Angie Bach made to my admired Evelio Puig-Doria.

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2015 VI Open Internacional de Bridge de Barcelona

By Angie Bach • 8 February, 2015

After three days of intense play the young Italian pair formed by Massimiliano Di Franco-Andrea Manno has won the 2015 edition of the Barcelona Open.

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South American Bridge

Juan Felipe Cuervo y Fernando Lema

A Few Words with Juan Felipe Cuervo by Fernando Lema

By ferlema • 8 August, 2016

During the 16th World Youth Bridge Teams Championships, I have the oportunity to interview to Juan Felipe Cuervo (COL) member of the Colombian team U 26.

Semifinales Sudamericanas

Video: Summary of Medellin Semifinals 2016 by Mario Chavarria

By Ana Roth • 10 June, 2016

During the VI South American Transnational Championships 2016, in Medellin, we had the presence of the Master of the Bridge Videos: Mr. Mario Chavarria

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Bridge Sports @en

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Wroclaw 2016: Friday, September 16th

By WBF • 16 September, 2016

Four bronze medals were earned on Friday, the prelude to the last three sessions of the Open, Women’s, Senior and Mixed Teams, where four teams are…Photo de Jerry Li

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Wroclaw 2016: Thursday, September 15th

By WBF • 15 September, 2016

Eight teams will begin battle today for four championships, and three countries have chances to emerge with two world titles.

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Wroclaw 2016: Plan, Count, Plan By Janice Seamon-Molson

By WBF • 13 September, 2016

Watch this video in which Janice tells us how to win a hand…counting ….

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Net Surfing

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No Bridge Winners … we hope they return soon …And it did

By Ana Roth • 1 April, 2016

10:00 am Bad News: This morning we breakfasted…bridgewinners was offline …16:00 PM Injunction Lifted

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France: Bridge Week in teaching mathematics

By FrenchFederation • 26 March, 2016

published 14 March 2016
The week of mathematics begun Monday, March 14 and continued until 20 March. Theme of the edition 2016: mathematics and sport. …

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Thinking outside the box By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 25 March, 2016

There are some bridge players who can, to use a hackneyed term, think outside the box. Geir Helgemo, a Norwegian by birth…

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Bridge & Humor II

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Bridge & Humor: One sees some funny things in Bridge By Dan Howe

By Ana Roth • 13 September, 2016

The moral: don’t think you’re the only one in the world that can do weird things at the bridge table.

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Bridge & Humor: Murder at the Bridge Table

By Ana Roth • 5 September, 2016

Tell me, Professor, have you ever solved a crime?” asked Wright Cardinal. “With your powers of deduction and analysis, I bet that you would make an excellent detective.”

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Bridge & Humor: Fata Morgana By Oren Lidor

By Ana Roth • 14 September, 2016

A Fata Morgana (Italian: [ˈfaːta morˈɡaːna]) is an unusual and complex form of superior mirage that is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon.

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Bridge & Humor: Bridge expert says be bold

By Ana Roth • 3 September, 2016

There are some who have to train themselves to remember, and then there is Rixi Markus, one of the world’s great bridge players, who has to train—herself to forget.

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Bridge Sudamericano

Carlos Pellegrini y Fernando Lema

The VETOP Hand of the day: A Just Decision

Medellin 2016: we present you the first VETOP International Hand of the day, explained by the South American Master Carlos Pellegrini (ARG).

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Brazil: Brasileiro 2015

from Oct. 31 to Nov 7 2015 in Bahia Brazil…

Chile U21 2016

South American Youth Bridge Teams Championship: U 21

Medellin, May 27, 2016
Three teams participated the South American Youth Bridge Teams Championship U 21 Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. They played a 120 boards …

Eduardo Rosen

Thank You Mr. Eduardo Rosen by Hanoi Rondon

Every organization requires people to keep it alive, moving, working. Bridge federations, clubs and/or associations are not different.

Bridge Internacional/International Bridge

DN1 2015

France: DN1 Finals

The Zimmermann team wins the French DN1: Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes, Tor Helness, Geir Helgemo. Zimmermann defeated Philippe Soulet team.

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Italy: Palma Open Teams Champion and Fornaciari Ladies Teams Champion

Palma took the gold in the Open and Fornaciari Open in the Ladies

Juan Felipe Cuervo y Fernando Lema

A Few Words with Juan Felipe Cuervo by Fernando Lema

During the 16th World Youth Bridge Teams Championships, I have the oportunity to interview to Juan Felipe Cuervo (COL) member of the Colombian team U 26.

Trotamundos del bridge/Bridge Road Warriors

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Bridge Road Warriors 2015: Summer Edition #7

For when all is said and done, we only have each other.

Roman Smolski, Geoffrey S. Jade Barrett y Karen Lee Barrett.

Bridge Road Warriors Spring NABC Edition #4

The first five days of North American Championship is absolutely packed with activity for all the ….

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Bridge Road Warriors 2015 #8

“This is your day to be the best team in the World” – GS Jade Barrett

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Bridge Road Warriors Spring NABC Edition #2‏

Your weary travelers were greeted at the end of the day by a great example of 1950’s Americana, Wendover Will.

Convenciones/Conventions

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Defence Against Opponent’s 1NT Overcall

When partner opens 1-minor and the next opponent overcalls 1NT, there are generally two types of hands you would (like to) bid with.

Bob Crosby

Conventions: Scrambling 2NT

A bid that is dying in popularity in competitive auctions is the 2NT bid . Over the years experts have concluded the usefulness of it being “natural” is just not there .

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Conventions: Multi-Purpose Response of 2♣ to 1♥ o 1♠

More and more top partnerships are playing a response of 2 clubs to 1H or 1S as multi-purpose. The three different meanings are:

Roy Wilson

Defense to the Opponent’s Jacoby 2NT by Roy Wilson

Source: Defense to the Opponent’s Jacoby 2NT by Roy Wilson    
When your opponents use a Jacoby 2NT bid in response to a major suit opening, …

Larry Cohen-Marty Bergen

Conventions: Ambiguous Splinters

I believe that it was Marty Bergen who first published the idea of ambiguous splinters (he calls them splinters with relay).

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Extending Stayman Convention Scope By James R. Klein

The Stayman convention over one no-trump is a prime example of constructive improvement in scope which accomplishes a great deal more than its primary intention of finding a 4-4 major suit fit.

Barry Rigal

When Blackwood is not enough Part II By Barry Rigal

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

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When Blackwood is not enough By Barry Rigal

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

Manos de Bridge/Bridge Hands

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Wroclaw 2016: Plan, Count, Plan By Yiting Li

Yiting Li, is a bridge professional, that is part of the extremely strong Chinese Women’s Team, among other triumphs we remember the Machlin Women’s Swiss Teams 2014…

Nikola Tcholakov

Going to Bed with an Ace Time to Remember Victor Mollo by Nikola Tcholakov (BUL)

You clearly remember this board you watched in your favorite club last weekend. All three players at the table were the most competent Hogs in the club, the fourth was a newcomer with unknown skill from a distant country. You were in the South-West position seeing this:

Phillip Alder

Reading the cards is beneficial By Phillip Alder

Success at bridge goes hand in hand with reading the cards. If you work out where the key missing honors lie and how you will get around the best defense and worst distribucion, you will do very well.

Charles Goren

A wise time to fool your partner By Charles Goren

All bidding systems, no matter how complicated are subject to the same code of ethics. They must be a matter of public record, containing no secret bids that mean something to the partners but nothing to the opponent. Of course,…

Charles Goren

Clairvoyance, plus a break By 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.

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Experts also make mistakes VII

It is pleasant to report a hand in which each side makes the best play at every turn. Unfortunately, however, few hands are played that well even in expert circles.

Tim Bourke

The Plan XXIII by Tim Bourke

West led the jack of spades and declarer paused to make a plan. Clearly, if the diamond finesse failed, so would the contract.

Alfred Sheinwold

Experts also make mistakes IX

When the Day of Judgment comes, bridge columnists will have a lot to answer for.

Bridge Avanzado / Advanced bridge

Self-sacrifice to aid others

Sacrifice Bidding By Ely Culbertson

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

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To Ruff or Not to Ruff? By Victor Mollo

You may have heard about those poor fellows who sleep at night on the Embankment, exposed to the cold winter winds. Their plight is…

"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."

To sacrifice or not to sacrifice

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 …

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Right bid, wrong play By James Jacoby

If you as South, would consider passing after your partner has raised to two spades, you really need to revise your methods of evaluating your hand.

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Giving Up Losers to Get a Count by Louis Watson

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.

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Defensive Trump Tactics By Richard Pavlicek

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

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Against Stolen Bids By Mel Colchamiro

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

Andrew Kambites

The relentless quest for over-tricks By Andrew Kambites

PLAYING this hand in a duplicate pairs event you receive the lead of the 3 of spade. Do you try the spade Q at trick 1?

Evaluacion de las Manos/Hands Evaluation

SARTAJ HANS

Points Schmoints – Shape Rules By Sartaj Hans

Some common phrases I often hear are “How could I have bid ? I only had four points !” or “How could we bid that game/slam? We only had 22 points between our hands”

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The Power of Tens

When Mr. Milton Work invented the point-count method, ace = 4, king = 3, queen = 2 and jack = 1, he did the ten no favours. Contrast these two hands:

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Hand Evaluation

All too often a hand strength is evaluated only by the HCP count. In reality a hand strength should be measured by its capability to generate a certain number of tricks.

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Envisioning Your Partner’s Hand When Bidding

There are times when it helps to imagine certain cards in partner’s hand, and bid accordingly.

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How Much is Your Six-Card Suit Worth by Zar Petkov

Let’s look at this rather average collection featuring a five-card major:

Gordon Bower

Hand Evaluation By Gordon Bower

Many people have trouble deciding when to raise after partner preempts.

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Count covers, not high-card points

Sitting north in a team game, your partner opens 1 diamond and, after a pass by west, you trot out 1 spade. East passes and…

Zar Petkov

Hand Evaluation: Zar Points By Zar Petkov

Ever wondered how experts bid “aggressive” games that “somehow,“magically” turn out to be cold?

Bridge Intermedio/Intermediate Bridge

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A. Robson’s TIP: With trump length, lead length.

There are two diametrically opposite defensive strategies against trump contracts. You can lead from …

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Test Yourself

Bidding and card Play Problems from the Open and Ladies Italian Teams Championships Second Bulletin

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Cross-ruff Technique By Charles Goren

The technique of the cross-ruff is not very difficult. The problem as to whether or not to play for a cross-ruff is sometimes harder to solve. Declarer may have the…

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Card Play Practice: Avoidance Play

Test your bridge technique…

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Defence: Interfering with declarer’s communications

Int. Level: Declarer regularly establishes tricks in long suits to make their contract. Once they’ve done this, they often need an entry to reach their winners. To make things difficult for declarer…

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Know your suit combinations by Brian Senior

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?

'Christmas is on a Friday this year.'

I’m so Unlucky

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

david-beauchamp

Common Mistakes – How to Avoid Them

As beginners we are all taught, when defending, to cover an honour with an honour. The reason for this is that, by doing so, we…

Pensando Bridge / Thinking Bridge

Eddie Kantar

What can go wrong? – 5 By Eddie Kantar

1. How would you play this hand at IMPs (safety first)? and IMPs?

Kantar-Hammann

What can go wrong? 2 By Eddie Kantar

The idea is to use the bidding to realize the danger and figure out what you can do about it as early as trick one!

Eddie Kantar

What can go wrong? 3 By Eddie Kantar

What is your play? Would it be different if you were playing in a pairs game? Hearts are 2-2.

Jerry with Zeke Jabbour and Eddie Kantar in Cuernavaca Mexico

What can go wrong? – 4 By Eddie Kantar

I have found it helpful to count my notrump tricks even at a suit contract. Many times both contracts can be …