Posts by Intermediate 4

Hold-Up Plays and Dangerous Hand in NT by Maritha Pottenger

By Ana Roth • 31 May, 2017

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The purpose of a hold-up play is to exhaust one defender of cards in a particular suit. This is especially true at no trump. Once one opponent…

Two Bridge Lessons By Oswald Jacoby

By Ana Roth • 5 April, 2017

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“Cover and honor with an honor” says the old rule. This guide to your defensive play is not entirely reliable.

Counting hands to take the guesswork out of play

By Ana Roth • 12 March, 2017

EVERYONE knows that each player is dealt 13 cards, but how many players when playing a hand make an effort to keep this fact clearly in mind?

Don’t Stop Counting When Auction Ends By ALFRED SHEINWOLD

By Ana Roth • 10 March, 2017

During the action you count your points and add them to the, points shown by your partner’s bids. The total tells you how high your side can afford to bid. Keep counting after …

Protective Bidding Part II By Michael Byrne

By Ana Roth • 3 March, 2017

IN the last article I started looking at protective bidding, which is effectively ‘defensive bidding’ that occurs in the passout seat when you have a decision to make:

Protective Bidding Part I By Michael Byrne

By Ana Roth • 27 February, 2017

Why do so many experienced players play more hands than their less experienced counterparts? And why do they always seem to defend 3H going down when everyone else has played in 2H making?

A Lesson to Repeat

By Ana Roth • 31 January, 2017

'ONE... TWO... THREE...' 'Faster!'

ONE LESSON worth repeating is on the importance of counting losers when you are playing a suit contract.

For the good of the team

By Ana Roth • 21 January, 2017

Defense is mostly a partnership project. In the vast majority of deals, the defenders achieve their optimum result by

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:

Cue Bidding for Slam By Marty Bergen

By Ana Roth • 12 January, 2017

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Most bridge players use control cue-bids for the investigation of slam…