Posts by Mike Lawrence

Auction gives the defenders a clue By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 29 March, 2017

This is a good hand for the kibitzers, but less so for the defenders. Here are some things to help Este decide:

Mike’s Advice By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 18 February, 2017

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There are various considerations in the play, but the two most important are that South must resist taking the first club or the first heart.

Endplaying an opponent many times By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 14 February, 2017

This is a hard hand. One of the most important lessons of this is that it teaches the need to plan ahead and to keep thinking when things look grim.

An unknown Drury trick By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 5 February, 2017

"...But if you'd led back a heart instead of that spade..."

Many players use Drury, an excellent convention. This article will discuss an aspect of Drury that doesn’t get discussed much. It occurs when your opponents use Drury.

Careful play at trick one By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 20 January, 2017

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I have written a lot about the advantages of not using Stayman when you have a balanced hand. Sitting South, as dealer, you have this ordinary 16-count with both sides vulnerable:

Escape the endplay By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 11 January, 2017

The following deal is interesting in that it offers all manner of things to think about.

Odd bidding problems, part 3 By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 8 January, 2017

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Decide how the bidding should go and then read further.

Overcoming potential dangers By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 7 January, 2017

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Do you see a danger? Here are some things to think about if you’re South: How many diamonds does West have?

Odd bidding problems, part 2 By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 6 January, 2017

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North opened 3C and East passed. What should South be thinking?

Odd bidding problems, part 1 By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 4 January, 2017

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This is a new series looking at bidding problems, that can be awkward. I will show your hand and partner’s hand and propose an auction.