Posts by Karen Walker

The One That Got Away By Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 27 August, 2016

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Fishing isn’t the only sport whose enthusiasts are tempted to tell white lies about their accomplishments. Even bridge players stretch the truth occasionally,…

Count, count, count By Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 17 March, 2016

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Consider making an overcall with a 4-card suit if you have:

Conventions: Lebensohl (after partner opens 1NT) By Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 2 March, 2016

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This popular convention is used after partner opens 1NT and your RHO overcalls a suit.

Bidding Matters: Visualize the play by Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 21 June, 2015

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In our first introduction to bridge, we were all told that each deal has two distinct phases, and that’s how most of us viewed the bidding and play while we were learning.

Allow your opponents to make mistakes II by Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 2 June, 2015

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In the previous article, we looked at the trials of the Last Buffoon, who is the player to make the final costly mistake in a competitive auction.

Allow your opponents to make mistakes by Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 25 April, 2015

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The idea is that an aggressive, potentially dangerous bid can be a good gamble if it gets you to your best contract or pushes the opponents into a bad one.

Developing Counting Skills by Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 24 January, 2014

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Ever wonder why good bridge players seem to be able to see through the backs of your cards? Why they are so successful in finding the right lead, locating missing honors, guessing the distribution of their opponents’ cards? The answer is that they are usually not guessing.

The 12 Habits of Highly Effective Bidders II by Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 6 December, 2013

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There’s no shortage of new bidding theories and conventions to try, but if you aren’t selective, your system can become a patchwork of mismatched bidding toys.

The 12 Habits of Highly Effective Bidders I by Karen Walker

By Karen Walker • 5 December, 2013

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An excellent article about the philosophy of certain bids, to help us to decide what conventions to play.

Conventions: Negative Free Bids Part 3

By Karen Walker • 28 November, 2013

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One of the benefits of the Negative Freebid (NFB) is that it allows responder to make more natural bids in competition. Access to part 1 and Part 2