Posts by Julian Pottage

Keep What Partner Can’t by Julian Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 16 January, 2016

Why you Still Lose at bridge

Having to make a discard can be hard. Throwing the wrong thing may give declarer an extra winner. If you …

What is a Multi all About? by Julian Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 5 January, 2016

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A Multi 2 diamonds opening bid shows either a weak hand with a long major or some strong hand. The weak hand with…

Make the Defenders Lead by J. Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 12 December, 2015

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Often the best way to play a suit is not to play it yourself but to let the other side lead it. With A-J-x facing K-10-x you have a two-way guess

Use the Clues from the Bidding by J. Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 5 December, 2015

Why you Still Lose at bridge

If you have ever wondered how good players manage to get their guesses right rather more than half the time, now you know. They do not play blindly but use the clues from the bidding.

Hold Up a Stopper by Julian Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 26 November, 2015

the bridge players bible

When you first learned bridge or whist, you probably took every chance you could to win a trick.

Why Does Counting Points Not Work Sometimes? by Julian Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 24 November, 2015

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Assessing a hand by counting four points for an ace, three for a king, two for a queen and one for a jack should be the start of how you look at it rather than the end.

Why is 4NT Better Than 4 Clubs for Ace Asking? by Julian Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 22 November, 2015

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There are two main reasons why it is much better to check on aces or key cards with 4NT than with 4 clubs.

How Should You Bid a Freak Hand? by Julian Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 16 November, 2015

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The official definition of a freak hand varies. Some say any hand with a void or two singletons. Others say …

Should I Pre-empt or Open at a Lower Level? by Julian Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 12 November, 2015

Why you Still Lose at bridge

If you open at the three level or higher, you make life harder for the opposition than you do opening at the one level.

False Preference by Julian Pottage

By Julian Pottage • 10 November, 2015

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False preference is when partner bids two suits and you return to the first suit even though you have a card more in his second suit.