Posts by Bob Crosby

The Art of Sacrificing By Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 11 October, 2016

Bob Crosby

Sacrificing is an art rather than just a Bridge skill. Beginning Bridge players sacrifice too much in IMPS giving the opponents a “fielders choice” of doubling rather than take their iffy games.

Conventions: Scrambling 2NT

By Bob Crosby • 13 July, 2016

Bob Crosby

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 .

Hand Evaluation – Trump ( Simple Major Raises ) by Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 12 November, 2015

Bob Crosby

Ambiguity is the killer of any language , the language of Bidding being no exception. In a language, having a word with two different meanings causes confusion.

1NT & 6-4’s by Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 5 November, 2015

Bob Crosby

1NT is the corner stone of our bidding system. The more distributions we can handle after that bid, the better off established partnerships will be.

Aggressive Bridge by Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 30 October, 2015

Bob Crosby

The “meek do not inherit the earth” in Bridge . There is a “poker” element of the game that involves bluffing and risk taking.

4 Card Majors by Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 17 October, 2015

Bob Crosby

On my convention card under 5 card majors , I have expected length ticked as 4 in 3rd or 4th seat.

Simple Squeeze by Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 13 March, 2015

Bob Crosby

Planning a simple squeeze takes some visualization and a knowledge of the conditions necessary for a squeeze to operate or you can just fall into them.

2/1 Passed Hand by Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 5 March, 2015

Bob Crosby

Being a passed hand allows you some freedoms. One is the freedom from using the mal descriptive forcing 1NT when you have a suit of your own.

Story telling by Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 6 February, 2015

Bob Crosby

Most defenders are not very skillful in the art of defense. Therefore their discards “tell you a story” that assists you in…

Hand Evaluation: Destructive Bidding by Bob Crosby

By Bob Crosby • 28 January, 2015

Bob Crosby

There are two ways or philosophies ( if you will ) to play IMPS . One is constructive , the other destructive.