16-19 Marzo 2017

10th  to  24th June 2017

July 20-30, 2017
July 27–29, 2017

 

The Icelandic Northern Light Bridge Festival 2017, October 6-8, 2017

Use Your Brain By Alfred Sheinwold

By Ana Roth • 22 March, 2017

It isn’t true that you must always return the suit your partner has led. For example you may not have a card of his suit. Or you may…

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A sample of Brilliance By Omar Sharif

By Ana Roth • 22 March, 2017

Take a vote among the world’s experts for their choice of No. 1 in the world, and you will find Norway’s Geir Helgemo heading many lists. Here is a sample of his brilliance.

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Foresight wins By Oswald Jacoby

By Ana Roth • 22 March, 2017

One test of a really great bridge player is the ability to link ahead in the play. Here is a hand that helped the famous Four Aces team win the Vanderbilt Cup …

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Wake-up call is unheeded -By James Jacoby

By Ana Roth • 21 March, 2017

The simplest application of suit preference occurs when a defender is leading a suit he expects his partner to ruff. In that circumstance, leading a …

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Can’t Win Every Hand By The Four Aces

By Ana Roth • 21 March, 2017

There is one characteristic common to the game of all the best bridge players we have ever seen. They do not feel that they must outplay their opponents on every hand.

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High Level Defense Signal By Alan Sontag

By Ana Roth • 20 March, 2017

Bridge players should be familiar with the defensive principle which states:

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Blackwood on Bridge By Easley Blackwood

By Ana Roth • 20 March, 2017

“I still want to know, said Mr. Champion. “how you managed to lose four tricks on this hand.”

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Kansas 2017: March 19th

By ACBL • 20 March, 2017

Verbeek first in Jacoby Open Swiss; Oshlag, Dahl blow past field in Fast Pairs; Led by Li, “Chinese Hope” wins Women’s Swiss

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Spain Bridge

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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

67 Campeonato Sudamericano de Bridge, Santiago 2017 By Fernando Lema

By Ana Roth • 20 March, 2017

Next May 5, Friday, will start the great South American bridge party .

67 Campeonato Sudamericano de Bridge, Santiago 2017 By Fernando Lema

By ferlema • 14 March, 2017

This time the appointment will be in Santiago de Chile and our hosts with Roberto Garcia at the top, have everything ready.

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Bridge Sports @en

Kansas 2017: March 19th

By ACBL • 20 March, 2017

Verbeek first in Jacoby Open Swiss; Oshlag, Dahl blow past field in Fast Pairs; Led by Li, “Chinese Hope” wins Women’s Swiss

67 Campeonato Sudamericano de Bridge, Santiago 2017 By Fernando Lema

By Ana Roth • 20 March, 2017

Next May 5, Friday, will start the great South American bridge party .

Kansas 2017: March 18th

By ACBL • 19 March, 2017

Nick Nickell’s team cruised to victory in the final of the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams, defeating Richard Schwartz’s squad 142-56.

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Net Surfing

USBF Jun

Junior Teams Vie to Compete in 2018 World Championships in China

By ACBL • 18 March, 2017

The USBF is pleased to announce that the Michael Seamon 2017 Junior United States Bridge Championships (JUSBC) will be held December 27–31, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

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The World’s Greatest Bridge Team Wants You

By ACBL • 18 March, 2017

The Longest Day: A partnership between the ACBL and the Alzheimer’s Association…

26th European Youth Bridge Team Championships

By EBL • 14 March, 2017

The 26th European Youth Bridge Team Championships will be staged at the X-Bionic Sphere, Samorin – Slovakia from 8th to 15th of July 2017.

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Bridge & Humor II

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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.

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Bridge & Humor: Gene & Jack By Jack Dempsey

By Ana Roth • 11 February, 2017

Not so long ago I sat behind a friend of mine who was playing a game of bridge. He’s rated as one of the stars; plays brilliantly and …

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Bridge & Humor I

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Bridge & Humor: An Incredible Hand By Jay Becker

By Ana Roth • 13 February, 2017

I was South. It was the best hand I ever held. Quietly, without fanfare, I opened with seven clubs.

Bridge & Humor: Popular Cards in 1965

By Ana Roth • 25 January, 2017

You play your cards and know from what you see whether it’s a good deal — or bad. But how much do you know about what’s on the other side?

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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).

Brazil, The Trials for Santiago 2017 By Fernando Lema

The team Leao: Marcos Thoma, Pablo Ravenna, Ricardo Sabbag, Rafael Duque, Leao Carvalho & Joao Dib won the Open trials and will represent Brazil in Santiago 2017.

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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

Kansas 2017: March 10th

Brothers Adam Grossack and Zachary Grossack of Newton MA begin today’s semifinal round of the Kay Platinum Pairs in the pole position after topping Friday’s qualifier.

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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

USBF Jun

Junior Teams Vie to Compete in 2018 World Championships in China

The USBF is pleased to announce that the Michael Seamon 2017 Junior United States Bridge Championships (JUSBC) will be held December 27–31, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

Trotamundos del bridge/Bridge Road Warriors

Jade Barrett  NO 2015

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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Recurring headaches – part 2 By August Boehm

Standard systems, where the opening bid of one of a suit has a wide range — anywhere from 12 to 21 points — contain a built-in headache. The problem comes with…

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Splimit Bids By Billy Miller

Splinter bids come in all shapes and sizes, but the vast majority of players are familiar with only the most common examples. An especially cool type of splinter bid is one referred to as a “splimit” bid.

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Can The Michaels Cuebid be Improved? By Marilyn Hemenway

Most of you are probably familiar with the convention known as a Michaels cuebid. It was invented by Mike Michaels many years ago and…

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Puppet in Puppet (Muppet) By Bill Jacobs

Partner bids a strong 2NT, and you have a moderate hand with 5 spades and 4 hearts. This shape has always been a bugbear: it seems impossible to construct a method that allows a choice between 3NT, 4H and 4S.

"...But if you'd led back a heart instead of that spade..."

An unknown Drury trick By Mike Lawrence

Many players use Drury, an excellent convention. This article will discuss an aspect of Drury that doesn’t get discussed much. It occurs when your opponents use Drury.

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“So they doubled Stayman: What do I do?” By Billy Miller

When you open the bidding with 1NT, you usually feel confident that your side is going to be in control of the auction. It is true that the opponents have learned to….

'Why yes, I have been bungee jumping!'

Jump Shifts – Strong or Weak?

Originally all jump shifts were strong – promising at least game going values, usually slam interest. Then came the era of….

A valuable convention

South dealer; North-South vulnerable.

* Artificial and forcing
Opening lead — 3
When a player not on lead doubles a slam voluntarily reached by the opponents, the …

Manos de Bridge/Bridge Hands

Counting the hands

“Counting the hands” that is, determining the distribution of a suit in all four hands, is one of the things in bridge play which the beginner finds difficult, and …

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The Crossruff by E. P. C Cotter

The Crossruff. Where there is no attempt to draw trumps, but the declarer and dummy make their trumps separately

A sample of Brilliance By Omar Sharif

Take a vote among the world’s experts for their choice of No. 1 in the world, and you will find Norway’s Geir Helgemo heading many lists. Here is a sample of his brilliance.

Theoretical Winners and Losers

One of East’s winners vanishes.

Blackwood on Bridge By Easley Blackwood

“I still want to know, said Mr. Champion. “how you managed to lose four tricks on this hand.”

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Elimination Play part 2 by E. P. C. Cotter

When this throw-in play is executed in a trump contract, the additional element of the ruff discard, which allows the declarer to ruff in one hand and discard a loser in the other, involves a change in the modus operandi.

A memorable deal

This deal comes from the second round of the Vanderbilt in which Johan Sylvan and Frederic Wrang of Hemant Lall’s team faced Tor Helness and Geir Helgemo of Pierre Zimmermann’s squad.

Tactical Moves in Play by Terence Reese

Outside the heart suit declarer has five top tricks and little chance of making any more than that. His problem is therefore clear cut: how to make four tricks from the hearts.

Bridge Avanzado / Advanced bridge

Foresight wins By Oswald Jacoby

One test of a really great bridge player is the ability to link ahead in the play. Here is a hand that helped the famous Four Aces team win the Vanderbilt Cup …

Cover me By Steve Robinson

There are exceptions to every rule, including the rule about covering an honor with an honor. Photo: Maximo Crusizio

But East had eight hearts!!! By Easley Blackwood

“I might add,” Mr. Dale concluded, “that I can see nothing wrong with a contract where one opponent holds eight trumps against you—not as long as you make it.”

Test Your Card Play

This hand is taken from a famous book Spotlight on card Play by Robert Darvas and Paul Lukacs…

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Reducing the Opponent’s ruffing power! By Liam Milne

You might have heard the advice “lead trumps against doubled part-scores”. This is usually …

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Blackwood on Bridge By Easley Blackwood

The big problem in the play of many hands is that of deciding which suit to work on to establish your tricks. There are many factors to consider in making your choice.

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Test Your Trump Suit Technique By Paul Lavings

What is the best play on the following trump suits? There are no entry problems, so you may play from either hand at any point:

Count, Add, Substract By Shepard Barclay

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.”

Evaluacion de las Manos/Hands Evaluation

'I don't know...they all look like cows to me.'

Hand evaluation – part 8 By August Boehm

Some players, alas, ignore distribution altogether, a serious mistake…

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Hand evaluation – part 5 By August Boehm

The value of a bridge hand, like currency, often fluctuates with events. At the bridge table, those events are the progress of the auction.

Hand evaluation – part 9 By August Boehm

In the same vein as last article, I present you with a bidding sequence and three possible hands you might hold.

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Hand evaluation – part 2 By August Boehm

Facing a distributional partner, think tricks, not points.

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Hand evaluation – part 6 By August Boehm

When re-evaluating, don’t worry about finding a formula to provide an exact point count measurement. If there were such a formula, only an Einstein could use it. Instead….

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Hand evaluation – part 3 By August Boehm

To properly evaluate this pair of hands, it was essential to visualize the play in detail in 3NT. There is so much more to hand evaluation than counting points.

Hand evaluation – part 7 By August Boehm

Splinter bids, which send a clear distributional message, present a great opportunity to fine-tune your hand evaluation skills.

'Everybody panned us on their consumer evaluation forms except the masochists.'

Hand evaluation – part 4 By August Boehm

As this series of articles is intended to demonstrate, there is a lot more to hand evaluation than simply counting your points.

Bridge Intermedio/Intermediate Bridge

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Wake-up call is unheeded -By James Jacoby

The simplest application of suit preference occurs when a defender is leading a suit he expects his partner to ruff. In that circumstance, leading a …

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Can’t Win Every Hand By The Four Aces

There is one characteristic common to the game of all the best bridge players we have ever seen. They do not feel that they must outplay their opponents on every hand.

Edmond Patrick Charles Cotter

Elimination Play by E. P. C. Cotter

Elimination really refers to the stripping process preceding the endplay, but as it is also loosely apllied to the endplay itself, I have left it as the chapter heading.

Attacking the Danger Hand by Terence Reese

On many no trump hands declarer has to force out two defensive winners before he can run his tricks. It may be essential to force out those winners in the right order.

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Use Your Brain By Alfred Sheinwold

It isn’t true that you must always return the suit your partner has led. For example you may not have a card of his suit. Or you may…

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High Level Defense Signal By Alan Sontag

Bridge players should be familiar with the defensive principle which states:

Counting hands to take the guesswork out of play

EVERYONE knows that each player is dealt 13 cards, but how many players when playing a hand make an effort to keep this fact clearly in mind?

Don’t Stop Counting When Auction Ends By ALFRED SHEINWOLD

During the action you count your points and add them to the, points shown by your partner’s bids. The total tells you how high your side can afford to bid. Keep counting after …

Pensando Bridge / Thinking Bridge

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Thinking bridge By Eddie Kantar

Bidding commentary: As South, you can revalue your hand facing a takeout double. An unbid five-card major is worth…

Kansas 2017: Thinking bridge II By Eddie Kantar

Tip: When setting up a long suit, use trump entries before side suit entries

Kansas 2017: Thinking bridge III By Eddie Kantar

East should make the following opening lead inferences: When dummy hits and the A-K of any side suit is not visible, assume …

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Take All Your Chances, No.10 By Eddie Kantar

With only your side vulnerable, West opens 3S, partner passes and East ups the ante to 4S. You have no qualms…