Posts by Zia Mahmood

The Devil’s Coup – well, almost By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 31 May, 2017

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Today’s deal from the final of the NEC Cup 2010 featured something akin to the Devil’s Coup.

A Miracle in London By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 19 October, 2016

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The strongest tournament in England for a great many years was staged by TGRs bridge club.

Large swings By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 6 September, 2016

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How would you play this hand? Suppose you have this trump suit in a slam, so that you can afford only one loser:

Honor Among Thieves By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 26 July, 2016

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The Devil’s Coup, the Smother Play, the Scissors Coup, the Coup with No Name … are simply labels for some of the more interesting gambits that occur at the bridge table. A coup that is perhaps less well-known goes by …

2nd: What Card would Zia play next? by Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 4 July, 2016

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The advantage of bidding is to describe your hand to your partner. Pre-emptive bidding can often be a double-edged sword.

A bunker shot By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 25 March, 2016

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The term “bunker shot” is not exclusive to golf. When a bridge player is in a perilous position, he can sometimes extricate himself with a delicate manoeuvre.

What Card would Zia play next? by Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 25 January, 2016

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In the three months leading up to the 1999 Orbis World Bridge Championships, Orbis sponsored an innovative free Internet bridge contest.

To overcall or not? by Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 7 January, 2016

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The two teams that finished first and second in the 2011 English Premier League met in the final of the 2011 Gold Cup, Britain’s oldest and most prestigious team competition.

The Shriek by Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 25 December, 2015

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Matthew Granovetter, editor of one of the best magazines around, Bridge Today, once wrote a wonderful piece describing the agony of losing a bridge tournament.

Good play and good sportsmanship by Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 21 December, 2015

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How would you take two tricks from this deal, and how would you respond if your partner slipped up?