Posts by Gordon Bower

Hand Evaluation By Gordon Bower

By Gordon Bower • 29 February, 2016

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

Cooperative Preempt by Gordon Bower

By Gordon Bower • 2 April, 2015

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When people hear the word “preempt” they immediately think of 3-level opening bids. But there is another kind of preempt…

Do you have thirteen fingers? by Gordon Bower

By Gordon Bower • 31 March, 2015

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These routine hands are your chance to practice your counting, so that when you face a critical decision at trick two defending a slam, you’ll find it much easier to figure out what to do.

Evaluate this Hand with Me by Gordon Bower

By Gordon Bower • 29 March, 2015

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Good hand evaluation goes a long way past counting one’s points at the start of each deal. As the auction develops, you have to…

Do you Pass often Enough?

By Gordon Bower • 27 August, 2013

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No bridge player is happy to be playing 2NT. If you take nine tricks…

Don’t get in over your head with a misfit

By Gordon Bower • 24 July, 2013

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The lesson here is “don’t get in over your head with a misfit.”

When is a prepared minor opening right?

By Gordon Bower • 16 July, 2013

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Normally we open with one of our longest suit (or 1NT with the appropriate strength and distribution). The only time a problem occurs is when our longest suit is a 4-card major, and we have the wrong strength to open 1NT.

How light should an opening bid be? by Gordon Bower Part III

By Gordon Bower • 14 July, 2013

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Part III: There is one major difference about opening in fourth seat from all other seats…

How light should an opening bid be? by Gordon Bower Part II

By Gordon Bower • 13 July, 2013

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Part II: Third seat openings. Third seat is the classic time to open with…

How light should an opening bid be? by Gordon Bower Part I

By Gordon Bower • 12 July, 2013

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First and second seat openings, When people talk about opening light, they usually…