JULY 21-31 2016

JULY 21-31 2016

Look for the key to Open the suit By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 26 July, 2016

John Boyle O’Reilly, an Irish author and poet, wrote this stanza:

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You can play bridge Phillip Alder

Honor Among Thieves By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 26 July, 2016

The Devil’s Coup, the Smother Play, the Scissors Coup, the Coup with No Name … are simply labels for some of the more interesting gambits that occur at the bridge table. A coup that is perhaps less well-known goes by …

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When Blackwood is not enough Part II By Barry Rigal

By Barry Rigal • 26 July, 2016

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

By Barry Rigal • 20 July, 2016

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

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Clairvoyance, plus a break By Charles Goren

By Charles Goren • 20 July, 2016

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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Charles Goren

A Grand Slam From a Posthumous Victor Mollo Book By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 20 July, 2016

Mollo, who lived most of his life in London, wrote many articles about his alter ego, the Hideous Hog, and a menagerie of players. When Mollo…

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Know your suit combinations by Brian Senior

By Ana Roth • 18 July, 2016

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?

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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

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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2016 South American Championships by Fernando Lema

By Ana Roth • 8 June, 2016

From Friday 27 May to Saturday 4 June, organized by the Colombian Federation of Bridge Clubs; the South American Championships were held in the different specialties.

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Bridge Sports @en

Mustafa Cem Tokay y Frederic Volcker.

Budapest 2016: Day 6

By EBL • 20 June, 2016

With the Open series just past the halfway mark, France stay clear of Germany and Monaco. Photo: Mustafa Cem Tokay & Frederic Volcker.

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Budapest 2016: Day 1

By EBL • 17 June, 2016

At the end of day one the Lebanese pair Hana Kreidieh & Nahla Hamdan are leading the European Women’s Pairs Championship…

Russ Ekeblad

A Prayer Answered By Russ Ekeblad

By Ana Roth • 6 June, 2016

We all know how cruel the bridge gods can be and we often bemoan our fate at their hands. Every once in awhile, however…

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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: Every Man a Bridge Master By Ray Cave

By Ana Roth • 7 July, 2016

Duplicate abounds in what may be called pointsmanship. This is a psychological—if not necessarily ethical or sporting—attack designed specifically to….

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Bridge & Humor: How I Do Play Bridge

By Ana Roth • 4 July, 2016

For anybody brought up on a steady diet of Hideous Hog coups, the play of the cards is quite trivial; the difficult part is…

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Bridge & Humor I

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Bridge & Humor: TD Anecdotes

By Ana Roth • 13 July, 2016

Completely true stories, for those who don’t take their bridge too seriously, or those who do but appreciate its lighter moments.

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Bridge & Humor: Five Suit Bridge

By Ana Roth • 23 June, 2016

1938: LIFE on the American Newsfront: Five-Suit bridge looms as a new National fad

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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

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).

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

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: The ambiguous 2♣ response over 1NT opening

The widely known Stayman convention was invented in UK during the 2nd world war by Mr. Marx and , at the same time, in USA by Mr. Rapee.

Paul Lavings 2013 APBF Championships

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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Don’t believe this one By Dan Howe

Don’t believe this one. We don’t. South dealer; East/West: vulnerable

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Fine Italian Hand by Alfred Sheinwold

Today’s hand, judged by an international jury one of the most brilliant of 1977, was played by Marco Momighano (then 21 years old) at the Venice Festival.

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Honor Among Thieves By Zia Mahmood

The Devil’s Coup, the Smother Play, the Scissors Coup, the Coup with No Name … are simply labels for some of the more interesting gambits that occur at the bridge table. A coup that is perhaps less well-known goes by …

Phillip Alder

A Grand Slam From a Posthumous Victor Mollo Book By Phillip Alder

Mollo, who lived most of his life in London, wrote many articles about his alter ego, the Hideous Hog, and a menagerie of players. When Mollo…

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.

spingold 1931 Oswald Jacoby, P. Hal Sims, Willard Karn y David Burnstine

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

'It seems we've both been a bit imaginative in creating our online profiles.'

The Art of False Carding and Deceptive Play in Bridge

False Cards are Used By Defenders to:….False Cards (or Deceptive Plays) are Used By Declarer to:…

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A Dummy Reversal by Lenz By Charles Goren

In writing about bridge, as in playing it, I am happy to acknowledge a debt to an 84-year-old youngster whose long string of championship victories spanned three generations of the game—whist, auction and contract.

David Lindop

Playing Like the Hideous Hog By David Lindop

Although the defenders are trying to defeat our contract, at times they can’t help but provide us with assistance.

Jaïs, Albarran, Le Dentu,Peeters. 1949

Bridge Logic: Card Play Magic

Skilful declarer play technique is a joy to behold. It requires not just meticulous planning, a sense of timing, an ability to combine chances but foresight and imagination as well.

You can play bridge Phillip Alder

Look for the key to Open the suit By Phillip Alder

John Boyle O’Reilly, an Irish author and poet, wrote this stanza:

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Sally’s Scissors

Svelte Sally is playing with her good friend today. Coincidentally, they are opposed to Subtle Simon who deals as East and opens 1 spade…

Jonathan Mestel

A Less Useful Bols Bridge Tip by Jonathan Mestel

Many of you will be familiar with the Bols Bridge Tips, in which top players describe some hand on which they did something clever, ending with a pithy tip on how to improve your play. In this article…

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Think in Reverse By Larry Cohen

This deal is from the 2009 Team Trials played in White Plains. You deal as South with both sides vulnerable, holding:

Evaluacion de las Manos/Hands Evaluation

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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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Test Your Bidding

Good Points and Bad Points: In discussions between experts, you will hear comments like: “it was a really lousy 12- count” or “that’s the best 6-count I ever held.”

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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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Poor Opening Leads By Brent Manley

You, West, are on lead against 3NT after partner opened the bidding with 1H. You hold …

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1♣ or 1♦? By Andrew Gumperz

One of the oldest debates in bridge has to do with opening bids on balanced hands.

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Card Play Practice: Avoidance Play

Test your bridge technique…

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Tip of the Week

Here’s this week’s tip:

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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?

Francis Hinden

Common Sense Defence Part I By Frances Hinden

Helping tournament players when they come up against unusual conventions.

Dan Romm

Which Card Do You Play? by Dan Romm

Experienced partnerships may have carding agreements that would define the answers to these questions. With an unfamiliar partner, or in a less experienced partnership…

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What Just happened? or Didn’t…

So, what is the lesson to be learned from this hand?

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?

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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!

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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.

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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 …