Posts by Phillip Alder

The Best Defense Ever? by Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 10 June, 2017

This deal gets my vote for the best defense ever. It occurred during the 1985 International Team Trial to pick the U.S. team for that year’s Bermuda Bowl world championship. Try it for yourself first.

How can you count on success? By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 29 May, 2017

While sitting at the bridge table, if you do one thing on a regular basis, the game will be much easier — what is it? This deal highlights the technique.

Physical attributes for bridge By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 11 March, 2017

The uglier a man’s legs, the better his golf game, H.G. Wells observed.

Do Not Ask With Two Losers By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 11 February, 2017

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When you are contemplating a suit slam, singularity a singleton — means that the opponents can win at most one trick in that suit. More dangerous is a doubleton. If you…

The rule of fourteen By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 5 February, 2017

Defense is considered by most players to be the hardest part of the game. …When does defense begin?

Count all the Tricks

By Phillip Alder • 28 January, 2017

Polite people don’t guess how much money you have, but a bridge expert keeps track of everybody’s winners and losers.

Counting may make the game easy By Phillip

By Phillip Alder • 28 January, 2017

What is the primary reason that experts can play bridge better than nonexperts?

Entries equal ruffs plus one By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 9 January, 2017

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The Senior Life Master started his class by saying, “Anyone can cash aces and kings. But for success, most contracts require turning low cards into tricks.”

A minor-suit fit? Think no-trump By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 3 January, 2017

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You are planning to bid game. However, you know that your side has only a minor-suit fit. How should you continue the auction?

Defeated by a habit By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 25 December, 2016

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Victor Mollo built many humorous stories around a cast of bridge-playing animals. Today’s deal — no April fool — appeared in “Bridge in the Menagerie”.