10th  to  24th June 2017

 

Plan the Play by Ira Corn

By ferlema • 17 January, 2017

If you were not careful at tricks one and two, you probably lost the slam. Observe what may happen if South plays carelessly to the first two tricks.

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Accepting or Refusing Trick Nº1 por Ira Corn

By ferlema • 15 January, 2017

The 1971 World Championship was scheduled in May and was played in Taipei, Taiwan. Roger Trezel and Pierre Jais were one of the pairs on the French team. Observe Trezel in action in the play of his hand. Trezel was South.

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The Plan XXXII by Tim Bourke

By Tim Bourke • 13 January, 2017

West began with the ace,
king and queen of spades. Declarer counted ten tricks:
four in trumps, four in diamonds and two in clubs. He
saw that the main danger was West’s having two diamonds
and four hearts to the jack.

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Flip-Flop Flannery Convention by Neil H. Timm

By Neil H. Timm • 12 January, 2017

When partner opens 2NT or after the bid of 2C, many partnerships employ the Puppet (3C) Stayman Convention to try to find…

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Cue Bidding for Slam By Marty Bergen

By Ana Roth • 12 January, 2017

Most bridge players use control cue-bids for the investigation of slam…

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The Plan XXXI by Tim Bourke

By ferlema • 12 January, 2017

The auction was the same at bouth tables in a team game. Each West began with the three top hearts, Both declarers ruffed the third heart, then cashed the ace and king of trump. Thereafter their paths diverged.

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Take It Easy on Squeezes By Sam Gordon

By Ana Roth • 12 January, 2017

Here’s where we come to another squeeze hand. Let’s start learning how we discover the need for a squeeze play. Also how to work the squeeze when we find it is there.

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Unblocking Play Found Spectacular Feat, but Farfetched By Sam Gordon

By Ana Roth • 11 January, 2017

The order of preference of plays is: Trumping, establishing suit, unblocking, strip-and-end play, squeeze, infrequent coups, finesse.

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The Leads against No Trump Bid… Table of Leads

By Ana Roth • 11 January, 2017

Experience has shown that the best defense against a No Trump contract is the opening of your longest suit, in the hope that it will prove the….

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Escape the endplay By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 11 January, 2017

The following deal is interesting in that it offers all manner of things to think about.

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Hand evaluation – part 2 By August Boehm

By August Boehm • 11 January, 2017

Facing a distributional partner, think tricks, not points.

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Defensive Player Should Attempt to Visualize What Partner Holds

By Ana Roth • 10 January, 2017

The great mistake the average player makes on defensive play is not trying to visualize what is in his partner’s hand. Good defensive players protects their partner’s hand.

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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

Leda Pain

2016 South American Ladies Ranking

By ferlema • 25 November, 2016

After the South American Transnational Championship of Medellin 2016 the South American Ranking in the Ladies category continues to be dominated by Brazilian athletes.

Joaquin Pacareu

2016 South American Open Ranking

By ferlema • 24 November, 2016

After the end of the 66 South American Bridge Championships Medellin 2016, this is the new Open Ranking:

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Bridge Sports @en

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Orlando 2016: Last Day

By ACBL • 5 December, 2016

Becker team wins Reisinger Board-a-Match

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Orlando 2016: Day 8

By ACBL • 2 December, 2016

Meckstroth, Rodwell win Blue Ribbon Pairs.

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Orlando 2016: Day 7

By ACBL • 1 December, 2016

Nancy Passell and Shawn Quinn won the foursession Whitehead Women’s Pairs…

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Net Surfing

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Camrose 2017

By Ana Roth • 9 January, 2017

This weekend was the first of the Camrose Trophy and saw an intense competition between the open teams of England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

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Defeated by a habit By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 25 December, 2016

Victor Mollo built many humorous stories around a cast of bridge-playing animals. Today’s deal — no April fool — appeared in “Bridge in the Menagerie”.

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A Heinlein sci fi novel with a bridge theme!

By Ana Roth • 5 December, 2016

I’ve just finished reading Farnham’s Freehold by Heinlein.

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Bridge & Humor II

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Bridge & Humor: You Must Bid By Ely Culbertson

By Ana Roth • 5 January, 2017

1933: Up in a Boston suburb, a contract club is holding a pair tournament for men, so eight of the wives of the players engaged in the tournament decided to have their own games on tournament-nights with…

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Bridge & Humor: Culbertson Divorce Hearing

By Ana Roth • 20 December, 2016

Judge: You wish a divorce. Mrs. Culbertson?

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Bridge & Humor: Surgeons vs Bridge Players

By Ana Roth • 29 December, 2016

Duplicate bridge in a club or tournament is considered a competitive sport, it will probably scare all the novices away from the tournament, but this story is often told by duplicate players:

Bridge & Humor: Bombs Spurred Bridge Interest

By Ana Roth • 27 December, 2016

Alan Truscott learned to play bridge in an English bomb shelter. It was 1941, he was 15 and German bombers …

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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

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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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.

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Bergen Raises

Bergen Raises are a neat little tool that has both constructive and destructive purposes. The main advantage of the Bergen Raise is to let the partnership know of…

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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….

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Bergen And Jump (Limit And Preemptive) Raises By Brent Manley

Bergen raises became popular in the 80s and are now widely played. They let you make pre-emptive, mixed and limit raises efficiently, though they seem to commit…

Flip-Flop Flannery Convention by Neil H. Timm

When partner opens 2NT or after the bid of 2C, many partnerships employ the Puppet (3C) Stayman Convention to try to find…

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Splinter Bids By Marty Bergen

Using Standard methods, many players would bid exactly as you and your partner did. However, there is a better way.

Manos de Bridge/Bridge Hands

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The Plan XXXI by Tim Bourke

The auction was the same at bouth tables in a team game. Each West began with the three top hearts, Both declarers ruffed the third heart, then cashed the ace and king of trump. Thereafter their paths diverged.

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Entries are the bread and butter of most hands

The ability to cross from hand to hand enables declarer to take advantage of finesse positions; lead toward strength; and prepare the ground for endplays.

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The Plan XXXII by Tim Bourke

West began with the ace,
king and queen of spades. Declarer counted ten tricks:
four in trumps, four in diamonds and two in clubs. He
saw that the main danger was West’s having two diamonds
and four hearts to the jack.

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A Famous Hand By Jay Becker

Here is a neat hand played many years ago by the Viennese expert, Siegfried Klausner. Not many declarers would have brought home the slam.

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Accepting or Refusing Trick Nº1 por Ira Corn

The 1971 World Championship was scheduled in May and was played in Taipei, Taiwan. Roger Trezel and Pierre Jais were one of the pairs on the French team. Observe Trezel in action in the play of his hand. Trezel was South.

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Defensive Player Should Attempt to Visualize What Partner Holds

The great mistake the average player makes on defensive play is not trying to visualize what is in his partner’s hand. Good defensive players protects their partner’s hand.

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Trick One Guess in a Matchpoint 3NT By Ishmael Del’Monte

Try planning the play for this hand at matchpoints.

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A look across the street By Oren Lidor

Angie was upset. She’d been in the auto repair shop for two hours now. She bumped into the car in front of her and …

Bridge Avanzado / Advanced bridge

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The Plan XXXI by Tim Bourke

The auction was the same at bouth tables in a team game. Each West began with the three top hearts, Both declarers ruffed the third heart, then cashed the ace and king of trump. Thereafter their paths diverged.

Escape the endplay By Mike Lawrence

The following deal is interesting in that it offers all manner of things to think about.

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The Plan XXXII by Tim Bourke

West began with the ace,
king and queen of spades. Declarer counted ten tricks:
four in trumps, four in diamonds and two in clubs. He
saw that the main danger was West’s having two diamonds
and four hearts to the jack.

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Unblocking Play Found Spectacular Feat, but Farfetched By Sam Gordon

The order of preference of plays is: Trumping, establishing suit, unblocking, strip-and-end play, squeeze, infrequent coups, finesse.

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Accepting or Refusing Trick Nº1 por Ira Corn

The 1971 World Championship was scheduled in May and was played in Taipei, Taiwan. Roger Trezel and Pierre Jais were one of the pairs on the French team. Observe Trezel in action in the play of his hand. Trezel was South.

Take It Easy on Squeezes By Sam Gordon

Here’s where we come to another squeeze hand. Let’s start learning how we discover the need for a squeeze play. Also how to work the squeeze when we find it is there.

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Lead Problem By Justin Lall

Opening leads are arguably the toughest part of the game. Many contracts hinge on what …

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Card Combinations: Lack King, Jack?

The classic case here is A Q 10 9 6 opposite 8 7 x x. If you want the maximum…

Evaluacion de las Manos/Hands Evaluation

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Hand evaluation – part 1 By August Boehm

Good hand evaluation involves a lot more than mechanically counting points.

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How NOT to Play Bridge – Evaluation

The enigmatic Professor parted the curtain at the rear of the auditorium stage and strode proudly to his podium.

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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

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

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

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Hand Evaluation By Gordon Bower

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

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Be Cautious With Misfit

Look only at the North hand. What would you respond if partner opens one spade?

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A Misfit? Quit! …A Fit? It’s a Hit

Less experienced players sometimes pick up their hand, count their points, find they have 13 points and no matter what happens during the entire auction, they continue to have 13 points.

Bridge Intermedio/Intermediate Bridge

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Entries equal ruffs plus one By Phillip Alder

The Senior Life Master started his class by saying, “Anyone can cash aces and kings. But for success, most contracts require turning low cards into tricks.”

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Odd bidding problems, part 1 By Mike Lawrence

This is a new series looking at bidding problems, that can be awkward. I will show your hand and partner’s hand and propose an auction.

Goren on Bridge

If I were asked to state in a phrase the most important guide to the successful play of the Cards, I would probably offer this!

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A Bridge Lesson by Jay Becker

Maintaining trump control is the key to most hands played in a suit contract.

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Odd bidding problems, part 3 By Mike Lawrence

Decide how the bidding should go and then read further.

Shortening Declarer’s Trumps? By Barbara Seagram

Rule: When you as a defender have four of declarer’s trumps, you should lead your longest other (non-trump) suit in hopes that declarer is short in that suit.

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Cue Bidding for Slam By Marty Bergen

Most bridge players use control cue-bids for the investigation of slam…

The Leads against No Trump Bid… Table of Leads

Experience has shown that the best defense against a No Trump contract is the opening of your longest suit, in the hope that it will prove the….

Pensando Bridge / Thinking Bridge

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Take All Your Chances, No.5 By Eddie Kantar

You open 2S, weak, in first seat. West passes, partner bids 4S, everyone passes and West leads the …

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Take All Your Chances, No.6 By Eddie Kantar

You open your aceless wonder with 1C and partner responds a quiet 1D. You bid an even quieter 1NT….

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Take All Your Chances, No.9 By Eddie Kantar

With both sides vulnerable, you open 1NT in first seat. West overcalls 3S and partner bids 3NT. You and partner are playing…

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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…